Event information

The third edition of LIBER’s Journées leadership programme — exclusively for library directors — has now been re-scheduled to the 18th – 22nd of May 2022 and will take place in Budapest, Hungary.

The LIBER Journées is a tailored scientific programme designed for 20-25 Library Directors who are already in leadership positions in their institutions and who are looking ahead at delivering strategic change as libraries and institutions redefine themselves in an ever-changing information and social environment.

The LIBER Journées brings participants together with eminent global speakers for a stimulating, interactive and strategic programme, addressing major challenges that face us all. This seminar concentrates on strategic matters and challenges which may be illustrated by operational matters and practical examples.

Questions?  Please contact Hilde van Kiel, chair of LIBER’s Leadership Programmes Working Group.



The 2022 theme is Leading Libraries in the World of Openness.

The focus will be on the role of the Director in leading library services and provision in rapidly changing digital, research and educational environments and within a developing trend towards shared — and even outsourced — services. 

The event will be led and moderated by the Programme Chair, Norbert Lossau, Vice-President of the University of Göttingen, and formerly Director of Göttingen State and University Library. Norbert Lossau will be supported by programme coordinator, Andreas Brandtner, Director of Freie Universität Berlin University Library, and other members of LIBER’s Leadership Programmes Working Group

The Journées will be divided into eight sessions led by eminent speakers from the information, library, cultural or business world, from Europe and beyond. Each speaker will focus on specific strategic questions, relating their presentations to the library environment and key challenges. Presentations will be followed by facilitated debate, discussion and analysis. Break-out sessions will focus on issues which participating Directors have flagged up in advance of the LIBER Journées, and will synthesise the outcomes of the sessions and the strategic questions addressed. 

For more information, please see the Vision Statement.


  • Marin Dacos, Open Science Advisor to the Director-General for Research and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Paris – France
  • Liz Jolly, Chief Librarian, British Library, London — United Kingdom
  • Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian, Australian National Library, Canberra — Australia
  • Anja Smit, University Librarian, Utrecht University, Utrecht — The Netherlands
  • István Szabò, Vice President for Innovation and General Affairs of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Budapest — Hungary
  • Ann Thornton, University Librarian and Vice Provost, Columbia University, New York — USA
  • Klaus Tochtermann, Director, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Professor for Digital Information Infrastructures, Kiel University, Hamburg / Kiel — Germany
  • Kazutsuna Yamaji, Director, Research Center for Open Science and Data Platform at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo – Japan


The fee — €1,300 for LIBER Participants and €2,000 for non-LIBER Participants — is due before the start of the Journées programme. No VAT will be charged.

Selected candidates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

Interested in Attending?

More information can be found in the following documents, however due to the current COVID-19 situation, registration is inactive until further notice.