Hoping for the Best ALA Ever

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Even though everyone else might get tired of me saying it, I make no excuses for loving ALA.  And this one coming up this week is no exception.  But it's also special.

First, it's "back home"....I was born in D.C. and grew up in the suburbs of our nation's capital.  Descended from a long line of civil servants, I still sometimes miss our little Disney on the Potomac.  Second, this will be my last ALA as a LITA officer.  After three years on LITA Board and then three more as an officer, I'll be attending my last Board and Financial meetings for a while.  No relief sighs yet, LITA, you're not rid of me!

But most importantly at this ALA, I'm pleased to say that the fruits of a couple years labor will be released.  The Circulation and Acquisitions components of OCLC's Web-scale management services will be demonstrated at ALA and soon made available to early adopters, some of whom are already queuing up to subscribe to the new services.

I'll be presenting an update on the services and the strategy on Saturday.

Web-scale or Bust: 
Harnessing Cooperative Innovation for Management Services
Saturday, June 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Four Points by Sheraton, Franklin Rooms A-C

I'm pleased to be joined by both Advisory Council and Pilot participants in a question and answer panel immediately following the update.  Join me, along with John Helmer and Kyle Banarjee (Orbis Cascade Alliance), Jan Ison (Lincoln Trails), and John Tesky (University of New Brunswick).  Or come by the OCLC booth to see the web-based software in action.

But if you're not ALA, please be sure to sign up for our special online launch event that will mirror the one at ALA.  It will take place on July 21 at 2pm EDT.  Travel budgets are tight, so we'll be coming at you again online, again including some of the Advisory Council and Pilot participants.

See you in D.C.  or see you online!

About the Author

Andrew K. Pace

I am Executive Director for Networked Library Services at OCLC. I am also a past President of LITA. On occasion, I am known for pontificating "on stage, in writing, and via the web" on a variety of issues important to libraries.

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