What does it take to become a “smarter library”?

Join fellow OCLC member leaders at the EMEA Regional Council meeting and address the challenge of supporting increasingly personalised customer relationships while also scaling to meet growth in population, materials and expectations. We live in the age of Alexa, big data, autonomous cars, smart everything. What does this mean for libraries, their services and their value and values? Together we’ll look at how “smarter libraries” can remake user experiences to be more customised, effective and intuitive. We’ll investigate ways to leverage data to improve both services and outcomes. And we’ll see how, by applying and strengthening our professional values, libraries can strengthen the communities they serve. All with the never-ending requirement to innovate and reimagine every facet of the library.


Together we will:

Reimagine customer experiences

Be more personalized, effective and intuitive

Leverage data

Improve services and outcomes

Confirm professional values

Strengthen the communities you serve

Innovate continuously

Keep pace with change

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event held in the vibrant city of Edinburgh. The active two-day agenda was designed for attendees representing all library types, and will feature thought leaders from within and outside of the library community, including library colleagues and OCLC leadership. This is your opportunity to connect with fellow library leaders to share ideas, learnings and insights.

Member-driven programming

The programming and agenda at EMEARC18 are led by the EMEA Executive Committee, composed of respected leaders from the library community. We sincerely appreciate their expertise and partnership.

Photo: Annette le Roux


Annette le Roux

University of South Africa Library, South Africa

Photo: Hubert Krekels

Vice Chair

Hubert Krekels

Wageningen University, Netherlands

Photo: Tuba Akbaytürk

Tuba Akbaytürk

Koç University, Turkey

Photo: Poul Erlandsen

Poul Erlandsen

The Royal Library / Copenhagen University Library, Denmark

Photo: Adelaida Ferrer

Adelaida Ferrer

University of Barcelona, Spain

Photo: Cendrella Habre

Cendrella Habre

Lebanese American University Libraries, Lebanon

Photo: Sabine Homilius

Sabine Homilius

Frankfurt City Library, Germany

Photo: Stuart Hunt

Stuart Hunt

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Photo: Veno Kauaria

Veno Kauaria

Namibia Libraries and Archive Services, Namibia

Photo: Rupert Schaab

Rupert Schaab

State and University Library Göttingen, University of Göttingen, Germany

About OCLC membership

All libraries—both OCLC members and non-member institutions—within the EMEA region can take part in the OCLC EMEA Regional Council (EMEARC). Representatives from OCLC member libraries are encouraged to attend member meetings and community activities, to share insights through various member forums and channels, and to participate in elections and governance. Learn more about EMEARC and OCLC governance.