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OCLC and WLN Have Now Merged

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OCLC and WLN Have Now Merged

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OCLC and WLN have announced their merger, which took effect January 1, 1999.

WLN, a nonprofit corporation, serves 550 libraries in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. and Canada from its office in Lacey, Washington. OCLC is a nonprofit corporation based in Dublin, Ohio, that serves over 33,000 libraries in 65 countries and territories.

"We are very excited about the possibilities for WLN customers and staff as we join with OCLC in this merger," said Paul McCarthy, WLN president and CEO. "WLN libraries will share in the strengths of OCLC, and the new OCLC/WLN Pacific Northwest Service Center will benefit by having several of its products and services marketed nationally and internationally through OCLC's strong sales force. The benefits of these same products and services will now be more directly available to OCLC's many libraries.

"Since the announcement of the Letter of Intent on October 21, 1998, I have been immensely impressed by the energy, focus, and commitment of the staffs of both companies to put this merger together. The fact that we were able to do it in less than 10 weeks is a tremendous tribute to the good will and professional commitment of all involved. We look on this merger as truly a 'win-win' situation," said McCarthy. …

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