Constance Malpas and Brian Lavoie of OCLC Research: NITLE and/in the Systemwide Library

2:00pm - 3:00pm EST February 20, 2013

This seminar considers the idea of the library as a nationwide, systemic resource from the perspective of two leading thinkers in the library world. It also continues our collective conversation about the future of the liberal arts college library. Faculty, librarians, instructional technologists, and others from the NITLE Network are invited to attend: attendance by institutional teams is strongly encouraged. Individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EST).

Brian Lavoie and Constance Malpas of the OCLC Research will give a presentation on their activities on Print Management at Mega Scale and the theme of the library as a systemwide resource. They will provide some context with a general description of the System-wide Organization research portfolio, then move into discussion of the “Print Management at ‘Mega-Scale’” report, focusing in particular on what they are calling the “extra-regional” print collection (i.e., library collections that fall outside the 12 major North American mega-regions). A fair number of NITLE Network members are located in that extra-regional zone; this seminar provides a useful opportunity to engage in a dialogue about how and where small research-oriented institutions fit in the library (and higher-education) system as a whole. We will also discuss what part of the North American print book collection is held by NITLE Network members and continue considering what these will mean for the future of the liberal arts college library and NITLE Shared LibrariesTM.


Brian Lavoie joined OCLC Research in 1996. Since that time, he has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from the development of OCLC’s Four-Figure Cutter Tables and automated cuttering tools to analyzing the structure and content of the World Wide Web. Dr. Lavoie’s academic background is in economics; he has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics. His current research interests include analysis of aggregate collections, economic issues associated with information and the provision of information services, system-wide organization of library resources, and digital preservation. 

Constance Malpas works on issues related to measuring and shaping the outcomes of large-scale print conversion projects, and collaborative efforts to develop definitions and policies in share print storage. She is also the author of Cloud-sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the Massdigitized Library Environment

About the Future of the Liberal Arts College Library series

The Future of the Liberal Arts College Library seminar series is part of NITLE’s continuing effort to engage members of the NITLE Network in conversation around this important topic. Over the course of the year, the series will bring librarians, faculty, and interested others from NITLE’s member campuses together to explore principal elements: What is the future of the liberal arts? the future of the liberal arts college? the future of the library? 

By asking these questions, exploring potential answers, and engaging stakeholders from across the NITLE Network in sharing their diverse perspectives, we prepare the groundwork for moving on to the next step: joint and individual action. These discussions are aimed at inspiring and guiding us in strategically crafting campus policy that supports intra- and inter-campus collaborative connections. Ideas generated and feedback gathered via this seminar series will inform development of NITLE Shared Libraries.

Because broad engagement across diverse viewpoints is key to developing strategies that are actually effective in the long run, we encourage stakeholders from member campuses to participate regularly in this seminar series, recruit campus colleagues to join the discussion, and to use seminar discussions as fuel for ongoing conversation on campus.

Series Hashtag

Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on Twitter via this series’ hashtag: #LAClibrary


Registration for this event is closed. (Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.)


For more information about this event, please contact Sean Johnson Andrews at

NITLE Shared AcademicsTM models a new approach to liberal education – made possible through strategic collaboration, driven by shared knowledge, and supported by emerging technologies. Campuses learn how inter-institutional academic exchange works by actively participating in it, building the knowledge and experience to re-architect liberal education.