DUBLIN, Ohio, Jan. 19, 1994--OCLC is offering assistance to libraries damaged by the Jan. 17 earthquake in California.
"It is the essence of a membership cooperative to help each other out in times of need," said Kate Nevins, OCLC vice president, member services. "OCLC is pleased to extend relief to our members who have been hit by the quake."
OCLC will assist with recovery of damaged workstations and offline products, expedite telecommunications line and workstation installations, and provide general systems advice to those in need.
Libraries needing assistance or wishing to offer assistance should contact OCLC Pacific, the service center for California libraries, by phone at (800) 854-5753 or by fax, (909) 948-9803.
Last summer, OCLC offered disaster recovery assistance to flood-damaged libraries in the Midwest. In 1992, OCLC assisted libraries damaged by Hurricane Andrew. Libraries damaged by the 1989 California earthquake and by Hurricane Hugo were also assisted by OCLC.
"It's important for librarians to know that OCLC is there for its members when a disaster like this strikes," said Ms. Nevins.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and products link more than 17,000 libraries in 52 countries and territories.