DUBLIN, Ohio, November 14, 2007—Andrew Pace, most recently Head of Information Technology at North Carolina State University Libraries, will join the OCLC staff as Executive Director, Networked Library Services, where he will guide the future development of network level services for libraries. His appointment is effective January 7, 2008.
Mr. Pace spent the last nine years at North Carolina State University Libraries. As Head of Information Technology since 2001, he has led a staff of 16 librarians, programmers and systems specialists to support the Libraries' information technology directives. As Assistant Head from 1999-2000, he was primary liaison to the Department for Digital Library Initiatives and the UNC System's Automation and Networking Committee.
Mr. Pace was a Systems Librarian and Product Integration Specialist at Innovative Interfaces, from 1996-1999. Mr. Pace serves on a variety of professional boards and organizations, including the LITA Board (Director-at-Large 2004-2007; Vice President/President-elect 2007-2009); NISO Metasearch Initiative (Co-chair, 2004-2006); and the Open eBook Forum (OeBF) Library Special Interest Group.
He has written extensively about libraries, and has contributed regularly to American Libraries, Computers in Libraries and Smart Libraries Newsletter publications. His book, The Ultimate Digital Library: Where the New Information Players Meet, was published by ALA Editions in 2003. He blogs weekly for American Libraries' "Hectic Pace."
He earned a Master of Science in Library Science from The Catholic University of America, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia.
"Andrew Pace has dedicated his career to helping libraries improve through innovation and new technologies," said Robin Murray, Vice President, OCLC Global Product Management. "His demonstrated commitment to libraries and keen interest in helping them succeed will help OCLC develop the next generation of services."
Mr. Pace will reside in the Dublin, Ohio, area.
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