In an abundance of caution, we are postponing all Forums. We will reschedule these at a later date.

We normally host in-person Leaders Forums every spring. Of course, that’s not possible right now due to COVID-19. Instead, we’re launching a new series of virtual forums to deliver content in a variety of formats such as, 5-minute speaker videos, launching this Leaders Circle listserv to share resources, ideas, and opinions, as well as, 45-minute online forum events focused on breakout discussions with peers. We hope this bite-sized content is more accessible and inclusive as well as more engaging to you, our amazing leaders. 

Our theme this spring focuses on the crisis and change we’re experiencing in 2020. Our topics include Leading in the New Now, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Scholarly Communications. Although we’re facing challenges as leaders today, we can support one another. When we’re at our best, we can inspire our teams to do things they never thought they could.

2020 Forums

May 28: Leadership in the New Now
with Tim Cherubini (COSLA), Yolanda Cooper (Emory Univ) and Tony Zanders (Skilltype).

Speaker videos

Breakout Discussion


June 4: What Will DEAI Look Like in the Current and Post-Pandemic Library Landscape 
with Alexia Hudson-Ward (Oberlin College)



June 11: Scholarly Communications in a Crisis: A Panel Discussion 
with Martin Brennan and Jennifer Chan (UCLA), Kim Herndon (Samford Univ) and Scott Warren (Syracuse Univ).


What happens at a Forum?

Our Forums are smaller, nimble, gatherings across the US, Canada and soon the globe, to discuss, explore and workshop ideas, problems and potential solutions that might be funded by LYRASIS. Experts from the LYRASIS team and from the LYRASIS membership bring new concepts, trends and ideas to be round tabled. Our Forums are a unique experience where archivists, librarians, museum directors can sit around a table and discuss topics affecting the communities locally and globally. Typically, there are 6 Forums each year. Output is shared and posted for discussion. This is open for all Leaders Circle members and by invitation for anyone else. Forums encourage leaders, movers and shakers and those not willing to wait for change but are catalysts for change to attend.

Where have we been?

We have hosted 30 Forums to date. Thank you to our hosts. If you would like to host a Forum please email:

Can I see a sample agenda from previous Forums?
Yes, take a look at our last Forum of 2019 in Pittsburgh.

What happens at a Forum?
The format will be 9am-3pm face-to-face meeting limited to about 30-35 local leaders from archives, museums and libraries. The day will be broken into 40-50 minutes sessions and include presentations on real, on innovative projects and programs by participants and experts as well as brief overviews by senior LYRASIS staff on the state of the community as we see it. And then the fun begins, with an engaging, fast-paced conversation among all the attendees.

Who should attend?
Key influencers, movers & shakers, senior leaders in archives, libraries and museums. LYRASIS Leader Circle Members are encouraged to attend along with local archivist, librarians and museum staff in each Forum city. You do not have to be a LYRASIS Member to attend.

Is there a fee to attend?
Forums are free to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Need more information?
Please contact Jenn Bielewski if you have any questions or would like to attend, present or host.