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Global & Regional Councils

GLOBAL COUNCIL CALL FOR CANDIDATES OPEN THROUGH 31 OCTOBER

OCLC Global and Regional Councils represent the voices of all member libraries and shape the direction of the OCLC cooperative. If you work in an OCLC member library that held active OCLC member status as of June 2017, you are eligible to nominate yourself to run for an open position on one of OCLC's three Regional Councils. Represent your region on the OCLC Global Council and you can influence OCLC and the library field as you engage with other members, channel their feedback, shape OCLC's direction, and network with peers around the world. Submit the candidate form by 31 October 2017 to be considered for the slate of candidates who will run in the 2018 Global Council election. Contact OCLC's Member Relations team with questions.

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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Americas / EMEA / Asia Pacific

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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Ginny Steel [photo]

A message from Ginny Steel, President, Global Council

Welcome from your Global Council!

The OCLC Global Council represents the global library community as it comes together to be part of the governance of the worldwide OCLC cooperative. OCLC membership helps make it possible for member libraries around the world to build their own collections, to connect to their own communities, and to extend their reach beyond the walls of their institutions to local, regional, national, and international audiences. And, at the same time, by contributing to the OCLC cooperative, libraries help build capacity for other libraries around the world. This mutual benefit is why we continue to expand the diversity of the cooperative and grow the reach of membership.

As your elected leaders, the Global Council is called upon to reflect your views on the issues facing the community of members. Our focus is on helping new ideas grow and flourish through thoughtful consideration and examination since our future as information providers depends on our ability to cooperate with one another. We look forward to your participation in Global Council discussions that will enable us to continue to create the connections that transform communities by providing access to information.


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...

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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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Chris Cronin [photo]

A message from Chris Cronin, Chair, Americas Regional Council

Welcome from your Americas Regional Council!

It is an honor to be able to welcome OCLC members from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean as members of the Americas Regional Council. Our 32-member delegation serves to represent the fundamental values of cooperation and shared knowledge by working as part of a global team of elected delegates that reflect the voice of libraries worldwide. Our diversity is our strength, as our local, regional, and national perspectives come together in ARC to build collaboration and create a community with the shared purpose of advancing the mission of libraries.

As the Americas Regional Council elected delegates, we bring together decades of library experience, multiple perspectives, and an understanding of the cultural, economic, and geographic challenges in our region. We pride ourselves on surfacing new ideas, challenging old methods, finding solutions, and positioning the cooperative for continued success. We invite you to participate by contacting your delegates, voting in regional council elections, and attending meetings and conferences with OCLC representatives.

For the first time, we also invite you to participate in the first annual Americas Regional Council meeting. This meeting is open to all and will feature exciting speakers and new ideas and provide you with an opportunity to meet delegates directly. We look forward to serving you, to seeing you, and to being part of this vital community of 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...

  • 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...

  • Election results announced: OCLC Board of Trustees, OCLC Global and Regional Councils

    Barbara Preece elected to the OCLC Board of Trustees; Peter Sidorko elected Global Council Vice President/President-Elect; Election results announced for OCLC Regional Councils

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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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Annette le Roux [photo]

A message from Annette le Roux, Chair, EMEA Regional Council

Welcome from your EMEA Regional Council

The EMEA 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 organizations, 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, in Edinburgh on 20-21 February 2018


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...

  • 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...

  • Election results announced: OCLC Board of Trustees, OCLC Global and Regional Councils

    Barbara Preece elected to the OCLC Board of Trustees; Peter Sidorko elected Global Council Vice President/President-Elect; Election results announced for OCLC Regional Councils

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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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Craig Anderson [photo]

A message from Craig Anderson, Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Council

Welcome from your Asia Pacific Regional Council

The Asia Pacific region is unique and diverse. The richness of our cultures, heritage, languages and scripts are a challenge as well as an opportunity. Our region both contributes to and benefits from the growing collections of member institutions worldwide. OCLC’s global presence has been a valuable asset for libraries in our region. This initiative has provided access to resources for users, products and services that draw from OCLC’s advanced innovation and research. We would like to invite libraries from around the globe to continue to play an active role in the cooperative and raise your voice. As your representatives, we invite institutions throughout New Zealand, Australia and Asia to become active participants in the global cooperative built for and by libraries.

The Asia Pacific Regional Council delegates invite you to join them in Tokyo on 29-30 November 2017 for their annual conference.


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...

  • 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...

  • Election results announced: OCLC Board of Trustees, OCLC Global and Regional Councils

    Barbara Preece elected to the OCLC Board of Trustees; Peter Sidorko elected Global Council Vice President/President-Elect; Election results announced for OCLC Regional Councils

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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