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OCLC Global Council meets to discuss increasing importance and impact of global cooperation, announces election results

Berndt Dugall elected to OCLC Board of Trustees
Barbara Preece elected Global Council Vice President/President-Elect

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, 26 April 2013—OCLC Global Council met in The Hague, Netherlands, this week to discuss the opportunities and challenges libraries face in an increasingly global environment and the importance of international cooperation. Global Council elected leaders for next year, elected a new trustee and announced results from regional council elections. Council also accepted a report and recommendations by the Global Advisory Group on Credits and Incentives.

It was the first OCLC Global Council meeting to take place outside the United States or Canada. Forty-two Global Council delegates and four alternates from 16 countries and territories participated in the meeting under the direction of OCLC Global Council President ChewLeng Beh, Senior Director, Library & Professional Services and Director of SILAS, National Library Board, Singapore.

Global Council delegates elected Berndt Dugall, Direktor/Librarian at Universität Frankfurt’s Universitätsbibliothek Johann Senckenberg (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Mr. Dugall has served the OCLC membership since 2005 in various Council roles, most recently as Global Council Vice President (2010–2011), then as President (2011–2012). His term on the Board will begin in November, replacing Kathleen Imhoff, Library Consultant. In November, 10 of the 16 Trustees serving on the Board will be librarians. 

Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library (Baltimore, Maryland, USA), was elected Vice President/President-Elect of OCLC Global Council. Her one-year term as Vice President will begin 1 July 2013, and her one-year term as President will begin 1 July 2014. 

Anne Prestamo, Claud D. Kniffin Professor of Library Service and Education and Associate Dean for Collection and Technology Services, Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA), will begin her term as Global Council President 1 July 2013.

Global Council accepted a report and recommendations by the Global Advisory Group on Credits and Incentives. Following 18 months of analysis and discussion with members, the report recommends that the Cooperative gradually phase out the Financial Credits Program through June 2016. The report recognizes the important role that the Financial Credits Program has played in the Cooperative. The report calls for the continued promotion and celebration of member contribution and sharing, and the need to ensure that the phase-out of the program minimizes any financial impact to members currently participating in the Financial Credits Program. While the current program is being phased out, the Advisory Group report said, “…the Cooperative should support development of new mechanisms that celebrate and encourage member cooperation and sharing in support of our common purpose of furthering access to the world’s information.”

The recommendation goes to the OCLC Board of Trustees and OCLC management for consideration.

OCLC’s three Regional Councils—Americas Regional Council (ARC), Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC) and Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC)—concluded elections and announced results during the meeting.

OCLC member voting representatives elected the following individuals from their respective regions:

OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC)
ARC Executive Committee

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect—Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries, University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA. As Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Mr. Stolt will become the Chair of the Executive Committee beginning 1 July 2014.

OCLC Global Council Delegates from the Americas Region (Term: 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2016)

  • Bonnie J. Allen, Dean of Libraries, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
  • Tricia Bengel, Emerging Technologies Administrator, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  • Dalia L. Corkrum, Library Director, Whitman College, Penrose Library, Walla Walla, Washington, USA
  • Christopher Cronin, Director of Technical Services, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Director of University Libraries and Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Gwendolyn Ebbett, Dean, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Chuck Gibson, Director/CEO, Worthington Libraries, Worthington, Ohio, USA
  • Cheryl King, Special Collections Librarian, The University of the West Indies, Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Mary Konkel, Head of Technical Services, College of DuPage Library, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA
  • Elmelinda Lara, Senior Librarian/Head, Technical Services, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Melinda Webster Loof, Library Teacher, Lexington Public Schools/Bowman Elementary, Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
  • Suzanne Payette, Director, Brossard Public Library, Brossard, Québec, Canada
  • Ana María Quiroz, Coordinator of the Digital Committee, Biblioteca Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Debbie Schachter, Director, Learning Resources, Douglas College, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC)
APRC Executive Committee Members (Term: 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2016)

  • Craig Anderson, University Librarian, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Jinkang Deng, Director, Tsinghua University Library, Beijing, China

OCLC EMEA Regional Council (EMEARC)
EMEARC Executive Committee Members and Global Council Delegates (Term: 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2016)

  • Germany—Rupert Schaab, SUB Göttingen - State and University Library of Göttingen
  • Netherlands—Anja Smit, Utrecht University
  • United Kingdom—Fiona Parsons, University of Wolverhampton
  • Public Libraries—Jacques Malschaert, Bibliotheekservice Fryslan, Netherlands
  • Other Countries—Poul Erlandsen, The Royal Library / CULIS, Copenhagen, Denmark

Global Council visited Leiden for the opening of the newly designed OCLC EMEA office, which houses more than 100 staff members serving libraries in more than 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


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About OCLC Global Council

Global Council comprises Member Delegates elected by the members within each of the three Regional Councils and serves as a key strategic discussion forum and the major communication link between member libraries, Regional Councils and OCLC. Global Council helps shape the future direction of OCLC and libraries by electing six members to the OCLC Board of Trustees and ratifying amendments to the OCLC Code of Regulations and Articles of Incorporation. The Global Council also discusses interests of mutual concern and makes recommendations to OCLC management and members of the OCLC Board of Trustees. Member Delegates also help to ensure regular and open communication between the Membership and OCLC.

About OCLC Regional Councils

Each of OCLC’s three Regional Councils—Americas Regional Council (ARC), Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC) and Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC)—in cooperation with OCLC, plans at least one in-person Regional Council meeting annually to keep current on issues of vital and immediate interest to members of the OCLC cooperative. Regional Councils also schedule additional virtual or “subregional” meetings as needed. OCLC supports these meetings, where members can participate in discussions, advance ideas and vote on resolutions related to the cooperative. The Regional Councils also elect member representatives from their respective regions, who will contribute to the Regional Council Executive Committee and/or Global Council meetings, committees and additional forums for member input. 

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