Latin America and Caribbean

Library and Information Science Education Program

The OCLC Library and Information Science Education Program can help your LIS school provide students with the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in today's library environment.

For more than a decade, OCLC has supported library education programs. Through the OCLC Library and Information Science Education Program, OCLC can help your school provide students with the skills needed to lead in today's library environment. This program provides your students with reduced or no cost hands-on use of reference, resource sharing, cataloging, and other OCLC services.

Available services

  • Reference Services—including OCLC FirstSearch, QuestionPoint, WorldCat, and OCLC ArticleFirst services.
  • Resource Sharing Services—including WorldCat Resource Sharing and access to the OCLC Union List.
  • Cataloging and Metadata Services— including access to Connexion, CatExpress and Dewey services.

View a detailed description and listing of the OCLC LIS Education Program Services


Who can participate?

  • Library and Information Science schools accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada
  • Colleges and universities offering a bachelor degree or higher in library and information science education
  • Library/Media Technician training programs offering a certificate or associate degree
  • Schools of library and information science that offer degrees comparable to those in the U.S. in the following OCLC areas: OCLC Asia Pacific, OCLC Canada, OCLC Latin America and the Caribbean, and OCLC EMEA


OCLC waives most charges under this program, including specified charges for OCLC systems and services, including OCLC FirstSearch. OCLC reserves the right to charge for unique items, such as royalty fees to suppliers or third parties.

LIS schools are responsible for the following charges: terminal maintenance, training fees and network fees, if applicable.

Research opportunities

  • University Research—OCLC supports research at universities to advance goals such as using WorldCat effectively, exploring the concept of the electronic library, and improving interface design and human/computer interaction.
  • Distinguished Seminar Series—the Distinguished Seminar Series was established in 1978 to further stimulate the exchange of ideas. The topics represent areas of interest to the library and information science community. Speakers can report on recently completed or early-state research.
  • The OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant (LISRG) Program—awards grants for research conducted by faculty in schools of library and information science. Up to $15,000 for research-related expenses is awarded for projects through an extensive evaluation process.
  • Visiting Scholar—brings experienced scientists, educators, and administrators with demonstrated research capabilities to OCLC to conduct research with OCLC staff, facilities and data resources.

Learn more about current OCLC research projects and opportunities


As part of the OCLC LIS Education Program you will receive:

  • Multiple copies of reference cards for use in class or for distribution to students.
  • One free copy of the OCLC-MARC Tape and Export Record Formats manual.


  • Other documents and additional copies are available for purchase.
  • You may copy OCLC's documentation to use in your school's educational program.
  • Most documentation is available online.

View a complete list of available documentation


For more information on the OCLC Library and Information Science Education Program, please contact:

Nancy Lensenmayer
Program Director, Education and Professional Development
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin, OH 43017
1-800-848-5878 ex. 6391
Fax: 1-614-718-7070