OCLC Resource Sharing Conference

by Genie Powell, Director of Special Projects

We were delighted to spend several days with our community during the OCLC Resource Sharing Conference in Jacksonville, Florida! This year was particularly exciting as this was the first conference after OCLC's announcement that ILLiad support would continue.

We saw so many of our beloved licensees at the Ask Atlas table. It was great to catch up as well as do some ad hoc troubleshooting.

Atlas staff collaborated on several presentations. Dustin Stokes worked with Krista Higham from Millersville University to talk about their OpenAthens authentication. Matt Calsada and Stephanie Spires answered many questions about the ReprintsDesk project with Florida State University. There was a lot of excitement about all the new development work underway.

Matt Calsada and Stephanie Spires - Photo by Cassandra Norman

Matt Calsada and Stephanie Spires - Photo by Cassandra Norman

One of my favorite times was getting together with some of our Concierge Service customers over dinner on Wednesday night. It's so great to be able to slide between technical chatter and sharing about our families, hobbies, and favorite books. We feel like dear friends by the time dessert arrived. I laughed so hard I cried, and my sides hurt!

Concierge Dinner - Photo by Cassandra Norman

Concierge Dinner - Photo by Cassandra Norman

We finished up the conference with an Atlas Update for everyone. We congratulated everyone on 40 years of resource sharing as well as specifically recognized some of our oldest ILLiad customers like James Madison University and Cornell University.

Matt Calsada and Stephanie Spires - Atlas Update. Photo by Cassandra Norman

Matt Calsada and Stephanie Spires - Atlas Update. Photo by Cassandra Norman

We were pleased to share the ILLiad roadmap with everyone. It's a new level of transparency and collaboration, with details, timelines, and requests for feedback from users. After so much uncertainty about ILLiad's future previously, it was reassuring and exciting for users to see so many new features in the coming months.

I can't wait to see everyone at ALA Annual in the coming months and hope to see many more ILLiad users at the next OCLC Resource Sharing conference in 2020.