Congress theme: “Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress”

Katherine Howard, Australia – Grantee in the Spotlight

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Katherine Howard is Project officer at the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB), in Australia.

Katherine presented a paper called: New Paradigm, new educational requirements? Once the paper was accepted, she thought, let the games begin! The stimulus that drove Katherine to apply for the grant was first of all her need to share her investigation about skills and knowledge required to work in the LIS field in Australia and her desire of “gaining experience in presenting at an international conference and continuing to develop contacts with the southern hemisphere.”

She learned about IFLA in 2008 through the course of her studies for an international Master degree in cooperation with Tallinn University, Oslo University College and Parma University. She says “I have never thought how relevant it would be to me and my career.”

Her job is about managing the Digital Library of audio books to promote access to books utilizing the digital technology revolution. “In the past it was harder to stimulate equity in access, and that is what libraries are all about. We are starting to bridge that gap.”