Thursday 12 March 2015
08.30-10.15 Session 1
08.30-09.00 Registration
09.00-09.15 Georgios Glossiotis "Changing roles of libraries - An introduction"
09.15-09.35 Gerald Leitner: "Ahead of the times. Working with the IFLA Trend Report" 
09.35-09.55 Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer: "May the Force be with you"How libraries can benefit from disruptive technology.
09.55-10.15 Rolf Happel: “Rethinking the Public Library: Digital Services and the Impact on the Library as a Space”
10.15-10.45 Coffee break
10.45-12.45 Session 2
10.45-11.00 Eva Semertzaki: "The merit of libraries to adjust: the current state of Greek libraries"
11.00-11.15 Panagiotis Themistocleous and Sylvia (Vasiliki) Koukounidou: “Reforming public libraries life: an association’s role “
Dr Emmanouel Garoufallou ​: “Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Society: LIS education and  library advocacy in an emerging society”
11.30-11.45 Dimitris Stamatelos: "A small library against crisis: the case of Leros Public Library"
11.45-12.00 Roxana Theodorou: "A multitasking library"
12.00-12.45 Panel discussion
12.45-13.30 Lunch Break
13.30-16.00 Workshop (only by invitation)
13.30-15.00 Parallel workshops
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.00 Join session - discussion - conclusions
Friday 13 March 2015

MLAS Meeting

09.00-16.00 Closed Section Meeting.


Gerald Leitner

Gerald Leitner is Secretary General of the Austrian Library Association. He studied literature and history at the University of Vienna, worked as a journalist and lecturer at the University of Vienna and the University of Applied Sciences Eisenstadt, and managed the education of librarians at public libraries. He was President of the European umbrella association of library associations, EBLIDA, is IFLA Governing Board Member and IFLA MLAS chair. In his international functions, he strives to raise the awareness of the library associations for the challenges of the transforming media and e-book market and to implement support measures.

Rolf Happel

Rolf Hapel is director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark. He is librarian by education and has a master degree in Digitization and Public Administration. He has served as librarian, deputy manager, city librarian and director in four Danish cities. He has been chairman of numerous steering groups, committees and boards, has written many articles and is an internationally renowned speaker on library development and transformation. Among recent work tasks was heading the Danish Digital Librarycoordinating body, the planning of Next Library Festival to take place September 12-15 2015 and the realisation of the new main library, Dokk1, a 30.000 m2 structure, to be inaugurated mid 2015.

Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer

Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer (1964) studied law, history and a bunch more of interesting and uninteresting things. He is ceo of the biggest worldwide marketingcompany for books, the CPNB, and president of the national board for Big Data. Eppo had a succesfull career in broadcasting, where he was among the first people worldwide to work on interactive digital formats. Eppo started the worldwide highly acclaimed DOK Library Concept Center in Delft together with one of the best technical universities and scientists in the world. DOK's mission is to build the world's most modern library. Eppo's motto is "To infinity and beyond". He is a wellknown international speaker. He spoke in more than 45 countries at famous conferences like TEDx, as a presidents elect on the annual conference of the ALA and the IASL conference in Qatar.

Georgios Glossiotis

Georgios Glossiotis studied Librarianship in Technological Educational Institute on Athens, and has a Postgraduate Diploma in "Management and IT" from the Technological Education Institute of Peiraius. He is elected since 2003 in the Board of Directors of the Association of Greek Librarians and Information Scientists. He had two terms as Secretary General and two terms as Vice-President of the Association. Since 2012, Georgios is the Presidnet. He represents Greek associations in IFLA and EBLIDA’s general Councils since 2005. Since 2000 he is Head of Library and Documentation Department of the Organisation for Mediation and Arbitration in Athens (special library focused in industrial relations and labour law).He published several articles in Greek magazines. Since 2011, he is elected on IFLA’s Management of Library Association Section.

