Magazine article Information Outlook

RLG, OCLC to Merge

Magazine article Information Outlook

RLG, OCLC to Merge

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Two of the world's largest membership-based information organizations have agreed to come together. The combined organization will offer an integrated product and service line, and will give libraries, archives and museums new leverage in developing services, standards and software that will help them support research and disseminate knowledge online.

The RLG Board of Directors and OCLC Board of Trustees have recommended that the two service and research organizations be combined effective July 1, 2006. If approved by RLG member institutions, RLG's online products and services will be integrated with OCLC products and services, and RLG's program initiatives will be brought forward as a new division of OCLC programs and research.

The organizations expect the merger to provide an opportunity to leverage program strengths, services and research initiatives, and to deliver more value to a greater number of libraries, museums, archives and other research organizations around the globe.

RLG is a non-profit organization of over 150 research libraries, archives, museums and other cultural memory institutions that designs and delivers information discovery services, organizes collaborative programs, and takes an active role in creating and promoting relevant standards and practices.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a non-profit, membership, library service and research organization whose public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs dominate its plans and activities. …

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