The Power of Worldwide Cooperation, Asia Pacific Regional Council Membership Conference


Your hosts, the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council, have planned an exciting agenda that focuses on The Power of Worldwide Cooperation. Our world is more interdependent than ever, and our effectiveness as global information organizations are helped when libraries work together to fill the information needs of their users.  Whether this is the result of big or small innovations, or local, regional, or global cooperation, we will explore what institutions have done to advance their communities and develop innovative solutions to meet our modern challenges. 



Thursday, December 3, 2015

08:00 – 09:00


09:00 – 9:15


Welcome to the OCLC member meeting and conference
  • Craig Anderson, Chair, OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Committee and University Librarian, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
  • Ngara Willem Centre, RMIT University
  • Paul Gough, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) RMIT University

9:15 – 10:00


We-Q: Working in a collaborative economy
  •        Dan Gregory, Founder and CEO, The Impossible Institute

10:00 – 10:30

Morning Tea

10:30 – 11:30

The Power of the Cooperative: Making Breakthroughs Possible

  • Skip Prichard,  OCLC President and CEO

Leadership in a global environment takes all shapes and forms --from leading research at a large university library, to leading change at a small, rural library, to members working in collaboration to lead the OCLC cooperative.  Together, we can advance farther and faster in our mission to share knowledge, and it is through this knowledge that we have the power to ignite research, innovation and learning. Followed by questions and discussion.

11:30 – Noon

OCLC Membership: Moving Further, Farther, Together

  • Anja Smit, President, OCLC Global Council (2015-2016), and University Librarian, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands 
  • Sandra Yee,  Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees, and Dean of University Libraries & School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Membership is what OCLC is built on.  Unlike other organizations, membership is at the heart of OCLC leadership, products, services and research.  The strength of the cooperative is a reflection on the strength of its leaders, and through their guidance, input and ideas, we are able to represent the interests of libraries around the world.

Noon – 12:15

Group Photo

12:15 – 1:30

Lunch and Networking

1:30 – 2:30


Cooperation: A National Library Perspective

Cooperation, the value it brings, the important role it plays in the culture of a country, and the impact it has on the knowledge and education of the country’s citizens and the world are shared from the perspective of two national libraries.

  • Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, Director-General, National Library of Australia
  • Bill Macnaught, National Librarian, National Library of New Zealand

2:30 – 3:30



Cooperating at Scale: From Technology Artefacts to Technology in Practice

  • Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research and Chief Strategist, OCLC

In the practice of technology, newly emerging behaviours and workflows are moving us from the traditional thinking of the user in the life of the library, to considering the library in the life of the user.  This reframing of the social and technical changes in library use are effecting the library and its role in learning practices. Followed by questions and discussion.

3:30 – 4:00

Afternoon Tea  

4:00 – 5:00




The Impact of Cooperation

  • Ann Ritchie, Barwon Health
  • David Feighan, Mentone Girls Grammar School
  • Simon Huggard, La Trobe University
  • Jenny McDonald & Kaye Foran,
    National Library of New Zealand, The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua

Librarians from different library sectors will discuss how they are using OCLC products and services in their libraries.  They will share the benefits these services have brought to their library, what the impact of these services have been on their constituents and users, and what future directions are they looking toward for expanding and improvement their services.  Followed by questions from participants.



Travel to National Gallery of Victoria

Meet at RMIT for escort to dinner venue

7:00 – 9:00



National Gallery of Victoria, Great Hall

This is a formal dinner with cultural activities featuring access to a portion of the Gallery and local Australian entertainers.

Friday, December 4, 2015

9:00 – 9:15

Welcome to Day Two
  • Craig Anderson, Chair, OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Committee and University Librarian, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

9:15 – 10:00

A Microcosm of Worldwide Library Cooperation: Hong Kong’s JULAC  

  • Peter Sidorko, Vice-President, President-Elect, OCLC Global Council and University Librarian, University of Hong Kong

Formed in 1967, Hong Kong’s Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) is one of the longest running library consortia in Asia.  While small in terms of the number of participating institutions, JULAC enjoys a history of cooperation that has evolved and developed to the extent that it can now be seen as a microcosm of good practices in worldwide library cooperation.  Beginning with an overview of the higher education sector and academic libraries in Hong Kong, this presentation will then focus on the structure of JULAC and its modus operandi, concluding with current examples of deep collaboration including territory wide single copy retention of print, joint storage, cross-institution information literacy, shared integrated library management system and others. Followed by questions and discussion.

