DUBLIN, Ohio, July 15, 1994--OCLC has joined in the Library of Congress' (LC) effort to fund the United States of America's assessment for its membership in the International Standard Serials Number (ISSN) Network.
This membership assessment is an annual fee of $100,000, which has been paid by LC for almost 20 years. Due to a restriction of resources, LC has been unable to pay the entire assessment, leaving the ISSN Network's operating budget short. Winston Tabb, associate librarian for collections services at LC, is asking libraries and other organizations that benefit from ISSN services to bear some of the cost of participating in this international system. In response, OCLC will donate $7,500 to the fund and become an AmIS (American ISSN Friends) patron.
"The work of the ISSN Network in providing ISSN for all serials is important to the resource sharing and reference activities of U.S. libraries," said Liz Bishoff, director, member services division, OCLC. "OCLC is pleased to be able to support the continuation of this important work."
"We hope that OCLC's resounding support will encourage other institutions to join in our efforts to maintain funding for U.S. participation in the ISSN Network," said Regina Reynolds, head of LC's National Serials Data Program (NSDP), the U.S. ISSN Center.
The ISSN is used internationally to identify serial publications; it is essential for bibliographic control in searching, ordering and barcoding. Administration of the ISSN is coordinated through the ISSN Network, an intergovernmental organization created under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)/United Nations Intergovernmental System of Information in Science and Technology (UNISIST).
Further information about AmIS and membership forms can be obtained by calling Regina Reynolds at (202) 707-6379.
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: Liz Bishoff (614) 761-5173 or Nita Dean (614) 761-5002