The European Commission is developing an Open Data Pilot, which aims to stimulate the data-sharing culture among researchers and the re-use of information. Paul Ayris, President of LIBER, attended a key meeting about the pilot in Brussels. In this statement, he explains the relevance of this Open Data Pilot for research libraries. I recently attended…Details
The National Documentation Centre, in conjunction with MedOANet Project, is pleased to announce the 2013 International Open Access Conference @ EKT, the third in a series of international conferences on Open Access organized by the National Documentation Centre since 2008. The event will take place at the National Documentation Centre / National Hellenic Research Foundation…Details
Techniques for refining and assessing the quality of digitised historical newspapers were the main topic of discussion at a recent Europeana Newspapers workshop at the University Library “Svetozar Markovic” in Belgrade, Serbia. In the first Europeana Newspapers Workshop participants discussed challenges that arise when making digitised historical newspapers fully searchable. Newspapers were not meant to last, but…Details
EBSCO Discovery Service unveils the precious resources libraries so carefully invest their time and money in, and this benefits the research efforts of their students. Much effort goes into researching, evaluating and budgeting for resources a library offers. The last thing a library wants is to have this time and money wasted because their end…Details
LIBER – along with other library associations, consortia, and professional librarians in over 150 countries – is calling for an effective treaty that will increase access to information for visually impaired people. Many years of negotiations have gone into creating such a treaty. It is hoped that this process will finish later this month, with…Details
What is the role of the library in terms of dealing with data, and how might this role change in the future? That question was recently discussed at a workshop organised by LIBER and OpenAIRE. The workshop included presentations and discussions from nearly 20 speakers. Key learning points from the session included: the existence of a…Details
Promoting innovation in Europe – The European Library partnership of research and national libraries, 16-17 September, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The European Library will be organising a two day event ‘Promoting innovation in Europe’ in Amsterdam.The event will feature some of the projects The European Library is involved with (e.g. Europeana Newspapers, CENDARI, Europeana Cloud)…Details
The Europeana Newspapers second newsletter is out!
It’s filled with inside views, accounts of project events, highlighted partners and announcements of new events.
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The Europeana Newspapers project is asking European libraries with newspaper collections to take its survey on the extent of newspaper digitisation. The new survey is a follow-up on the original poll, conducted in 2012. It found that access to digitised newspapers is nearly always free of charge but that access to 20th century content…Details
LIBER works with the cultural heritage website Europeana on several EU-funded projects, and many of LIBER’s members contribute content to Europeana. Now, however, funding for Europeana and its related services is under threat because of proposed budget cuts. The proposed cuts affect the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). It provides financing to many services, including…Details
LIBER’s 2013-2015 strategy includes a strong focus on Advocacy and Communications. As part of this work, we recently spoke to Ned Potter, author of The Library Marketing Toolkit: a practical guide to library marketing and branding. In this interview, he shares tips for libraries who want to increase their marketing efforts. 1. You say that libraries…Details
What is the future of the research library and how can LIBER help shape that future? That question was recently addressed by Izaskun Lacunza, executive director of LIBER, and Wilhelm Widmark, director of Stockholm University Library and member of LIBER’s executive board. The talk took place at Biblioteksdagarna 2013, a library conference hosted by the Swedish…Details