Senior Program Officer
Karen Smith-Yoshimura is Senior Program Officer at OCLC. She has been working with research institutions affiliated with the trans-national OCLC Research Library Partnership for over twenty years. She focuses on issues related to the metadata needed to describe and provide multilingual access to the resources managed by libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage organizations.
Karen worked with the Library of Congress and the Chinese Character Code for Information Interchange's Chinese Character Analysis Group to develop the East Asian Character Code Set for Bibliographic Use, an American standard (Z39.64) that preceded Unicode. She participated in the founding of the Unicode Consortium and served on the US Technical Advisory Committee that contributed to Unicode becoming an international character set standard now used globally.
Before working with the OCLC Research Library Partnership, Karen spent nine years in East Asia, primarily in Japan and Taiwan.