LIBER’s 45th Annual Conference kicks off this week in Helsinki, Finland. Over 500 delegates will be present for three days of keynote talks, presentations and workshops related to the theme Libraries Opening Paths to Knowledge.
The conference will focus on the role of libraries as promoters of open science. It will highlight the work that European research libraries do to promote science and to generate new knowledge in academic communities.
“The significance of libraries in the promotion of open science is recognised to an extraordinary degree in Europe and in the European Commission. The number of participants in the Helsinki conference is higher than ever, which reflects the great interest in the topic,” says the National Library of Finland’s Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, current president of LIBER.
“For example, libraries are currently actively involved in the reform of copyright legislation to unlock the opportunities afforded by open science.”
The conference will welcome delegates from around the world, two-thirds of which come from LIBER’s network of 400+ libraries.“Libraries and research funders can significantly impact the ways open science will be integrated into everyday research work in research organisations. Succeeding in this requires an open dialogue between both national and international networks,” says Riitta Maijala, Vice President for Research at the Academy of Finland. Maijala is one of the keynote speakers of the conference.
The 45th LIBER conference is organised in Finland by the National Library of Finland, the Helsinki University Library and the Finnish Research Library Association.