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President of IFLA’s Acceptance Speech

I feel honoured to be sharing the link to my acceptance speech as President of IFLA on 24th of August 2017, which I gave during WLIC 2017 in Wrocław, Poland. Many thanks to all the librarians for sharing that wonderful moment with me.  

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President-Elect Session at WLIC 2017

I am delighted to have the opportunity yet again to participate in the WLIC President-Elect Session in Wrocław, Poland this year. The aim of this dynamic session will be to find ways of working together in order to become the motors for change and create the future of libraries that we envisage. See you there! 24/08/17  –…

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Advocating for change in library copyright laws at EU Code Week

To mark EU Code Week 2016, and in anticipation of the Commission’s ‘New Skills Agenda for Europe’, Public Libraries 2020 hosted “Generation Code: Born at the Library” at the European Parliament in Brussels last week 18th-19th October. I was delighted to attend this interactive exhibition, which demonstrated how Europe’s public libraries are meeting the digital age, and which offered…

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IFLA IAP Train the Trainers Workshop, The Hague

As Chair of the Committee of IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme, on the 12th of October, I participated in the kick-off ​of the Train the Trainers workshop on the contribution libraries can make to development agendas, principally the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The International Advocacy Programme (IAP) is a new IFLA capacity…

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Pursuit of a Landmark merger between ISSC and ICSU

On the 24th of October, in Oslo, Norway, I was honoured to attend and take part in an important and interesting Assembly co-chaired by Alberto Martinelli (ISSC President) and Gordon McBean (ICSU President) where main goal was the approach on whether to take an in-principle decision to pursue a merge between the two organizations. Following…

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The President-Elect Session WLIC 2016 was a complete success!

I am delighted to be writing this post only a few weeks after the absolute success that was the President-Elect Session at the WLIC 2016. Not only was there an incredible turn out and wonderful presentations by the guest keynote speakers, but also the session reflected a much-needed, innovative approach to debating how our professional…