LIBER’s Executive Board recently met at Senate House Library, London, for its annual February Board meeting.
The following topics were discussed:
The progress of the European projects in which currently LIBER is participating was discussed. FOSTER and PASTEUR4OA, two new open access projects, received a special mention. FOSTER will work on helping researchers, librarians and other stakeholders to adopt open access and open science as part of their daily workflows. PASTEUR will help develop and/or reinforce open access strategies and policies at national level and facilitate their coordination among all Member States.
HORIZON 2020 and its opportunities for libraries was reviewed at the Board meeting. A paper (to be published shortly on the LIBER website) outlining the most relevant calls for LIBER and its members was discussed. It was agreed that the LIBER Steering Committees and LIBER Office would start working on identifying project opportunities and putting proposals together. The Office will put LIBER members in contact with other project consortia.
EU COPYRIGHT CONSULTATION AND TEXT AND DATA MINING
LIBER has been actively working on its response to the EU copyright consultation, and has also encouraged its members to respond on an individual basis. The LIBER Board discussed and approved the response put together by the LIBER Copyright Working Group. The response and its highlights can be found here. LIBER has called for a copyright regime that better fosters research and innovation in Europe and supports research libraries in realising their strategies. LIBER advocacy in calling on the European Commission for an exception in the EU Copyright and Database Directives to allow text and data mining (TDM) was reviewed. It was agreed that the current licensing proposals from publishers were over restrictive and did not foster TDM as a modern technique for researchers in Europe. LIBER will continue to advocate for an exception to allow TDM to content for all research purposes in Europe.
LIBER ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The progress of the LIBER Annual Conference in Riga in July 2014 was also on the agenda. The call for papers has attracted more than 130 submissions. The Conference Programme Committee is currently reviewing the submissions and the results will be communicated to authors by the end of March.
The Executive Board was informed about the current status of LIBER membership. LIBER continues to encompass over 400 members in Europe and retains its place as the largest research library association in Europe.
LIBER WEBSITE AND LOGO
In the course of 2014, LIBER is going to undertake a review of its current website, logo and communications channels. The Executive Board approved a refreshed version of the logo which will be released, along with the new website, for the Annual Conference in Riga.
In its commitment towards open access and transparency, the LIBER Board approved Open Access guidelines for its research outputs. The guidelines will soon be made public.
The next LIBER Finance Committee and Executive Board Meeting will be held in Riga in June/July2014.
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