Programme and presentations

Draft Conference Programme Outline:  

9.00 - Registration

Welcome by the University of Milan, Headmaster of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, Elio Franzini

Welcome by Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, Director General for Library Heritage, Cultural Institutes and Copyright, Maurizio Fallace (Text - PDF - 9 kb )

Welcome by IFLA President, Claudia Lux

Introduction to the conference theme by Chair of IFLA Professional Committee Advisory Board, Patrice Landry

9.30  Session 1 - The Digital Library User Experience: a focus on current user research

Session Chair - Caroline Brazier, Associate Director, British Library and Chair of ICADS (IFLA-CDNL Alliance for Digital Strategies)


  • Professor David Nicholas, Director of Department of Information Studies and CIBER, University College London - London - UK (PDF - 1680 kb)
  • Daniel Teruggi, INA / Chair of Europeana User Group - Paris - France (PDF - 1355 kb)
  • Elke Greifeneder, Lecturer, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Assistant Editor of Library HiTech. - Berlin - Germany (PDF - 312 kb)

11.00 - Coffee

11.30    Session 2 - Digital Library content: what users want and how they use it

Session Chair - Trine Kolderup Flaten, Library Director, Bergen Public Library and Chair of the IFLA Division Management & Technology


  • Professor Einar Røttingen, University of Bergen, The Grieg Academy- Department of Music, Bergen - Norway (PDF - 941 kb)
  • Susan Hazan, Curator of New Media and Head of the Internet Office, Israel Museum, Jerusalem - Israel (PDF - 10486 kb)

13.00 Lunch

14.15 Session 3 - Strategies for Institutions: responding to the digital challenge

Session Chair - Ingrid Parent, Assistant Deputy Minister of Documentary Heritage at Library and Archives Canada and Chair of the IFLA Division General Research Libraries

  • Professor Zhu Qiang, Director of Beijing University Library, Executive Director of the Chinese Academic Libraries and Information Systems - Beijing - China (PDF - 126 kb)
  • Rossella Caffo, Director of ICCU (Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information); Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC)- Rome - Italy (PDF - 2562 kb)

15.30  Coffee

16.00  Session 3 - Strategies for institutions: responding to the digital challenge  (continued)

  • John Van Oudenaren, Director World Digital Library, Library of Congress - Washington - USA (PDF - 3683 kb)
  • Herman P. Spruijt, President International Publishers Association (IPA) - Leiden - Netherlands (PDF - 50 kb)

17.00  Closing address

  • Penny Carnaby, Chief Executive and National Librarian, National Library of New Zealand and Chair of CDNL (Conference of Directors of National Libraries) - Wellington - New Zealand
  • Final Summary  - Anna Maria Tammaro - Researcher University of Parma, Italy and chair of the IFLA Division of Education and Research - on behalf of the IFLA Professional Committee (PDF - 294 kb)
  • Closure - Ellen Tise - IFLA President elect

See also:


Claudia LuxCaroline BrazierDavid NicholasEinar RottingenElio FranziniElke GreifenederHerman P. SpruijtIngrid ParentJohn Van OudenarenPatrice LandryPenny CarnabyZhu Qiang Rossella CaffoSusan HazanTrine Kolderup FlatenRossella CaffoAnna Maria TammaroEllen TiseConclusionsLunchPlenary 1Plenary 2Plenary 3Plenary 4Plenary 5