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Andris Vilks, Director, National Library of Latvia 

Andris Vilks (1957) was born in Riga, graduated the Doctoral program of the Library and Information Sciences at the University of Latvia. He works at the National Library of Latvia since 1978, and since 1989 is Director of the Library. 

Andris Vilks’s research has focused on library marketing and management, rare books and book history. He has been the author of many publications.  

Andris Vilks has contributed significantly to the development of the new National Library of Latvia project, which includes not only the construction of the new building, but also establishment of the country wide library network and National Digital Library. 

In 1997 Andris Vilks received the Order of the Three Stars (the highest order of the Republic of Latvia) and also different orders of Lithuania, Estonia, Poland. Italy and the Netherlands for contribution to the culture development and cooperation. He is an honorary member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, a chairperson of Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and a board member of the “Bibliotheca Baltica” and “LIBER” associations.