45th LIBER Annual Conference 2016

The Library team attended the 45th LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries/Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche) Annual Conference in Helsinki on 29 June to 1 July. The Helsinki Congress Centre Paasitorni, an Art Nouveau building designed by the architect Karl Lindahl, provided a unique historic setting for the 2016 Conference.

LIBER comprises a network of 402 libraries in 41 countries. When it was founded in 1971, LIBER had 86 members in 15 countries. This year, over 500 delegates attended the conference which included keynote talks, presentations and workshops related to the theme “Libraries Opening Paths to Knowledge”. The conference highlighted the work that European research libraries do to promote science and to generate new knowledge in academic communities. The conference was preceded by several workshops covering topical issues such as customer satisfaction in libraries, making research data management policies work, copyright exemptions for libraries, facilitating text and data mining and federated access.DSC_2762

The Open Access movement in scientific publishing has been gathering momentum. The term Open Access itself was first formulated in three public statements in the 2000s: the Budapest Open Access Initiative in February 2002, the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing in June 2003, and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities in October 2003.

More recently, the Competitiveness Council on 27 May 2016 held a public debate and adopted conclusions on the transition towards an open science system. On the same day the Commission formally launched the Open Science Policy Platform. The activities of the Platform will help to further develop the European Open Science Agenda. The Amsterdam Call for Action will be one of the starting points, together with reactions to this document and Open Science in general. Through the Open Science Policy Platform, stakeholders will make the Open Science goals more specific. They will help develop the vision on Open Science, discuss the changes taking place, and provide advice on which policy initiatives and actions are needed.

There has also been strong support in Finland for Open Science at all levels both within the academic community and among decision-makers. Finnish academic libraries have been active promoters of open access and open science, including seminars, user education and the creation of repositories.

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