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OCLC's K. Wayne Smith to Step Down in June

Magazine article Information Today

OCLC's K. Wayne Smith to Step Down in June

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K. Wayne Smith, president and chief executive officer of OCLC Computer Library Center, announced on October 5 that he would step down in June 1998.

Smith, age 59, has been president since January 1989. He said he would continue to serve OCLC in an advisory capacity, but would no longer be involved in dayto-day management. He made the announcement at the October meeting of the OCLC Users Council, which involves representatives from OCLC-affiliated networks and service centers.

"I strongly believe this is the right decision at the right time for OCLC and for me:' Smith said. "The OCLC that I have been privileged to lead for the last 9 years is an international institution with the vital public purposes of helping libraries further access to the world's information and reduce the costs of that information. OCLC has become a global force in scholarship, research, and education. For me personally, this job has been a joy. To quote Teddy Roosevelt, it has indeed been `work worth doing.' I also believe, however, that after nearly 10 years, it is time for new leadership at OCLC. …

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