There will be eight sessions, each led by an eminent speaker from the library, business or cultural world, from Europe and beyond.
The focus of the LIBER Journées will NOT be:
- The personal development of Directors
- Skills, tools or methods
- Operational matters (apart from practical examples that may illustrate strategic matters and challenges)
The format of the LIBER Leadership Journées will NOT be:
- A series of briefings, lectures and presentations
- Interrupted by e-mail checking and messaging.
Professor Norbert Lossau will be Chair of the LIBER Journées. He will be present throughout the three days and will ensure cohesion, interaction and participation by all. The speakers will be asked to 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 and there will be at least one facilitated break-out session, focusing on the issues that participating Directors have flagged up in advance of the LIBER Journées. Elliott Shore, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) will be one of the facilitators.
There will be a reception at Sciences Po on the first evening and, on the second, a LIBER Journées dinner at the famous Le Procope restaurant.
The proceedings, presentations and discussions will be carried out in English. Good communication skills in English are therefore necessary.