OCLC Leadership Team

Chip Nilges

Vice President, Business Development

Chip Nilges

Chip originally joined OCLC in 1994 as a member of the FirstSearch team. In his career with OCLC, he has managed OCLC reference and interlibrary loan services  and has led a variety of new product planning efforts, including WorldCat.org,  QuestionPoint and WorldCat Local. Chip became Vice President of Business Development in 2007. In his current role, Chip and his team manage OCLC's data services division, its inbound content licensing program, and its commercial partnerships with publishers, consumer Web sites and library service providers.

Chip's interests are well-aligned with the mission of libraries. He holds an MA in English Literature and an MBA, and came to OCLC from an early literacy program for at-risk first grade readers. Chip credits his initial interest in OCLC to a lifetime of library enjoyment and a desire to be a part of the public mission that is so critical to both OCLC and its members.

Chip is active as a speaker and expert on library technology, databases and e-content. He sits on the professional board of CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe). In addition to his MBA and MA degrees, Chip holds a bachelor's degree in English; all are from The Ohio State University.

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