Piero Attanasio

AIE: Associazione Italiana Editori

Piero Attanasio got a master-of-science in economics at the University of Bologna. He has been working in book publishing since 1986 covering various positions in small sized academic publishing houses. In 1996 he joined the Italian Publishers Association (AIE) where he is currently head of international affairs, R&D programmes and academic publishing. He is a Board member at ISBN International Agency and Fondazione LIA, and member of the Copyright Policy Working Group of the International Publishers Association (IPA).

Piero was CEO at mEDRA (the IT spin-off of AIE) from 2004 to 2018 and board member in several international organisations such as the Federation of European Publishers (till Sept 2020), EDItEUR and the International DOI Foundation. He chaired the Standard and Technology Committee of IPA, the ARROW Association and the ISBN International Agency.

He is lecturer in the postgraduate course on publishing at the University of Milan.

His interest in trade and rights data date back to the ‘90ies. In 2005 he launched the idea of approaching the orphan work problem as the first use-case for the development of a “rights information infrastructure”. After then, he coordinated the technical working group of the European publishers on rights data in the Google Settlement case, directed the ARROW project and was involved with the Linked Content Coalition, the RELIRE project in France, the RDI and the ARDITO projects (coordinated by his team at AIE).

He is author of many articles and two monographs about the impact of technologies on book trade and rights management in the digital environment.

Renate Behrens

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

Renate Behrens is a Librarian in the Office for Library Standards in the German National Library, she is the head of the Expert group for Library Standards in Austria, Germany and German-speaking Switzerland, the EURIG representation for the German National Library, member of the IFLA Committee on Standards, the IFLA Cataloguing Section and the IFLA ISBD Review Group as well as member of the RDA Steering Committee (RSC) as the European Region Representative for EURIG the European RDA Interest Group.

Luca Bellingeri

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, director

Luca Bellingeri, born in Rome in 1956, graduated in Letters and specialized in medieval history and in library science. As an official in the Ministry of the Cultural Heritage since 1985, he served at the National Central Library of Rome until 2008. Since 2008 he has been an executive and from May 2008 until March 2015, he was the director of the Estense University Library of Modena. As an executive inspector in the Ministry General Secretariat, since November 2015 he has been the director of the National Central Library of Florence, and since November 2018, he has been the ad interim director of the Marucelliana Library of Florence.

From 1998 until 2013 he was a Contract Lecturer in Library Legislation at La Sapienza University of Rome and, from 2010 until 2014, he even taught Public Rights Institutions, as well as Archives Legislation at the Paleography, Diplomacy and Archival School of the State Archive of Modena, and, since 2019, he has also been teaching Archives Legislation at the School of Florence.

As a vice chairman of the Technical Committee for both Libraries and Cultural Institutes from 2015 until 2016 and from 2019 until today; member of the Directive for the Association ‘Bianchi Bandinelli’, since 2014 he has been chairing the Committee for the certificate concerning the subscription of the partners to the Italian Library Association, ex lege n. 4/2013.

He has published more than 100 entries of encyclopedia, essays, articles and reviews on library science catalogues and journals.

Giovanni Bergamin

Associazione Italiana Biblioteche

Giovanni Bergamin

Librarian, Independent consultant and Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (AIB) Board member.

He worked from 1990 to 2017 at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze as head of information technology services.

He has been involved in important European projects and in national working groups and committees devoted to: cooperation between libraries, IT services for libraries, digital preservation of cultural heritage, metadata standards and the web of data. In these professional fields he is author of articles, speaker at seminars and conferences and he has also been involved in teaching experiences.

Carlo Bianchini

Università degli Studi di Pavia

Carlo Bianchini is currently associated professor in LIS at the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage of the University of Pavia (2010- ). In addition to having published books and nearly 100 contributions in national and international journals, he is frequently an invited speaker at professional conferences. He is serving on the editorial boards of “JLIS.it” and “AIB Studi” and served in the editorial board of Bibliotheca. Rivista di studi bibliografici (2003-2007). Former Member of the Cataloguing Commission of Italian Library Association (2005-2011), he is an active member of Italian chapter of ISKO (International Society for Knowledge Organization) and founding member of SISBB (Società Italiana di Scienze Bibliografiche e Biblioteconomiche). After earning his bachelor’s degree in LIS at University of Udine, Italy, his master’s in literature translation degree at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy and his Ph.D. degree in LIS at University of Udine, he worked as librarian at Accademia dei Concordi, Rovigo (1991-1998) and at Museo Friulano di Storia Naturale, Udine (2000-2010), where, under his management, Ranganathan’s Colon Classification was used to organize library collections. His current main research interests deal with KO and faceted classifications, cataloguing, LOD and Wikidata, and information literacy and user studies.