10:00 – 10:30

Morning Tea

10:30 – 11:30

OCLC Business Overview

  • Eric van Lubeek, Vice President and Managing Director OCLC EMEA and APAC
  • Andrew Wang, Vice President, OCLC Asia Pacific
  • Chris Thewlis, Regional Manager, OCLC ANZ

The Asia Pacific Region is a diverse region that consists of many countries and diverse needs and opportunities.  Learn about the OCLC activities going on throughout this region and have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas. Followed by questions and discussion.

11:30 - Noon

Making Global Cooperation Possible

Moving Towards True Multilingualism: Leveraging Global Cooperation Through WorldCat

  • Karen Smith-Yoshimura, Senior Program Officer, OCLC

With the goal of providing information to users in their preferred language and script, OCLC Research is data mining the rich multilingual content in WorldCat. This presentation will give an overview of the “Multilingual Bibliographic Structure” project and some thoughts on what could be done in the future.

Noon – 1:00

Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 2:00



Inputs and Outputs: Using Cooperatively Managed Metadata to Improve Library Services

  • David Whitehair, Director, Metadata Services, OCLC
  • Katie Birch, Executive Director, Resource Sharing, OCLC

Your OCLC experience doesn’t start and end with loading your holdings into WorldCat– it’s just the beginning.  First, we will discuss the benefits of cooperatively cataloguing your collections in WorldCat, including ways to automate workflows, increase collection visibility and prepare for the future.  Followed by a discussion focusing on the benefits of being a member of the OCLC ILL community (whether as a lender, a borrower or both) including the efficiencies you can gain and the customer satisfaction you can achieve.

2:00 – 2:45



Together – we make breakthroughs possible:  Breakthroughs in Asia Pacific

(Lightning Talks – The Asia Pacific Regional Council Executive Committee)

Worldwide cooperation is possible when libraries are empowered.  The demonstration of this is seen in the breakthrough stories we can tell about connecting people and resources, advancing innovation or to learn from or lean on one another.  Hear about breakthroughs that were made possible from your Asia Pacific Regional Council representatives. 

  • Howard Amos, University Librarian, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Hsueh-hua Chen, University Librarian and Professor of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Honam Choi, Principal Researcher of Information Service Center, KISTI, Republic of Korea, Korea
  • JingKang Deng, Director, Tsinghua University, China
  • Yoshiaki Fukazawa, Directory, Waseda University Library, Japan
  • Nor Edzan Che Nasir, Chief Librarian, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Judy Ng, Director, Resource Recovery and Management, National Library Board, Singapore
  • Craig Anderson Chair, OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Committee and University Librarian, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
2:45 – 3:15




The Future of Cooperation: Millennial perspectives on the future of libraries

(Lightning Talks)

The library industry has seen advances and improvements in services thanks to generations of librarians who have worked tirelessly through collaboration, the application of technology, and providing the best possible support to end-users. What are the challenges that face the next generation of librarians who will be trusted to carry on this tradition and/or reshape how libraries provide services? In this session, we will hear from some representative librarians of this group tell us where are they now, how they got there, where they see libraries going, and what they need now to help them reach this vision.

3:15 – 3:30

Closing Remarks and Adjourn
  • Peter Sidorko, Vice President/President-Elect of the OCLC Global Council and University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Craig Anderson, Chair, OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Committee and University Librarian, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

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Registration for the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council Conference is now open


Tuesday, 1 December

Wednesday, 2 December

Thursday, 3 December

  • Conference Day One
  • Conference Dinner

Friday, 4 December

  • Conference Day Two