The official quarterly publication of
OCLC Latin America and the Caribbean
Volume 10, Number 2
in this edition
Note from the Director of OCLC Mexico 1
Regional News 2
Conferences and Events 5
OCLC News 6
Welcome to the July edition
of the Boletín
Even though this is the second issue of
the Boletin this year, it is full of firsts. From
celebrating our very first member from Peru,
to the new Barbados Group Catalog and even
new eAudiobook offerings in Spanish, we’re
very proud to present this publication to you.
We hope that you will spend a few minutes
to learn about some of the exciting events
that have taken place throughout the second
quarter of 2007.
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I recently attended the XXXVIII
Jornadas Mexicanas de Biblioteconomia
( AMBAC). This is the annual Mexican
Librarian Association meeting, this
year held in Leon, Guanajuato. At the
meeting it was clear to me that the
cooperative nature of OCLC’s services
creates a genuine synergy between
libraries but also, museums and
Every day, organizations that have
holdings have to be concerned, more
and more, with the access and
openness of their collections. The
accessibility to their materials and
the access to the data contained is a
vital element to those responsible for
a collection. The new OCLC Web site
www. worldcat. org makes access to
individual collections possible— and
more significantly puts an individual
collection alongside the 59,000 other
member library holdings making it a
repository of world knowledge.
At AMBAC, OCLC held its sixth
consecutive Users Group meeting.
This meeting is an opportunity for
OCLC members to openly discuss their
experiences and opinions on OCLC
products and services, as well as voice
concerns to OCLC management. It is
a chance to exercise the cooperative
nature of the organization in an open
forum and we thank those members
that took the time to attend.
I understand that in June in Puerto
Rico, coinciding with ACURIL, there
will be a Caribbean Users Group
meeting and it is my hope that over
time more of these groups will be
formed to strengthen the position of
the cooperative in Latin America.
José Antonio Yáñez
Director, OCLC México
Note from the Director of OCLC Mexico
OCLC Latin America and the Caribbean
America_ latina@ oclc. org
+ 1- 614- 764- 6301
José Antonio Yáñez
First Peruvian library joins OCLC LAC!
The Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas ( UPC) is
the first Peruvian library to join the OCLC LAC cooperative. A
highly- regarded university, OCLC LAC is proud of its affiliation
with UPC and looks forward to building bridges together for
additional libraries at the national level.
UPC library directors, Ms. Liliana Elespuru, Manager,
Information Resources and Ana María Vivanco, Collections
Development Coordinator, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias
Aplicadas, participated in OCLC Members Council in May,
held at OCLC’s headquarters located in Dublin, Ohio. Please
join OCLC LAC in welcoming UPC!
From left to right:
Ms. Liliana Elespuru, Manager, Information Resources, Universidad Peruana
de Ciencias Aplicadas; Lucia Shelton, Coordinadora Administrativa, OCLC
LAC; Antonio Alba, Regional Manager, OCLC LAC; Tim Rapp, Director, LAC
Division, and Ana María Vivanco, Collections Development Coordinator,
Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas.
2007 IFLA / OCLC Early Career
Development Fellowship Program
Each year IFLA / OCLC sponsors, including the American
Theological Library Association, International Federation
of Library Associations and Institutions ( IFLA), OCLC and
OCLC PICA, select outstanding early career librarians from
developing countries to participate in a five- week program.
From April 27 to June 1, the five 2007 Fellows spent four
weeks based at OCLC’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, and
one week based at OCLC PICA in Leiden, Netherlands. The
Fellows interacted with OCLC staff, shared information about
libraries in their countries, traveled to libraries, attended
the OCLC Members Council May meeting, and participated
Welcome New Members
From left to right:
Mr. Max Muñoz, Head Librarian, CONARE Library; Mrs. Margarita García,
Library Director, Universidad Nacional; Mrs. María Eugenia Briceño, Library
Director, SIBDI, Universidad de Costa Rica; Dr. Claudia Brigita Madrizova,
Library Director; Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica; Ing. Sonia Rojas,
Manager, Libraries Coordination Division, CONARE; Mrs. Rita Ledesma,
Library Director, Universidad Estatal de Educ. a Distancia; Mr. José Andrés
Masis, Director, Office of Planning, CONARE.
