We are very happy to introduce to you two new officers who recently joined HQ in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Wiebke DalhoffWiebke Dalhoff, IFLA’s new Policy Officer, has started work with us at HQ in the second week of August. Wiebke will be working to support our policy development and advocacy. She brings with her valuable experience of working within the worlds of publishing and communications through her previous work with both IFRRO, the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations and FEP, the Federation of European Publishers. Wiebke also has worked at TUV NORD, a German technical service provider. Wiebke will join Stuart Hamilton and Fiona Bradley as part of the Policy and Advocacy unit at IFLA. This unit works closely together to build the relationship between IFLA’s policy development, advocacy activities and training programmes. Additionally, it links with the IFLA Communications unit to connect the advocacy activities with the general communication strategy of IFLA.

Joanne YeomansJoanne Yeomans, IFLA’s Professional Support Officer, has started work with us at HQ in the first week of September. Joanne will be working to support and coordinate the activities of the Professional Committee and the IFLA Professional Units, Regional Offices and Language Centres. Joanne has a professional librarian background and international experience through working at CERN in Geneva and most recently as the Director of EBLIDA, the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations. Joanne will work closely with Ingeborg Verheul and the Communications unit (Louis Takács & Susan Schaepman) and the Membership unit (Tatjana Hoeink) on improving the practical and administrative processes of IFLA’s professional activities and in promoting the visibility of all IFLA’s professional outcomes for the international library world.

Both Wiebke and Joanne have a strong international background and very relevant professional experience—each in their particular field of working—to support IFLA and the HQ team in a great way and we are looking forward to working with them to strengthen IFLA for its members as the global voice of libraries, library associations and librarians and their users all over the world.

An organisational chart of the new staffing structure at HQ will soon be posted on the IFLA website.

Jennefer Nicholson
IFLA Secretary General