Positioning the library as a valued partner in our Universities in an open science world

Positioning the library as a valued partner in our Universities in an open science world

Date workshop: 6.7.2022

Timing workshop: 9:00 – 12:00

Coffee break: 10.15AM

Minimum number of participants: 10

Maximum number of participants: 30

During the first half of this workshop participants will be presented 4 online talks by speakers from outside the Library. These inspiring, and maybe even provocative, views get the participants warmed up for the discussions during the second part of this workshop. 

In their short presentations the speakers give insight in why open science is important for them, what they think it brings to society, and what – in their opinion – are the biggest challenges to achieve this. Moreover, they reflect on the role of the library by giving their views on ways their library helps in dealing with these challenges and what they can do more to facilitate research and education on the way to open science and open scholarship.  

The second part of the workshop participants are asked to reflect from a leadership point of view on dilemma’s that occur for libraries supporting their university in open science ambitions.  

The first topic we address is that by entering the realm of open science, the library – instead of being autonomous in their actions – becomes one of the partners involved in developing and employing open science services. Think about collaboration with other departments, like IT services, legal, privacy/security office, and not in the least place faculties. We discuss how we as leaders can position the library in a network of stakeholders. And what it takes for you as a leader to take a lead in these network collaborations?  

The second topic for the workshop is that developing open science services means moving closer to, or even participate, in the primary processes of research and education. Even though the library has unique expertise and knowledge, the question is being raised – not in the least place by researchers or lecturers themselves – if the library can be an advisor on topics that are typically the domain of research or education. Topics like open access publishing, research data management, reproducible coding and software or open science workflows. We discuss how we can position the Library in open science by being an expert on the one hand ánd being in the position of a support organization – and not research or education – on the other, at the same time.  

And finally we would like to address the question how exclusively libraries can work in this open science world. In what way could collaboration between university libraries help in tackling the leadership challenges in open science? And what role can LIBER play in this to help?  

Participants take away the following outcomes:  

An overview of pro’s and con’s of the current situation of their library to the 3 topics;  

One or more potential strategic actions to take in the near future to tackle these dilemma’s.  

Depending on the number of participants the workshop can take place as a plenary discussion with the audience facilitated by a moderator, or in subgroups.  

This workshop is primarily aimed at participants in leadership positions. 

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