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Simon Bains

University Librarian and Head of Library Services
University of Aberdeen
Simon Bains is University Librarian and Head of Library Services at the University of Aberdeen, a post he took up in April 2019. Prior to that, Simon was Deputy Librarian and Head of Research Services at the University of Manchester, where he led major changes in how the library supports researchers. Simon has worked in academic and research libraries for over 25 years and has particular interests in digital libraries, open research and the changing use of library spaces. He is an active contributor to thinking and collaboration across the sector and has led work on behalf of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and SCONUL. Simon was a member of OCLC EMEA and Global Councils 2011-2013.

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Gavin Boyce

Interim Director
University of Sheffield
"...yes, we are smart, but not because we stand on the shoulders of giants or are giants ourselves. We stand on the shoulders of a very large pyramid of hobbits.... [it's] the number of hobbits, not the height of particular hobbits, that's allowing us to see farther." - Joseph Henrich (2016)

Gavin Boyce’s passion is research, innovation and impact. He has degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Computing (one undergraduate, two Masters’ and one PhD) and has started and run his own businesses and helped many others to start their own enterprises. Most of his time is spent supporting the wonderful academics and doctoral researchers that make up the research community at the University of Sheffield. A truly rewarding job that gives him privileged access to new ideas and insight into exciting future projects.

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Rebecca Bryant

Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research
Rebecca Bryant, PhD, serves as Senior Program Officer at OCLC Research where she leads and develops areas for the OCLC Research Library Partnership and for OCLC Research related to research information management (RIM), research data management (RDM), and institutional scholarly communications practices. Her OCLC publications include Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library’s Role, Convenience and Compliance: Case Studies on Persistent Identifiers in European Research Information Management, and The Realities of Research Data Management.

Prior to joining OCLC in 2016, Rebecca served in previous roles at the University of Illinois, including as Project Manager for Researcher Information Services in the University Library, Assistant Dean in the Graduate College, and Project Leader on the system-wide UI-Integrate ERP implementation project. She has also served as Director of Community at ORCID where she led outreach initiatives to encourage the adoption of ORCID identifiers throughout the scholarly communications community, particularly promoting adoption and integration within universities worldwide.

Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree at Butler University, a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a PhD in historical musicology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Martin Bukacek

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Beth Clark

Head of Digital Scholarship and Innovation
London School of Economics and Political Science
Beth Clark is Head of Digital Scholarship and Innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library where she is responsible for leading developments in various areas, including digital scholarship, digital asset management, research support and scholarly communications, user experience and library spaces. She is currently Co-Convenor of the Digital Scholarship Network.

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Carla Colombati

Academic Librarian, European Document Centre
Website, University of Teramo
Carla Colombati is an Academic Librarian, in charge of the European Documentation Centre (EDC) at the University of Teramo (Italy). As EDC and Coordinator of Abruzzo Wikimedia Italy, she works on projects dedicated to research, teaching, learning and territory, focusing on the promotion of the cultural heritage of Abruzzo and the development of Information Digital Literacy competences. Teacher and tutor of training courses and administrator of online training platforms. She belongs to Wikimedia Italia, IFLA LTR Section, ASIS&T, AIB, and other professional associations.

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Robert Curry

Senior Academic Librarian
Oxford Brookes University
As a Senior Academic Librarian, Robert Curry has responsibility for both Academic Liaison Librarians and Digital Services (Learning Technology) Teams at Oxford Brookes University. Through his responsibilities, he has an interest in new services involving emerging technologies and a research interest in academic library 'makerspaces' (creative learning spaces incorporating computing or technology, see Curry, 2017). His research case study for his Doctorate in Education is on an east coast US university library makerspace service with an innovative and inclusive service history. Although his professional focus is primarily academic library focused, Robert has also worked in public, school and further education library services, so he can draw on his broad career experience where relevant in presentations and discussions with colleagues.

Reference: Curry, R. (2017). “Makerspaces: A beneficial new service for Academic Libraries?”, Library Review, 66(4/5.), pp. 201-212

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Jos Damen

Head of the Library and ICT Department
African Studies Centre (Leiden)
Jos Damen is Head of the Library and ICT Department at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. He is in charge of policy, planning and operations. He is also responsible for ICT support services, including the website. He is a member of the ASCL’s Executive Board and vice-director of the ASCL at Leiden University.

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Patrick Danowski

Manager, Scientific Service Unit Library
Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Patrick Danowski is a graduate computer scientist and scientific librarian. Since 2010, he has been the Manager of the Scientific Service Unit Library at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, board member of the VÖB and Chair of the Science and Technology Library Section. Prior to this, he worked as an Emerging Technologies Librarian at CERN in Geneva. In Berlin, he was at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin and completed his library internship at the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin, while the theoretical training at the Humboldt University took place at the Institute for Library and Information Sciences. There he simultaneously obtained the Master of Library and Information Science.

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Jeroen de Boer

Innovation Advisor
Fers
Jeroen de Boer works at Fers (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands) as an Innovation Advisor. He is a strong believer in open technologies and the way libraries can and should learn from maker culture. One of his best-known projects is FryskLab, a mobile library FabLab (Europe’s first). In 2012 and 2014, Jeroen was awarded with the BibliotheekInitiatiefPrijs (Library Initiative Award), in 2014 for FryskLab. In 2017, the American Library Association awarded the project with the Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects. Together with Terri Wilingham, he wrote Makerspaces in Libraries (2015), followed by Library Makerspaces, the Complete Guide (2018). Currently, his main project is the Data Detox Kit. With this program, developed by Tactical Technology, public libraries are equipped with tools to help citizens improve their digital personality with a focus on privacy and data-sharing. In his personal time, he is an avid cyclist and music collector.

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Harm Derks

Library Services Manager
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Always enthusiastic and looking for (business) opportunities.I believe in Servant Leadership.

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Reiner Diedrichs

Director of the VZG
Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG), the Head Office of the GBV
Dipl.-Kfm. Reiner Diedrichs
  • 1979 - 1984 Dipl.-Kfm. With a focus on business informatics
  • Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • 1985 - 1990 Research Associate at the Department of Mathematical Process Research and Data Processing in Economics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Lecturer for programming languages, database design and software engineering
  • 1990 - 1995 Head of the Application Development Department at the Library Computing Center for Lower Saxony (BRZN)
  • Adaptation and implementation of the Dutch Pica system for the BRZN
  • Since 1995 Director of the GBV Joint Center (VZG)
  • Member of the German standardization committee
  • 1992: Implementation of the software and introduction of the Pica system in the
  • Niedersächsischen Bibliotheksverbund
  • 1995: merge of union catalogues of Lower Saxony and the North German Library Network to today's Common Union Catalogue (GVK)
  • 1999: Integration of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin into the GVK
  • 2004: Integration of the libraries of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in the GBV
  • Since 2014: merging of the union catalogues of the GBV and the BSZ to K10plus
  • 1979 – 1984Dipl.-Kfm. Mit Schwerpunkt Wirtschaftsinformatik
  • Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen
  • 1985 – 1990Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl mathematische Verfahrensforschung und Datenverarbeitung in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Lehraufträge für Programmiersprachen, Datenbankdesign und Software Engineering
  • 1990 – 1995Leitung der Abteilung Anwendungsentwicklung im Bibliotheksrechenzentrum für Niedersachsen (BRZN).Anpassung und Implementierung des
  • Niederländischen Pica-Systems für das BRZN
  • Seit 1995Direktor der Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG)
  • Mitglied im Standardisierungsausschuss
  • 1992: Implementierung der Software und Einführung des Pica-Systems im
  • Niedersächsischen Bibliotheksverbund
  • 1995: Zusammenführung der Verbunddatenbanken des Niedersächsischen
  • und des Norddeutschen Bibliotheksverbundes zum heutigen GVK1999:Integration der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin in den GVK
    2004:Integration der Bibliotheken der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in
    den GBV
  • 2004:Integration der Bibliotheken der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in
  • den GBV
  • 2004:Integration der Bibliotheken der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz in
  • den GBV
  • Seit 2014: Zusammenführung der Verbundsysteme des GBV und des BSZ
  • zu K10plus

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Annette Dortmund

Senior Product Manager & Research Consultant
OCLC
Dr. Annette Dortmund for more than two decades has worked for and with European libraries of all types and sizes, including large academic, public and governmental institutions. She joined OCLC in 2001 and has since worked for OCLC in several roles, most recently as Sr Product Manager and Research Consultant with and for OCLC Research. Her current work focuses on libraries in scholarly communications, and on transitioning library data beyond MARC.

