Kurt de Belder
"A national deal with Springer: an institutional view of national transition arrangements to Gold OA"
Kurt De Belder is since 2005 University Librarian at Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands founded in 1575. Kurt’s responsibilities include university-wide strategic planning and policy making in the area of scientific information provision and the integral management of Leiden University Libraries and Leiden University Press.
Previously he worked at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, New York University and the Universiteit van Amsterdam. His main areas of expertise are digital libraries, scholarly communication, e-publishing and e-learning.
Kurt has served on a variety of professional committees in the United States and the Netherlands. Now he is a member of the Supervisory Board of DEN (Digital Heritage Netherlands), Chair of the External Stakeholders Group of OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks, an EU funded project), and member of the Policy Group Innovation Knowledge Infrastructure, SURFfoundation.
Kurt studied Germanic Philology at the Free University Brussels, Comparative Literature and Library & Information Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.