On behalf of the city of Dublin, I would like to take time this week to congratulate OCLC on celebrating its 50th anniversary.
For the past five decades, OCLC has been developing cutting-edge technology to help libraries throughout the world share knowledge.
We're proud to have such an innovative and influential global business in Dublin.
OCLC was founded in 1967. That same year, the company began to develop its online catalog technology that is used by tens of thousands of libraries worldwide.
In 1981, OCLC moved to its new technology center here in Dublin. That move proved to be a game changer for both the company and our community.
I love the story that Dublin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Margie Amorose tells about OCLC's groundbreaking.
The president of OCLC at the time, Rowland Brown, said at the groundbreaking ceremony that OCLC could have located any place in the country because all they needed was a phone line. Margie asked him afterwards why he chose Dublin if all OCLC needed was a phone line.
She says Rowland told her that he picked Dublin because his property value would be guaranteed here.
That decision really helped set the tone for other corporations to also establish their headquarters here.
In the decades since OCLC's groundbreaking, the company has experienced incredible growth.
It has established offices in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Its online catalog representing library collections around the world, WorldCat, is the largest of its kind with more than 395 million records.
OCLC and its 16,000-plus library members in 120 countries have achieved hundreds of important milestones in information service and I know this is only the beginning.
We here at the city of Dublin congratulate the entire OCLC team in celebrating their achievements over the past 50 years, and express our appreciation for OCLC's support of the greater Central Ohio community through their many volunteer and philanthropic activities.
We wish them continued success over the next 50 years.
Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel submitted the City Manager's Notes column.