Libraries and Learning Technologies


Brief Biography

Maria Papanikoloau enjoys the combination of history and archives. She studied history in University of Athens and obtained a research master's degree on Modern and Contemporary European and Greek History focusing on the history of the Dodecanese islands during the Italian Administration (1912-1943) and the first post-war period (1945-1955). Then, she continued to obtain a master on Archival Science at Leiden University where she gained a solid knowledge of archives and records management theories and practices. In 2016, she completed a six months internship at the General State Archives of Greece, where she arranged and described the archives of the transitional British and Greek administrations of the Dodecanese Islands (1945-1955). From February–May 2017, Papanikoloau worked as a historical consultant for the Hellenic Parliament Foundation and the General State Archives of Greece for the exhibition on the anniversary of the 70 years of the incorporation of the Dodecanese Islands into the Greek state. During December 2017, she completed a five-month period as a visiting professional at the Library, Archives and Legacy team of the International Criminal Court (ICC). As an archivist, she assisted with the implementation of the ICC Archives, having individual responsibility for the arrangement, digitization and physical preservation of the ICC Legacy Poster Collection.  As a librarian, she dealt with a range of library tasks, such as the research assistance to library users, the delivery of library orientations, and the preparation of technical documentation. From January-May 2018, she worked as an intern at the Situation Centre of the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The project was the development and implementation of the SharePoint site for the documents management of the Situation Centre. Within her tasks was the delivery of trainings on the managing of the SharePoint site. Finally, she completed a short-term project at the European Police Office (Europol) focusing on the creation of a catalog and inventory for the corporate archives of Europol and specifically for the first phase of Europol’s development, the Europol Drugs Unit (1994-1998). But above all, Papanikoloau wants to interact with people, listen to their stories and needs, and support to accomplish common goals through her knowledge and experience on history, archives and records management.

      • Master of Arts in Archives Science, Leiden University, Netherlands
      • Research Master's degree in Modern and Contemporary European and Greek History, University of Athens
      • Bachelor degree in history and archaeology, with specialization in history, University of Athens
    Research Interest
    • The role of archives in society
    • The history of the establishment of archival institutions
    • The concept of legacy and patrimony in archives
    • The history of archives of transitional societies
    • Digitization as a means of creation of a new archival value
    • Colonial history
    • Memory studies
    • The history of transitional societies