Open to Society: New networks, strategy, and in practice (Organisers: Citizen Science Working Group)


Research libraries can play key roles in opening up science to society by taking up tasks in public engagement in science. The role and place of universities in society are shifting and various initiatives seem to bridge the gap between science and citizens. But the framework, knowledge and possible implementation of these new standards seem diverse and somehow not consistent enough to produce sustainable change. This workshop first aims to frame the field, layout strategic options and dwell into concrete cases, and second discuss and work with participants for concrete measures for implementation. The moderators are co-chairing the LIBER Citizen Science Working Group and Coordinator of Citizen Science at Leiden University. In this workshop, we will illustrate the interests, the thrill and the achievements working to improve the academic mission in order to better serve society.


1) Setting the scene. Policy and strategy: international trends, guidelines and recommendations

2) Strategy, new networks and implementation: The Citizen Science Lab at Leiden University and CS in The Netherlands

3) Bridging the gap: The library as facilitator between science and society. Recruitment of user communities at SDU CS Knowledge Center (Anne Kathrine Overgaard and Thomas Kaarsted)


Participants are invited to join two tracks and get concrete takeaways on:

1) Framing the language and aligning the mission of your library to the context of Citizen Science and Open Science

2) How to engage societal stakeholder