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OCT 17

Asia Pacific Regional Council Membership Conference

On October 17 and 18, 2011, the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council met in Taipei, Taiwan.

This event has passed.

In October 2011, 146 delegates from 15 countries gathered in Taipei, Taiwan, for the Third Membership Conference of OCLC’s Asia Pacific Regional Council. The National Taiwan University Library hosted the two-day conference. The high level of participation was gratifying—the first conference in Beijing attracted 100 delegates, followed by the second in Tokyo with 110.

Delegates came from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. This reflects the great diversity of this region of the world, as well as the large distances members traveled to attend the conference. Our conference program featured national presentations covering a wide range of topics, including digital library services, collaboration, social networking and consortia. One of our keynote speakers was Dean B. Krafft, Chief Technology Strategist, Cornell University Library, who contributed insights into research data management. An open forum gave delegates the opportunity to provide input to and ask questions of OCLC leaders.

One theme that emerged in the question-answer session was contributions to WorldCat: How can the collections of libraries in remote areas get into WorldCat. These libraries want to share their heritage with the rest of the world, and Web technologies are making WorldCat contribution easier every year. While these are early days for the Asia Pacific Regional Council, this event helps build a community despite the challenges of distance and diversity. I am happy to say that the OCLC cooperative is growing its footprint in this region.

Start Date

17 October 2011

End Date

18 October 2011

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