Speakers | National Library of Estonia


Rainer Sternfeld

A curious human, entrepreneur, engineer, and investor from Estonia. Co-founded 10 companies / organizations. Before turning to VC, spent two decades building data-driven businesses, the last one being Planet OS, a climate-forward data platform helping industries (energy, insurance, weather, transportation, maritime, etc.) make sense of complex datasets to make the best decisions.

After Planet OS was acquired by Intertrust and 8 years in Silicon Valley, he moved back to Estonia to join NordicNinjaVC, the largest Japanese VC fund in Europe. Now helping mission-driven founders scale their business globally. He is also the co-founder of the Jõhvi Coding School in Estonia, providing free reskilling for adults in computer programming. 


Dr. Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo

Dr. Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo is a full-time professor and researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (UACH) in Mexico and member of the National Researchers System. PhD in Information and Communication Science (Tallinn University, Estonia), Master in Digital Library Learning (Oslo University College, Norway; Tallinn University; and Parma University, Italy), and Bachelor in Library Science (Universidad Central de Venezuela). He has more than 19 years of work experience in archives, libraries, higher education, and professional development.

His lines of research include: information literacy, action research, evaluation of scientific production and bibliometrics, open access, information architecture, and digital libraries. Among his editorial experiences, Machin-Mastromatteo is the Associate Editor for the scientific journals Information Development (published by SAGE) and Digital Library Perspectives (Emerald), as well as an editorial board member for The Journal of Academic Librarianship (Elsevier). In 2019, he created the Juantífico Project, which consists in developing and publishing free videos about scientific research, publishing and dissemination. 


Erik Boekesteijn

Senior Advisor at the National Library at the Netherlands (KB). Board member StoryHouse, Chester,UK. 

Fellow Syracuse University (SLIS), USA. Consultant Public Libraries 2020, and founding father of Public Libraries 2030. Facilitator and consultant for IFLA. Owner of Shanachie Media and producer of This Week in Libraries and ShanachieTours, Global Library Motivator. Musician and Author. 

Library Journal’s Mover and Shaker of the Library World 2009. Best Librarian in the Netherlands 2015.


Dr. Ágústa Pálsdóttir

Dr. Ágústa Pálsdóttir is Professor of Information Science, at the University of Iceland. She has served as faculty council member and head of department, and as board member and chairperson for several committees and research centres at UoI. In addition, she has served as a visiting professor at several faculties at international universities.

She has also participated at organising international workshops for doctoral students, acted as pre-reviewer of doctoral dissertations internationally, in addition to supervising her own doctoral students. She has served as member of evaluation committees for academic positions and at expert committees for quality assessment of study programs at international universities. 


Ingibjörg Steinunn Sverrisdóttir

Ingibjörg Steinunn Sverrisdóttir is the director of the National and University Library of Iceland since 2007. She has two Masters Degrees, in Library and Information Studies and in Public Administration. Her experience and interest lies in the field of library history, records and knowledge management, library cooperation and public administration.

She has served on several committees and working groups on library and information science, information society, access to digital information, open access and open science. 


Agnese Pašāne

Agnese Pašāne started as a learning coordinator and currently is the head of Competence Development Centre in National Library of Latvia. The Competence Centre provides different formal and non-formal education programs for library field. Parallelly she is a lecturer in Latvian Academy of Culture, so her everyday work is connected with educating adults in all age groups.

She also has experience in developing and coordinating non-formal, professional development and master's programs. Agnese has master's degree in Arts (culture heritage and museums), she regularly improves her education in pedagogy and andragogy. 


Urve Mets

Urve Mets has been working for six years at the Estonian Qualifications Authority as the head of the OSKA study in the Estonian anticipation and monitoring system for labour and skills demand. She has analysed labour and skills demand in various economic and social areas. One of these areas was culture and creative industries, which also provided a more in-depth look at the needs of libraries. Last year, Urve Mets carried out a more in-depth analysis of the professional ICT skills needed by librarians, as well as assessed the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on library work. 

For 20 years (1995-2015), she worked at the ICT training company BCS Koolitus as both a trainer and a company manager. The management of one of the largest computer training projects in Estonia (Look@World), during which 100 000 Estonians were trained, also remained in that period. Libraries were actively involved as project partners, both as trainers and as providers of public Internet access points. Prior to BCS Koolitus, Urve Mets worked for 10 years in a general education school as a teacher of mathematics and computer science.


Piret Hartman

Piret Hartman works as Undersecretary for Cultural Diversity in the Estonian Ministry of Culture, during the past 6 months she has also fulfilled the duties of Undersecretary for Cultural Heritage. Previously she has worked as Head and Adviser of Faction Secretariat at the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament). Before joining the public sector, Piret Hartman contributed to the third sector development by working as vice-chair and chair of Federation of Estonian Student Unions.

She holds a MA in business administration and economics from the Estonian University of Life Sciences.


Sirje Virkus

Sirje Virkus is Professor of Information Science at the School of Digital Technologies of Tallinn University. She holds a PhD in Information and Communication Studies from the Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the Head of the Study Area of Information Sciences at Tallinn University. She has an extensive experience working with educational innovation and research in the higher education sector in Estonia.

Her research interests are focused on the development of information-related competencies, ICT innovation in education and internationalisation. She has written more than 170 research publications. She belongs to the editorial board of several high quality scientific journals and conference programme committees. 


Janne Andresoo

Janne Andresoo has been Director General of the National Library of Estonia since 2008. She received MA in library science from Tallinn University, and MSc in Business Administration from the University of Tartu. During 1987-1994 Janne worked at the Tallinn University as Senior Assistant and Lecturer, teaching librarianship courses. She joined the National Library in 1994 as Bibliographic Activities Coordinator, later worked as Head of Research and Development Department.

Presently Janne is serving her 3rd term as Director General. The affiliations of Janne Andresoo include positions in many national and international organisations and bodies. 


Ott Velsberg

Ott Velsberg works in the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications as the Chief Data Officer for the Estonian government, overseeing data governance and data science in Estonian government. Among other things, his mission is to lead the development of government services using artificial intelligence.

Before joining the Ministry, Ott Velsberg was a PhD researcher in the department of Informatics at Umeå University and Uppsala University. His research concentrated on the use of information systems in the public sector, with a special focus on the use of the Internet of Things (IoT).


Asko Tamme

Asko Tamme holds MA in English language and literature from the University of Tartu. In 1985 he joined the Estonian Academic Library, during 1994-1998 worked in the library as Deputy Director.  

In 1997 he was elected Managing Director of the Estonian Library Network Consortium (ELNET). His term of office in the consortium saw several landmark undertakings: implementation of the shared information system ESTER by Estonian research libraries in 1998, accession to the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) in 1999, launching of joint procurement by research libraries to subscribe for EBSCO journal databases in 2000. 

From 2001 to 2020 Asko Tamme worked as Director of the Tartu Public Library. Since 14 February 2020 he has been Deputy Mayor of Tartu, his responsibilities include education, culture, sports, youth work and science.