IFLA International Leaders Programme 2012-2014 Cohort

WLIC seminar chair

Nancy Gwinn

Smithsonian Institution, United States

Dr. Nancy E. Gwinn has been at the Smithsonian Institution since 1984 and became Director of the Smithsonian Libraries in 1997.  She is a recognized leader in international librarianship, the preservation of library collections, the application of library technologies, and for building collaborations and partnerships.  At the Smithsonian, Gwinn oversaw the launching the Libraries’ exhibition program, creation of the web site “Galaxy of Knowledge,” expansion of the Libraries rare book and electronic collections, establishment of a Digital Library, and creation of the first Libraries Advisory Board and fund-raising program to support programs and services.  During her tenure, the Smithsonian Libraries initiated and became the lead partner in establishing the digital Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and the Libraries houses and staffs the program’s secretariat.  She currently serves as Chair of the BHL Steering Committee and Institutional Council and as Secretary of the Global BHL Coordinating Committee, which has members from the U.S., United Kingdom, China, Australia, Europe and Brazil.  In 2009, Gwinn completed a six-year term on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Governing Board, including a two-year term as chair of IFLA’s Professional Committee.  She also served as chair of both the Preservation and Conservation Standing Committee and the Working Group on Libraries-Archives-Museums Convergence.  She is currently a member of the Management and Marketing Standing Committee and serves as a juror for the IFLA International Marketing Award. She is the American Library Association representative on the Executive Board of the US Committee of the Blue Shield. 

IFLA Leaders Programme Counsellors

Counsellors are senior members of the profession who will work across the Programme and in some of the project groups, lending their expertise and support on a range of topics.

Helena Asamoah-Hassan

University Librarian, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and member, International Advisory Committee, Memory of the World (UNESCO), Ghana

Dr. Helena R. Asamoah – Hassan is the University Librarian of the Kwame University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. She has been in the library profession for 35 years27 years at the top management level and is a Fellow of the Ghana Library Association.

She was President of Ghana Library Association 2003-06;  a Member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2007-11; Member, eIFLnet Advisory Board 2007-11; Currently she is a Member of the UNESCO’s International Advisory Committee on the Memory of the World Programme and Chairperson, Management Committee, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) 2004 to date. She has also been the GhanaCountry Coordinator for INASP Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) and also for eIFL.net from 2004 to date. In May 2012 she received the 2011 BioMed Open Access Advocate of the Year Award.

Winnie Vitzansky

Former Director of The Danish Library Association (Retired), Denmark

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Librarian, former director of the Danish National Library for The Blind, former director of The Danish Library Association. actively involved in international library work since 1979. Member of the Danish National Commission for UNESCO. Core trainer for IFLA Building Strong Library Associations programme in Botswana from 2010-2012.


Jacinta Were

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Mrs. Jacinta Were is Deputy University Librarian (Technical Services) at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is also a trainer in the IFLA/Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) Programme for Cameroon.

Jacinta has a wealth of over 30 years experience in the management of libraries. With her specialty in information Science, coupled with electronic/digital libraries, she pioneered library automation in Africa by sensitizing many professionals on the continent on the benefits of electronic libraries. She has played a major role in the training of library professionals on the continent. In Kenya, Mrs. Were was a lecturer in Information Science at 3 major public universities and turned out a lot of graduates in information technology.

In addition Ms Were has played a major role in strengthening library associations in Africa. She served in several capacities in IFLA, 1997-2007 with the climax of chair of the professional committee of IFLA 2005-2007. She has served on many national, regional and international library and information committees and mentored many young professionals in Africa. Jacinta has a lot of experience in challenges of managing libraries and information centres in Africa.

IFLA Leaders Programme Associates

Margaret Allen

CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Western Australia; and immediate past-President of the Australian Library and Information Association, Australia

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Margaret Allen has been the CEO and State Librarian at the State Library of Western Australia since 2004.  The State Library of Western Australia has responsibility to collect, preserve and make available Western Australia’s documentary history and also leads the network of 232 public libraries throughout the State.  The State Library’s Better Beginnings program is recognised as Australia’s most innovative and extensive family literacy program reaching more than 180,000 families since its inception.

Margaret is Chair of the 2012 National Year of Reading Founding Partners which has responsibility for overseeing the delivery of this national collaborative initiative to promote the role of libraries and to re engage the Australian community with reading.

Her current professional activities include immediate Past President of the Australian Library and Information Association and Deputy Chair of National and State Libraries Australasia. Margaret has been appointed to represent libraries on the recently formed Book Industry Collaborative Council and in September this year will become Chair of the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee.

