2018 Global Council election results announced

OCLC Global Council convened on 26–28 March in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Craig Anderson, University Librarian at Deakin University in Australia, and Sarah Thomas, Vice President for Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University in the US, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Craig and Sarah will take their seats on the Board in November 2018. Delegates also elected Hubert Krekels, Library Director at Wageningen University of the Netherlands, to be the Global Council Chair for the year that begins 1 July 2018.

The Americas Regional Council (ARC); the Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC); and the Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC) also announced election results. OCLC member institutions' voting representatives elected the individuals listed below to serve terms on their respective Councils beginning 1 July 2018.

Board of Trustees

Photo: Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson
University Librarian
Deakin University, Australia

Photo: Craig Anderson

Sarah Thomas
Vice President, Harvard Library
Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University

Global Council Chair

Photo: Craig Anderson

Hubert Krekels
Library Director
Wageningen University, Netherlands

Americas Regional Council Executive Committee


Debbie Schachter
University Librarian
Capilano University, Canada (Vice Chair/Chair-Elect)


Mary Konkel
Head of Technical Services
College of DuPage, USA (Member-at-Large)

Americas Regional Council Delegates to Global Council


Lorely Ambriz
El Paso Community College, USA


Christine Dulaney
Director of Technical Services,
American University, USA


Chatham Ewing
Digital Library Strategist
Cleveland Public Library, USA


MacKenzie Smith
University Librarian
University of California, Davis, USA

Asia Pacific Regional Council Executive Committee

DG Rukiah AG Amit

Yoshiaki Fukazawa
Director of the Library,
Waseda University Library, Japan

Howard Amos

Bushra Almas Jaswal
Chief Librarian,
Forman Christian College, Pakistan

Kuang-hua Chen

Akekarin Yolrabil
Assistant Professor,
Thammasat University Libraries, Thailand

EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee

Guy Cobolet

Mohamed Mubarak
Senior Librarian,
Hamad Bin Khalifa University Library, Qatar

Adelaida Ferrer

Rocky Ralebipi-Simela
National Librarian,
National Library of South Africa

Adelaida Ferrer

Jan Simane
Library Director,
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Max-Planke-Institute, Italy

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