Wednesday, July 5, 13.30 – 14.15 (discussion included)
The National Library of Greece is in transition. Leaving its old classical premises for a new building in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is only the start of what will gradually be a major transformation. It is will be something of a marathon to cover lost miles in the field of essential library services and, at the same time, it will be an exploration to find what a modern National Library can do to fulfil its international mission, and provide services for the citizens of its country. This address will illustrate the scope of the transformation, and the actions taken by the National Library to accommodate research and scholarly communication in a diversified setting. But, as well as this, the talk will provide insights on what National Libraries can do for research and scholarly communication. For, every Library transforms!
Bio: Filippos Tsimpoglou holds a PhD in Library & Information Science from the Ionian University (2005) and a BSc in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business (1983). He was the Director of the Cyprus University Library and an ex officio member of the Cyprus University Senate from 1999 to 2014. He served as Head of three Departments at the National Documentation Centre of Greece / Hellenic Research Foundation (1983-1999) where he managed major EU framework and development programmes. In 2008 he published his book Collaborations between Libraries: a systemic approach. He has also published numerous articles for international scientific journals, books and conferences.
Since 2014 he is the General Director of the National Library of Greece and head of the historic relocation project to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. He is leading the design of digital services which will enable the organisation to enter the digital era, as well as the development of innovative services that strengthen and expand the core mission of the National Library.