LIBER believes in the power of research libraries to be a force for positive change, and to shape the future. In recent years, our active and dedicated community has come together to make that belief a reality.
Under our 2013-2017 Strategy, Reinventing the Research Library for the Future, over 100 staff from LIBER libraries volunteered for our Steering Committees, Working Groups and Fora. Working in tandem with the LIBER Office, they took the priorities set by the Executive Board — Enabling Open Science, Leading in Changing Scholarship and Shaping Innovative Research — and brought them to life through studies, workshops, training programmes, factsheets and webinars.
The list of achievements is impressive and numerous.
When the European Commission decided to reform copyright, the LIBER community ensured that the voice of research libraries was heard loud and clear. We spoke out publicly, held dozens of meetings with Commission officials, published a copyright guide for libraries and led work to create The Hague Declaration. Our efforts were rewarded when the Commission included a Text and Data Mining exception in its latest proposals, and we were honoured to be placed on Politico’s Copyright Power Matrix of key players shaping the debate.
We were equally active in other areas. Current and future library leaders found inspiration in the Emerging Leaders and Journées leadership programmes. Trends in Research Data Management were highlighted through case studies, webinars and a survey on Research Data Services, and we took numerous steps to support open access to knowledge, starting with a decision in 2014 to make all of our own work CC BY or CC0.
Our President Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen joined the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform. We organised Open Science Cafés (as part of the Dutch Presidency of the European Union and at the Open Science Fair in Athens), published Open Access Negotiating Principles and partnered in numerous Open Science infrastructure projects, including OpenAIRE, FOSTER, EUDAT and Pasteur4OA – just four of the nearly 20 funded projects in which LIBER has participated over the past five years.
That all of this has been achieved on a small budget, and with relatively few people, is a tribute to our dedicated and talented community. Thank you for sharing your passion!
Later this month, LIBER will launch its new 2018-2022 Strategy: Research Libraries Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age. Under this new framework, we will continue working on many important topics such as Copyright, Metrics and Research Data Management, and we will add new focus areas to account for developments in the research library landscape.
When our new Strategy is released, please join us in our efforts to make research libraries stronger. You can become part of a Working Group, attend our 2018 Annual Conference in Lille (4-6 July) and share feedback with us through our workshops and social media. We welcome and appreciate your expertise and support.