OCLC Global Council met on the 23–25 April in The Hague to discuss “Cooperation in a Rapidly Changing World.” The meeting of OCLC Global Council delegates was the first to take place in Europe. Delegates heard from Vincent Lokin, Manager, Cooperative and Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Rabobank, Netherlands, who gave the keynote address on models for cooperation, and from Breandán Knowlton, Programme Manager, Europeana, on “Developing Projects in the Europeana Cultural Heritage Ecosystem.”
Global Council President ChewLeng Beh, Senior Director, Library and Professional Services and Director of SILAS National Library Board, Singapore, presided over the election of two key OCLC governance positions. Global Council Delegates elected one Trustee to serve on the OCLC Board effective November 2013, and the Global Council Vice-President/President Elect, whose term will begin 1 July 2013.
Global Council helps shape the future direction of OCLC and libraries by electing six members to the OCLC Board of Trustees and ratifying amendments to the organisation’s foundation documents. Global Council also provides insight and direction on key issues in the field of libraries and information science.
The Annual Meeting of OCLC Global Council in The Hague coincided with the festive reopening of the partially renovated OCLC office building in Leiden, Netherlands, erected in 1989 by the Pica Foundation. During the first phase of this project, the ground and first floors of the building were thoroughly renovated; refurbishment of the other floors will follow in the coming year. The formal reopening by Jay Jordan, CEO and President of OCLC, gave Global Council Delegates a chance to meet the directors of the largest Dutch libraries.
OCLC Global Council comprises Member Delegates elected by the members within each of the three Regional Councils—Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA—and serves as a key strategic discussion forum and the major communication link among member libraries, Regional Councils and OCLC. The Global Council also discusses interests of mutual concern and makes recommendations to OCLC management and members of the OCLC Board of Trustees. Member Delegates also help to ensure regular and open communication between the Membership and OCLC.