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Message from Anja Smit, Chair EMEARC

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Action Plan for EMEA Regional Council 2012/13: Building a Strong Community

The theme of the Action Plan for the coming year, Building a Strong Community, expresses the continuing need to build awareness within the community of Members which together form the Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council within the OCLC global cooperative.

It is imperative that we understand the diverse situation within the EMEA regions within the Executive Committee, with the goal of identifying common issues to bring to Global Council. We need to build a strong identity with considerable influence for the EMEA Regional Council (EMEARC) within Global Council and its Committees and Task Forces.

Therefore, there will be continuing efforts to enhance communication within the EMEA Membership community and to raise awareness of opportunities for members to participate in the governance of OCLC.

Special attention will be given to the broader discussion on the concept of membership in OCLC’s Membership Committee. It proves to be unclear to many of us whether or not we are a member of OCLC and if so what that means.

Do you share this experience? Do you have any questions on this issue for your organisation?

Communications within the member community will be enhanced by activities such as, establishing an Arabic Interest Group and having a visible presence on social media. In order for members to be able to meet face-to-face, several meetings will be organised across selected parts of the EMEA region, such as Italy, United Kingdom, Eastern Europe and Egypt.

Also, the Nominating Committee will work hard this year to ensure continuity of excellent, both quantitative and qualitative, representation of the membership in the EMEA region. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a delegate to Global Council, please let us know.

And, last but certainly not least: SAVE THE DATE! The annual EMEA Regional Council Member meeting 2013 will be held on 26 and 27 February 2013 in Strasbourg, France. We would be delighted to welcome you to our discussions.

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