From your 1997-98 OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
Benard Strong Marcia Talley
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> OCLC USERS COUNCIL ELECTS TWO TO BOARD POSTS, SELECTS EXECUTIVE
> COMMITTEE AND DISCUSSES GLOBAL ISSUES
> DUBLIN, Ohio, June 10, 1998--At its May 18-20 meeting, the OCLC Users
> Council elected Victoria Hanawalt and Barbara Gubbin to the OCLC Board
> of Trustees, elected the 1998/99 Users Council Executive Committee,
> discussed global issues affecting libraries and OCLC.
> The focus of the May meeting was "Internationalize: The Value of OCLC
> Membership in a Global Library Community." It was the last of three
> meetings under the 1997/98 general program theme "Integrate, Innovate,
> Internationalize and Inform: Affirming OCLC Membership Values While
> Implementing New Strategic Directions."
> The Users Council elected Ms. Hanawalt, college librarian, Reed
> (Oregon), and Ms. Gubbin, director, Houston Public Library, to
> terms on the OCLC Board of Trustees. They will begin serving on the
> board in November.
> Delegates elected four members to the Users Council Executive
> Betsy Wilson, associate director of libraries for Public Services,
> University of Washington, was elected vice president/president-elect.
> Larry Alford, senior associate university librarian, University of
> Carolina, Chapel Hill; William Sannwald, assistant to the city
> city of San Diego, San Diego Public Library; and Kristin Senecal, head
> of Technical Services, Dickinson College (Pennsylvania), were elected
> At the conclusion of the meeting, Merryll Penson--associate university
> librarian for Public Services, University of Georgia, and 1997/98
> Council president--passed the gavel to 1998/99 Users Council president
> Bradley Baker--university librarian/director of Media Services,
> Northeastern Illinois University--who with the newly elected members
> rounds out the new executive committee.
> The meeting marked the 20th anniversary of Users Council. To
> delegates shared a commemorative cake and two virtual toasts--the
> to 20 years of Users Council, and the second to a successful
> for Jay Jordan, who became OCLC president and CEO on May 11.
> Delegates honored K. Wayne Smith, president emeritus, with a farewell
> dinner at the May meeting. Dr. Smith stepped down as president and
> of OCLC on May 8.
> Sharon J. Rogers, chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees, introduced Mr.
> Jordan before his first report to the delegates. "Jay comes to us
> the breadth and depth of experience and skill that we hoped to find in
> our search [for a successor to K. Wayne Smith], a breadth and depth of
> experience and skill to lead us into the 21st century," said Dr.
> Mr. Jordan said that his immediate priorities are to learn OCLC's
> products and services, to meet OCLC member librarians, to engage
> employees in open dialog about the future, to review international
> initiatives, and to listen to the leadership of the library community.
> His long-term goal is to assure that OCLC continues to deliver
> increasing levels of value to the members.
> Colin Steele, director, Australian National University Library, spoke
> "Global Information Trends and the Value of OCLC Membership." "The
> 'bulkinization' of information, in contrast to global 'balkanization,'
> allows costs to be spread across the globe via organizations such as
> OCLC," said Mr. Steele. "H.G. Wells' 'World Brain' might be too
> hyperbolic at the moment to describe OCLC's role, but it has the
> potential in the 21st century to become an even wider global source of
> information content and a facilitator of information from creators to
> publishers to libraries and end users."
> Phyllis Spies, OCLC vice president, Sales and International, gave a
> presentation on OCLC's Global Information Services. "The new global
> economy is more open and requires good ideas," said Ms. Spies.
> "Innovation is more important than mass production. A world so
> different can only be described as a revolution."
> Following Ms. Spies presentation, the directors of each of OCLC's four
> international divisions updated delegates on recent activities in
> respective areas--Daniel Boivin for OCLC Canada, Nicholas Cop for OCLC
> Latin America and the Caribbean, Janet Mitchell Lees for OCLC Europe,
> and Andrew Wang for OCLC Asia Pacific.
> A panel discussed "The Value of OCLC Membership in a Global Library
> Community." Christine Deschamps, president, International Federation
> Library Associations and Institutions, and member of the OCLC Board of
> Trustees; Ellen Hoffman, associate vice president and university
> librarian, York University, North York, Ontario; Ian Mowat, librarian,
> Edinburgh University Library, United Kingdom; Colin Steele and Phyllis
> Spies participated in the discussion, which was moderated by Dan
> Iddings, assistant director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
> In small groups, Users Council delegates discussed emerging global
> trends and developments affecting OCLC libraries. Ian Mowat
> those discussions in a general session for the delegates.
> Susan Olson, OCLC director, Network Relations, updated delegates on
> Year 2000 at OCLC, the Networks and Libraries."
> The next OCLC Users Council meeting will be held Oct. 4-6, 1998.
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> The Users Council comprises librarians from networks and other
> whose contributions to WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog)
> them for membership. Representing the various interests of OCLC
> libraries, delegates ratify amendments to the Code of Regulations and
> advise OCLC on strategic direction.
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