Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, IFLA PRESIDENT ELECT 2015-2017 candidate

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Brief summary of career


Glòria Pérez-Salmerón (Barcelona, 1958) has a Bachelor’s degree in Documentation from the University of Barcelona (UB, 2000) and in Librarianship and Documentation from the oldest library school in Europe, the prestigious Escola Universitària ‘Jordi Rubió i Balaguer de Barcelona’ (1984). She also earned two Masters Degrees: “Management of Libraries” from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (UPF) in 1998; and “Government and Public Administration in the Information Society, Electronic Government”, awarded jointly by the UPF and the Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya in 2010.


In her long and varied professional career, she has been involved in library services and management at all levels, from setting up and managing a local public library to holding Spain’s highest position as director of the National Library, the Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE), from 2010-2013. Currently she works as a senior consultant for library issues at the Barcelona Council, Diputació de Barcelona (DIBA) and holds the position of President of the Spanish Federation of Archivist, Librarianship, Documentation and Museums Associations (FESABID), for a second term. (She had previously held this post from 2008-2010.) In addition, she currently serves as a board member and Vice-President of the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA ) and also as a member of IFLA’s Governing Board, working on both the Finances Committee and the Action for Development through Libraries Programme.

In addition to having been the BNE’s director, she had also served on its Board and Permanent Commission (2008-2013). Prior to this, she had held the position of Head of the DIBA’s e-Government Office from 2008 to 2010. In previous years she had worked in senior positions within governmental-coordinated library services: as Director of Library Cooperation of Catalonia’s Autonomous Government, Generalitat de Catalunya (GENCAT) from 2005 to 2008; coordinator of the Catalan Library System; and technical director of DIBA’s Public Libraries Network, 2001-2005. Early in her career, she set up and directed the Can Casacuberta Public Library and Public Library Network of Badalona (1992-2001), coinciding with her serving as coordinator of the Public Libraries of Barcelona’s Northern Area.


During her period as director of the National Library of Spain, she launched the Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano (Latin-American Digital Heritage Portal) in 2012 and also oversaw the incorporation of the Biblioteca Digital Hispánica into the World Digital Library, and similarly, the National Library catalogue’s entry into OCLC’s WorldCat.


She has given numerous professional lectures and courses and participated in international projects, and was a member of IFLA’s Public Libraries Standing Committee (2005-2012), CENL Foundation Conference of European National Librarians, CDNL Conference of Directors of National Libraries, and an elected member of TEL,The European Library.


Brief manifesto of Glòria Pérez-Salmerón


With my background in library management/services at all levels -from local public libraries to Director of National Library of Spain, President of the Spanish Federation of Library Associations, and member of IFLA’s GB– I stand for close cooperation among libraries of all types. Working together is essential if we are to reach our goals.


In today’s world, where information is provided via a wide variety of media and smart devices, libraries play an important role in developing user skills and in upholding the right to information access. Only through effective library networks and partnerships with other stakeholders will we be able to fulfil our mission. My professional and technical experience will allow me to work toward a consensus on global positions for moving forward in this changing and challenging information environment.


IFLA’s mission is clear and ambitious: Empowering libraries to enable their user communities to have equitable access to information. But libraries are simultaneously buffeted by budget cuts, commercial competitors (as in the developing eBook market), and an out-dated copyright framework. I stand for improved advocacy to lead toward universal access: I have worked for this and will continue to do so with all my energy.


The role of national and local associations must be reinforced, as do the efforts of our professionals in developing the leadership and technical skills required for managing the new information scenario of proliferating social media.


Libraries are an investment, not a cost: IFLA, as the global voice of libraries, must develop new and innovative approaches for convincing governments of the importance of quality library services for improving the lives of their citizens.


Within IFLA, I pledge to work together with librarians and library associations to maintain libraries as a foundation for learning and to build a better future for the societies they serve.