Ian Bigelow

University of Alberta Library

Ian Bigelow is the Head of Cataloguing Strategies at the University of Alberta Library. He completed his MLIS at Western University and has undergraduate degrees in mathematics and classical studies. He is currently a member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Committee, Canadian Committee on Cataloguing, Canadian BIBFRAME Readiness Task Force, Share VDE Advisory Council, Share VDE Sapientia Entity Identification Working Group, Linked Data for Production (LD4P) Profiles Working/Affinity Group, and PCC Linked Data Advisory Committee.

Vincent Boulet

Bibliothèque nationale de France

Vincent Boulet is Head of Authority control and value vocabularies at the National Library of France. He is taking part in various projects at a national or at an international level regarding entities' and identifiers' management. He takes part to the ISNI and VIAF management. He is chair of the IFLA cataloguing section and member of the Committee on Standards of IFLA.

Thomas Bourke

European University Institute

Thomas Bourke is Library information specialist for economics at the European University Institute (EUI). He holds a degree in history from University College Dublin and a PhD in political economy from the EUI. Thomas worked in the antiquarian book trade in London and New York – and taught business English communication in Tokyo – before commencing his PhD on political economic relations between Japan and the European Union. Since 2003 his role as EUI Library information specialist has included responsibility for the economics and data collections; the Data Portal; Library data support services; and liaison with the EUI Economics Department. He has participated, also as a speaker, in many international conferences on research data management.

Simonetta Buttò

Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche, director

Simonetta Buttò (Rome 1957) obtained a master’s degree in Italian Literature and two specialisation degrees, in Modern Philology and in Codicology at the Sapienza University of Rome. She was Director of the University Library of Genoa, of the Library of Modern and Contemporary History in Rome and of the National Library “Vittorio Emanuele III” in Naples.

Since May 2015 she has been Director of the Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries (ICCU). In May 2020 she also took over the interim direction of the Library and Girolamini Monumental Complex in Naples.

Since 1998 she has taught as a professor in several institutions, including the universities of L’Aquila, Pisa and Siena, the “Scuola di Alta Formazione” of the MiBACT Central Institute for the Restoration and Preservation of Archives and Libraries Heritage, the National School of Administration (SNA), the “Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali”, and the “Scuola speciale per archivisti e bibliotecari” of the Sapienza University in Rome.

Currently, she is the editor-in-chief of «DigItalia: rivista del digitale nei beni culturali» and member of the Scientific Committee of the «Nuovi Annali della Scuola speciale per archivisti e bibliotecari» and of the Scientific and Reading Committee of the “Pagine diverse” series published by Pacini, Pisa.

She is also a corresponding member of the National Institute of Roman Studies, an ordinary member of the National Centre for Leopardi Studies and a representative of MiBACT within the Executive Council of the Lancisiana Academy. In June 2020 she was elected as a member of the Board of Arbitrators of the Italian Library Association-AIB.

In 2018, she has been awarded the Giambattista Gifuni Prize for her contribution in promoting books and reading.

Simonetta Buttò is the author of over one hundred publications, including catalogues, monographs, articles and critical essays.

Michele Casalini

Casalini Libri

Michele Casalini is CEO of the family company Casalini Libri, which supplies bibliographical data, books and journals to libraries, and offers e-content through the Torrossa platform, thanks to its dedicated Digital Division. Following studies in Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Florence, and a period working with the publishing company La Nuova Italia, Michele specialised in the field of Information Technology and Management. He has been active member in standardization processes such as the definition of EDIFACT for the book sector and the translation of RDA into Italian. Member of several professional associations, Michele attends conferences, consultations and debates, liasing personally both with libraries and publishers. Among his recent interests is the digital transition and the current situation of HSS academic publishing, in particular the potential risks of marginalisation facing these subject areas, and analysis of collaborative measures that can contribute to preserving cultural heritage for the future. In May 2019 Michele accepted from the University of Florence an honorary degree celebrating his dedication and contribution to the field of Library and Information Science, the very first bestowal of the honour in question for merit in modern librarianship by an Italian university.

John Chapman


John Chapman oversees cataloging applications, including Connexion and WorldShare Record Manager, as well as the WorldCat Metadata API. He also helps direct OCLC's linked data strategy. Prior to working at OCLC, he was Metadata Librarian for the University of Minnesota. During his career in libraries, he has received honors and professional recognition for accomplishments in corporate librarianship, special collections digitization, and metadata standards development.

