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OCLC Global & Regional Councils: Member-focused, member-driven

A key benefit of OCLC membership is the opportunity to elect delegates who 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 and 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 perspectives.

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 Bylaws Committee
  • Global Council Nominating Committee
  • Global Council Program Committee

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Evi Tramantza [photo]

A message from Evi Tramantza,
Global Council Chair

Welcome from your Global Council!

As your Global Council delegates, we serve to inform OCLC’s direction, research, products, and services by reflecting the needs of the many libraries and communities that comprise OCLC’s membership around the world.

Finding common ground is of critical importance to addressing the challenges we face today, from supporting environmental sustainability to encouraging shared understanding in pursuit of equity, openness, progress, prosperity, and peace around the world. By working together, we can accelerate the process of achieving our shared goals and move our members worldwide further, and faster, together.

Please join us in this dialogue in support of global libraries. We invite you to partner with your Global Council delegates in pursuit of the strategies and solutions that will promote our shared values, inform our work, and sustain our impact.


Recent news

  • 2022 Global Council election results announced

    The 2022 elections for OCLC Global and Regional Council delegates are complete. Congratulations to the individuals who will begin three-year terms as delegates and officers starting 1 November 2022.

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Jul 15

15 July 2022

Creating a New Model Library

This session will focus on changes made both before and during the pandemic that influenced leaders’ visions for their libraries during the next five years, including library participation in open ecosystems.

  • Time: 01:00 – 02:00 Eastern Standard Time, Australia [UTC +10]

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Apr 13

13 April 2022

Libraries and Open Ecosystems: Metadata challenges and opportunities in the open ecosystem

Join Kathryn Stine, OCLC Research Library Partnership, and library leaders from OCLC’s Global Council as they discuss the next generation of metadata, including contributing environmental factors, and the findings of the Reimagine Descriptive Workflows project.

  • Time: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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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

See your Americas Regional Council delegates

Hong Yao [photo]

A message from Hong Yao, Chair for the Americas Regional Council

Welcome from your Americas Regional Council!

It is an honor to serve as this year’s Chair of the Americas Regional Council (ARC). OCLC member institutions in the Americas represent all library types, sizes, cultures, and languages. Bringing together these unique views allow for a diversity of perspectives. As a Regional Council, we are dedicated to improving the lives of our communities through our commitment to collaboration and our dedication as library professionals.

We are your elected ARC delegates, and we are here to listen and reflect the various needs of ARC libraries. OCLC provides cutting edge technology and innovation that supports libraries around the globe which is only made possible from the input of its members. Our collective values and experiences help make OCLC an even more valuable organization for libraries. As a Council, we learn from one another and inspire positive action in our communities.

I invite you to join us. Together, we can continue to solve shared challenges and build a positive future for our libraries.


Recent news

  • 2022 Global Council election results announced

    The 2022 elections for OCLC Global and Regional Council delegates are complete. Congratulations to the individuals who will begin three-year terms as delegates and officers starting 1 November 2022.

  • 2021 Global Council election results announced

    The 2021 elections for OCLC Regional Council delegates are complete. In addition to welcoming new delegates, new leadership for each of the Regional Councils will begin on 1 November 2021.

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Oct 2

02 October 2019 - 03 October 2019

OCLC Library Futures Conference – Phoenix, Arizona

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 discuss issues important to libraries in the region.

  • EMEARC Executive Committee
  • EMEARC Nominating Committee

See your EMEA Regional Council delegates

Evi Tramantza [photo]

A message from Evi Tramantza, Chair for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council

Welcome from your EMEA Regional Council

Libraries today are in a uniquely powerful position to make a positive impact on the important issues and challenges we face around the world. When we join our voices, libraries become a source of strength; by combining our efforts, we can all contribute to fortifying our communities and building a better world to share.

In the EMEA region, the libraries, museums, and archives of more than 70 countries present a diversity of strengths and challenges, both of which serve to inform regional priorities regarding development of OCLC services. The Executive Committee of the EMEA Regional Council endeavors to represent the needs of all OCLC members and relies upon the membership to communicate OCLC initiatives and developments and contribute questions, comments, and concerns.

Thank you for this opportunity to contribute and learn together in Global Council. There is value in our collective decision-making and our connected sense-making of the world, together.


Recent news

  • 2022 Global Council election results announced

    The 2022 elections for OCLC Global and Regional Council delegates are complete. Congratulations to the individuals who will begin three-year terms as delegates and officers starting 1 November 2022.

  • 2021 Global Council election results announced

    The 2021 elections for OCLC Regional Council delegates are complete. In addition to welcoming new delegates, new leadership for each of the Regional Councils will begin on 1 November 2021.

Past events

Upcoming events

There are no events currently scheduled.

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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

See your Asia Pacific Regional Council delegates

Muh-Chyun Tang [photo]

A message from Muh-Chyun Tang, Chair for the Asia Pacific Regional Council

Welcome from your APRC Regional Council

The member institutions of OCLC serve a wide variety of different audiences but share a common purpose in their dedication to meet the needs of their local communities. We rely on OCLC resources and services as we continue to preserve and protect our regional history and culture.

As the Asia Pacific Regional Council Chair, I welcome your input, questions, comments, and concerns as we work to reflect these local needs to the broader organization, connecting our users with the global library and information community and advising OCLC in the development of technology and research solutions to the concerns we share. 


Recent news

  • 2022 Global Council election results announced

    The 2022 elections for OCLC Global and Regional Council delegates are complete. Congratulations to the individuals who will begin three-year terms as delegates and officers starting 1 November 2022.

  • 2021 Global Council election results announced

    The 2021 elections for OCLC Regional Council delegates are complete. In addition to welcoming new delegates, new leadership for each of the Regional Councils will begin on 1 November 2021.

Past events

Upcoming events

There are no events currently scheduled.

More Global and Regional Council events »

 

Interested in learning more or getting involved?

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.