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Marina Encheva

Assistant Professor
University of Library Studies and Information Technologies
Marina Encheva graduated in Library and Information Sciences (MA programme) from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria in 2000. In 2006, she was awarded a PhD degree in Information Retrieval Systems. Dr. Encheva was a part-time Assistant Professor at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (2007-2010). Since 2010, she has been a full-time Assistant Professor at the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, giving lectures and seminars in Electronic Resources and Metadata; Information Market; E-learning; Business Information Systems; Information Analysis, etc. Marina Encheva is an author of a monograph (Game-based Approaches in Information Literacy Training, 2018), 2 textbooks (Automated Information Systems and Information Brokering, 2014) and of more than 50 articles in the field of library education, technology-enhanced learning, information literacy and application of game-based approaches in education.She had experience as a librarian at the American University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria and at the Centre for Advanced Study in Sofia. Dr. Encheva was also an expert at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria and at the National Centre for Information and Documentation. She has worked on a number of projects co-financed by the European Union, among them: “Distance Learning in Library and Information Sciences and Print Communications” (2012-2014), “Introduction of Electronic Management of Administrative and Information Services in Recognition of Higher Education Diplomas” (2009-2011). Since September 2017, Dr. Encheva has been the manager of the international project funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission on “Information Literacy: a Game-based Learning Approach for Avoiding Fake Content”. Marina Encheva is a member of the European Distance and E-Learning Network and of the Executive Committee of EBLIDA.
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Christian Erlinger

Systems Librarian
Vienna Public Libraries
Christian Erlinger is a Systems Librarian currently working at Vienna Public Libraries (Austria). He studied spatial planning, political sciences and library and information sciences. His main interest lies in the connection between linked open data, semantic web and libraries.

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Andreas Ferus

Interim Head Librarian and Open Access Officer
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Andreas Ferus studied History at the University of Vienna, where he also completed the university course, Library and Information Studies. Since 2007, he has been working at the University Library of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, which he has headed on an interim basis since 2016. In addition to the "everyday business", he is particularly interested in the topics of Open Science/Open Scholarship (especially Open Access), Scholarly Communication, Digital Humanities and Heritage Science as well as the development of infrastructures and services in these areas.

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Rachel Frick

Executive Director, Research Library Partnership
OCLC
Rachel Frick is the Executive Director of the OCLC Research Library Partnership—a transnational collaboration of library professionals who work together to develop network-level solutions. For more than 20 years, Rachel has worked with libraries on a wide array of systemic and strategic initiatives.
Her expertise includes improving digital library workflows, leading organizational change, building community, and creatively solving current challenges of the library field with a special interest in how libraries position themselves for the future. She honed her expertise in these and other areas throughout her career, including at notable leadership positions at the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). She is a strong believer in the power of librarians to influence change and build stronger, knowledgeable, empowered communities, and is a passionate advocate for open culture and its potential transformative impact on the creative marketplace. Rachel earned her MSLS from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Anna Galluzzi

Librarian
Biblioteca del Senato “Giovanni Spadolini"
In 1997, Anna Galluzzi graduated in Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Specialization for Archivists and Librarians from the University of Tuscia in Viterbo; then she gained a Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, a Masters’ (MSc) in Management of Library and Information Services from the University of Aberystwyth (Wales) and a PhD in Library Science from the University of Udine. Since 2003, she has been working as Parliamentary Administrator and Librarian at the Senate Library in Rome. She is Contract Professor in Library and Information Science and Library Management at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, as well as Teacher in professional classes and speaker at many national and international conferences. Her last book was “Libraries and Public Perception. A Comparative Analysis of the European Press”. Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2014.

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Raman Ganguly

Leader of Software Design & Development Dept
Vienna University Computer Center (ZID)
Raman Ganguly is the Leader of the Software Design and Development Department at the Vienna University Computer Center (ZID) and is an expert in software development and media technology. Since 2011, he has devoted his energies to the digital archiving of data from a technical perspective with a focus on architectonic models for technical implementation. His duties at the Vienna University include the technical development and operation of repositories, as well as the university website. For him, modular systems and consumer-oriented representation of data are the most important aspects of constructing modern IT landscapes. Raman Ganguly is the Technical Leader of Phaidra, member of the Phaidra Steering Committee and coordinates the technical agenda of the international consortium (www.phaidra.org).

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Erik Gornik

Chief Librarian
Museum of Military History, Vienna
Erik Gornik served in the Austrian Armed Forces as NCO in a mechanized infantry battalion for 10 years. After his transfer in 2005 to the Austrian Military Library in Vienna, he completed his training as a Librarian and moved to the Austrian Army Museum in 2008. Erik graduated in Political Science and Library and Information Science at the University of Vienna and the Humboldt University of Berlin and is currently studying History at the University of Vienna.

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Marion Götz

Library Director
University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt
After graduating in Business Studies, Marion Götz started her professional career as a Project Manager in the business organization of a major Austrian corporation. In 1999, she joined the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt as Head of the Library. Besides working as Head of the Library, she studied and graduated in Library and Information Studies in Vienna.

Since 2016, she also acts as a Project Manager for "Wissen 0-99, alles unter einem Dach ", the merger of the FHWN Library with the Wiener Neustadt Public Library at the new City Campus. And since 2019, she has worked as Head of the newly merged "Bibliothek im Zentrum", the first scientific public library in the German-speaking countries.

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Matt Greenhall

Deputy Executive Director
Research Libraries UK (RLUK)
Matt Greenhall is Deputy Executive Director of Research Libraries UK (RLUK). He is the Executive Lead for the Digital Scholarship and Digital Shift strands of RLUK’s strategy, Reshaping Scholarship, and for its Digital Scholarship, Collections Strategy, and Associate Director member networks. He has a particular interest in supporting cross-sector collaboration, reflective of his own experience of working across the museum, archival, library, and academic communities. Before coming to RLUK, Matt worked as Head of Academic Engagement at The National Archives (UK), having work previously for Durham University's Museums and Heritage Collections, around widening participation. He has a PhD in British Economic History.

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Beate Guba

Director
TU Wien Bibliothek
Since July 2016, Beate Guba has been the Director of TU Wien Bibliothek. From 2008-2016, she was Head of the Economics and Management Library at TU Berlin. She gained professional experience as a junior researcher at the University of Vienna and as a lecturer at Université de Bordeaux (France) and University of Vaasa (Finland). Her long-term involvement in re-engineering the library business and aligning services to the scientific community has provided her with a thorough knowledge of the requirements of the academic world. She contributes to TU Wien through her extensive expertise in strategic planning, innovation management and staff development. In her current position she initiated the introduction of the research data management policy at TU Wien and the creation of the first Austrian research data management center.

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Anna-Sophie Harling

Managing Director, Europe
NewsGuard
Anna-Sophie Harling is Managing Director for Europe at NewsGuard, based in London and New York. Prior to joining NewsGuard, Harling worked as Business Development Manager for a technology company in London and at an international law firm in Germany. She has previously worked at two German newspapers, Der Tagesspiegel and the Märkische Allgemeine.

Harling graduated from Yale University, where she was a Yale Journalism Scholar.

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Thomas Hodge

Associate University Librarian for Technology & Technical Services
American University of Sharjah
Thomas Hodge has been the Associate University Librarian for Technology and Technical Services at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) since 2012. He previously worked at AUS as the Technology Services Librarian.

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Marjolein Hordijk

Secondary Education Project & Literary Program Developer
Bibliotheek Gelderland Zuid
Marjolein Hordijk is the Inventor and Project Leader for “buiten zinnen”. She works at the public library, Bibliotheek Gelderland Zuid, as a Secondary Education Project employee and Literary Program Developer for ‘Huis van de Letters’ (Nijmegen location). For years, her focus has been on young adults and talent development. She has initiated multiple successful projects, for example, “Night at the Library”, “Stoere Mannen, Sterke Verhalen” and “B/Slash”. All these projects have been adopted by libraries throughout the Netherlands. In 2018, she finished second in the Best Librarian of the Netherlands award. She loves nothing more than to offer a stage to young talent and help them develop themselves. Through this, she has managed to boost many young and talented authors and commit them to her library. This has developed Bibliotheek De Mariënburg into a vibrant and young library.

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Carmen Hüning

Librarian
FH Münster
20 years ago, Carmen Hüning’s first task as a Librarian was the implementation of the library system SISIS SE at the Library of Münster University of Applied Sciences. Now, she works as System Librarian, using WMS for over 3 years. Her focus is Circulation.

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Stuart Hunt

Director, University Library & Collections Services and University Librarian
University of Reading and Chair, OCLC EMEA Regional Council
Stuart Hunt is Director, University Library & Collections Services and University Librarian at the University of Reading in the UK. In this role, he has leadership responsibility for libraries, museums, archives and special collections at the University of Reading. He is the current Chair of OCLC EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee and a member of the OCLC Global Council. He is also Chair of the Jisc Collection Management Community Advisory Board and a member of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries Steering Group. Stuart has published and given conference papers on content strategy, collection development, innovation in libraries, and process improvement.

