May 16, 2022

Journal Article: “Library Resilience and Leadership in a Global Crisis”

The article linked below was published today by LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries.


Library Resilience and Leadership in a Global Crisis


Najmeh Shaghaei
University of Southern Denmark

Claire Knowles
University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Fiona Morley
Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland

Alexandra Eveleigh
Wellcome Collection, UK

Núria Casaldàliga
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain

Emma Nolin
Malmö University Library, Sweden

Andrea Tatai
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Marc Cohen
Queen Mary University of London, UK

Martine Pronk
Utrecht University Library, Utrecht, Netherlands

Elke Ghesquière
KU Leuven, Belgium


LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries
32(1), 1–21.

DOI: 10.53377/lq.10930


Research Libraries, like other organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been facing difficult choices concerning which services to offer, whilst minimising risk to their staff, communities, and users. As the post COVID-19 era beckons, library leaders are urged to adapt flexible strategic plans that apply to every facet of library operation to ensure the organisations remain both safe and resilient in the future.

This paper discusses leadership skills and practical techniques that can be applied to help build resilient libraries and deliver positive new change in the post-COVID-19 recovery period.

Our findings indicate that leaders need to find ways to realign library ambitions to this uncertain new operating environment. The focus should be directed to digitisation and supporting systems, as well as on sustainability and transformative services. These are a must for the future of libraries.

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