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Library advisors

The OCLC library community

The active involvement of OCLC members has been crucial to the success of scale OCLC WorldShare Management Services. OCLC relied on two important groups to guide our efforts to build Webscale management services for libraries.

Pilot libraries

The first group was tactical in nature—pilot libraries helped to test application functionality, data migration, implementation and support. These libraries included:

  • CPC (Craven, Pamlico, Carteret) Regional Libraries in North Carolina
  • Idaho Commission for Libraries including Boundary County Public Library and the Cooperative Information Network (CIN)
  • Orbis Cascade Alliance and Linfield College Libraries
  • Pepperdine University Libraries

The Library Advisory Council:

Helene Blowers

Helene Blowers
Digital Strategy Director
Columbus Metropolitan Library

Jan Ison

Jan Ison
Executive Director
Lincoln Trail Libraries System

Mary Piorun

Mary Piorun
Associate Director
University of Massachusetts Medical Center Library

John Teskey

John Teskey
Director of Libraries
University of New Brunswick

John F. Helmer

John F. Helmer
Executive Director
Orbis Cascade Alliance

Sarah McHugh

Sarah McHugh
Statewide Projects Librarian
Montana State Library

Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers
Executive Director
NCLIVE

Andrew Pace

Andrew Pace
OCLC
ex officio

Contact us with your questions about OCLC WorldShare Management Services, or request a webinar for your library.

Library Advisory Council

The second group was the Library Advisory Council, comprised of leaders in the library community from OCLC member institutions. The council's purpose was to provide advice and input to OCLC on the overall direction of the project, as well as validate our strategic positioning and provide a sounding board for new ideas not yet in the development plan.

The experience provided by the wide range of library practitioners on the council helped OCLC create a strategy that meets the needs of libraries across various sectors and geographies. As members of the cooperative, their ideas and feedback were integral to the development of Webscale services.

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration. Learn more »