LIBER, the Association of European Libraries, represents over 420 institutions from across Europe. LIBER is a non-governmental association of the research libraries of Europe, formed under the auspices of the Council of Europe and having the status of a consultative body with that Council.
The strength of LIBER lies in its network: best-practice development within our working groups, information sharing through our conference, and joint advocacy work and collaboration with other stakeholders at an international level.
LIBER institutions share a common mission to enable world-class research. Following the UK referendum — and in light of the discussions around the relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe going forward — we emphasise that this mission has not changed. We will continue to work as a network to support and increase international collaboration, which is a key pillar of world-class research.
Membership of LIBER is linked to the Council of Europe, and not limited to EU countries. Our institutions in the UK are, and will continue to be, valued LIBER participants. The 2015 LIBER Annual Conference in London acted as an international platform for discussion on Open Science. UK delegates turned out in force to continue this dialogue at the 2016 conference in Helsinki. And they engage at a practical level as partners in several of the EU projects in which LIBER participates.
As well as continuing to foster collaboration, we commit to continuing to advocate with, and on behalf of, our UK institutions at EU level and beyond for moving towards an era of openness in research and in particular to promote the role of our libraries in:
- Fostering Open Science
- Implementing open access
- Providing support for FAIR (findable, accessible, intelligable and reusable) data
- Making the case for copyright reform
- Increasing the uptake of text and data mining for research
World class research transcends borders and LIBER looks forward to continuing to work with all of our institutions across Europe towards reinventing the research library, as research moves into an era of openness.