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.


Dr Reiner Kallenborn

Dr. Reiner Kallenborn

University Librarian
Technische Universität München – Universitätsbibliothek
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL is the best facilitator for international library networking at management level, I can imagine. IATUL is active though a multitude of initiatives and events, and, I hope, the association will be able to involve further active members of the family of university library managers worldwide. Efficiency of information services development depends on our openness and ability to collaborate beyond boundaries. IATUL is our chance to do so.”
Areas of Expertise:

HR development, Library Building and Renovation, Management Training and Consultancy, Quality Management, Service Development, ICT in Libraries, International Collaboration

Vice President

Portrait Gwendolyn Ebbett

Gwendolyn Ebbett

Librarian (On Leave)
University of Windsor – Leddy Library
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL is the only Association of Academic Library Leaders. It provides the best opportunity to learn from and share with academic library peers from around the world. There is no other venue like it.”
Areas of Expertise:

Scholarly Communication Initiatives, Open Education, E-Publishing, Leadership, Consortia, Digital Libraries


Elisha Chiware IATUL Board Secretary

Dr. Elisha R.T. Chiware

Director Libraries
Cape Peninsula University of Technology – CPUT Library
What IATUL means to me: “IATUL is a growing network of global university and reasearch libraries. It will continue to be the association of many university library directors and managers as it builds sustainable collaborative networks and platforms to enable the sharing of ideas and experiences as well as building the capacity of libraries in emerging nations.”
Areas of Expertise:

Library Statistics, Bibliometrics, Scholarly Communication, Research Data Management


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

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

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.

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.”