The LIBER Executive Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Wouter Schallier as the first Executive Director in its 37-year history. Mr Schallier is currently Director of the Biomedical Sciences Library in the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and will take up office with LIBER on Monday 2 June 2008.
Educated at the Universiteit Gent, his primary degree is in Latin and Greek Linguistics and Literature. He completed further studies for the Diplôme européen d’études médiévales at FIDEM in Rome, and he has a Master’s degree in Sciences du livre: bibliothéconomie from the Université catholique de Louvain. His languages include Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Mr Schallier was responsible for producing the strategic plans for the libraries of the KU Leuven Association and the Biomedical Sciences Library. His particular library interests are library management; institutional co-operation; digitisation; innovation; scholarly communication; and the role of libraries in education and research.
A press release for general circulation is attached at the foot of this announcement. LIBER members are kindly requested to distribute the press release as widely as possible within their own countries and library networks.
The Board is also pleased to confirm inform LIBER members that the LIBER Secretariat will be housed in the Royal Library in The Netherlands with effect from summer 2008, in order that the new Executive Director, Mr Wouter Schallier, will be able to work closely with other European and international organizations already located in The Hague. LIBER is grateful to the Royal Library for its co-operation and assistance in this matter.
The LIBER Executive Board would like to take this early opportunity of expressing its deep appreciation to Mr Erland Kolding Nielsen, Director-General, The Royal Library, Copenhagen, for the outstanding support he has given LIBER ever since the LIBER Secretariat was first set up and housed in the Royal Library in Copenhagen in the mid-1990s.