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Applications now being accepted for the 2018 IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program

The IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program provides education and professional development for early career librarians from countries with developing economies. The 2018 program will run from 17 March to 13 April, and the deadline for applications is 6 October 2017. A description of the program, along with dates for applications, selection, and participation were announced today in Wroclaw, Poland, during the World Library and Information Congress: 83rd IFLA General Conference and Assembly. More information is available on the OCLC website.

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A new publication from OCLC Research explores the future of research library collections

The Transformation of Academic Library Collection examines the trend from locally owned to jointly managed research library collections and the challenges of moving shared collections from the periphery to the center of library operations. It also explores the reimagination of what have traditionally been called “special” and archival collections into unique and distinctive collections that deliver new value by improving how these materials are described, discovered and delivered. The publication is a synthesis of the Harvard Library's Hazen Memorial Symposium, which honored the career of Dan Hazen and his impact on academic librarianship and research collections.

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How thinking like a tech company can transform innovation

When you think of The Washington Post, you probably think newspapers, not software company. But the reality is The Post now operates a lot more like the latter. That includes running a tech startup inside the company whose job is to use The Post as a sandbox to come up with new ways to deliver content and ads, then market the technology to other publications. It also includes forming a RED team (Research, Experimentation and Development) to find ways to enhance the user experience in programs and services.

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