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11.08.2011

Who is Elisabeth Niggemann?

Elisabeth Niggemann is the Director General of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (German National Library) in Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main. She is a member of the Comité des Sages, a reflection group on digitization, along with Maurice Lévy and Jacques de Decker, bringing their reflections on the stakes related to digitization, accessibility and conservation of the European cultural heritage.  She was chairman of the Europeana Foundation until October 2011.

In 1987 she started her career as a librarian at the German Central Library for Medicine in Cologne as head of the acquisitions department. In 1989 she became head of the cataloguing and subject indexing department at the University and State Library at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. In 1994, she became the director of the Düsseldorf University and State Library. She came into her present position in 1999. She has been involved in many national and international working groups and committees. 

She was also Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of CENL (Conference of European National Librarians), a member of the Board of Trustees of OCLC, a Board member of the “Stiftung Buchkunst”, a member of several Advisory Councils and Chair of the Europeana Foundation. She is one of the editors of the Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie.