#1. Horizon 2020 Funding Bids
The European Commission’s €15 billion Horizon 2020 funding program offers unique opportunities for research libraries to develop innovative services and research infrastructures. LIBER is currently preparing bids for projects which fit the Horizon 2020 mandate and which serve the interests of our research library members. We’ll naturally aim to involve LIBER members in these bids where possible. Watch the LIBER-ALL mailing list (members only) for more information. We’ll also help put LIBER members in contact with other project consortia, as opportunities arise.
#2. LIBER Annual Conference
Every year, hundreds of library professionals travel to our annual conference for three days of stimulating discussions, workshops and talks. This year the LIBER conference is in Riga, Latvia from July 2nd-5th. The call for papers and posters is now open. See you there!
Above the roofs of Riga, by Tobi / Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND
#3. Copyright Reform
Our Copyright Position Statement (published in December) looks at Europe’s existing copyright laws from the perspective of research libraries and highlights the areas where we believe major reform is needed. In 2014 we’ll share these views with the European Commission through their public consultation on the review of EU copyright rules. We urge you to do the same. Read our tips for responding to the consultation.
#4. More Openness With Our Members
We’re making a number of changes that will make it easier for our members to stay up-to-date with the activities of the Executive Board and the LIBER office, including making minutes from our quarterly board meetings available to all members. We’re also looking at ways to make our emails and Intranet more accessible. Finally, we will introduce a space on the website where members can interact with each other and share experiences in their own libraries with their professional peers across Europe.
#5. Website Upgrades
The results from last year’s website survey show that our website needs to be more interactive. We’re planning an extensive overhaul of the website in 2014 and a large part of this work will be aimed at making the website more of a meeting place for the research library community. One of our goals is to actively encourage guest posts from LIBER members who want to share experiences, discoveries and observations from their own library work with the wider community. If you’re interested in contributing a guest post, please contact Friedel Grant (LIBER’s Communications Officer) for more information.
#6. Workshop on Digital Curation
The 3rd annual LIBER Workshop on Digital Curation will be held in Vienna, Austria on 19-20th May. This event is your chance to find out how to determine which representations of data should be the target of preservation. Academic experts from across Europe will come together to discuss and learn about topics such as digital preservation, data management plans and interoperability. Registration is now open for the event, which is being organised by LIBER’s Digital Cultural Heritage Forum together with CERL, the National Library of the Netherlands, the University of Leiden Library and the University of Vienna.
Come to our Workshop on Digital Curation!
#7. Guidance on Research Data Support
The Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures Steering Committee will publish a number of LIBER case studies on research data support. These case studies will build on one of our most read reports: Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management (pdf).
#8. Europeana Newspapers Workshop
If your library works to make digital newspapers accessible, you’ll want to attend our September workshop in London. This 1-½ day event is being organised as part of our work in the Europeana Newspapers project. It will look at policy issues related to digital newspaper content and how this content can be made more widely available. The final details of the workshop are now being arranged. Subscribe to the Europeana Newspapers newsletter and we’ll let you know as soon as the agenda is released.
#9. New Projects
LIBER is a partner in two new EU-funded projects for 2014: FOSTER and Pasteur4OA. FOSTER (Foster Open Science Training for European Research) aims to create training programmes for researchers and other stakeholder groups, and PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) will try to encourage OA policy alignment across Europe. In addition, our work with the Europeana Newspapers and Europeana Cloud projects will continue.