The National Library of Czech Republic has appointed a new Director General, Tomáš Foltýn.
Mr. Tomáš Foltýn graduated at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pardubice, where he completed his master studies in the field of cultural history in 2008. From 2007 he worked in the Digitization Department of the National Library of Czech Republic, first as Project Manager, then as Head of the Metadata Creation and Management Department. From February 2012, he held the position of the Head of the Strategic Planning Department for the Digitization of Library Collections. In January 2013, he was appointed Director of the Collections Management Division. Since 1 May 2021, he is Director-General of the National Library of the Czech Republic.
Mr. Tomáš Foltýn is involved in various national and international research projects, he is an expert guarantor of the ministerial Funding Mechanism for digitization of endangered acid-paper library materials, regular member of the Central Library Council of the Czech Republic, regular board member of the IFLA Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group, and also member of the CASLIN (Czech and Slovak Library Information Network) international conference program committee. From the professional perspective, he is interested especially in the area of efficient management of library collections and long-term preservation of modern collections including the digital content. In recent years, he has involved himself in various activities connected with digital humanities. More detailed information about his professional life is available via his LinkedIn professional profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-foltyn-a3564226/.