Introduction

 
The Americas Regional Council and Global Council member-leaders work together toward a common vision and every member’s voice is important in guiding the cooperative. We are pleased to announce the opening of the 2014 Americas Regional Council and Global Council election.

On behalf of OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) Executive and Nominating committees, we are seeking nominations for ARC’s Global Council Delegates and Executive Committee. We encourage you and/or your staff to nominate any colleague from an OCLC member institution in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean for one or more of these positions—and you may nominate yourself. The positions that we are seeking nominations for include:

• ARC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: To concurrently serve as a Global Council Delegate
• ARC Secretary: To concurrently serve as a Global Council Delegate
• ARC Executive Committee Members-at-Large: Three (3) to concurrently serve as Global Council Delegates
• Global Council Delegates: Ten (10) additional Global Council Delegates

THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 15 DELEGATES WILL BE ELECTED TO THE GLOBAL COUNCIL WITH FIVE (5) OF THOSE DELEGATES ALSO SERVING ON THE ARC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. The 48-member Global Council will have a total of 32 ARC representatives.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 26 November 2013.

Please submit only one nomination per form. If you would like to nominate more than one individual, complete and submit the form and then reenter the form using the same link. There is no limit on the number of nominations you may submit.

The Americas Regional Council Nominating Committee is chaired by Dalia Corkrum, Global Council Delegate and Library Director, Penrose Library, Whitman College, Washington State. She and the committee members will review the nominations received to determine the slate of candidates. The committee will also take into consideration important factors such as geography, institution type, size and all criteria outlined in the ARC’s bylaws to ensure a diverse slate of candidates.

As an elected representative to the membership, Global Council delegates carry an important responsibility and obligation to the cooperative. This includes agreeing to participate in Global Council activities including at least two multiday meetings per year. Please refer to the Global Council bylaws for a complete list of responsibilities.

Once the Nominating Committee approves the slate, it will announce the candidates by sending Member Update e-mails and posting the slate on the OCLC website. This announcement is scheduled for late January. Voting is scheduled to take place from late January through mid-March 2014, and election results will be announced during the OCLC Global Council Annual Meeting, tentatively scheduled for 10–13 April 2014.


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If you experience any technical difficulties with this form, please contact Joanne Cantrell via e-mail at: cantrelj@oclc.org. If you have any specific questions or additional comments about the nomination process, please e-mail regionalcouncil.americas@oclc.org.