At its meeting on 9 June 2023, the Government Council decided to propose to HRH the Grand Duke the appointment of Carlo Blum to the post of Deputy Director of the National Library of Luxembourg with effect from 1 July 2023.
Carlo Blum graduated in computer science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1994. Since 2000, he has headed the BnL’s IT and Digital Innovation Division, where he is responsible for monitoring and supervising digitisation, web harvesting and artificial intelligence projects, as well as overseeing the BnL’s long-term preservation system. In collaboration with the Centre des technologies de l’information de l'État (CTIE) and the national network of Luxembourg libraries bibnet.lu, Carlo Blum was responsible for migrating the library management system to the new Alma software. This flagship project for 2022 has enabled more than 80 libraries in Luxembourg to optimise their library data management and offer more effective documentary research tools.
Carlo Blum has proven expertise in the automation and computerisation of the BnL’s activities, as well as extensive experience in planning, coordination and team management, and in-depth knowledge of all the BnL’s activities and the requirements linked to its library missions and future IT challenges. Working closely with the Director, Claude D. Conter, Mr Carlo Blum will be able to provide the necessary know-how and support to the BnL team, as well as to its national and international partners and users.
The National Library preserves, collects and catalogues all publications published in Luxembourg as well as those published abroad relating to the Grand Duchy. It is the country’s main heritage, scientific and research library. It has an encyclopaedic remit, with around three quarters of its holdings coming from abroad and covering all areas of knowledge in order to best meet the needs of its users.