Keynote Speakers

jukka-relanderJukka Relander
President of EBLIDA and Finish Library Association
Libraries, Civil Society and Lobbying

Jukka serves as President of the Finnish Library Association and as President of EBLIDA. He is a writer, educator, politician, broadcast media specialist and besides being involved in library organisations he is also a member of Helsinki City Council, chairperson of the Parliamentary Council for Gender Equality, member of Committee for Human Rights and member of Cultural Board of Helsinki. He has a background in history, having obtained a Master of Arts from Universities of Helsinki and Sussex with specisalisations in Finnish history, social psychology and English and American studies, and has been a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of History at University of Helsinki. He is also a successful author and media personality – has published several books on history, society, culture, libraries and religion, and has been a long-time radio host at Radio Helsinki, TV host at YLE and columnist at Helsingin Sanomat and other publications.


zsviben-150x150Zdenka Sviben
Head of I&R Department, Zagreb City Libraries, Croatia

Are we prepared for the change of paradigm: member, user, human being…?

Mrs. Sviben graduated from Department of Comparative Literature and History of Art at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She currently works as a coordinator of the Reference and Information  Department in City Library – Zagreb City Libraries, whose employee she has been since 1991. She is a  member of the Croatian Library Association from 1992 and former president of the CLA (2006 – 2010). Zdenka holds lectures and workshops at the Croatian Training Centre for Continuing Education of Librarians, coordinates  national manifestation Croatian Book Month. She has established two national projects: Ask a Librarian and Portal of Public Libraries in the Republic of Croatia. She is the  chief editor of Zagreb City Libraries website, and a member of the development team of ZAKI library software with special attention on the user services. Main fields of professional interest include: public libraries, reference services, users, education.  


tomaszgruszkowski-2016-150x150Tomasz Gruszkowski
Director of the IFLA PAC centre, National Library of Poland

Egalité – Fraternité – Library
On the loss of Enlightment’s innocence

Tomasz Gruszkowski studied sociology at the Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan and University of Amsterdam to learn the inter~ and multicultural dimensions of knowledge. Working at the Computer Centre at the University of Amsterdam made him realise the profundity of changes brought by digital revolution. Between 1995 and 2012 Gruszkowski worked in advertising. Since 2013 he has been author and producer of Internet exhibit “City Rising – Gdańsk” on the rebuilding of the city after the WW II and author of script and the curator of a museum exhibition “Godmothers and their Ships” at the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk. Since December 2015 he works at the National Library of Poland, as Deputy Head of Digital Collections Department, responsible for Digitization Workshop, due to start working on IFLA digital Preservation and Conservation Centre at the National Library in October 2016.

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