The Board of Governors of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, has appointed Lily Knibbeler as the new Director General of the National Library.
Following the departure of Bas Savenije last year, dr. E.J.B. Knibbeler has served as the acting Director General, and she has now been appointed full-time in this position with effect from 1 July. The National Library also has a female Director General for the first time in its history.
The National Library in the library network
Traditionally the function of the KB has been to provide academic information, but as of this year this role has been expanded to now also include a director's role for public libraries. A major task for the coming period is the creation of a national digital library for easy digital access to the common property of all publicly funded libraries. Lily Knibbeler played a significant part in establishing The power of our network policy plan for 2015-2018, in which this objective was developed. The Board of Governors therefore has every confidence that she will be able to implement this policy in the widest extent on the back of her expertise and with great enthusiasm.