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Gymnasium B‘ (science subjects) [pre-university secondary education including the study of Latin and Greek],
Heeswijk, the Netherlands, 1965
Doctoraal Philosophy (specialisation: Philosophical Logic) [University degree considered equivalent to a master’s degree], Utrecht University, 1977

Additional training:
–    strategic planning
–    financial management
Attended numerous conferences and workshops on library policy, innovation and organisation.

At present
Since 2019 Member of the Supervisory Board of DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books)
Since 2016 Chairman of the Board of the Dutch Lewis Carroll Society
Since 2015 Member of the Supervisory Board of Rotterdam Library
Since 2014 Chairman of the Board of OPuS (Open Access Publishing Services)
Since 2012 Chairman of the Board of OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks)
Professional Experience
2009 – 2014 Director General, KB, National Library of the Netherlands
Manage all services and processes of the national library. Supervise a staff of 370 and responsible for a € 50 million budget. Advise the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research on matters relating to cultural heritage, information infrastructure and scholarly communication.

Main activities and/or achievements: •Initiating and managing an innovation process aimed at a focus on digital collections, services and preservation, including the start of public-private partnerships with (a.o.) Google. •Strengthening the central position of the KB within the national information infrastructure by enhancing the cooperation with all publicly financed libraries in the Netherlands. •Integrating into the KB the management of the network of public libraries and of the digital infrastructure for public libraries, thus initiating a national digital library.1994 – 2009University Librarian, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Manage all library services of the university. Supervise a staff of 280 and responsible for a € 20 million budget. Advise the Executive Board of the University on matters relating to scientific communication

Main activities and/or achievements: •Managing the ongoing innovation of the library aimed at achieving high quality digital services and a large electronic collection. •Creating a repository of the university’s publications and a university E-Press that publishes Open Access journals. •Implementing the so-called Virtual Knowledge Centres that provide research groups with virtual work spaces with integrated library services. •Managing the complex reorganisation of the library whereby the traditional decentralised structure with twenty branch libraries was replaced by a centralised and more efficient organisation based on the concept of shared services. •Realising a modern, flexible library building on the university campus that has won several awards and is proving popular with its users.1994Acting Manager for the Media Institute, Utrecht University (6 months)
Reorganised the institute1990 – 1994Director of Budgeting & Control and Deputy Managing Director of Utrecht University
Budgeting the university’s faculties and services and controlling their results annually;
managing a department of 16 staff

Main activities and/or achievements: •Introducing a Planning & Control cycle to the university that emphasises the responsibility for planning at faculty level and introduces control on the basis of annual faculty reviews •Designing a framework for the university’s information management1983 – 1990Director of Strategic Planning, Utrecht University
Instrumental in building the university’s strategic policy; managing a department of 8 staff

Main activities and/or achievements: •Gaining commitment in the university for a regular planning cycle •Drafting the first long-term, visionary strategic plan for the university1980 – 1983Planning officer for the Executive Board of the University, Utrecht University
Coordinating the university’s development plan1977 – 1980Policy officer, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University
Developing policy and planning of the faculty


Professional Memberships:
2009 – 2014: President of FOBID, Dutch Library Forum
2009 – 2014: Member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum Meermanno/House of the Book, The Hague, the Netherlands
2006 – 2010: Member of the Executive Board of the Association of European Research Libraries, LIBER
2005 – 2009 Member of the Executive Board of the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations, EBLIDA
2005 – 2009: Chairman of the Libraries Committee of the Dutch Council for Culture, advisory council to the Minister of Culture
2003 – 2010: Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, SPARC, in Europe
2001 – 2009: Member of the Steering Committee of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, SPARC, in the US
2000 – 2008: President of the Dutch Association of Librarians and Information Managers
1998 – 2001 Treasurer of the Dutch National Badminton Federation
1994 – 2002 Member of the Board of Trustees, Association for Social Housing (SSH), Utrecht, the Netherlands
1987 – 1991 Member of the Board of the Public Library, Nieuwegein, the Netherlands
1979 Member of the University Council, Utrecht University
1971 – 1976 Member of the Council of the Faculty of Philosophy, Utrecht University