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Guiding the cooperative

The role of the OCLC Board of Trustees

The Trustees work closely with OCLC managers to set policy and goals. The Board approves strategic plans and programs and then evaluates results. The OCLC Strategic Leadership Team manages the day to day operations.

The Board performs an annual CEO evaluation and oversees CEO succession planning. Trustees approve budgets and oversee audits and other reports to ensure that OCLC stays financially secure and true to its public purpose.

Board members review potential opportunities, partnerships or acquisition proposals, to make sure each advances the mission and vision of OCLC.

Who are we?

The Board is made up of 15 members from academic, public, state and national libraries. Experts in business, finance, and law complete this governing body. Collaboration within this group mirrors the culture of innovation and cooperation that OCLC embodies as the world's largest library organization.

Six trustees are elected from OCLC Global Council. The OCLC Board of Trustees also includes nine trustees elected by the Board itself: four from the library community, and five from fields outside librarianship.

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration. Learn more »