DUBLIN, Ohio, September 13, 2016—OCLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Frick as Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership.
Frick will lead the program of OCLC Research that undertakes significant, innovative, collective action to benefit scholars and researchers. In this role, she will direct a team of program officers who are widely recognized for their efforts to advance innovation, learning, and connecting libraries to the future.
Frick has nearly 20 years of broad-based library experience, most recently with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) where she was Director of Business Development. In this position, she worked on DPLA's sustainability plan and forged new relationships and strategic partnerships to build DPLA's visibility and impact, such as the Open eBooks program. This program brings together a coalition of literacy, library and technology partners who joined together to create an app that makes thousands of popular and award-winning titles free for children from low-income households.
Prior to her work at DPLA, Frick served as the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Program Director at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for four years. In her capacity as DLF Director, she was instrumental in building a large and diverse community of practitioners, working to advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services. Frick held senior positions at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the University of Richmond, among other roles. She is widely known in the library, archive, and museum world for her vision, creative problem solving, and organizational knowledge.
"OCLC's Research Library Partnership is highly-regarded in the library community and the program officers are extremely talented," shares Frick. "I'm eager to lead such a well-respected team of researchers and contribute to the enrichment of the RLP."
"Many factors went into selecting Rachel for this position," said Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President of the OCLC Membership and Research Division, and Chief Strategist. "We value her commitment to advancing libraries and her strong record of collaboration across a wide variety of library and adjacent organizations. Rachel's leadership will bring new insights and expertise to enrich the Research Library Partnership and an already-strong team of program officers."
Frick will begin at OCLC on September 19.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.
About the OCLC Research Library Partnership
The OCLC Research Library Partnership is a venue for research libraries to undertake significant, innovative, collective action to benefit scholars and researchers everywhere. The Partnership magnifies the leadership and direction provided by innovative libraries. OCLC recognizes the valuable contribution that research libraries play in the cooperative and supports the Partnership with the full capacities of OCLC Research. For institutions, the ORLP represents a significant extension of their own, internal R&D capacities.