Andrea De Pasquale

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma, director

Andrea De Pasquale, obtained a postgraduate degree in Librarianship at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and a PhD in History of the book at the École Pratique des Hautes Études of Paris. He was Director of the Palatina Library in Parma (2008-2011), Director of the National Braidense Library in Milan (2011-2014) and Director of the National University Library of Turin (2008-2015). Since 2014, he has been the Director of the Central National Library of Rome. He represented the Ministry of Cultural Heritage in various Institutions and Committees, such as the “Comitato tecnico scientifico biblioteche e istituti culturali”, and he is member of several international groups, like the Centre Gabriel Naudé of ENSSIB in Lyon, the Foundation of Jewish cultural heritage in Italy and the Luigi Firpo Foundation, an important hub for the history of political thought in Turin. He has taught at several universities, such as the École Nationale de Chartes in Paris, the University of West Piedmont, the University of Bologna and the University of Siena. Currently, he teaches at the University of Rome and at the National School for books and archives restoration. He took part in several international meetings and conferences and published several books, articles and surveys on topics related to librarianship: especially on the history of books, bibliography, and history of libraries.

Luigi Dei

Università degli Studi di Firenze, Rector

Luigi Dei is an Italian academic, scientific commentator and full professor of chemistry at the University of Florence of which, since 2015, he has been Rector.

Specialising in so-called ‘soft matter’ with Nobel Laurate in Physics, Pierre Gilles de Gennes, Luigi Dei is a pioneer in the field of applied nanosciences and nanotechnologies for the conservation of cultural heritage, and participated in several international projects in these fields, leading two of them.

President of OpenLab (Center for Education and Scientific Dissemination) from 2012 to 2015, he is a member of various scientific societies and councils.

He is editorial reviewer for numerous international scientific journals and the author of more than 150 scientific publications in peer reviewed international scientific journals and books. Since 2009 he has devoted himself to scientific dissemination through different media, focusing on the relationship between science, art, and literature. In possession of strong communicative and acting skills, Dei uses the ‘conference-show’ as the main tool of his scientific dissemination activity.

In 2018 he received the Porcellino Award from the city of Florence, given every year to personalities who, in different professional fields, have contributed to enhancing the role of Florence as a symbol of culture and science.

Fabio D'Orsogna

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma

Fabio D'Orsogna is a librarian at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of Italy. He works at the Central National Library of Rome (BNCR) as head of the Digital Library Office. He is in charge of the management of digitization projects of the National Library collections and other projects in collaboration with other national and international libraries, organizations, and institutions. He is in charge of the Digital Portal of the BNCR which gathers all the digitized collections of the Library. He has worked for 14 years as a biomedical documentalist supporting scientific research in the medical field for the Ministry of Health. He is a former member of the Regional Executive Committee for AIB Lazio for 2014-2017, and vice-president for 2017-2020.

Gordon Dunsire

Independent consultant

Gordon Dunsire is an independent consultant living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His professional background is in academic libraries and research in digital libraries and bibliographic metadata. He is a former chair of the RDA Steering Committee. He has been involved in the development of IFLA’s bibliographic standards for several years, and is a recipient of an IFLA Medal.

Antonella Fallerini

Sapienza Università di Roma

Graduated in Arabic language and Librarianship, she is a librarian at the Department Italian Institute of Oriental studies, Sapienza University of Rome, focusing on cataloguing of non-latin script materials.

Pierluigi Feliciati

Università degli Studi di Macerata

Senior researcher, Lecturer in Information Science applied to Archives, Records Management and Digital Humanities and pro-rector for records management and archives at the University of Macerata since 2007. He previously worked for the Ministry of Culture and coordinated the Italian national archives information system. He is one of the coordinators of the University network of research for Social Sciences and ICT, past chief of the "PlayMarche srl" spin-off company and managing editor of JLIS.it and “Il Capitale Culturale” scientific journals. He directed the 2nd International Summer School in Policies and Practices in Access to Digital Archives and my main researches focus on records management and preservation metadata, and on quality, usability and users interaction of digital libraries and archives on line. He edited, with Milena Dobreva (University of Malta) and Andy O'Dwyer (BBC), the User Studies for Digital Libraries Development book, published by Facet Publishing.


Agnese Galeffi

Sapienza Università di Roma

Ph.D. in Library science, she works for the Sapienza University of Rome Library system, covering the role of manager of the SBN Hub RMS. Formerly member of the IFLA Cataloguing Standing Committee, at present in Library Theory and Research.

