Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New partnership with OCLC

We are excited to announce that Califa is now partners with OCLC - the full press release is below. Let us know if you have any questions!

Bob Murphy +1-614-761-5136

OCLC and the Califa Library Group announce partnership

DUBLIN, Ohio, July 21, 2010—OCLC welcomes the Califa Library Group as the newest partner in the OCLC Partnership Program.

As Partners, OCLC and Califa will collaborate on programs and activities to enhance services and expand educational opportunities to members of both organizations. This new partnership enables both organizations to explore new ways to anticipate and address the needs of shared members. Initiatives will include improving access to information to maximize the use of OCLC products and services, collaborating on online events and conferences with a focus on new technologies, and opportunities to expose new trends in funding and education.

The Califa Library Group, a not for profit membership cooperative serving libraries and information organizations in California, has been an active participant in OCLC cooperative services such as cataloging with WorldCat and group services. As an OCLC Partner, Califa and OCLC will work together to share information, educate and inform members of both organizations for the benefit of libraries and their users.

“We look forward to the opportunities created for Califa members that a partnership with OCLC offers. We are especially interested in collaborating on virtual training on new technologies,” said Linda Crowe, Califa Library Group Executive Director.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Califa to our growing Partnership Program,” said Cathy De Rosa, OCLC Vice President, Global Marketing. “The collaborative programs and services we can deliver together will allow members to take full advantage of current technologies that can improve efficiencies for Califa groups and libraries.”

The OCLC Partnership Program offers value-added services to OCLC member institutions through the development of strategic partnerships with library consortia, groups, networks and other membership organizations. OCLC and its Partners work together to strengthen member relationships and develop programs and services to serve the needs of shared members. For more information about the OCLC Partnership Program, or to learn more about becoming an OCLC Partner to deliver new service options or training to members, contact OCLC at

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 171 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at For more information, visit

About the Califa Library Group

The Califa Library Group is a not for profit membership cooperative serving libraries and information organizations in California. Established in 2004 with LSTA funding from the California State Library, Califa collaborates with members and provides leadership for cooperative negotiations to help ensure that members receive quality information resources. With over 220 members, including most of the public libraries, Califa is the largest library network in California. Califa’s membership includes all sizes and types of libraries – academic, research, public, school, corporate, medical, law, and special. A Board of Directors, elected by and from the membership, governs Califa, which is based in San Mateo, California with an office in Los Angeles. For more information visit
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