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Updates from OCLC Global Council and Board of Trustess

Bremen Public Library Director Barbara Lison elected to OCLC Board of Trustees; New leaders, members participate in November Board meeting

Ms. Lison has been Director of the Bremen Public Library since 1992.  In 1999, she was also appointed CEO of the Public Enterprise Bremen Public Library. Ms. Lison has served as President of Bibliothek Information Deutschland, the national umbrella organisation of German library and information associations, and is currently an Executive Committee member of the German Library Association. She is a member of IFLA’s Governing Board and has held many leadership positions in the European Bureau for Libraries, Archives and Documentation Associations. She holds university degrees in Slavonic studies, history and educational theory from Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Barbara Lison shared her thoughts on her future participation with the Board of Trustees: "OCLC is a major global player in the library industry, and for me it's an exciting challenge, acting as trustee to represent the German and European positions for public libraries and supporting libraries interests all over the world". 

To find out more about Barbara Lison and additional changes to the OCLC Board of Trustees you can view the full press release.


OCLC Global Council meets to discuss emerging technologies in libraries, governance and direction of the OCLC cooperative

OCLC Global Council met during November in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss direction and governance of the OCLC cooperative. Delegates heard reports from OCLC members and staff on emerging technologies and how they are impacting libraries around the world. Global Council also approved changes in regulations and bylaws of the cooperative.

Global Council passed a resolution to make changes in the Global Council bylaws by formalizing committee structures, including two new committees: Communications and Finance; clarifying officer terms; and creating a process for establishing alternate delegates.

Global Council also ratified an amendment to the OCLC Code of Regulations to discontinue the practice of the OCLC President and CEO serving as a voting member of the Board in keeping with emerging best practices among nonprofit organisations.

The OCLC Global Council meeting was webcast live. Video from the webcast is posted on the OCLC website.

Global Council helps shape the future direction of OCLC and libraries by electing six members to the OCLC Board of Trustees and ratifying amendments to the OCLC Code of Regulations and Articles of Incorporation. The Global Council also discusses interests of mutual concern and makes recommendations to OCLC management and members of the OCLC Board of Trustees. Member Delegates also help to ensure regular and open communication between the Membership and OCLC.

To view the full list of topics discussed at the Global Council Meeting you can access the full press release.

Full Press Release