Developing and rewarding leadership
Through a series of educational programs, annual awards, scholarships and fellowships, the OCLC cooperative provides financial support for those beginning their library careers and for established library leaders who excel in their profession. In addition, we encourage research in the library and information science field with three grants per year to college and university faculty members.
The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program
This program provides early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies. It is jointly sponsored by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and OCLC.
Current program status
The selection committee for the 2017 Fellowship program included: Fiona Bradley, IFLA; Sarah Kaddu, National Library of Uganda; Nancy Lensenmayer, OCLC; and Susanne Riedel, Universitätsbibliothek Bielefeld, Germany.
Watch a brief video interview with Rashidah Bolhassan, from Malaysia, who was part of the very first IFLA/OCLC Fellows class. She is now the CEO of the Sarawak State Library in Malaysia.
Up to five individuals are selected each year for participation in this intensive four-week Fellowship Program based at OCLC's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA. The program gives Fellows opportunities to meet with leading information practitioners and explore topics including information technologies, library operations and management, and global cooperative librarianship.
The Fellows visit many libraries, cultural heritage institutions and library organizations. The Fellows also observe OCLC's governance structure in action, gaining insight into issues affecting the global library cooperative. Fellows give presentations about their home countries and libraries and discuss real-world solutions to the challenges facing libraries today.
The Fellows translate their learning and experiences into specific professional development plans that guide their continued growth as well as their personal contributions to their home institutions and country of origin.
The Fellowship Program is for library and information science professionals who are in early stages of career development and from countries with developing economies. Eligibility is limited to those who are from a qualifying country, have a degree in library or information science obtained within the past five years, and have at least three years, but no more than eight years, of library or information science experience.
Sponsorship opportunities and general inquiries
The organizations that sponsor the Fellowship Program are seeking additional sponsorships from other interested organizations. For more information about sponsorship opportunities and general inquiries about the program, contact Nancy Lensenmayer, Program Director, OCLC Education and Professional Development.
See all who have participated
To date, The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program has welcomed 85 library and information science professionals from 38 countries.
Sharisse Rae Lim
Nguyen Van Kep
Rhea Jade Nabusan
Martin Julius Perez
Franklin Flores Urrutia
W. M. Tharanga Dilruk Ranasinghe
Trinidad & Tobago
Rev. Gillian Wilson
2003 and 2004 Fellows
Not shown in group photo:
Selenay Aytaç 
Muhammad Rafiq 
Library and Information Science Education Program
The OCLC Library and Information Science Education Program can help your LIS 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.
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 regions: Asia Pacific, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
How to participate
In the United States
LIS Program deans, directors and faculty may request access to OCLC services for classroom instructional purposes. To participate in the program, review the available OCLC services listed below and identify the service(s) your program desires to obtain. Then, access, complete and submit the OCLC LIS Education Program Services and Request Form.
Note: Agreeing to the OCLC LIS Education Program Terms and Conditions is required for participation.
In other countries, please contact:
Program Director, Education and Professional Development
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin, OH 43017
1-800-848-5878, ext. 6391 (USA and Canada only)
WorldCat Discovery Services—Discover more than 2.7 billion electronic, digital and physical resources with access to WorldCat and a central index that represents 2,459 e-content collections. See everything that is included in the central index (Excel).
Access to FirstSearch, which is being replaced by WorldCat Discovery Services, continues through a date to be determined in late 2016.
Cataloging and metadata services
Connexion—Enables students to streamline original and copy cataloging with high-quality bibliographic and authority records.
CatExpress service—Simplifies copy cataloging for students with an easy-to-learn and easy-to-use application. With CatExpress, designed for smaller libraries, students have access to records for all kinds of resources.
Dewey Decimal Classification system—your school receives:
- Complimentary access to WebDewey. An education licensing agreement is required.
- 20 percent off the purchase of 1-20 sets of the Dewey Decimal Classification Edition 23 and 40 percent off the purchase of 21 or more sets
- 10 percent off all other Dewey Decimal Classification publications and products.
- Access to the Dewey Cutter macro, a software program that automatically provides cutter numbers from the OCLC Four-Figure Cutter Tables upon input of text.
WorldShare Collection Manager—Enables students to maintain and register electronic collections in the WorldCat knowledge base to automate metadata management workflows
WorldShare Record Manager—Streamlines students’ original and copy cataloging needs, like Connexion, with high-quality bibliographic and authority records. It is a new service that is currently only available to early adopters.
Cataloging Label Program—Ensures easy printing of labels for library materials by students.
Virtual reference service
QuestionPoint reference management service—Access at your school will expose your students to a virtual reference service that keeps librarians in the center of the reference process. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of issues related to establishing and using virtual reference services as they use the live service through a library school group.
Digital collection services
CONTENTdm software—Hosted at OCLC at no charge, provides students with hands-on experience with the software used in building digital collections for libraries and archives worldwide.
OCLC waives most charges under this program, including specified charges for OCLC systems and services. OCLC reserves the right to charge for unique items, such as royalty fees to suppliers or third parties.
LIS schools are responsible for any training fees, workstations and internet access to OCLC services.
- 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.
OCLC sponsors or cosponsors the following awards in librarianship
- OCLC Award for Innovative Cooperation Initiatives in the Caribbean
- OCLC / Congrès des milieux documentaires (CMD) du Québec Innovation Award
- Canadian Library Association CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology