OCLC President and CEO, Jay Jordan, will present “The Web and the new world of bibliography”
“The Web and the new world of bibliography” is the topic of the seventh annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science that this year features OCLC president and chief executive officer, Jay Jordan. The lecture is hosted by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will take place in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Library at 3 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Vannevar Bush, Henriette Avram and Fred Kilgour were early explorers in library automation who began to use the computer to map the world’s knowledge. Nearly 50 years later, we are starting to realize their vision. Bibliography continues to provide the latitude and longitude for our new knowledge maps. Bibliographic work will be more important than ever in the future as the Web transforms the way people look for and use information.
About Jay Jordan
Jay Jordan became the fourth president in OCLC's 44-year history in May 1998. He came to OCLC after a 24-year career with Information Handling Services, an international publisher of databases, where he held a series of key positions in top management, including president of IHS Engineering. Jay graduated from Colgate University in 1965 with a B.A. in English literature and served as a U.S. Army officer in Germany. He has spent more than seven years living and working outside the United States.
Jay has overseen a period of remarkable growth for OCLC. Since 1998, the number of libraries participating in the OCLC cooperative has grown from 30,000 to more than 72,000. The number of participating institutions outside the U.S. has increased from 3,200 in 64 countries to 16, 215 in 170 countries. WorldCat, the OCLC bibliographic database, has grown from 38 million records to more than 236 million, and the number of library location listings attached to those records has increased from 668 million to over 1.7 billion.
Under Jay's leadership, OCLC built a new technological platform, introduced new Web-scale cloud services, created a library advocacy program, and introduced new initiatives to make library holdings and libraries more visible on the open Web.
Last June, Jay announced his plans to retire as president and CEO on June 30, 2012.
By June 2012, Jay will have served 14 years as president and CEO, the longest tenure of any OCLC president. In the meantime, Jay remains fully engaged as OCLC proceeds to implement its new Webscale services and to migrate its existing services to a new, Webscale cooperative platform.
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About OCLC Online Computer Library Center
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories around the world have used OCLC services for cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services. OCLC and its worldwide member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, making it the world’s largest and richest database of bibliographic information. OCLC publishes the Dewey Decimal Classification system, the most widely used library classification system in the world. OCLC is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, USA and has over 1200 employees worldwide. For more information about OCLC, visit: www.oclc.org
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