• Sistema Bibliotecario de la Educación Superior
Universitaria Estatal de Costa Rica ( SIBESE- CR)
• The Universidad Metropolitana, San Juan, Puerto Rico
• The Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Peru
• Sociedad Cooperativa mundial de Bibliotecas
• The National Library of Mexico joins the cooperative as
of June 2007. We are most honored to have them as
members and welcome them to the cooperative!
Group of catalogers from the National Library of Mexico that attended
the OCLC cataloging training session . From left to right : Izq. a derecha;
Narciso Rojas Moreno, Samuel Brena Becerril, Alfredo Bramlett Ruiz, Silvia
Mónica Salgado Ruelas, Francisco Xavier, Hernández Sánchez, Luz María
Mendoza Hernández, Gloria Vargas Sesma, Evelia Santana Cavaría, Sofía
Brito Ocampo, Aurora Serrano Cruz, José Antonio Salazar Carmona, Sonia
Salazar Salas, Patricia Ramírez ( Training and Implementations Specialist,
OCLC LAC), Rosario Rodríguez Torres, Isabel Aguilar Navarro, Alejandra
González Aguilar, Fátima González Olvera, María de los Ángeles Espino
Rivera y Ángel Villalba Roldán.
in many OCLC- sponsored activities. Mrs. Pauline Nicholas,
Electronic Reference Librarian, Main Library, University of the
West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, and Mrs. Elisangela Alves
Silva, Information Assistant, Abrinq Foundation for the Rights
of Children and Adolescents, Sao Paulo, Brazil, were two of
the five 2007 fellows.
When asked about her impression of OCLC and experience
as a fellow, Pauline answered, “ I was also taught that they
provide cataloging services. I will never forget the hospitality
and warmth of the people that I came in contact with. In
addition, there is the dynamic level of collaboration and
networking. This is something worth emulating in third
Elisangela responded to the same question, “ When I was in
Brazil I thought that OCLC was a big non- profit organization
that helps libraries and librarians. Now I realize that it is
not just big, but huge and really tries to find solutions to
provide libraries with access to information. The people
are very friendly and open to new ideas. In my opinion, the
most important lesson is that not only technology makes a
difference in information services, but the attitude of people
who work in these places, who try to find solutions and share
them… All of the places we visited gave us a great vision
of library operations, information technology, cooperative
work, and showed us possibilities and new opportunities to
improve libraries in our own country.
Please visit OCLC online at http:// www. oclc. org/ education/
From left to right:
Daniel Mattes, Library Director, Anahuac University, OCLC Delegate Latin
America; Ms. Pauline Nicholas, Electronic Reference Librarian, Main Library,
University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica; Tim Rapp, Director, OCLC
LAC; Dr. Margaret Rouse Jones, Campus Librarian, University of West Indies,
St. Augustine, Trinidad, and OCLC Delegate Caribbean region; and Mrs.
Elisangela Alves Silva, Information Assistant, Abrinq Foundation for the
Rights of Children and Adolescents, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The National Library Service of Barbados
unveils the Barbados Group Catalog
The Barbados Ministry of Information and Culture had a
vision of a comprehensive national information system.
The National Library Service of Barbados was officially
formed in 1999, and was mandated with the responsibility
of coordinating and advising government libraries and
other information service institutions on acquisition and
cataloging, including creating a comprehensive database of
locally produced reports and locally held serials. Finally, the
organization was also responsible for producing a Barbados
National Bibliography and a Union List of Serials.
The Barbados Group Catalog will combine more than 56,000
records from eight libraries and will be available beginning
in August 2007. Using records already cataloged in WorldCat
by its member libraries, the Barbados Group Catalog
leveraged the investment its libraries have already made
with their cataloging efforts. Using the FirstSearch interface,
The Barbados Group Catalog has its own unique branding
graphically. Users can search across all libraries locally,
group- wide— or even throughout all of WorldCat.
To learn more about the Barbados Group Catalog, please
contact Antonio Alba at alba@ oclc. org.
