Thursday, October 15, 2020
IATUL Director's Summit 2020 Innsbruck
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol, Austria

The University and State Library Innsbruck cordially invites you to the IATUL Director's Summit on November 4th and 5th. This year the event will take place online. The theme of the Director's Summit 2020 is Sustainable Crisis Management in Libraries.

The Corona pandemic still has a firm grip on our daily lives. Scientific institutions such as university libraries are also affected.
We have therefore placed this summit under the motto of sustainable crisis management in libraries. The online meeting will focus on the competencies and strategies libraries will need in the future in order to be prepared for crises and remain flexible in case of emergency. It will also be about how we can maintain or even expand library services.

An exciting programme featuring local and international speakers is now available.

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Represent IATUL
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The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) is calling for interested and qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors.

IATUL is looking for a candidate to represent

  • Europe (UK)

on its Board of Directors, the executive body of IATUL responsible for leading the  development of the Association, its strategic direction and actions.

Ordinary and Associated Members may propose representatives for election. Nominations shall name the candidate and shall show evidence of the candidate's consent. Nominators must be official representatives of a member institution. The decision as to who shall be invited to join the Board will be made by the Board and presented to the General Assembly for approval at the Annual Conference. Members of the Board are elected for a term of three years, and shall be eligible for immediate re-election to one additional term.

Candidates are expected to take an active part in the endeavours of the IATUL Board of Directors, especially by attending Board meetings and taking on responsibilities related to assigned tasks and roles...

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Monday, August 10, 2020
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol
IATUL Director's Summit 2020 Innsbruck
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol, Austria

The 2020 Annual Director’s Summit in Innsbruck will be online from 4th until 5th November 2020.

Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Tirol/Austria and IATUL invite proposals for presentations which should reflect the Summit theme:

Sustainable Crisis Management in Libraries

We would be delighted to have information specialists, leading library staff, librarians and all others interested in the topic present at this meeting. IATUL Director’s Summit 2020 is a great chance to gain feedback from experts on the following topics: organization and strategy, competence and services. It is an excellent opportunity for all of us to deal with global crisis that affect the everyday work at the libraries. The overall topics for the Summit and the call for presentations will be:

Organization and Strategy:

  • Working with emergency plans? How do they affect our every-day work-life?


  • What competences and skills will library staff need to respond to the crisis?


  • What services will be demanded from libraries in 3-5 and in 10 years?
  • ...
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Thursday, July 30, 2020
Become a Local Partner

In the Spring or early Summer, the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) members meet to discuss strategic and applied topics that advance both the individual and collective practices of university libraries.

Hosting an IATUL conference is a great opportunity to:

  • meet colleagues from around the world;
  • showcase your city and your institution; and
  • network with library directors and senior managers from over 60 countries to exchange ideas, expand professional networks, form new collaborations, and work together on multinational projects exploring the big challenges we face.

We are looking for partners who would like to host a conference in 2023.

Here you will find our application form for conference hosting. Please send applications, requests and questions to

Details and further information

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
News for Members
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Our topics in June 2020:

1. President’s message
2. Postponement of 41st Annual Conference to JULY 2021
3. 41st General Assembly Webinar announcement.
4. Annual Seminar 2020 in Innsbruck will be online (November 2020)
5. Annual Seminar 2019 held in Gdańsk and Sopot
7. Professional News

Please find here the current IATUL Newsletter

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you as the President of IATUL; an Australian living and working in the UK; and a professional librarian and global citizen. These continue to be challenging times wherever you are in the world and I hope you are well and managing the new demands and constraints on how we live and work. In the many countries that IATUL represents, the impact of COVID-19 has been felt in different ways in different places.

All of us have adopted new ways of describing our current state of ‘lockdown’ or stay-at-home existence.  We have been working hard to resolve day-to-day issues around moving off-campus to online learning, and supporting staff working from home. For many of us, the integration of digital content and virtual assistance services as our core offering has proven that the library never closes. We are now also planning, and some implementing, what ‘return to campus’ will look like in our journey to a post-COVID world. There is a shared feeling that we will all be facing a ‘new normal’.

As members of the IATUL global community of library leaders, we have greatly benefitted from gathering together, experiencing each other’s culture...

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