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 talk, entitled “What Can Libraries Do?”, will be given in French with simultaneous interpretation provided in English. In it she will discuss the major issues facing national libraries today, with a special focus on the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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 by march 25, 2018. For more information about this event, please email bac.invitation.lac@bac-lac.gc.ca.

Read more about Laurence Engel

Laurence Engel, born in 1966, was appointed president of the National Library of France in April 2016. A graduate of École Normale Supérieure—Fontenay-aux-Roses, the Institut d’Études Politiques and École Nationale d’Administration, she is a judge at the French Court of Accounts.

After joining the television networks ARTE and La Cinquième in 1998, she was appointed adviser on audiovisual matters to France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2000, a role she held until 2002. From 2003 to 2008 she was cultural adviser to the mayor of Paris, and was then director of cultural affairs for Paris until 2012.

Ms. Engel was director of the cabinet office of France’s minister of Culture and Communication from 2012 to 2014, at which time she joined the Cour des Comptes, where she was appointed ombudsman for the Book. During that period she was also chair of the board of directors of the Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art and the Finance Commission of the Agence France Presse.

Ms. Engel is the author of numerous books and articles, including several on cultural policy published in the French literary magazine Esprit.

 

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