Eric Childress, Consulting Project Manager at OCLC Research and a graduate of UNCG (BA, MLS) gave the Spring, 2011 UL/LIS Lecture: “OCLC Research: Shared Issues, Collaborative Work for Libraries and Beyond.” OCLC Research works with the library community to collaboratively identify problems and opportunities, prototype and test solutions, and share findings through publications, presentations and professional interactions. This presentation will highlight selected activities including the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) project and findings from several recent OCLC studies of the library landscape.
Childress provides project management support for OCLC Research initiatives and participates as a contributing team member on selected research projects. A specialist in metadata standards and systems, he has been active professionally in the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative(DCMI), serving as chair, member, or liaison with various committees and working groups. Childress has authored or co-authored articles and columns for a variety of professional journals including Library Resources & Technical Services, VRA Bulletin, Journal of Internet Cataloging, Code4Lib Journal, and D-Lib Magazine.