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Global & Regional Councils

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; Asia Pacific; and the Americas. 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.

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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. 

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Hubert Krekels [photo]

A message from Hubert Krekels, Chair, Global Council

Welcome from your Global Council!

The OCLC Global Council represents libraries from all over the world. As your elected delegates, we represent and reflect the local, regional and global values of libraries as a part of the governance process of the OCLC cooperative. Our cooperative is 50+ years strong, and as members we understand our foundation is built on shared values and working together to extend the reach of libraries. We consider our cultural, economic and geographic differences as a strength. Sharing and cooperation are our tools for expanding and growing ideas.

Each year, the Global Council adopts a theme for focused consideration. This year’s theme, Change the Game: Libraries as drivers of transformation, will explore the different ways libraries are evolving and leading change within their communities. We urge you to join your Regional Council colleagues at one of this year’s three Conferences in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Bangkok, Thailand, or Marseille, France. These annual events have become essential for libraries seeking to explore, to embrace diversity, and to help transform lives.

Our strength is measured in our willingness to engage and build connections. We welcome your insights.


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OCT 25

25 October 2018 - 26 October 2018

2018 OCLC Americas Regional Council Conference

Connect with OCLC at the 2018 Americas Regional Council Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

  • Location: Chicago, IL

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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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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.

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Constantia Constantinou [photo]

A message from Constantia Constantinou, Chair, Americas Regional Council

Welcome from your Americas Regional Council!

It is my honor and extreme privilege as the ARC Chair to welcome OCLC members from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean as members of the Americas Regional Council. The more than 10,000 members of the Americas Regional Council are served by 32 Global Council Delegates who reflect the richness of our cultures, heritage, history, languages, and scripts of our diverse communities. Our fundamental values are inspired by cooperation and sharing for creating and preserving both old and new knowledge. Our shared purpose is to advance the mission of our educational and cultural institutions by strengthening our communities of learners and explorers. Together we inspire solutions, recognize our challenges, and explore opportunities for advancing our institutions in the global ecosystem of knowledge sharing. We welcome you to take part in defining our libraries’ future successes with your participation, shared experiences, and innovative ideas throughout the year and especially at the ARC18 Conference in Chicago on 25–26 October 2018.


Recent news

  • 2017 Global Council election results announced

    OCLC Global Council convened on 27–29 March in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Peter will take his seat on the Board in November 2017...

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OCT 25

25 October 2018 - 26 October 2018

2018 OCLC Americas Regional Council Conference

Connect with OCLC at the 2018 Americas Regional Council Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

  • Location: Chicago, IL

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OCT 30

30 October 2017 - 31 October 2017

Presenters, attendees, and guests at the 2017 Americas Regional Council meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, shared ideas, stories, examples, and challenges that helped us all better define what makes for smarter libraries. Whether you couldn't attend--or were there and want to see all the parallel break-outs--take a look at the presentations, visual summary images, and video links, below. There was a lot of "smart" in the room, and we hope you can take advantage of what we learned for use at your library.

  • Location: Baltimore , Maryland
  • Venue: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

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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.  

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Hubert Krekels [photo]

A message from Hubert Krekels, Chair, EMEA Regional Council

Welcome from your EMEA Regional Council

The EMEA region embraces diversity. Within the region are more than 60 countries, libraries, museums and archives, which all face many different 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 EMEA 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 “Change the Game,” which will take place in Marseille, France on 26–27 February 2019. Please feel free to contact us to discuss regional issues or matters concerning the global cooperative.

Understanding the membership diversity is key to identifying regional priorities with regard to OCLC’s services and development of the global cooperative.


Recent news

  • 2017 Global Council election results announced

    OCLC Global Council convened on 27–29 March in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Peter will take his seat on the Board in November 2017...

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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.

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Shirley Chiu-wing Wong [photo]

A message from Shirley Chiu-wing Wong, Chair, 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 Bangkok, Thailand, on 28-29 November 2018.


Recent news

  • 2017 Global Council election results announced

    OCLC Global Council convened on 27–29 March in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Peter will take his seat on the Board in November 2017...

Upcoming events


Past events

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NOV 29

29 November 2017 - 30 November 2017

Presenters, attendees and guests at the Asia Pacific Regional Council Meeting 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, shared ideas, stories, examples, and challenges that helped us all better define what makes for a smarter library. Whether you couldn't attend--or where 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 learned for use at your library.

  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Venue: Waseda University

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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.