Astrid Verheusen, Head of the Innovative Projects Department at the National Library of the Netherlands, has been appointed as LIBER’s Interim Executive Director.
“After years of working on innovation and development within a library it is a challenge to broaden my view and work with a community from all over Europe. I fully support the strategic objectives of LIBER and am really looking forward to contribute on these,” she said.
Astrid’s career began as a researcher at the Institute for Dutch History and as a product manager at Sdu Publiskers. From 2001 onwards, Astrid worked at the National Library of the Netherlands. She was involved in projects and programs concerning mass digitisation, digital preservation and digital libraries. She headed the Digitisation Department (2009-2010) and the IT Department (2012-2014). At present she is head of the Innovative Projects Department.
She has extensive experience in the information and library sector and is driven by complex policy issues. She is always eager to make programs and projects successful in a constantly changing environment. She was a participant in the first cohort of the LIBER leadership program (2011-2012).
LIBER’s previous Executive Director was Susan Reilly, who worked at LIBER for six years before accepting a new role at the National Library of Qatar. LIBER’s search for a new, permanent Executive Director is now underway.