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Library resilience and leadership in a global crisis


  • Najmeh Shaghaei University of Southern Denmark
  • Claire Knowles Head of Research Support and Digital Libraries, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • Fiona Morley Head of Digital Programmes and Information Systems, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland
  • Alexandra Eveleigh Collections Information Manager, Wellcome Collection, UK
  • Núria Casaldàliga Servei de Biblioteques, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain
  • Emma Nolin Head of Information Resources and Scholarly Publishing, Malmö University Library, Sweden
  • Andrea Tatai Deputy Director of the University Library, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Marc Cohen Head of Library Resources and Collections, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Martine Pronk Academic Services Manager, Utrecht University Library, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Elke Ghesquière Head of Libraries, KU Leuven, Belgium



Research libraries, Resilience, Leadership, COVID-19


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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How to Cite

Library resilience and leadership in a global crisis. (2022). LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 32(1), 1-21.