OCLC completes building renovations to support library technology innovation
Updates designed to reflect culture of collaborative, technology-driven organization
DUBLIN, Ohio, 20 October 2016—OCLC, the global library cooperative, has completed a year-long renovation to its headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, a project to not only repair the 35-year-old structure but also to purposefully update the environment to support a vibrant, innovative space for staff and member libraries.
The newly renovated headquarters includes structural repairs, a refurbished atrium and entrance, updates to an auditorium, new presentation capabilities, videoconference rooms, new kitchen and cafeteria, and new gathering places and work spaces. Pivotal to the design is the addition of a broad, cantilevered stairway in the atrium that connects staff members throughout the building.
"Place reflects culture," said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. "Without a word, a physical place can speak volumes about how we work and who we are as an organization. We are pleased that our new space reflects the collaborative, technology-driven, high-energy organization that we are."
Since its original construction in 1980, OCLC headquarters has undergone a variety of changes, but few updates. The need for structural and significant maintenance repairs led to consideration of the larger renovation project just completed.
OCLC is a leading provider of technologies that serve libraries around the world. Libraries of all types have been undergoing renovations as their mission and service to their communities change. Libraries have incorporated community spaces and advanced technologies to better support users and staff. The renovations at OCLC headquarters also reflect that kind of change.
As a membership organization, OCLC welcomes librarians from member libraries around the world to meet and collaborate at its headquarters. The newly renovated headquarters was completed in time for the 2016 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus in August. OCLC welcomed over a thousand librarians to its Dublin campus for this event, and has hosted several other events for libraries since then.
"Providing a well-designed, modern facility is critical to serving libraries around the world," said Tammi Spayde, OCLC Vice President, Vice President, Marketing, Human Resources, and Facilities. "We want to make sure our people have the technologies and tools they need to meet the growing needs of our member libraries now and well into the future. OCLC is consistently recognized as a Best Place to Work and has received numerous awards for its work environment and benefits. The new spaces will continue to attract and keep our technology talent."
The Perkins+Will Architecture Firm and Pepper Construction worked on the project.
"Perkins+Will won a design competition to update and reimagine OCLC headquarters," said Fred Schmidt, Interior Design Global Leader for Perkins+Willl. "The project focused on the public spaces of the building. We were charged with reimagining the four-story atrium. We were able to pinpoint architectural changes that would help OCLC achieve its goal to cultivate innovation through new and improved work and meeting spaces."
"The construction project at OCLC headquarters was one of the most challenging and one of the most rewarding projects we have done," said Paul Francois, President, Pepper Ohio. "This project involved significant repairs to existing structures, which required that we build scaffolding from the ground level of the atrium to the skylight ceiling. Because it was a year-long project, we navigated all kinds of weather. And we had to complete the project without disrupting OCLC staff, who were able to work throughout the entire construction period. It became one of our favorite projects."
Building renovations were not the only major project OCLC completed this year. In July, OCLC completed the largest technology upgrade in the organization's history. This project involved hundreds of staff members around the world to upgrade hardware, migrate vast amounts of data, and standardize processes to increase service responsiveness for OCLC member libraries and their users for many years to come.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.
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