Agnès Ponsati Obiols

Director of the Unit of Information Resources for Research, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Agnès Ponsati has a degree in Hispanic Philology (University of Barcelona, 1986), a Diploma in Librarianship and Documentation from the same university (1987) and is head of the CSIC Unit of Information Resources for Research.

Previously she worked as Digital Library and Information Systems Director at the Spanish National Library, at the Technical Department of Barcelona’s University Library (1987-1990) and as automation manager at Catalonian CSIC libraries branch (1990-1993).

Specialist in automated library systems in distributed networks and in management and coordination of library services and collections at research hybrid-digital libraries. Responsible for the set up of CSIC Virtual Library and the management of the digital collections and all technological supporting tools. She has been involved in promoting OA among CSIC scientific community through CSIC Institutional Repository Digital.

She has taken part in several national and European projects on automation of document collections, catalogue conversion systems, bibliographic protocols, meta-search engines, and maximising the value of heritage collections by applying new technologies. She also has a wide expertise in publishing negotiations and licensing digital contents and has been member of several publishers’ library advisory boards (ELSEVIER, SPRINGER, WILEY, IOP and BRILL). She has been  also member of the SCOAP3 Global Council representing the Spanish library consortia.

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