Election results announced: OCLC Board of Trustees, OCLC Global and Regional Councils

Barbara Preece elected to the OCLC Board of Trustees Peter Sidorko elected Global Council Vice President/President-Elect Election results announced for OCLC Regional Councils

OCLC Global Council convened on April 20–22 in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Ms. Preece will take her seat on the Board in November 2015. Delegates also elected Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong, to serve as Global Council Vice President/President-Elect. Mr. Sidorko's term will begin on July 1, 2015. Anja Smit, University Librarian at Utrecht University, Netherlands, will succeed Barbara Preece as Global Council President, also beginning July 1.  

The Americas Regional Council (ARC); Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC); and the Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC) also announced election results. OCLC member institutions' voting representatives elected the following individuals to serve three-year terms on their respective region's Executive Committee beginning July 1, 2015. For ARC and EMEA, those elected will also serve three-year terms as Global Council delegates. The APRC Executive Committee determine who from the Executive Committee will serve as delegates to Global Council.

OCLC Board of Trustees


Barbara Preece

Loyola/Notre Dame Library
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Vice President/President-Elect
OCLC Global Council


Peter Sidorko

University Librarian
The University of Hong Kong

Americas Regional Council Executive Committee

  • Bonnie Allen, Dean of James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University, USA (Vice Chair/Chair-Elect)

Asia Pacific Regional Council Executive Committee

  • Yoshiaki Fukazawa, Director, Waseda University Library, Japan
  • Judy Ng, Director, National Library Board, Singapore
  • Peter Sidorko, University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong

Note: There were three open positions to fill this year, and three qualified individuals were nominated. In accordance with the Asia Pacific Regional Council bylaws, these individuals were appointed.

EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee

  • Veno V. Kauaria, The National Library of Namibia, Namibia Library and Archives Service, Namibia
  • Cendrella Habre, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
  • Claudio di Benedetto, The Uffizi Library, Italy
  • Hubert Krekels, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Member-driven, member-governed

A key benefit of membership is the opportunity to participate in OCLC's governance. Member libraries have a voice through their elected representatives and are encouraged to actively participate in elections and member forums 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; and the Americas. Members from each region elect an Executive Committee plus member delegates to OCLC Global Council. Global Council brings these worldwide viewpoints together, informing and guiding the cooperative with this unique perspective. All members are encouraged to actively participate in regional activities and to provide feedback to their member-leaders.

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