International Association
of School Librarianship

Sevgi Arıoğlu

REGION 7 DIRECTOR - NORTH AFRICA / MIDDLE EAST

I have been working as a school librarian and IB DP Extended Essay Coordinator at FMV Erenköy Işık High School which is  one of the IB world schools in Istanbul, Turkey. I studied Archiving at Marmara University and I have taken part in various projects such as Ottoman and Republic archives and Women's Works Library after my graduation.  I received a teaching certificate during my university education and I have been working at K12 level for more than 20 years. I am married and have a 16 years old son. 

I have become a member of IASL in 2017, I attended IASL conference in Turkey and Croatia in the following year. I was elected as the IASL Regional Director for Middle East & North Africa in 2018. I have been giving training on digital citizenship, information literacy, academic honesty and reading culture to the school community. I translated IFLA School Libraries Guidelines to Turkish with my colleague Ayşe Yüksel Durukan. A chapter about my works was also published in “Effective School Librarianship: Successful Professional Practices from Librarians around the World”.  

Meeting new people,  learning different subjects and working on social responsibility projects make me more motivated and energetic. Organizing cultural events, literature symposiums, TEDxYouth events,  author and youtubers conversations are my other areas of focus.  As school librarians, I believe we can  lead the community for a better future all together. Being a member of IASL and being together to achieve this goal gives me the power and inspiration.

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