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Titia van der Werf named Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research

LEIDEN, Netherlands, 13 October 2011—OCLC Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Titia van der Werf as Senior Program Officer, based in OCLC’s Leiden office, where she will coordinate and extend OCLC Research work throughout Europe and will have special responsibilities for interactions with the OCLC Research Library Partners there. Ms. van der Werf will represent OCLC in European and international library and cultural heritage venues. Her appointment is effective 1 January 2012.

Ms. van der Werf is a well-known manager in the cultural heritage sector and a leader in the strategic application of information technology in libraries, archives and museums. For the past five years, she has been the Director of Collections and Digital Infrastructure at the International Institute of Social History (IISG) in Amsterdam where she oversaw innovative changes in the organization, processes and technology to align with a new strategy of research support at the Institute.

Prior to her leadership role at the IISG, she directed the Library and ICT at the internationally-renowned African Studies Centre, an independent scientific institute that undertakes social-science research on Africa, located on the campus of the University of Leiden.

Ms. van der Werf’s early work was in Informatics and research and development first as a software developer at PICA-Center for Library Automation, then at RABIN-Council for Library and Information Services and finally at the National Library of the Netherlands. In this latter role she was responsible for the library’s first website as well as the design and deployment of its first e-depot system.

Building on her academic training and professional experience in informatics, she has been a prominent contributor to important national and international projects of the scholarly communication program of the SURF Foundation (the major driver of ICT innovation in the Dutch academic sector) and the European Union program for digital libraries. Throughout her career she has contributed to policies that shape the direction for libraries, archives and museums in the digital age including preparing the Preliminary Draft UNESCO Charter on the Preservation of the Digital Heritage.

“Many of us at OCLC Research have had the opportunity to work with Titia as peers in many projects,” said Jim Michalko, Vice President, OCLC Research Library Partnership. “We have admired her cross-cultural skills, her ability to motivate others, and her thoughtfulness about the future of libraries, archives and museums in those venues. We are very excited to now have her as a new colleague bringing those same skills to OCLC Research where, supported by the full capacity of OCLC, she can use them to shape and impact our shared future.”

Ms. van der Werf said, “I have had a long professional association with both Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC’s Chief Strategist, and with Jim. The work that OCLC Research does in collaboration with the library and archives community is leading, and shapes the future of the sector. I look forward to contributing to that and bringing OCLC into productive working relationships with its important peer organizations in Europe. The challenge and the opportunity are very welcome.”

“We are pleased to have Titia van der Werf join OCLC,” said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director, OCLC Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Her presence will allow us to further research activities and cooperation with like-minded organizations and research libraries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

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