Antonia Arahova

IFLA Governing Board Member,
IFLA Chair Division IV,
Member of IFLA Financial and Professional Committee


Plenary Talk: IFLA Guidelines, Manifestos and Declarations

Abstract: The speech will be focused on texts such as guidelines, manifestos and declarations published by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) that address policies in different fields covering a broad range of up-to-date issues that concern the library and information profession community. Particular reference will be made on issues that are relevant to areas of interest to other International Organizations, such as UNESCO and WIPO. Privacy, blending of media literacy and information literacy, education, culture, the importance of libraries’ global networks, the role of libraries in “rebuilding” societies, the transparency and credibility of information resources, are some of the issues that will be discussed.

Keywords: IFLA, guidelines, declaration

Brief Biography: Tonia Arahova has been Chief Operating Officer at the National Library of Greece from June 2011 until March 2014, where she has continued to work since 1995. She holds a bachelor degree in Greek Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, MRA (Master in Public Management & Public Policy) from the Department of International and European Economic Studies of Athens University of Economics and Business and Μs (Master in Communication and Mass Media in the Field of Political Communication) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with thesis on cultural diplomacy, social media and presidential libraries. Her PhD dissertation focuses on “Strategies for the Implementation of Electronic Services in the National Library of Greece”. She is the only person from Greece elected in March 2017 as a member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in its 90 years of operation. She is an officer in the Management & Marketing Section and a member of the International Committee for the IFLA International Libraries Marketing Award. She is also member of the Financial and Professional Committee of IFLA. From 2007 to 2010 she was a member of the Board of Directors of the General State Archives. From October 2017 she is responsible for the organization of the Library of the President of the Hellenic Republic. She speaks French, English and Italian and plays piano. She is Editor of the Literary Magazine (de)kata. She has participated in many international conferences and has published articles on strategic management, marketing, cultural heritage promotion and cultural diplomacy.