Libraries as Open Innovators and Leaders

Libraries as Open Innovators and Leaders

Thursday 25 June, 13:30-15:00 CEST

Chair/Moderator: Dr. Hilde van Wijngaarden, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands



  • Exploring Learning and Teaching Scholarly Publishing with Editori Open Journal Platform (by Dr. Markku Roinila, Kimmo Koskinen & Kati Syvälahti)
  • Shaping your leadership role in a changing world (by Dr. Coen Wilders & Martine Pronk)
  • Unboxing Open Scholarship: Navigating Cultural Change for an Open Science University (by Shane Collins & Siobhán Dunne)

Session Overview

The way we access information is rapidly changing. While the library catalogue used to be the main point of contact for scholarly material, researchers and students now frequently go online to find information. This change is strengthened by movements such as Open Access (OA) and Open Science. Instead of signalling the end of the library, these developments open up a range of possibilities and new roles for research libraries and librarians.

In this session, we will look at new roles for libraries and librarians as open innovators and leaders.

Dr. Markku Roinila, Kimmo Koskinen and Kati Syvälahti will discuss the role of education in generating the cultural change needed for Open Science. They will focus on a pilot project initiated by Helsinki University Library together with a Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Arts and Social Sciences, discussing the implementation of the Editori platform, enabling researchers, teachers and students to produce and publish OA journals. They will summarize their experiences of setting up this platform, will highlight the pedagogical and technical challenges they faced during the pilot, and will share their idea of the future application of the tool and service development.

Next, Dr. Coen Wilders and Martine Pronk will share how the University of Utrecht is adapting the role of librarians at their institution to the new world of online scientific publications. They envision the role of the librarian developing from a curator who builds collections to an advisor and consultant on scientific information found online. Wilders and Pronk see an urgent need for new leadership in libraries, both inward and outward looking, and believe this transition will require a changed mind-set among employees. In this presentation they will share how the University of Utrecht is shaping its leadership role to make this change happen.

Finally, Shane Collins and Siobhán Dunne will share insights on how Trinity College Dublin (TCD) successfully navigated the complex cultural change necessary to fully embrace Open Science. They will showcase how the Librarian and College Archivist and the Dean of Research at TCD jointly established an Open Scholarship Taskforce to explore emerging trends in Open Science at a local, national and international level, as well as provide feedback to a growing number of consultation calls. They will also highlight how a cross institutional group arrived at a collective understanding of Open Scholarship, in which a series of events called, ‘Unboxing Open Scholarship’ were central to providing a community forum to voice concerns and set a path for a shared ownership and vision of what ‘Open’ means for TCD.

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