Eva Semertzaki

Eva Semertzaki is Acting Deputy Director of the Centre for Culture, Research and Documentation and the Head of the Library at Bank of Greece. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, Boston, USA. She is the author of the book “Special Libraries as Knowledge Management Centres” by Chandos Publishing, 2011. She is a Standing Committee member of the IFLA Knowledge Management Section (2013-2017). She is the editor of Synergasia, an online library journal published by the Committee for the Support of Libraries in Athens and an Editorial Advisory Board member of The Electronic Library. Eva is a founding member and a steering committee member of the Central Bank Librarians Group. Since 2013 she chairs the annual seminar for central bank librarians organized by Central Banking Events at Cambridge University, UK. She has published articles, translated books and delivered several lectures.

Vasiliki (Sylvia) Koukounidou

Vasiliki (Sylvia) Koukounidou is the coordinator of the Digitization and Archives office of the University of Cyprus Library. She has a Bachelor degree in Archival and Library Science and a Master degree in Business Administration with concentration in Management Information Systems. Since 2004, Sylvia is participating in many projects of the UCY Library and from September 2011 she is participating in FP7 and Horizon2020 projects for Open Access such as OpenAIRE, OpenAIREplus and OpenAIRE2020. Furthermore, she acts as a consultant in discussion groups for digitisation and archival management. She has been the President of the board of the Cyprus Association of Librarians - Information Scientists for the years 2012-2014 and she is the co-author of the proposal for reorganizing the Public library of Paphos.

Panagiotis Themistocleous

Panagiotis Themistocleous is the coordinator of Open University of Cyprus Library. He has a Bachelor Degree from Technological Educational Institute of Athens (Department of Library Science and Information Systems) and a Master Degree in Education with concentration on Adult and Continuing Education from Open University of Cyprus. Since, 2006 Panagiotis has participate as an active member in Cyprus Academic Libraries Consortium (CALC), focus on Electronic Resources Management and Searching Tools implementation. Furthermore, he is member of the “E-University” projects implemented at Open University of Cyprus, as part of EU funding projects. He is the active President of the board of the Cyprus Association of Librarians - Information Scientists (CALIS), since February of 2014.

Dimitris Stamatelos

Dimitris Stamatelos was born in Athens in 1971. From his early youth he established a loving relationship with music and started expressing this love by playing his grandfathers mandolin. He studied librarianship in Athens, took theater courses and studied traditional percussion's. Encouraged by his friends, he also studied singing at the national conservatory of Athens. From 2003 to 2008 he worked at the public library of Koropi  and made it essential to the community life through various educational projects. Since 2009 he is the only librarian in the public library of the little island of Leros. In the last 5 years his wife and himself have arranged and run the public library of neighboring island Lipsi on a volunteer base at weekends. That library is also a little music school were Dimitris gives free percussion lessons.The place is a source of joy for inhabitants and librarians as it is always full of smiles and music.

Emmanouel Garoufallou

Emmanouel Garoufallou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Library Science and Information Systems of the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITh), Greece. He is also project manager of the programme «Open Source Digital Library Services of ATEITh» and coordinator of its libraries. He was project manager and research associate of various EC Projects of the Veria Central Public Library such as the AccessIT Plus, Light, Entitle, EuropeanaLocal. He serves as Chair of the 9th MTSR2015 Conference organized by Manchester Metropolitan University in UK. Currently serves as “Area Editor - Open and social data: data sharing” of the journal “Program: electronic library and information systems” and as editorial board member of various international conferences and journals such as the “Education for Information” and “International Information & Library Review”. He holds a Master's Degree in Library and Information Management from Northumbria University and a PhD in Digital Libraries from Manchester Metropolitan University in UK.

Roxana Theodorou

Roxana Theodorou holds a PhD in Academic Electronic Publishing, and an MA degree in Electronic Publishing and Communication. Her research has been published in several scientific journals and major conferences. In the past she had been teaching Information Science for several years at the Ionian University, at the department of Archive and Library Science as an Adjunct Lecturer and has worked as a freelancer on several research projects. At the Hellenic American University she teaches Information Literacy and Technology Basics and is also the Head Librarian of the University’s Library.


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