Executive Committee 2012-2015

The EBLIDA Executive Committee meets three times a year. Minutes of these meetings are made available to the Council each year.

The EBLIDA Executive Committee meets three times a year. Minutes of these meetings are made available to the Council each year. 

Nomination for EBLIDA President & Executive Committee 2015-2018

The elections took place during the Annual Council Meeting, in Riga, Latvia on 7 May 2015.

According to the EBLIDA Constitution (Chapter 3, Article 29), the members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by the Council for a period of three years, serving a maximum of two terms.

EBLIDA Secretariat has invited members of the Association to nominate their representatives for election of a new President and the EBLIDA Executive Committee.

Executive Committee elected at the 20th EBLIDA Council Meeting
for the term 2012-2015:

EBLIDA President 2012-2015


Klaus-Peter Böttger

BID, Bibliothek & Information Deutschland
(Federal Union of German Library and Information Associations)

Klaus-Peter Böttger is a typical public librarian. Mr Böttger started as Head of a library branch moving to a central library responsibility. He is now Director of the public library Essen (European capital of culture in 2010).

Since 1984, Böttger has been involved in various committees’ affairs of library associations, among other positions, he has been the President of the association of librarians. He has been responsible as a Treasurer for the German association of librarians, his IFLA-section public libraries, IFLA world conference in Berlin, and now for EBLIDA.

His greatest professional interest is in developing customer-focused services, and at the international level, in networking and bringing awareness to the local libraries of the decision making and changes in the European policies.

EBLIDA Vice-President 2012-2015


Glòria Pérez-Salmerón

FESABID, Federación Española de Sociedades de Archivística, Biblioteconomía, Documentación y Museística
(Spanish Federation of Archives, Libraries, Documentation and Museum Associations)

GLÒRIA PÉREZ-SALMERÓN (Barcelona, 1958) has been Director of the Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE), National Library of Spain (July 2010 – February 2013) of which she has been also member of its Board and Permanent Commission during 2008 – 2013.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Documentation by the University of Barcelona (UB, 2000) and in Librarianship and Documentation by the Escola Universitària ‘Jordi Rubió i Balaguer de Barcelona’ (1984). She has also a Master in Management of Libraries by the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (UPF, 1998) and a Master in Government and Public Administration in the Information Society: Electronic Government by the UPF and the Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya (2010).

She presided over FESABID, Federación Española de Sociedades de Archivística, Biblioteconomía, Documentación y Museística (Spanish Federation of Archivistic, Librarianship, Documentation and Museum Associations) (April 2008- October 2010), and until her appointment as Director of the National Library of Spain, she held the position of Head of the Oficina d’Administració Electrònica (e-Government Office) of the Diputació de Barcelona (Barcelona Council, 2008-2010). She has been Director (2005-2008) of Library Cooperation of Generalitat de Catalunya’s Culture Department (Catalonia’s Autonomous Government), Coordinator of the Catalan Library System and Technical Director of Barcelona Council’s Public Libraries Network (2001-2005). She was founder and Director of the Can Casacuberta Public Library and Public Library Network of Badalona (1992-2001). She has also been Coordinator of the Public Libraries of the Barcelona’s Northern Area.

During the period as Director of the National Library of Spain, she run the launch of the Portal Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano (Latin-American Digital Heritage Portal, 2012); and achieved the joining of the Biblioteca Digital Hispánica to the World Digital Library, and BNE’s catalogue to the WorlCat of OCLC.

She has given numerous professional lectures and courses, participated in international projects and she was also member of IFLA Public Libraries Standing Committee (2005-2012). Currently she is member of the Executive Committee and Vice-President of EBLIDA, European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations.

EBLIDA Treasurer 2012-2015


Erna Winters
The Netherlands

VOB, Vereniging van Openbare Bibliotheken
(Netherlands Public Library Association)

Erna Winters started her library career as a volunteer at the age of 8 or 9, helping the local librarian to put the books on the shelves. Ever since then she wanted to be a librarian. After she finished the library academy she had several jobs in several public libraries across the Netherlands. First as an assistant librarian, and after a few years as head or managing director of the public library.

Public Library Kennemerwaard is the merger of the public libraries of Castricum, Heerhugowaard and Alkmaar. Erna is managing director of this organisation.

Her responsibilities include networking with local provincial governments, representing the library on national meetings and making connections between other institutions with which the library can cooperate on projects. It is also her goal to make the merger of the three organizations a success for the users of the public libraries.

Erna lives in Alkmaar, nearby the 16th century city centre with her partner. During the weekends they spend their time either in the woods in the south or on the beaches near Alkmaar.

