March 26, 2017

Your library at Webscale: How radical collaboration is redefining library management services

SPONSORED BY: OCLC and Library Journal

EVENT DATE AND TIME: Thursday, February 21, 2012, 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT

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The library community has indicated that traditional management systems lack the flexibility and connectivity to meet the changing needs of their users. And while demand for library services has never been higher, new collaborative and innovative solutions are needed now more than ever.

As the first cooperative management services for libraries, OCLC WorldShare™ Management Services provide all the applications for cataloging, acquisitions, license management and circulation, and a next-gen discovery experience for library users. This newly architected and streamlined approach frees resources to focus on higher priority projects. WorldShare Management Services are built on the new OCLC WorldShare™ Platform—the vehicle for big library collaboration.

Join Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University Libraries; Gregg A. Silvis, University of Delaware Libraries; and Andrew K. Pace, OCLC, as they share perspectives on the current and future state of library management services.

During the webcast, Marshall Breeding—noted library automation expert and Creator and Editor, Library Technology Guides and lib-web-cats—will talk about what he terms one of the newest product categories: the library services platform. Gregg A. Silvis will share his long-held views about why change is needed in this area and what led to the WorldShare Management Services decision at the University of Delaware. Andrew K. Pace will present OCLC’s vision for connecting the world’s libraries to operate and innovate at Webscale, and successes achieved by libraries using WorldShare Management Services.

Find out what’s possible when you share apps, tools, protocols and data with more libraries, developers and partners through the new platform. Learn how you can focus on delivering greater value to your users, while increasing efficiencies by moving routine tasks to a shared, cloud-based infrastructure.



Marshall Breeding – Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University Libraries; Creator and Editor, Library Technology Guides and libwebcats 

Marshall Breeding serves as the Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, TN and is the Executive Director the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, a large-scale archive of digital video content.

Marshall is a speaker, writer, and consultant. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides ( and the lib-web-cats online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column “Systems Librarian” appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual “Automation Marketplace” feature published by Library Journal since 2002. He has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, and has written many other articles and book chapters. Marshall has edited or authored six books. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics.

He is a regular presenter at library conferences including Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences, has been a LITA Top Technology Trends panelist at ALA conferences has been an invited speaker for many library conferences and workshops throughout the United States and internationally. He has spoken in throughout the United States and in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Singapore, the Czech Republic, Austria, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Israel, Colombia, and Argentina.

Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science.

Gregg A. Silvis – Assistant Director for Library Computing Systems, University of Delaware Library.

Gregg A. Silvis is chairing the task force that will implement OCLC WorldShare Management Services at the University of Delaware Library. Always active in the library community and a strong advocate for library collaboration, he has spoken widely on library technology and its impact. Gregg served as delegate to the OCLC Global Council in 2009-2010, and before that, he served 8 years as a delegate to Members Council.  Prior to coming to the University of Delaware Library, Mr. Silvis worked in the main library and the law library at the University of Southern California.

In a former life, he was a professional French horn player in the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico


Andrew K. Pace – Executive Director, Networked Library Services, OCLC

Andrew is Executive Director for Networked Library Services at OCLC where he is leading projects to move library management services to the network level. He was formerly Head of Information Technology at North Carolina State University Libraries, where he spent nine years participating in several digital library projects. Andrew is also a Past President of LITA, the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the ALA, and currently serves on the NISO Information Standards Quarterly editorial board. You also may know him from his blog postings on Hectic Pace.

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