DUBLIN, Ohio, November 12, 2007-Cindy Cunningham, most recently Director, Media Metadata at Corbis Corporation, will join the OCLC staff as Director, Partner Programs, effective January 7, 2008.
Ms. Cunningham will play a leadership role in expanding the coverage of WorldCat, and in managing external partnerships. She will work from Seattle, Washington.
Ms. Cunningham is well known in the library and information science community for her leadership and vision. She spent the last three years as Director, Media Metadata, for Corbis, a resource for advertising, marketing and media professionals worldwide, that provides photography, footage and rights services. From 1998 through February 2004, Ms. Cunningham held a variety of positions at Amazon, including U.S. Catalog Librarian/Program Manager for Amazon where she performed project management and software analysis work with all Amazon teams. Ms. Cunningham was also the company resource at Amazon for library industry standards, and served as liaison with partner organizations to discuss product performance on Amazon.
Before joining Amazon, Ms. Cunningham was Head of Reference and Information Services at Kitsap Regional Library in Bremerton, Washington.
Ms. Cunningham is actively involved in numerous professional organizations and speaks regularly at conferences and meetings. She earned a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Washington, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Stanford University.
In addition to her professional volunteer work, Ms. Cunningham also served four years as President of the Board of World Corps, a non-profit organization based in Seattle which oversaw the installation of Internet kiosks-with accompanying training and economic development activities-in four rural areas, in Kenya, India, Mexico and the Philippines.
"Cindy Cunningham has a distinguished record of achievement at some of the most successful organizations in the information world," said Chip Nilges, Vice President, OCLC Business Development. "We're fortunate to have her join the OCLC team. Libraries and library users worldwide will surely benefit from her experience and expertise."
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 60,000 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. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.