The EAHIL 2023 committees are proud to announce that we have been able to secure three outstanding speakers for our keynote addresses. The three speakers are strong voices within in their field of expertise. They have all been speaking and publishing about the library and librarians’ roles for years, and they have ideas on where we are headed next. We believe that these three speakers will spark some good conversations, give us valuable input and help us discuss the broader themes of our workshop.

See the recordings from their presentations:

R. David Lankes


R. David Lankes is the Virginia & Charles Bowden professor of Librarianship at the University of Texas Austin’s iSchool. David has won several awards for his work in librarianship, and his many publications has helped set the course for new librarianship.

Our workshop theme is inspired by his quote: “To be a librarian is not to be neutral, or passive, or waiting for a question. It is to be a radical positive change agent within your community.”

Mia Høj Mathiasson

Assistant professor

Mia Høj Mathiasson is a Danish library researcher working at the University of Southern Denmark. She is currently connected to the research project “UPSCALEUpscaling sustainable collaborative consumption using public libraries,” funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Her research interests cover the social and societal role of public libraries, especially concerning libraries and librarians as activists, social entrepreneurs, and partners in sustainable development processes.

Aslak Sira Myhre

National Librarian

Aslak Sira Myhre is the National Librarian in Norway. He is a former politician and leader of several literary endeavours, such as the House of literature in Oslo, as well as a columnist in several Norwegian newspapers.

Aslak is a football enthusiast, and he has written several books on football and politics.