Working groups

LIBER Leadership and Workforce Development Working Group

John is interim Senate House Librarian at the University of London, and a member of LIBER's Leadership Programmes Working Group.

Previously John spent nearly 40 years in libraries, including as Director of Academic Services at Royal Holloway University of London, where he was responsible for the embedding of a new Directorate reflecting a streamlined Professional Services structure for academic-related and student-facing services. For nine years he was Director of Library Services at Royal Holloway. Prior to that, having studied French at Manchester University, he spent another 20 years there in various roles within the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. In 1998 he moved to Oxford University as Deputy to the Director of University Libraries and to Bodley's Librarian (1998-2002) and then to the role of Head of British Collections at the British Library (2002-2008).

Outside of Royal Holloway, John is a Trustee of Egham Museum, a member of the Senate House Library Board and Chair of the LIBER Leadership and Workforce Development Working Group. Outside work he plays cricket and watches football.

I am passionate about libraries and Europe, hence my dedication  and commitment to the Leadership and Workforce Development Working Group. It has given me great pleasure seeing so many leaders emerge through the LIBER programme and to be involved in the pioneering LIBER Journées events. There is so much enthusiasm, talent, camaraderie and expertise among the LIBER community.

Andreas Brandtner is the Director of the Vienna University Library. He was previously the Director of University Library of Freie Universität Berlin since 2018. Prior to this he was Director, Mainz University Library, Associate Director, Vienna University Library, Deputy Head, Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Vienna City Library, and Project Manager, Austrian National Library.

In Germany Andreas had several national responsibilities including member of the board of the German Initiative for Network Information (DINI) and member of the Committee on Scientific Library Services and Information Systems (AWBI) of the German Research Society (DFG). He is also a member of the LIBER Workforce and Leadership Working Group. As part of this role, Andreas is programme coordinator for the LIBER Journées for Library Directors.

Andreas received his MA and his PhD in Philosophy from Vienna University. He holds an MSc in Library and Information Studies (Vienna University), and an MBA in International Arts Management (University of Salzburg Business School).

Astrid is Executive Director of LIBER.

Her career began as a researcher at the Institute for Dutch History and as a product manager at Sdu Publiskers. From 2001 onwards, Astrid worked at the National Library of the Netherlands. She was involved in projects and programs concerning mass digitisation, digital preservation and digital libraries. She headed the Digitisation Department (2009-2010) and the IT Department (2012-2014). Until May 2017 she was head of the Innovative Projects Department. A highlight of her career was the implementation of mass digitization at the KB: 100 million pages of books, newspapers and magazines digitized between 2001-2011.

She has extensive experience in the information and library sector and is driven by complex policy issues. She is always eager to make programs and projects successful in a constantly changing environment. She was a participant in the first cohort of the LIBER leadership program (2011-2012).

After years of working on innovation and development within a library it is a challenge to broaden my view and work with a community from all over Europe. I fully support the strategic objectives of LIBER and am really looking forward to contribute to these.

Cécile Swiatek is Library director at the University of Paris Nanterre, France.

She is particularly involved with opening up knowledge, pedagogy, HE digital innovation, Skill issues.

Before 2021, Cécile Swiatek was Deputy Director at the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas academic library in Paris, France, and engaged in both professional and users training services. She was previously in charge of Law, Economics, Management and Journalism collections in Paris II. Before that, she was Collection manager in Medicine Science and Technology at the BUPMC – Université Paris6 academic library – and head of medical and computer science research sections.

In 2014 she joined the IFLA Lyon national committee. She is an active member of various French libraries associations and is a Governing Board member and Secretary-General of the French National university and research libraries (ADBU).

Cécile Swiatek has been deeply involved since 2010 in LIBER where she currently represents the French Academic Libraries Association (ADBU).

Liisi Lembinen has been Development Director of the University of Tartu Library since 2009.

Between 2013 and June 2016, she worked as an Acting Director of UT Library. Previous positions in the library were e-books specialist and educational advisor. Liisi is a member of Open Science and Open Access team of the University of Tartu Library as well as a Project manager of DataCite Estonia.

Since 2015, she is the Chairman of the Management Board of Consortium of Estonian Libraries Network. She is also a member of De Gruyter the Open Access Funding Board. Since June 2016, she is the secretary of LIBER's Digital Skills & Services Steering Committee (previously the Reshaping the Research Library Steering Committee) and a member of various working groups.

LIBER is the leading library organization in the world. Being part of LIBER and its working groups gives a great opportunity to gain knowledge and to be part of the highest level of the world of academic libraries.


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