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Vincenza Iossa

Librarian
Ministry of Education, Universities and Research Library

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Wolfgang Jahn

Research Associate
Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte
Wolfgang Jahn is a research associate at the Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte. He has been curating exhibition projects for many years and is a publisher of publications.

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Elizabeth James

Head of Collections
National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum
Elizabeth James leads collection development, documentation and curation at the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum (London). She has an MA in Book History, particular interests in museum publishing and artists’ books, and has curated several displays. She co-edited Word & Image: Art, Books and Design from the National Art Library (2015). She is currently a member of the IFLA Art Libraries Section Standing Committee.

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Anna Jones

Community Manager
OCLC
Anna Jones is the Community Manager for OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS) community. In this role, she manages the online presence of the WMS user community. As Community Manager, Anna is also involved in planning regional and global user group meetings, hosting online webinars, and communicating enhancement requests to our product staff.

Anna is dedicated to helping libraries use OCLC's services effectively through collaboration and engagement.

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Meike Jung

Press and Public Relations
Municipal Library Stuttgart
Vita
  • 1994 to 1996 training as Assistant at libraries in the municipal library Rotenburg/Wümme (Lower Saxony, Germany)
  • 1996 to 2000 studies at the University of Library and Information Sciences in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2000 to 2003 Events and exhibitions in the Mediothek of the Municipal Library Stuttgart
  • 2001 coordination of the European project "European Year of Languages" in Stuttgart or "How to create a language network“
  • 2003 to 2011 Event Management of the Stuttgart Central Library
  • Since 2011 Press and Public Relations of the Municipal Library Stuttgart

My lectures at the following conferences about digital reading competence and the Stuttgart Central Library

  • 2013: International Conference, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 2016: Conference InetBib, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2017: On or Off - How cultural institutions organise digital change, Loccum, Germany
  • 2018: Global Libraries Conference “Libraries Today and Digital Transformation”, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2019: Convegno delle Stelline 2019 “LA BIBLIOTECA CHE CRESCE” Contenuti e servizi tra frammentazione e integrazione, Milan, Italy

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Axel Kaschte

Product Strategy Director, EMEA
OCLC
Axel Kaschte oversees the OCLC product management of legacy library management systems and EMEA-related product management tasks, to enable the transition of the library community to next-generation library services within the web paradigm. From 2009 to 2013, he joined Ex Libris as Strategy Director Europe where he was deeply involved in defining and presenting the new strategy of unified library automation and cloud solutions.

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Dr. Ayesha Khanna

Co-Founder and CEO
ADDO AI
Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to leading corporations and governments. Ayesha also serves on the Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore government's agency that develops its world-class technology sector to drive the country's digital economy and power its Smart Nation vision.
In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and Ayesha was named one of South East Asia's groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2018. Her clients have included SMRT, Singapore's largest public transport company; Singtel, Singapore's largest telco; SOMPO, Japan's largest insurance firm; Habib Bank, Pakistan's largest bank; and Smart Dubai, the government agency tasked to transform Dubai into a leading smart city.
Ayesha is also the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore, and founded the Empower: AI for Singapore national movement, which aims to teach all youth in the country the basics of artificial intelligence.
Prior to founding ADDO AI, Ayesha spent more than a decade on Wall Street developing large scale trading, risk management and data analytics systems. Ayesha was co-founder of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyze the social and economic impact of accelerating technologies. She directed the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics, and has been a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.
Ayesha has been named one of Singapore's leading female entrepreneurs and a leading Asian fintech influencer by Fintech Asia. She also served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Steering Committee on future skills and applied learning for emerging industries. Ayesha has been recently profiled for her work in artificial intelligence in leading publications including Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Focus Magazin (Germany), Corriere della Sera (Italy), Dagens Næringsliv (Norway), Lëtzebuerger Journal (Luxembourg), Computer Sweden (Sweden), Information Age (Nordics), Peak (Cover Story, Singapore), and In The Black (Cover Story, Australia).
Ayesha is author of Straight Through Processing (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, and Foreign Policy. She has presented at major financial, technology and other industry conferences, provided high level government briefings, chaired symposiums such as AI Asia, and spoken at TEDx events.
She is an advisor to the startups Octa (a chatbot for young travellers) and Arro (a delivery robot for sports).
Ayesha has a BA (honors) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics.

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Tara L. Andrews

University Professor of Digital Humanities
Universität Wien
Curriculum Vitae:

  • 1999 Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambrigde, USA
  • 2005 Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Byzantine Studies, University College, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2008-2009 Tutor in introductory Classical Armenian, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2009 Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil) in Oriental Studies, Linacre College, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2009-2010 Departmental Lecturer in Byzantine History, History Faculty, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2010-2013 Post-doctoral researcher in Greek Studies, Faculteit Letteren, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • 2013-2016 Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, Faculty of Humanities, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • since September 2016 Professor of Digital Humanities, Department of History, University of Vienna, Austria

Research Areas:
  • Byzantine history of the middle period (in particular the tenth to twelfth centuries)
  • Armenian history and historiography from the fifth to the twelfth centuries
  • Application of computational analysis and digital methods to the fields of medieval history and philology
  • 'Tree of Texts', an investigation project of the theory behind stemmatic analysis of classical and medieval manuscript texts

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Greg Leurs

Digital and Online Teaching Information Consultant
Royal Holloway, University of London
Greg Leurs studied History and Politics and International Relations at undergraduate level at Lancaster University before attaining his PGCE and becoming a History teacher and then, Head of Department. He retrained as a Librarian gaining his Masters’ in Library and Information Studies from Aberystwyth University. He has previously worked at the Open University Library before moving to Royal Holloway Library to lead on developing their digital and online learning and teaching provision. He has a particular interest in exploring effective pedagogy and assessment strategies in live online teaching and in creating engaging activities on online platforms.

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Scott Livingston

Executive Director, Management Services
OCLC
Scott Livingston is currently an Executive Director at OCLC where he leads the Product Management team for Library Management Services. He also leads OCLC’s Product Operations and Market Segment Strategy team. Prior to joining OCLC, Scott was Senior Vice President at Cision and was responsible for global product planning and marketing as well as US public relations, specialised sales and customer service operations. Previously, Scott was Vice President at LexisNexis Group and headed the public records solutions for legal professionals division. He also served in a variety of executive management roles related to legal news publishing and book publishing. He also was the Vice President - Strategy & Operations at ProQuest. Scott began his career as an Academic Law Librarian. He has extensive experience in big data, taxonomies, business development, strategic planning (with a particular emphasis on turn around strategies), acquisition integration, social media and publishing.

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Birgit Lotz

Executive Library Director of Central Libraries
Frankfurt Public Library
Present position: Executive Library Director of Central Libraries of Frankfurt Public Library
  • coordination and overall management of the Central Libraries of the Frankfurt Pubic Library,
  • responsibility for the Central Library, Music Library and Central Library for Children and Teens (staff approx. 50 persons),
  • conceptual development of Frankfurt Public Library’s services, project work

Professional qualifications:
  • Magistra Artium (Romance Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Sport Sciences), J.W. Goethe-University, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
  • Graduate librarian, FH für Bibliothekswesen (School of Library Studies) Frankfurt a. M., Germany

Career milestones
since 1998 Stadtbücherei Frankfurt am Main (Frankfurt Public Library)

since 11/2012: Executive Library Director of Central Libraries
  • Executive Library Director of Branch Libraries: 2000-2012
  • Team Leader Catalog Section: 1998-2000
  • Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main (City and University Library Frankfurt a. M.): 1989-1998

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Stanislav Luska

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Maisela Eddy Maepa

Executive Director: Core Programmes
National Library of South Africa
Maisela Eddy Maepa holds a PhD in Information Science (University of Johannesburg, South Africa). He has held several diverse positions, in academia teaching Library and Information Science and served as Director for Unisa Library’s Corporate Services. He currently works as Executive Director for Core Programmes at the National Library of South Africa, responsible for driving the National Library’s programmes and projects. His research interests include the use of technology by rural communities.

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Rita Marzoli

Director
INVALSI Library and Documentation Centre
Rita Marzoli is Director of the INVALSI Library and Documentation Centre in Rome. She graduated in German Studies from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1994 (MA). After that, in 1999, she graduated from the Vatican School of Librarianship (Apostolic Vatican Library, Città del Vaticano). She is Editorial Board Coordinator for ‘INVALSI per la ricerca’, a double-blind peer-reviewed open access series published by Franco Angeli. Her research interests are user studies, bibliometrics, open access, research evaluation, and information literacy.

