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Led by librarians on behalf of libraries

OCLC operates under principles and systems of shared governance across several groups: Regional Councils, Global Council, our Board of Trustees and the OCLC Leadership Team.

Our members guide the development of OCLC’s programs, policies, strategy and services. That responsibility is reflected in our leadership structure.

Sandra Yee

“Libraries are not only members of OCLC, but are also the ‘governors’ of this cooperative. Each member has a vote and a voice in governance. We all have a stake in our collective future.”

Sandra Yee
OCLC Board Chair
Dean of University Libraries and the School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University

Regional Councils

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.

Man speaking at Regional Council meeting

Wilbur Stolt

“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.”

Wilbur Stolt
Chair, Americas Regional Council Executive Committee

Director of Libraries, University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library, USA

Poul Erlandsen

“Members provide valuable input to OCLC, as well as share news and best practices with members throughout EMEA.”

Poul Erlandsen
Chair, EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee

Head of Department, The Royal Library—CULIS, Denmark

Srichan Chancheewa

“Asia Pacific members bring an abundance of cultural resources to the cooperative. We’re experiencing tremendous growth in many areas of research.”

Srichan Chancheewa
Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Council Executive Committee
Director, Thammasat University Libraries, Thailand

Global Council

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.

People speaking at Global Council meeting

“Through cooperation, we can advance and evolve to better serve our constituencies, and better support the needs of our communities.”

Barbara PreeceBarbara Preece
Director Loyola/Notre Dame Library
Loyola University Maryland

Board of Trustees

The 16 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 supervising the OCLC President and CEO, and for monitoring the cooperative through a dedicated audit committee and process. The Board meets five times a year and its work is done by seven committees:

  • Audit. Evaluates the auditors’ plans and processes, and audited financial statements.
  • Board Governance. Assists in maintaining continuity of Board membership and managing the internal affairs and self-evaluation of the Board.
  • Executive. Manages the affairs of the cooperative when the Board is not in session.
  • Finance and Investment. Oversees of the financial health of the cooperative.
  • Membership. Reviews and updates membership definition and governance protocols.
  • Personnel and Compensation. Oversees compensation and benefits for the employees of the cooperative.
  • Technology Planning. Evaluates 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.

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2013–2014 OCLC Board of Trustees

OCLC Leadership Team

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.