Keynote Speaker

Ola Wleklinski

Ola Wleklinski graduated from Wroclaw University in Poland (Librarianship and Scientific Information) in 1982. She continued to study in her area of interest after migrating to Australia, completing post graduate studies in Librarianship and Information Management at the University of South Australia in 1988 and Diploma in Management in 2012.

Ola has been working in special and public libraries since 1989. She was responsible for Community Services delivery at Noarlunga Libraries and Multicultural and Adult Services provision at Port Adelaide Enfield Libraries. Since 2012 Ola has been employed by the City of Marion, leading the Collections and Resources team. She has been selecting English and non-English materials for the South Australian Libraries for over 25 years.

Ola presented at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Congress (IFLA) in 2017 in Poland and at the Asia Pacific and Information Conference (APLIC) in Gold Coast in 2018. Both presentations oscillated around aspects of Community Languages collections. Ola has previously held the Chairperson position for the South Australian Working Group on Multicultural Library Services (SAWGOMLS) and won the Commendation Award for organising the Multicultural Festival for the Parks Community Centre. Ola is passionate about reading and reading to children. Her areas of interest include travel, psychology and human relations. She is also a qualified teacher and an advocate for lifelong learning and literacy.

Ola lives in South Australia with her family and considers her biggest achievement the fact that her children like reading, are able to speak Polish with their grandparents and are fascinated by and accepting of other cultures.