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(via Dr. Scott Walter, University Librarian at DePaul University)

The OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) is holding its inaugural Conference this October, in what we hope will be the first of many opportunities to take a regional (and global) perspective on challenges and opportunities in OCLC member libraries and allied institutions. Information on the Conference is available here.

The inaugural Conference (which will take place in Baltimore, MD, on October 30 and 31) will provide a unique opportunity not only to pursue the Conference theme of how the “smarter library” employs data to make user experiences “more customized, effective and intuitive”, but also to help your regional council delegates to imagine new ways in which we can leverage the unique power of the OCLC global cooperative to bring together library leaders and practitioners in support of innovative practice. Of all the associations, consortia, and cooperative efforts of which DePaul University is a member, OCLC is unique in its scope, breadth, and engagement across the libraries, archives, and museums community. This conference is the first step in thinking about how we can make the most of OCLC’s unique composition and mission, and take a broad view of opportunities, innovation, and change in an increasingly global information community.

The Call for Papers for the inaugural ARC meeting is available here, and it identifies program themes and idea starters. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 14, and the program is inclusive of libraries in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. I hope you’ll consider making a proposal and joining us in Baltimore this Fall.

The Americas Regional Council (ARC) is one of 3 regional councils that make up OCLC’s Global Council, its primary mechanism for member governance of the cooperative. You can learn more about ARC, and meet your ARC delegates, here. (Please note that Christopher Cronin, Director of Technical Services at The University of Chicago Library, is on the ARC Program Committee.)

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Save the Date: 2018 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference (March 13-15)

(via Tony Melvyn, OCLC)

OCLC is excited to announce a new location for the 2018 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference! To accommodate increased interest from the resource sharing community, next year’s event will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel.

We encourage you to save the dates–March 13-15, 2018–and read this week’s OCLC Next blog post, which recaps the 2017 conference and provides additional ways to connect with the resource sharing community. Also, follow OCLC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we continue to share more details about #OCLCRSC18.

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OCLC Seeking Candidates for Global Council

(via the Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)

Our Global and Regional Councils represent the voices of all member libraries. Bonnie Allen, Americas Regional Council (ARC) Chair, and ARC delegates invite you to contribute to the continued success of the cooperative. This year, we are seeking candidates for 10 seats to represent member libraries. These seats are Vice-Chair to the ARC (one individual) and delegate-at-large (nine individuals). Serving in these positions gives you the opportunity to play an active role in channeling member feedback and thinking about ways to engage regionally with OCLC members. You will also have a chance to shape the direction of the cooperative by participating in discussions (in English) and making recommendations to OCLC leadership. Most importantly, you will join a global community of experienced librarians and will network with your peers.

Candidates must currently work in an OCLC member organization. The Americas Regional Council seeks at least one delegate from Canada to support the Nominating Committee’s goal to achieve diversity. You may view the current delegates and their institutions, countries, and terms in the Global Council Directory. Apply by completing the candidate form no later than Wednesday, October 26. For more information about governance structure and delegates activities, we invite you to read the Global Council Handbook or contact us directly at memberrelations@oclc.org.

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