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Jamie Finch - Chair

It is my pleasure to serve as ILIG Chair in 2019 and beyond as I have a keen interest in how libraries, big or tiny, can help communities or individuals, regardless of where they are on our lovely planet. I am a career Business Librarian, and, since 2015, I am also an International Librarian, supporting my employer (Cardiff Met) with their transnational education strategies. So far, this has meant travelling to our biggest higher education partners in Oman and Sri Lanka. Wales is where my heart is.

Our plan for ILIG this year is to extend our reach using technology, such as promoting our wonderful open access e-journal Focus, revamping the ILIG website, etc. Please do get in touch to chat or ask any questions.

Aidan Baker - Vice Chair and minute taker

I am Librarian, Haddon Library of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge. I served on the Committee of ILIG (and its predecessor, IGLA) from 1993 to 2008, and rejoined in 2016. I am currently serving as Vice-Chair.

I am also signed up to the Academic and Research Libraries Group, the Publicity and Public Relations Group, and the Rare Books Group. I am on CILIP’s list of mentors.

Away from libraries, I am active in the organisation Global Justice Now, which campaigns politically on rich world / poor world questions. I sing tenor in the Cambridge Philharmonic Society choir, and do much of the society’s tweeting. I worship in St Matthew's church, Cambridge. I have taken part in writing projects organised by the group 26 Characters, and published poems in numerous outlets including the magazines Orbis and Popshot. I blog my published poetry, and my assignments for things that require assignments to be completed as blog posts, at

Anna Jablkowska - Secretary

This is my beautiful dog, Tamino, taken outside the Royal Albert Hall. I am ILIG’s Secretary and help to plan our informals and events.

Sarah Brain

Sarah Brain - Joint Treasurer

I have recently joined the committee and became joint honorary treasurer in January 2019. I value the important work of the committee in creating an international community of librarians across borders. In my day job I am a Subject Librarian for Economics, Finance and Management and spend much of my time helping international students to access the information they need for their studies.

Sally Bell - Joint Treasurer and Hosts Directory


Phil Segall - Focus & Social Media

I have been a member of the committee since 2014 and am Editor of CILIP ILIG’s journal, Focus on International Library and Information Work. I work at the Royal College of Nursing having previously worked in the academic sector.

The international aspect of librarianship has been a passion of mine ever since I attended a summer school event at Stuttgart Media University in 2010. I have volunteered with some excellent projects working across borders, for instance as Data Officer for the International Librarian Network. I completed five tours with the amazing Cycling for Libraries too, taking me across much of Europe and part of Canada as well! I participated in a staff exchange to the USA (Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin) and have attended library conferences abroad. One example is the First International Conference on Green Libraries in Croatia, with sustainability being another key interest of mine.

Thanks to support from CILIP in the form of a John Campbell Trust Bursary, I attended my first IFLA World Library and Information Congress in 2018 in Malaysia. Through my experiences of collaborating with library colleagues around the world, I continue to work to highlight the importance of a global outlook for our profession.


Rachel Bickley - Web Editor

I'm delighted to have joined the committee in 2019 as Web Editor. I currently work as the Senior Academic Liaison Librarian at London Metropolitan University, managing a fantastic team of Academic Liaison Librarians who support our students. 

I have previously worked in university libraries in Leeds, Bristol and Bedfordshire, and have held various roles on local CILIP group committees in those areas. In 2016 I took a career break to fulfil a long-held dream of going travelling, backpacking through South East Asia before stopping in Australia for two years working a variety of jobs, from selling health insurance and pool inflatables to grabbing manky onions and hand-wrapping chocolate brownies! Although I didn't work in libraries during this time, I took every opportunity to visit libraries in the countries I was in, and to learn about academic librarianship in Australia. I returned to the UK in 2018 with a deep interest in international library work as a result, and so it seemed obvious to me that I should join ILIG. 

Outside of work my biggest passion remains solo travel; I take every opportunity to get away to explore somewhere new, and I run a travel blog called The Imagination Trail with which I aim to show that solo travel is easy, fun and safe. 



