Dr. Janis Kreslins, Senior Academic Librarian for Research Affairs, The Royal Library
Janis Kreslins, the Senior Academic Librarian for Research Affairs at the Swedish Royal Library, was trained originally as a historian of religion and classicist. He opted for a different line when he left the university world for the historical collections of the National Library of Sweden some three decades ago. In the laboratory, which these vast collections offer, he began exploring the various cultures of communication and the disparate materiality these collections represented. His most recent work has focused on the interdependence of oral and written cultures, the impact of technical paradigm shifts through the ages and the cultural self-understanding and self-strengthening of exile communities.