Europe, Middle East and Africa

  • English


All of the sessions will be taking place in the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001.

The main language of the conference is English and on this occasion simultaneous translation in other languages will not be available. This event is free to attend and libraries from across Europe, Middle East and Africa are welcome. Regrettably OCLC is unable to sponsor or otherwise support the cost of delegate attendance. 

There is an optional Enrichment Programme that you are welcome to register for. Please note that these occur prior and following the meeting and that the programme may be subject to change. The enrichment programme is free to attend but please note that places are limited.

Click on the below tabs to see the full programme, as well as activites taking place the day before and after the conference.

Theme of the Meeting

Library Community in Action: advancing, knowledge, collaboration and innovation

“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”  --African proverb

Is there more about our community of libraries that binds us together than sets us apart?  We know that our libraries are front-line services that are shaped by the diverse interests of the communities we serve.  Finding inspiration for delivering greater user satisfaction, increased visitor numbers and faster, more efficient and engaging services are challenges we all face.  So, can the fact that we are part of a worldwide community of libraries really help us?

The 2014 Meeting will address the importance of ‘library as community’.  Discussing how a collaborative approach makes a difference, raises a library’s profile, changes perceptions, or simply gets things done.  Our theme will explore what greater collaboration between libraries can really offer, and look in more detail at the concept in the context of sharing and innovation.

The 2014 EMEA Regional Council Meeting will spotlight several areas of community-based activity:

  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Shared Services
  • Technology & Innovation

In a break with the previous years’ Meetings, we will offer separate strands within the programme that focus on these topics and give delegates an opportunity to learn more about what other library members are doing in this area.

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 »