The Springfield College Babson Library hosted an Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) regional forum on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Brennan Center located on Island Pond Road.
Through the usage of participant-led roundtable discussions, individuals attending discussed the latest OCLC cataloging and metadata, first-search and discovery, and resource sharing. Attendees also had the opportunity to share with the OCLC challenges and opportunities they deal with on a daily basis. The forum gave participants an opportunity to share best practices with colleagues and get tips on maximizing the use of OCLC services.
The OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. Founded in 1967 as the Ohio College Library Center, OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the largest online public access catalog in the world.
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2016 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News & World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Professional and Continuing Studies across the country.