Clara Bessa da Costa
Deputy Chief Librarian
Senate Digital Library


Deputy-chief librarian at the Brazilian Senate Digital Library since 2013, working for the Senate Library since 2012. Graduated in Library Science from Brasília University (UnB) and attained a Masters degree in Knowledge Management from the same university. Has a specialization in Legislative Communication from the Brazilian Legislative Institute (ILB). Worked at the National Telecommunication Agency as a librarian before joining the Secretary of State for Culture to work on developing projects and training for the Public Library Network for 6 years. Assists as a volunteer in the development of reading rooms in impoverished areas. Was part of the first INELI cohort from 2011 – 2013.


Marybel P CaasiMarybel  Caasi
Head Librarian
UP Manila College of Nursing (UPCN)  

Marybel P. Caasi accomplishments for the past 18 years have been inspired by a vision of University Library,  U.P. Manila as the leading health sciences library in the country, and in Asia. She took up a mission of service, in professions, organizations, and advocacy.

Ms. Caasi graduated Master of Arts in Education at the Philippine Normal University in 2009. She also took up Graduate Diploma in Education, equivalent to Master of Arts in Teaching Library Science in 2003. She enrolled a non-degree course with a specialization in Archives and Records Management track at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman in 2013.

She was awarded as UP College of Allied Medical Professions (UP CAMP) outstanding administrative employee for her remarkable performance of roles and responsibilities as librarian, for her commitment to pursuing professional growth, and for her commendable work ethic and professional relationship with colleagues and students. She received the UP CAMP service award on the occasion of 50th Foundation celebration of UP CAMP. She was also one of the recipients of the UP Manila Gawad Chancellor’s Award in 2009 and 2011.   She conceptualized and executed several important innovations in college libraries and university archives in UP Manila.

As an educator, she accepted the invitation to teach archives management at the Philippine Normal University in 2011. She is also a seasoned speaker and consultant on records management & archives administration.

Currently, she is the Head Librarian of the UP Manila College of Nursing (UPCN).   UPCN continues with its trailblazing activities as it forges several agreements with key international Nursing institutions. These agreements include cooperation and academic exchanges and other collaborative activities. At present, the UPCN holds its record as the only WHOCC in Nursing in the Philippines and the first in the Western Pacific Region.


Ngian Lek Choh

Ngian Lek Choh
Consultant, NLB and Chairman, CVPL
National Library Board (NLB)


Ngian is Consultant, National Library Board (NLB), Singapore and Chairman of Cybrarian Ventures Private Limited, a company of the NLB that markets and sells library consultancy and services. She is also a member of the IFLA Governing Board, 2013-2017. In her current portfolio, she markets and sells NLB services to local and oversees libraries, and works with the National Archives of Singapore to develop innovative digital services. In her first 12 years with the National Library of Singapore, she worked in various public libraries and reference library, and became the deputy director of public libraries in 1990. When the National Library of Singapore became a statutory board and renamed the National Library Board of Singapore, Ngian was appointed the Director of Public Libraries.

During her term, she transformed the public libraries from traditional libraries where library transactions were mostly manual and provided by staff to one where users help themselves, assisted by computers. Library users no longer had to queue for up to 90 minutes to borrow and return books on busy days. The queuing time was reduced to zero with self-help borrowing machines and self-help book drops.More recently, she played a key role in transforming the National Library from a traditional library to one that is very much more accessible through the internet and mobile devices, by curating stories and digitising content such as newspapers and putting them on the web for easy search and find, 24 by 7.Ngian believes strongly that libraries and archives must innovate continually to remain relevant to its users, especially in this age where internet search engines and handheld devices are so pervasive.


Rashidah Binti BolhassanRashidah Binti Bolhassan
Chief Executive Director  Sarawak State Library

Currently, I serve as the CEO of Sarawak State Library.

This Library serves as the state library as well as the state depository and archive.

One of the Library’s role is to ensure equitable public library development, by assisting the local authorities with human capacity development and ICT projects. Ensuring public libraries have ICT in their libraries has two main objectives, i.e. They can have access to the online resources aquired by Sarawak State Library, and these libraries become partners for local content development and the creation of Sarawak Union Catalog.

As a State Depository, we assist publishers and writers in Sarawak by ensuring they deposit their publications to the Library.

We assist government departments and agencies with advisory on records management and the transfer of  records for archival purposes. At national level, All State Libraries in Malaysia formed a consortium for collaborative partnership with regards to library development, resource sharing, and expert knowledge collaborations. This consortium was named as the Council of State Public Library Directors. Currently I Chair this Council.

As a professional librarian, I serve in two main areas.

  • Firstly, is on my involvement in the Librarians’ Association of Malaysia. I am a lifetime member and The Main  Committee appointed me to chair the Committee on Public Libraries, which won the Award for the Most Active Committee 2015.

  • Secondly, University Teknologi Mara appointed me as one of their industry advisors for the curriculum   development of their undergraduate  Information Studies/Library Science programs.

Internationally, I was one of the four persons appointed in the first IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program 2001. My involvement in IFLA was as part of the team to promote the implementation and marketing of IFLA Public   Library Guidelines. Currently, I am registered in the Indigenous Matters Section of IFLA. Outside of the library related realm of work, I was appointed and serve as a member of Sarawak State Information Technology and Resources Council. I have been appointed and serving as a council member for Sarawak’s Council for Women and Family Development since 2013.

For INELI-ASEAN, I am appointed as mentor to TEAM 1.

My field of interest is in the areas of knowledge management and indigenous knowledge. I am currently a PhD  candidate with Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, with my thesis in examination stage. I enjoy gardening, reading, outdoor activities and love the arts. I am a foodie and a food critic.


Renu RabilallRamkali Kasiram Rabilall
District Manager, Libraries and Heritage eThekwini Municipal Libraries (EML )

Renu Rabilall moved from a teaching career in 1987 to join the eThekwini Municipal Libraries and Heritage  Department in 1987 as a Library Research Assistant.  Her career as a library professional within the eThekwini  Municipality has spanned more than 25 years commencing as a Research Assistant at the Don Africana Library, Assistant Librarian, Reference Librarian, Departmental Librarian, Senior Librarian and finally culminating in her promotion as a District Manager.

For Renu Rabilall the library has always been a place where information is transformed into knowledge and she has thoroughly enjoyed assisting the researchers with their research – learning something new every day. She found working as a reference librarian intellectually stimulating and rewarding. It gave her an opportunity to work with researchers from scholars to post graduate students and from all walks of life .In her role as a District Manager, she recognizes that Public Libraries have a special ability to both inspire and provide ordinary people with the  resources they need to build a better life and a better world for themselves.

Her  qualifications includes a lower diploma in library and information science,  a degree in Library and Information Science (B.Bibl), post graduate diploma in public administration ,certificate in  project management and a certificate in English and Information Technology.

In 2006, she was awarded a four month scholarship by the Indian Government to study English and Information Technology in India and received an award for the most proficient student ; in 2008 she was nominated by the Library and Information Association in South Africa to attend a library leadership programme in Pretoria; In 2009 she was a recipient of an IFLA grant to attend a preservation workshop in Milan and in 2011- 2013 she participated in the International  Network of Emerging Librarians (INELI).

She is project leader of the digitisation and collection development committees for the New City Library (NCL) project. Her exposure to INELI has given her immense scope to explore innovation in Libraries and apply this to the building project of the New City Library in Durban.  She is also the training manager for the eThekwini Municipal Libraries Department and has recently introduced an induction training programme for all newly appointed  staff within the Libraries Department.