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The Org Shuffle: OCLC reorganizes

Smart Libraries Newsletter [May 2007]

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Every few years OCLC readjusts its organizational structure to reflect its current priorities and strategies and to rebalance the portfolios of its key executives. Over the last few years, the organization has grown through a number of strategic acquisitions, further augmenting its slate of top executives. In addition to these activities, OCLC has recruited outside the company for strategic executive leadership. This reorganization aims to achieve “global integration of services” to fine tune the relationships among all its business units and divisions that span the globe.

Karen Calhoun rejoins OCLC as its new Vice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services. Effective May 14, 2007, Calhoun takes responsibility for WorldCat, an asset of tremendous strategic importance to the future of OCLC. As the largest bibliographic database in the library sphere, WorldCat currently includes over 82 million records representing over a billion holdings. Calhoun will report to Robin Murray, VP Global Product Management.

Calhoun comes to OCLC from Cornell University (1997–present), most recently serving as Senior Associate Librarian. Prior to her tenure at Cornell, Calhoun was employed by OCLC in its Library Resource Management Division (1986-1996).

Calhoun has been in the center of a far-reaching debate on the future of library catalogs and cataloging practices, sparked by a report she authored, commissioned by the Library of Congress titled “The Changing Nature of the Catalog and its Integration with Other Discovery Tools.”

Reflecting its increasingly global presence, OCLC has created three geographically focused divisions for its services: Cathy DeRosa now heads OCLC Americas in addition to her role as Global VP of Marketing; Rein van Charldorp will oversee the European, Middle Eastern, and African division in addition to his role as Managing Director of OCLC PICA. Andrew H. Wang has been promoted as a Vice President of OCLC and will take responsibility for the geographical region that includes Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Other appointments involve integration of OCLC’s strategic acquisitions of the last few years. Lorcan Dempsey oversees OCLC Programs and Research, including many of the activities and projects of RLG which OCLC acquired in June 2006. Jim Michalko, VP RLG Programs and the former RLG employees based in Mountain View, CA fall within this part of the new OCLC organization. Robin Murray, former Managing Director of Fretwell-Downing Informatics, acquired by OCLC in November 2005, has been promoted to VP, Global Product Management, with dual reporting to Jay Jordan and Rein van Charldorp. Eric Hellman, former President of Openly Informatics, acquired by OCLC in January 2006, will report to Murry, focusing on the further development of 1Cate and new electronic resource management initiatives. Greg Zick, founder of DiMeMa which OCLC acquired in August 2006 for its CONTENTdm product for managing digital collections, reports directly to Jordan as Vice President, Digital Collection Services. Rich Rosy, founder of NetLibrary acquired by OCLC in January 2002, recently left OCLC. Rick Schwieterman, OCLC’s CFO, will expand his portfolio to oversee the operations of NetLibrary.

These executive appointments and realignments represent only a portion of the restructuring announced in March 2007. The changes mentioned here primarily involve organizations and individuals involved in OCLC acquisitions previously covered by SLN.

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Publication Year:2007
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Smart Libraries Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 27 Number 5
Issue:May 2007
Page(s):1
Publisher:ALA TechSource
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Subject: Executive Appointments
ISSN:1541-8820
Record Number:12929
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:2007-12-08 08:28:42