The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) was set up following a meeting in 1999 in Sante Fe, with the aim of developing and promoting interoperability standards to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. LIBER was an early supporter of the Open Access movement, and signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities in 2005.
CERN Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication are chaired by the Chair of the Access Division and provide a premier European focus for debate and dialogue with colleagues, including those from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library. LIBER is a supporter of the CERN Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication held in Geneva and plays a major role in their organisation.
The OAI5 Workshop in 2007 was the most successful of the series to date.
Open Scholarship is a companion series of Workshops, also chaired by the chair of the LIBER Access Division. These are based in the University of Glasgow and concentrate upon Open Access repositories. The first in the series was held on 18-20 October 2006 entitled Open Scholarship 2006: New Challenges for Open Access Repositories .
In matters concerning Scholarly Communication, the LIBER Access Division works closely with SPARC Europe, and the Division has membership on the SPARC Europe Board. SPARC Europe is an alliance of European research libraries, library organizations, and research institutions advocating change in the Scholarly Communications process.