Monday, July 20, 2009

Library council named to advise OCLC in development of Web-scale management services

OCLC has named members of a Library Advisory Council that has been put in place to advise OCLC in developing the first Web-scale cooperative library management service.

In April, OCLC announced plans to launch a new service for Web-scale, cooperative library management services—network-level tools for managing library collections through circulation and delivery, print and licensed acquisitions, and license management. These new services will complement existing OCLC Web-scale services, such as cataloging, resource sharing, and integrated discovery.

The Library Advisory Council comprises leaders from the library community who will assist OCLC in creating a service strategy that will meet the needs of libraries across various sectors and geographies. Members of the Library Advisory Council are:

  • Helene Blowers, Digital Strategy Director, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • John Helmer, Executive Director, Orbis Cascade Alliance
  • Jan Ison, Executive Director, Lincoln Trail Libraries System
  • R. David Lankes, Associate Professor, Syracuse University
  • Sarah McHugh, Statewide Projects Librarian, Montana State Library
  • Mary Piorun, Associate Director, University of Massachusetts Medical Center Library
  • Tim Rogers, Executive Director, NCLIVE
  • John Teskey, Director of Libraries, University of New Brunswick
  • Andrew Pace, OCLC, ex officio

The Library Advisory Council will hold its first meeting following the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The Advisory Council will expand soon to include more global representation, and pilot sites for the new Web-scale management services will be announced at the ALA conference. Andrew Pace, OCLC Executive Director for Networked Library Services, will host a meeting to discuss OCLC Web-scale cooperative management services during the ALA Annual Conference on Monday, July 13, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Chicago Hilton, Northwest I Room. To register for this meeting, go to

About OCLC
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 71,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online resource for finding library materials. Search on the Web at For more information, visit


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