Terry Brandsma, information technology librarian and associate professor in the Electronic Resources and Information Technologies (ERIT) Department for University Libraries, has been recognized as a top contributor to OCLC’s Community Center. The value expressed by these top community contributors, like Brandsma, is only possible thanks to everyone who has asked or answered a question, submitted an enhancement suggestion or presented in a webinar. While every piece is valuable, OCLC wants to recognize those who have made the most frequent contributions over the past year.
OCLC is a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large. Made up of librarians, technologists, researchers, pioneers, leaders and learners, with thousands of library members in more than 100 countries, OCLC makes information more accessible and more useful.
Since July 2015, more than 29,000 unique users have signed into OCLC’s Community Center, an online forum for library staff to connect with their peers, ask questions about workflows and best practices and contribute ideas to improve the OCLC products and services their institution subscribes to.
These community members all use at least one of the OCLC products or services with a community space on the platform. They have used the space to connect with each other and OCLC staff to share best practices, ask questions, participate in online events and submit suggestions for product enhancements. Roughly half of these users signed in at least once from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2020.