OCLC Office of Research publication available

DUBLIN, Ohio, July 19, 1996--The Annual Review of OCLC Research 1995, which provides details on OCLC's research activities throughout the year, is now available.

"The past year has been very exciting in the Office of Research," said Terry Noreault, director, OCLC Research and Special Projects. "The Internet has provided a wealth of opportunity for exploring information technology and assessing its impact on the library community. The significant accomplishments of our capable and dedicated research staff in this networked information arena support OCLC's commitment to the future of libraries and improving access to the world's information resources."

The publication includes summary reports on OCLC projects, external and collaborative research, the Library and Information Science Research Grant program, the office's Distinguished Seminar Series, and the Visiting Scholar program.

Yearly, the Library and Information Science Research Grant program awards several grants in support of research conducted by faculty in schools of library and information science. Four LISRG awards were presented in 1995.

The Distinguished Seminar Series aims to stimulate the exchange of ideas and discourse within and across information science disciplines. In 1995*1996, the Distinguished Seminar Series featured a presentation, "Electronic Reference in Academic Libraries in the 1990s," by Carol Tenopir, professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee.

The sabbatical research position, Visiting Scholar, has enabled experienced scientists, educators and administrators to conduct research in areas of mutual interest for the past 18 years and has included scholars from Canada, Japan and Sweden as well as the U.S.

Copies of the 77-page review may be obtained at no charge from OCLC, Annual Review, Mail Code 137, Support Services, 6565 Frantz Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017-3395. After mid-August, the review will be available on the Internet via the World Wide Web at URL:

http://www.oclc.org/oclc/research/publications/review95.htm

The OCLC Office of Research conducts mission-oriented research to provide the library and information science community with theoretical findings and practical applications.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 22,000 libraries in 63 countries and territories. OCLC is on the World Wide Web at http://www.oclc.org/.

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.