IFLA Satellite Meeting

Samos 2019

“Recruiting and Managing the New Generation of Employees
to Attract New Markets and Create new Services”

The Management and Marketing Section of IFLA, in collaboration with Samos Public Library, are organizing a satellite meeting in Pythagoreion, Samos, Greece 22 – 23 August 2019.

The Conference will explore and discuss management and communication skills libraries and other cultural institutions need to recruit a new generation of employees and new markets. How can the next generation of library employees and customers best hear us via optimal media and strategies? Do we have the right communication skills? Or what additional skills may all employees need to better serve the new generation?

The event will precede the annual World Library and Information Congress: 85th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Athens 24 – 30 August (IFLA WLIC 2019)


Call for Papers


“Recruiting and Managing the New Generation of Employees to Attract New Markets and Create new Services”

Submission guidelines

Interested parties are invited to submit an abstract (maximum 350 words) in English for a proposed paper or poster.
Each presentation will last approximately 20 minutes. Posters should display questions, hypothesis, data, and results that highlight research within the conference subjects.
The abstract should be in English and include the title of the paper; author/presenter’s name, position and employer; author/presenter’s email address and telephone number.

Subject of Papers or Posters:

  1. New services and new skills
  2. Recruitment strategies
  3. Matching media to markets
  4. Identifying and serving the unserved
  5. OJT (on the job training): Updating outdated skills, mentoring
  6. Research on market trends for libraries and cultural institutions
  7. New markets for libraries and cultural institutions
  8. Expanding the Library’s reach through public engagement
  9. Recruiting new positions aligning with the mission of institution
  10. Best practices on any of the subjects

Evaluation and Deadlines

Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of members of the Management and Marketing Section.
Abstract submission deadline:                 1 March 2019 midnight
Notification of acceptance:                       15 March 2019
Deadline for Paper submission:              15 June 2019
Papers must be in English and include the abstract.

Submit proposals to: 
Ruth Ørnholt, e-mail: ruth.ornholt@hfk.no


Wednesday 21 August
19.00 – 21.00 | Get-together and registration
21:00 | Dinner

Thursday 22 August
09.00 – 09.30 | Registration
09.30 – 10.00 | Opening and welcome
10.00 – 10.30 | Key Note speaker
10.30 – 11.00 | Break
11.00 – 12.30 | Sessions
12.30 – 13.00 | Break
13.00 – 15.00 | Sessions
16.00 – 19.00 | Time for other activites, visit to the main library
20.00 | Dinner

Friday 23 August
09.00 – 12.00 | Sessions
12.30 – 12.45 | Summing up
12.45 – 14.00 | Lunch
14.00 – 18.00 | Time for other activites


* there will be limited changes to the program

* soon there will be a complete program of other activities and visits


Online Registration deadline: 31 May 2019

Onsite Registration: from 21 August 2019

There is no registration fee to participate to the Meeting.
But, it is needed for all the participants to fill the registration form
Except the main programme of the Meeting, the participation to other acivities (dinner, etc.) may have fees.

Invitation and Certificate
Letter of Invitation
Individuals requiring an official Letter of Invitation can request one through email :ruth.ornholt@hfk.no

Certificate of Attendance
A Certificate of Attendance will sent by email after the Meeting.

Registration Form

Members of committee

  • Ruth Ornholt
    Ruth Ornholt Norway
  • Christie Koontz
    Christie Koontz USA
  • Nie (Heather) Hua
    Nie (Heather) Hua China
  • Vera Keown
    Vera Keown Canada
  • Manolis Pyrgiotis
    Manolis Pyrgiotis Greece
  • Mary Chute
    Mary Chute USA
  • Pat Wand
    Pat Wand USA
  • Barbara Schleihagen
    Barbara Schleihagen Germany
  • Tonia Arachova
    Tonia Arachova Advisory Board Member
  • Library of Samos
    Library of Samos

Get in touch with us

Ruth Ørnholt :
e-mail: ruth.ornholt@hfk.no

Manolis Pyrgiotis :
e-mail: librasam@otenet.gr
tel.: (+30) 2273027216
mob.: (+30) 6977246557
address:  Public Library of Samos
                 47, Them. Sofouli str.,
                 Samos, TK 83100, Greece


The Satellite Meeting will take place at the Conference Hall of the modern Municipality building at Pythagoreion, near the old Castle of Lykoyrgos

Arrival & Accommodation

Arrival to the island of Samos by airplane at the International Samos Airport “Aristarchos of Samos” (SMI).

Every day there are flights to and from Athens International Airport “Eleytherios Venizelos” (ATH). Several days of the week there are flights to and from the airports of Thessaloniki (SKG), Mytilene (MJT), Chios (JKH), Rhodes (RHO), Herakleion Crete (HER). All the week there are charter flights to and from several countries of North and Western Europe

For domestic routes, see:

Arrival to the island of Samos by ship at the port of Samos (Vathy) and at the port of Karlovassi. Every day there are ferry routes to and from Peiraeus (Athens).

Several days of the week there are ferry routes

  • to and from Kavala, Limnos, Lesvos and Chios at the ports of Samos (Vathy) and Karlovassi
  • from and to Turkey at the ports of Pythagoreion, Samos (Vathy) and Karlovassi
  • from and to Rhodes, Kos, Leros, Patmos at the port of Pythagoreion

Distances from the Satellite Meeting Hall:

  • to the airport: 3 kilometres
  • to the port of Pythagoreion: 0,5 kilometres
  • to the port of Samos (Vathy): 15 kilometres
  • to the port of Karlovassi: 45 kilometres

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