LIBER 2021 Winter Event: Call for Proposals – Deadline Extended Until 30th September 2021

Posted: 10-08-2021 Topics: LIBER Winter Event

After more than a year of working behind screens, we’re finally very proud to announce that LIBER’s first-ever Winter Event (formerly known as the LIBER Mid-Term Event) will be held in-person on the 9 and 10 of December 2021 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands (note this event was initially scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of December 2020 but had to be postponed due to Covid-19).

The recent easing of governmental restrictions has now enabled us to once again bring together our LIBER network in the spirit we all know and greatly value.

The event will be a space for us to reconnect and gain new inspiration for a range of topics within our field. It will serve as a stimulating forum for the presentation and discussion of work undertaken by LIBER Working Groups and Steering Committees. Work that is carried out through the International Projects in which LIBER is involved as a partner will also be showcased.

The Winter Event Task Force, therefore, invites proposals for workshops, lightning talks, and demos. Below you can find details for submitting your proposal. 

Theme & Topics

The theme of the inaugural LIBER Winter Event is Engagement Now! Research Libraries Connecting with User Communities. Proposals can emphasise various topics of interest that relate to the engagement of user communities within research libraries. All LIBER Working Groups and project partners are invited to submit a proposal that fits under the main theme. 

Topics of Interest

  • Open Access 
  • Copyright & Legal Matters 
  • Training & skills development 
  • Library Architecture 
  • Citizen Science 
  • Digital Humanities & Access to Digital Heritage 
  • Linked Open Data 
  • Leadership 
  • Research Data Management 
  • Data Science 
  • Federated Access for Libraries 

We Invite Proposals for: 

  • Interactive and inspiring workshops 
  • Dynamic and thought-provoking lightning talks 
  • Live demonstrations of cutting-edge tools & services. 

Who can Submit a Proposal?

All LIBER Working Groups and LIBER project partners are invited to submit a proposal that fits under the main theme.

Target Audience

The audience will comprise those within the LIBER network (working groups, project partners, collaborators, etc.). Additionally, please note that submitted proposals should take into account the fact that the audience size may indeed be smaller than anticipated due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

Final Programme 

The Winter Event Task Force will compile a definitive programme based on the proposals received. The programme will be finalised by the end of September 2021. More information on the programme and event registration will be made available via the LIBER news section on our website, our newsletter (LIBER Insider), and social media channels.

Covid-19 Considerations

Since this is an in-person event, we will adhere to national and European health protocols to ensure the safety of all participants.

Submission Guidelines & Deadline

Please fill out the submission form. As part of this form, applicants are also asked to include a short proposal that describes all key characteristics of the workshop, such as:

  • Abstract (maximum 300 words)
  • Relation to the overall theme of the event
  • Target audience
  • Learning outcomes and takeaways
  • Format and structure
  • Draft agenda
  • Speakers
  • Equipment.

Please mail the abovementioned completed form to by the 30th of September 2021  15th of September 2021 (the deadline has now been extended).


The results and presentations of the sessions will be published on Zenodo after the event, with the intention of creating an online collection similar to the LIBER Annual Conference Zenodo communities. 

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to Amsterdam in December!

If you have any questions about the event or the call for proposals, feel free to contact Athina Papadopoulou via email: