We are so happy that Gloria has generously accepted to be one of our Keynote speakers at Next Library 2019. Glòria Pérez-Salmerón is currently President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2017-2019 and senior consultant at Libraries Department at Diputació de Barcelona Glòria is totally convinced about a real social change throughout meaningful access to information via libraries is possible and that libraries are a social investment. Therefore, her theme as IFLA President, “Libraries motors of change” is in itself a statement of how well libraries can help in developing an improving life of individuals and communities.
Gloria has given numerous professional lectures, participated in international projects and she was also a member of IFLA Public Libraries Standing Committee (2005-2012) and member of the Executive Committee and Vice-President of the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) during 2008-2015.
She presided as Federación Española de Sociedades de Archivística, Biblioteconomía, Documentación y Museística (FESABID) (Spanish Federation of Archivist, Librarianship, Documentation and Museum Associations) 2008-2010 and 2014-2018 and she was director of the National Library of Spain (2010-2013) of which she has been also a member of its Board and Executive Committee during 2008-2013.
Until the appointment as Director of the National Library of Spain, Gloria held the position of Head of the Oficina d’Administració Electrònica (e-Government Office) of Diputació de Barcelona (Barcelona’s Council)
She has been Director of the Catalan Library System and Technical Director of Barcelona Council’s Public Libraries Network. Previously she was the founder and Director of the Can Casacuberta Public Library and Public Library Network of Badalona and Coordinator of the Public Libraries of the Barcelona’s Northern Area as well.
Under Pérez-Salmerón's management, the National Library of Spain developed a project of systematic digitalization of holdings, thanks to a partnership agreement funding by Telefónica – a Spanish telecom company – it foresaw the digitalization of 200,000 book titles. She launched the Iberian American Digital Library (BDPI) with the creation of an access portal to the collections of the American digital libraries. She achieved the joining of the Biblioteca Digital Hispánica to the World Digital Library, and BNE’s Catalogue to the WorldCat of OCLC. She also established the legal deposit law and studied and initiated the creation of the National Repository. She launched the BNE 2.0 intranet as a horizontal communication tool and the library’s Museum activities and improved the BNE’s presence on the Internet via its website and social media.
Gloria has a Bachelor’s degree in Documentation from the University of Barcelona and in Librarianship and Documentation by the Escola Universitària Jordi Rubió i Balaguer de Barcelona; Diploma in Management of Libraries by the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and a Master in Government and Public Administration in the Information Society: E-Government by the UPF and the Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya.
Next Library is coming soon. What would you like IFLA’s President to talk about?