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Holiday Special Episode - Library Insiders: Stacks, Ghosts and 007.

Holiday Special Episode - Library Insiders: Stacks, Ghosts and 007.

December 23, 2019

Welcome to this holiday special episode of The Next Page podcast! As 2019 draws to a close, we take you on a tour of the UN Library Geneva, which this year celebrates 100 years since its founding. How does the Library support multilateralism? You'll hear stories from four of our Library colleagues as they work to support research and understanding on multilateralism. Bonus: they also give us their tips for their favorite holiday reads! Find links to all of the resources they mention below. Enjoy, and happy holidays from the UN Library Geneva.


Bienvenu.e dans cet épisode spécial de The Next Page! Pour la fin de l'année 2019, nous avons fait le tour de la Bibliothèque des Nations Unies à Genève qui a fêté ses 100 ans cette année. Comment est-ce que la Bibliothèque supporte le multilatéralisme? Vous en saurez plus en écoutant quatre histoires de collègues racontant comment leur travail soutient la recherche sur le multilateralisme. Et en bonus, vous entendrez des suggestions de lecture pour les fêtes! Les liens vers les resources sont mentionnées ci-après. Bonne écoute et bonnes fêtes!

Chapter 1: Sebastien Vernay

Sébastien Vernay est assistant bibliothécaire dans la section des services. Il anime les visites de groupe à la bibliothèque, vous trouverez plus d'information sur la page web dédiée:

Vous pouvez consulter le catalogue sur Global Search, et les différents guides de recherche ici:

Sa suggestion de lecture pour les fêtes es "L'ONU pour les Nuls", de Yves Berthelot et Jean-Michel Jakobowicz:

Chapter 2: Mélanie Kamar

Mélanie Kamar is a Team Analyst for the LONTAD Project (the Total Digital Access to the League of Nations Archives Project). To learn more about this five-year project to digitize the League of Nations Archives (around 15 million pages of content!), visit the website

You can also follow the project's unofficial mascot @lontadinho on Twitter at

Mélanie's holiday read is A Feminist Manifesto in 15 suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:

Chapter 3: Cristina Giordano

Cristina Giordano est cheffe du groupe de la gestion des connaissances dans la section des services de la Bibliothèque. Elle a participé à la préparation et mise en place de l'exposition "Stronger Multilateralism Through Knwoledge and Archives" à l'occasion de l'anniversaire des 100 ans et visible au 3ème étage de l'Angle A/B du Palais des Nations.

Sa suggestion de lecture pour les fêtes est "Genève Émois" de Marie-José Astre-Démoulin:

Chapter 4: Stefan Vukotic 

Stefan Vukotic is the Chief of the Archives Management Unit. To learn more about the Centenary of Multilateralism in Geneva, head here:

Stefan's book recommendation is The League of Nations: Perspectives from the Present, edited by Karen Gram-Skjoldager and Haakon Ikonomou. 


Speakers: Sebastien Vernay, Mélanie Kamar, Cristina Giardano and Stefan Vukotic.

Hosts & Sound Editors: Natalie Alexander & Camille Chambinaud.

Images: UN Library Geneva.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

16: Women who Shaped Internationalism #LibraryTalk

16: Women who Shaped Internationalism #LibraryTalk

December 13, 2019

In this episode of our Library Talk series, Katharina Rietzler and Myriam Piguet share their research and insights into some of the women who shaped internationalism. The discussion, moderated by the UN Library Geneva’s Scientific Advisor, Pierre-Etienne Bourneuf, highlights the contribution of women in the early years of international organizations and how this impacted the development of international affairs and international thought. They also share some of the challenges of conducting research on women in this field.

This Library Talk was part of the Centenary of Multilateralism in Geneva celebration. For more information, you can visit the website or listen to Episode 2, introducing our #Multilateralism100 series.

Katharina Rietzler is a researcher at the University of Sussex. She focuses on internationalism and American history. Stay tuned for a special episode on Florence Wilson, the first Librarian of the League of Nations, in 2020.

Myriam Piguet is a PhD student and researcher at the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva. She contributed to the book The League of Nations: Perspectives from the Present, Aarhus, Aarhus University Press, that you can find in our catalogue. She was also part of the 100elles project in Geneva, that renamed 100 streets with names of women who contributed to the historical development of the city and its area.

You can find more resources relating to this topic in the booklist put together for this event here. The UN Library Geneva also has research guides on Women & Gender Equality, Women and Global Diplomacy and Multilateralism available online.

If you are interested in gender related topics, we invite you to take a listen to Episode 10 with Ambassador Nazhat Shameen Khan on women in leadership, and to Episode 11 with Fatima Sator on how gender equality was included in the UN Charter.


Speakers: Katharina Rietzler & Myriam Piguet.

Moderation: Pierre-Étienne Bourneuf.

Host & Sound Editor: Camille Chambinaud.

Images: UN Library Geneva/Ingrid Louise Mondet.

Recorded and produced at the UN Library Geneva.

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