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OCLC INSTITUTE LAUNCHED WITH FIRST SEMINAR

DUBLIN, Ohio, June 16, 1997--Twenty-two library leaders from 15 major
Brazilian libraries traveled to Dublin, Ohio, in early June to attend the
first OCLC Institute offering.

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the five-day seminar,
"Information Technology Trends for the Global Library Community," featured
lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations presented by technology and
library and information science experts.

"Among the many important services that OCLC provides, I think that this
initiative in education is going to be its most relevant contribution to th=
e
development of librarians and libraries with the competencies they need to
cope with the emerging technologies, especially in less-developed
countries," said Moacyr Fioravante, director, Funda=E7=E3o Getulio Vargas, =
which
is the administrative and operational center for the Brazilian Bibliodata
Library Network.  "The Information Superhighway ought to be a two-way
highway, and Cyberspace must have room for everybody in every nation.
 Knowledge is the key factor for the ones that have a role in this new era,
and so, education must be the strategic concern for institutions and nation=
s
if they want to be among them."

"We appreciate the willingness of our Brazilian guests to travel so far to
join us," said Martin Dillon, executive director of the OCLC Institute.
 "The institute is dedicated to providing opportunities for professional
growth for library and information service administrators.  It will support
them as they work to chart their future and ensure access to the world*s
information."

"This event is significant to Brazil and to the OCLC membership because it
demonstrates the growing global importance of librarianship in a world that
places increasing emphasis on international flows of information," said
Nicholas Cop, director of OCLC*s Latin America and the Caribbean Division.

Speakers and panelists included: Priscilla Caplan, assistant director,
Systems, University of Chicago Library; Kenneth Crews, director, Copyright
Management Center, Indiana University; Barbara Ford, professor and director
of University Library Services, Virginia Commonwealth University, and
president-elect of the American Library Association; Bill Graves, professor
of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill; Jose-Marie Griffiths, professor, University of Tennessee School of
Information Sciences; Sally McCallum, chief, Network Development and MARC
Standards, Library of Congress; Lizanne Payne, executive director,
Washington Research Library Consortium; John Richardson, OCLC Visiting
Scholar from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies;
Dennis Royalty, systems engineer, Sun Microsystems; Ralph Russell, library
consultant; Sharon Rogers, library consultant and chair of the OCLC Board o=
f
Trustees; Tom Shaughnessy, university librarian and director, University of
Minnesota.

OCLC staff members also made presentations.

The seminar marked the official beginning of the OCLC Institute as an
educational organization.  In the coming months, the institute will release
its upcoming course schedules and offerings.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer
library service and research organization whose computer network and
services link more than 24,000 libraries in 63 countries and territories
[www.oclc.org].          (ND)

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