DUBLIN, Ohio, September 10, 2008—Jerome Offord Jr. has been named Manager, OCLC Corporate Inclusion, where he will be responsible for building and developing external relationships and strategies to attract diverse talent to OCLC, and continuing to drive an internal culture that welcomes diversity as a critical contributor to the organization’s effectiveness.
Mr. Offord comes to OCLC from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) where he has been Director of Diversity Initiatives since 2003. There he managed various initiatives to recruit and retain librarians from underrepresented groups, including ARL’s Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce and the Leadership and Career Development Program. He also worked closely with other offices within ARL to deliver workshops, training sessions and seminars to the ARL community.
Prior to his work at ARL, Mr. Offord was Director of Finance and Operations for Us Helping Us Inc., a small, Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit organization. He has more than five years of experience as a student affairs professional at both George Washington University and American University. He has been involved in diversity programming and serving diverse communities throughout his career.
Mr. Offord holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Lincoln University (Missouri), a Master of Science degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University, and a Master of Library Science from The Catholic University of America.
"OCLC is fully committed to fostering a culture of inclusion that values and respects people from a variety of cultures and with diverse backgrounds," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "By dedicating a full-time management staff position to focus on inclusion, OCLC is demonstrating that commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce to strengthen the organization. As OCLC continues to evolve as an increasingly global enterprise, a diverse workforce is imperative for our success."
Mr. Offord is set to begin work at OCLC world headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, on September 22.
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