2019 OCLC EMEA Regional Council Conference

26–27 February 2019 • Marseille, France

Registration is now closed for this event.

Libraries as drivers of transformation

Libraries are continuously evolving to meet changing community needs. Ongoing demands and opportunities—driven by technology advancements, data overload, heightened institutional complexities, and user preferences—make keeping pace difficult, and getting and staying ahead even more so. But what if you changed your frame of reference, and focused instead on leading change? Join fellow OCLC member leaders to discuss how libraries can move beyond incremental progress and instead change the game, transforming not only your libraries, but your communities. Together we will share ideas and experiences that dramatically expand the boundaries of librarianship.

At EMEARC19, together we will explore “game changers” in:

Technology & innovation

From evolution to revolution

Chart a dramatically different course

Spaces & resources

From collections to connections

Redefine your library’s delivery

Analytics & data

From what we count to what counts

Measure outcomes versus activity

Public purpose

From allies to advocates

Become indispensable to your community

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event held in Marseille, France. 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.

Hear why fellow library leaders think that you should attend the EMEARC19 Conference

Calling all library leaders

This conference was created especially for current and emerging library leaders across all library types—academic and research, public, special, and others. Programming and discussions are centred on library leadership’s opportunity to change the game, both today and into the future. We welcome all staff members from OCLC member libraries who would like to join this strategic discussion around changing the game.

Please direct questions about event participation to communications-emea@oclc.org.

Member-driven programming

The programming and agenda at EMEARC19 are led by the EMEA Executive Committee, composed of respected leaders from the library community. We sincerely appreciate their expertise and partnership.

Photo: Hubert Krekels


Hubert Krekels

Wageningen University, Netherlands

Photo: Adelaida Ferrer

Vice Chair

Adelaida Ferrer

University of Barcelona, Spain

Photo: Tuba Akbaytürk

Tuba Akbaytürk

Koç University, Turkey

Photo: Poul Erlandsen

Poul Erlandsen

The Royal Library / Copenhagen University Library, Denmark

Photo: Sabine Homilius

Sabine Homilius

Frankfurt City Library, Germany

Photo: Stuart Hunt

Stuart Hunt

University of Reading, United Kingdom

Photo: Sarah Hurter-Savie

Sarah Hurter-Savie

Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

Photo: Mohamed Mubarak

Mohamed Mubarak

Ben Khalifa University, Qatar

Photo: Rocky Ralebipi-Simela

Rocky Ralebipi-Simela

National Library of South Africa, South Africa

Photo: Rupert Schaab

Rupert Schaab

State and University Library Göttingen, University of Göttingen, Germany

Photo: Jan Simane

Jan Simane

Kunsthistorische Institute, Florence, Italy

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.