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The fourth edition of LIBER’s Journées leadership programme exclusively for library directors will take place in May 2024, at the Freie Universtät in Berlin. 

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.

Read the Strategic Vision document of the LIBER Journées 2024.

Questions?  Please contact Working Group member Najmeh Shaghaei via email at: nas@bib.sdu.dk





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Applications for the LIBER Journées 2024 are now open!

To apply, applicants must provide the below information before the 15th January (deadline extended) 2024:

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum Vitae, not exceeding 2 pages
  • Covering letter/motivation letter, at most 2 pages. Include topics which you want to discuss with other directors during the discussion sessions.

Consult the Strategic Vision document before beginning your application.

Interested candidates should complete, print and sign the application form, and send it in a .pdf format, with all the aforementioned documents attached and your signature, to: calls@libereurope.org.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by the end of January 2024.



The underpinning theme of LIBER Journées 2024 will be: Trusted Leadership in Challenging Times.

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.

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The LIBER Journées 2024 speakers will be:

  • Reinhard Altenhöner, Deputy General Director of Berlin State Library (Germany)
  • Ujala Satgoor, the Library Director of the University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Günter M. Ziegler, President of Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • Tamara Szabo, Managing Director, Co create Development (Hungary)
  • Oksana Brui, the President of the Ukrainian Library Association (Ukraine)
  • Leslie Diana Jones, Associate Professor for Public Services, Harvard Law School Library, Chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (USA)
  • David Trefas, Head of Modern Collections at the Basel University Library, President of the Basel Public Library Commission (Switzerland)


The fee for the 2024 LIBER Journées will be:

LIBER will not charge VAT on these costs.

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

Programme - LIBER Journées 2024

  • Wednesday 29 May Day 1


    • 1st day of LIBER Journées: presentations and facilitated discussion


    • Reception (location TBC)

  • Thursday 30 May Day 2


    • 2nd day of LIBER Journées: presentations and facilitated discussion


    • Dinner at Rutz Zollhaus restaurant

  • Friday 31 May Day 3


    • 3rd day of LIBER Journées: presentations and facilitated discussion


    • Lunch and farewell