Leadership Team

As an IFLA special interest group, NPSIG has two official leadership roles- Convenor and Information Coordinator. These positions are voluntary, and are based on a two-year term. The Convenor serves as the main liaison to the greater IFLA organization and leads programming efforts. The Information Coordinator serves as social media manager and oversees NPSIG’s online presence.

Current Leadership (2015-2017)

NPSIG ConvenorsMaria Violeta Bertolini, Convenor

María Violeta Bertolini is a librarian from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has more than 13 years of experience in library and information management. She is passionate about cataloguing, metadata issues, linked data, taxonomies, and institutional communications. She was a cataloguing and classification professor in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and she is currently working as Advocacy Communications Officer in The Hague. She is a member of the IFLA Cataloguing Section 2013-2017, the ISBD Review Group 2013-2017, the FRBR Review Group 2015-2019, and Co-Chair of the ISBD Linked Data Study Group 2016-2017. She is a blogger for Infotecarios, a collaborative blog for librarians and information professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean. She loves traveling, learning languages, and cycling.

Milan Vasiljević, Co-Convenor

Milan Vasiljević has more than eight years of professional experience in various types of libraries. He is an IFLA Standing Committee member of Library Theory & Research Section for the term 2013-2017. He was a participant in Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program in 2011. He is author of papers on library and web environment, standards, etc. He organizes trainings for librarians and participates in projects dealing with the development of libraries. He is a passionate cyclist, swimmer and runner (in any order).

Antoine Torrens, Information coordinator

Antoine Torrens haLaVillettes served as an intern in many kinds of libraries in France, in Germany and in Japan. For his first real job, he is now working at Dauphine University library, where he is in charge of the Research library as well as of some digital projects.

He dreams of opening libraries up to many domains and wants to build libraries everywhere : in deserts, in forests, in gardens, in trees, in any place humans can access. He attaches great importance to advocacy and has been taking part in the Cycling for libraries adventure in 2014 and 2015.

Antoine is passionate about languages and writing systems, about new working spaces and about serious and non-serious games.

Katia Shklyar, Information Co-Coordinator

KatiaKatia found herself in the library field some 4 years ago after having experience in different areas, from culture management, journalism and marketing to tourism. Now working in Espoo city library (Finland) she is doing her best in using her Master’s degree in Public Relations. Library advocacy, marketing and international cooperation are her key interests. She is also actively involved into multicultural library work and development of services for children and youth.

She loves cycling and bicycles, and after attending the first Cycling for Libraries- unconference in 2011 became an excited co-organizer of Cycling for Libraries 2012 and 2013, considering it to be one of the best examples of library advocacy, marketing and international networking.

Apart from the cycling, she loves dance and dancing, sea, photography, culinary experiments and traveling.

Past Leadership

Bridgette Hendrix, Convenor (2014-2015)

Kimberly White, Information Coordinator (2014-2015)

Molly Schwartz, Convenor (2013-2014)

Sebastian Wilke, Convenor (2009-2014)

Dierk Eichel, Information Coordinator (2010-2013)

Joanna Ball, Co-Convenor (2008-2009)

Andrew Cranfield, Founder (2004)

Stuart Hamilton, Founder (2004)

Loida Garcia-Febo, Founder (2004)

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