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OCLC Global and Regional Councils 2021 Election

OCLC needs your voice to help shape the future of libraries

The OCLC Global Council is an elected body of member representatives who bring worldwide viewpoints together, informing and guiding the community from their unique perspectives. These elected library leaders engage in thought leadership discussions to help move OCLC forward and play an active role in providing insights to inform OCLC’s future directions.

Call for nominations is now open

Call for nominations is open from 1 April 2021 to 31 May 2021. Nominees must be employed at an institution that qualifies as a current OCLC member.

Apply to be a candidate

Delegate role and responsibilities

For more information about Global Council, your library’s membership, or your library’s voting representative, please contact us.

2021 Global Council Nomination and Election Timeline

1 April – 31 May

Call for nominations

OCLC members will nominate themselves for open Regional Council delegate positions

31 July

Candidates notified (Finalists selected)

Regional Council Nominating Committees will develop their slates and notify nominees of their final decisions

20 – 27 Sept


OCLC Members will vote in online election; 1 vote per institution

25 Oct

Election results announced

Election results will be announced, first to candidates and then to the membership

Each Regional Council establishes its own Nominating Committee from its member delegates to review nominations and determine the slate of candidates to run for its Regional Council election. Together all delegates from the three Regional Councils comprise the Global Council. Each OCLC member library has a designated voting representative who is eligible to participate in the election.