The Advocacy & Communications Steering Committee was part of LIBER’s 2013-2017 Strategy.
Why This Priority?
It is clear that research libraries are well positioned to be advocates for the research community on important topics related to innovative research. These include Open Science, Open Access, open data, copyright, Text and Data Mining (TDM) and infrastructure.
Research libraries need to be empowered to represent their community and researchers’ interests, with and towards insitutional leadership. Evidence gathering for policy creation, strengthening internal and international networks, sharing of best practices, and strong representation at EU level are all required to ensure that LIBER libraries are well placed to make the case for the policies and infrastructure required by each individual library and the researchers which it serves.
- We published 5 Principles for Open Access Negotiations With Publishers;
- Numerous documents relating to copyright and TDM were published, including:
- Our lobbying for better access to information helped result in a proposal for a TDM exception by the European Commission in 2016. We responded to the Commission’s proposal;
- We led the launch of The Hague Declaration;
- We helped organise a FutureTDM Knowledge Café in Brussels.
Steering Committee Members
- Mr Wilhelm Widmark, Director, Stockholm University Library, Sweden (Chair)
- Dr Birgitta Hellmark-Lindgren, Head of Communications, Stockholm University Library, Sweden
- Dr Paul Ayris, Director of UCL Library Services & UCL Copyright Officer, London, UK
- Mr Stefan Engström, Head of Communications, Swedish Library Association, Sweden
- Ms Magdalena Getler, Curation Services Officer, Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
- Ms Zofia Dzwig, Collection Manager, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
- Ms Friedel Grant, LIBER Communications Officer, The Netherlands