LIBER is hosting a number of initiatives or networks to enhance the re-invention of the library to become better suited for the Open Science paradigm in Europe and globally. The Working Group on Open Access has been put together to further advance the shift towards openness.
The Working Group first met in Helsinki, during LIBER’s 2016 Annual Conference. So far it consists of 19 members from academic library organisations across Europe.
Group members will concentrate their work within three different areas related to the shift to Open Access, where we can act as a complement to other initiatives with a common goal. These focus areas are:
- Licensing & Negotiations about Open Access. The matter of the costs of subscriptions, and negotiations about publishing fees, are a shared concern for most libraries, where it is crucial to share information to be able to put pressure on publishers. A part of the working group will concentrate on documentation and sharing information about this.
- Strategies for Open Repositories. Institutional repositories are in place for all university or national libraries, but how do we use them? What can we do to increase interoperability and make sure these resources are properly used? Some of the group members will work on mapping and forming strategies to improve interoperability and usability.
- Promoting Open Access Policies. It is time to move beyond the ‘why’ of the OA paradigm, and start working on the next steps together. What kind of information and messages should we share in order to synchronise efforts and adapt mandates? One part of the group will focus on how we can further share information and material to continue to promote the shift to Open Access where we are today.
Developments and news from the Working Group will be communicated via the group’s page on the LIBER website. Representatives from academic libraries in countries not yet included in the Group are welcome to send their application to join us.