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Advisory Board

The Next Library Advisory Board

Next Library® is pleased to announce our Next Library® Advisory Board. This board will be strengthening international perspectives and inspire to rethink Next Library as an incubator of emerging library ideas.

Next Library Advisory board

Rolf Hapel
Honorary Member of Next Library® Advisory Board
Affiliate Instructor at University of Washington Information School, USA
former director of Citizens’ Services & Libraries, City of Aarhus

Brian Bannon
Merryl and James Tisch Director of The New York Public Library
New York, USA

Buhle Mbambo-Thata
University Librarian of
the National University of Lesotho, Roma.


Camelia Crisan
Progress Foundation

Chris Coward
co-founder, Principal Research Scientist, and Director
Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA), University of Washington Information School
Washington, USA

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
President of the Spanish Federation of Societies of Archivist, Librarians, Documentalists and Museology (FESABID) 
Diputació de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

John S. Bracken
Executive Director, DPLA, Digital Public Library of Amerika
former Vice President, Knight Foundation, Media Innovation, Florida, USA

Philipp Schmidt
Director of Digital Learning, MIT Media Lab
Boston, USA

Ramune Petuchovaite
Public Library Innovation Programme Manager
EIFL – Electronic Information for Libraries 

Ton van Vlimmeren
President of EBLIDA – European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations

Vicki McDonald
State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer
State Library of Queensland, Brisbane


Volker Heller
Chairman / Management director,
Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin


NEXT LIBRARY® is more than a conference; it is a community that has grown to more than 1700 library leaders and innovators from 96 countries around the world.
The NEXT LIBRARY® global kaleidoscope includes Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands (Denmark), Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion (France), Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

Festival 2023

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