Conference Programme

Satellite Conference Programme

Day One – August 16th Wednesday

  • 13:00 – 13:30 Registration
  • 13:30 – 13:45 Welcome & Introductions

Sebastian Nix │Head of the Reader Services Department, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Berlin
Adjoa K. Boateng │Head of Reference Services at the British Library, London, UK
Information Coordinator, Library Services to Multicultural Populations

  • 13:45 – 14:45 Keynote Speaker:

Anne Barckow│Head of Department of Intercultural Services, Languages and Education at Bücherhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
Alyssa Pierce│University Michigan School of Information, Ann Arbor

Opening the library’s doors to refugees. Why it is worth having a look beyond one’s own nose!

  • Coffee/Tea Break
  • 15:00 – 15:30 First Speaker:

Ann Lunberg│Developer libraries, Kultur Skåne

Welcome to Skåne: a holistic and health promoting integration platform including libraries

  • 15:30 – 16:00 Second Speaker:

 Karen E. Fisher │Professor at the Information School, and Adjunct Professor in the Communication Department at the University of Washington

Library Caravans and Ideas Boxes at Za’atari Camp, Jordan

  • 16:00-16:45 Panel Discussion, Questions and Answers

Facilitated by Stephen Stratton│ Librarian & Head of Collection Management and Technical Services, Broome Library CSU Channel Islands, United States

Day Two – August 17th Thursday

  • 09:15 – 10:00 First Speaker

 Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber │ Project Director Multaqa: Museum as Meeting Point – Refugees as Guides in Berlin Museums, Berlin, Germany

Pulling the past into the present – the museum in times of migration and political change –

  •  10:00-10:30 Film presentation

Paz Zavala │Coordinadora Programa Bibliotecas para Tu Acción Ciudadana Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo Santiago, Chile

Proyecto “Vecino Migrante” del Programa Bibliotecas para Tu Acción Ciudadana: Desarrollo deservicios para la inclusion de la comunidad migrante en la Biblioteca Pública de Recoleta, Chile.

  • Coffee/Tea Break
  • 10:30-11:00 Third Speaker:

 Dr Benedicta Obodoruku, BSc, MA, PhD │Long Island University-Post Campus, Palmer School of Library and Information Science and Political Science Department

Multiculturalism of Tanzanian’s Refugees in the Information Society and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)from NY about Tanzania

  • 11:15-11:45 Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Tours
  • 12:00 – 13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15 -14:15 Keynote speakers

Ursula Liebmann, Monika Kil| NO Fachverband Kommunale Bibliotheken (

Libraries as Intercultural Learning Spaces: Setting up an e-Learning Platform for Minor Refugees in Public Libraries.

  • 14:30 -15:30 Round table Discussions:

Facilitated by Stephen Stratton│ Librarian & Head of Collection Management and Technical Services, Broome Library CSU Channel Islands, United States

  • How do libraries and other cultural institutions support refugees
  • Facilitating the Journey from a refugee to a citizen
  • Best practices and knowledge sharing of inclusion, multicultural practices
  • Services provided by cultural institutions that have been successful
  • Library leadership in the area of service to immigrants
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Section acknowledgements and appreciation

Jack Hang-tat Leong│ Director, University of Toronto Libraries, Canada
Section Chair, Library Services to Multicultural Populations