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Global Council elects two OCLC Board members

In April 2020, Global Council delegates elected two trustees to the OCLC Board who will take their seats in November 2020. Read the announcement  »

Member-driven, member-governed

A key benefit of membership is the opportunity to elect delegates that reflect your local and regional views on the issues facing libraries today. Member libraries have a voice through their elected representatives, and are encouraged to actively participate in elections, member meetings, and through direct dialogue with their elected delegates.  

Regional Councils facilitate connections in three world regions: Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific (APRC); and the Americas (ARC). Members from each region elect delegates to serve on the OCLC Global Council. Global Council brings worldwide viewpoints together, informing, and guiding the cooperative from their unique perspective.

World map showing Regional Councils

Americas / EMEA / Asia Pacific

Global Council

The Global Council is comprised of 48 delegates, each representing one of three regions (ARC, EMEA, APRC). The delegates work on behalf of the global membership to reflect the needs of member institutions. Members can contact any Global Council delegate to share ideas, offer feedback, and ask questions. Global Council committees complete much of the group’s work. The working groups include:

  • Global Council Executive Committee
  • Global Council By Laws Committee
  • Global Council Nominating Committee
  • Global Council Program Committee

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Debbie Schachter [photo]

A message from Debbie Schachter,
Global Council Chair

Welcome from your Global Council!

We come together as the OCLC Global Council to give voice to the importance of libraries as providers of information, keepers of culture and heritage, and as that essential institution that helps to advance and strengthen the communities we serve. Our more than 18,000 members elect Global Council delegates charged with keeping the cooperative up to date on the range of issues, concerns and accomplishments of modern global libraries and with articulating the importance of working together to extend our reach, inform our communities and increase our impact.

Annually, we present our Library Futures Conferences. These global meetings focus on a single theme and this year, we have chosen Community Catalysts. We will look at how libraries serve as transformers of the lives of the people, communities and groups by exploring how we meet the evolving needs of our users, create measurable impacts, innovate with technology and build powerful networks that allow us to achieve more together.

The journey continues for the Global Council to bring worldwide viewpoints together by examining emerging issues and by exchanging information and understanding among regions, OCLC, and global library leaders.


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NOV 20

20 November 2019 - 21 November 2019

Join fellow library leaders and members of the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC) to discuss and discover how we can build not only future-forward libraries but also future-ready communities.

  • Location: Singapore
  • Venue: Events Centre, Village Hotel at Sentosa

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Americas Regional Council

OCLC members in the Americas—Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America—actively participate in the cooperative through the Americas Regional Council (ARC). Members are encouraged to attend meetings, sign up for information to learn about the latest innovations and initiatives, and to provide feedback to their ARC representatives. ARC members are eligible to participate in ARC elections and run for one of the 32 delegate positions that represent ARC on the OCLC Global Council. ARC hosts an annual conference that is open to all members and interested parties, which provides a forum to discuss issues important to libraries in the region.

  • Americas Regional Council Executive Committee
  • Americas Regional Council Nominating Committee
  • Americas Regional Council Programming Committee

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Debbie Schachter [photo]

A message from Debbie Schachter, Chair for the Americas Regional Council

Welcome from your Americas Regional Council!

Welcome to ARC! As Chair of the region representing OCLC members from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, our more than 10,000 members are served by 32 Global Council delegates. We reflect the diversity of history, cultures, and languages of the libraries within our region. Acknowledging both our similarities and differences, we work together to promote the mission of our institutions, understand the importance of working as a cooperative, and find solutions to the challenges we all face. Please become an active participant by sharing your views, ideas, and experiences, and by attending the ARC Library Futures Conference in Phoenix, Arizona USA on 2-3 October 2019.


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OCT 2

02 October 2019 - 03 October 2019

Join fellow library leaders and members of the OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) to discuss and discover how we can build not only future-forward libraries but also future-ready communities.