Giuliano Genetasio

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma

Giuliano Genetasio, Ph.D., has worked at the National Central Library of Rome since 2017, where he is in charge of the bibliographic control (legal deposit, cataloging, and indexing) of Central and Southern Italy publications. In the past, he worked at Casalini Libri as a cataloger and indexer for over ten years. He studied bibliography and cataloging with Mauro Guerrini. He is a member of the AIB Commission on National Libraries and Services and the ICCU Working Groups for SBN Indexing and Classification, for the Maintenance of SBN Personal Name Authority File, for the IFLA-LRM Translation and the RDA Translation. He wrote on conceptual modeling, cataloging principles and standards, subject indexing, authority control, and legal deposit. He collaborated in translating several works and standards from English to Italian.

Fulvio Guatelli

Università degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze University Press

Fulvio Guatelli (PhD), Director of Firenze University Press (www.fupress.com), member of the Open Access Commission of the University of Florence, is seduced in his youth by the philosophy of Bertrand Russell, the philosophy of language and logic. With the approach of a philosopher he gets interested in the mechanisms of academic publishing and the development of new criteria for assessment and dissemination of science. He has been working at Firenze University Press since 2006 where, thanks to a brilliant and rapidly growing environment, he is able to experiment pioneering activities in the field of academic publishing. He has conceived the project "FUP Scientific Cloud for Books" in which the new digital book is characterized by a deep interaction between content and metadata capable of ensuring high indexes of dissemination and impact of monographs (https://fupress.com/fup-best-practice-in-scholarly-publishing). Pubblications: https://www.unifi.it/p-doc2-2017-000000-G-3f2b3a30382a2f-0.html. Contacts: fulvio.guatelli@unifi.it.

Mauro Guerrini (chair of the conference)

Università degli Studi di Firenze

Mauro Guerrini is full professor of LIS at the University of Florence, Department SAGAS.

His main interest is in bibliographic universe, cataloging, metadata, open access to scientific literature, and history of librarians. He is author of books and essays; member of the board of the main Italian, and some international journals of LIS. He was the main editor of the Italian translation of ISBD and RDA. Since 2002 he is dean of the Master Program on Cataloguing, and 2016-2019 dean of the LIS courses. From 2013 he is member of the board of the PhD in History Studies, University of Florence, with the University of Siena (with a LIS Section). He was chair of numerous national and international scientific conferences, including FRBR (2000), Electronic Resourses (2001), Authority control (2003), Linked data (2012), and Bibliographic Control in the digital ecosystem (2021); chair of the Italian Committee for the IFLA International Congress held in Milan in 2009; speaker in several conferences and seminars in Italy and in many countries. He chaired the AIB Cataloguing Section. From 2005 al 2011 he was the AIB President. He is a member of several international associations; for IFLA he was a member of the Cataloging Section, ISBD Review Group, FRBR Review Group, Classification Section, Subject Analysis; Bibliographic Section from 2018. Member of IME ICC of IFLA; from 2003 to 2009 he worked in drafting of new International Cataloguing Principles (ICP). Member of the Working Group on Open Access of the CRUI (2003-2009); chair of the CRUI Working Group on Metadata of institutional repositories. President of the Commission Open Access of the University of Florence. Since 2020 he is a member of the Working Group on Open Access of the Italian University Minister. From 2012 to 2016 he was the president of the Committee on Libraries and cultural institutions of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture. He is reviewer for many journals, and for many university projects.

Maria Chiara Iorio (chair)

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

Maria Chiara Iorio

She works as a librarian at the Central National Library of Florence (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze) in the office of the Italian National Bibliography (Bibliografia Nazionale Italiana) and is specialized in semantic cataloguing. Earlier she worked at the Humanistic Library of the University of Florence for fifteen years.

She loves her job and she is coordinator of the National Commission for Libraries and National Services of the Italian Library Association (AIB).

She likes to be always up to date in her profession: after graduation, she earned two master's degrees, the first one in Library Management, the second one in Cataloging, and since then she tries not to miss a conference or a course relevant to her profession.

Klaus Kempf

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Klaus Kempf has been director of the “Digital Library and Bavarica” of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich since 2015. His background includes master’s degrees in law and economics as well as librarianship. Beginning his career as a reference librarian for economics, law and information science at the University of Bamberg, he has been interim director of the library of the Technische Universität Dresden, then director of the Department of Strategic Planning at the Directorate General of the Bayern State Libraries (1994-1999) and director of the Department of Acquisitions and Collection Development including the digital library of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, before commencing his current role. His numerous publications and presentations, mostly on library management and organisation, metadata and linked data, and on the digital library, are reference points for all librarians.

