Jay Jordan
Global Networking of Information in the Scientific World - OCLC's Strategy for the Future

The OCLC cooperative now connects more than 45,000 libraries in 84 countries and is actively engaged in the global networking of information. The presentation discusses recent trends in the information environment, OCLC's evolving strategy to help libraries and other knowledge organizations thrive in this environment, and strategic partnerships in Europe. A new OCLC market research report identifies trends in the information environment based on interviews with 100 information professionals, a review of 250 articles and papers, and extensive global research. Trends explored include social, economic, technology, research and learning, and library. The author reviews OCLC's ongoing strategy to extend the OCLC cooperative and transform its WorldCat database into a globally networked information resource through new services and a new technological platform. The presentation highlights strategic partnerships outside the U.S. involving OCLC PICA, which serves approximately 4,300 libraries and other cultural organizations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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