LIBER ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016
Hosted by the National Library of Finland, Helsinki University Library and the Finnish Research Library Association
LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) is the main network for research libraries in Europe. The association, founded in 1971, includes more than 400 national, university and other libraries from over 40 countries. LIBER’s Annual Conference is one of the most important gatherings for research library professionals. During the event, participants can build networks and share information and ideas with one another. The conference is held in a different location each year.
Welcome from the President of LIBER
IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE to welcome all Conference guests to the 45th LIBER Annual Conference in my home city of Helsinki in 2016. I trust that your time in Helsinki will be inspiring, informative and enjoyable. I should like to encourage you to network with your European colleagues – and feel the spirit of Helsinki!
LIBER’s network of libraries includes 402 libraries in 41 countries. The network has grown both through numbers of libraries and countries over the years. Forty-five years ago, when it was founded in 1971, LIBER had 86 members in 15 countries. The top achievements of the past year have been a steady growth in libraries joining LIBER, a successful Annual Conference in London, active advocacy work, the launch of The Hague Declaration, and innovative leadership developments through two leadership seminars.
The current LIBER Strategy runs to the end of 2017. Preparations for the new Strategy have started, and LIBER Libraries will be closely involved in the work in 2016. Research libraries have a role in enabling open science to support increased transparency, better quality research, a higher level of citizen engagement, and accelerating the pace of scientific discovery through the facilitation of data-driven innovation. Libraries are key players in enabling open science.I wish everyone attending the Annual Conference a stimulating and enjoyable conference!
President of LIBER
Welcome from the Helsinki Local Organising Committee,
On behalf of the local organising Committee for the LIBER 2016 Annual Conference, we are delighted to welcome the conference delegates to Helsinki. As we all know, LIBER is the best and most high-level yearly conference for academic and research librarians. The conference gives an excellent arena for the European academic library and research community to discuss our common challenges and possibilities.
Open Science and Open Access have been raising momentum in the European Union and its member states. Finland has given solid support for Open Science among the academic community and decision-makers. Finnish academic libraries have actively promoted openness and created pathways to knowledge through, for example, seminars, user education and repositories. One of the greatest future challenge is legislative – this means that active international co-operation of libraries and library associations and the academic community as a whole is needed.
The local organizing committee consists of representatives from three organizations: The National Library of Finland, Helsinki University Library, and The Finnish Research Library Association (STKS). We wish you a most fruitful, exciting and productive conference week!
Professor Kai Ekholm, National Librarian, The National Library of Finland / Chair of CDNL
Dr Jarmo Saarti, Chair, Finnish Research Library Association (STKS)
Professor Kimmo Tuominen, University Librarian, Helsinki University Library