Forever an admirer of Italian language and culture, in 2007 he was given the title of Commendatore of the Italian Republic for the truly tireless role he has played in promoting the bonds of knowledge and friendship between the German and Italian people and culture. In 2014 he was representative of the German language world at the first congress of the States General of the Italian Language in the World at the Salone dei Cinque Cento of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. He is honorary member of the Italian Library Association (AIB).

Mathilde Koskas

Bibliothèque nationale de France

Mathilde Koskas is Head of the Books section of the French National Bibliography (Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département du Dépôt légal). She studied at the École nationale des Chartes (Archiviste-paléographe, 2007) and at the École nationale supérieure des sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques (ENSSIB) (Conservatrice des Bibliothèques, 2008) before joining the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 2008. She has been actively involved in IFLA since 2014, and is Chair of its Bibliography section and Secretary of its Division III (Library services) since 2019. Her work focuses on legal deposit and cataloguing of printed and electronic books, cataloguing standards and rules for National Bibliographies, and the online catalogues and services that give access to bibliographic and authority data. She's also involved in IFLA's Women, information and libraries Special interest group.

Françoise Leresche

Bibliothèque nationale de France

Françoise Leresche worked in several public and university libraries where she had the responsibility for the cataloguing policy and the management of the bibliographic database, before joining the National Library of France where she now works on bibliographic standards: bibliographic models, cataloguing rules, MARC formats (especially INTERMARC and UNIMARC) and mappings for the exchange of bibliographic and authority data. She was a member of the Permanent UNIMARC Committee (1991-1996) and of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Cataloguing Section (1991-1995 and 2008-2015).

She is currently the Officer for Information Standards Policy at the Metadata Department of the National Library of France. She is involved in the French Bibliographic Transition Program in which she chairs the group which develops the new French cataloguing code based on the IFLA LRM model and partially adapted from RDA. As such, she is the BnF representative at EURIG (European RDA Interest Group).

Anna Lucarelli

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

Anna Lucarelli (anna.lucarelli@beniculturali.it) is a librarian at the National Central Library of Florence (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze/BNCF). She has worked in the Classification and Indexing Section of the Italian National Bibliography (Bibliografia Nazionale Italiana/BNI) and from 2002 to 2019 she was an adjunct Professor of Subject Indexing at the University of Florence.

She is now the head of the BNCF’s Department of ‘Reasearch and Tools for Subject Indexing and Classification’, as well as the Project Coordinator for the Development of the Nuovo Soggettario. She is also a lecturer in some training courses for librarians and the author of articles and essays in this area.

Andrew MacEwan

British Library

Andrew MacEwan is the Head of Metadata at the British library with responsibility for the cataloguing and metadata production processes for all of the Library’s digital and print collections received on legal deposit. Andrew joined the Library in 1987 and has worked in a variety of roles across the library’s technical services departments. Internationally he has worked on a number of library working groups on name and subject authority control standards, including the IFLA Working Group on Functional Requirements and Numbering of Authority Records (FRANAR). Andrew also served as member of the Policy Committee of the Program For Cooperative Cataloging for 20 years from 1999 to 2019. He also was a member of the ISO Committee 27729 responsible for drafting the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI). Since 2010 he has served on the governing Board of the ISNI International Agency.

Sabina Magrini

Archivio di Stato di Firenze

Sabina Magrini (Ph.D. in Latin Palaeography) has worked as a Librarian at the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence (1999-2010). She has then directed the “Stelio Crise” State Library in Trieste (2010-2012), the Biblioteca Palatina in Parma (2012-2015), the Istituto Centrale per I Beni Sonori e Audiovisivi in Rome (2018-2020). She was appointed Regional Secretary of Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism of Emilia Romagna between 2015 and 2018. To date she is in charge of the Archivio di Stato in Florence and of the Soprintendenza Archivistica e Bibliografica of Tuscany (ad interim).

Her articles on library sciences mainly concern the organization and management of databases relating to manuscript material; her research and publications relating to the history of the book deal in particular with the evolution of forms of writing and book production between the 11th and 14th centuries in the Western context.

Paola Manoni

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Paola Manoni is the Head of the Coordination of IT Services at the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV).

Her research and work area is focused on metadata, digital libraries, interoperability protocols and long term preservation for cultural heritage.

She is the chair of the UNI Technical Committee "Documentation and Information”. Under the responsibility of the above mentioned "Documentation and Information" Committee she is also the chair the Sub Committee “Technical interoperability”.

