Our organization

With over ten years’ experience and a successful track record, we have built a unique combination of professional expertise and in-depth knowledge of developing and transition countries.

The Director of EIFL, Rima Kupryte, oversees the running of the organisation and is supported by the Advisory Board, which includes elected country representatives. A Management Board bears legal and financial responsibility for the organisation.

Remuneration/Rewards policy: EIFL does not aim to make a profit. The foundation aims to keep costs as low as possible. Stichting eIFL.net Management Board members receive no remuneration for their work. They are entitled to reimbursement of expenses incurred by them in the performance of their duties. The employees are on the payroll.

EIFL Management Team

Rima Kupryte | Simon Ball | Teresa Hackett | Ramune Petuchovaite | Iryna Kuchma | Andrius Krisciunas | Romy Beard | Monika Elbert | Susanna Lob

Our programmes are run by experienced managers in consultation with programme committees. Managers work closely with coordinators in partner countries, thereby ensuring that we are responsive to real local needs. Our core team has deep professional knowledge in areas including consortium management, licensing and negotiations for e-resources, copyright, new forms of scholarly communications, and FOSS applications and technological innovations in libraries. We also draw upon a network of experts around the world who volunteer their professional advice and support.

Rima KupryteRima Kupryte, Director

Rima has a library degree from Vilnius University, Lithuania. Immediately after graduation, she started working for the Open Society Fund-Lithuania (OSF), part of the Soros Foundation network, Law Program where she was in charge of creating a public law library.

After that Rima moved to the Open Society Institute headquarters in Budapest to work as coordinator and later as manager for the Network Library Program which at that time supported library development in approximately 35 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Africa, spending several million USD annually. She gained deep knowledge of library infrastructure in developing countries, gained by providing advice to national Soros Foundations on national library support program strategies and funding, and through extensive travel throughout the network. 

EIFL was one of the Open Society Institute-Budapest projects and when EIFL was spun off as an independent organization, Rima became the Managing Director of EIFL and moved to live in Rome, Italy. In 2008, she was honored to receive the IFLA Medal, one of the highest professional accolades, for her contributions to international librarianship.

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Simon BallSimon Ball, EIFL-FOSS Programme Manager

Simon started work as EIFL-FOSS Programme Manager in July 2010. He comes to EIFL with a decade of experience in enhancing access to education through technology in the UK, working for JISC TechDis. His work to date has encompassed a wide range of themes, from the use of Free and Open Source Software to aid users’ access to computer-based information, to the development of an Open Source e-portfolio system for students with learning disabilities, and the creation of a free online self-assessment tool for accessibility in universities. He is keen to extend the work of the FOSS program to date, utilizing new and different technologies to maximize the impact of FOSS in enhancing access to knowledge. 

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Romy BeardRomy Beard, EIFL-Licensing Programme Manager

Romy is Manager of the EIFL-Licensing Programme. Prior to joining EIFL in 2014, Romy has worked in academic online publishing for the last 9 years.

Romy started her career in 2005 at Oxford University Press where she worked for several years as a Sales Representative in the Online Products department, liaising with libraries and library consortia across Europe. She moved to ebrary in 2008 as Regional Sales Manager for Europe where she formulated and communicated highly successful offers for libraries in EIFL countries. 

Since 2011, she has worked in the ebrary business unit at ProQuest as Publisher Relations Manager, signing agreements for ebook distribution with new publishing partners and advising existing publishers on their digital strategy and the different business models on offer to libraries.

Originally from Luxembourg but now living in Glasgow, Scotland, Romy speaks five languages fluently: English, French, German, Spanish, and Luxembourgish.

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Monika Segbert-ElbertMonika Elbert, Senior Policy Advisor

Monika's library degree is from the University of Munich. She is German by birth, British by nationality, and live in Italy. She lived and worked, in several countries – Germany, UK, Luxembourg, Russia, Budapest, and have practical experience of working in public libraries, national libraries and special libraries.

For a number of years Monika ran the British Council library network in Germany, and as part of that job she traveled to many other British Council libraries throughout the world and gave advice on the modernization of their library services.

Recent experiences with library innovation include working with the Digital Libraries research programme of the European Union’s Information Society Technologies Programme, introducing new information and communication technology in the Russian State Library in Moscow, and participating in Europe-wide programmes to create the European digital library ‘Europeana’. Monika has had the pleasure to work with and help develop EIFL’s programmes and services from the beginning in the year 2000.

