Led by librarians on behalf of libraries
Our members guide the development of OCLC’s programs, policies, strategy and services. That responsibility is reflected in our leadership structure.
OCLC Board Chair
Dean of University Libraries and the School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University
Regional Councils represent the interests of members at the local level. All OCLC member libraries can participate in the activities of Regional Councils. Each of the three Regional Councils—Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific—determines its own leadership structure, programs and priorities and elects delegates to Global Council.
“Members engage with colleagues throughout the region to help us identify what we should be working on and how we envision the future of the cooperative.”
Chair, Americas Regional Council Executive Committee
Director of Libraries, University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library, USA
“Members provide valuable input to OCLC, as well as share news and best practices with members throughout EMEA.”
Chair, EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee
Head of Department, The Royal Library—CULIS, Denmark
“Asia Pacific members bring an abundance of cultural resources to the cooperative. We’re experiencing tremendous growth in many areas of research.”
Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Council Executive Committee
Director, Thammasat University Libraries, Thailand
Forty-eight Global Council delegates help directly govern OCLC by:
- Electing six members to the OCLC Board of Trustees
- Ratifying amendments to the OCLC Code of Regulations and Articles of Incorporation
- Discussing interests of mutual concern and making recommendations to OCLC management and members of the OCLC Board of Trustees
- Ensuring regular and open communication between the Membership and OCLC.
Global Council meets in person at least once each year in an Annual Global Council Meeting and may hold other meetings in person or electronically.
“Through cooperation, we can advance and evolve to better serve our constituencies, and better support the needs of our communities.”
Director Loyola/Notre Dame Library, Loyola University Maryland
President, OCLC Global Council (2014–2015)
The 15-member Board of Trustees approaches its responsibilities in a unique way—it answers to and represents members, not shareholders or venture capitalists. The Board guides the vision of the cooperative, shaping OCLC’s strategy and goals. It also fulfills the fiduciary duty of protecting OCLC’s shared assets and investments. In addition, the Board is responsible for recruiting and working with the OCLC President and CEO, and for monitoring the cooperative through a dedicated audit process. The Board meets five times a year and its work is done by seven committees:
Together with the Board and executive management, the Audit Committee evaluates the performance of independent auditors, reviews auditors' plans and processes, and reviews audited financial statements. This committee also oversees risk assessment and mitigation plans.
Board Governance Committee
Assists in maintaining continuity of Board membership and managing the internal affairs and self evaluation of the Board. The Committee also assists with other duties assigned to it by the Board.
The chairs of each committee, the Board Chair and the President and CEO coordinate the work accross the Board committees. The Executive Committee exercises the authority of the Board in the management of the affairs of the corporation when the board is not in session.
Finance and Investment Committee
Responsible for the oversight of the financial health of OCLC. The Finance Committee reviews interim and annual financial results and the annual budget plan, the approval of loans, capital expenditures, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and special expenditures. This committee also reviews long-term investment policy and banking resolutions and recommends action by the Board.
Reviews and updates membership and governance protocols, which determine how membership is defined. The committee is comprised of both Board members and Global Council members, and contributes to the formation and constitution of the Global Council.
Personnel and Compensation Committee
Provides oversight review of compensation and benefits for the employees of the corporation. This committee evaluates and reports to the Board of Trustees on matters concerning management performance, employee compensation and personal policies, management development and continuity plans, and approves (but does not administer or manage) employee compensation and benefit programs.
Technology Planning Committee
Evaluates and reports to the Board on appropriate matters related to technology, including OCLC's engagement with emerging technologies that appear well-suited to helping libraries better serve their user communities.
Trustees listen carefully to members in order to better understand and address the issues affecting libraries in today’s changing environment. See the minutes of past Board meetings.
2013–2014 OCLC Board of Trustees
Dean of University Libraries & School of Library and Information Science
Wayne State University
University of Kansas
University of Toronto Libraries
Oxford University Press
Universitätsbibliothek Johann Senckenberg
Academic Library and Information Consultant
Bremen Public Library
Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian
CEO and Director
Atlanta University Center
Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian
University of California, San Diego Libraries
Catholic Research Resources Alliance
The OCLC Leadership Team brings expertise to the cooperative from the worlds of technology, business and librarianship. Learn more about the Presidents of OCLC—past and present.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Chief Information Officer
Vice President, Management and Customer Operations
Vice President, Library Services for the Americas
Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist
Vice President for the Americas and Global Vice President of Marketing
Vice President, OCLC Research Library Partnership
Vice President, Global and Regional Councils
Vice President, Business Development
Vice President, OCLC Global Systems and Information Technology
General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Services, Secretary
Vice President, Corporate Human Resources
Vice President, Innovation
Managing Director, OCLC Europe, Middle East and Africa
Vice President, OCLC Asia Pacific