2019 Global Council election results announced

OCLC Global Council convened for its annual meeting, 25–27 March, in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Theresa Byrd, Dean, University Library, at the University of San Diego, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. She will take her seat on the Board in November 2019. Delegates also elected Debbie Schachter, University Librarian at Capilano University in Canada, to be the Global Council Chair; and Pilar Martinez, Chief Executive Officer at Edmonton Public Library in Canada, to be the Vice Chair for the year that begins 1 July 2019.

Board of Trustees

Photo: Theresa Byrd

Theresa Byrd
Dean, University Library
University of San Diego, USA

Global Council Chair

Global Council Vice Chair

Photo:Debbie Schachter

Debbie Schachter
University Librarian
Capilano University, Canada

Photo: Pilar Martinez

Pilar Martinez
Chief Executive Officer
Edmonton Public Library, Canada

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 three-year terms on their respective Councils beginning 1 July 2019.

Americas Regional Council Delegates to Global Council

Polly Boruff-Jones
Dean of the Library
Indiana University Kokomo, USA

May Chan, Head
Metadata Services
University of Toronto, Canada

Earl Givens, Jr.
Library Director
Catawba College, USA

Sasekea Harris
Head, Science & Engineering Branch Library
University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica

Marta Bernal Jimenez
OACAI Director
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Jill Kleven
Director of User Services
Pueblo City-County Library District, USA

Jennifer Maguire-Wright
Chief, Materials Management
Free Library of Philadelphia, USA

Brenda Mathenia
Librarian III
Thompson Rivers University, Canada

Elizabeth McClenney
Director of the Library
Roanoke College, USA

Julie Miller
Dean of Libraries
Butler University, USA

Anchalee Panigabutra-Roberts
Head, Cataloging Department
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Bradley Schaffner
College Librarian
Carleton College, USA

Julie Walker
Associate Vice Chancellor for Libraries and State Librarian
Georgia Public Library Service, USA

Asia Pacific Regional Council Delegates to Global Council

Jenny McDonald
Manager Collaborative Services
National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa*

*Appointed to fill a designated seat.

Constance Wiebrands
University Librarian
Edith Cowan University, Australia

EMEA Regional Council Delegates to Global Council

Reinhard Altenhöner
Deputy Director General
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Germany*

Beate Meinck
Head of the Library
Stadtbibliothek Reutlingen, Germany

Matthijs van Otegem
Director, University Library
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands*

Anna Wolodko
Library Director
University of Warsaw, Poland

*Appointed to fill designated seats.

Evi Tramantza
Director of Libraries and Archives
American University of Thessaloniki, Greece

What does OCLC Global Council do?

The OCLC Global Council is elected to represent the global library community as it comes together to be part of the governance of the worldwide OCLC cooperative. The Global Council delegates are called upon to reflect your views on the issues facing the community of members. More specifically, delegates:

  • Facilitate dialogue among and between members, OCLC staff, and partners
  • Advocate for members' regional and global interests and needs
  • Inform OCLC about new ideas and initiatives
  • Participate in the governance of OCLC in part by electing six of the 15 members of the OCLC Board of Trustees


The value of membership

A key benefit of membership is the opportunity to reflect your local and regional views on issues facing libraries today. Member libraries have a voice through these elected representatives and are encouraged to actively participate and contribute in member activities including elections, regional meetings, member forums, advisory groups and user communities. We have greater impact when we collaborate as OCLC. When we come together as a network, we can address shared opportunities and challenges at scale. Together we make breakthroughs possible.

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