Wouter Schallier

Wouter Schallier

Chief of the Hernán Santa Cruz Library, UN/ECLAC. Chile.

Wouter Schallier has a Master's degree in "Linguistics and Literature: Latin and Greek", a Diploma in "Medieval Studies" and a Master’s in "Information and Library Sciences".

Wouter Schallier started his professional career at K.U.Leuven University, Belgium, first as coordinator of several innovative projects and 3 years later as Director of the Library of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Between 2008 and 2012, Wouter Schallier was Executive Director of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), in The Hague, The Netherlands. In this position he secured funding from the European Commission for 7 innovative projects in the following areas: Europeana digital library, access to scientific information resources, open access, digital preservation, and research data management.

As Chief of the Hernán Santa Cruz (ECLAC) Library, Wouter Schallier introduced a strategy to radically modernize the services and products of the Library. In 2014, the Biblioteca Hernán Santa Cruz launched the ECLAC Digital Repository (https://repositorio.cepal.org/), which provides open access to all publications of the Regional Commission, from 1948 until now. After an ambitious renovation project, the new physical spaces of the Hernán Santa Cruz Library were inaugurated in 2016.

Between 2015 and 2017, Wouter Schallier led the Latin American and Caribbean work packages of the LEARN project (www.learn-rdm.eu) on Research Data Management, financed by the European Commission. The main objective of this project was to support the implementation of data management policies in research institutions in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Wouter Schallier publishes and regularly presents talks on the following topics: access to information, innovation and scholarly communication.