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 www.blurtmetry.blogspot.co.uk.
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 - 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.
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.
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Alice Tyler - Committee Member
Ian Stringer – Committee Member
I worked in Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Kirklees and Barnsley Public Libraries in the UK 1966-2006. Since then, I have done freelance library work all over the world and have run IT courses for librarians 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.