The LIBER Executive Board meeting in autumn 2016 was hosted by Stockholm University Library, at their university campus on 19-20 October.
The finalisation of our 2018-22 Strategic Framework elicited intense discussion amongst the Board members. It has been one year since the Board first began to work on drafting the next LIBER Strategy; a process which has included surveying the views of key international stakeholders, consultation of LIBER participants, and a structured discussion at the LIBER Annual Conference.
The Board will now use the resulting framework as a basis for a roadmap of priorities and activities that will be developed in consultation with the LIBER community before the final vote on acceptance of the LIBER Strategy 2018-22, at the LIBER Annual Conference in Patras, Greece.
LIBER Annual Conference
According to the survey of participants, the LIBER 2016 Annual Conference in Helsinki was the most successful LIBER Conference yet. It scored highly across all aspects of the conference: workshops, parallel sessions, keynote speakers and the social programme.
The theme and keynote speakers for the LIBER 2017 Conference were also on the agenda. The Board accepted the theme put forward by the LIBER Conference Programme Committee, and agreed to invite two keynote speakers from the list put forward by the Committee. The theme and Call for Papers will be announced in November. In 2017, 14 Annual Conference Fund Awards will be made to support LIBER participants from eligible countries wishing to attend the Conference.
Advocacy & Policy
As LIBER President, Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen represents libraries in the European Open Science Policy Platform. The draft European Open Science Agenda was put to the Board for feedback. The Steering Committee Chairs will now take this draft back to their Steering Committees, to discuss how LIBER can engage and help shape this agenda.
The European Commission’s recent proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was also discussed, as LIBER looks forward to engaging with the European Parliament on this issue.