The program is set for the fifth annual OCLC Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Regional Council Meeting, the first to take place in Africa. The theme, “Library Community in Action: advancing knowledge, cooperation and innovation,” will address the importance of community—exploring how a cooperative approach can make a difference and what greater collaboration between libraries can really offer in the context of sharing and innovation.
The meeting will be held on February 24th and 25th, 2014. For more information about the Meeting please visit the website.
Five great reasons why you should attend:
- Described by The Spectator Magazine as “the wizard of the web”, our opening keynote speaker is Charles Leadbeater, an influential technologist and policy advisor, whose video We-Think has attracted more than 300,000 views on YouTube. Charles will preview some key thinking from his forthcoming title The Frugal Innovator, and apply it directly to the world of libraries.
- We will be joined at the Meeting for the first time, by the new President and CEO of OCLC, Skip Prichard. Skip will also keynote, reflecting on OCLC’s history before looking towards what the future will hold under his leadership. There will be multiple opportunities throughout the two days for members to meet and engage with OCLC leadership, who make it their priority to be at these Meetings.
- This year the Meeting will be bigger than ever before, with a full two-day programme, packed with breakout talks as well as keynote sessions. The EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee, set itself the challenge from the very beginning to run a Meeting that was by members, for members. And now, at our fifth gathering, we can see that mission being realised. More librarians than ever, will be talking about innovation, collaboration and how their communities are working together with OCLC to achieve great things. And OCLC will provide insight into its strategic direction, research and advocacy programs.
- The programme also contains ample opportunity for you to find out what is going on with WorldShare Management Services, as well as our other cooperative services. Since the last OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting, more libraries have joined and want to share their experiences with the community.
- Last but not least, the Meeting offers an unmissable programme of enrichment visits to expand awareness and knowledge of the international cultural landscape. Conference participants can join us on a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for twenty-seven years, and which is now a national heritage site. The University of Cape Town will be welcoming us for an evening tour of the campus and library followed by a reception, and delegates can also visit The Centre for the Book, an outreach unit of the National Library of South Africa. We’ve also planned a full-day excursion to both Stellenbosch University and the nearby Delheim Wine Farm. All of these excursions are optional extras to the Meeting, and are going to be booked on a first come, first served basis, with restrictions on numbers, so early registration is a must!
On behalf of OCLC EMEA Regional Council, we welcome you to beautiful Cape Town in 2014.