Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen is the deputy national librarian of the National Library of Finland and the
director of Library Network Services department. The department is responsible for the
coordination of national library infrastructure services for the Finnish libraries. The services include
library systems management and development, national licensing, development of a digital library
for the libraries, archives and museums and coordination of consortia activities.
All Finnish universities, universities of applied sciences, tens of research institutes, all public
libraries, Finnish museums and archives are the customers of National library.
In the Finnish research infrastructure evaluation in 2008 two of the services today in production
were selected to the research infrastructure roadmap. The National Electronic Library was named
to one of the existing national research infrastructures and the System
Hormia-Poutanen is vice president of LIBER foundation since 2010. She is a member of the
steering committee on scholarly communication and research infrastructures under Liber. She is a
member of Europeana board and Europeana executive committee.The is the chair of Europeanav2
Hormia-Poutanen is a member of the National Digital Library monitoring and steering groups,
which the Ministry of Education and Culture nominates and the chair of the public interface
consortium group nominated by the board of National Library. She is a member of two steering
group nominated by the Ministry of Education and Culture namely the the Finnish information
Infrastructure Services (TTA) and the ICT Management Steering Group for the field of activity of
the Ministry of Education and Culture (OpIT).
She has been the chair of the availability section of the Finnish National Digital Library project
during 2008-2011 nominated by the Ministry of Education and Culture. She was member of
University libraries’ structural development project during 2008-2009, the project group was
nominated by the Ministry of Education and Culture. She is member of several steering groups
related to the development of library services in Finland. She has been a member of the
management board of National Library since 2000.
In addition to Liber Hormia-Poutanen is active in various other national and international initiatives.
To mention some of the international activities IFLA, ICOLC, eIFL can be mentioned. Kristiina
Hormia-Poutanen participates actively in international co-operation especially with questions
related to digital library infrastructures, cross-domain cooperation, consortia development issues,
licensing and licensing models, open access and open data questions as well as development of
easy access methods to electronic resources.