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Google, Gamers, and the Gathering Place: The Library Environment Today
Wednesday, October 20, 2022
9:30:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM

Cuyahoga County Public Library--Independence Branch

6361 Selig Drive, Independence, Ohio


$15 CAMLS Members
$20 Affiliate Members
$30 Non-members
Free for guests/speakers

Deadline: Wednesday, October 13, 2022
Limit: 35
Registered Now: 17
Contact Hours: 2

Fee includes lunch and matereials

In January 2022, OCLC released a landmark assessment of the library environment based on investigations by its Office of Research, Corporate Marketing Department, and Library and Information Center, and over 100 interviews with leading librarians, educators, technologists, and administrators. The 2022 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition has launched a wide-ranging discussion in the community about the future of the library in today's "infosphere."

George Needham, OCLC's Vice-President for Member Services, will give an overview of the findings of the report, and engage the audience in a discussion of its ramifications for Ohio's libraries.

The report is available at There is no charge for downloading the pdf version. Paper copies are available at a nominal charge, and an executive summary of the report will be available online and in paper in July. Also, a blog of reactions and discussion to the scan may be found at

Course Content

  • Three dominant trends perceived in the report
  • How these trends play out in various landscapes (social, technical, economic, research and learning, and the library
  • What online games and gamers tell us about our future customers
  • Seamlessness in library service
  • The library as "the third place"
  • Why this report is a question mark and not an exclamation point
Audience: Library decision makers
George Needham is the Vice President for Member Services at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, a position he's held since March 1999. George previously served as state librarian of Michigan, executive director of ALA's Public Library Association, member services director for the Ohio Library Association, and director of the Fairfield County District Library in Lancaster, Ohio. He started his career at the Charleston County Library in South Carolina. George holds MLS and BA degrees from the University at Buffalo, New York, and has completed the Fairfield Leadership Tomorrow program in Lancaster and Miami University of Ohio's Advanced Library Management program. He has taken additional coursework at the Fisher Coillege of Business at The Ohio State University through OCLC's Center for Leadership Development.

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