Erik Jul, in his 15th year with OCLC, is Associate Director, OCLC Institute, a division of OCLC dedicated to promoting the evolution of libraries through advanced education and knowledge exchange.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Jul was Manager, Market Analysis and Special Projects, Collections & Technical Services Division, providing market research for key current and developing OCLC products and services as well as providing custom services and consulting to libraries from 1993–1997. He also managed the U.S. Department of Education-funded project, "Building a Catalog of Internet Resources," leading to the development of the InterCat Catalog, which now comprises more than 125,000 bibliographic records for Internet resources that have been selected and cataloged by libraries worldwide.
As a member of the OCLC Office of Research from 1991-93, Mr. Jul managed the Internet Resources project, which was also funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Results of that project led to the development of USMARC field 856 and the publication of Cataloging Internet Resources: A Manual and Practical Guide, edited by Nancy B. Olson.
As a senior writer for OCLC until 1993, Mr. Jul has written about OCLC systems and services in technical and user documentation, and served as editor for the award-winning Annual Review of OCLC Research from 1986-1994. He is a frequent contributor to the OCLC Newsletter and other professional publications, and serves on the editorial boards for Information Technology and Libraries, Journal of Internet Cataloging, and the electronic journal, LIBRES.
Mr. Jul joined OCLC in 1985 having completed a Master's degree and doctoral course work in Classics at The Ohio State University. He was graduated summa cum laude in 1982 from Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He holds an MBA degree at Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio, with an emphasis on knowledge management and organizational leadership.