EMEA Regional Council Meeting, Italy
Whether we’re supporting discoveries on the leading edge of science or helping children build a strong learning foundation, shared knowledge is the common thread. Together we connect people to the world’s collected knowledge and, in doing so, ignite research, learning and innovation.
Because what is known must be shared.SM
Together we make breakthroughs possible.
“I started linking books to sites where people could purchase the #CharlestonSyllabus resources, but one of the librarians suggested that we link them directly to WorldCat.org. That makes sense because you don’t have to purchase a book; you can just show up at a local library and borrow it.”
In the wake of the racially motivated violence in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, scholars and librarians collaborated on a bibliography to inform ongoing conversations about race relations. The vision is that by sharing knowledge in this way, new understanding, approaches and change can occur.
Remarkable things can happen when knowledge is accessible to all. Libraries fuel learning, research and innovation.
Maintaining and growing
a strong, global library community
User Group Gathering, WorldShare Management Services, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
“Members share basic values of what a library is about and wants to achieve. As OCLC, we can and do achieve what we couldn’t do separately.”
A growing membership
61 new members
11 new countries
New countries represented: Algeria, Cameroon, Croatia, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malta, Nepal, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Zimbabwe
Existing member country
New member country
16,912 members in
Clarkston Independence District Library, Clarkston, Michigan, USA
|Items lent FY2015
|University of Texas at Austin
|University of Chicago
|University of Michigan
|University of WisconsinMadison
|Pennsylvania State University
|The Ohio State University
|University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
|Texas A&M University
online original catalogers
|Original records added FY2015
|University of Hong Kong
|National Central Library (Taiwan)
|National Agriculture Library
|National Taiwan University
|National Library Board, Singapore
|New York Public Library
|US Government Publishing Office
|University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
|Thammasat University Library
both locally and globally
2015 IFLA/OCLC Fellows, OCLC Global Council Meeting
“Membership empowers librarians to share their views, challenges and opportunities. Working together enables us to achieve more for the future of libraries.”
An engaged membership
Members have many opportunities to contribute their voice to OCLC. Three Regional CouncilsAmericas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacificserve to identify local needs and opportunities, fostering collaboration among members and visibility on a global scale. Global Council brings these worldwide viewpoints together, informing and guiding the cooperative with this unique perspective. Over 1,000 people participated in Regional Council meetings in FY2015. In addition, Member Forums held in 25 cities in the US and Canada hosted more than 1,500 librarians, who shared ideas and discussed needs with colleagues and OCLC staff.
3,871 members in 69 countries
11,244 members in 28 countries
1,797 members in 21 countries
A record 326 people from 39 countries gathered in Florence, Italy, to attend the sixth EMEA Regional Council Meeting.
The Asia Pacific Regional Council Membership Conference was held in Jeju, South Korea. Attendees included 270 librarians from 12 countries and territories.
The Americas Regional Council Annual Meeting, held at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago in the US, drew 497 attendees, including 297 virtual participants.
Asia Pacific Regional Council Membership Conference, South Korea
“We all have a stake in our collective future. Our OCLC relationship is uniqueby coming together, we have the ability and the responsibility to chart our course as a broader community. Every member has a voice and an opportunity to contribute and to lead.”
Members contribute to the future of OCLC by participating in governance. Member libraries have a voice through their elected representatives.
New Global Council leaders
In FY2015, each Regional Council elected member representatives to Global Council. These 51 leaders represent the voices and perspectives of all members.
Global Council President
University Librarian, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Global Council Vice President / President-elect
Director, University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Newly elected Board member
The 14-member Board of Trustees shapes OCLC’s vision and includes nine librarians, six of whom are elected by the Global Council. In FY2015, Global Council elected one new member to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Barbara Preece’s term begins in November 2015.
OCLC Board of Trustees
Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library, USA
The 20142015 OCLC Board of Trustees
Front row, left to right:
Catholic Research Resources Alliance
Brady J. Deaton*
University of Missouri
Johns Hopkins University Press
Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees
Dean of University Libraries & School of Library and Information Science
Wayne State University
President and CEO
Bremen Public Library
Vice Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees
Winterthur Museum and Country Estate
Back row, left to right:
Los Angeles Public Library
CEO and Director
Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center
John R. Patrick
Senior Director: Library and Information Services
JS Gericke Library
James G. Neal
University Librarian Emeritus
Universitätsbibliothek Johann Senckenberg
Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian
University of California, San Diego Libraries
* New Trustees as of November 2014