LIBER’s Executive Board met on 1 and 3 July 2014 in the National Library of Latvia, Riga, for its annual two meetings during Annual Conference week.
The following topics were discussed:
Annual Report and Accounts 2013
The Executive Board formally approved the Annual Report and Accounts for 2013 presented by the Treasurer.
The Executive Board approved the release of an open letter to Elsevier, co-signed by a number of research and library associations, asking them to withdraw their TDM policy. This action is part of LIBER’s advocacy role in regard to text and data mining, and the need for a copyright exception to facilitate this promising technique among European researchers.
LIBER Steering Committes
The Chairs of Steering Committees and Fora reported on progress to the Executive Board. It is worth highlighting The Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures Steering Committee has recently released 11 case studies on research data management in LIBER libraries.
The Executive Board appointed Mr Julien Roche as the new Chair of the Reshaping the Research Library Steering Committee in succession to Mr Kurt De Belder, Leiden University Libraries. Mr Roche will undertake the review of the Steering Committee’s Implementation Plan for 2014-2015.
Mr Wilhelm Widmark, Chair of the Advocacy and Communications Steering Committee, presented the new LIBER website and logo as two of the major achievements of the Steering Committee this year.
LIBER continues to expand its collaboration with relevant organisations. Ms Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, Vice-President, announced the recent Memorandum of Understanding with EUDAT, which will reinforce mutual collaboration in the development of new services in the EUDAT portfolio.
A Memorandum of Understanding between LIBER and IFLA will also be announced shortly. Both organisations have worked jointly over recent months on making the case for libraries to have a copyright framework in Europe and worldwide that supports their mission.
LIBER Executive Board Appointments
A number of Executive Board appointments were made at the Meeting of Participants on 3 July 2014.
Ms Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, National Library of Finland, was appointed President of LIBER, and Ms Jeannette Frey, BCU, Lausanne, was appointed Vice-President.
Dr Wolfram Horstmann, Göttingen State and University Library, Dr Martin Hallik, Tartu University/Tartu University Library and Mr Martin Svoboda, National Technology Library, Prague, were appointed Executive Board members.
The Executive Board formally appointed Dr Wolfram Horstmann as Chair of the Steering Committee on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures at its meeting on 3 July 2014.
The Executive Board warmly thanked Dr Paul Ayris for his Presidency 2010-2014, and Professor Dr Norbert Lossau, Dr Márta Virágos and Mr Kurt de Belder for their contribution to LIBER and the work of the LIBER Executive Board. The Executive Board also formally appointed Dr Paul Ayris as an Adviser to LIBER Executive Board. Dr Ayris will work in an advisory capacity on EU-related issues for the next two years.