About the author – Special Libraries as Knowledge Management Centres

About the author

For the last 21 years of her career as a professional librarian, Eva Semertzaki has been working at the Library of the Bank of Greece. Since 2008 she has been the deputy head of the library. It is a special research library focused on economics, banking, finance and related disciplines.

Eva received her bachelor’s degree in Greek classical studies at the University of Crete, Greece, in 1984. As a Fulbright-scholarship recipient, she got her master’s degree in library and information science at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1988. Before applying for the scholarship she worked for about two years at the library of the University of Crete, where she realised that she preferred library science as her career. Upon completing her master’s degree, Eva worked as a professional librarian at the American College of Greece for almost one year.

Further to her work, she has been involved in the library profession in many other ways. She is the (volunteer) editor of Synergasia, an online, free-access library journal in Greek, published by the Committee for the Support of Libraries (http://www.goethe.de/synergasia). She is also an editorial advisory board member of the journal The Electronic Library. She has published articles in Greek and English in library journals and has lectured at library conferences and seminars. Eva has translated, in Greek, library standards and guidelines from IFLA and ALA, as well as best practice guidelines that resulted from European Union library programmes. She is the volunteer translator in Greek of the interface of the Europeana portal (http://europeana.eu), the European digital library that makes accessible the cultural content of Europe. She is one of the founding members of the Central Bank Librarians Group and, since 2007, has been a member of its steering committee, which organised the first workshop of central bank librarians, in Basel, Switzerland, in 2009.

Eva is a member of: IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), ALA (American Library Association), Association of Greek Librarians & Information Professionals and Association of Fulbright Scholars.

The author may be contacted at:

Bank of Greece

Economic Research Department

Library Section

21 El. Venizelos Ave.

10250 Athens

Greece

E-mail: esemertzaki@bankofgreece.gr

esemertzaki@ath.forthnet.gr