Press Release: OCLC [November 19, 2012]

OCLC Global Council meets to discuss emerging technologies in libraries, governance and direction of the OCLC cooperative

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SummaryOCLC Global Council met November 5–7 in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss direction and governance of the OCLC cooperative. Delegates heard reports from OCLC members and staff on emerging technologies and how they are impacting libraries around the world. Global Council also approved changes in regulations and bylaws of the cooperative.

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 19 November 2012. OCLC Global Council met November 5–7 in Dublin, Ohio, to discuss direction and governance of the OCLC cooperative. Delegates heard reports from OCLC members and staff on emerging technologies and how they are impacting libraries around the world. Global Council also approved changes in regulations and bylaws of the cooperative.

Global Council passed a resolution to make changes in the Global Council bylaws by formalizing committee structures, including two new committees: Communications and Finance; clarifying officer terms; and creating a process for establishing alternate delegates.

Global Council also ratified an amendment to the OCLC Code of Regulations to discontinue the practice of the OCLC President and CEO serving as a voting member of the Board in keeping with emerging best practices among nonprofit organizations. The amendment will be effective when the next president and CEO assumes duties. Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO, is expected to retire by June 30, 2013. A successor has not yet been selected.

Under the direction of Global Council President ChewLeng Beh, Senior Director, Library and Professional Services and Director of SILAS National Library Board, Singapore, Global Council also heard:

Global Council heard committee and advisory group reports:

Delegates also participated in small group discussions that examined trends and issues in libraries and information science, including data quality, security, archive and museum interests, among others.

The OCLC Global Council meeting was webcast live. Video from the webcast is posted on the OCLC website.

OCLC Global Council comprises Member Delegates elected by the members within each of the three Regional Councils—Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA—and serves as a key strategic discussion forum and the major communication link among 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

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit the OCLC website at www.oclc.org.

Publication Year:2012
Type of Material:Press Release
LanguageEnglish
Issue:November 19, 2012
Publisher:OCLC
Company: OCLC
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Record Number:17438
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:2012-11-19 21:49:12