On May 27, LIBER met with representatives of the Confederation of Australian University Libraries (CAUL), the Confederation of New Zealand University Libraries (CONZUL), and the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA).
The delegation from CAUL and CONZUL is on a two-week European Study Tour, and requested a meeting to exchange ideas about common areas of work and to explore possible collaborations with both IFLA and LIBER.
The first part of the meeting was devoted to discussing IFLA and LIBER’s current copyright, advocacy and communication activities. Ellen Broad (IFLA) reported on the status of library and archives copyright advocacy and communications at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The position of the European Union, attempting to block future discussions of copyright laws that might help libraries and archives to conduct their activities in a digital environment, was debated amongst the meeting’s participants. A request from the library community for the EU to engage more constructively in the WIPO debate was acknowledged as very timely.
Susan Reilly (LIBER) presented LIBER’s work in the area of Copyright and Text and Data Mining in the last year, including such milestones as the response to the Copyright consultation, our advocacy work in relation to Text and Data Mining, which comprises a request for a copyright exception for TDM in Europe, and a discussion paper expressing strong reservations about the new Elsevier’s policy on text and data.
In the second part of the meeting, Izaskun Lacunza (LIBER) presented LIBER’s Strategy and how the latter relates to our work in relation to Scholarly Communications and Research Infrastructure, Reshaping the Research Library and Advocacy and Communications.
Paul Ayris (LIBER) gave a presentation about open access and how its implementation at the institutional level brings new opportunities for libraries, and about the library’s role as a publisher of both open access journals and monographs.
Finally, Susan Reilly presented a working paper on LIBER’s vision of the future of libraries within the Scholarly Communications and Research Infrastructures ecosystem and gathered input from the CAUL delegation. The paper is under discussion within the remit of the Scholarly Communications and Research Infrastructure Steering Committee and the Scientific Information Infrastructure Working Group, and will be shared with the LIBER community in due course.
CAUL and LIBER agreed that international collaboration among library associations is key to aligning strategies and joining forces in an increasingly international research and education environment, so that research library services can meet their users’ expectations.