OCLC EMEA Regional Council 2016 Madrid

2016 OCLC’s EMEA Regional Council Meeting (EMEARC) (referring to ​​Europe, Middle East and Africa), was held in Madrid on the 1st and 2nd of March 2016 at El Círculo de Bellas Artes. 

Since 2014 IE Library belongs to the Consortium and Executive Committee of the Regional Council of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), the largest consortium of libraries in the world, formed by over 72,000 libraries in 170 countries. OCLC has the largest and most comprehensive catalog of resources of libraries worldwide with more than 360 million bibliographic records representing over 2.3 billion materials held by the libraries in the comsortium.

IE Library has actively participated on the event organization collaborating with the Executive Committee of OCLC, as well as student volunteers from IE University and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, who did a fantastic work and deserve a special mention: Joy Cierrea ArcherJorge Alarcón SanzJerónimo García Sánchez and Kelly Borburema de Souza.

2016's EMEARC brought together over 300 information professionals from around the world. Its theme "The Selfie Generation: Their Digital Lives, Social Spaces and Education Needs" discussed the way institutions and information professionals engage with the so called millennial generation through the electronic environment and how to adquire the digital skills required.

The Spanish Library Spotlight was also held during EMEARC. Five "Lightning Talks" by Spanish libraries, among those IE Library, presented their projects which were voted by those present.

IE Library´s presentation showcasing its latest technological project, the new APP "My IE Library Account", was chosen as the best presentation  By downloading the APP, available for Android and iOS, the entire IE community can manage their personal IE Library account, check their loans and fines, renew items, manage their holds and search the library catalog,  therefore accessing all electronic resources available in IE Library - all of this from their smartphones, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from anywhere in the world.

This allows the library to move out of its physical space even more, and thus allows users to identify and access the resources that best meet their needs, anytime, anywhere and on any device, narrowing the link between the user and WorldCat, the largest digital library in the world.

All Breakout talks and Plenary Sessions were imparted by experts on social networks and education, such as Luis Iván Cuende (Forbes 2016 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology), Philippe González (Head of Digital at Amc Networks International) and Evan Carmichael (creator of EvanCarmichael.com, a popular website for entrepreneurs) among others.

The Selfie generation, a term that reflects the wave of young people growing up not just being aware of the Internet, but living openly on it, defines a generation who project their image and opinions to mass audiences and live their digital world as their most important one, and we, educators and information professionals, must adapt to this new environment and get the required digital skills the teenagers already have and to influence how the Web is shaped nowadays.

With all this, the aim is to get to know, as they reach maturity and take their place in society and higher education, what can we learn about them and from them and the environments they inhabit, that will help us to serve this community now and in the future. The information world (including Libraries, archives and museums) are now connecting via social platforms with the selfie generation in order to bring attention to their services, their collections and their knowledge base. As the information professionals become emboldened to use these tools, on this Conference we will get to know the experience of industry experts to expose the dos and don'ts of this important space.

By the foray on this social environments, is intended to influence the conformation of their education and knowledge, as an experience of value, through innovative technologies such as customizable widgets, web services, geolicalization within the library, smart areas, virtual reality, gesture recognition, augmented reality, internet of things...

One of the reasons for this meetings is to get to know each other and network. It always is an opportunity for member libraries to explore the current trends on the librarian world and to encourage conversations.

We want also to share with you all our memories and selfies during the #EMEARC16.

Consult everything about this meeting at

https://www.oclc.org/events/2016/emea-annual-2016/emea-2016.en.html