Barbara Schleihagen

Keynote speaker, December 14, 2017

Barbara Schleihagen
German Library Association

Barbara Schleihagen is Executive Director of the German Library Association representing about 10,000 libraries and based in Berlin, Germany. She is a trained librarian and holds a Master degree (MSc Econ) in “Management of Libraries and Information Services” of the University of Wales. After completion of her studies she worked in various positions in foreign cultural policy.

Her engagement in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) goes back to 1997, when she gave a presentation on European lobbying for libraries as EBLIDA director. She is a personal member of IFLA since 2001, and was member of the IFLA/FAIFE (Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression) Committee between 2002 -2007. In 2007, she was elected member of the IFLA Governing Board (reelected for the second term 2009-2011), in which she also served as IFLA’s treasurer. Since 2007, she is as a member of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Management of Library Associations section, and has served as a Chair 2015-2017. In this capacity, she was again a member of the IFLA Governing Board.

Since 2013, she is the German representative in NAPLE, the European non-governmental association pursuing the interests of the national library authorities in Europe, deputy chair of the Executive Board of the “Reading Foundation” and deputy chair of the Advisory Board of the “Foundation Digital Opportunities”.