The IATUL Board of Directors is composed of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and at least four further representatives of IATUL members. Board members are elected for a term of three years.

The duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors are multifaceted. It provides members with accurate and sufficient information when seeking their support for decisions. The Board of course acts in the best interest of the Associations as a whole and gives members honest feedback and advice.

The role of the President is to lead the Association and to chair the Board. The Vice-President substitutes for the President in his/her absence. The Secretary conducts the everyday business of the association and the Treasurer is responsible for all financial affairs.

Some examples of the Board’s work are the preparation of the financial report, participation in board meetings and the support of IATUL events, e.g. reviewing papers or assisting the local organising teams.

In its work the IATUL Board pursues the principles of good governance and reflects the following values:

  • Consensus oriented
  • Participatory
  • Following rule of law where the association is registered
  • Effective and efficient
  • Accountable
  • Transparent
  • Responsive
  • Equitable and inclusive

See the current IATUL Board below.


Anne Horn, IATUL Board Member

Ms Anne Horn

Director of Library Services & University Librarian
The University of Sheffield – The University Library
What IATUL means to me: “For me IATUL is where I can make personal connections with the leaders of academic libraries from around the world. IATUL is truly international, embracing all cultures and experiences, sharing challenges, future aspirations and openly learning from each other.”
Areas of Expertise:

Academic Library Management, Library and Learning Spaces, Information and Digital Literacies, Scholarly Communication and Open Access.

Vice President

Dr. Charles Eckmann

Dr Charles Eckman

Dean and University Librarian
University of Miami – Otto G. Richter Library
What IATUL means to me: “For me, IATUL provides a singular opportunity for librarians at member institutions worldwide to share knowledge gained from their research projects and library initiatives. In this way IATUL supports and enhances member library programs. In addition, IATUL fosters new networks and trans-national collaborations.”
Areas of Expertise:

Scholarly Communication; Open Access; Research Data Management


Lucille Webster

Ms Lucille Webster

Director Library Services
Durban University of Technology – DUT Library
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL’s focus on academic libraries in higher education fulfils a great need for managers in this constantly changing environment. The topics at the conferences often hone in on the challenges, successes and innovation. Sharing this information with professionals from developed and emerging countries has resulted in an organization that has membership from across the globe. The introduction of the Directors Summit and Leadership academies not only highlights challenges faced by librarians but also enhances cross-cultural engagements and connects librarians across continents.”


Howard Amos, IATUL Board Member

Mr Howard Amos

University Librarian
University of Otago – Library
What IATUL means to me: “Founded in 1955, the International Association of Universtiy Libraries (IATUL) is one of the most successful international networks of university libraries. IATUL members have a high level of professional expertise which they share through annual conferences, workshops and development projects. IATUL provides a peer support organisation and a forum where directors and senior managers from libraries all over the world can exchange views on current trends and developments within the Library profession. It is truly an international organisation with member libraries throughout the world.”
Areas of Expertise:

Technology & Communications, eResearch Support, Research Data Management, Benchmarking and Assessment

Board Member

Jill Benn - IATUL Board member

Ms Jill Benn

University Librarian
University of Western Australia – Library
What IATUL means to me: “For me, IATUL provides an opportunity to discuss the strategies and ideas relating to academic libraries from multiple perspectives. In the transformative change environment, we are all working within, meeting with librarians from all over the world, sharing expertise and creating global networks, enables libraries to innovate, improve and inspire.”
Areas of Expertise:

Library Space Design, Service Partnership and Relationship Management, Library Use of Social Media, Leadership Development

Ms Donna Bourne-Tyson

Dean of Libraries
Dalhousie University – Killam Library
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL provides a vital, international forum for academic librarians to drive innovation and transformation on a global level. The annual conference offers a creative, productive knowledge exchange among leaders representing post-secondary institutions from around the world.”
Areas of Expertise:

Research Data Management, Design of Library and Learning Spaces, Open Access, Scholarly Communications

Lars Egeland

Mr Lars Egeland

Director for Learning Centre and Library
OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University – Learning Centre and Library
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL is an organization that offers a unique opportunity to meet fellow library leaders from all continents and to discuss relevant trends and development in academic libraries.”
Areas of Expertise:

Strategic Planning, Information Policy, Open Access

Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar

Dr J. K. Vijayakumar

Library Director
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) – Library
What IATUL means to me: “I see IATUL as an international collaboration platform for academic and research library leaders and managers, to engage in experience sharing, fruitful discussions, identify trends and provide directions for the better future. It evolves as a global network and specializes in professional expertise development through various unique activities.”
Areas of Expertise:

Library Leadership, Academic and Research Libraries, Strategic Planning, International Librarianship, Collections and Information Services, Open Access

Anna Walek

Dr Anna Wałek

Library Director
Gdansk University of Technology – GUT Library
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL is a growing network of leaders of academic libraries from around the world and an excellent platform to share experiences and collaborate for the development of libraries.”
Areas of Expertise:

Academic Library Management, HR Development, Leadership Development, Change Management, Scholarly Communication and Open Access, Research Data Management, Digital Libraries, Open Repositories, Library Space Design, Service Development