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

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Skip Prichard

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President and CEO, OCLC

Skip Prichard became the fifth President and Chief Executive Officer of OCLC in July 2013. Before joining OCLC, Skip served as President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Inc., as well as President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning. He has also held a number of executive positions with LexisNexis. Among Skip's many passions is his Leadership Insights blog, and, he is a frequent key note speaker at conferences around the world. Skip received his Bachelor of Science degree from Townson State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Anja Smit

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Vice President/President-Elect of OCLC Global Council Executive Committee and University Librarian, Utrecht University

Anja Smit joined Utrecht University in March 2010, after an international career of over 20 years in library management and library automation. She served as library director at two Dutch Universities (Nijmegen and Maastricht) and spent 3 years in the US. Active in the library world since 1988, Anja served on several national and international committees. She is currently Chair of the Consortium of University Libraries and the Dutch Royal Library.

Anne-Marie Schwirtlich

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Library Council Director, National Library of Australia

Ms Schwirtlich holds a BA (Honours) (Macquarie University) Dip Information Management (University of NSW).

She is currently Director-General of the National Library of Australia.

She previously has held the following positions:
Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian at the State Library of Victoria; Acting Director-General at the National Archives of Australia; Assistant Director-General, Public and Reader Services at the National Archives of Australia, Acting Director, Australian Collections and Information Services at the National Library of Australia; Director, Access and Information Services at the National Archives of Australia; Senior Curator, Printed and Written Records, and Art (1993-1994) at the Australian War Memorial.

Jenny McDonald

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Manager, Collaborative Services, National Library of New Zealand, The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua

Jenny McDonald has a diverse background working in special and university libraries before moving to the National Library. Currently she manages a team in the National Library with responsibility for delivering services to New Zealand libraries. In this role she manages the EPIC collaborative purchasing service delivering electronic resources to subscribing member libraries and New Zealand school libraries, a team responsible for digitisation activities and the Te Puna infrastructure providing services and tools that 92% of New Zealand libraries use to support their cataloguing and interlibrary loan activities. In consultation with and in response to Te Puna members desire for Te Puna services to move to a more modern technical platform to further enhance workflows in libraries, Jenny is currently the business lead for the Te Puna transition to the OCLC delivered Worldshare Metadata Services.

William (Bill) Macnaught  

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National Librarian, National Library of New Zealand

Since 2011 Bill Macnaught has been responsible for leading all National Library services in New Zealand. He also contributes to the leadership of the Information and Knowledge Services branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.

Before coming to New Zealand, he was the Director of Libraries and Arts and later Head of Cultural Development at Gateshead Council in the northeast of England. There he initiated several major arts projects including the ‘Angel of the North’ sculpture by Sir Antony Gormley and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. In addition, Bill was Chair of the UK government’s Advisory Council on Libraries and was a Visiting Professor in librarianship at the University of Northumbria. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE for services to public libraries and cultural life in the UK.

From 2005 to 2011 Bill was Manager Puke Ariki in New Plymouth. Bill was a founder member of the Governance Group for the Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa programme, which was inspired by a similar UK project in which he had been involved. He initiated the discussions that led to the National Library supporting the Kōtui project, designed to deliver better value for public libraries through the collective procurement of library management IT services.

Bill’s ambition is to lead the Library through the ‘Digital Shift’ to make it easier, today and in the future, for New Zealanders to use the knowledge we hold and to co-create new knowledge for cultural and economic benefit. Bill is passionate about the prospect of New Zealand having the most useful knowledge networks in the world.

David Feighan

Head of Library Services, Mentone Girls Grammar School

Full bio available soon.

Ann Ritchie

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Director Library & Literacy, Barwon Health

Full bio available soon.

Eric van Lubeek

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Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA & APAC

Eric joined OCLC as Director of Operations & Services EMEA in March 2007 and was appointed Managing Director, OCLC EMEA in January 2011 and since February 2014, combines this with the responsibilities for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining OCLC, Eric was Managing Director of Infor's global library systems division. He has a long standing career in the library information systems industry in several positions, including consulting, sales, marketing and senior management.

Andrew Wang

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Vice President, OCLC APAC

Andrew H. Wang, Vice President, OCLC Asia Pacific, joined OCLC in 1976 when OCLC had a staff of about fifty people.  Andrew initiated Retrospective Conversion Service, Technical Processing Service, and Chinese – Japanese – Korean (CJK) cataloging enhancement at OCLC. In 1986, he was given an additional assignment to extend OCLC services to go beyond Hawaii to libraries in Asia and the Pacific region. At that time, OCLC had no users in the region. Now OCLC has served more than 6,000 libraries in 18 countries and territories in Asia Pacific. Before joining OCLC, Andrew was a deputy library director at Denison University, Granville, Ohio which is one of the 54 charter members of OCLC.  

Karen Smith-Yoshimura

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Senior Program Officer, OCLC

Karen Smith-Yoshimura has been working with research institutions affiliated with the trans-national OCLC Research Library Partnership for over twenty years. She focuses on issues related to the metadata needed to describe and provide access to the resources managed by libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage organizations. Karen reports to Vice President James Michalko and contributes to the hangingtogether.org blog.

Karen worked with the Library of Congress and the Chinese Character Code for Information Interchange's Chinese Character Analysis Group to develop the East Asian Character Code Set for Bibliographic Use, an American standard (Z39.64) that preceded Unicode. She participated in the founding of the Unicode Consortium and served on the US Technical Advisory Committee that contributed to Unicode becoming an international character set standard now used globally.

Before working with the RLG Partnership, Karen spent nine years in East Asia, primarily in Japan and Taiwan. She holds a degree in Chinese Studies from Yale University.