Atarino Helieisar

Chief Law Librarian, Supreme Court; and President of the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives, and Museums (PIALA), Federated States of Micronesia

Mr. Helieisar's exposure to libraries started back in 1999, when he began working at the College of Micronesia-Federated States of Micronesia Learning Resource Center, where he took a special interest in working with Government Documents. In 2007, he was appointed to his current position as the Chief Law Librarian and Publication Manager in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Supreme Court Law Library. 

Throughout his career, he has been an active supporter of regional and international library association development, resource sharing initiatives, and has been a leader in addressing policy issues affecting libraries and librarians.  In 2007, he was instrumental in forming the Hawaii-Pacific Law Libraries Initiative, a group dedicated to working on policy issues and encouraging networking throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Islands legal communities. 

In 2008, he was elected as the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives and Museums (PIALA) President and the PIALA Representative to IFLA, and then re-elected for a second term (2011-2013). He has represented PIALA through his participation in IFLA events for the past several years, being the voice of a very small, but strong regional library association.  In 2009, Mr. Helieisar was selected by IFLA’s Management of Library Associations Section to attend the pilot workshop for IFLA’s Library Association Capacity Building Program held in Singapore.

Sarah Kaddu

Team Leader, World Digital Library project, National Library of Uganda; and Secretary General of the Uganda Library & Information Association (ULIA), Uganda

Holder of: Bachelor of Library & Information Science (BLIS), MA Information Studies & PhD in Information Science. Worked as Systems Librarian, Aga Khan Education Services, Tanzania; Information Services Manager, Centre for Basic Research Uganda; Coordinator BLIS Programme, Uganda Christian University;  Librarian, National Library of Uganda;  Coordinator, World Digital Library Uganda, National Library of Uganda; Secretary General, Uganda Library & Information Association; Vice President, Information Science Foundation for Eastern Africa; Deputy Secretary General, Uganda US Alumni Association; Part Time Lecturer, East African School of Library & Information Science; Research Supervisor and Mentor.

Jérémy Lachal

Executive Director, Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières); and trainer on projects for International Francophone Association of Librarians and Documentalists (AIFBD), France

Jérémy Lachal is the co-founder and director of Bibliothèques Sans Frontières / Libraries Without Borders, one of the leading international organizations working in culture- and knowledge-based development. BSF supports local initiatives in more than 20 countries by establishing libraries, training librarians, distributing books, supporting local publishing, designing library networks, and reducing the digital divide. BSF is headquartered in Paris and has staff stationed across France, the United States, Belgium, and Haiti. 

Lachal graduated from Sciences Po Paris and from University of Paris I - Sorbonne in 2007 with degrees in international law, development economics, and international affairs. His interests and specializations include political negotiation in intercultural situations, cultural policy, professional networks, library management, and NGO administration. 

Zola Maddison

Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Initiative; active member of the American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table, and past ALA Emerging Leader, United States

Since graduating from the University of Washington with an MLIS and graduate certificate in International Development, Zola Maddison has worked with library staff across the U.S., South Africa, Guatemala, and the U.A.E. She previously worked with OCLC’s WebJunction program as the Engagement Manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Training Work Group. She is now a Program Officer for the Global Libraries Initiative. Prior to her work with the Foundation, she was the coordinator for the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant-funded Project Compass initiative, leading economic development and workforce recovery efforts by libraries in high-unemployment areas across the U.S. Zola was an American Libraries Association (ALA) Emerging Leader in 2009, and is currently co-chair of ALA’s International Relations Round Table Sister Libraries Committee.

Antonio Marquez Santos

Director, National Library of the Philippines, and Executive Committee member of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL), Philippines

Presently, Director of the National Library of the Philippines (NLP). A Professorial Lecturer in Law and Library Science, University of the Philippines (UP) and Philippine Normal University (PNU). A National President of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), for three (3) terms. He became a member, until the present, of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL) Executive Board.  He was the CONSAL XIII General Conference Over-All Chairperson in Manila in 2006. He is at present an Ex-Officio member of the Executive Board of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP); the incumbent Head of the National Committee on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS); member of the Executive Board of the Sub-commission of Cultural Heritage and an Ex-Officio Member/Commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) of the Philippines.

