Peter Collins is the Director of Resource Sharing at OCLC, a global library technology cooperative with members in more than 100 countries. Peter is the current Chair of the IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee. Peter has spent the majority of his career working in academic libraries and in resource sharing software development and support for academic library consortia.

Keynote speech: The future of print in a digital world

Pre-pandemic, circulation of print books had been falling year-over-year in US academic libraries. At the same time, requests for print books through resource sharing had been holding steady, though no longer seeing the exponential growth of the previous decade. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, the trend toward eResources accelerated, and new models of long-format content emerged, such as controlled digital lending. This presentation will look at pre and post-pandemic trends in resource sharing on the OCLC WorldShare ILL network and project into the future about how the pandemic has changed the resource sharing landscape.

Since almost 30 years Barbara has been working as Director of the Public Library system of Bremen, one of the largest public library systems in Germany.  She is an educated librarian with university degrees in Slavonic studies, History and Educational theory.

Besides her duties in Bremen library, Barbara has been actively advocating for libraries on national and international levels. She had several offices in different library related associations, having served as President of the German Library Association, dbv, and President of Bibliothek Information Deutschland, BID, the national umbrella organisation of German library and information associations.

She has also held leadership positions in the European Bureau for Libraries, Archives and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), including Executive Committee member and Vice-President. 

She has been a member of IFLA´s Governing Board, held the position of Treasurer and is now IFLA President-elect. Her term of Presidency will be from August 2021 to August 2023. She is an expert on any aspect of the management of libraries, especially innovation, HRM, customer orientation and change management.

Keynote speech: Future trends on European libraries and IFLA activities

IFLA is the Global Voice for libraries and librarians. Being the “Global Voice” means that IFLA is not only working on a global level but needs to be based on the national library associations and the libraries in the different regions of the world. The presentation will focus on the work IFLA is undertaking to enhance the relation with the libraries and foster policy of advocacy on the national level and in the regions.

Since 2014 Aslak has been working as Director of the National Library of Norway. As a National Librarian, Myhre has emphasized the dissemination of the historical collection, the development of digital services and the development of libraries as public information institutions.

After leaving his political career, he became an executive of !Les, a non-profit organization whose main duty is to promote reading and engage people to read more. In 2006 he was appointed as director for the House of Literature in Oslo which is Europe’s largest with 250.000 visitors annually.

Myhre has published several books and worked as a journalist for several newspapers and magazines in Norway and abroad, including The Guardian, The Washington Post, Aftonbladet, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), Klassekampen, Stavanger Aftenblad, Dagbladet, Samtiden, and Prosa. His articles in The Guardian and The Washington Post after the terror in Oslo on July 22, 2011 have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Keynote speech: Digitalization and Culture

Andy Appleyard is Head of Operations (North) and has worked at the British Library for 14 years with the responsibility for the following services - Document Delivery and ILL, UK Research Reserve (UKRR), Reading Room delivery, Digitization Services, Licensing Partnerships, Customer Services and the Public Lending Right. Before arriving at the BL, Andy had a number of roles within UK manufacturing the most influential being Head of Operations at Nippondenso (Toyota) where he became conversant with Lean principles (just-in-time, right-first-time and kaizen). Andy is also head of the British Library’s £95m construction programme underway at Boston Spa planned for completion in 2025.