FUNGLODE begins cataloging its
resources in WorldCat
Located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, The
Fundacion Global Democracia y Desarrollo ( FUNGLODE),
along with its sister organization, the Global Foundation
for Democracy and Development ( GFDD), have begun
cataloging their resources in WorldCat. FUNGLODE and GFDD
are private, non- profit organizations dedicated to designing
and implementing projects and programs that contribute to
the social, economic and democratic development of the
Dominican Republic and the region.
The organizations collaborate with several universities and
organizations throughout the United States, Canada, Latin
America and Europe. A top research institute in the Dominican
Republic, FUNGLODE has recently created initiatives such as
the National Climate Change Awareness Program: Translating
Science into Action. Its programs are designed to increase
public awareness and understanding of critical issues,
foster international exchange of students and experts, and
contribute to professional development and initiatives to
support sustainable development in the Dominican Republic.
• June 3- 9
San Juan, Puerto Rico | XXXVII ACURIL ( Association of
Caribbean University, Reasearch and Institutional
Libraries) Conference: Equitable Access to Information
and Knowledge: An Inalienable Right for All
• July 8- 11
Brasilia – DF – Brazil | XXII CBBD- Congresso Brasileiro de
Biblioteconomia, Documentação e Ciência da Informação
( Brazilian Congress of Librarianship, Documentation and
• August 6- 8
Rio de Janeiro | Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo, Brasil |
Course SOIMA 2007: Safeguarding Sound and Image
Conferences and Events
• August 12- 17
Cartagena de las Indias, Columbia | CRICS8: 8th Regional
Congress on Health and Science Information
• August 27- 29
Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico | 1 er Simposio Internacional
Sobre Organizacion del Conocimiento: Bibliotecologio y
• September 18- 20
Sao Paulo - Brazil | ISTEC – Seminario Internacional
de Bibliotecas Digitais ( International Seminar of Digital
Libraries), at Centro de Convenções Rebouças
A review of OCLC governance
In February 2007, the OCLC Board of Trustees authorized a
review of its governance; the review will be supervised by a
governance study committee comprising current and past
trustees and delegates to Members Council. The review
includes governance issues related to the Board of Trustees,
as well as the Members Council and its sub- committees.
The formal goals as set by the OCLC Board are to:
• Draw on the research and analyses done by OCLC and
others to understand the environmental factors likely to
have an impact on libraries, other cultural heritage
institutions, and OCLC into the coming decade.
• Review and evaluate the current and alternative
governance forms for OCLC.
• Recommend a governance structure appropriate to the
roles that OCLC is expected to carry out in the next decade.
The review is being conducted by The Higher Education
Consultancy Group ( HECG) based in the UK, an appropriate
development in the light of the international role now played
by OCLC. A specific invitation will be sent to all delegates to
the Members Council inviting them to submit contributions
to the study. OCLC members not involved in the Members
Council are also encouraged to contribute to the review.
All comments and contributions should be sent to Allan
Schofield by Friday 20 July 2007. All submissions will remain
confidential unless respondents explicitly indicate that they
are happy for the committee to see their comments.
Comments should be solely about issues relevant to
governance; the consultants are not seeking submissions
on broader issues, such as OCLC products and services, etc.
Further information about the review, contact George M.
Needham, Vice President, Member Services, OCLC.
Discounts on Language Sets now
OCLC is currently offering the following discounts on
• Save 10% on orders over $ 5,000
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And for first- time customers, OCLC will take 15% off your
Current customers will receive an extra 5% off the standard
15% discount for Standing Orders. Finally, don’t miss your
chance to save 50% on Spanish Juvenile titles.
For more information regarding this special offer, please visit
OCLC online at www. oclc. org/ info/ languagesets.
New Spanish Language eAudiobook
titles now available from Yoyo USA
Yoyo USA is a pioneer in the creation, development and
distribution of Spanish- language eAudiobooks and offers
the most important works of universal literature. Yoyo USA
is a subsidiary of Yoyo Music of Columbia, one of the largest
publishers of recorded literary work and music on CD and
cassettes in Latin America. More than 190 titles are available
The NetLibrary eAudiobook Purchase Program offers libraries
individual titles for individual purchase from a growing
selection of new release, popular, best- selling, and classics
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Learn more about NetLibrary’s eAudiobook Purchase
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