She represents the Vatican Library in many international initiatives such as the IIIF Consortium and, in this context, she is also co-charing the “IIIF Discovery for Humans” Working Group.

Laura Manzoni

Università degli Studi di Firenze

Laura Manzoni

After a bachelor degree in Literature at the University of Pavia and a master degree in Archivistics and library Science at the University of Florence, she is currently attending the third year of PhD in Historical Studies, curricula Library Science, Institutions and Archives at the University of Florence and Siena and she is working on a thesis on the history and cataloguing of cartographic resources.

Maria Cristina Mataloni

Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche

Maria Cristina Mataloni is a librarian at the Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and bibliographic Information (ICCU), where she is in charge of the Area for the development and coordination of the National Library Service catalogue and network, in addition to heading up the Area for accessing bibliographic information and for the Italian libraries database. She is also in charge of the historical volumes and card catalogs of the Website of Italian Libraries, and she was a member of the workgroup on Linked Open Data in SBN and the Maintenance of the SBN Index.

Elda Merenda

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma

Elda Merenda, Ph.D., works at the National Central Library of Rome, where she is in charge of the Legal Deposit and Cataloguing Office, which manages the bibliographic control of the Northern Italy publications. In the past, after conducting research activities in Classical Philology, she specialized in Librarianship at the Vatican School in Rome. She started working as a cataloger, dealing with cataloging principles and standards, authority control, and semantic indexing. For several years she worked as Library System Manager and cataloguer at the Biblioteca Don Bosco in Rome. She is a member of the Commission for the maintenance, updating, and diffusion of the Italian Cataloguing Rules (REICAT), the ICCU Working Group for SBN Semantic Cataloguing, and the ICCU Working Group for the Maintenance of SBN Personal Name Authority File.

Elisabeth Mödden

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

Elisabeth Mödden studied civil engineering at the TU Braunschweig and completed her library traineeship at the TU Darmstadt. Since 2007, she was initially a subject specialist for computer science and technology at the German National Library (DNB) and in 2009 she began to work on automatic cataloguing procedures as part of a project. As of 2014 she is head of the department of Automatic Cataloguing Procedures, Net Publications (AEN) at the DNB.

Oddrun Pauline Ohren

Nasjonalbiblioteket - National Library of Norway

Oddrun Pauline Ohren is a senior adviser in Department of Acquisition and Bibliographic Services at the National Library of Norway (NLN). With metadata standards and models, metadata analysis and metadata quality improvement as main areas of interest, her work includes several activities concerned with building up new services based on the national bibliography. Examples are establishing an authority file for works and providing a free metadata repository for Norwegian public libraries – the former being pursued through membership in SHARE-VDE. Also, as NLN’s participant in the CLARIN infrastructure project, Oddrun has the responsibility for developing and managing metadata models to be used at Norwegian CLARIN centres for describing language research data.

Giulio Palanga

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma

Giulio Palanga has worked at BNCR since 1985. He studied bibliography and librarianship with Alfredo Serrai, catalog techniques with Diego Maltese, and Latin paleography with Armando Petrucci. He has always worked on serials. Since 2016 he has been in charge of the BNCR Newspapers and Periodicals Office. Since 1992 he is a member of the ICCU Working Group on Cataloguing in SBN(S). He held many training courses on the cataloging of periodicals. He collaborated in the drafting of the volume La catalogazione delle risorse elettroniche in SBN (1999), edited the CIP, Catalogo degli indici dei periodici of BNCR (2005), collaborated on the Italian translation and examples of ISBD(CR) (2007), collaborated in the drafting of the new Guide to the cataloging of modern material in SBN (2015), edited CAPUS, Catalogue of serial publications owned by the National Central Library of Rome (12 volumes, 2019).

Tessa Piazzini

Università degli Studi di Firenze

Tessa Piazzini

Librarian at the Biomedical Library of the University of Florence, where she mainly deals with reference, courses for users, assistance in research evaluation. Interested in open access and open science topics, since 2012 she has been coordinating the working group of librarians to support open access and research evaluation and she is a member of the University's Open Access Commission. She is in charge with the management of the institutional repository Flore for issues relating to bibliographic aspects and copyright and works in close contact with Research Area for the periodic Italian Research Evaluation Exercise (VQR). Since 2020 she has been part of the group that coordinates the national negotiation teams of CRUI-CARE (Coordination for access to electronic resources).

