The organisation of the Stichting IFLA Global Libraries has a board of four members. The Secretary General of Stichting IFLA Global Libraries is Gerald Leitner.
Glòria Pérez-Salmerón served as IFLA President from 2017 to 2019. She is also Past-President of FESABID, Federación Española de Sociedades de Archivística, Biblioteconomía, Documentación y Museística (Spanish Federation of Archivist, Librarianship, Documentation and Museum Associations). She works at Diputació de Barcelona and has held many leadership roles in her distinguished career including Director of the National Library of Spain (2010-2013) where she also was member of its Governing Board and Executive Committee (2008-2013). Under her management, the Library developed many innovative projects including the systematic digitisation of holdings, thanks to a partnership agreement with Telefónica, which foresaw the digitisation of 200,000 book titles. Glòria's involvement with IFLA is long-standing, being a former member of IFLA’s Public Libraries Standing Committee (2005-2012) and member of the Executive Committee and Vice-President of EBLIDA, European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (2008-2015). Gloria is an experienced public speaker and regularly gives professional lectures.
Deborah Jacobs has served as the director of the Global Libraries initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since 2008. Through this work she oversees the foundation’s work to improve the lives of one billion “information-poor” people by 2030 while positioning the world’s 320,000 public libraries as critical community assets and providers of information through relevant technologies. Jacobs began her career as a children’s librarian forty years ago, and has worked in rural and urban settings in the United States. Prior to joining the Foundation she served as Seattle Public Library City Librarian for 11 years. In addition to directing the Seattle Public Library system, Jacobs led a $291 million capital-improvement program called “Libraries for All” that funded the construction of a new Central Library and renovated, built, or expanded 26 branch libraries.
Deborah’s focus is building collaboration among the leading library support organizations globally, assisting them in long term financial sustainability, as well as focusing on the future leadership for public libraries. She believes, in keeping with IFLA’s Global Vision, that for libraries to be known and recognized as engines of development and funded as key community assets, there first must be a strong, united, aligned and connected library field. Because she believes libraries, regardless of location or demographics, have much more in common than differences, she will champion IFLA’s commitment to bringing alive the strategy that comes from the work of the Global Vision. As she looks to her future work, Jacobs knows that her most satisfying moments are working to engage, build and strengthen communities. She believes that through working together, anything can be achieved.
Inga Lundén is an international library advisor. In 2015, after serving fifteen years as City Librarian of Stockholm, Sweden, she spent her last year before retirement as Director of Culture in the same city. Prior to this, she served nine years as library director and director of arts and sports in the city of Gävle.
Inga holds university degrees in both journalism and library and information science. Developing different aspects of democracy, through newspaper journalism and public librarianship, has been the focus of Inga’s professional life.
Besides her leadership role for Stockholm Public Library, developing both a digital and innovative physical libraries within the programme “Libraries on the move”, she served five years as president of the Swedish Library Association and was also a member of IFLA Governing Board for four years, the last two of which she spent on its Executive Committee. She has served on the Board of Stockholm University Library, as well as on the Development Board of the National Library of Sweden.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Global Libraries has been a source of inspiration for her, where she served on the advisory committee for the Access to Learning Award and as mentor and advisor for International Network of Emerging Innovators (INELI), working with both INELI Global and INELI Balkans since 2010. Throughout her career as a library leader in diverse communities—locally, nationally and globally—the common experience is that emerging innovative leaders grow and sustainable change happens when both work together, combining strengths. IFLA Global Vision is a platform for this.
Gerald Leitner took on the role of IFLA Secretary General in June 2016. He is responsible for the strategic and operational direction and financial management of IFLA and SIGL. Gerald Leitner has worked in senior positions at international organisations and in Austria’s cultural, scientific and educational sectors. Prior to becoming IFLA Secretary General, he was the Secretary General of the Austrian Library Association. Gerald studied literature and history at the University of Vienna, and after his studies worked as journalist, chief editor of the Austrian Library magazine and head of training for public librarians in Austria. He is a past president of the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and a member of national and international advisory bodies in cultural, education and scientific sectors. He is highly experienced in negotiating with politicians, authorities, lobby groups, publishers, artists, businesses and strategic partners. In 2017, Gerald Leitner initiated the Global Vision project.
The board of the Stichting SIGL does not receive any remuneration for their services as board member of the board. A reimbursement of expenses is possible.
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