DUBLIN, Ohio, November 14, 2016. Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian for Ryerson University, and Jacques Malschaert, Director of Bibliotheekservice Fryslân, officially took their seats on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the board's November meeting. Both were elected to the Board of Trustees by OCLC Global Council in April 2016.
Madeleine Lefebvre has been Chief Librarian of Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, since 2007. She has previously held Chief Librarian appointments at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta. She is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and an Associate of the Australian Library and Information Association. She was also the 2003/2004 President of the Canadian Library Association. In 2005, Scarecrow Press published her book, The Romance of Libraries. Lefebvre has held a sustained interest in planning library space and new buildings that address the need for "congenial space" for students, and has played a major role in the design and development of Ryerson's award-winning Student Learning Centre.
Jacques Malschaert is Director of Bibliotheekservice Fryslân, a regional service organization for libraries and other cultural and welfare foundations, based in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. He is a member of the board of Stichting Samenwerkende POI's (SPN), the Dutch service organization of public libraries. He has served as managing director of several libraries. He is chair of the Dutch steering group Basic Skills and Libraries, a member of the steering group Literate Fryslân, and a member of the board of the foundation Oefenen.nl (translated in English: Practise.nl). In 2015, he published the book, Kennis maken en verbinden (in English: Creating and Linking Knowledge).
Lefebvre and Malschaert will each serve a four-year term as Global Council-elected board members.
Two members retired from the Board of Trustees: David Roselle, Director, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate in Wilmington, Delaware; and Jennifer Younger, Executive Director, Catholic Research Resources Alliance, who was the Edward H. Arnold Director of Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, from 1997 to 2010.
There are currently 10 librarians from five countries serving on the 14-member OCLC Board of Trustees.
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