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October 5, 2015

(OCLC) William (Bill) J. Rozek has been named OCLC Chief Financial Officer. Rozek comes to OCLC most recently from the Mars Agency, a marketing organization in Southfield, Michigan, where he served as Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer for ProQuest Information and Learning, a global publisher and information provider serving library, education, government and corporate markets, and Budco, Inc., a fulfillment services organization in Highland Park, Michigan.

October 2, 2015

(OCLC) OCLC printed its last library catalog cards today, officially closing the book on what was once a familiar resource for generations of information seekers who now use computer catalogs and online search engines to access library collections around the world. This final print run marked the end of a service that has steadily decreased over the past few decades as libraries have moved their catalogs online.

September 29, 2015

(OCLC) Delft University of Technology, one of the world's leading technical universities, is now live using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. The university library is the second in the Netherlands to go live with WMS, following Tilburg University.

(OCLC) The North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz), a library consortium in Germany’s most populous state, has signed an agreement with OCLC to add 19 million bibliographic records from the consortium to WorldCat, making these valuable collections more visible and accessible to scholars around the world.

September 23, 2015

(OCLC) The National Library of New Zealand has selected OCLC to host Te Puna Services, a collection of online tools and services created with New Zealand librarians to support daily workflows in searching, cataloguing, resource sharing and managing collections. OCLC has previously had an agreement in place with the National Library to host Te Puna interlibrary loan services. By selecting OCLC to host and manage these other services, the National Library will significantly reduce its administrative workload and maintenance tasks.

September 11, 2015

(Sabinet) After closely evaluating the different options available in South Africa and globally, University of Pretoria made the decision to award a tender to Sabinet for OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services in their libraries. The library of the University of Pretoria is regarded as one of the best university libraries in South Africa. It provides a comprehensive information service for the university’s approximately 39 000 undergraduate students, 25 000 postgraduates and 4 000 full time staff members.

(OCLC) OCLC is working with seven leading libraries in a pilot program designed to learn more about how linked data will influence library workflows in the future. The Person Entity Lookup pilot will help library professionals reduce redundant data by linking related sets of person identifiers and authorities. Pilot participants will be able to surface WorldCat Person entities, including 109 million brief descriptions of authors, directors, musicians and others that have been mined from WorldCat, the world’s largest resource of library metadata.

September 9, 2015

(OCLC) The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded grants to OCLC, including two National Leadership Grants for Libraries and one Laura Bush 21st Century Grant.

September 1, 2015

(OCLC) OCLC is one of just 11 organizations nationwide to be recognized by UnitedHealthcare with its “Well Deserved” award, an annual honor given to employers who have implemented innovative, industry-leading worksite wellness programs that helped improve their employees’ health and well-being.

August 19, 2015

(OCLC) OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has named five librarians selected to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2016. The program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.

August 2, 2015

(OCLC) Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Senior Research Scientist, has been elected President-elect of the Association for Information Science and Technology for the 2016 administrative year, and President for 2017.

July 22, 2015

(OCLC) The new OCLC Community Center offers a place for library staff to connect online, share best practices, stay up to date on new product releases and contribute ideas to improve OCLC services. Community Center is now available to users of WorldCat Discovery Services, WorldShare Management Services (WMS), WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, WorldShare Collection Manager, WorldShare Record Manager and WorldShare License Manager at More OCLC services will be added to the Community Center in the future.

June 25, 2015

(OCLC) Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has selected WorldShare Management Services to manage its library resources.

June 22, 2015

(OCLC) OCLC has been named among Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT. It is the 10th consecutive year OCLC has been selected as one of the top workplaces for information technology professionals.

June 19, 2015

(OCLC) OCLC’s work to help increase the visibility of library collections on the Web through the creation of library linked data—moving from a web of documents to a web of data—is described in a new book, Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description.

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