  • Location: Phoenix, AZ
  • Venue: Sheraton Grand Phoenix

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EMEA Regional Council

The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Regional Council currently elects 11 representatives who serve as delegates to the Global Council. Members in the EMEA region are encouraged to vote for their representatives and are invited to attend an annual conference open to all members and interested parties, which provides a forum to disucss issues important to libraries in the region.

  • EMEARC Executive Committee
  • EMEARC Nominating Committee

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Stuart Hunt [photo]

A message from Stuart Hunt, Chair for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council

Welcome from your EMEA Regional Council

The EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region represents more than 70 countries in which libraries, museums and archives all face many challenges. Understanding and communicating this diversity is key to identifying regional priorities with regard to OCLC’s services and development of the global cooperative.

The Executive Committee of the EMEA Regional Council aims to represent all OCLC member libraries, and this calls for a well-developed network and excellent communication among the membership. OCLC members throughout the EMEA region elect 11 delegates to the Global Council. These delegates serve staggered three-year terms and represent various library types and territories. As delegates, we welcome your input, questions, comments and concerns in order to represent members’ interests and provide informed opinions to OCLC about the direction of the library community. The EMEA Regional Council also invites libraries to join them during their annual conference which will take place in Vienna, Austria on 3-4 March 2020. Please feel free to contact us to discuss regional issues or matters concerning the global cooperative. Understanding the diversity of our membership is key to identifying, and responding to, regional priorities for OCLC’s services and the development of the global cooperative.


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FEB 20

20 February 2018 - 21 February 2018

Presenters, attendees and guests at the EMEA Regional Council Meeting 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland, shared ideas, stories, examples, and challenges that helped us all better define what makes for a smarter library. Whether you couldn't attend--or were there and want to see all the member sessions--take a look at the presentations and photos below. There was a lot of "smart" in the room, and we hope you can take advantage of what we learnt for use at your library.

  • Location: Edinburgh, UK
  • Venue: Assembly Rooms

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Asia Pacific Regional Council

The Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC) represents member libraries from the territory west of Hawaii, stretching from China, Korea and Japan in the north to Australia and New Zealand in the south and Pakistan to the west. APRC elects delegates to the Asia Pacific Executive Committee, five of whom also currently serve as delegates to Global Council. APRC hosts an annual conference that is open to all members and interested parties, which provides a forum to discuss issues important to libraries in the region.

  • APRC Executive Committee
  • APRC Nominating Committee

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Kuang-hua Chen [photo]

A message from Kuang-hua Chen, Chair for the Asia Pacific Regional Council

Welcome from your Asia Pacific Regional Council

The Asia Pacific region is unique and diverse. The richness of our cultures, heritage, languages and scripts are a challenge as well as an opportunity. Our region both contributes to and benefits from the growing collections of member institutions worldwide. OCLC’s global presence has been a valuable asset for libraries in our region. This initiative has provided access to resources for users, products and services that draw from OCLC’s advanced innovation and research. We would like to invite libraries from around the globe to continue to play an active role in the cooperative and raise your voice. We welcome your input, questions, comments and concerns in order to represent members’ interests and provide informed opinions to OCLC about the direction of the library community. We invite institutions throughout New Zealand, Australia and Asia to become active participants in the global cooperative by participating in our annual conference in Singapore, on 20-21 November 2019.


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NOV 20

20 November 2019 - 21 November 2019

Join fellow library leaders and members of the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC) to discuss and discover how we can build not only future-forward libraries but also future-ready communities.

  • Location: Singapore
  • Venue: Events Centre, Village Hotel at Sentosa

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Interested in learning more or getting involved?

Regional Council elections have been suspended for 2020 due to COVID-19 impacts. We will resume the regular election cycle in 2021. If you are interested in participating in Americas, Asia Pacific or EMEA Regional Council activities, or in representing your region on the OCLC Global Council, please contact Member Relations.