DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 5 October 2012. Helene Blowers, a library technology leader for more than 15 years, has joined the OCLC staff as OCLC WorldShare Management Services Community Manager. Her appointment will be effective November 1.
In her new role with OCLC, Ms. Blowers will be a primary liaison with the community of libraries implementing OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the first Web-based cooperative library management tools for metadata management, acquisitions, circulation, license management and library workflow improvement.
"Helene is a very well known and respected member of the library IT and public library communities," said Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Executive Director of Networked Library Services. "Her expertise and extensive record of accomplishment in library IT, strategy and planning will help OCLC coordinate activities, support and effective use for libraries around the world that have implemented WorldShare Management Services."
For the past five years, Ms. Blowers has served as Director of Digital & IT Strategy for Columbus Metropolitan Library where she was responsible for setting the vision and strategy for technology services at one of the leading public libraries in the United States.
From 1996 through 2007, Ms. Blowers served in a variety of leadership roles at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina, where she led development of numerous groundbreaking digital services. During her tenure with PLCMC, she created and launched the 23 Things learning web 2.0 program which created a library learning movement that has been replicated by over 700 libraries globally.
Ms. Blowers is an internationally recognized speaker on organizational strategies, emerging technologies, innovation and leadership, and she has extensive experience working as a consultant with international clients in government, libraries and non-profit sectors.
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