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…

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…

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…

Copyright Reform For Education: LIBER Gives The Library View

Last week, MEP Marietje Schaake (ALDE) hosted a debate focusing on copyright reform for education and LIBER’s Copyright Working Group was there to speak on the needs of research libraries within this context. The one day seminar, which was organised by Communia, looked at the type of copyright exception which is needed to support 21st…

Open Science Policy Platform, OSPP: What is it? What does it Do?

As part of LIBER’s work to advance Open Science, we are one of 25 stakeholders sitting on the European Commission’s high-level Expert Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policies in Europe. The term of the OSPP is 2016–2018, and its work is organised around eight action areas that the European…

LIBER’s 2016 Strategy Report: Highlights & Achievements

LIBER worked hard in 2016 to serve our network of 400+ libraries, consortia and organisations across Europe. The highlights of our year are laid out in the infographic below, and include the following key figures: 139 Volunteers on our Executive Board, Steering Committees, Working Groups, Fora and Conference Programme Committee. 112 trips to conferences, workshops and…

LIBER and FutureTDM at the EUhackathon: Using Text and Data Mining to Visualise Copyright Evidence

The theme of the 6th edition of the EUhackathon held at Google headquarters in Brussels last week was ‘visualising copyright evidence to inform the policy debate and support the decision making process’. The foremost objective of the initiative was to raise awareness and encourage debate around copyright and text and data mining. The goal of the…

A Basic Guide to EU Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries, Educational and Research Establishments

Copyright law is complex. That’s why our Copyright Working Group has just published a basic guide to Limitations and Exceptions in EU Copyright Law for Libraries, Educational and Research Establishments. The freely downloadable document is an introductory guide to copyright law as it relates to schools, universities, their libraries, national libraries, and public libraries. Limitations and…