Andris Vilks is one of the most notable library and information science professionals in Latvia, having significantly contributed to the library sector, as well as to the development of the information and knowledge society at the national and Baltic level.
He has fostered the development of his library by involvement in the construction project for the library’s new building Gaismas pils (Castle of Light) and the start-up of operations in the newly constructed building, as well as in the creation of the Gaismas tīkls (Network of Light) National Unified Library Information System and the Letonica National Digital Library. He was also head of the National Library when it hosted the LIBER 2014 Annual Conference.
I attended the first LIBER Annual Conference in 1992 in Budapest. I have participated in the congress only twice until I became a LIBER Board member, because I thought that this event should be attended by my deputies. However, I have followed the LIBER professional growth. I believe that this organization is one of the most dynamic associations of academic libraries in Europe, which has a growing influence on the development of research and higher education.