Tiziana Possemato

Università degli Studi di Firenze

Tiziana Possemato graduated in Philosophy at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1994. She obtained a diploma in Archival Science at the Vatican School of paleography, diplomatics and archives, a diploma in Library Science at the Vatican School of Library Science and, in 2013, a Master’s degree in Library Sciences at the University of Florence. She is currently a PhD student in Historical Studies, Book Sciences, Institutions and Archives curriculum at the University of Florence, with a research entitled Another Brick in the Wall: building bridges of knowledge in the digital age.

Over course of career, she has been and still is responsible for numerous library automation projects, analysis, mapping and conversion of catalogue data, and the design of information retrieval systems. A specific area of interest concerns Linked open data and the Semantic web.

She is Chief Information Officer of Casalini Libri and founding managing partner of @Cult.

Nathan Putnam


Nathan Putnam is the Director of Metadata Quality at OCLC and oversees the teams of specialists working on data integrity and quality for the WorldCat bibliographic database, knowledge base, and registry. He has 20 years of cataloging experience working in multiple academic libraries as cataloger and manager and enjoys discussing cataloging trends and issues with the wider metadata community.

Elena Ravelli

Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche

Elena Ravelli is a librarian presently working at the Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information (ICCU). She is in charge of the Area for cataloguing standards, guidelines and tutorials, as well as of the Area for the bibliography, cataloguing and survey of early printed books. Since her joining in ICCU, she has cooperated in the project of National census of the 16th century Italian editions (EDIT 16). She currently participates to several national working groups of the National Library Service (SBN). In particular, she coordinates the Group for the management and implementation of the SBN Authority file - Places and the Group for the cataloguing of cartographic material in SBN. Since the beginning of 2020 she has been a member of the Commission for the maintenance, updating and dissemination of the Italian Cataloguing Rules – REICAT.

Andrea Ribichini

Sapienza Università di Roma

Andrea Ribichini

Ph.D. in Computer Engineering. His research interests include algorithms for massive data sets, programming languages and, more recently, bibliometrics and research assessment methodologies.

Pat Riva

Concordia University Montréal

Pat Riva is Associate University Librarian, Collection Services at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pat completed her Masters in Library and Information Studies at McGill University, having undergraduate degrees in mathematics and linguistics. Pat's main interest is bibliographic standards development and translation, and she has served on standards committees for RDA, MARC 21, the Dewey Decimal Classification, and conceptual models at the national and international level. Pat chaired the Consolidation Editorial Group which prepared the IFLA Library Reference Model, approved as an IFLA standard in August 2017. She is serving on the IFLA Bibliography Section Standing Committee, and is chair of the LRMoo Working Group, which is working with the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model Special Interest Group to update the FRBRoo model to align it with IFLA LRM.

Mario Santanchè

Sapienza Università di Roma

Mario Santanché

Librarian at Sapienza University of Rome, he works for the Library system, dealing with maintenance and technical assistance of the bibliographic database of the SBN Hub RMS, as well as the automation of users’ services.

Lucia Sardo

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Lucia Sardo

After a Degree in Cultural Heritage Conservation and a PhD in Bibliographic Sciences she has worked in private and public libraries. She is currently Junior assistant professor (fixed-term) at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Campus of Ravenna. She mainly deals with topics related to cataloguing theory, history of cataloguing and authority control.

Philip Schreur

Stanford University

Philip Schreur is currently the Associate University Librarian for Technical and Access Services at Stanford University. He earned a PhD from Stanford in Medieval music theory and an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley. Philip has been the Chair of the Program for Cooperative cataloging and deeply involved in the implementation of the new cataloging rules Resource, Description and Access (RDA) in the United States. With a mid-career move to HighWire Press, he developed an interest in the automated taxonomic analysis of digital texts. Currently, he is in charge of coordinating linked-data project development for the Stanford University Libraries (SUL). Initial areas of interest include the use of linked data as a mechanism for identity management across traditional resources and those within the digital library, the integration of linked data from disparate sources, and the transition of traditional technical services workflows to processes rooted in linked open data.

Abigail Sparling

University of Alberta Library

Abigail Sparling is the Serials Metadata Librarian at the University of Alberta Library. Abigail is passionate about leveraging technology to improve resource description, management and discovery, which she explores in her work as a certified Library Carpentry Instructor and as co-chair of the ALCTS/Core Electronic Resources Interest Group. Since 2017 Abigail has been an active member of the international BIBFRAME community, and currently sits on the Share-VDE Transformation Council and Cluster Knowledgebase Working Group, and the LD4P Serials Affinity Group.