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Chris Negrel

Director of Library Solutions
OCLC EMEA
Based in Paris, France he works with various OCLC teams in EMEA. He is also working with the members in the EMEA Regional Council. Prior to joining OCLC in 2007, he was the managing director of SirsiDynix in France (15 years). After graduating from the ENSB, Librarian School of France, he started working in the field of library automation. His strong background in librarianship is an asset when working with our members in large and international organisations and National Libraries.

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Duncan Olenick

Librarian
Burnaby Public Library
Duncan Olenick is a Librarian with the Burnaby Public Library and BPL’s representative on the Burnaby Pride Working Group and Burnaby Pride Community Advisory Network. They have worked in public libraries within British Columbia’s lower mainland area for fifteen years. They hold a degree in Art and Culture from Simon Fraser University and are a graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies program at the University of British Columbia.

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Thomas Padilla

Interim Head, Knowledge Production
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Thomas Padilla is Interim Head, Knowledge Production at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He consults, publishes, presents, and teaches widely on digital strategy, cultural heritage collections, data literacy, digital scholarship, and data curation. He is Principal Investigator of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported Collections as Data: Part to Whole and Past Principal Investigator of the Institute of Museum and Library Services supported, Always Already Computational: Collections as Data. Most recently, he is the author of the library community research agenda, "Responsible Operations: Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI in Libraries".

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Jordi Pallarès

Library Coordinator
Ramón Llull University
Since 2000, Jordi Pallarès has been a Computer Scientist working in the library world. From 2001 to 2018, he worked in the library area of the Consorci de Serveis Universitàris de Catalunya (CSUC) as a Library Applications and Documentary Expert and then, he became a Library Coordinator at Ramon Llull University. Last year, he was in the ELAG Programme Committee for the ELAG conference. When he worked at the CSUC, he was involved in the University Library Union Catalogue of Catalonia (CCUC) project and all the work around it such as, libraries integrations, format transformations, LOD initiatives, etc. Now as a Library Coordinator, he spends more time on library management and tries to push to their library service to one step further.

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Simonetta Pasqualis

Librarian
Casa Internazionale delle Donne di Trieste e Centro Linguistico di Ateneo dell’Università di Trieste
Simonetta Pasqualis graduated as a translator for English and Dutch. Since 1985, she has been an Academic Librarian, both in the science area (International Centre for Theoretical Physics, International School for Advanced Studies) and in the humanities area (University Classical Studies Library), nowadays she works for the University Language Centre. Over the years, she has been entrusted with several regional and national assignments for the Italian Libraries Association; since 2003, she has been an IFLA delegate for AIB in Serials and other continuing resources first, then in Art Libraries, and now in Literacy and Reading, taking part to many IFLA WLIC, also as speaker. Today, she is the Librarian of the Trieste International Women House, which participate to the Diffused Library Project.

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Debbie Phillips

Information Consultant
Royal Holloway, University of London
Debbie Phillips studied Psychology as an undergraduate at Royal Holloway, University of London, before starting a career as a Librarian, working in a variety of different libraries. She worked at Imperial College for several years, in a number of roles, before returning to Royal Holloway to work as the Information Consultant for Life Sciences and the Environment. Debbie is interested in creating teaching sessions that are accessible to a variety of students, especially how technology can enable learning at different locations. She also has an interest in the pedagogy of online learning.

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Ger Potze

Digital Services & Library Systems Manager
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Ger Potze is the Digital Services and Library Systems Manager at the library of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He is responsible for the configuration and best possible use of the functionalities of all WMS modules as well as Discovery, EZproxy and everything connected to that.

Ger has been working in the library field for almost 30 years with experience in both front and back office duties before moving to systems management and the digital challenges of finding and providing access to content.

Since April 2019, Ger has been the Chair of the Dutch WMS User Group.

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Skip Prichard

President and Chief Executive Officer
OCLC
Skip Prichard became the fifth President and Chief Executive Officer of OCLC in 2013. Before joining OCLC, Skip served as President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Inc. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning. Earlier in his career, he held several executive positions with LexisNexis. Among Skip's many passions is his Leadership Insights blog, where he interviews authors and thought leaders and shares his views on a variety of topics. His first book, The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future, was released in February 2018 and has appeared on several bestsellers lists, including The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly. He is also a frequent keynote speaker at conferences around the world. Skip received his Bachelor of Science degree from Towson State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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Bénédict Ripperger

Library Consultant
OCLC
Bénédict Ripperger studied Library and Information Science at the Humboldt-University in Berlin and went on to work for a scientific publisher, leading the technical customer service. Since 2012, he has worked for OCLC, first as an Account Manager and now, as a Library Consultant to help libraries change and adapt.

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Mary Sauer-Games

Vice President, Global Product Management
OCLC
Mary Sauer-Games joined OCLC in September 2014 as Vice President of Global Product Management.

She came to OCLC from the American Psychological Association, where she was Senior Director, managing PsycINFO database products and leading an organization of 70 staff. From 2002 to February 2014, she was Vice President, Product Management–Humanities, STM and Dissertations at ProQuest, a leading global information provider. Before that, from 1999 through 2002, she was Vice President, Product Management, at the Gale Group, a major reference and education publisher of electronic databases and textbooks. She also previously held positions at Mullen Advertising, R. L. Polk and Company, and Data Resources, Inc., all in Detroit, Michigan.

An active participant in publishing and information technology communities, Mary has served on boards with the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) and CrossRef. She has also been active on a regional board of the March of Dimes.

Mary holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from University of Michigan–Dearborn and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College.

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Dr. Roland Schaffer

Austrian Military Library in Vienna
Deputy Director
OR Dr. Roland Schaffer was born in 1974 and is currently ranked as a Colonel. He underwent the officer’s training of the Austrian Armed Forces and later graduated in History and Folklore Studies at the Universities of Graz and Vienna. In 2004, he was appointed as Deputy Director of the Austrian Military Library in Vienna.

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Antonella Schena

Head of the Library
Instituto degli Innocenti
Antonella Schena is the Head of the Documentation Service, the Innocenti Library and the Historical Archive of the Istituto degli Innocenti of Florence, a public institution dedicated to the protection and the promotion of children’s rights. She coordinates the activity of the National Centre of Documentation and Analysis on Childhood and Adolescence, which is instituted by the Italian Government. She also manages the Istituto’s publishing activities. Antonella is involved in aspects relating to knowledge organization and semantics. In this context, she is responsible for the design and implementation of the National Centre’s website, www.minori.gov.it and of the Italian Thesaurus on childhood and adolescence .

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Sarah Schmelzer

Head of the Library
Austrian Foundation for Development Research (OEFSE) in the C3
Sarah Schmelzer is Head of the Library at the Austrian Foundation for
Development Research (OEFSE) in the C3–Library for International
Development in Vienna. The C3-Library is the largest library in Austria
dedicated to International Development, Global Education, Women and
Gender and serves as an open space for discussion, learning and
information on global issues and sustainable development. Prior to
joining OEFSE in 2012, Sarah worked as Head of Information and Library Services at the Goethe-Institut St. Petersburg (Russia).

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Alícia Sellés

President
FESABID

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Jan Simane

Head Librarian
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Insitut
Jan Simane studied of the History of Art, Archaeology and Philosophy at the Universities of Heidelberg and Vienna, followed by a Master of art (1988) and Ph.D. (1991) at the University of Heidelberg. From 1991 to 1994, he was an Assistant at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt and in 1994 and 1995, he got his Master in Scientific Librarianship from the University for Applied Sciences (Göttingen / Frankfurt am Main). Since 1996, Jan has been the Head Librarian at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut.

Jan is a member of the Steering Committee of the international project, Art Discovery Group Catalogue (formerly artlibraries.net). From 2007 to 2014, he was a member of the Standing Committee of the Art Libraries Section of IFLA and from 2009 to 2013, he was Chair. From 2015 to 2019, Jan was also a member of the Standing Committee of Academic and Research Libraries in IFLA. Previously, he was a member of the international committee of the ‘Future of Art Bibliography’-Initiative. Since 2018, Jan has been a member of the OCLC Global/Regional Council and now is the Vice Chair of the EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee.
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Dr. Gabriele Slezak

Senior Scientist & Lecturer, African Studies Dept, University of Vienna
Head of Public Relations and Science Communication at the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (OEFSE)
Gabriele Slezak is Senior Scientist and Lecturer at the department of
African Studies at the University of Vienna. As a sociolinguist, her
research interests include questions of language awareness, power and ideology as well as knowledge production in the North-South divide. Additionally, she works as Head of Public Relations and Science Communication at the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (OEFSE).

