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​New National Librarian in Sweden

Pressmeddelande   •   Aug 21, 2019 08:34 CEST

Photo: Jann Lipka

Karin Grönvall commenced work on the 19th August as National Librarian and Head of the National Library (KB).

– I feel full of energy for the challenge of leading the National Library. It was at KB that I started as a librarian 20 years ago and it is fantastic to return now, says Karin Grönvall.

Karin Grönvall most recently worked as Head Librarian at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, where she has been employed since 2015. Prior to that she has held the role of Head Librarian at Södertörn University and earlier Head of Department at Karolinska Institute's University Library. In parallel, Karin has been involved in numerous assignments concerning national collaboration in the library sector. In May, she was appointed National Librarian by the Government.

In approaching her new role, Karin Grönvall highlights the major change that digitization has brought to libraries.

– Free access to secure sources is a crucial issue for democracy and necessary for research. Digitization brings great opportunities if the right conditions exist. Through the proposal for a National Strategy for Libraries, KB has identified several areas where important investments and engagement is needed. I look forward to continuing the development work, says Karin Grönvall.

You can follow Karin Grönvall's work through the newly started instagram account @riksbibliotekarien.


Kungliga biblioteket

Kungliga biblioteket, KB, är Sveriges nationalbibliotek. Vi samlar in, bevarar och tillgängliggör allt som ges ut i Sverige, från handskrifter, böcker och tidningar till musik, tv-program och bilder. Dessutom har vi utländskt material med svensk anknytning.

KB är en statlig myndighet under Utbildningsdepartementet. Som nationalbibliotek utvecklar och främjar vi samverkan i den svenska bibliotekssektorn.