Dr Claudia Lux

Honorary Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin, Former IFLA President

Prof. Dr. Claudia Lux is honorary professor at Berlin School of Library and Information Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. She is specialized on library and information policy and structure and ethics in information.

From April 2012 to May 2017 she was the Project Director of Qatar National Library and full responsible to initiate, set up and develop the concept, budget, staff, collections and services of the most innovative National Library in the Gulf Region. Prior to her appointment to QNL, her executive role since 1997 was Director General of Central and Regional Library Berlin (25 Million Euro budget, 3.4 million books, 320 staff). She leads the process to unify the libraries of East and West Berlin to one powerful library organization, representing integrated functions of a state, a public and a heritage library. 1991 she became Director of the Senate Library in Berlin, where she introduced an integrated library system and web-services. After working as a freelancer in market and media research she started her library carrier in the East Asian department of the State Library in Berlin in 1984. She has a two university degrees in social sciences and library sciences and a PhD in Chinese Studies.

She is a leading figure in the library and information world giving lectures in all continents.  She was President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) from 2007 – 2009 and developed the “Library on the Agenda” theme to strengthen the librarians’ advocating competences. She served on Committees for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Council of Library and Information Research in Washington D.C.

At a national level she was president of the umbrella association of Library and Information Germany, Chair of the German Library Association, and served on different boards e.g. German National Library, the German National Library of Economics, the Weimar Classic’s foundation, Berlin Castle Humboldtforum.

She is the recipient of numerous awards such as Officier des Ordre des Arts et des Lettres ( France) , Honorary Professorship  of the State University of LSIT, (Bulgaria), Guest Professorship at Wuhan USIM (China) and Honorary Fellow of IFLA.