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OCLC Makes Board Appointments

Smart Libraries Newsletter [December 2014]

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Abstract: OCLC has made new appointments to its Board of Trustees, the primary body that provides strategic oversight. Joining the OCLC Board are Kathleen Keane, director of John Hopkins University Press; Brady J. Deaton, former chancellor of the University of Missouri; Ellen Tise, Senior Director of Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University in South Africa; and John F. Szabo, the City Librarian of Los Angeles Public Library.


OCLC has made new appointments to its Board of Trustees, the primary body that provides strategic oversight. Joining the OCLC Board are Kathleen Keane, director of John Hopkins University Press; Brady J. Deaton, former chancellor of the University of Missouri; Ellen Tise, Senior Director of Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University in South Africa; and John F. Szabo, the City Librarian of Los Angeles Public Library.

Since 1977 OCLC has provided compensation to the members of its Board of Trustees, many of which are in administrative positions in OCLC member libraries. The company provides a statement that explains the practice of board compensation and specifies the amounts that board members receive in return for their appointment and activities (http://oclc.org/about/finance/ compensation_q_and_a.en.html). OCLC, as required, reports the amounts paid to each board member in its annually filed IRS Form I-990, which is open to public inspection. For the latest year available, fiscal 2012, OCLC paid $659,677 to its board members. Finishing their terms on the OCLC Board are Ed Barry, former President of Oxford University Press (12 Years, total compensation from 20032012: $349,496); Tony Ferguson, former University Librarian of the University of Hong Kong Libraries (6 years, compensation through 2012: $124,817); Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor of the University of Kansas (5 years, $76,155); and Sandy Yee, Dean of University Libraries and School of Library and Information services at Wayne State University. Yee was formerly the Chair of the Board of Trustees (20082014, compensation through 2012: $165,387). No conflict of interest is implied by providing the specific compensation figures reported in OCLC's tax filings, but it is information worth noting. OCLC benefits greatly from the input and oversight of its Board of Trustees. Its organizational structure in the library technology industry is unique and provides an interesting set of comparisons with the

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Publication Year:2014
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Smart Libraries Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 34 Number 12
Issue:December 2014
Page(s):6
Publisher:ALA TechSource
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Company: OCLC
ISSN:1541-8820
Record Number:20216
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