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Board of Trustees

The expertise and community involvement of our governing board guide OCLC toward connecting the world's libraries.

OCLC was founded in 1967 as an Ohio library cooperative. Today, it provides services to over 16,737 member libraries around the world. The OCLC Board of Trustees represents the interest of these members.

The Board works to align OCLC’s product, research and advocacy strategies with OCLC’s mission: to connect people to knowledge through library cooperation. To ensure that OCLC remains a strong collaborative, the Board encourages a culture of cooperation and vigorous debate.

Trustees listen carefully to members from all types of libraries and from countries around the globe, to better understand issues affecting libraries in today’s changing environment.

The OCLC Board of Trustees meets five times a year. A day of committee meetings is followed by a formal board meeting the next day. Trustees immerse themselves in current library issues, as well as OCLC strategic updates, in preparation for these meetings.

The 2013-2014 OCLC Board of Trustees

2013-2014 OCLC Board of Trustees group photo

Seated, left to right: : Bernadette Gray-Little, Brian Schottlaender, Skip Prichard (OCLC President & CEO), Sandy Yee, Larry Alford, Cindy Hilsheimer and Barbara Lison

Standing, left to right: Loretta Parham, Kathleen Imhoff, Anthony Ferguson, David Roselle, Ed Barry, John Patrick, Berndt Dugall, James Neal and Jennifer Younger

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 »