For immediate release | June 7, 2010

Library visionary keynotes ALA President’s Program, June 27

CHICAGO – Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer, inspirational speaker and library advocate, will keynote the American Library Association (ALA) President’s Program from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 27. The program is part of the ALA Annual Conference held June 24 – 29 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

In a lecture entitled, “Libraries Wanted: Dead or Alive,” Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer will present his vision of the future of libraries and media. After a successful career in broadcasting, he decided to use his knowledge of media to influence the future of libraries. He began by starting the DOK Library Concept Center in Delft, a small city near Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is near one of the best technical universities in the world. DOK’s mission is to build the world’s most modern library. In 2008, DOK was designated by international experts as the worldwide number one library in innovation. In 2009, it was appointed as the best library in the Netherlands.

“Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer is an inspiration to the library world,” said ALA president, Camila Alire. “His expertise and views provide limitless possibilities for libraries across the globe.”

This summer, he will become the CEO of the national board for the (Dutch) book, known as the CPNB. The CPNB is funded by publishers, booksellers, government and libraries and is lauded all over the world for its clever, carefully targeted programs for young people and adults.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 62,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

For more information on the 2010 Annual ALA Conference, please visit the ALA Conference Web site at, or contact ALA Media Relations Manager Macey Morales at (312) 280-4393,, or ALA PR Coordinator Jennifer Petersen at (312) 280-5043,


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