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Global & Regional Councils

Member-driven, member-governed

A key benefit of membership is the opportunity to elect delegates that reflect your local and regional views on the issues facing libraries today. Member libraries have a voice through their elected representatives, and are encouraged to actively participate in elections, member meetings and through direct dialogue with their elected delegates.  

Regional Councils facilitate connections in three world regions: Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; and the Americas. Members from each region elect delegates to serve on the OCLC Global Council. Global Council brings worldwide viewpoints together, informing and guiding the cooperative from their unique perspective. All members are encouraged to actively participate in regional activities, and to provide feedback to their member leaders. 

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Global Council

The Global Council is comprised of 48 delegates, each representing one of three regions (ARC, EMEA, APRC). The delegates work on behalf of the global membership to reflect the needs of member institutions. Members can contact any Global Council delegate to share ideas, offer feedback and ask questions. 

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Peter Sidorko [photo]

A message from Peter Sidorko, President, Global Council

Welcome from your Global Council!

The Global and Regional Councils are honored to represent the worldwide community of OCLC member institutions. Our global library cooperative reflects the growing diversity of languages, scripts and cultures that are represented in libraries and other cultural organisations today. As members of the OCLC cooperative, this diversity works for all of us by expanding our knowledge and reach locally, nationally, regionally and globally. Libraries not only share our collections, but also our expertise and the information that is needed to solve problems and build alliances for our common mission: to connect people to the information they need. We urge you to stay involved in your cooperative by communicating with your regional representatives, attending regional meetings and staying involved in our global cooperative as we continue to lay the path for our future.


Recent news

  • 2017 Global Council election results announced

    OCLC Global Council convened on 27–29 March in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Peter will take his seat on the Board in November 2017...

  • Regional Council 2017 elections now closed

    Elections for Global Council and Regional Councils delegates/leaders closed 15 March 2017.

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Americas Regional Council

OCLC members in the Americas—Canada, United States, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America—actively participate in the cooperative through the Americas Regional Council (ARC). Members are encouraged to attend meetings, sign up for information to learn about the latest innovations and initiatives and to provide feedback to ARC representatives. ARC members are eligible to run for one of the 32 delegate positions that represent ARC on the OCLC Global Council and participate in ARC elections.  

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Bonnie Allen [photo]

A message from Bonnie Allen, Chair, Americas Regional Council

Welcome from your Americas Regional Council!

I am pleased and honored to serve as the 2016/17 Chair of the Americas Regional Council (ARC), representing OCLC member libraries of the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. OCLC has a long history as a cooperative that is unique in its service to libraries. This remarkable organization began life as a cooperative for Ohio, headquartered in Dublin, Ohio and now has library members in over 100 countries. The expansion to a global presence has brought value to all member libraries in access to resources for users, products and services that draw from OCLC’s advanced innovation and research capability.

The Americas Regional Council is one of three global councils that serve as the conduit of member input to OCLC. The 32 delegates for ARC join delegates from the other regions as the voice of library members worldwide. This diverse group comes together with a single purpose which is to advance the mission of libraries through the OCLC cooperative. My work with this group has been enormously satisfying professionally. Get involved through the delegates, attending a member forum in your local region and consider serving on the council yourself.

Change is a constant for OCLC as it is for libraries. The next year will be one of determining how the Councils can be even more influential in the relationship of members with the cooperative. Be part of a global library community that makes a difference.


Recent news

  • 2017 Global Council election results announced

    OCLC Global Council convened on 27–29 March in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Peter will take his seat on the Board in November 2017...

  • Regional Council 2017 elections now closed

    Elections for Global Council and Regional Councils delegates/leaders closed 15 March 2017.

  • 2016 Global Council election results announced

    OCLC Global Council convened on 11–13 April in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University, and Jacques Malschaert, Managing Director, Bibliotheekservice Fryslân, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Madelei...

