John Szabo is appointed Chair, and Bernadette Gray-Little, Peter Sidorko take seats on OCLC Board of Trustees

Nine librarians from six countries are currently serving on the OCLC board

DUBLIN, Ohio, 13 November 2017—John F. Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, was formally appointed Chair, and Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor Emerita at the University of Kansas, and Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong, took their seats on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the board’s November meeting.

Gray-Little, who had previously served on the board from 2009–2014, was appointed to the board by the Board of Trustees. Sidorko was elected to the board by OCLC Global Council in March 2017. There are currently nine librarians from six countries serving on the 14-member OCLC Board of Trustees.

John Szabo

John F. Szabo served as an OCLC Global Council Delegate before he was elected to the Board of Trustees by Global Council in April 2014. He replaces Sandy Yee, Dean (retired), Wayne State University Library System, as Board Chair. Yee served as Board Chair from 2012–2017. Yee will continue to serve as a member of the board.

"As a librarian who has engaged with OCLC throughout my career, I'm incredibly proud to serve as Board Chair and prouder still of the strong and lasting cooperative our members have built," said Szabo. "I believe libraries and archives around the world are immensely fortunate to have an organization that believes in and shares their mission of service."

More about the two new board members:

Bernadette Gray Little

Bernadette Gray-Little is Chancellor Emerita, the University of Kansas, where she served from 2009–2017. While Chancellor, Gray-Little was named to the Board of Directors of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and to the board of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), which she chaired. She served as a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

Prior to becoming KU's 17th Chancellor, Gray-Little held leadership positions at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, including Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Executive Associate Provost. She was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology. Gray-Little earned her B.A. from Marywood College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. She was a Fulbright Fellow, a Social Science Research Council Fellow, and received a Ford Foundation Senior Scholar Fellowship through the National Research Council.

Peter Sidorko has enjoyed a career in academic libraries spanning over 30 years, and is currently the University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). In this position he has full responsibility for leading and directing all aspects of the HKU Libraries network of six libraries. Sidorko is a past Chair of the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC), a forum to discuss, coordinate, and collaborate on library information resources and services among the libraries of the eight tertiary education institutions funded by the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the JULAC Joint Universities Research Archive, the company established to govern JURA, a collaborative print storage repository.

Sidorko was President of the Hong Kong Library Association, serving from 2011–2012. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CLOCKSS; a past Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Council Executive Committee of OCLC (2013–2014); a delegate of the OCLC Global Council (2011–2015); Vice-President/President of the OCLC Global Council (2015–2017); a former Board member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD); a member of the Elsevier Asia Pacific Library Advisory Board (ALAB) (2014– ); a member of the Wiley Publishing Asia Pacific Library Advisory Board, (May 2016– ); and a member of the Steering Committee of the Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance (PRRLA, 2011– ).

Two members completed their terms on the OCLC Board of Trustees: Berndt Dugall, Direktor a.D./Librarian at Universität Frankfurt’s Universitätsbibliothek Johann Senckenberg (Frankfurt am Main, Germany); and Loretta Parham, CEO and Director of the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library, an independent academic library for the shared benefit of four HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities).

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