Keynote Speakers

Filippos Tsimpoglou

Wednesday, July 5, 13.30 – 14.15 (discussion included)

For Every Library Transforms: A National Library in the Research Landscape

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!

©Giorgos Oikonomopoulos
©Giorgos Oikonomopoulos

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.

Kathleen Shearer

Thursday, July 6, 11.00 – 11.45 (discussion included)

Scholarly Communications for the 21st Century: Towards a Sustainable and Inclusive Future

Sustainability has become a critical issue for scholarly communication in the 21st century. Sustainability implies a holistic, inclusive approach to addressing problems that takes into account multiple dimensions, including ecology, society and economics, recognizing that all of these dimensions must be considered together to find lasting prosperity. Inherent to the notion of sustainability is that we are contributing to the well-being of future generations. As we shift towards open access and open science, there are a number of possible future scenarios for the future of scholarly communication; scenarios that will have different impacts on the sustainability of the system, but also, affect the future role of the research library. In this talk, the speaker will review some of the challenges and issues with scholarly communication from a global perspective, and describe various components of a future system, that would be more sustainable and inclusive.
Bio: Kathleen Shearer has been working in the areas of open access, research data management and digital libraries for many years. Shearer is the Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), an international association of repository initiatives that was launched in October 2009. COAR is located in Gottingen, Germany and has a membership of over 100 institutions worldwide from 36 countries in 5 continents. COAR has been developing a model for sustainable scholarly communications based on a global network of open access repositories and has also been actively promoting the role of libraries in the future of scholarly communication.

Shearer is also a consultant for several other organizations. She has been a Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) since early 2000. She was instrumental in the launch of the Portage Research Data Management Network in Canada and contributed to the development of the recently released CARL Scholarly Communication Roadmap. She is also a Partnership Consultant with the US-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL), providing expertise to the Association about international activities and scholarly communication. Shearer has also done extensive work for the Canadian federal government and research funding agencies including a project to develop metrics and indicators framework for open science.

Michael Ambjorn

Thursday, July 6, 15.30 – 16.15 (discussion included)

Libraries and Storytelling: Bringing Resources to Life? An Interactive Keynote Session with Historypin

The world is changing. We’re in an age when libraries are under immense pressure to show their value. At Historypin we develop and maintain storytelling methods used by 3000+ cultural organisations to expand their communities – and bring their resources to life.

In this highly interactive session you’ll get a taste of the work we’re doing with the BBC, the Knight Foundation and the US National Archives to help them innovate, adapt – and better engage their community. You’ll also hear about how we collaborated with Colombia’s largest cultural infrastructure, their national library system. We helped them become more representative, relevant and inclusive.
As mentioned, this session will be interactive – and you’ll walk away with practical insights and ideas you can use in your own work.

Bio: Michael Ambjorn is passionate about helping change-makers build understanding through stories. As CEO of Historypin he oversees the development and maintenance of storytelling methods used by 3000+ cultural organisations to expand their communities – and bring their resources to life. He is Past Chair of IABC (the International Association of Business Communicators), and has held leadership roles at IBM, Motorola and the 260–year–old Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Michael is also a consummate connector, participant, presenter. And espresso user. Across all of the above he writes, speaks, comments and captures – you can follow him @michaelambjorn and find him at

Julia Reda

Friday, July 7, 11.00 – 11.45 (discussion included)

EU Copyright Reform: Delivering on Sustainable Knowledge?

The ongoing EU copyright reform could become a decisive step forward for libraries’ ability to digitise and make available Europe’s cultural heritage, if initiatives by the European Parliament to strengthen exceptions prove successful. At the same time, the Commission proposals on new layers of protection for news snippets, and on content monitoring obligations for Internet platforms, threaten the free flow of information online. Only broad alliances across different disciplines, including librarians, academics, privacy advocates, startups and online communities will ensure that the copyright reform ends up creating an environment in which libraries can fulfil their public interest mission of ensuring sustainable knowledge for future generations.

Bio: Julia Reda was elected to the European Parliament for the Pirate Party in 2014. She is a Vice-Chair of her parliamentary group, the Greens/European Free Alliance. In the European Parliament, she serves as a coordinator for the Greens/EFA in the Committee on Internal Market & Consumer Protection (IMCO), as a member of the Legal Affairs (JURI) and Petition (PETI) Committees and was elected to the Enquiry Committee on the Emissions Scandal (“Dieselgate”). She co-founded the Digital Agenda intergroup. Her legislative focus is on copyright and internet policy issues. In 2015, she was responsible for the Parliament’s evaluation of the Copyright Directive.

Born in Bonn in 1986, Julia Reda was a member of the German Social Democrats for six years before joining the Piratenpartei in 2009 amidst a debate on internet blocking. She served as chairwoman of the party’s youth wing from 2010 to 2012 and is a founder of the Young Pirates of Europe. She holds an M.A. in political science and communications science from Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany.

The global Pirate Party movement was born in 2006. Pirates, who believe in using technology for the empowerment of all, have so far enjoyed significant electoral success in Sweden, Germany, Iceland and the Czech Republic and have raised the visibility of their techno-progressive agenda across Europe.