DUBLIN, Ohio, November 15, 2007—The Programs and Research division of OCLC is opening an office at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and has appointed John MacColl as the representative of RLG Programs to better serve the needs of research libraries and other cultural heritage institutions in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the rest of Europe.
"Opening this OCLC office at St Andrews is an important milestone in our work with RLG Partners in Europe," said James Michalko, OCLC Vice President, RLG Programs. "We value the relationships we've built with colleague institutions over the past 15 years, and we now look forward to more structured and focused joint activities ahead. We're delighted that John MacColl will represent our interests and engage with Partners and allied organizations on our behalf."
John MacColl joins RLG Programs and St Andrews on 19 November, directly from his previous post as Head of the Digital Library at Edinburgh University Library. Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. MacColl has played a strategic role in developing the digital research environment at Edinburgh and throughout the United Kingdom. Notable achievements include his tenure as founding editor of Ariadne magazine, his work to develop local eprints archives, his contribution to e-theses developments and, most recently, his role in building linkages between data and eprints repositories in Project StORe, an initiative of the Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL) in the UK. As OCLC Programs and Research, Director, Europe, MacColl will work to strengthen existing strategic relationships and build new ones.
"Our relationships with European research institutions are central to our success as a global enterprise," said Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Programs and Research and OCLC Chief Strategist, whose career has included key positions in Europe and the United States. "It is critical for us to work closely with other research-focused organizations around the world if we are to contribute to the collective design of future research information services. With John's background and good working relationships we are sure to be more effective."
"CURL libraries and RLG have collaborated successfully for many years, and we wish John every success in developing opportunities for further collaborations between RLG Programs and European partners," said Dr. Mark Brown, Librarian, University of Southampton and Chair, CURL Board of Directors. "The scope of expertise available now from RLG Programs offers a range of exciting opportunities for the community in addressing areas of common strategic interest."
With the combination of RLG and OCLC in 2006, a new division was formed which brought together the community focused arm of RLG and the research activity of OCLC. OCLC Programs and Research collaborates with research-focused institutions to define opportunities, develop consensus and provide research, programs and prototypes that allow libraries, archives and museums to collectively address the challenges of supporting research and learning.
RLG Program's relationship with research institutions in Europe began in 1992 when the British Library joined RLG as its first non-North American member. RLG maintained an office in London from 1996 through 2004 and established working relationships with CURL, the Association of European Research Libraries/Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche (LIBER), and JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) that continue to this day.
About the University of St Andrews
St Andrews is Scotland's first University and the third oldest in the UK. For almost six centuries, it has proudly upheld the tradition of academic excellence, attracting scholars of international repute and students from all over the world. The Library at St Andrews dates back to the early 17th Century and over the years it has collected over one million volumes and offers a range of electronic books, journals and datasets to support teaching, learning and research. For more information on the University of St Andrews, visit www.st-andrews.ac.uk/.
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. For more information on OCLC Programs and Research, visit www.oclc.org/programsandresearch/.