OCLC Research Welcomes Takashi Shimada and Simone Kortekaas

OCLC Research is pleased to welcome two colleagues who will spend time with us over the next four weeks:

  • Takashi Shimada from Keio University in Tokyo has joined us as an OCLC Research Library Partnership Fellow to learn about our work and goals so he can effectively represent OCLC Research and the OCLC Research Library Partnership to his colleagues in Japan. Shimada-san has been employed at Keio University Libraries since 1994 in a variety of different capacities. During his four-week stay with us from 10 September through 12 October he will spend time in both our San Mateo and Dublin offices to observe how academic libraries in the OCLC Research Library Partnership align themselves to their university's mission. Upon his return to Japan he will assist Keio University Libraries with their planning process to ensure that their strategy reflects global trends and the best thinking from outside Japan, including how to best adapt to the rapid changes in the Internet environment and keep up with digitization activities. He will also serve as an OCLC Research liaison to Japanese research libraries by monitoring OCLC Research activities, interpreting some of our work and encouraging collaborative action and a community of interest among Japanese research libraries. In addition, he will convey opportunities to new Japanese institutions that join the OCLC Research Library Partnership.

  • Simone Kortekaas from Utrecht University in The Netherlands will spend three weeks of her professional sabbatical at OCLC Research. Ms. Kortekaas is the Head, Information & Marketing at Utrecht University and has extensive experience in leadership roles in several university libraries. During her time with us she is interested in learning more about the opportunities new technology provides to improve workflows of scholars, teachers and students with respect to producing, managing, archiving and discovering the scientific information they need. She is also interested in learning more about the new developments related to WorldCat as an end-user discovery system, patron-driven acquisition, metadata and licensing, and the OCLC Research activities Changes in Scholarly Communication and Visitors and Residents. Ms. Kortekaas will spend 17 September through 4 October in our Dublin office working with OCLC Research staff on individual projects, as well as working with some of the OCLC product teams.

More Information

Keio University Media Center (Library)

Utrecht University Library

For more information:

Lorcan Dempsey
Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist

James Michalko
Vice President, OCLC Research Library Partnership
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research