2015, 21 to 23

The LIBER Strategic Plan aims to build an ambitious international development programme. To fulfil this
exciting goal, the Steering Committee on Organisation and Human Resources and, in particular, the
Leadership Working Group, has prepared a high level Three-stage seminar for the next generation of
senior leaders in European research libraries.
LIBER recognises that in various countries there are already leadership development programmes for people
recently appointed as library directors. But as the skills needed are changing, so will the type of director. In
general, we shall forsake the traditional profile in favour of more internationally oriented directors. Although
training of directors and mobility of staff across Europe is critically important, LIBER believes that the focus
should be on a leadership development programme for people at the second tier, who are willing and
capable of becoming library directors in a few years.
LIBER must not replicate what already exists, in individual member countries. Since LIBER is an
association of European research libraries it is particularly well placed to offer a mix of courses and practical
experience with existing experienced research library directors.
Because quality is much more important than quantity, LIBER is launching an ambitious international
LIBER leadership development programme featuring a combination of high level workshop/training with
and individual tutoring for a maximum of 20 participants.
The seminar programme will be divided into 4 parts :
 A first session in London (June 2015, 21st to 23rd), with courses ;
 A year for mentorship, meaning that the mentee librarian has a placement of one week in the
mentor's library, shadowing the mentor AND discussing with the mentor the way s/he works. In
addition there will be the opportunity for telephone discussions throughout the year ;
 Action Learning during the year between the two courses ;
 A second seminar in Helsinki (June 2016, 26th to 28th , dates to be confirmed), with courses and
shared experience.
To begin with, there will be a two-day seminar just before the London Conference, hosted by the UCL
Library services, London, UK. Between London 2015 and Helsinki 2016 Conferences the professional
training will be organised on the basis of a clear contract between the course director, the mentored librarian,
the mentored librarian's director and LIBER. Another two-day seminar will take place just before the
Helsinki conference, to complete this high-value programme.
LIBER. Leadership seminar. Strategic presentation.