9-10 May 2016 - The Hague, Netherlands

24th EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting & EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference

Local Host - National Library of the Netherlands

Lily Knibbeler

Director, Koninklijke Bibliotheek / National Library of the Netherlands

Lily Knibbeler


Dr. E.J.B. (Lily) Knibbeler Director General at Koninklijke Bibliotheek - National Library of the Netherlands

* Generalist, strategist and integrator, motivated by opportunities in people and knowledge. *

Professional Experience at Koninklijke Bibliotheek:

July 2015 – Present   
Director General

January 2015 - June 2015   
Acting Director General

January 2012 – Dec. 2014   
Head of Marketing & Services, Board member
Responsible for the Front Office of the National Library: Collections, Public Services, Online Services and Marketing Services.
Main achievements: implementation of 'dienstenmangement' (service management), development & launch of Delpher, transition print to digital (PDA) of Research Collection.

September 2011 – Dec. 2011    
Head Marketing & Services a.i. at Koninklijke Bibliotheek

September 2010 – Sept.
2011    Head of Collections at Koninklijke Bibliotheek

February 2008 - August 2010   
Head of Research Collection at Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Main achievement: change of paradigms in collection development

Professional Experience at Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds:

July 2000 - January 2008
Member of Staff
Main achievement: development of the Cultuurfondsbeurzen-programma (a large fundingprogram for talented Dutch graduates to enable them to continue their studies abroad).


1994 - 2000
PhD (funded; ‘AiO’) at University of Leiden
Thesis: "Saving the City. The Ambiguities of Crisis Management"

1993 – 1994
Visiting Fellow at Harvard University

1987 – 1993
History, Ancient History at University of Leiden

Time abroad: Paris, Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes (1992);
Moscow, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) MFA Russia MGIMO (1991).