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Business First of Columbus Reports RLG's roughly 150 members late last week approved the proposal to merge with Dublin-based OCLC, a nonprofit group that provides computer-based cataloging and research services to libraries. OCLC's board approved the combination last month.
The combination of the two organizations will open up cost-effective ways to bring research collections online, James Neal, RLG's chairman, said in a release. Neal is also vice president for information services at Columbia University, one of the schools that helped form RLG.
OCLC will maintain its name but will open a new unit named RLG-Programs Development.