The LIBER 2020 programme is now online!

LIBER’s Annual Conference has been running for nearly 50 years, and will continue to do so despite covid-19. This year we’re a virtual event.

In the week of 22 June, we warmly welcome you to join us for online sessions and workshops under the theme Building Trust With Research Libraries. All sessions are free to attend and open to anyone. Details of each session can be found in the Programme overview below (click on the links for a fuller session description and to register).

We have tried to avoid scheduling overlaps but inevitably some sessions do run at the same time. Want to attend both? Don’t worry! All sessions will be recorded and openly shared so you can always watch the replay, even if you can’t attend live.

  • Monday, 22nd June – Opening Address- Reflections on the impact of Covid-19 on Open Science; Session #1 – Cultural Change; Panel Session – From Frenemies to Trusted Partners (collaboration between libraries and publishers, and new OA business models)
  • Tuesday, 23rd June – Workshops! Topics include SSHOC train-the-trainer bootcamp, transformative agreements, FAIR Data, Linked Open Data, Hot RDM Topics, and Libraries for Teaching and Learning and a Session #10 on Citizen Science Supporting Sustainable Development Goals
  • Wednesday, 24th June –  Session #2 – Opening Up Knowledge; Keynote from Dr. Christine Koontz; Panel Session – Building Trust in Research Libraries Through Open Science; Session #3 – Securing and Building Trust; Session #4 – Crowd Powered Collaborations.
  • Thursday, 25th June– Session #5 – Open Access Insights; Session #6 – Libraries as Open Innovators & Leaders; Meeting of Participants.
  • Friday, 26th June – Session #7 – Super-Charging Your RDM Impact; Session #8 – Tools for Transparency & Open Access; Session #9 – Data Visualisation & Metrics.

Links to register for each session can be found on this page. For each session, we have plenty of capacity and we encourage everyone connected to research library communities worldwide to get involved, whether you are working at a LIBER institution or not. It’s a fantastic opportunity to discover what the LIBER network can offer you and your organisation, especially in these challenging times.

Reserved Seats for LIBER Participants

Since this year’s Annual Conference is accessible to a global audience, we expect many registrations. For staff working in LIBER libraries and institutions, we have special tickets set aside for each session. Have your organisation’s LIBER ID number ready (search for it here) and choose the ticket option for LIBER institutions.


You can always email us. Stay tuned and see you online at LIBER 2020!

Monday 22nd June

Opening Address – Reflections on the impact of Covid-19 on Open Science (14:30- 15:30 CEST)

Welcome to LIBER ONLINE 2020! LIBER President Jeannette Frey is looking forward to welcoming you to LIBER’s 49th Annual Conference.

LIBER’s Vice President Julien Roche will, subsequently, present an introduction to the programme, after which he will chair the opening address. This year’s opening address is a collective presentation by our three Steering Committee Chairs, who will reflect on the impact of Covid-19 on Open Science.

  • Dr. Bertil F. Dorch will use his research at the University of Southern Denmark to illustrate the managerial challenges during the covid-19 pandemic.
  • Following, Dr. Birgit Schmidt will summarize the developments in the research field, from the perspective of open science and research data management.
  • Finally, Dr. Giannis Tsakonas will conclude by discussing the current obstacles research library communities face regarding Open Access and copyright challenges.


Session #1 – Cultural Change (16:00 -17:30 CEST)

The session will be chaired by Thomas Kaarsted, Deputy Library Director, University Library of Southern Denmark

  1. “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” – Building Trust Through Organisational Culture – Gyongyi Karacsony, University of Debrecen, Hungary
  2. Securing trust through collection engagement and transformation –  Justine Louise Rush, University of Kent, United Kingdom
  3. Using Lego® to build a library strategy – Dr. Charlotte Wien, Dr. Bertil F. Dorch, University Library of Southern Denmark, Denmark


Panel Session – From Frenemies to Trusted Partners: How transformation collaboration between libraries and publishers is essential to launch new OA business models – (16:00 – 17:00 CEST)


  • Richard Gallagher, President & Editor-in-Chief, Annual Reviews
  • Anna Lundén, Head, Division for National Coordination of Libraries, National Library of Sweden
  • Lia Ollandezou, Electronic Resources Steering Committee Coordinator, Hellenic Academic Libraries Link
  • Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, PLOS

Moderator: Colleen Campbell, Max Planck Digital Library

Wednesday 24th June 

Session #2 – Opening Up Knowledge (9:00 – 10:30 CEST)

The session will be chaired by Dr. Claudia Fabian, Bavarian State Library, Germany

  1. Opening up Knowledge in Higher Education. Survey results: Supporting Open Education in European Libraries today – Vanessa Proudman, Sparc Europe, The Netherlands
  2. Wikidata as an open, collaborative bibliographic database: the case of the National Library of Sweden – Alicia Fagerving, Wikimedia Sverige, Sweden
  3. Retiring an institutional repository and the transition to the new system: a checklist for the worried librarian – Iva Melinščak Zlodi, University of Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia
  4. SPEED TALK – Shortcoming of the two new exceptions for the text and data mining (TDM) in the DSM Directive and how to improve them –  Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, Intellectual Property Institute, Slovenia


Keynote Address (11:00 – 12:00 CEST)

True Marketing Defined by Dr. Christine Koontz

Dr. Koontz is a recently retired and current adjunct faculty member at Florida State University (FSU) and San Jose State University (SJSU), USA.

The Keynote Speech will be chaired by Dr. Heli Kautonen, Finnish Literature Society, Finland


Panel Session – Building Trust in Research Libraries Through Citizen Science (12:30 – 13:30 CEST)

Chair: Thomas Kaarsted, Deputy Library Director, University Library of Southern Denmark.