EBLIDA Executive Committee Members 2012-2015


Guy Daines
United Kingdom

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

I am currently Head of Policy at the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (UK). I have worked for CILIP for 20 years in a number of senior and high profile roles covering a wide area of responsibilities – professional ethics and equality issues; governance; and employment advice as well as policy. Before that I worked for 15 years in a variety of posts in public libraries including community libraries, reference libraries and cataloguing. I also spent five years as Local Government Information Officer for the London Borough of Camden.
Professional policy development has been at the heart of my interest and work and increasingly many issues of real importance – for instance intellectual property, freedom of information and access to knowledge, human rights, professional status – are being played out on the European stage. I head a policy team that deals with such issues in the UK. But it is vital that national expertise is shared and enhanced through EBLIDA so that citizens across Europe are able to enjoy access to the information they need to operate effectively in all aspects of their lives.
Over the past three years I have been a substitute member of EBLIDA’s Executive Committee and since Jill Martin stood down 18 months ago, the main representative. I have recently taken on responsibility for CILIP’s international work and have also helped over a number of years to arrange the UK’s presence at IFLA conferences. These experiences have convinced me further of the importance of effective international organisation to all our futures. I hope to help EBLIDA achieve a European Library Policy based on the Vienna Declaration (2009) and to become even more effective as the voice of the library and information profession within the EU and other European institutions.


Ulrika Domellöf-Mattsson

Svensk Biblioteksförening
(Swedish Library Association)

(Photo by Elisabeth Olsson-Wallin)

Domellöf Mattsson is a coordinator at the Library of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Her focus is on coordination and development within the Library society especially in technical areas and in the area of copyright and licensing. Recently she has also been involved in Open access and Open data issues.

Ulrika started to work at libraries as very young, then studied law but returned to libraries. She got her library exam in Borås 1990 and worked for several years at the Royal Library of Sweden. She also had three children and studied an MA in Comparative Literature at University College of London during this time. She was in the project where the Royal Library computerized its lending system. The last ten years at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (a small governmental library) has been very suitable for development and the latest of her projects here was the first implementation in Sweden of the discovery system Primo.

She has been in the steering committee of the Swedish Library Association for three years and has also been involved in different national library groups. She was earlier head of a network of governmental libraries within the Swedish Library Association. She is chair of the Swedish user group for the library system Aleph from Ex Libris (Alephswe) and is internationally involved in IGeLU, the International Group of Ex Libris Users.



Georgios Glossiotis

EEB, Enosis Ellenon Bibliothekarion
(Association of Greek Librarians and Information Scientists)

Georgios Glossiotis was born in 1972. He 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. Moreover, he was a member of several committees of the Association.
He represents Greek associations in IFLA and EBLIDA’s general Councils since 2005.

He has worked in the Archives if the University of Athens, for the private sector (responsible for the retrospective cataloguing of Ionian University Libraries). 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). Moreover, he is working as a consultant in several projects (private libraries, monastery libraries, development of Greek edition of KOHA, metadata for digital materials of public libraries, etc.).

He published several articles in Greek magazines.

Since 2011, he is elected on IFLA’s Management of Library Association Section.


 Lone Knakkergaard

Danmarks Biblioteksforening
(Danish Library Association)

Born: 27th January 1956

Professional career:
1980 Graduated from the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen
1980-1985 Librarian at Aarhus Technical Library
1985-1987 Head of Danish Loan Centre, State and University Library, Aarhus
1987-1992 Head of Corporate Library at ELSAM (Danish Power Company), Fredericia
1993-2005 Head of Lending Department, State and University Library, Aarhus
(working together with Harald von Hielmcrone on different projects)
2005 Library Director, Public Library in Vejle

Other assignments:
1985- Member of many different councils established by Danish Agence for Libraries and Media, concerning public and research libraries.

1993-2005 Member of committee of The Danish Library Association, County Aarhus
1996-2002 Member of OCLC Ressource Sharing Advisory Group
2002 – Member of the Council, Danish Library Association
2002 – 2008 Member of the Executive Board, , Danish Library Association
2004 – 2008 Chair of the Professional Group of the Danish Library Association and 2. Vicechair of the Danish Library Association.
2005- Secretary of the Regional Library Association of South Denmark


Gerald Leitner

BVÖ, Büchereiverband Österreichs
(Austrian Library Association)

Gerald Leitner studied German Language and Literature and History at the University of Vienna. He also holds a certificate in LIS.

Professional experience
Gerald Leitner worked for Austrian newspapers and magazines, and was a lecturer at the College for Information and Knowledge Management in Eisenstadt. He was responsible for the education of librarians in public libraries in Austria and was involved in many EU-founded projects.

Since 1998, he is Secretary General of the Austrian Library Association.

Gerald Leitner was President of EBLIDA from 2005 to 2012 (two terms).

Since 2011, he is chair of IFLA MLAS (Management of Library Association Section) and IFLA Governing Board member

He has published numerous articles and books about library management and copyright. Besides his activities in the field of library and information science, Gerald Leitner’s personal interests lie in the relation between politics and literature. He is also President of the Austrian society for political education, and has published numerous books in this field.

