The Story Behind LIBER’s Five Principles for Open Access Negotiations With Publishers

LIBER recently published Five Principles for libraries to use when conducting Open Access negotiations with publishers. These principles are meant to be understood as a minimum requirement when libraries or consortia have to negotiate new licensing deals, and the aim of the Principles is to create more opportunities to publish Open Access material. The Principles were…

Meet LIBER’s Two New Executive Board Members

LIBER is proud to announce that two new library professionals — Agnès Ponsati Obiols, Digital Library and Information Systems Director at the Spanish National Library and Bertil Dorch, Director of the University Library of Southern Denmark — have joined our Executive Board. Agnès Ponsati Obiols Agnès Ponsati Obiols joined the Spanish National Library in September as their Digital…

LIBER Signs Open Letter Calling for a Revised Text and Data Mining (TDM) Exception

Twenty organisations, including LIBER, have signed an open letter to European lawmakers calling for changes to a proposed Text and Data Mining exception. Coordinated by the European Alliance for Research Excellence, the letter asks Members of the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) in the European Parliament and Deputy Permanent Representatives of the 28 Member States to…

Copyright Reform: Help Us Ensure an Effective TDM Exception!

Research libraries are closely watching the European Commission’s current work to reform copyright legislation because libraries and their users will be directly impacted by any changes to the law. Particularly interesting for libraries is a proposed new exception for Text and Data Mining (TDM) but numerous issues related to this potential exception still need to…

Dear LIBER 2017 Delegates, Speakers and Organisers: Thank You!

This letter of thanks comes from LIBER President, Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen. On behalf of LIBER’s Executive Board, I would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to our 2017 Annual Conference. Over 300 of you cleared your schedules and travelled considerable distances to join us in Patras, Greece. It was a pleasure to welcome you…

LIBER Signs Open Letter To Halt Potentially Harmful Copyright Reform

LIBER has signed an open letter directed at the EU’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI), in an attempt to stop recent EU copyright reform developments which threaten Open Access and Open Science. In the letter, LIBER and 14 other organisations express particular alarm at the potential impact of Article 11, which relates to Ancillary Copyright, and Article…

Open Access: Five Principles for Negotiations with Publishers

LIBER, Europe’s leading association of research libraries, presents Five Principles for libraries to use when conducting Open Access negotiations with publishers. The principles are based on the experiences of LIBER libraries in the past two years, and aim to guide libraries and consortia as they shift from a reader-pays model (subscription licensing) to an author-pays…

Kick-off Workshop for LIBER’s Newest Working Group Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities (DH) is the field of research where the humanities and computer science meet, and scholars work on research using large collections of digital/digitised content and computer programs. Academic libraries can play a vital role in DH projects as content providers, experts and networking partners, and many are already doing so. LIBER recently launched a…

Conference Highlights from LIBER 2017 in Patras, Greece

LIBER’s 46th Annual Conference in Patras, Greece brought together over 300 research library professionals from 33 countries, and stimulated discussions on critical topics such as copyright reform, open science and the future of scholarly communication. In addition to the highlights below, you are welcome to browse through all of the presentations, videos, photos and #liber2017…