Maija Berndtson

Born 1947 in Helsinki, Finland
Swedish School of Social Science in Helsinki, Librarian, 1971
Helsinki University, MA, 1974
Librarian 1972-1974, Helsinki City Library
Head of Department 1975-1977, Helsinki City Library
Deputy Chief Librarian 1978-1984, Espoo City Library
Secretary General 1984-1987, Finnish Library Association
Library Director 1987-2013, Helsinki City Library
IFLA World Library and Information Congress, participant in 14 congresses, 1981-2013
IFLA, Chairperson of the Section of Library Buildings and Equipment, 1996-1998
PubliCA, Public Libraries Concerted Action (EU), member 1997-1999
The International Network of Public Libraries by Bertelsmann Foundation, member 1998-2001
Member of juries in international architecture competitions:

  • The Cultural Centre of Turin, 2000-2001
  • The Stockholm Public Library, 2006-2007
  • The Deichman Library of Oslo Public Library, 2009
  • The Helsinki Central Library, 2011-2013

Vice-President, Finnish Library Association 1989-1990

Articles in Finnish and international library journals and books especially about management, development of public libraries and library architecture
Presentations at domestic and international conferences