Victoria Okojie

Registrar/CEO, Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria; past-President Nigerian Library Association, and current Chair of the IFLA Africa section, Nigeria

Dr. Victoria Okojie holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Library and Information Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. She is at present the pioneer Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN), a parastatal of the Federal Government of Nigeria. She started her professional career as Librarian II in 1984 at the University of Ibadan and also worked as Area Director, British Council, Ibadan; as an independent consultant for the World Bank; the Department for International Development (DfID) of the United Kingdom; the British Council; UNESCO and many local organizations. Victoria is currently the Chairperson, IFLA Africa Section. She was at various times President of the Nigerian Library Association; member of the Advisory Committee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award; member, Governing Board, National Library of Nigeria; Trustee, Nigerian International Book Fair Trust and member, Standing Committee, IFLA Public Libraries Section.

Kgomotso Radijeng

Resource Centre Coordinator, Botswana National Productivity Centre; convenor of the 2010 Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and South Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL); President of the Botswana Library Association, Botswana

Kgomotso Radijeng is the Botswana National Productivity Centre Resource Centre Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from the University of Botswana (1999), a Masters degree in Library and Information Science (MScLIS) from the Catholic University of America (2002). She has worked as a librarian since 2000; first as the Law Librarian at the University of Botswana library (2000-2007) and as the Resource Centre Coordinator at BNPC (2007- ). She is currently the president of Botswana library Association, she has been in that position since 2006.Her research interests are in Copyright and Access to Information. She has facilitated several workshops on Copyright since 2005 and has presented at local and international conferences on issues of Copyright and Open Access.

Rosemary Shafack

University Librarian and Lecturer University of Buea; local trainer for the Building Strong Library Associations programme in Cameroon, and member of the IFLA Africa section, Cameroon

ShafackDr. Rosemary M. Shafack was born in Cameroon She  has a B.A(Hons),  a Masters Degree in Library, Archival and Information Studies, a post graduate professional certificate in Library Management and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Library and Information Studies in the area of Library Administration. Besides being the University Librarian, Dr. Shafack teaches Library, Archival and Information Studies courses in the Faculty of Education at the University of Buea.  She is married with children.

Irina Trushina

Secretary General, Russian Library Association; past member of FAIFE working group on the Internet Manifesto, and Chair of Russian Library Association Round Table on Communication and Professional Ethics, Russia

Since 1995 is working in National Library of Russia (NLR), since 2011 — Head of Interlibrary Collaboration Department of the NLR, Head of Editors Board of NLR website. Since 2002 is active member of Russian Library Association (RLA), since 2007 is — Head of Round Table "Communications and Professional Ethics of a Librarian" of RLA. Coordinator of RLA website. 2009—2011: Head of Working Group on Code of Ethics of Russian Librarian (The Code was adopted in 2011). 2010—2011: Member of Working Group on RLA strategy priorities on 2011—2015. Since 2011— Head of Working Group of organization of Annual RLA Conference. Active participant of several IFLA projects, including: working as a member of Working Group on IFLA /UNESCO Guidelines on IFLA Internet Manifesto (2006) and working as an expert in development of the project of the IFLA Code of Ethics for Librarian (since 2011).

Awards: Winner of All-Russian Competition of science works in sphere of librarianship, bibliography and history of book (Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation, 2010 and 2004).

Jorge Octavio Ruiz Vaca

Academic Librarian, Humanities Research Coordination, National Autonomous University of México; and collaborator of several major activities of the IFLA Latin America and Caribbean section, México

Master in Library and Information Studies, National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), His dissertation, "Impact of information technology services in academic libraries obtained honorable mention.   

He has served as a professor in the UNAM Undergraduate Program on Library and Information Studies at UNAM, teaching the course of evaluation of information units. Scholarship granted by the Program Thinking Outside the Borders, Mortenson Center, University of Illinois. He has served as volunteer in meetings and activities organized by the IFLA Latin American and the Caribbean Section (IFLA/LAC).

Dina Youssef

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Director, IFLA Center for Arabic Speaking Libraries (IFLA-CASL); and regional trainer for the Building Strong Library Associations programme, Egypt

Dina Youssef is the Director of IFLA Center for Arabic Speaking Libraries (IFLA-CASL) based at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, member at Africa Standing Committee and also a certified IFLA trainer. Dina received her BA in Accounting from the University of Alexandria. She possesses three diplomas in Commerce, German Language and Foreign Coordination.

Dina began her career in 1994 at a multinational company for Mechanical Engineering (Keller Group).  In 2007, Dina joined the Library of Alexandria where she received a highly professional library training.

Dina has a wealth of experience in international relations. Her international exposure began at a young age and has enabled her to deal and communicate easily with multicultural population.  

LDP (Library Development Programme), leadership, key initiatives, Capacity building

Last update: 5 December 2017