DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 4, 2000--OCLC and PAIS, Public Affairs Information Service have finalized negotiations to merge the two organizations, effective Jan. 1, 2000.
PAIS, a not-for-profit corporation with offices in New York City, publishes the PAIS International database, which contains over 460,000 records of abstracted and indexed literature from over 120 countries. OCLC is a nonprofit corporation based in Dublin, Ohio, which serves over 36,000 libraries in 74 countries.
OCLC Public Affairs Information Service will continue to operate in its New York City offices.
The merger follows discussion and negotiations that began in June 1999. The joining of resources of the two entities is expected to support the enhancement of the PAIS database, which is currently available via the OCLC FirstSearch service.
"The merger of PAIS and OCLC assures that PAIS will continue its long tradition of chronicling global public policy well into the 21st century, and it will be able to meet the technological challenges on the horizon," said John Ganly, chair of the PAIS Board of Trustees.
"This alliance will benefit libraries, PAIS and OCLC," said Jay Jordan, OCLC president and CEO. "It will provide libraries with low-cost access to global content in the social sciences; it will allow us to repackage the PAIS abstracts and indexes and link them to WorldCat to create greater value; and it will bring important editorial skill sets to OCLC."
Based in New York City, PAIS is a not-for-profit educational corporation founded in 1914 by librarians; chartered in 1954 by the Board of Regents, Education Department, State of New York; and dedicated to providing better access to the literature of public affairs-current issues and actions that affect world communities, countries, people and governments. The PAIS International database contains over 460,000 records abstracted and indexed from literature originally published in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. PAIS publishes indexes and abstracts that help people identify and locate documents about important political, economic and social issues in public debate throughout the world. More information about PAIS is available on the PAIS Web site.