IFLA’s Management of Library Associations Section (MLAS) in collaboration with the New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) is proud to announce the first event in a new webinar series to empower new library leaders worldwide and foster diversity within the profession.  

Link to webinar recording: https://youtu.be/6Xqg-CJOk74

Over the course of six webinars, library associations from countries in each Regional Division will present opportunities they provide for new and senior librarians including leadership opportunities and how these library associations are fostering diversity within the library profession and leadership. The webinar format includes interactive opportunities to engage attendees in conversations about those topics that will elicit best practices and recommendations and the needs of new and senior professionals.  

The insights gained from these webinars will then inform and enrich the MLAS Open Session at WLIC 2022 in Dublin, which will focus on the same theme.  

We are pleased to feature library associations and librarians from all regions of the world in this webinar series. Our second webinar on April 7 features the European region. Time: 15:00 horas CET / 9:00 ET.

Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, MLAS Information Coordinator and coordinator of the webinar series.



Jo Cornish, CILIP’s Chief Development Officer, UK.

Ms Hilde Van Kiel is the Director of KU Leuven Libraries, Belgium since 2014. She is active in Belgium on different platforms like the Flemish Heritage Libraries and Erfgoedlabo VZW Leuven but at the same time is a key player for Open Science within KU Leuven. Active in LERU, LIBER and EUA.

She is also the Chair of the LIBER Leadership working group which undertakes a range of activities designed to help libraries and train strong leaders. The working group organizes on behalf of LIBER, an Emerging Leadership Programme for people who aspire a leading position in a scientific library and the LIBER Journées, a programme exclusively for Library Directors which brings them into contact with inspiring people from outside the library world.

Māra Jēkabsone, Chief Librarian in the Library Development Centre of the National Library of Latvia, president of the Library Association of Latvia; Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Library and Information Science; 20 years’ work experience in the library field; author and editor of many articles and information materials for library sector; wide experience with presentations and advisory publications about new services, trends and other issues in library field, including the Annual Report of Latvian libraries, and organization of educational, professional development and experience exchange activities for librarians in national level; great activist in library advocacy and library promotion issues, as well as in breaking stereotypes and improving the image of librarian profession.

Franziska Weber is a librarian, after her apprenticeship as a library assistant she studied library sciences at the University of applied sciences Cologne, Germany. She gained professional experience at the university library Gießen, at the HBZ NRW and at the public library in Cologne. Moreover, she volunteers since 2014 for the german professional association for librarians BIB – Berufsverband Information Bibliothek.
In january 2021 she joined the Team at the ZBIW, University of Applied Sciences Cologne. Her responsibilities vary from planning and organizing events for librarians in public and academic libraries, as well as public relations and social media.