Libraries – From Crisis to Opportunity


How do we inspire engagement, nurture thought leadership and advocacy, so that continuous change is owned and embedded, alongside agility, future readiness and relevance to the current priorities of our parent institutions? Sign up now to learn more in this webinar.

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This presentation is targeted at anyone working in libraries especially academic and research libraries), regardless of their positions.


The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in a slew of evolution and transformation among libraries and librarians. Faced with ever-changing scenarios, how can libraries continuously envision, respond, and adapt to future shifts in the environment?

Gulcin Cribb, Chair, Academic and Research Libraries Section of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), delves into the challenges that librarians face while managing change, and draws on recent cases to address them.

Key highlights

  • The effect of external environments on academic and research libraries
  • Driving forces in the library ecosystem
  • Changing roles of libraries and librarians
  • Stakeholder engagement: challenges vs opportunities

Please note that certificates will be issued to participants who attended the live session.

Presenter(s)

Gulcin Cribb - Chair, Academic and Research Libraries Section, IFLA

Gulcin Cribb

Chair, Academic and Research Libraries Section, IFLA

Gulcin Cribb, currently Chair of the Academic and Research Libraries Section of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), is an experienced global library leader, having worked at nine different universities in four different countries, Australia, UK, Turkey and Singapore.  Gulcin’s most recent position was as the University Librarian at Singapore Management University (2012-2020) where she was involved in establishing a new Law Library and managing university’s art collections. She has been involved in numerous projects including introduction of new service models, new technologies, new buildings and renovations as well as extensive staff development and educational programmes. Gulcin is passionate about community engagement and collaboration with stakeholders. Gulcin is an Associate member of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Library Association of Singapore. She is actively involved in professional mentoring programmes both in Australia and internationally.