Keynote speakers, December 14 and 15, 2017
American Library Association President-elect
Loida Garcia-Febo is an international librarian and consultant, researcher, speaker and writer of topics such as human rights, access to information, advocacy, diverse populations, new professionals and continuing professional development. Recently, she was elected President-Elect of the American Library Association (2018-2019). She is a member of the ALA Executive Board and the Chair-Elect of the ALA’s International Relations Round Table. Loida is the 2015 Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award from REFORMA and a recipient of the ALA’s Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award.
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. 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.
Dr Nenad Vasić
Institute for International Politics and Economy
Dr Vasic works at the Institute for International Politics and Economy since 2014. He is the author of the book “Introduction to Lobbying and Lobbying Science”, “Comparative Lobbying Systems” and “Lobbying in International Organizations”. The main areas of his academic interest are South East Europe, European Union and policies towards neighbouring countries, international relations, public diplomacy, lobbying, conflict theory, crisis management and peaceful resolution of crises.
Pre-conference workshop facilitators, December 13, 2017
Mr. Sc. Davorka Pšenica
National and University Library, Zagreb
Mr. Sc. Davorka Pšenica graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb where she gained her masters degree in the field of Information Science and Communication. She works as Librarian Advisor at the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK). As Head of Public Relations, Davorka establishes the foundations of corporate communications in libraries. Davorka is one of the founders of the Croatian Library Association’s (CLA) Section for Advocacy. She is a president of the CLA’s Section for Free Access to Information and the Freedom of Expression.
Edita Bačić, dipl. iur.
University of Split, Faculty of Law Library
Edita works as a head of the Library of the Faculty of Law in Split. She has published over 50 professional papers on advocacy for libraries, higher education libraries and free access to information. She is one of the founders of the Advocacy Working Group of the Croatian Library Association (2004) and a trainer in the Center for Continuous Professional Training of Librarians (National and University Library) in the field of advocacy.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Mašo Mehmedović completed his undergraduate and master studies in Comparative Literature and Library Science at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo (2013). Mašo was awarded the Kemal Bakaršić Foundation Award in 2016 for his engagement in advocacy and lobbying for the status of unemployed graduate librarians, and launching an initiative to raise questions about the library profession in the public space. He just finished his work on a documentary film about librarianship in Bosnia and Herzegovina.