Chiara Storti

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

Chiara Storti is digital librarian at the ICT Department of the National Central Library of Florence (BNCF). She is the manager of digital legal deposit and web archiving services.

Under her management, BNCF has adopted Folio, the first community open source library service platform.

From 2010 to 2017 she has been digital archivist and librarian at the Coordination Office of Network of libraries of Romagna and San Marino.

She is a member of the working group on digital libraries of the Italian Library Association (AIB).

She is passionate about Wikimedia projects for the cultural heritage institutions and promoter of free-culture, open source and open access movements.

Osma Suominen

National Library of Finland

Osma Suominen is an information systems specialist at the National Library of Finland. He is currently working on automated subject indexing, in particular the Annif tool and the Finto AI service, as well as the publishing of bibliographic data as Linked Data. He is also one of the creators of the Finto.fi thesaurus and ontology service and is leading development of the Skosmos vocabulary browser used in Finto. Osma Suominen earned his doctoral degree at Aalto University while doing research on semantic portals and quality of controlled vocabularies within the FinnONTO series of projects.

Pep Torn (chair)

European University Institute Library

Pep Torn was appointed director of the European University Institute Library in October 2015. Previously he held different managerial positions at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, starting in 2008 as Library Director and occupying positions of Academic Services Director and Knowledge Resources and Library Director from 2011 to 2015. Pep Torn started his library professional career in 1998 at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech with projects related to technology.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Library and Information Science (Universitat de Barcelona), Master's degree in Documentation and Information Science (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and a Diploma on Leadership by the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER).

Since 2010 Pep is also a member of the LIBER's WG on Leadership Programmes and regularly participates in networks such as EUROLIB or the organisation committee of the Fiesole Retreat Series.

Mattia Vallania

Sapienza Università di Roma

Mattia Vallania

Librarian at Sapienza University of Rome since 2011, he works for the Library system, dealing with maintenance and technical assistance of the bibliographic database of the SBN Hub RMS, as well as the automation of users’ services.

Richard Wallis

Data Liberate

Richard Wallis

Independent Consultant and Evangelist, is a distinguished thought leader in Linked Data and Semantic Web who has been at the forefront of the emergence of these technologies for over 25 years. He is Chair of the Bibframe2Schema, Schema Bib Extend, and Schema Architypes, W3C Community Groups and evangelist for the adoption of Linked Data in cultural heritage and the wider Web. He has an international reputation for insightful and entertaining keynote sessions at library, Web, and Semantic Web focused events. Working with Google, OCLC, National Libraries and finance & tourism industries on the extension, application and use of the Schema.org vocabulary; he is a pragmatist who believes in searching for implementable solutions.

Paul Weston

Università degli Studi di Pavia

Paul Gabriele Weston is associate professor at the University of Pavia, where he gives courses in cataloging, digital library management, and digital humanities. He is a member of the Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters of the British School at Rome and is on the board of the Centro Manoscritti, responsible for coordinating the development of the PAD (Pavia Archivi Digitali) project. His current lines of research include librarianship in nineteenth-century European libraries (in particular at the Vatican Library and the British Museum library) and medium- to long-term preservation of born-digital literary archives. From 1983 to 2000, he worked at the Vatican Library as coordinator of the retrospective conversion of the card catalogues and was a faculty member of the Vatican School of Librarianship, a post that he still holds as Invited Professor.

Paolo Wos Bellini

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

Paolo Wos Bellini, Librarian, has worked as an executive officer at the University of Trento from 1991 to 2008 and at the University of Perugia until 2012.

Since September 2012 he has worked as a chief cataloguer at the National Central Library of Florence.

He is specialized in cataloguing of modern monographs.

Since 2018 he has been head of the the Italian National Bibliography.

Andrea Zorzi

Università degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte, Spettacolo, director

Andrea Zorzi is Full Professor of Medieval History at the University of Florence and Director of the Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Fine and Performing Arts (SAGAS). In 2018/2019 he was visiting professor Chaire “Alphonse Dupront” at the Sorbonne Université. He also taught Digital Humanities at the University of Padua, Siena and Venice and has held lectures and seminaries in several universities round the world.

He is member of various research institutions and associations, as well as of many scientific committees of national and international journals.

His research focuses on Italian political history of late Middle Ages. On these topics he has published a large numbers of works (about 170 from 1987 to 2017) for prestigious publishers, such as Cambridge University Press, Oxford UP, Johns Hopkins UP, Brepols, Duncker & Humblot, Einaudi, Il Mulino, Carocci, Olschki, Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento, Press de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne, and many others.