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George Needham

Vice President, Global and Regional Councils

George Needham

George was appointed Vice President of Member Services in 1999 and was named to his current position in 2009. During his tenure at OCLC, he has been deeply involved with  transforming the cooperative into a global membership organization with a new governance structure—a more inclusive, representative model designed to extend participation to more libraries and cultural heritage institutions around the world.

Before joining OCLC, he was State Librarian of Michigan, where he launched several innovative, statewide library projects, including AccessMichigan, a pioneering LSTA-funded project that provides full-text databases, indexes, abstracts and other online reference services to all types of libraries in Michigan. From 1984 to 1989, he served as library director of Fairfield County District Library in Lancaster, Ohio, during which he opened a new library built entirely with community donations and designed by library staff. From 1990 to 1993, he was Director of Member Services of the Ohio Library Association. He was also Executive Director of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, from 1993 to 1996.

George received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in library science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taken additional courses at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He credits his experience as a reference librarian as helping him become a two-time champion on the television show Jeopardy in 1994.

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