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 to Helsinki!

The 45th LIBER Annual Conference will take place in Helsinki, Finland from Wednesday, 29 June to Friday, 1 July 2016, with a post-conference excursion on Saturday, 2 July. We invite research library professionals to join us in our beautiful venue, Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, for a programme full of inspiring insights into current subjects. The social programme will provide an opportunity to relax and network with colleagues. The timing of LIBER 2016, directly after the Finnish midsummer festivities, is the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of the famous midnight sun. Learn more about the venue and hosting organisations.


 Barbara J. Ryan

Barbara J. Ryan is Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) located in Geneva, Switzerland.  In this capacity, she leads the Secretariat in coordinating the activities of 101 Member States and the European Commission and 92 Participating Organizations that  are striving to integrate Earth observations so that informed decisions can be made across eight Societal Benefit Areas [Read more…]

Mia Ridge

Mia’s PhD in digital humanities (Department of History, Open University) was titled ‘Making digital history: The impact of digitality on public participation and scholarly practices in historical research’. Formerly Lead Web Developer at the Science Museum Group, Mia has worked internationally as a business analyst, digital consultant and web programmer in the cultural heritage and commercial sectors. [Read more…]

Peter Leonard

Peter Leonard is the Director of the Digital Humanities Lab in Yale University Library. He received his PhD in Scandinavian literature from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2011.  Prior to coming to Yale he had responsibility for Humanities Research Computing at the University of Chicago, and was a post-doctoral researcher at UCLA on an award from Google to study the Nordic-language volumes in Google Books.

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Ralf Schimmer

As Head of Scientific Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library, Dr Ralf Schimmer is responsible for the electronic resources licensing program for the entire Max Planck Society and for a broad range of Open Access and other information services. He is a frequent co-organiser of the Berlin conferences on Open Access since 2003 and manages the Open Access publication charge agreements of the Max Planck Society. [Read more…]

Riitta Maijala

Executive director, DVM., PhD, adjunct professor Riitta Maijala leads in the Academy of Finland the Thematic research funding including Strategic research funding and Academy programs.  Before joining the Academy of Finland she led the Science Policy Section of the Department of Higher Education and Science Policy in the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. [Read more…]


Cambridge University Press
Thomson Reuters
Casalini Libri
Royal Society of Chemistry
LM Information Delivery
River Publishers
Ex Libris
Copernicus Publications
Ubiquity Press
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Digital Science