Jack E. & Debbie T. Thomas Endowed Lecture Series: Lorcan Dempsey

  • October 9, 2017 • 4 PM
  • Women's Building, Formal Lounge

Jack E. & Debbie T. Thomas Endowed Lecture Series
Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist at the Online Computer Library Center
4 p.m. Monday, October 9, 2017
Women’s Building, Formal Lounge
A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

“Libraries, Library Users, and Collections”

The identity of the library is closely bound with its collections. In a print world, this made sense, as the central role of the library was to place materials close to the user and arrange them for effective use.

However, in a network environment this is no longer the case. Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist at the Online Computer Library Center, will discuss the following three trends that are changing the character of library collections:

  • The facilitated collection, where the library connects users to resources of interest to their research and learning needs, whether or not they are assembled locally.
  • The collective collection, where libraries begin to think about moving to shared environments to manage their collections and assuming collective responsibility for stewardship of the scholarly record.
  • The inside-out collection, where libraries work with other campus partners to support the creation, management and disclosure of institutional materials—research data, special collections, and so on. Here the library supports the creative enterprise of scholarship directly. Together, these trends are changing how we think about collections, libraries, and services to their users.

Together, these trends are changing how we think about collections, libraries, and services to their users.

The Thomas Lecture Series honors the outstanding work that Shirley K. Baker, former Vice Chancellor for Scholarly Resources & Dean of University Libraries, led in the areas of networked information and resource sharing.

About the speaker

Lorcan Dempsey coordinates strategic planning and oversees Research, Membership and Community Relations at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) in Dublin, Ohio. He has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, the UK and the US. His influence on national policy and library directions is widely recognized. In 2010 he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services’ (NFAIS) highest award, The Miles Conrad Award. He is an honorary Doctor of the Open University in the UK and has twice received an Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Presidential Citation for his work with OCLC colleagues. Dempsey began his career in public libraries in his native Dublin, Ireland. He is a member of the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee. Dempsey has a bachelor of arts and master of library and information science from University College Dublin.

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