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Lorcan Dempsey - Wikipedia

Brief professional bio

Lorcan Dempsey is a librarian. He works for OCLC and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his family. He has worked for educational, public and non-profit organizations in three countries. He grew up in Ireland and has worked for significant periods in the UK and the US. His influence on library directions in the US, Europe and around the world is widely recognized. He has overseen operational services, technical development, membership and governance activities, as well as major library R&D capacity.


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  • I live in the American Midwest with my family. We are based in Columbus, Ohio.
  • I grew up in Ireland and have lived for long periods in both the US and the UK. This doubly immigrant experience has been an important shaping factor for us. We have lived in Dublin, Bristol/Bath and London before this.
  • I have worked for educational, public and non profit organizations in Ireland, the UK and the US. I work for OCLC, a non profit company, which provides data logistics and other services to libraries around the world.
  • I write and present about library directions.