Research libraries are dynamic entities that evolve rapidly within society, research, and academia, in times when there is an urgency to solve critical global problems. While we often need time to reflect and assess what we have done, we are challenged to respond to the demands of our communities and of global society. What kind of leadership should be exhibited within our organisations and beyond? What kind of synergies should be pursued to address the issues of a ‘post-truth’ world? What purpose do technological advancements bring, and how can we adapt to them?