OCLC were delighted with the success of this year’s EMEA Regional Council Meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa. 267 delegates travelled to the Meeting from 27 countries, to attend the first Meeting held in Africa. The theme for this year was inspired by the African proverb that states, “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”
The presentations from the programme are now available to watch on the OCLC You Tube channel. The videos include key note Charles Leadbeater, Independent and Strategic Adviser on Innovation, whose presentation was titled: ‘The Frugal Innovator – solutions for the 21st Century’. In his talk Leadbeater spoke about how his new book The Frugal Innovator, which looks at the characteristics of innovations that will provide solutions to the challenges of the 21st century. Leadbeater looked at the future of libraries and knowledge sharing in the context of these challenges and the need for frugal innovation, arguing that many of the principles that libraries stand for - simple, open, shared use of recycled material, will be even more important in the years to come.
In addition, you can also view OCLC’s Ted Fons and Richard Wallis presentation on ‘Collective Impact and the Power of Shared Data’, Stephanie Diakité’s fascinating account of ‘Saving the Timbuktu Archives’ in Mali and Eric van Lubeek’s, Managing Director, report on OCLC EMEA.