DUBLIN, Ohio, July 24, 2008—Chris Thewlis has been named Regional Manager of OCLC’s Australia office. He will be responsible for directing OCLC’s Australia and New Zealand operations, including sales, implementations, marketing, training, and staff management.
Mr. Thewlis was most recently Product Manager, Library Systems, for Civica, one of the world’s most experienced providers of software systems, consulting and managed services to the public sector. Throughout his career with Civica, he was involved in business development, including a two year period in the U.K. where he helped to successfully launch the Spydus Library Management System to that market. In addition to his work with Civica, Mr. Thewlis spent 11 years working in libraries in different capacities in Melbourne, Australia.
"Chris Thewlis has extensive experience working with all types of libraries from national and large academic, to small special libraries," said Andrew Wang, Vice President, OCLC Asia Pacific. "This combined with his management skills and background in information technology will help OCLC to serve more libraries in Australia and New Zealand."
The OCLC office in Melbourne, Australia, comprises a team of 11 staff members who provide local support and services to the Australasian region. OCLC also participates in local professional activities, sponsoring conferences, presenting papers and collaborating with librarians reflecting OCLC’s mission of connecting people to knowledge through library cooperation.
Mr. Thewlis is set to begin work at OCLC’s Australia office on August 12, and will reside in Melbourne.
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.