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John F. Szabo

City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library
and Chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees
John F. Szabo is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, which serves over 4 million people—the largest population of any public library in the United States. He oversees the Central Library, 72 branches and the Library's $183 million budget. In 2015, the Library received the nation's highest honor for library service, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, for its success in meeting the needs of Angelenos and providing a level of social, educational and cultural services unmatched by any other public institution in the city.

Under John's leadership, the Library's major initiatives include those related to immigrant integration and citizenship, improving financial literacy and providing health resources and programs. He has expanded the library's reach into the city's diverse communities through partnerships with several community-based organizations.

He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in public libraries, previously serving as the director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Clearwater (Florida) Public Library System, Palm Harbor (Florida) Public Library and Robinson (Illinois) Public Library District. Throughout his career, John has championed innovative library services that address critical community needs in areas including health disparities, workforce development, adult literacy, school readiness and emergent literacy for preschoolers.

John received his master's degree in information and library studies at the University of Michigan and his bachelor's degree in telecommunications from the University of Alabama. He completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also participated in a Group Study Exchange with Rotary International Foundation, visiting libraries and archives in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands.

John currently serves as Chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees. He was elected to the Board by the OCLC Global Council in April 2014 after serving as a Global Council Delegate. He has served on the Board of Directors for California Humanities and the University of Southern California's Center for Library Leadership and Management. He has previously served on the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council and as president of the Florida Library Association.

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Anna Maria Tammaro

Editor in Chief
Digital Library Perspectives
Anna Maria Tammaro is interested in research on the subject of digital library, e-learning and Open Education in LIS.

She has been engaged in the internationalization of LIS education since 2000, coordinating and teaching in the international Master Information Studies (MAIS) (University of Northumbria and Parma), Writing Heritage in a Digital Environment (WHIDE) (University of Zadar, the University of Osijek, Parma University) and the International Master Digital Library Learning (DILL) (University of Oslo, Tallinn and Parma). She has been coordinating and participating to European projects for developing international curriculums in Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Palestine.

Currently she is Director at Large in the Board of ASIS&T. In ASIS&T she has been Secretary of SIG DL, Secretary of European Chapter adn of SIG Education. Previously she has been in the Governing Board of IFLA, Chair of the Education and Training Section and Chair of the Library Theory and Research Section.

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Arno Tausch

Adjunct Professor of political science at Innsbruck University
Honorary Associate Professor of Economics, Corvinus University, Budapest
Arno Tausch is currently Honorary Associate Professor of Economics, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary (since Fall Semester 2010) and adjunct professor (Universitaetsdozent) of political science at Innsbruck University, Department of Political Science, Innsbruck University, Austria (since 1988). He entered the Austrian Civil Service on January 1, 1992, and retired from active service on February 29, 2016. He served as an Austrian diplomat abroad and was attaché, and later counselor for labor and migration at the Austrian Embassy in Warsaw, 1992-1999. Since 1978, he taught numerous regular courses in political science, economics, and sociology at universities in Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, and the United States. He authored or coauthored books and articles for major international publishers and journals, among them 19 books in English, 2 books in French, 8 books in German, and around 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and also numerous articles in the media of several countries. His publications also include a number of essays for leading economic and foreign policy global think tanks such as the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv; the IZA Institute of Labour Economics, Bonn; the Polish Institute for International Affairs PISM, Warsaw; and the Vienna Institute for International Economic Comparisons (WIIW).

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Mavis Toffoletto

Head of the Newspaper and Journal Library “Fulvio Tomizza”
Servizio Musei e Biblioteche del Comune di Trieste
Mavis Toffoletto is the Head of the Newspaper and Journal Library “Fulvio Tomizza”, and also of the Diffused Library Project of Trieste Muncipality. She has been responsible for two other projects, “Trieste, a reading city” and “Trieste Pact for Reading”. She started as a Bookseller, and then became a Librarian in the public libraries of the city. She collaborates on the “Bibliosocial Labs” together with the journal Animazione Sociale, and writes for “Contemporanea: Rivista di storia dell'800 e del '900", "Animazione sociale" and other journals.

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James Toner

Doha British School and University College London (Qatar)
Head of Libraries
Although predominantly based in Higher Education within the UK, James has held a number of support and teaching responsibilities within education for several years and is currently Head of Libraries at Doha British School. James’ teaching and research interests are centered around Information Literacy, Cultural Studies and Life Long Learning. He is currently working on a research project relating to knowledge sharing behaviours of temporary, cross-cultural, charity projects. He has been fortunate enough to have been invited to present at a number of national and international conferences, as well as being awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK.

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Pietro Valocchi

Volutnteer
Wikimedia
Pietro Valocchi has over fifteen years of managerial experience in the international ICT industry, with responsibilities of corporate governance and development of infrastructures for telecommunications and cloud services. At the beginning of his career, he was in charge of training and research activities in Web Services and E-Learning. Pietro is still active in this field, as a Wikimedia volunteer, in the area of Semantic Web and Linked Open Data. He is also an author of a book and several papers for international journals and conferences.

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Titia van der Werf

Senior Program Officer
OCLC
Titia van der Werf is Senior Program Officer at OCLC Research, based in Leiden, the Netherlands. She coordinates and extends OCLC Research’s work throughout Europe. Titia has all-round expertise in digital library developments and studies trends in research libraries and cultural heritage institutions. As a speaker and author, she reflects on, and helps the profession to determine its course in a digital future.

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Eric van Lubeek

Vice President, Managing Director
OCLC EMEA & APAC
Eric joined OCLC as Director of Operations and Service EMEA in March 2007 and was appointed Managing Director OCLC EMEA in January 2011 and combines this since February 2014 with the responsibilities for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining OCLC, Eric was Managing Director of Infor's global library systems division. He has a long standing career in the library information systems industry in several positions, including consulting, sales, marketing and senior management.

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Tanja Weißmann

Director
Ludwigshafen City Library
Tanja Weißmann is the director of the Ludwigshafen public library, the most innovativ library in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. She manages the central library, including the children´s library , the makerspace „Ideenw3rk“ and eight branches and leads a team of 44 employees.
In 2017, the central library reopend after an extended renovation period with a new analog-digital concept.The new concept in combination with the modernized , and technically highly equipped building is very successful. It meets the needs of the Ludwigshafen citizens and students and provides a high level of educational and cultural services. The library developed in the last three years to a lively meeting point of different communities. There´s a high identification with the library because of numerous opportunities for participation.
Tanja led and moderated the whole modernization process including organizational changes. She intends to spread the innovative library services to children´s library and the branches, taking into account public participations methods. She hosted multiple panels and lectures about public library developement at library and community events.
She received her Diploma in information und library studies in 1994 at the Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart. Before taking over the leadership of Ludwigshafen Public library she was the head of the children- and youth library and the branches of Ludwigshafen and responsible for the developement several creative and innovative programms in reading promotion and media education which were honored with nationwide awards.

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Lucia Werder

Deputy Director
Bremen Public Library
Since 2016, Lucia Werder has been the Deputy Director at Bremen Public Library. She is mainly responsible for their libraries, collections and wide range of services. Previously, Lucia was Director of the Public Library in Leverkusen (a large city) and Director of the Eislingen Public Library (a medium sized town in Germany). She studied at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne in Germany and has a Diploma in Library Science.

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Anna Wolodko

Library Director
University of Warsaw, Poland
Anna Wolodko has been working at the University of Warsaw Library since 1992. Her first position was a Junior Librarian at the Main Reading Room of the “old” University Library (the Library received a new facility in 1999). Next, she worked as the Library Research Assistant. Then, she became a Manager of the Library Unit for Targeted Projects and External Funds, coordinating all grant-requesting activities and supervising the implementation of those projects that received funding. Anna's professional experience covers, among others, the implementation of e-learning projects: “bibweb” (in collaboration with Bertelsmann Foundation) and “login: biblioteka” (in collaboration with the Foundation for the Development of Information Society). She is happy to be the main Coordinator of the University of Warsaw Library blog (http://buwlog.uw.edu.pl) - live since 2014. It has been built with texts written by Librarians who want to share their knowledge and experience with the general public. She was appointed as the Director of the University of Warsaw Library in 2018. Budget management, library automation, digitization, information services and user services are some of her main areas of responsibility. As a Library Director, she is also the Coordinator of the University of Warsaw Library information system (Main Library and 41 departmental libraries). Currently, she is involved in planning structural changes for this system, to make it more flexible and more effective.

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Victoria Worsfold

Head of Onsite Services
National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria Worsfold leads onsite provision of research and study services in the Word and Image Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, including the National Art Library and study rooms for Archives and for Prints and Drawings. She is an active member of cooperative partnerships including MLAG (the Museum Librarians and Archivists Group) and the regional-based M25 Consortium of academic libraries.

