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Congratulations, OCLC Americas Regional Council and Global Council Candidates!

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Please join the Americas Regional Council (ARC) Nominating Committee in congratulating all of our candidates and thanking the many members who took the time to nominate their colleagues. Voting opened on 24 January 2014, and close on 14 March 2014. Voting representatives received an e-mail with instructions on how to cast their votes online on 24 January. OCLC will send several reminder e-mails, as well as a printed sample ballot with voting instructions to voting representatives. If you are your institution's voting representative and you have any questions regarding the election, please send us an e-mail.


Dalia is currently a Global Council Delegate and Library Director, Penrose Library, Whitman College (Washington State, USA).


Dalia Corkrum—
Chair of the ARC
Nominating Committee

OCLC Americas Regional Council
Executive Committee Positions

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
The individual elected will serve a three-year term as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect from July 2014 through June 2015; as Chair from July 2015 through June 2016; then as Immediate Past Chair from July 2016 through June 2017. This individual will also represent OCLC members throughout the Americas by participating on Global Council.

  • Karen Lequay, Campus Librarian, The University of the West Indies, Open Campus, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Jay Starratt, Dean of Libraries, Holland Library, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA

The individual elected will serve on the Executive Committee from July 2014 through June 2017; this individual will also represent members throughout the Americas by participating on Global Council during that same three-year period.

  • John DeSantis, Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian, Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
  • Debbie Schachter, Director, Learning Resources, Douglas College, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

The four individuals elected will serve on the Executive Committee beginning in July 2014. These individuals will also represent members throughout the Americas by participating on Global Council. Voting representatives will elect one candidate from Canada, one candidate from Latin America and the Caribbean, and two candidates from the United States. This is the first year of administering the new ARC bylaws, which will result in staggered terms for the Members-at-Large. The individuals elected will serve either three- or four-year terms.

Candidates from Canada

  • Marie DeYoung, University Librarian, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Margaret Law, Associate University Librarian, University of Alberta, Cameron Library, Edmonton, Alberta

Candidates from Latin America and the Caribbean

  • David Drysdale, University Librarian, University of Technology, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Annette Smith, Director, National Library Service, Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados

Candidates from the United States

  • Sarah Campbell, Associate Director, Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine
  • John-Bauer Graham, Dean of Library Services, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama
  • Mary Konkel, Head of Technical Services, College of DuPage, Chicago, Illinois
  • Robert Shupe, Director, Logan Public Library, Logan, Utah

Global Council Member Delegates
from the Americas Region

Nine (9) additional delegates will be elected from the Americas Region to Global Council. This is the first year of administering the new ARC bylaws, which will result in staggered terms for the delegates elected. The individuals elected will serve either three- or four-year terms beginning in July 2014.

  • Rosann Bazirjian, Dean of University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
  • Jay Bernstein, Head of Interlibrary Loan/Reader Services Librarian/Associate Professor, Kingsborough Community College – CUNY, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Regan Brumagen, Emerging Technologies Librarian, The Corning Museum of Glass Rakow Research Library, Corning, New York, USA
  • Aaron Dobbs, Electronic Resources and Systems Librarian, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Jim Dooley, Head, Collection Services, University of California, Merced, California, USA
  • Ian Fairclough, Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian, George Mason University, Fenwick Library, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
  • Helen Fried, County Librarian, Orange County Public Libraries, Santa Ana, California, USA
  • Clem Guthro, Director of Libraries, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, USA
  • John Helmer, Executive Director, Orbis Cascade Alliance, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Lesliediana Jones, Head of Document Services/Research Librarian, George Washington University Law Library, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Sharon Jorski, Library Director, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
  • Kirsten Leonard, Executive Director, Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, Sharpsville, Indiana, USA
  • Kenley Neufeld, Library Director, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California, USA
  • Ann Pederson, Medical Librarian, Altru Health System, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
  • Lori Phillips, Associate Dean of Libraries, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA
  • John Pollitz, Director of Libraries, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
  • Donna Reed, Director of Libraries, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Bradley Schaffner, College Librarian and Senior Lecturer, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA
  • Tim Schlak, Library Director and Archivist, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, USA
  • Lynette Schurdevin, Director of Library & Information Services, Rio Rancho Public Libraries, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA
  • Gregg Silvis, Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Digital Initiatives, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA
  • Ginny Steel, University Librarian, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California, USA

Cast your vote by 14 March 2014.

Voting representatives (there is only one voting representative per qualified OCLC member institution) should have received an e-mail invitation to vote on Friday, 24 January. If you are the voting representative on behalf of your institution, please check your e-mail (including junk and spam folders) for that e-mail. It contains your unique username and password, plus the URL you need to cast your vote online.


Update your voting contact information.

All voting will be conducted online. If the voting representative at your institution has recently changed, or did not receive the e-mail invitation to vote, please complete this form to update our records with the new voting representative's contact information. You (or your library’s director) will need your OCLC symbol to confirm or update your organization’s voting contact information.


Learn more about the Americas Regional Council.

Find out how you can get involved! We have many active committees, in addition to elected positions.


Learn more about Global Council.

Global Council currently meets in person twice per year. OCLC streams the general sessions of these meetings for all members.

Election results

We will announce the election results during the OCLC Global Council Annual Meeting in April 2014. If you have any questions regarding the ARC nominations and elections process, please send an e-mail to regionalcouncil.americas@oclc.org.

Special thanks to the Americas Regional Council Nominating Committee Members

Thanks also to the 2013–2014 ARC Nominating Committee, who worked diligently on your behalf to create a slate that ensures diverse representation in terms of geography, organization type and size, as well as the expertise of the candidates.

  • Dalia Corkrum (Chair), Library Director, Whitman College, Penrose Library, Washington, USA
  • Tricia Bengel, Emerging Technologies Administrator, Nashville Public Library, Tennessee, USA
  • Gwendolyn Ebbett, Dean, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Cheryl King, Special Collections Librarian, The University of the West Indies, Barbados
  • Jerry Stephens, Librarian and Director, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mervyn H. Sterne Library, Alabama, USA

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