DUBLIN, Ohio, April 27, 2000--Erik Jul, associate director of the OCLC Institute, has been named its new executive director, effective June 1. He will take over from Martin Dillon, who has announced his retirement.
According to Phyllis B. Spies, vice president, OCLC Worldwide Library Services, Mr. Jul was selected because of his knowledge, leadership skills, professional activities and achievements, and his vision of what the OCLC Institute can become.
"During his three-year tenure as associate director of the OCLC Institute, Erik has received high praise from adjunct faculty and seminar participants, who describe him as engaging and genuinely inclusive," Ms. Spies said. "Erik brings to the job academic credentials, extensive industry experience with libraries, and a strong desire to lead the OCLC Institute to new heights."
"This is an exciting and a challenging time for libraries and for the many partners, players and users in the knowledge management industry," said Mr. Jul. "In this time of rapid change, the OCLC Institute will work to help libraries worldwide to envision and create their preferred futures."
Mr. Jul graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree from Hope College. He holds a master's degree from Ohio State University and a master's in business administration from Franklin University. He has published extensively, and he is a founding editorial board member and contributing columnist to the Journal of Internet Cataloging, the first international print journal dedicated to this topic. He is also the founding associate editor of LIBRES, the first electronic journal dedicated to library research, and currently serves as guest editor of the Library Trends issue on library cataloging and the Internet.
Mr. Jul also serves on numerous committees and task forces including the American Library Association ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Committee, the Internet Engineering Task Force, Universal Resource Identifier Group and the ALCTS Metadata Task Force.
During his 14-year tenure at OCLC, he has held a variety of positions in the Computer Systems Engineering Division, the Documentation Department, the Office of Research and the Library Resources Management Division. He spearheaded the U.S. Department of Education- funded OCLC Intercat Project, which was instrumental in encouraging libraries worldwide to identify, select and catalog Internet resources according to library standards and practices.
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 36,000 libraries in 76 countries and territories. OCLC is dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs.
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