He won the Austrian national award for education and vocational training for adults, and the Bruno Kreisky award for political books.

He is the initiator and organizer of Austrias biggest reading campaign ‘Austria reads. Meeting Point Library’, which has been awarded with the Austrian State Award for Public Relations 2008.

It was the first time that this award, assigned by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Economics, whose list of awardees from the last 25 years reads like the “Who is Who” of Austria’s biggest companies, has been given to an educational institution. – A sensational success for the libraries.
And it demonstrates that libraries are able to compete with the campaigns of large enterprises and industrial companies and shows: Libraries have an enormous potential!

Languages: German and English


Maria Jose Moura

BAD (Association of Portuguese Librarians
(Archivists and Documentalists)

Maria José Sabino Moura is graduated in History and Philosophy and post-graduated in Librarianship and Archives – University of Coimbra.
Between 1987 and 2007 she was Director of the Libraries Department of the Portuguese Institute for the Book and Libraries (Ministry of Culture) after chairing the Working Group that launched the Portuguese Public Libraries Network Programme.
Previously, she was Librarian and Director of the Library Services of the University of Lisbon (1968-1987) and lecturer of the post-graduated Course in Documentation Sciences of the Universities of Lisbon and Coimbra.
She was Vice-President of the High Council for Libraries between 1989 and 2005, and simultaneously she was General Coordinator of the Mobile National Heritage Inventory, National Delegate at the PGI/UNESCO, president of the National Focal Point – Telematics for Libraries Program and member of the Information Society Forum (Brussels, 1996-2000) of the European Commission.
Now she is member of the Honorary Commission – National Reading Plan, from 2006.
Maria José Moura is Founder (1973) and Honorary Fellow of BAD – Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists , and she was President of the Executive Committee and chair of the General Assembly. She was as well member of the Standing Committees of IFLA – Public Libraries (1991–99) and Library Buildings and Equipment (1999–2007).

In 1994 the President of Portugal bestowed the “Ordem do Mérito” (National Honour) and she received also the International Book Award (Amsterdam, 1998) of the International Book Committee, under an IFLA proposal.

Maria José Moura is currently Vice President of the National Board of BAD.


Aldo Pirola

(Associazione Italiana Biblioteche)

Aldo Pirola is Director of the Public Library System in Milan, which consists of 24 interconnected facilities, scattered on a territory with 1 million inhabitants.

He started his career in the library of the Roman Catholic University in Milan where he used to work at the central catalogue. Classification and cataloguing were his primary activities between 1976 and 1982.The following year he was appointed Director of the Academic library of the University in Brescia, some 40 miles to the east in Milan, where subsequently he was appointed Director of the public library system at the time in which it was being reorganized through the introduction of the new electronic technologies. Eventually he was appointed in Milan in 2007. Member of the local executive committee of the Italian Librarian Association (A.I.B.) between 1994 and 1999, President of the Association of Bibliophiles in
Brescia between 1993 and 2007, advisor in Bozen for the foundation of the Academic library between 1999 and 2005 as well as advisor for the new provincial library, still in Bozen, since 2006, he has played a significant role in promoting lectures, conferences and cultural meetings in libraries both on a national and on an international level In May 2009 he was elected national representative for Italy in EBLIDA. Member of the Advisory committee 2009 for Access to Learning Award of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2008/2009. One of the most significant challenges has been the IFLA World Conference 2009 in Milan. Aldo Pirola was awarded a special prize by the Rotary Club both in Brescia and in Milan in 2010 for his role in promoting the activity of the local public libraries. Reelected national representative for Italy in 2012.

Leena Toivonen

(City of Valkeakoski Library)

Leena Toivonen, MSSC, works as a Director of the Library of City of Valkeakoski, Finland. She has worked as Head of Administration at the Department of Internal Services at the Tampere University Library in Finland, also as Deputy Director at the Library since September 2010.
Previously, she worked as a Head of Department at the Department of Medicine at the Tampere University Library (2007-2010) and as a Head of Department at the Information Service Department Tampere University Library (2002-2010).
Previoulsy she worked in the Ministry of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities and also was a trainee in the European Commission.

Leena Toivonen is also involved in international project with the university Namibia Library, university Library of Helsinki, Tampere University Library.
It is a Finnish government-funded joint project between Helsinki and Namibia for the period 2011-2012.
The project is based in the needs of the library of the University Namibia and the collaboration will focus on developing staff skills in Namibia. The project makes use of Finnish party expertise.

Leena Toivonen is also acting in international Library organisations such as EBLIDA and IFLA. She is a standing committee member of IFLA Information Literacy section since 2007. She has been a substitute member in EBLIDA Executive Committee since 2010.





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