Registration is now open for the IFLA Knowledge Management Section satellite meeting in Dublin.

Theme: “Knowledge management (KM) principles and human behavior: How do we inspire, enable, engage, and connect people in KM?”

Date: Saturday, July 23

Registration: To register, please complete the a brief survey so we can determine arrangements for catering. If you are unable to access the form, please email Jenny Mackiewicz The new deadline for registration is Friday, July 15. Registration will remain open until the conference, but catering arrangements will be finalized on the 15th .

Host Institution: Trinity College, Dublin

Location: Neil Lecture Theatre in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. See the campus map for location details.


Knowledge management (KM) is essential for all organizations as we seek to create, share and manage information that supports individuals and library goals. KM became even more vital during the pandemic as we sought new ways to stay connected and support each other. As we move forward, how do we inspire, enable, engage, connect in KM? It’s inevitable – different personalities, learning styles, modalities, geography, culture and other factors will play into how we perceive and relate to KM strategy or techniques. This Satellite aims to keep the conversation themes related to practical behaviors in applying KM practices at work.

Keynote Speakers: Liisa Savolainen and David Snowden

Liisa Savolainen is Deputy Director of the National Library of Finland. Her main responsibility besides the strategic management is organizational development. She has a career of over 30 years in different libraries, last 17 years at the National Library of Finland. Before current position she was a Director of the Collections, National Bibliography and Research Services. Her academic background is on History Studies.

She is Chair of IFLA National Libraries Standing Committee and Ex Officio Member of the IFLA Advisory Committee of Cultural Heritage. She is a board member of Bibliotheca Baltica. Nationally she is member of the National Archives’ and National Repository Library’s governing boards.

Dave Snowden is a Welsh management consultant and researcher in the field of knowledge management.

Known for the development of the Cynefin framework, he is the founder and chief scientific officer of The Cynefin Company, a Singapore-based management consulting firm specializing in complexity and sensemaking.


Panel Presenters

Mrs. Lynn Jibril is a Librarian and an Educator. Currently employed by the University of Botswana Library. She has teaching experience spanning over twenty-five years in secondary schools. Mrs Jibril Holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies as well as a Diploma in Secondary Education.

She is passionate about the teaching of Information and digital Literacy skills to both undergraduate and graduates students of the University.  Her interests are Research Data Management and Open science issues as well as knowledge management. She is also the current President of the Botswana Library Association.

Mairéad Mc Keown is the Manager of Knowledge & Critical Capability in Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. She’s responsible for managing the Library, internal Insight, information literacy instruction and internal critical capability interventions in Bord Bia. Subject interests include knowledge engagement, information literacy, instructional design, sustainability and lifelong learning. She is a member of the Library Association of Ireland’s Government Libraries Group and has featured in An Leabharlann, the electronic journal of the Library Association of Ireland. She has recently had a UNSDG story about how LIBRARIANS HELP TO FILL INFORMATION SKILLS GAPS IN THE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECTOR, published on the IFLA’s Library Map of the World.

Dr. Elizabeth Burns is an Associate Professor and the School Library Program Director for the Library and Information Studies Program in the STEM Education and Professional Studies Department of the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies. She teaches library education courses, preparing graduate students for endorsement in school library media and careers in library and information workplaces.  Her research focuses on curriculum and instruction, assessment, school library pedagogy, diversity and inclusion, and information literacy. She has is active in the library profession and is currently co-editor of the national research journal, School Library Research.

Prof Fehintola Nike Onifade is the University Librarian of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. She obtained her doctoral degree in Library and Information studies from the University of Ibadan. She is also the Vice-chairman of the Association for Women Librarians in Nigeria. She has written many articles on Library/ knowledge management and has attended many conferences on library and information science.


Meeting Agenda

July 23, 2022

  • 8:30 Continental Breakfast sponsored by GOBI and IOP Publishing
  • 9:00 Welcome and Introduction: Xuemao Wang, Conference Co-Chair and Spencer Acadia, Chair Knowledge Management
  • 9:10 Opening Keynote: Liisa Savolainen (National Library of Finland)

“To be or not to be – a library or an IT-house – or both?”

Including a Q&A, Moderated by Xuemao Wang

  • 9:50 Break
  • 10:20 Panel Presentations and Discussion, Moderated by Maggie Farrell
  • 10:25 Lynn Jibril (University of Botswana):

“Using the Organizational Information Theory to Inspire Knowledge Management practices in Academic Libraries”

  • 10:50 Mairead McKeown (Bord Bia, Dublin)

”How Bord Bia/ The Irish Food Board successfully built a culture of insight sharing”

  • 11:15 Elizabeth Burns (Old Dominion University)

”Inspiring, Enabling, Engaging, and Connecting Students using a CANVAS Dashboard”

  • 11:40 Fehintola Nike Onifade (University of Ibadan)

“Knowledge Management (KM) practices in University libraries in Nigeria: Connecting, engaging and inspiring librarians for professional development”

Includes Sponsored Presentations by: Barbara Kawecki with GOBI and a representative from IOP Publishing

  • 13:00   Self-Guided Tour of Trinity College
  • 13:50   Speaker Panel Conversation
  • 14:45 Closing Keynote: David Snowden (video recording)
  • 15:30 Wine and Cheese Reception

Many thanks to our sponsors.