[About Conference]
Welcome to Occupy Library 2020 - the online edition

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 virtual 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. 

A group of impactful people gathers online for three days-long experience. Welcome!
Case Studies
Access to the conference and case studies presentations of your choice. 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.
Serving communities in time of crisis
Libraries are traditionally in the forefront of community support through culture, education and social involvement. What libraries did for their communities when the medical crisis hit, what libraries do or plan to do for their communities during the following economic crisis?
Partnerships for strong democracies
Democracy is a longitudinal process built up with citizens’ participation. The active actors in democracy are, besides the engaged citizens, the state and local actors: institutions, organizations, civic groups. Topics will include: public-civic partnerships, civic engagement, democratic literacy, partnerships for democracy
Active citizenship in analog and digital format
What are the new trends tech for democracy? How can we use technology to empower underserved communities? What differences are there between analog and digital methods of engagement for citizens? How does digital active citizenship look like? How can libraries forge competencies for the active citizens of the future?
Emerging tech trends to empower communities
How are libraries building their own digital capacity and adopting technologies for serving the citizens and communities in the future? How can libraries serve the citizens through services that include “new” technologies like AI, VR, IoT, BlockChain, and Big Data?
Public spaces and community engagement
How are the public spaces influenced by community input? How is the digital technology transforming our public spaces? How is the space of a public library providing support for the development of a community? What can we learn from cultural and educational programs that take place in public spaces?
Open Themed Interactive Sessions
Open-themed interactive sessions will cover other topics relevant to libraries and NGOs. The form of the session can vary from panel-discussions to interactive workshops of practical Labs.
Occupy Library

Occupy Library will take place online. Relax at home and attend remotely!

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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.
Loida Garcia-Febo

Loida Garcia-Febo

Loida Garcia-Febo is an international library consultant, researcher and expert on topics such as human rights, advocacy and services to multicultural populations. She is Past President of the American Library Association. Garcia-Febo has served communities as academic, public, school, and special librarian in Puerto Rico and New York. She has taught in 27 countries and has advocated on behalf of libraries at the United Nations, European Union Parliament, US Congress, New York City’s City Hall, New York State Senate and on streets and sidewalks of New York. She completed two terms on the IFLA Governing Board where she Chaired the Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP). At IFLA, she also co-founded IFLA New Professionals SIG, served in FAIFE and CPDWL, and is currently a member of the Management of Library Associations Section. Garcia-Febo is the recipient of the 2015 REFORMA Elizabeth Martinez Lifetime Achievement Award. She was named a Notable Member of ALA’s International Relations Round Table, and received the ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award in 2010. Garcia-Febo holds a BA in Business Education and MLS from the University of Puerto Rico. She was born, raised and educated in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.