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Teresa HackettTeresa Hackett, EIFL-IP Programme Manager

Teresa manages the EIFL-IP Programme, that seeks to protect and promote the interests of EIFL libraries and their users in copyright issues at national level and in international policy fora. Teresa was the Director of the European library association (EBLIDA) from 2000-2003; before that provided technical support to the European Commission library research programme, and was part of the team to establish electronic information centres at the British Council in Germany.

Teresa has a special interest in legal issues in information work, especially in the electronic environment. She is currently a member of the Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA-CLM). Teresa is a chartered librarian and in 2004 completed a post-graduate diploma in legal studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology. 

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Andrius KrisciunasAndrius Krisciunas, Finance Manager

Andrius has been Finance Director for EIFL since 2005. In this capacity he maintains all accounting records, prepares monthly financial reports, and creates all interim and financial statements about grant funds usage.  Andrius also advises on the preparation of EIFL’s annual budget and all grant application budgets.  Prior to joining EIFL, Andrius held many manager positions in banks in Lithuania.  Andrius is fluent in Lithuanian, English, and Russian, and has a working knowledge of Italian and Polish. Andrius holds a Masters in Law from Vilnius University, a Masters in Banking and Finance from the University of Stockholm and a Masters of Economics  from Vilnius Technical University.

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Iryna Kuchma  Iryna Kuchma, EIFL-OA Programme Manager

Iryna is the EIFL Open Access programme manager. Her responsibilities include advocacy of open access to research results and support in developing open access policies, training and support in setting up open access journals and open repositories, organizing workshops and other knowledge sharing and capacity building events. Previously Iryna Kuchma worked as an Information programme manager at the International Renaissance Foundation (part of Soros Foundation network in Ukraine) and coordinated the Arts and Culture Program there.

Iryna is a member of Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Advisory BoardDSpace Community Advisory Team (DCAT)IFLA's Open Access Taskforce, NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) Board of Directors, the Open Library of Humanities Internationalisation Committee, PLOS International Advisory Group, and the Open Access Button Steering Committee. She chairs a Working Group “Repository and Repository Networks Support & Training” in the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and a Joint ARL/CARL/COAR/LIBER Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication.

In 2009-2010 she was a Steering Committee (and Task Group) member, InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP) Programme on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries. She has also served on the Access to Learning Award (ATLA) Committee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Library Initiative.

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Ramune PetuchovaiteRamune PetuchovaiteEIFL-PLIP Programme Manager

Ramune oversees all activities of the programme that supports innovations of public library services in response to community needs. Her responsibilities also include coordinating the grantee evaluation and selection process, maintaining communication and assisting grantees to implement their projects, developing new activities and working with the team on other programme related areas.

Prior to joining EIFL PLIP, for more than six years, Ramune has worked as a Chief Officer at the Division of Information Society Development at the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Lithuania. For many years she has lectured at the Library and Information Studies (LIS) programme, delivered by the Library and Information Science Institute, Faculty of Communication of Vilnius University. Ramune has experience in public library service development through ICT, library education and research projects. She is a graduate of the LIS programme at Vilnius University, Lithuania and a member of Lithuanian Librarian’s Association.

Susanna Lob, Manager, Special Projects, Licensing Programme 

Susanna is the Manager of Special Projects for the EIFL Licensing Programme. She manages the development of the recently launched eLibrary Myanmar Project.

Before taking on this role in 2014, Susanna worked for five years as the Licensing Programme Manager for EIFL. During this time, there was a significant increase in the number of e-resources available through the programme, and also in the overall number of subscriptions.

Prior to joining EIFL in 2009, Susanna worked for a wide range of leading academic and professional publishers over a 25-year career.  She has specialised in online publishing since 1999. As Sales and Marketing Director for Online Products at Oxford University Press she was responsible for setting up a new department to launch landmark databases such as the Oxford English Dictionary Online, Oxford Reference Online and Oxford Scholarship Online. Since becoming a Consultant in 2008, she has worked with library organisations and publishers on a wide range of projects and initiatives in the area of e-book and online publishing.

Susanna has an honours degree in Politics and Sociology from the University of Durham, UK.

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