Event Information

This high-level seminar is aimed at the next generation of senior leaders at European research libraries. It has already been successfully completed by 80 library professionals.


Cohort Updates

Cohort 5:

Second SeminarNote that the second seminar for Cohort 5 will now take place online on the 4th and 5th of October 2021 and no longer in-person. Additionally, to compensate for the originally planned in-person event in October 2021, LIBER will organise an event for Cohort 5 to be held in Odense, Denmark on the 5th July 2022 (the day before the LIBER 2022 Annual Conference starts). During this in-person event, any final remarks on the topic of the leadership seminar will be discussed and certificates will also be handed out.

More details on both events are to follow. 


Cohort 6:

First SeminarThe first seminar will take place at the LIBER Annual Conference in 2022 (in Denmark).

Second SeminarThe second seminar of Cohort 6 will take place in Budapest in 2023 shortly before the LIBER Annual Conference (dates TBC).

More details on both seminars are to follow. 


Benefits of the Emerging Leaders Programme

Completing the programme will be a benefit not only to you, as an individual, but also to your library. Research libraries are subject to constant change and transformation, and this programme helps library staff to be well-equipped to deal with whatever new challenges are on their way whether digital, financial or societal.

How To Apply

We are now accepting applications. Deadline: 1st April 2021.  Note that applications are currently closed. 

Download the below files (including the application form etc.). 

6th Cohort Announcement Strategic Presentation Seminar Goals Programme Important Information Application Form


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There are four main components:

  • A first 2-1/2 day seminar at a LIBER conference;
  • A year for mentorship, including a professional training placement at the mentor’s library (one week);
  • Action Learning during the year between the two courses. Delegates will ‘meet’ the members of their action-learning sets regularly by conference call;
  • A second seminar at a LIBER conference.

During the whole process, each delegate will also be assigned a mentor from a LIBER member library, providing a high-value and customized experience.


The programme costs €1,500, with €750 due before the first seminar. LIBER does not charge VAT. Candidates are responsible for their own travel costs.

Focus Areas

  • Self-awareness; personal authenticity with a strong sense of values and identity.
  • Strategy; with a strong sense of purpose and direction.
  • Leading others; by inspiring and sustaining a high-performing team.
  • Getting the best from others; by developing the individual performance of colleagues.
  • Your future; through self-development, professional development and work/life balance.


In advance of the first course, delegates are expected to complete a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire and there will be some required reading. During the course, each delegate will complete an i-SWOT as a means to reflect on their personal strengths and weaknesses in relation to the challenges of the opportunities and threats likely to be presented in their current or next role. We will also play the Johari’s window ‘game’ of disclosure and feedback: what can you tell about yourself and what can others tell about yourself?

The approach will be sensitive to individual needs and conducted in a non-threatening way. It will be fun rather than uncomfortable!

Is It For Me?

The programme is aimed at people who are already in senior management positions and wish to do more to enhance their leadership qualities in preparation for the step up to the next big challenge – that of taking responsibility for leading an organisation through changing times. All successful candidates will be expected to have:

  • At least three years’ experience in a middle management level post in a LIBER member research library;
  • Working knowledge of spoken and written English;
  • Evidence of motivation to move to a senior management post within next three years;
  • Evidence of strong commitment to professional advancement;
  • Recommendation from Director of employing library;
  • Evidence of willingness and ability to undertake a short placement in a library in another LIBER library in a different country.

It is strongly recommended that candidates clearly stress these elements in their CV and covering letter. No extra document will be taken into account by LIBER’s assessment board.