Wallot-Sylvestre Seminar: Laurence Engel, president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France

Wallot-Sylvestre seminars banner with Laurence Engel

Library and Archives Canada will welcome Laurence Engel, president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, for its next Wallot-Sylvestre Seminar.

Ms. Engel’s presentation will be in French, with simultaneous translation in English, followed by a question period.

Date: Monday, March 26, 2018,
Time: from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Library and Archives Canada, Pellan Room, 2nd Floor
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Laurence Engel has led the national library of France since April 11, 2016.

She has authored several books and articles, including some about cultural policy that have appeared in the French literary magazine Esprit.

Seating is limited, so please register for the event.

Read more about Laurence Engel

Born in 1966, Laurence Engel was appointed President of the National Library of France and took up her post on April 11, 2016.

A graduate of ENS (Ecole Normale Supérieure) Fontenay-aux-Roses, IEP (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) and ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration), she is a judge at the Cour des Comptes (French Court of Accounts).

After joining Jérôme Clément, President of ARTE and the public television network “La Cinquième” in 1998, she was appointed as Adviser on Audiovisual Matters near Catherine Tasca in the Ministry of Culture and Communication in the period 2000 to 2002. She was Cultural Advisor to Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë, in the period 2003 to 2008 and afterwards Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Paris until 2012.

She acted as Director of the Cabinet Office of Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication, for the period 2012-2014. Consequently, she joined the Cour des Comptes and was, furthermore, appointed as Ombudsman for the Book. During that period of time, Laurence Engel acted also as Chair of the Board of Directors of INHA (Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art) and Chair of the Finance Commission of the AFP (Agence France Presse).

She has published various books and articles, in particular about Cultural policy for the French literary magazine Esprit.


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