OCLC Research sponsors JISC Conference 2009, 23-24 March at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre

OCLC and JISC share a history of connections and collaboration, as well as a common interest in making libraries and higher education institutions more effective through innovation and shared services.

Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC Chief Strategist and Vice President, OCLC Research, will speak at the event in a session titled, "Higher education in a global economy--the implications for technology and JISC" regarding the changing higher education environment and the implications for JISC and the academic community.

Also attending the conference from OCLC Research will be John MacColl, European Director, RLG Partnership; and Nancy Elkington, Director, Partner Relations.

In an interview to mark OCLC's sponsorship of the JISC 2009 conference, Karen Calhoun, Vice President, OCLC WorldCat and Metadata Services, spoke with Robert Haymon-Collins, JISC's Director of Communications and Marketing, about what OCLC does to provide digital content for learning and research, as well as how improved access to this well-catalogued knowledge can help to improve the student experience--a key theme of this year's JISC conference. The complete podcast is available online (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
OCLC Research

Bob Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research