Silvio Bindella is the new Head of the University Library Lugano


Institutional Communication Service

9 May 2022

Silvio Bindella is the new Head of the University Library Lugano (BUL). As of 1 July, he will succeed Davide Dosi, the retiring head. 

After an internal interview process with excellent candidates, confirming the high quality of USI staff, the commission has identified Silvio Bindella as the person with the qualities needed for the new Head of the University Library Lugano (BUL). 

Silvio Bindella has been working since 2005 at the Academy of Architecture Library in Mendrisio (BAAM) and has been the director of the Muggio Valley Ethnographic Museum since 2018. He has gained transversal expertise concerning the areas of competence of a university library. In recent years, he has focused his activities on acquisitions, e-resources management, and website and management applications development. He is the point of reference for USI researchers on issues related to Open Access and the implementation of Swiss Read&Publish agreements with major scientific publishers. He is a member of the expert groups 'Acquisition' and 'E-Resources', which, within SLSP, have an advisory and accompanying role in the development of the Swisscovery service platform. He is also USI's representative in the AKOA working group of SLiNER (Swiss Library Network for Education and Research), which specialises in Open Access issues. He has strong technological and linguistic skills, a solid relationship with libraries in Ticino and beyond, as well as social skills, management and project experience. He can also draw on his excellent knowledge of the University Library Lugano (BUL) and the Library of the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio (BAAM), which is ideal for strengthening the link between the two libraries.

On behalf of USI, the Pro-Rector for Equal Opportunities, Sonja Hildebrand, and the Coordinating President, Antoine Turner, thank all those who applied for their commitment and trust. They wish Silvio Bindella and all the staff of BUL all the best. 

//The Libraries of Università della Svizzera italiana (BiUSI) include the Academy of Architecture Library in Mendrisio (BAAM) and the University Library Lugano (BUL). 

The BAAM deals mainly with the humanities (particularly architecture and the history of art and architecture). BUL takes care of the subject areas of the faculties in Lugano by organising documents (books, periodicals, electronic resources, etc.) and catering for study, research and information purposes. 
As integral parts of a single entity, BUL and BAAM deal with various topics in a cross-cutting fashion. Both heads report to the Administration and functionally to the Pro-Rector for Research in the Humanities and Equal Opportunities.