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Augusts Zilberts

Head of Public Relations
National Library of Latvia
Augusts Zilberts is the Head of Public Relations at the National Library of Latvia

In 2015, he obtained a Master’s degree at Riga Stradiņš University, specialising in international and public relations and in their strategic management. Previously, from 2008, he gained extensive experience in the Latvian media, developing analytical and descriptive materials on educational, cultural, social, and environmental issues, as well as current events in the European Union.

Since 2014, Augusts Zilberts has been working at the National Library of Latvia and was involved in almost all the major events concerning the library’s new building – Castle of Light – planning their strategic communication and working on promoting the library as a contemporary cultural, educational, and scientific centre to both the local and international communities.

Augusts Zilberts is a member of the Latvian Association for Public Relations Professionals, as well as an active lecturer on new media at the University of Latvia and conferences and seminars organised by Latvian memory institutions.

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Welcome

09:45 AM 10:00 AM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

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The 5 C’s to Becoming a Community Catalyst 👥 Skip Prichard, OCLC

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

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11:00 AM 11:30 AM Balloom Foyer

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A - LIBER-OCLC Open Science Workshop

11:30 AM 01:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 6

Hosted by Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research; Annette Dortmund, Senior Product Manager and Research Consultant, OCLC Research; Jeannette Frey , President, LIBER; Rachel Frick, Executive Director, Research Library Partnership, OCLC Research; Friedel Grant, Communication Officer, LIBER; Nienke van Schaverbeke, Partnership and Events Manager, LIBER; Astrid Verheusen, Executive Director, LIBER; Titia van der Werf, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research.

The LIBER Open Science Roadmap provides advice on how libraries can advocate for Open Science both within their institutions and internationally to expand the impact of research.It also provides practical ideas for supporting Open Science through tools and services. In this 90-minute interactive workshop, LIBER and OCLC invite participants to discuss the role of the library in supporting the transition to Open Science, particularly as it relates to the seven focus areas outlined in the roadmap.Round table discussions will be facilitated to create a bold vision for the role of libraries in each of the seven Open Science Roadmap focus areas. The obstacles to realizing that vision will be surfaced and discussed while also considering how the library community collectively might overcome some of these obstacles. This is an interactive session, so we will require participants to familiarize themselves with the Open Science Roadmap. We welcome all participants and if you are involved in Open Science activities at your library, we will be interested in hearing your experiences.
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B - Improving life chances of young people 👥 Marjolein Hordijk, Vincenza Iossa, Rita Marzoli, Anna Maria Tammaro, James Toner

11:30 AM 01:00 PM Salons Schubert and Lehár

Libraries are instrumental in improving the life chances of young people. In this session, we will explore initiatives that demonstrate how libraries are doing this. We will look at how libraries in international schools can contribute to the success and increased engagement of international students. We will hear how computer and information literacy is approached in different countries and the factors that impact on how computer and information literacy is taught in schools. Before switching to a project that focuses on higher education students in Humanities who are being taught literacy skills using gamification techniques. Finally, we look at how we can release the potential of our young people and develop their talents in creative writing, spoken word and poetry within the safe space that is the library.

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C - Networks and collaboration 👥 Reiner Diedrichs, Alicia Sellés, Augusts Zilberts

11:30 AM 01:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 4

In this session, several institutions will show how the power of the network has changed the course of their activities. We will hear from the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Wuerttemberg (BSZ) and Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG) and how their new joint initiative, K10plus, will result in the largest catalog for scientific libraries in Germany. In Spain, FESABID has been focused on highlighting the capacity that libraries and library professionals have to transform society. Various actions have been directed towards both professionals and civil society, citizens and decision-makers. FESABIB will explain the work and collaboration lines they have created, as well as some of the successes achieved. Finally,the National Library of Latvia has been questioning their identity for their centenary. They will explain how the library, through the concept of cooperation or friendship, has become a centre of culture, science and education, which, by bringing together like-minded people, has a power of action, influence and ability to unite.

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D - Community engagement and focusing on the user (German session) 👥 Birgit Lotz, Tanja Weißmann, Scott Livingston

11:30 AM 01:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

The speakers from the City Libraries in Frankfurt and Ludwigshafen talk about different ways to lead libraries successfully into the future.

Birgit Lotz: “Let’s Make Innovation Tangible! Claiming a Role in the Emergence of Smart Cities”. The increasing digitization of our lives has major implications for public libraries – from the media we provide to the channels that we use to engage in our communities. In her talk, Birgit will discuss the opportunities in the shift towards smart environments. Her central thesis is that we can claim an important role in this process by making digital agendas tangible in concrete situations. Moreover, we can be the arenas in which society members are encouraged to participate in municipal strategies. To illustrate her thesis, Birgit will provide several examples from Frankfurt.

Tanja Weißmann shows how Ludwigshafen established the “City Library as community hubs empowered by young adults”. Ludwigshafen City Library is vividly alive and bursting with young people. It hasn't always been like that, so how did they get there? Young people are full of ideas, creative energy and the wish of finding friends to share their hobbies with. Actively participating in their passions and giving them the possibility to create a place for themselves is the goal of Ludwigshafen City Library. The staff don´t judge their interests and they don´t create an elitist environment. Everyone is valid and has a place in their library. Being an active part of the library gives a feeling of responsibility, ownership and belonging.The process of this development is never finished. They are constantly shaping the library towards the needs of our users.

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01:00 PM 02:00 PM Restaurant Parlour

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OCLC Research Session: Technology as a Catalyst for Change in Research 👥 Thomas Padilla, Rachel Frick, Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Tara L. Andrews

02:00 PM 03:30 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

Responsible Operations: Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI in Libraries
In light of widespread interest, OCLC Research commissioned the development of a community research agenda that charts library engagement with data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. "Responsible Operations: Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI in Libraries" is the result. This work was guided by an advisory board and constituted by interviews, an in-person working event, and asynchronous contributions. Suggested areas of investigation are interdependent in nature, spanning responsible operations, description and discovery, shared methods and data, machine-actionable collections, workforce development, data science services, and interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaboration. Given the scale of positive and negative impacts presented by the work that lies ahead, committing to interdependence across challenges is more important than ever. This talk will introduce Responsible Operations and initiate a conversation focused on collective action.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Black Boxes
One of the constant concerns about Digital Humanities in the academy, both in research and in teaching, is what to do about the so-called black boxes that digital tools and methods represent for most users. It has been argued that the ‘black box’ of software in use by some scholars can generate a misplaced sense of trust. And that the lack of transparency in these programs can obscure the subjective nature of the data and its processing. In this talk, Tara will discuss how the label has been misused to describe algorithms from statistical analysis to machine learning, and how it has turned the term from a signifier of trust to one of distrust. Her central claim is that, if we can understand what a black box really is, then we will have a greater insight into how algorithmic tools should be not only applied, but also critiqued, in the humanities.

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03:30 PM 04:00 PM Ballroom Foyer

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E - Helping citizens to improve their digital awareness 👥 Jeroen de Boer, Anna-Sophie Harling, Meike Jung

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 4

Developing literacy skills has always been a core task of libraries. Now we need to translate it into a digital context where online networking is the norm, and where we go to find trusted information. We are preserving and protecting the rights of our users, teaching them to be vigilant and aware, while embracing the opportunities the digital knowledge space and economy is bringing. In this session, we will hear about three initiatives that are delivering in this way. At the City Library of Stuttgart, they have developed a concept that offers an attractive and future-oriented program of events in partnership with stakeholders from across the city. At the Frisian Library Network (which is a network of about 50 public libraries in Friesland), they are developing a Dutch version of a ‘Data Detox Kit’, which is an 8-day cure originally developed by Tactical Tech, a Berlin-based non-profit organization working at the intersection of technology, human rights and civil liberties. Finally, we will hear from NewsGuard, an organization working with libraries to empower their users through information about the credibility of news websites. Anna-Sophie will explain how NewsGuard’s ratings process works and how librarians can help their users strengthen news literacy skills online.

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F - Gaining insights from the computational analysis of data 👥 Rachel Frick, Anna Galluzzi, Thomas Padilla

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 5

The computational analysis of data to foster greater insights from a research, artistic or pedagogical point of view is an activity that libraries are engaging in more and more.

When two Italian researchers started collecting texts five years ago, from research carried out in public libraries, the idea of creating a permanent ‘observatory’ grew. The observatory could be exposed to textual analysis, increasing engagement between researchers and the library profession and ultimately become a precious historical source of information about libraries that future generations could use.

OCLC is uniquely positioned to serve as a valuable partner in the “collections as data” community. In the past, we have worked with a number of researchers and scholars to mine WorldCat data to explore a number of interesting questions. Our own research team often turns to WorldCat as we think about collective collection scenarios, the national presence in our published record, and extensibility of existing metadata. Rachel will provide explore these areas, as well as frame out future work and collaborative opportunities to work with OCLC research in this exciting space. Join us to find out more.


