SINIKKA SIPILA, FINLAND
Ms Sinikka Sipilä has been working as Secretary General of the Finnish Library Association since 1997. She was on the Board of the Finnish Library Association in 1996–1997. Earlier, she has worked as Head of Department and Regional Librarian at Hämeenlinna City Library and as Head Librarian at the Library of the University of Tampere’s Department of Humanities and Education, Hämeenlinna Unit. Ms Sipilä completed her Master’s degree in Social Sciences at the University of Tampere, with specialization in Library and Information Sciences.
Ms Sinikka Sipilä is IFLA President in 2013-2015. She has been a Member of the IFLA Governing Board since 2007. She was a Member of the Standing Committee of Management of Library Associations Section (MLAS) in 2003-2011 and Chair in 2007-2009. She was also Co-Chair of the National inHelsinkiINNational Committee for theIFLA World Library and Information Congress 2012 in Helsinki.
Ms Sinikka Sipilä represented the Finnish Library Association in the official delegation of Finland to the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and in the IFLA WSIS Team in 2003-2005 in Geneva.
Ms Sinikka Sipilä worked as a librarian and project coordinator at the SOMAFCO Education Center for South African refugees at Mazimbu, Tanzania in 1991–1992. From 1996 to 1999 she was a library expert to a North-South-South project on libraries and sustainable development in Finland, The Philippines and Ghana. In 1998 she was involved as a library expert in a feasibility study in Laos conducted by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She has been advisor to North-South-South Project involving universities in Finland, South Africa, Namibia and Senegal.