Changes certain, nature unknown

I don’t write about RLG (where I currently work and have worked for almost 27 years) all that often–for a variety of reasons.

There are exceptions. This is one of them.

We heard about this about 150 minutes ago as I write.

“This,” for those who don’t bother to click through, is the announcement that RLG and OCLC plan to merge.

And that, other than the title of this post, is all I can say at this point–not because I have any secret decoder ring, but because I don’t. Don’t bother to ask: I am devoid of insider information.

19 Responses to “Changes certain, nature unknown”

  1. Jon Gorman says:


  2. I just hope that your job will stay secure and that OCLC will recongnize you for the resource that you are. Perhaps you could start contributing to “It’s All Good.”

    Unless you *want* to be retired or do other work.

    Take care during these uncertain times.

  3. jessamyn says:

    Wow, I just read about this myself and was posting something to I really hope this goes smoothly and winds up being some sort of positive change, though I can’t help feeling that it sounds a little ominous as well.

  4. walt says:

    Thanks everyone (and others to come, if any). Daniel, I need to figure out why I didn’t get email notification for your comment (which is always supposed to happen), but in any case thanks for the specific good wishes. (I’m sure you have nothing to do with it; either the auto-email is slow in arriving or something else odd has happened.)

  5. Meredith says:

    Mergers always sound ominous. Hopefully they can lead to very little shakeup and a whole lot of great knowledge-sharing.

    If they’d make WorldCat work more like Red Light Green I’d be happy. 🙂

    Best wishes on this being an easy transition for you and your colleagues.

  6. Kathleen says:

    I miss Hugh Atkinson.

  7. Kathleen says:

    Why does this call me html version?

  8. Laura says:

    Good luck with whatever the future brings. I trust we can still count on Cites & Insights.

  9. walt says:

    Kathleen: Somehow, WordPress believes you put in “html version” as an email address.your name.  I’ve fixed it.

    Laura: I have no current plans to discontinue it…and that’s as much as I can say (because it’s as much as I know).

  10. Marydee says:

    However this shakes out, I do hope it will be positive for you, Walt. I note they’re keeping the California office, so an immediate move to Ohio is doubtless not in the cards for you.

  11. Dorothea says:

    Whoof. That’s a shocker. Here’s hoping it’s a good thing.

  12. Mark says:

    Amen to all the above!

  13. Scott says:

    I’ll echo Daniel’s comment re: It’s All Good and you’re contributing to it. Heck, that might be a sign of how well the OCLC/RLG merger is going 🙂

  14. Dave Tyckoson says:

    OCLC uber alles?

  15. walt says:

    Just a note in passing:

    Thanks for all the kind words. (And thanks to the half-dozen OCLC folk who have variously welcomed me to the fold…although, as it turns out, none of them know any more than I do.)

    Status at this point: Pretty much unchanged.

    Except that I’ve finally been able to do a little writing at home this afternoon; Wednesday and Thursday, I was too shook up to make any progress at all. (Fortunately, two days of lost writing time make no difference in the overall scheme of things.)

    If you don’t see any great posts for a few days, now I have an excuse, instead of the usual not-getting-around-to-it.

  16. Peter Murray says:

    Hey, Walt. I heard about this on the code4lib IRC channel and immediately thought of you. Keeping an R&D group distant from the host organization is a good thing, if one is to believe Christensen’s “Innovator’s Solution”. Still, Ohio isn’t all that bad of a place to work… 🙂


  17. vonjobi says:

    after seeing the library link of the day, i went to your blog. i hope you’re ok.

    i always wondered about the relationship between oclc and rlg, and never quite understood it because i’m so far away physically and professionally (i haven’t used their services at all).

    is this like google merging with yahoo? i’ve been through a merger myself, and there were quite a few warning signs. i wonder how they kept this one so quiet…

  18. walt says:

    vonjobi: I don’t really have answers to your questions, but you might check out my new post…

  19. walt says:

    Update: I’m OK. While there are still uncertainties, I believe everything will work out (and in my case at least, for the best). For a little more, here’s my new post.