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.
May 28: Leadership in the New Now
with Tim Cherubini (COSLA), Yolanda Cooper (Emory Univ) and Tony Zanders (Skilltype).
June 4: What Will DEAI Look Like in the Current and Post-Pandemic Library Landscape
with Alexia Hudson-Ward (Oberlin College)
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