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Member Session

G - Curating and exhibiting the book 👥 Erik Gornik, Wolfgang Jahn, Elizabeth James

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 6

There are unique challenges and difficulties to the job of curating and exhibiting books and manuscripts. In this session, we will explore the role of museum librarians in this context. We will hear about the important connections established through this activity, particularly between libraries and the museums in which they reside. At the Museum of Military History in Vienna, the library was like a ‘sleeping beauty’, housing precious books within the museum but hardly noticed by its management. New leadership brought new efforts to establish the library as an important entity in the museum’s structure, including the establishment of special book exhibitions. We will hear about the journey this library took to awaken awareness of its importance. At the National Art Library (NAL), part of the V&A, they have a curatorial remit for the art and design of the book and publishing. They will show examples of the various ways in which their collections are used to fulfil functions in both museum and library contexts. And, reflect on the challenges and opportunities inherent in their dual role. Finally, we will hear what the Center of Bavarian History at the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts has introduced as part of their national exhibitions. As many of the items they exhibit are highly valuable and have extremely limited loan periods, they have had to think about other methods of exhibiting the items. Join us to discover what they are doing.

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Member Session

H - Linking data to provide a collective approach 👥 Jordi Pallarès, Antonella Schena, Titia van der Werf

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Salons Schubert and Lehár

Moving to linked data is not an overnight process. Titia van der Werf will start this session by giving a bird’s eye view of the breadth of OCLC’s recent linked data initiatives and highlight why these experiments are necessary to advance our understanding and inform a shared vision of the way forward. From records to things, from headings to identities, from Dublin Core to structured heritage data: what are new insights from and, questions raised by the OCLC linked data prototypes and pilots?

At Istituto degli Innocenti, they have been looking at linking together the different entities and resources they have around childhood and adolescence across several sections of the institution. And as a result, they have been testing a method which takes them from a siloed approach to a cross-channel approach to engage with their users at different levels and we will hear about the status of this.

Consorci de Serveis Universitàris de Catalunya (CSUC) has worked on projects based on Linked Open Data Technologies and Jordi Pallarès from Universitat Ramon Llull (URL) one of the consortium members will share their experiences participating in these projects, including what went well and where they could be room for improvement.

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I - The metadata services that underpin global cataloging work (German session) 👥 Patrick Danowski, Arno Tausch

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

Metadata is still key for academic institutions and the scholarly community and can be a real treasure. The creation of qualitative metadata is a core competency of librarians. It can be used not only for cataloging but also for repositories or publication databases. For an institution, however, the question arises of how much to invest in appropriate resources, since this can mean a considerable effort for the library. Using the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) as an example, it will be shown how centrally stored structured data has the potential to generate added value.

Not to forget the extended use of catalog data (especially article indexing) in the context of the Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC). Launched in May 2014, the ADGC offers an art-focused research experience within the OCLC WorldCat® environment. Researchers may search within this specialized subset of WorldCat data to focus in on a vast trove of art-historical literature held in an ever-increasing number of the world’s finest art libraries. These art library records are searchable alongside additional content from a multitude of sources in the large metadata pool derived from thousands of commercial and freely accessible collections, portals and repositories provided by OCLC as the WorldCat Central Index. In the paper recent outcomes of collaboration between ADGC libraries and OCLC, in terms of interaction of centralized sources with holding information, will be presented.

OCLC WorldCat can also be seen as an indispensable instrument of academic location policy. Indeed, there are numerous practical examples of how WorldCat can help Dean's Offices, Rectorates and academic authorities design optimal publication strategies as a navigational aid in times of academic rankings.

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Close of Day One

05:00 PM 05:00 PM

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Conference Reception

05:30 PM 08:30 PM Kursalon

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Member Session

J - Libraries, learning technologies and ‘the flipped classroom’ 👥 Martin Bukacek, Robert Curry, Greg Leurs, Stanislav Luska, Debbie Phillips

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Salons Schubert and Lehár

With technologies like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), 3-D modelling, and others coming onstream, there are huge new opportunities for students to learn and engage with subjects in wholly new ways. Sometimes, with the added dynamic of a ‘flipped classroom’ approach where instructional content can be delivered online individually and explored in more depth, in a group setting. In this session, we will hear from Oxford Brookes University about some of the many successful projects their Digital Services team have delivered, using technology to enhance pedagogy. We will also hear from Royal Holloway, University of London, whose library is the first to deliver live online teaching using Adobe Connect, taking the lead at the University in developing this service.

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K - The change outside comes from transformation from within 👥 Stuart Hunt, Anna Wolodko, Beate Guba

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 4

Libraries need to transform themselves if they are to make transformational change outside of themselves and within their respective communities. This means a move from a process-driven organisation to a service-based one; putting engagement with community at the heart and designing organisational structures as well as services, facilities, and content in order to meet the evolving needs of communities. We will kick off this session with the approach that the University of Reading took to achieve impactful engagement with their community. Then, we will hear from Vienna University of Technology. They aimed to increase the library’s level of institutional embeddedness and to expand their service portfolio in the areas of publication and research support, all while orchestrating system change, meaning there was very little time for employee involvement. With such challenges, came real opportunities, we will find out more. Finally, we will hear from University of Warsaw Library who will talk about the importance of the articulation of strategy to drive organisational and cultural change. When they rewrote their library’s strategy in 2019, they wanted to make the process as open and dialogue based as possible, in order to revise their view of the library and consider themselves in new contexts.

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Member Session

L - Wikidata and libraries 👥 Carla Colombati, Christian Erlinger, Pietro Valocchi, Annette Dortmund

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 5

In the cultural heritage sector, Wikidata is gaining more attention. It is seen as an important hub for existing authority files and is facilitating the linking and extension of library authority data to other sources. We will hear an overview of what libraries are doing with and in Wikidata at large and consider some of the lessons learned from Project Passage and, more recently, the CONTENTdm IIIF Wikibase pilot.

Following this, we will look at some examples of how libraries are interacting with this free and open knowledge base. Kicking off with a presentation from Vienna Public Library who will give an overview about their exciting and sustainable interaction with Wikidata. Then we move to Italy, where the aim of the “Abruzzo Wiki Grand Tour” is to promote the treasures of Abruzzo, territory and tourism. We will hear about the University of Teramo’s experience of working with partners in the region to deliver on this important cultural project.

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M - Decolonizing the library 👥 Jos Damen, Maisela Eddy Maepa, Dr. Gabriele Slezak, Sarah Schmelzer

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 6

By changing the westernized lens through which we have traditionally viewed collection development we hope to create more balanced, globalized collections, that give our readers the widest perspective. In October 2019, Jos Damen, Director of the Library of African Studies in Leiden published an article on “How to Decolonize your Library” which he will revisit and discuss in more detail with us in this session. We will then hear how the South African Government has embarked on a transformative exercise to undo the effects of colonization on public libraries. With initiatives that include, the South African Classics Project which is aimed at celebrating local authors writing in the nine indigenous languages of South Africa. And, International Mother Tongue Day which celebrates indigenous languages and promotes the preservation and protection of those languages. Finally, we will hear from the African Studies Institute at the University of Vienna and the C3-Library of Development Research, who have an ongoing project together. As a library for international development, the C3 Library provides information on regions outside Europe. On close analysis, they have identified that their collection, which has a missionary background, contains various forms of racism and colonial concepts which they are now working with the African Studies Institute to address using a number of approaches.

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N - The shift to open (German session) 👥 Andreas Ferus, Axel Kaschte

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

The most barrier-free access to (scientific) information is considered one of the keys to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Andreas Ferus will discuss in this session how Open Science or Open Scholarship can help to achieve these goals and what role libraries (could) play in this context. Axel Kaschte will then focus on highlighting the development of Open Content now and into the future. The industry-wide shift to Open is a trend of much broader scope than the move towards Open Access (OA). It is part of a larger trend of making public sector and scholarly information more easily and freely available and re-usable in a digital environment. As such, the shift to Open aims to unlock massive amounts of data, information and knowledge—contained in publications, information systems, databases, collections, etc.—by increasing their digital availability and removing access restrictions. In doing so, it is bound to impact libraries who have a role in managing and providing access to this content.

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Refreshments

10:30 AM 11:00 AM Ballroom Foyer

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Plenary Session

An interactive discussion with OCLC 👥 Eric van Lubeek, Mary Sauer-Games

11:00 AM 11:45 AM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

In this session, we will hear about the market developments in Europe, Middle East and Africa and the product developments that have happened in the last twelve months.