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JAN 30

30 January 2015

This event will open with an update on recent Americas Regional Council and Global Council activities. The OCLC Symposium, "Research in Context," will follow immediately. Refreshments will be served after the Symposium.

  • Location: Chicago, IL; Online
  • Venue: McCormick Place West, Room W-196a
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central Standard Time, North America [UTC -6]

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EMEA Regional Council

The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Regional Council elects 11 representatives to the Global Council who serve as both delegates to the Global Council and as the Executive Committee of the EMEA Regional Council. EMEA hosts an annual meeting that is open to all OCLC members, partners and distributors located in that geography. 

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Cendrella Habre [photo]

A message from Cendrella Habre, Chair, EMEA Regional Council

Welcome from your EMEA Regional Council

The EMEA region embraces diversity. The region represents more than 70 countries in which libraries, museums and archives all face many different challenges. Understanding and communicating this diversity is key to identifying regional priorities with regard to OCLC’s services and development of the global cooperative.

The Executive Committee of the EMEA Regional Council aims to represent all OCLC members and member organisations, and this calls for a well-developed network and excellent communication among the membership. We are working to develop member engagement and we welcome your input, questions, comments and concerns. We represent members’ interests and provide informed opinions to OCLC about the direction of the library community. We strongly encourage you to help us advance the cooperative.

The EMEA Regional Council also invites libraries to join them during their annual event, which will take place, this year, in February 2017 in Berlin.


Recent news

  • 2017 Global Council election results announced

    OCLC Global Council convened on 27–29 March in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Peter will take his seat on the Board in November 2017...

  • Regional Council 2017 elections now closed

    Elections for Global Council and Regional Councils delegates/leaders closed 15 March 2017.

  • 2016 Global Council election results announced

    OCLC Global Council convened on 11–13 April in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University, and Jacques Malschaert, Managing Director, Bibliotheekservice Fryslân, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Madelei...

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Asia Pacific Regional Council

The Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC) represents member libraries from the territory west of Hawaii, stretching from China, Korea and Japan in the north to Australia and New Zealand in the south and Pakistan to the west. APRC elects delegates to the Asia Pacific Executive Committee, five of whom also serve as delegates to Global Council. APRC hosts an annual meeting that is open to all members providing a forum to discuss issues important to libraries in the region.

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Howard Amos [photo]

A message from Howard Amos, Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Council

Welcome from your Asia Pacific Regional Council

We are delighted in the continued growth and importance of the Asia Pacific Regional Council on the OCLC global cooperative. Our region both contributes to and benefits from the growing collections of member institutions worldwide. We help to preserve, educate, and grow our cultures by allowing the world access to our unique materials in its wide variety of languages and scripts. And whether we’re sharing our special collections or our most popular materials, this allows us to connect information with the people who need it to help shape their futures. We invite libraries from around the globe to continue to play an active role in the cooperative and as your representatives, invite institutions throughout New Zealand, Australia and Asia to become active participants in the global cooperative built for and by libraries.


Recent news

  • 2017 Global Council election results announced

    OCLC Global Council convened on 27–29 March in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Peter will take his seat on the Board in November 2017...

  • Regional Council 2017 elections now closed

    Elections for Global Council and Regional Councils delegates/leaders closed 15 March 2017.

  • 2016 Global Council election results announced

    OCLC Global Council convened on 11–13 April in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University, and Jacques Malschaert, Managing Director, Bibliotheekservice Fryslân, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Madelei...

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DEC 3

03 December 2015 - 04 December 2015

The seventh annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Regional Council took place in Melbourne, Australia. The two-day conference was part of the week’s events, which included the Libraries Australia Forum, OCLC Research Library Partnership Meeting, user group meetings, and library tours.

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Interested in learning more or getting involved?

If you are interested in participating in Americas, Asia Pacific or EMEA Regional Council activities, or in representing your region on the OCLC Global Council, please send an email to memberrelations@oclc.org