“OCLC Global Council convened on April 20–22 in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Delegates elected Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library, to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Ms. Preece will take her seat on the Board in November 2015. Delegates also elected Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong, to serve as Global Council Vice President/President-Elect. Mr. Sidorko’s term will begin on July 1, 2015. Anja Smit, University Librarian at Utrecht University, Netherlands, will succeed Barbara Preece as Global Council President, also beginning July 1.
The Americas Regional Council (ARC); Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Council (EMEARC); and the Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC) also announced election results. OCLC member institutions’ voting representatives elected the following individuals to serve three-year terms on their respective region’s Executive Committee beginning July 1, 2015. For ARC and EMEA, those elected will also serve three-year terms as Global Council delegates. The APRC Executive Committee determine who from the Executive Committee will serve as delegates to Global Council…”
ALANews reports that “ALA past-President Camila Alire is the 2015 recipient of the American Library Association Equality Award. The annual award, $1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession.
Dr. Alire’s unwavering commitment to equal opportunity has had profound impact,” said Jury Chair Pat Schuman. “She has been–and continues to be–a role model, mentor, and advocate for policies and practices that promote inclusion and equity as a core value of the library profession.”
The jury noted that throughout her career, Dr. Alire has encouraged and inspired librarians and library staff to join in the struggle for equality. Her leadership roles in ALA, ACRL, Reforma and myriad other library organizations have been models for promoting gender and racial equality. Her ALA presidency focused on inclusion for all segments of the profession, enhancing the Spectrum initiative, and advocacy for all library staff. Her books, articles, courses and presentations have promoted diversity throughout the world.
Dr. Alire’s award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 28, 2015.