It is with great sadness that we have to inform you about the sudden death of Filippos Tsimpoglou,
the General Director of the National Library of Greece, who passed away yesterday in Athens.
During his career Filippos worked in several institutions, always committed to creating innovative
information services. From 1983 to 1999 he worked at the National Documentation Centre /
National Research Foundation, as the manager of European-funded programs. From 1999 to 2014 he
was the director of the Library of the University of Cyprus, while since 2014 he served as the general
director of the National Library of Greece. It was in that capacity that he undertook the challenging
project of the library’s relocation from the old Vallianeion building in central Athens to its new
facilities at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Once the relocation was completed, he
worked tirelessly to create a modern and more inclusive Greek National Library.
Filippos will be remembered as a friend and active member of the Association of Greek Librarians
(EEBEP). He collaborated with the association in organizing the first two conferences for Greek
public libraries, while he was also one of the three presidents of the 2019 IFLA conference organizing
committee, held here in Athens. He also served as the chairman of the Greek National Committee of
Filippos was able to transmit his vision and passion for library science to his colleagues and
collaborators. His personality and work will be remembered and deeply missed.
It is with deep sorrow that we say goodbye to our friend, partner, and fellow Filippos Tsimpoglou.
May his soul rest in peace.
With great satisfaction and pride, we were informed of the election of Tonia Arahova as President of IFLA, 2023-25. It is a special honor for our country the election of the Greek president for the first time in the period of 94 years of IFLA.
The contest was tough, with two strong nominations from the US and Australia and the success even more impressive: 916 votes against 581 of the US candidacy.
We congratulate the new President on her election and wish her good luck in her difficult task and success of her goals and new tasks, with the consistency and responsibility that distinguishes her.
In this new effort, we will be supporters and we hope for a successful cooperation and support, in our own difficult task, with the main goal of the mutual benefit of Librarians.
Hard work, dedication, cooperation, perseverance, dignity and respect are the keys to success in any field of action and Tonia has proven that she holds them.
The Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2020-2022)
Dr. Anthi Katsirikou, President. Head of the Library at the University of Piraeus.
Iro (Argyroula) Tzormpatzaki, Vice-President. University of Macedonia Library
Eleni Molfessi, Secretary. National Hellenic Research Foundation, Institute of Historical Research Library
Antonios Mourikis, Treasurer. Athens University of Economics and Business Library
Stavroula Kouri, Deputy General Secretary. Head of the Library at the National Technical University of Athens Library (NTUA)
Alexandra Trianti, Events Manager. School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE)
Anna Michailidou, Member. ELiDOC
Areti Chouliari, Member. University of Piraeus Library
Christina Michelidou, Member. University of Piraeus Library
In an interview with our program on Monday, April 15, 2019, the Deputy Minister of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs, Mrs. Meropi Tzoufi, outlined the initiatives and next goals of the Ministry of Education for the support of the Public Libraries. Specifically, she mentioned:
- The “effort to integrate a project into the ESPA Program, a project that requires the cooperation of 46 Public Libraries and the National Library for the development of a unified catalog in the Program “Public Sector Reform”.
- “Investigating a series of possibilities to meet the urgent need for automated systems at the 46 Public Libraries.”
- Additionally, Mrs. Tzoufi noted that “both the Minister Mr. Gavroglou and I recognize the need to strengthen the library personnel and I think that we will be in a position to speak more specifically about this issue in the very near future.”
Mrs. Tzoufi referred specifically to the International Library Conference, IFLA, which is being coordinated by the Association of Greek Librarians and Information Scientists (AGLIS) and by the National Library of Greece and which will take place in Athens August 24 – 30, 2019. Mrs. Tzoufi said that “we are trying to motivate librarians to go this very important event.: Specifically, she noted that “we are looking for solutions to cover the registration fees so that there will be a large enough number of librarians from the Public Libraries.”
In conclusion, Mrs. Tzoufi emphasized that “the Europeans reality shows that Public Libraries can and should play a key role in life—long learning and in adult education. Based on this, “we should do whatever we can to restore and modernize the libraries”, keeping in mind always that the country’s financial circumstances are still difficult.
Also on the program was Mrs. Eugenia Vasilakaki who is the coordinator for the group of volunteers at the 85 th International Library Conference, IFLA WLIC 2019, which will take place from August 24 t0 August 30, 2019 at the Megaron Athens Conference Center. Mrs. Vasilakaki referred to the training for herself and Christina Katsinika in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during the 84 th International Library Conference. In September 2018, a group to manage the volunteers was set up including Matina Tsafou, Christos Papatheodorou, Eleni Mamma, Aristea Protonotariou, Athanasios Kotsovos, Fotini Abdelli, and Mariangela Christopoulou. The group was set up to define a professional approach to organizing the 300 volunteers who will volunteer for the 10 days of the conference – their privileges, the posts to which they will be assigned, and the values of offering to volunteer, teamwork and cooperation, that should characterize each volunteer.
The Regular Members
The elections took place as planned on June 6, 2018, in Athens and in Thessaloniki, for the election of the Board of Directors and for the Audit Committee in accordance with the AGLIS Charter (Articles of Association) and in the presence of a legal representative.
The Central Electoral Committee met immediately after the elections and counted the results of the elections in Athens. The legal representative requested that the original ballots of the elections held in the Regional Departments be collected.