DUBLIN, Ohio, Jan. 27, 1994--The OCLC Users Council met here Jan. 9-11 to discuss "Libraries, OCLC, and Electronic Publishing." It was the second of three meetings devoted to the council's 1993/94 theme, "The Bibliographic Commons and Beyond: Electronic Publishing and Knowledge Management."
During the meeting, Users Council delegates investigated the potential roles for libraries in electronic publishing; provided OCLC with input on the future of resource sharing to help shape OCLC's resource sharing strategy; and heard reports on regional networks, the roles and responsibilities of OCLC trustees, and OCLC's recent accomplishments and plans.
The Users Council nominated the following candidates for election to two seats on the OCLC Board of Trustees: Jan Keene, assistant director, Tulsa City-County Library; Bill Potter, director of libraries, University of Georgia; Tom Shaughnessy, librarian, University of Minnesota; and Ellen Waite, librarian, Loyola University of Chicago. Two new board members will be elected in May.
The Users Council unanimously adopted the following resolution:
Whereas, resource sharing is growing significantly and many member libraries have expressed interest in OCLC implementing an option for tracking and reconciling lending charges agreed to among participating libraries, Therefore, be it resolved that OCLC move ahead with development and implementation of such a system.
Users Council delegates held small group and panel discussions on electronic publishing and also heard three presentations on the topic.
Keynote speaker Charles Lowry, Carnegie Mellon University librarian, described efforts under way at CMU library to create a "virtual library of the future" whose goal is to make access to electronic information about as easy as turning on a television and to create a substantial amount of digitized information that users might really want to use.
David Seaman, coordinator of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia, spoke on the activities and experiences of the center, which operates an online archive of thousands of SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language)-encoded electronic texts and works with the library to provide access to the texts.
Andrea Keyhani, OCLC manager of electronic publishing, reported on activities under way at OCLC in electronic publishing, including OCLC's strategies for working with publishers, libraries, and end users of electronic journals.
In the OCLC President's Report, K. Wayne Smith updated the Users Council on OCLC's progress in reference services, cataloging and resource sharing, and international activities.
In other matters:
- Ann Wolpert, executive director of library and information services at Harvard Business School and member of the OCLC Board of Trustees, spoke about the role and responsibilities of an OCLC Board member.
- Kate Nevins, vice president, OCLC member services, presented an OCLC update.
- Changes to the Users Council Bylaws were approved.
- Users Council presented a retirement gift to Frank Grisham, executive director of SOLINET.
The next Users Council meeting will be May 22-24, with a focus on "Knowledge Management: Methods of Managing Chaos."
The OCLC Users Council comprises delegates from networks and service centers whose use of the OCLC System and contribution to the OCLC database qualify them for Users Council membership. Delegates represent the various interests of the General Members of OCLC and ratify amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and Code of Regulations of OCLC. The Users Council also elects six trustees to the OCLC Board of Trustees. The six Users Council-elected trustees and three other members of the library profession elected by the Board assure a majority of librarians on the OCLC Board. The Board possesses powers similar to those of university trustees.
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