DUBLIN, Ohio, July 10, 2000--More than 1,200 directors of OCLC member libraries and other OCLC community leaders attended the OCLC President's Luncheon, which was held today at the Chicago Hilton & Towers during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.
William J. Crowe, chair, OCLC Board of Trustees, and Spencer librarian, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, was the master of ceremonies for the OCLC annual meeting.
"This past year, we have focused primarily on a study of OCLC's future strategic directions and governance," said Mr. Crowe, describing the board's activities. "The main purpose of the study is to determine what changes, if any, might be made to OCLC's governance structure to enable it to advance its time-tested public purposes of furthering economical access to the world's information, now in a global environment."
Betsy Wilson, immediate past president of the OCLC Users Council, and associate director of libraries for Research and Instructional Services, University of Washington, highlighted the Users Council's 1999/2000 program, which followed the theme, "A New World: OCLC, Libraries and Users in the 21st Century."
"The powerful influences of member libraries, networks and librarians are ensured at the highest levels of OCLC governance through the deliberations and composition of Users Council and the Board of Trustees," said Ms. Wilson.
In his address, Mr. Jordan said, "Our new strategic directions are aimed at taking us to a 21st century OCLC, one that is providing services to libraries around the globe, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and helping them connect in new collaborative ways."
Luncheon guests viewed "The Wizard of the Web," a video parody of the Wizard of Oz, in which a librarian named Dorothy and three library users discover the truth about the Internet and learn about the power of cooperation when linked to the Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC). The video is available through interlibrary loan. Requests may be sent to the OCLC Information Center--holding symbol OCC, OCLC control number 44546310. Libraries that do not participate in the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service may send requests on the ALA interlibrary loan request form to: OCLC Information Center, P.O. Box 7777, Dublin, Ohio, 43017-0702. Borrowed videos may be freely duplicated for the borrowing organization's use.
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