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Global Council Meeting at The Hague

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For the first time in the history of the Global Council and its predecessors (Member Council, User Council), the meeting was organised across the pond. What a site it was, all these delegates meeting against a background of tulips and cold weather! Because that is what you get when you travel to The Netherlands (I did warn them!). We had a wonderful meeting though of course, with contributions from speakers from the Rabobank and Europeana, among others. The Rabobank? Yes, it turns out that a global cooperative like the Rabobank has much in common with the OCLC cooperative when thinking about member governance structures, member representation, the definition of membership versus being a customer, behavior of staff and much more. We really learned a lot.

We had hoped to vote on new membership protocols which widen the definition of membership, but the Board of Trustees of OCLC decided an implementation plan is needed first. For the EMEA region, this change is very welcome as it would mean that many ILS-users would be able to become members. The Board did however indicate that it does agree with the intended changes.

Another important step Global Council took in this meeting was to endorse the conclusions of a report on the Credits and Incentives Programs. This means Global Council agreed to (gradually) phase out the current program (dating from 1985!) and set criteria for new programs.

Berndt Dugall

In the elections this year, Barbara Preece, America’s Regional Council, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library (Baltimore, Maryland, USA, was elected Vice President/President-Elect of OCLC Global Council starting July 1, 2013.  We were very happy that Global Council has elected Berndt Dugall, Direktor/Librarian at Universität Frankfurt’s Universitätsbibliothek Johann Senckenberg, Universität Frankfurt, Germany, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Being the second Board Member from outside the US, you can see why the EMEA Regional Council was very happy not only that such an experienced and skilled professional will be a Trustee of our cooperative, but that the BoT has become a little bit more global with his election!

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