The European Information Policy and Strategy Framework affects every academic library leader

How European policies and legislation affect academic library leaders and recent changes to copyright, public sector information and Horizon Europe

Date workshop: 26.06.2019

Timing workshop: 9:00 – 12:00

Coffee break: 10.15AM

Minimum number of participants: 10

Maximum number of participants: 50

Please note that this workshop has joined forces with another LIBER workshop formerly entitled: A New Copyright Directive for Europe

In recent years, a group of international organisations (The European University Association, IFLA, EBLIDA, LIBER and SPARC Europe) has consistently and tirelessly been working on behalf of Europe’s universities and their academic libraries to help ensure open access to publications and research data in newly introduced European legislation. At this workshop, we hope to engage and empower library and open science leaders to get them more actively involved and committed to striving for better IPR that supports open access to research. We have deliberated that this is a responsibility that cannot be left to a few engaged and expert few and dealt with on a case by case basis; we as a community need to steadily be on top of developments since much of what we do depends upon it. This is an ongoing challenge since technology changes at rapid speed and legislation will continue to adapt to such change.

At this LIBER workshop we would particularly like to underline the importance for library leaders across Europe to follow and engage in the topics of copyright, licensing or database rights to be able to positively influence developments in legislation that might impinge on key information activities in our research institutions in the future; not in detail but on a strategic level.

We will inform you of significant policy and legislative changes in 2019 with Plan S, the Digital Single Market copyright Directive, Public Sector Information Directive and Horizon Europe. Our organisations and certain libraries across Europe have been engaged in their development. LIBER will update you on developments with the copyright reform. LIBER has since 2012 campaigned tirelessly during the long run up to the proposal for a new directive in 2016, and since this date to its passing into force in April 2019. The directive introduces new possibilities including international cooperation on preserving in copyright works, distance learning, text and data mining as well as solutions for the mass digitisation of in copyright but out of commerce works; and safeguards open access to publications. LIBER will in particular focus on how to interpret the new text and data mining exception in detail, as well as how to engage with member state governments in order to ensure that the new directive is transposed into national law in the way that most suits libraries.

How well is your institution set up to deal with the implementation of this legislation, and future change? It is important more than ever before for those monitoring compliance with Open Science policies and plans to have a sound understanding of information law to implement Open science policy and planning effectively and efficiently. Much admirable work in the area of copyright literacy exists with certainly room for more to be done. Our organisations are committed to supporting here.

However, as regards forming IPR policy that is meaningful to our work, which is the topic of this workshop, what is significantly lacking is an evidence-base of examples where copyright and licensing unduly hampers rather than supports access to essential information; often unintentionally locked behind closed doors. Gathering this intelligence is essential for both national and international policy-making with policy-makers often unaware of the consequences of new regulations on not-for-profit institutions and their research activities.

This joint workshop between EUA, IFLA, EBLIDA, LIBER and SPARC Europe, will seek to raise awareness of the critical issues at hand when ensuring open access to our research. We also look forward to sharing our high-level aspirations with you and to discussing those, including how essential it is that senior management engages to take more control of a matter upon which we so depend, and how you can contribute. We will furthermore update you on recent developments with Plan S, the Digital Single Market copyright reform Directive, Public Sector Information Directive and Horizon Europe and their impact on providing access to our research. Selected European international policy-makers from the EUA, SPARC Europe, LIBER, IFLA, EBLIDA and library leaders will engage with the audience through presentations, and through panel and group discussions; we hope you will join us as leaders of Open Science to take this essential matter forward for a Europe where IPR both protects and truly enables access to research.


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