OCCUPY
[About Conference]
Welcome to Occupy Library 2020

The success of libraries of the future depends on the way they understand and engage in their local and regional ecology of institutions and initiatives supporting democracy and meaningful lifelong learning processes of the general public.

Occupy Library brings together the innovating ideas that are implemented in libraries in the Central, Eastern European, Black Sea, Caucasus, and Caspian regions. The conference will provide a space for sharing good practices and support best ways to make libraries more involved in their communities.

Come with us and join the librarians’ community at the Occupy Library Conference. 

Conference
A group of impactful people gathers for two days-long experience — welcome!
Workshops
Access to the conference and a workshop of your choice (*within the limit of available seats). Stick around for inspiring ideas from our speakers exclusively at Occupy Library.
Ignite Talks
Short 5 minutes talks meant to make the audience interested on an idea that is worth sharing.
Occupy Library

Occupy Library will take place at the iconic National Library of Romania.

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Our Speakers
Who's Speaking?
Dr. Hannelore Vogt

Dr. Hannelore Vogt

Dr. Hannelore Vogt is the director of the Cologne Public Library, one of the biggest library systems in Germany. Before that she was head of the Würzburg City Library which has been the winner in the national library ranking (BIX) four times in row and was elected „Library of the Year“. 2015 Cologne City Library was elected “Library of the Year” as best library in Germany, in 2016 Hannelore Vogt was awarded with the Cologne Cultural Award as “Cultural Manager of the Year” and in 2019 she received the most prestigious individual library award in Germany – the Karl-Preusker-Medal - for her innovative work and her impact on the library world. She was a member of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Standing Committee, a longtime chair of the Advisory Board “Information and Library” of the Goethe Institute and worked as a Strategic Advisor and Reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Global Libraries, Global Development). Apart from having a degree in Librarianship, she also has a PhD in Cultural Management in the field of library marketing. She is a consultant for library management worldwide and has many publications to her credit in the field of customer orientation, innovative services and library management.
Dan Perjovschi

Dan Perjovschi

With piercing irony, Dan Perjovschi comments on the absurdities and cynicisms of the “brave new world” in his daily drawings, thrown with a few strokes. Current topics from the world news are sharpened as well as general social phenomena or things that affect the artist personally. With his figures and scenarios, Perjovschi expansively populates the walls, floors, corridors or windows of the art institutions. His solo exhibitions include: “Unframed” Kiasma, Helsinki (2013); “Not over” MACRO, Rome (2011); “What Happen to US?” MoMA, New York (2007); “I am not Exotic I am Exhausted” Kunsthalle Basel (2007), “The Room Drawing” Tate Modern, London (2006) and “Naked Drawings” Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2005). Perjovschi has participated in numerous group shows and biennials such as the Jakarta Biennial (2015), the Sydney Biennial (2008), the Venice and the Moscow Biennial (2007), or the 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005). Perjovschi received the George Maciunas Prize (2004), and the Rosa Schapire Prize – Kunsthalle Hamburg (2016). At Wurtenbergiser Kunstverein he had a solo show (“Solid ground”) in 2006, and he participated in several group shows such as “On difference#1” (2005), “On Dithering” (2013), and “Tito’s Bunker” (2017). He lives and works in Sibiu and in Bucharest, Romania.
Asaf Bartov

Asaf Bartov

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Asaf Bartov is a senior program officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit operating Wikipedia around the world. His work focuses on capacity building with emerging volunteer communities all over the world, with particular emphasis on India, sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, and eastern Europe. He is a longtime Wikipedia editor and activist for free knowledge, as well as a free software developer and a free culture activist. While his academic background is in Greek and Latin language and literature, he has a strong professional background in software development, and an abiding volunteer interest in digital libraries. He is the founder, chief technologist, and chief editor of Project Ben-Yehuda, an award-winning volunteer-run digital library of public domain Hebrew works. He is also a structured and linked data enthusiast, and previously served as an invited expert on the W3C's Library Linked Data Incubator Group. He frequently teaches introductory classes on Wikidata, the Wikimedia Foundation's linked open data project, and on querying Wikidata with the SPARQL language.