We’re excited to announce that our fall Leaders Forum of 2021, themed Challenges and Opportunities in Open Source Software, will take place on Tuesday, October 19 10:30 am – 12:30 pm ET/ 2:30 – 4:30 pm UTC.  


This Leaders Forum will be a welcome opportunity to connect with peers this fall. Organized in a brief, two-hour format, we will hear a series of presenters discussing branding and cultural contagion, inclusive and anti-racist OSS community building, and Leaders Circle members will weigh in on research topics for LYRASIS Research initiatives in 2022. 

What’s a Forum?

Leaders Forums are small gatherings of the influencers, movers & shakers, and senior leaders in archives, libraries and museums. Forums explore themes linked to relevant topics that surface through LYRASIS Research, our Catalyst Fund program, or conversations with members. They provide an opportunity to explore ideas, challenges, and solutions through presentations, panels, roundtable and breakout discussions. Forums are open for all Leaders Circle members and to special guests by invitation. Forums are held in-person and virtually.

What do Forums Impact?

In 2016, the first-ever Leaders Forums were held across the United States. Discussions at these forums led to creating the Leaders Circle and the Catalyst Fund, two foundational programs in the LYRASIS innovation infrastructure. Since then, Forums have focused on themes such as Local to Global, Experiments In Innovation, Leading in the New Now, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Scholarly Communications, and Innovating through a Downturn. Forums play a critical role in the debate and decision of which research topics are undertaken by the LYRASIS Research team each year.

What do Participants Value about Forums?

“What I always appreciate about these kinds of events is the opportunity to step away from the day-to-day and participate in big picture, future-focused conversations with colleagues from different kinds of institutions.”

Who should attend?

LYRASIS Leader Circle Members are encouraged to attend along with special guests who will benefit from or add to the conversation. Contact us to extend an invitation to a special gues.  

Is there a fee to attend?

Forums are free to attend.

Need more information?

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