Head of Library Services in the Catalan Government, Spain
While she started out in small libraries, mostly on the Costa Brava, she is now in charge of Catalonia’s 370-strong library system, that serves 25 million visitors and loans 15 million items. Fenoll has promoted numerous innovative projects, including #BibliotequesambDO which links up wine culture, local authors, and local wine.
Since 2012 Carme Fenoll has been the head of Library Services of the Government of Catalonia. She has a diploma in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Barcelona and a Degree in Information Sciences (Documentación) from the Open University of Catalonia. At this same university she now serves as a tutor for students enrolled in the Information Science degree program. She has also earned several specialized post-graduate diplomas as well as a Master’s degree in cultural management.
Her professional career has been closely linked to public libraries, most importantly in her position as head of the Public Library of Palafrugell (province of Girona) for 13 years. Over the years she has also published numerous articles in professional journals, some of which can be consulted at the following address: https://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carme_Fenoll_i_Clarabuch
The year 2015 was declared “Year of the Library” in Catalonia, in commemoration of the centennial of the creation of the Catalan network of public libraries. One of the objectives has been to create a closer tie between libraries and other elements within the national cultural and entrepreneurial framework. A good example of this initiative is the project, Libraries with Designation of Origin, tied to the wine-producing sector.