At LIBER’s 2014 Annual Conference, Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, Director of Library Network Services at the National Library of Finland, was appointed as LIBER’s 11th President.
Ms Hormia-Poutanen is the first female President in LIBER’s history. In her opening address to the audience at LIBER 2014, she promised to focus on collaboration with LIBER Libraries and with the European Commission in regard to Horizon 2020.
She also said that LIBER would continue to build strategic alliances, and would soon begin work on its next 3-year Strategy. The current Strategic Plan runs until 2015.
Her speech is printed in full below.
Thank you very much for your support! It is an honour and a pleasure to work with you and to serve LIBER as the 11th President, and the first female President in the history of LIBER.
My Presidential Programme – Collaboration with LIBER Libraries
As a Foundation LIBER has a sound basis. The current Strategy runs till the end of 2015 and there is still much implementation work to be completed. The Foundation’s financial basis is also stable. This is a propitious time for me to begin my term as the President of LIBER.
What will change? My focus as President will be on collaboration with LIBER Libraries. I will pay attention to listening and learning about the needs of LIBER Libraries, and to developing LIBER to meet these needs. With colleagues on the Executive Board and in the LIBER Office, I shall focus on how we can track our libraries’ needs and how we can implement LIBER’s activities to meet these requirements. I should also like to reinvigorate the Executive Board’s team spirit and make good use of the different skills we have on the Board.
As a Foundation we will continue with the implementation of the current Strategy and evaluation of its outcomes. We shall also need to start planning for the next Strategy, defining the process and methods as well as considering how LIBER libraries can be actively involved.
The collaboration with the European Commission in regard to Horizon 2020 — and legal issues in particular — has been important. Continuing our fruitful collaboration with the European Commission is essential for LIBER and for all our libraries.
EU Projects have also been significant for LIBER libraries and for LIBER as a Foundation. For libraries, they have meant collaborating at a European level, and developing new services and expertise. They have also brought LIBER a new income stream, and new staff to manage the projects. In the future, we will aim to find means to involve more of our libraries in projects.
LIBER is also active in building strategic alliances. Currently, LIBER has signed Memoranda of Understanding with CENL, CERL, COAR, EBLIDA, EIFL and SPARC Europe. A Memorandum is also in preparation with IFLA. LIBER will continue to form such strategic alliances as a way of strengthening the Foundation’s position.
It is a great honour for me to serve LIBER as President, and I look forward to working with the LIBER Executive Board and with all of you.