The IATUL Board of Directors is composed of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and at least four further representatives of IATUL members. Board members are elected for a term of three years.

The duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors are multifaceted. It provides members with accurate and sufficient information when seeking their support for decisions. The Board of course acts in the best interest of the Associations as a whole and gives members honest feedback and advice.

The role of the President is to lead the Association and to chair the Board. The Vice-President substitutes for the President in his/her absence. The Secretary conducts the everyday business of the association and the Treasurer is responsible for all financial affairs.

Some examples of the Board’s work are the preparation of the financial report, participation in board meetings and the support of IATUL events, e.g. reviewing papers or assisting the local organising teams.

In its work the IATUL Board pursues the principles of good governance and reflects the following values:

  • Consensus oriented
  • Participatory
  • Following rule of law where the association is registered
  • Effective and efficient
  • Accountable
  • Transparent
  • Responsive
  • Equitable and inclusive

See the current IATUL Board below.


Anna Walek

Dr Anna Wałek

Library Director
Gdańsk University of Technology – GUT Library
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL is a growing network of leaders of academic libraries from around the world and an excellent platform to share experiences and collaborate for the development of libraries.”
Areas of Expertise:

Academic Library Management, HR Development, Leadership Development, Change Management, Scholarly Communication and Open Access, Research Data Management, Digital Libraries, Open Repositories, Library Space Design, Service Development

Vice President

Dr. Charles Eckmann

Dr Charles Eckman

Dean and University Librarian
University of Miami – Otto G. Richter Library
What IATUL means to me: “For me, IATUL provides a singular opportunity for librarians at member institutions worldwide to share knowledge gained from their research projects and library initiatives. In this way IATUL supports and enhances member library programs. In addition, IATUL fosters new networks and trans-national collaborations.”
Areas of Expertise:

Scholarly Communication; Open Access; Research Data Management


Ms Donna Bourne-Tyson

Dean of Libraries
Dalhousie University – Killam Library
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL provides a vital, international forum for academic librarians to drive innovation and transformation on a global level. The annual conference offers a creative, productive knowledge exchange among leaders representing post-secondary institutions from around the world.”
Areas of Expertise:

Research Data Management, Design of Library and Learning Spaces, Open Access, Scholarly Communications


Mag. Gerda Winkler

Head of University Library
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano – Library
What IATUL means to me: “For me, IATUL means international expertise united and actively involved to promote the development and appreciation of academic libraries on a global scale.”
Areas of Expertise:

Design of Library and Learning Spaces, Strategic Planning, Open Access, Change Management, Scholarly Communication

Contact: library@unibz.it

Board Member

Jill Benn - IATUL Board member

Ms Jill Benn

University Librarian
University of Western Australia – Library
What IATUL means to me: “For me, IATUL provides an opportunity to discuss the strategies and ideas relating to academic libraries from multiple perspectives. In the transformative change environment, we are all working within, meeting with librarians from all over the world, sharing expertise and creating global networks, enables libraries to innovate, improve and inspire.”
Areas of Expertise:

Library Space Design, Service Partnership and Relationship Management, Library Use of Social Media, Leadership Development

Lars Egeland

Mr Lars Egeland

Director for Learning Centre and Library
OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University – Learning Centre and Library
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL is an organization that offers a unique opportunity to meet fellow library leaders from all continents and to discuss relevant trends and development in academic libraries.”
Areas of Expertise:

Strategic Planning, Information Policy, Open Access

Contact: larse@oslomet.no

Ms Kate Robinson

University Librarian
University of Bath – Library
What IATUL means to me: “Recent events have really highlighted the benefits and need for us to work internationally, to collaborate across borders to continually develop and respond to change. In such a fast moving profession and world as ours, IATUL brings together the unique perspectives of librarians and their services across all continents to share and spark ideas for the benefit of all our communities.”
Areas of Expertise:

Study Space design and use, Open Research, Workforce Development and Leadership, Collaborative Service Development, Digital Libraries.

Board member Ujala Satgoor

Ms Ujala Satgoor

Executive Director
University of Cape Town – Chancellor Oppenheimer Library
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL is a distinctive platform to expand the global network of academic library directors and practitioners, share best practices, engage with trends as realities, and deepen the understanding of practice in different contexts and settings.”
Areas of Expertise:

Management/leadership in higher education; international librarianship; developing the next generation library leaders; locating libraries on the political, community and development agenda; and social responsibility of libraries, librarians and librarianship towards developing an informed nation