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OCLC Board of Trustees Update 👥 John F. Szabo

11:45 AM 12:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

During this session, we will hear an update on what the OCLC Board of Trustees have been working on over the last twelve months.

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The Power of the Network 👥 Chris Negrel, Titia van der Werf

12:00 PM 12:30 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

At OCLC, we have thousands of library members in over 100 countries all making information more accessible and more useful. In this session, we will share how OCLC works with these libraries to help build powerful networks. We will hear from a member of the EMEA Executive Committee, who will explain how this cooperation happens, by using the concrete example of OCLC’s work with libraries to learn about open content. Titia van der Werf, OCLC Research, will conclude on the results of this cooperation and share results of the international Open Content survey.

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Lunch and Networking

12:30 PM 01:30 PM Restaurant Parlour

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Member Session

O - Libraries as social and cultural catalysts 👥 Simon Bains, Duncan Olenick, Simonetta Pasqualis, Mavis Toffoletto, Lucia Werder

01:30 PM 03:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 4

Libraries are expanding their audiences beyond core communities and broadening the concept of what is the ‘library’ to incorporate the use of
other community spaces. All, with a spirit of greater inclusion and diversity in terms of what we can offer to those who may never have crossed our thresholds before. None more so than at Burnaby Public Library who have succeeded in establishing a lasting and impactful Pride movement within their community with other service providers after hosting a series of LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Aromantic/Asexual, Two-Spirit, Others) events. In Bremen, the city library is meeting this challenge by adopting new partnerships from across the city, to surprise its customers with new services. Whereas at Aberdeen University they are bringing in the general public in collaboration with the city council to define a self-service space in their award-winning library building. The Diffuse Library Project in Trieste offers a ‘galaxy’ of reading points and small libraries across the city hosted in often unusual places like a swimming pool, or a restaurant but all with the shared aim of bettering the life quality of Trieste’s citizens.

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P - The challenges posed by digital scholarship 👥 Rebecca Bryant, Beth Clark, Raman Ganguly, Matt Greenhall

01:30 PM 03:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 5

Research libraries are increasingly engaged with a wide variety of initiatives in support of digital scholarship. The continued growth and diversification of these activities offer many opportunities for libraries to work and collaborate in new ways, both within and beyond their own institution, between disciplines, and across borders. Yet they also pose a series of infrastructural, skills, and cultural challenges, in a continually shifting landscape. In this session, we will hear the results of RLUK’s recent study, “Digital scholarship and the role of the research library”, which was published in June 2019, and focuses on the changing role and remit of research libraries. We’ll hear about the semantic challenges encountered by the University of Vienna where they adopted an institutional repository for the domain-specific needs of life scientists, and how a cross-functional team is working to support research data needs. In their case, the realisation soon came that finding common definitions and a common language is often the most challenging part of such projects. We will also learn about OCLC Research investigations into how libraries are increasingly working with a broad array of institutional stakeholders to support research activities.

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Q - WorldShare® Management Services 👥 Anna Jones, Carmen Hüning, Victoria Worsfold, Thomas Hodge

01:30 PM 03:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 6

All are welcome to this product-focused session, on WorldShare Management Services. Many libraries have moved library services to the cloud in the last decade, with the promise of greater efficiencies and visibility to a global audience of users. We will visit some of the experiences of libraries who have taken this step with OCLC as their partner.

The National Art Library (NAL) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London have a prestigious history of cooperation, dating from its leadership in art documentation in the 1860s right up to its current 21st century mission of ‘embracing change as a constant’ and moving their management services into the cloud. This has uncovered some successes, issues and opportunities, which they will share.

We will hear how WMS is enabling librarians to not only collect more granular levels of data about the utilization of electronic and physical resources, but to act upon them. At the American University of Sharjah, they are using this data to improve selection and acquisitions processes. Presenting resources in a ‘just-in-time’ fashion, and all in an atmosphere where greater time savings have been sought.

In Germany, Fachhochschule Münster, have been collaborating closely with other German libraries for a long time to facilitate interlibrary loans.They use a domestic service called ZFL which automatically determines the most suitable library for delivery within the network they are in or throughout Germany. Much is made of the global connectivity of WMS, but in this talk we will hear more about the important local integration needed to expedite this important in-region operation.

Finally, we will conclude with a talk by Anna Jones, the Community Center Manager of OCLC who will highlight how the Community Center is making important connections between library staff who are using WMS around the world.

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R - Library futures or classic disruption? 👥 Gavin Boyce, Harm Derks, Ger Potze, Bénédict Ripperger

01:30 PM 03:00 PM Salons Schubert and Lehár

This session will take a provocative look at some of the directions academic libraries might consider as we build services based on sophisticated data intelligence. We are asked by the University of Sheffield whether it is feasible or indeed, desirable, to construct a library service that allows for different categories of user having different levels of access to content. Perhaps based on course, preference, competence or on the licensed use of the content. Moving library services away from the prevailing, historical, one-size-fits-all approach and towards a more personalised user experience.

Then, if we are to believe that we are living in an era of disruption where changes are evolving in a continuous and increasing pace, where certainties have become uncertain and 'old trusted models' have become questionable. Should we not ask whether we need to ‘Flip the Library’ and look for solutions/approaches outside the ‘classical library’ framework? This is the question VU Amsterdam asks us to ponder in their talk.

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S - Austrian Library Cooperations (German Session) 👥 Marion Götz, Dr. Roland Schaffer

01:30 PM 03:00 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

Efficient collaboration and cooperation between libraries can make all the difference. It can be particularly exciting when different types of libraries join forces. In this session, we will consider two practical examples that demonstrate the approaches, challenges, and successful solutions.

The Austrian Military Library and its branches, as well as the Library of the Military History Museum form the "library landscape" of the Federal Ministry of Defence. They are closely linked by their library management system, SISIS-SunRise, which is operated jointly by the different departments. But how did the introduction of a common library information system come about? The structure and organisation of the largest independent government and authority libraries, organisational processes, and the support of a common IT system by two different libraries will be presented, along with a brief overview of the planned future developments.

Another unique cooperation has been realized with the “Bibliothek im Zentrum” in Wiener Neustadt—the impossible made possible. There the public library and the library of the University of Applied Sciences were brought together and re-opened as one joint library in September 2019, on the new campus of a revitalized historical monastery and using WorldShare Management Services (WMS). The merger of a public and an academic library into one institution—that is definitely something new within the Austrian library world. And we should mention that we are not simply talking about the cooperative library management of items, records and customers, but what is really new—the interdisciplinary work of all staff members.

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Refreshments

03:00 PM 03:30 PM Ballroom Foyer

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Plenary Session

The future of libraries: Opportunities and challenges 👥 Ayesha Khanna

03:30 PM 04:15 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

Dr. Ayesha Khanna will close the conference by looking at what libraries may look like in the future, not just in 2020, but decades from now. With an artificial intelligence lens, she will examine how access to knowledge can be personalized, using voice and virtual reality. From there, she will take a look at the library building itself, which has become more and more hi-tech, but what does this actually mean? It means a more tailored, nurturing library environment for their users. We will take in some innovative case studies that highlight what libraries are capable of.

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Close of EMEARC 2020

04:15 PM 04:30 PM Salon Johann Strauss (Ballroom) 1-3

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Reception: Coffee/Tea

08:30 AM 09:00 AM

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Welcome, Introduction to the day

09:00 AM 09:30 AM

Community Day Planning Team
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Product Update

09:30 AM 10:00 AM

Maximilien Sangoi, OCLC
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WMS Community Management

10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Anna Jones, OCLC
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Break

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

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Member Stories

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Member Story: Enhancing Document Fulfillment with WorldCat Discovery and WMS
Petra Otten, Wageningen University & Research Library

Member Story: All Out, Cloud planning for the 21st century library
Thomas Hodge, American University of Sharjah
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Lunch and Group Photo

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

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Impressions from the recently held Global WMS Community Meeting

01:00 PM 01:45 PM

Participating community members
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Regional Updates

01:45 PM 02:30 PM

User Group Chairs et al.
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Break

02:30 PM 03:00 PM

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WorldCafé (Small Group Discussions)

03:00 PM 05:15 PM

Several rounds of structured conversations focusing on current practices, future changes and opportunities for libraries.

Topics will be tied to WMS workflows and organized around the four themes of the Library Futures 2020 conference: “Exceed user expectations”, “Create measurable impact”, “Lead with technology” and “Build powerful networks”.

Each participant will be allowed to explore two or more different topics of interest.

The final harvesting session will collect all insights and allow all participants to benefit from and build on collective wisdom and creativity.
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Final Discussion and Close of the Day

05:15 PM 05:45 PM

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Continue discussion over drinks and snacks

06:00 PM 07:00 PM