Led by librarians on behalf of libraries
Our members guide the development of OCLC's programs, policies, strategy and services. That responsibility is reflected in our leadership structure.
John F. Szabo
OCLC Board Chair
City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library
Members from around the globe are grouped by three Regional Councils—Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific. Each region determines its own leadership structure, programs and priorities, and facilitates communication at the local level. Regional Councils elect representatives to serve on the OCLC Global Council. There are 48 Global Council delegates, who elevate members’ interests and opportunities to OCLC’s leadership team and the Board of Trustees. Global Council delegates are also responsible for electing six members to the OCLC Board of Trustees.
“Our diversity is our strength. We bring together decades of library experience, multiple perspectives, and an understanding of the cultural, economic, and geographic challenges in our three regions. Let’s continue to surface new ideas, challenge old methods, find solutions, and position the cooperative for continued success.”
Chair, Americas Regional Council Executive Committee
Associate University Librarian for Collections, Columbia University
“OCLC membership enables to help shaping the future of libraries by identifying regional priorities with regard to OCLC’s services. Together, as one cooperative, we are a global library community committed to make a difference.”
Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Council Executive Committee
University Librarian, Deakin University
“The diversity of our membership, across regions, countries and also library type is the strength of our cooperative. We learn from each other and share our best practices to advance further together.”
Annette le Roux
Chair, EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee
Collection Developer Archival Resources, University of South Africa Library
The 15-member Board of Trustees approaches its responsibilities in a unique way—it answers to and represents members, not shareholders or venture capitalists. The Board guides the vision of the cooperative, shaping OCLC’s strategy and goals. It also fulfills the fiduciary duty of protecting OCLC’s shared assets and investments. In addition, the Board is responsible for recruiting and working with the OCLC President and CEO, and for monitoring the cooperative through a dedicated audit process. The Board meets four times a year and its work is done by seven committees:
Together with the Board and executive management, the Audit Committee evaluates the performance of independent auditors, reviews auditors' plans and processes, and reviews audited financial statements. This committee also oversees risk assessment and mitigation plans.
Board Governance Committee
Assists in maintaining continuity of Board membership and managing the internal affairs and self evaluation of the Board. The Committee also assists with other duties assigned to it by the Board.
The chairs of each committee, the Board Chair and the President and CEO coordinate the work across the Board committees. The Executive Committee exercises the authority of the Board in the management of the affairs of the corporation when the board is not in session.
Finance and Investment Committee
Responsible for the oversight of the financial health of OCLC. The Finance Committee reviews interim and annual financial results and the annual budget plan, the approval of loans, capital expenditures, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and special expenditures. This committee also reviews long-term investment policy and banking resolutions and recommends action by the Board.
Reviews and updates membership and governance protocols, which determine how membership is defined. The committee is comprised of both Board members and Global Council members, and contributes to the formation and constitution of the Global Council.
Personnel and Compensation Committee
Provides oversight review of compensation and benefits for the employees of the corporation. This committee evaluates and reports to the Board of Trustees on matters concerning management performance, employee compensation and personnel policies, management development and continuity plans, and approves (but does not administer or manage) employee compensation and benefit programs.
Committee on Technology Planning
Evaluates and reports to the Board on appropriate matters related to technology, including OCLC's engagement with emerging technologies that appear well-suited to helping libraries better serve their user communities.
Trustees listen carefully to members in order to better understand and address the issues affecting libraries in today’s changing environment. See the minutes of past Board meetings.
2017–2018 OCLC Board of Trustees
The OCLC Executive Management Team brings expertise to the cooperative from the worlds of technology, business and librarianship. Learn more about the Presidents of OCLC—past and present.