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OCLC Global and Regional Councils announce election results

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 18 April 2012—Anne Prestamo, Associate Dean for Collection and Technology Services, Claud D. Kniffen Professor of Library Service & Education, Oklahoma State University, University Libraries (Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA), has been elected Vice President/President-Elect of OCLC Global Council. Her term as Vice President will commence on July 1, 2012, followed by a one-year term as President of Global Council beginning July 1, 2013.

Election results for OCLC's three Regional Councils, Americas Regional Council (ARC), Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC), and Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC), were also announced during the Global Council Meeting in Dublin, Ohio, April 16–18. A total of 48 delegates from 17 countries participated in the Global Council Annual Meeting, led by Berndt Dugall, President, OCLC Global Council, and Direktor/Librarian, Universität Frankfurt, Universitätsbibliothek Johann Senckenberg.

ChewLeng Beh, OCLC Global Council Vice President/President-Elect, and Senior Director Library & Professional Services & Director of SILAS National Library Board Singapore, will begin his term as President of Global Council on July 1, 2012.

The following individuals were elected by OCLC member voting representatives from their respective regions:

OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC)
ARC Executive Committee Members (Term: July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013):

The following six individuals were elected to the Americas Regional Council Executive Committee and will join Barbara Preece, Dean of the Library, California State University, San Marcos (San Marcos, California, USA), who will become Chair of the ARC Executive Committee on July 1, 2012:

  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect—Jane Treadwell, University Librarian & Dean, Library Instructional Services, University of Illinois at Springfield, Brookens Library (Springfield, Illinois, USA). As Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Ms. Treadwell will become the Chair of the Executive Committee beginning July 1, 2013.
  • Secretary—Mark McFarland, Associate Director for Digital Initiatives, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas, USA)
  • Member-at-Large (Canada)—Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
  • Member-at-Large (Latin America and the Caribbean)—Marilyn Montalvo, Automation Librarian/Technical Services Department Assistant Director, Universidad del Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
  • Member-at-Large (United States of America)—Linda Waskow, Library Media Technology Specialist, Beaufort Elementary School (Beaufort, South Carolina, USA)
  • Member-at-Large (United States of America)—Rebecca Lubas, Director, Cataloging and Discovery Services, University of New Mexico, University Libraries (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)

OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC)
APRC Executive Committee Members (Term: July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015):

The following three individuals were elected to serve on the APRC Executive Committee: 

  • Srichan Chancheewa, Director, Thammasat University Libraries, Thailand
  • Makoto Nakamoto, Administrative Director, Waseda University, Japan
  • Peter Sidorko, University Librarian, University of Hong Kong

Current Chair-Elect Hsueh-hua Chen, University Librarian and Professor of Library Science, National Taiwan University, will become Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Council on July 1, 2012. The three newly elected individuals will also join current members of the Executive Committee, whose terms will expire on June 30, 2013: ChewLeng Beh, Senior Director, Library and Professional Services, National Library Board, and Director, Singapore Integrated Library Automated Services (SILAS); Alison Elliott, Director, Content Services, National Library of New Zealand; and Andrew Wells, University Librarian, University of New South Wales, Australia. The additional offices will be determined during the APRC Executive Committee meeting in June 2012.

        Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC)
        EMEARC Executive Committee Members and Global Council Delegates (Term: July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015):

        Current Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Anja Smit, Director, Utrecht University, Netherlands, will become Chair of the EMEARC Executive Committee for the 2012–2013 year.

        • Cendrella Habre, Director, Riyad Nassar Library, Lebanese American University, Lebanon, will represent members throughout the Middle East and India. 
        • Bert Looper, Managing Director, Tresoar, Netherlands, will represent members from the cultural heritage sector. 
        • Robert Moropa, Director Library Services, University of Pretoria, South Africa, will represent members throughout Africa. Mr. Moropa will be Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the EMEARC Executive Committee for the 2012–2013 year.

        About OCLC Global Council
        Global Council comprises Member Delegates elected by the members within each of the three Regional Councils and serves as a key strategic discussion forum and the major communication link between member libraries, Regional Councils and OCLC. Global Council helps shape the future direction of OCLC and libraries by electing six members to the OCLC Board of Trustees and ratifying amendments to the OCLC Code of Regulations and Articles of Incorporation. The Global Council also discusses interests of mutual concern and makes recommendations to OCLC management and members of the OCLC Board of Trustees. Member Delegates also help to ensure regular and open communication between the Membership and OCLC.

        About OCLC Regional Councils
        Each of OCLC’s three Regional Councils, in cooperation with OCLC, plans at least one in-person Regional Council meeting annually to keep current on issues of vital and immediate interest to members of the OCLC cooperative. Regional Councils also schedule additional virtual or “sub-regional” meetings as needed. OCLC supports these meetings, where members can participate in discussions, advance ideas and vote on resolutions related to the cooperative. The Regional Councils also elect member representatives from their respective regions, who will contribute to the Regional Council Executive Committee and/or Global Council meetings, committees and additional forums for member input.

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