Alice Tyler - Committee Member


Ian Stringer – Committee Member

I worked in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Kirklees and Barnsley Public Libraries in the UK between 1966 and 2006. Since then, I have done freelance library work all over the world and have run IT courses for librarians in the UK. I have been actively involved in several Committees, including CILIP’s Branch and Mobile Library Group, and IFLA. Former Chair, I am still active as a Committee Member on ILIG, and for CILIP’s Yorkshire and Humberside Member Network.

My specialism is mobile libraries, which has allowed me give presentations in 24 different countries, on all 6 continents. I have set up three library projects in South Africa, Burkina Faso and Ghana to supply books in folding boxes to remote areas (Caterpillar Project). I was awarded CILIP Honorary Fellowship for this work.

You can read about Caterpillar Project on the IFLA website. You can find my book on Britain’s Mobile Libraries on Amazon.


Lesley Pitman – Committee Member

I am a relatively new member of the Committee, having joined following my early retirement as Librarian of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies in November 2017. I worked there for almost 30 years, and during that time I also served as Chair of COSEELIS (the Council for Slavonic and East European Libraries and Information Services. At UCL I was also involved in helping to set up and support an overseas campus in the Gulf. My first professional post was at Chatham House, where I worked for a few years back in the 1980s.

Recently I have been keeping up my interest in international library matters by writing and tweeting about it, and I can be found on twitter as @lesleypitman.

Gill Swales - Committee Member

After starting my career in Government and University libraries, most of my career has been spent in Children’s and Schools Library Services management in Scotland, latterly for Live Borders and Scottish Borders Council.  I have been involved in a lot of development and partnership work in the Early Years field, as one of the Co-ordinators of the Scottish Early Years Bookbug programme, and a member of the Libraries Early Years Strategy Group (Scotland). 

I have worked with some of the Scottish Book Festivals, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival and its outreach programme.  I organised events at the Borders Book Festival, as well as launching a linked writing competition for young people, Write On! 

I was also on the committee that helped set up the annual Book Festival in Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town, as part of the International Book Town movement.

Since retirement as well as ILIG I am on the committee of YLG (Scotland).  


David Ball - Committee Member

I joined the Committee in 2018; I am also Chair of CILIP’s UKeiG and owner of David Ball Consulting, specialising in scholarly communication and Open Science/Open Access. 

For two years I was Project Officer for SPARC Europe on two European Open Science projects: PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) and FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research). I also created the SPARC Europe checklist How Open is Your Research?

While spending a year in Uganda, I worked with the Coalition of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL), funded by EIFL, on Open Access policy development and implementation. I have recently worked for SPARC Europe on OA policy case studies; mapping Open Science & Open Scholarship in Europe; developing the How Open is Your Research tool; and developing the SPARC Europe Champions Programme.

I was University Librarian at Bournemouth from 1994 to 2012. 

Sylwia Grabowska-Szumska - Guest Member


Doug Knock - Guest Member



Premila Gamage - Guest Member

I am a Chartered Librarian with more than 35 years of work experience in university and research libraries in Sri Lanka. I hold a PhD in Information Management from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

As an active and keen worker for IFLA I served in various sections and committees of including the Governing Board of IFLA. As an Accredited Trainer of IFLA, I have conducted a number of workshops on training for librarians in Lebanon, India, Nepal and ASEAN countries on various topics including Leadership. Currently I am a member of IFLA’s Standing Committees of Asia and Oceania Section and Library Theory and Research.

I have held many posts within the Sri Lankan Library Association and co-ordinated the numerous internationally funded tsunami affected library projects which included funding from CILIP. With the financial support of CDG, CILIP I initiated a library development project at Macaldeniya Tamil School which is located in a very remote city in Sri Lanka. 

I was the first Sri Lankan to be awarded the Honorary Fellowship of CILIP for my efforts to extend library and information services to youth in the remote regions of Sri Lanka and fostering their education. As a Guest Member of ILIG I am looking forward to work - learn - share.

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