Dan Gregory

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Dan Gregory is the founder and CEO of The Impossible Institute™, a Behavioral Think Tank that advises organizations on what truly drives their customers, their teams and themselves.

Creativity, collaboration, culture, change, innovation, sales, marketing and leadership are only a handful of topics Dan has tackled for corporations, small business associations, government departments and NGOs. He also regularly advises the C-Suite and Boards on how to lead with the power of a purposeful and compelling identity in a rapidly changing world.

In a 20 year history as a thought leader in human behaviour, marketing, NPD and communications, Dan Gregory has worked with the biggest global brands and won awards around the world for creativity, effectiveness and ROI. In terms of accolades not much has changed as clients continue to rave about his innovative, creative presentations delivered with intelligence and humour.

His experience on the ABC’s TV’s The Gruen Transfer and time spent the US and UK as a stand-up comedian mean his delivery and timing is impeccable and his experience and depth of knowledge mean there are few topics Dan can’t bring his focus to.

His keynotes and workshops are supported with hours of research and some of the sharpest humour the speaking industry has seen

Mr Dan Gregory appears by arrangement with Saxton Speakers Bureau.

Sandy Yee

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Chair of OCLC Board of Trustees and Dean, Wayne State University Library Systems

Sandy Yee has served as Dean of the Wayne State University Library System since 2001. As dean, she is responsible for the School of Library and Information Science and five campus libraries. Wayne State University Libraries are the fiscal agent for the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET), a Southeastern Michigan consortium that manages a shared automation system for 20 member libraries.

Sandy has been a member of the OCLC University Library Advisory Council, served as a member of OCLC’s Members Council and in 2008 was elected to a six-year term on the OCLC Board of Trustees.  She was recently elected to the Board to a four year term, and re-elected Chair of the Board in November. Sandy is a leader and member of a number of professional committees and organisations, including the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries where she served on the Budget and Finance committee and was Chair of the University Libraries Section. She served on the Association of Research Libraries Board from 2008-2011. Sandy holds a doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Michigan, and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Library Science degrees from Western Michigan University.

Kaye Foran

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Customer Support Consultant (Te Puna), National Library of New Zealand, The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua

Kaye Foran is a Customer Support Consultant for Te Puna Services at the National Library of New Zealand. Her main focus is on the national interloan service (Te Puna Interloan, including the trans-Tasman gateway) offered as part of the Te Puna suite of services to New Zealand libraries. In 2013, she  managed the transition of  Te Puna Interloan to a hosted managed service with OCLC. She is part of the project team for the Te Puna transition to the OCLC delivered Worldshare Metadata Services.

Lorcan Dempsey

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Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist

Lorcan coordinates strategic planning and oversees Research, Membership and Community Relations at OCLC. He has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, the UK and the US. His influence on national policy and library directions is widely recognized.

In 2010 he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services' (NFAIS) highest award, The Miles Conrad Award. He is an honorary Doctor of the University of the Open University in the UK and has twice received an ALCTS Presidential Citation for his work with OCLC colleagues. Lorcan began his career in public libraries in his native Dublin, Ireland. Before moving to OCLC, he managed the UK higher education national investment in information services for Jisc. He is a member of the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee. Lorcan has a BA and MLIS from University College Dublin.

Lorcan can be followed on the Web at Lorcan Dempsey's weblog and on Twitter. He publishes and presents widely.

Simon Huggard

Deputy Director Research and Collections, La Trobe University

Full bio available soon.

Peter Sidorko

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University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong

Peter Sidorko (http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01299) has enjoyed a career in academic libraries in Australia and Hong Kong spanning thirty years and is currently the University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). In this position he has full responsibility for leading and directing all aspects of the HKU Libraries network of 6 libraries. Peter is the immediate past Chair of JULAC (the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee http://www.julac.org/), which is comprised of the Directors of the eight tertiary education institutions funded by the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CLOCKSS, a former Board member (2011 to 2014) of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), a member pf the Steering Committee of the Pacific Rim Research (formerly Digital) Library Alliance (PRRLA, formerly PRDLA), a member of the Elsevier Asia Pacific Library Advisory Board, and he is the Vice-President/President Elect of OCLC's Global Council (2015-2018). His research interests include library management and leadership, user behaviours, information literacy and learning spaces and he has published in these areas.  His most recent publication (forthcoming) is the co-authored “Leadership Development of Asian Librarians: The Longitudinal Impact of the HKU Annual Library Leadership Institute”. He has also presented at almost 100 conferences and seminars, several of which have been published as proceedings. 

Chris Thewlis

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Regional Manager, OCLC ANZ

Chris Thewlis is responsible for directing OCLC’s Australia and New Zealand operations, including sales, implementations, marketing, training, and staff management. Before OCLC Chris spent twenty years with a library system vendor working in a number of roles. He started his working career in public libraries in Melbourne. Qualifications include B Sc (Physics & Applied Maths); Grad Dip Lbrarianship; and Grad Dip Org Behaviour.  

Katie Birch

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Executive Director of Delivery Services, OCLC

Katie Birch is Executive Director of Delivery Services at OCLC. In this capacity, Katie oversees WorldCat Resource Sharing, including the WorldCat policies directory and IFM, as well as ILLiad, VDX and WorldCat Navigator. Katie is a librarian with 10 years experience in resource sharing and document delivery. Before joining OCLC in 2005, Katie was project manager and business development manager at Talis.

David Whitehair

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Director, Metadata Services, OCLC

David Whitehair and his group manage many of OCLC's cataloging and metadata services including OCLC WorldShare Metadata, Connexion, and more. David has been with OCLC for 25 years. His library career began when he was a freshman at The Ohio State University where he worked in the acquisitions department of the library. He received a BS in education from The Ohio State University and received an MLS from Kent State University.

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