DUBLIN, Ohio, June 6, 1994--Richard Van Orden has been appointed to the position of program manager, OCLC Users Council, effective immediately. The appointment was announced by Kent Hendrickson, president of the Users Council, and K. Wayne Smith, OCLC president and chief executive officer.
As Users Council program manager, Mr. Van Orden will serve as the link for communication between Users Council delegates and OCLC. He will work with the Users Council Executive Committee to develop the council's annual plan and to organize the three meetings held each year at OCLC.
"I look forward to working closely with the delegates and to facilitating the communication between the Users Council and OCLC," he said. "Libraries, networks and OCLC need each other as they plan for the significant changes taking place in the world of information."
Mr. Van Orden joined OCLC in January 1988 as manager of enhanced information planning, with responsibility for planning full-text electronic information systems. In 1990, he was appointed program director for academic and research libraries, serving for three years as the staff liaison to the Research Libraries Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on College and University Libraries. He also coordinated the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing program and the Annual Research Library Directors Conference. Last summer, he transferred to OCLC's reference services division as a market analyst and has worked on pricing, Asia Pacific marketing support, and Z39.50 access issues.
From 1971 to 1987, Mr. Van Orden worked at the University of Utah Libraries, in positions ranging from assistant circulation librarian to head of online cataloging.
He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Utah State University, a master's degree in history from the University of Utah, and a master of library science degree from the University of Oregon.
He is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and Beta Phi Mu, the honor society for librarianship. He is the past chair of the History Section's Bibliography and Indexes Committee of ALA's Reference & Adult Services Division, and is a member of the Theme Speaker Subcommittee for the 1995 national conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
His publications include "Content-Enriched Access to Electronic Information: Summaries of Selected Research", which appeared in Library Hi Tech (Vol. 8, No. 3, 1990), and "A Report on the Landmarks of Science Microform Cataloging Project at the University of Utah Libraries", reprinted in Microform Review (Winter 1986).
Mr. Van Orden lives in Hilliard, Ohio, with his wife, Vicki, and their three sons.
The 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.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 18,000 libraries in 52 countries and territories.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Kent Hendrickson (402) 472-2526 or Nita Dean (614) 761-5002