OCLC Programs and Research sponsors JISC Conference 2008, 15 April at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, England

The two organizations share a history of connections and collaboration, as well as interest in topics related to the conference theme of "Enabling Innovation."

Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC Chief Strategist, and Vice President, Programs and Research, will speak at the event in a session entitled, "From e-Lib to the Library of the Future" regarding the emerging issues that face libraries and information services today, as well as the long-term changes that will lead to the library of the future. 

Also attending the event from OCLC will be John MacColl, RLG Programs European Director; Lynn Connaway, Senior Research Scientist; Janifer Gatenby, Research Integration and Standards.

In an interview to mark OCLC's sponsorship of the JISC Conference 2008, John MacColl said that OCLC is "delighted" to sponsor this year's JISC conference. He also spoke of the importance of libraries to academic success, their major influence on the engagement of education and research sectors with the Web, and the leading role of OCLC in supporting libraries across the world. The JISC Conference 2008 will provide an important opportunity for these themes and issues to be addressed. The complete podcast with John MacColl is available online (link below). 

Conference registration is now closed, but it will be possible to follow the conference online through a number of interactive web activities, including live video streaming of keynote sessions, micro-blogging, shared images from the conference, and podcasts of interviews and sessions.  More information on this is available at the conference Web site (link below).

JISC, the Joint Information Systems Committee, manages research and development programs and provides leadership in the use of Information Communications Technology (ICT) for teaching, learning, research and administration among United Kingdom Higher and Further Education Institutions.

For more information:

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
RLG Programs

Bob Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Programs and Research