The Panel:

  • Thomas Kaarsted, Deputy Library Director, University Library of Southern Denmark (chair)
  • Anne Kathrine Overgaard, Head of External Projects, Faculty of Health Science, University of Southern Denmark
  • Tiberius Ignat, Director, Scientific Knowledge Services
  • Simon Worthington, Researcher, German National Library of Science and Technology
  • Dirk van Gorp, Open Science Manager, Radboud University Library


Session #3 – Securing and Building Trust (14:00 – 15:30 CEST)

The session will be chaired by Cécile Swiatek, ADBU, Paris, France

  1. Trust as key element in implementing green open access based on Dutch Copyright Law: sharing good practices from the You Share, We Take Care pilot  – Arjan Schalken, UKB, (Dutch consortium of university libraries and the National library of The Netherlands), The Netherlands.
  2. Trusting the library to protect your identity – Jos Westerbeke, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Peter Gietz, DAASI International, Germany
  3. Building Trust in Institutional Repositories in UK Research Libraries – Claire Gillian Knowles, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, William Nixon, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom


Session #4 – Crowd Powered Collaborations (16:00 – 17:30 CEST)

The session will be chaired by Anna Lundén, National Library of Sweden, Sweden

  1. “Transcribing Marconi”: a citizen science project involving a research library. An Italian case study – Maria Cassella, University of Turin, Italy; Assunta Arte, Library of the Research Aera of the CNR of Potenza, Italy
  2. Creating a single contact point for Citizen Science: The demands of researchers and the role of research libraries – Thomas Kaarsted, University Library of Southern Denmark, Denmark; Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen, University of Aarhus, Denmark; Torben Esbo Agergaard, University of Aarhus, Denmark; Anne Kathrine Overgaard, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  3. Open Science – the culture, the movement, the changes – Dr. Tiberius Ignat, Scientific Knowledge Services; Germany, Dr. Bertil F. Dorch, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Thursday 25th June

Session #5 – Open Access Insights (11:30 – 13:00 CEST)

The session will be chaired by Dr. Giannis Tsakonas, Director, Library & Information Center, University of Patras, Greece

  1. Peer Community in: a free public system for peer-reviewing and highlighting preprints –Denis Bourguet, UMR CBGP, INRAE, Montpellier; Benoit Facon, UMR PVBMT, INRAE, La Réunion; Thomas Guillemaud, UMR ISA, INRAE, Sophia-Antipolis; Marjolaine Hamelin, UMR LBE, INRAE, Narbonne
  2. Awareness of and motivations for open access publishing: A case study among researchers at Åbo Akademi University – Malin Sofia Fredriksson; The Donner Institute for Research in Religion and Culture, Finland
  3. Plan S, The Library, QOAM & TA’s – Leo Waaijers, QOAM, The Netherlands


Session #6 – Libraries as Open Innovators and Leaders (13:30 – 15:00 CEST)

The session will be chaired by Dr. Hilde van Wijngaarden, Director University Library, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  1. Exploring Learning and Teaching Scholarly Publishing with Editori Open Journal Platform – Dr. Markku Roinila, Kimmo Koskinen, Kati Syvälahti, Helsinki University Library, Finland
  2. Shaping your leadership role in a changing world – Dr. Coen Wilders, Martine Pronk, Utrecht University Library, The Netherlands
  3. Unboxing Open Scholarship: Navigating Cultural Change for an Open Science University – Siobhán Dunne, Shane Collins, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Meeting of Participants (15:30 – 17:00 CEST)

The Meeting of Participants is the Annual General Meeting of LIBER. The agenda and all relevant documents will be circulated via the May Mailing to all Participants.

Friday 26th June

Session #7 – Super-Charging Your RDM Impact (13:00 -14:30 CEST)

The session will be chaired by Dr. Birgit Schmidt, Head of Knowledge Commons, Göttingen State and University Library, Germany

  1. Recommendations on how research libraries can boost their impact or research infrastructures – Marika Androutsopoulou, Dr. Dimitrios Askounis, Panagiotis Kokkinakos, Christos Kontzinos, John Violos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  2. Library engagement in subject specific research integrity – Data trainings for young economists in Germany – Sven Vlaeminck, Olaf Siegert, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany
  3. Integrating responsible research data management practices as part of a research workflow on a national and local level – Dr. Susanna Nykyri, Dr. Katja Fält, Tampere University Library, Finland


Session #8 – Data Visualisation and Metrics (13:00 – 14:30 CEST)

The session will be chaired by Dr. Charlotte Wien, Professor of Scholarly Communication, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

  1. Trust through Data: Forecasting the fulfilment and cost of your serials collection – Jason Priem, Dr. Heather Piwowar, Our Research USA
  2. Introducing pay-to-publish in cost distribution models of ‘The Bibsam Consortium, Sweden’. The impact of transformative publisher contracts on cost distribution to Consortium participants  – Britt-Marie Wideberg, Anna Lundén, National library of Sweden, Sweden
  3. Building Trust after the Labour Action: A Way Forward for a Nascent Bibliometric Service – Andrea Szwajcer, Sherri Vokey, University of Manitoba, Canada


Session #9 – Tools for Transparency and Open Access (15:00 -16:30 CEST)

The session will be chaired by Simone Kortekaas, Ηead Research & Education Support, Wageningen University & Research Library, The Netherlands

  1. Transparency, provenance and collections as data: the National Library of Scotland’s Data Foundry – Sarah Ames, National Library of Scotland, United Kingdom
  2. Library Toolkit for Open Access: Impacts and implications – Maurits van der Graaf, Pleiade Management & Consultancy, The Netherlands
  3. SPEED TALKAn OER for Early Career Researchers to improve Skills on Sharing and Publishing – Nicole Krüger, Dr. Tamara Pianos, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany

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