LIBER’s Executive Board recently met on 22, 23 and 25 June 2015 in Senate House Library, London, UK, for its meetings held during the Annual Conference week.
At the meeting, the Board discussed the Annual Report and Accounts 2014, the European Activities, the LIBER Strategy, the reports of the LIBER Steering Committee, and LIBER partnerships and memoranda.
Annual Report and Accounts 2014
The Executive Board formally approved the Annual Report and Accounts for 2014, which were presented by the Treasurer. The Accounts, which had been pre-circulated to LIBER Paticipants in the May 2015 LIBER Mailing, were also presented by the Treasurer to LIBER Participants for information and comment at the Meeting of Participants on 25 June 2015.
The Executive Board discussed ‘The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age’, which had been launched on 6 May 2015. By 23 June 2015, the Declaration had been signed by 178 organisations and by over 400 individuals. An advocacy and lobbying strategy for LIBER was approved by the Board. There had been three more EU Project kick offs since the February 2015 Board meeting: a progress report on all EU Projects was approved.
The Executive Board discussed the extension of the current LIBER Strategy (2012-2015) to 2017. As part of the initial preparations for the next LIBER Strategy (2017-2022), a survey seeking views from LIBER Participants would take place in autumn 2015, and the content and form of this survey was discussed by the Board.
LIBER Steering Committees
The Chairs of Steering Committees reported on progress to the Executive Board.
The Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures Steering Committee was focusing on research data, and was taking up liaison roles for RDA with relevant groups. A workshop on ‘Libraries and Research Data’ was being held during the Annual Conference. The Reshaping the Research Library Steering Committee had held a very successful ‘LIBER Journées’ for library directors in Paris in May 2015; and the third ‘Emerging Leaders’ seminar was beginning during the London 2015 Annual Conference. The Working Group on Rankings was being transferred to the Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures Steering Committee; and there were now three working groups within the Steering Committee; Digital Collections; Leadership and Workforce Development; and Research and Education. The Advocacy and Communications Steering Committee was completing an Ambassadors’ programme for LIBER, and its Copyright Working Group was very active in the field of copyright and text and data mining.
During the Discussion Slot, which has been introduced to precede each Executive Board, LIBER’s partnerships and memoranda of understanding were reviewed, with a view to identifying new partnerships and encouraging practical results from existing partnerships.
LIBER Executive Board Appointments
An appointment to the single vacancy on the Executive Board was made at the Meeting of Participants on 25 June 2015. There were three nominations, and a closed ballot was held on the morning of 25 June 2015, supervised by the three tellers (Svend Larsen, Statsbiblioteket, Aarhus, Denmark; Anna Rovira, Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; and Ulrich Niederer, Lucerne University Library, Switzerland) appointed by LIBER Participants at the Opening of the Meeting of Participants on 24 June 2015. As a result of the closed ballot, Drs Anja Smit, Utrecht University Library, The Netherlands, was appointed to the LIBER Executive Board.
Three re-appointments to the Executive Board were made at the Meeting of Participants:
- Mr Lluis Anglada, CSUC, Catalonia, Spain
- Dr Claudia Fabian, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany; and
- Mr Andris Vilks, National Library of Latvia, Latvia
The Executive Board re-appointed Dr Ann Matheson as Secretary-General (a Board appointment) for the period 2015-2017.