Webinar: How are Research Libraries leading in the times of COVID-19?
This webinar is the first part of the 2-webinar series "Leadership in Times of Crisis" organized by LIBER Leadership Programmes Working Group.

COVID-19 has created a new reality for leaders. They had to address the discomfort and fear caused by the pandemic overnight and think creatively of solutions in the moment of crisis.

Research Libraries, like other organizations, are facing hard choices around which services to offer to minimize the risk to their staff, communities and business operations. Flexible leaders who can adapt and guide organizations and staff, offer hope, build communities and see new possibilities are needed more than ever. 
This webinar series provides an opportunity to learn about what other peer leaders are doing and exchange views to learn from each other.   

In this webinar, collective thinking and expertise to help leaders navigate the pandemic and recovery will be presented. Leadership skills in times of crisis, remote leadership challenges regarding realigning library ambitions to the new operating environment taking into consideration library values and strategies will be addressed.


  • Library Leaders
  • Professionals who are committed to developing their leadership and business knowledge to position their organizations to navigate uncertainty and disruption.
  • Engaged leaders who want to increase their knowledge and organizational impact. 
  • Emerging leaders who take responsibility for leading an organization through times of crisis.
  • Others interested in leadership in times of crises.


Part 1: Leadership in Times of Crisis
  • Najmeh Shaghaei: Head of Campus Library – The University Library of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Andrea Tatai: Deputy Director of the Library System - Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Part 2: Realigning our strategies/communicating our values
  • Martine Pronk: Division manager Academic Services - Utrecht University Library, The Netherlands
  • Alexandra Eveleigh: Collections Information Manager- Wellcome Collection, UK


Cécile Swiatek is the Deputy Director at The Université Paris II academic library, Paris, France, and member of LIBER Leadership WG.


The speakers are a group of library emerging leaders who joined LIBER Emerging Leadership Programme – Cohort 5. The project is being coordinated by Najmeh Shaghaei, member of LIBER Leadership Working Group.  
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