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  • 1. LIBER’s role in supporting European Research Libraries Wouter Schallier Executive Director
  • 2. Overview  Who we are + mission  Important changes  Priorities 2009-2012  Our activities incl. Annual Conference  Upcoming activities  Keep in touch with LIBER  Join LIBER!  Thank you/Questions
  • 3. Who we are  The largest network of European research libraries: almost 400 institutions, from over 40 countries  Research and national libraries, information centres, research centres, archives …  People with a particular interest in strategic issues for European research libraries
  • 4. Mission  “LIBER represents and promotes the interests of research libraries in Europe”  Efficient information services  Access to research information  Innovation in end user services  Preservation of cultural heritage  Efficient and effective management  Cf. USA: ARL; Canada: CARL; UK: RLUK
  • 5. Important changes  Copenhagen -> The Hague  Foundation under Dutch law  Appointment of Executive Director responsible of general management  Appointment of Assistant  Revision of strategy and structure of the organisation
  • 6. Priorities 2009-2012  Scholarly communication  Digitisation and resource discovery  Heritage collections and preservation  Organisation and human resources  Services for LIBER members
  • 7. New LIBER structure
  • 8. What we do  Meetings, conferences, workshops on strategic issues  Advocacy and lobbying  Sharing professional knowledge, dissemination of documentation  Publication of position statements  LIBER Quarterly (  Fostering partnerships and cooperation
  • 9. Some of our activities DRIVER Damage atlas Maps LIFE OAI Europeana LIBER Travel Quarterly VAT Quality and Annual Digitisation performance Library Conference Architecture European Library DART- (Digital) Passport Europe Security Preservation Organisation Network and human Copyright PEARL resources SPARC Rare books Europe PARSE Insight
  • 10. Annual conference   Aim: exchange, discuss, recommend  Organising committee + Programme committee  Innovative and strategic topics  Plenary sessions, break out sessions, posters, networking  2009: Toulouse; 2010: Arhus; 2011: Barcelona
  • 11. Upcoming LIBER events  19-21 October 2009: Digitisation workshop, The Hague  29 June-2 July 2010: Annual Conference, Arhus (Denmark) - Call for papers/posters (mid October 2009) - Special CEE fund for stimulating participation from Central-Eastern Europe (January mailing 2010)
  • 12. Keep in touch with LIBER  Website:  Mailing list:  LIBER-ALL (members): bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=liber-all&A=1  LIBER-NEWS: bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=liber-news&A=1  LIBER Quarterly:
  • 13. Why join LIBER?  be part of the biggest network of European library professionals  participate in discussions, activities, collaborations etc. that are relevant to European research libraries  be a partner in projects which LIBER is winning in competitive EU funding applications  contribute to responses and lobbying activities in which LIBER engages at an EU level  contribute metadata records and full-text content to Open Access services (such as the DART-Europe portal of research theses) which LIBER is running on behalf of its membership
  • 14. Why join LIBER? (2)  receive a reduced fee (minimum 25% and up to 50%) for all LIBER seminars, workshops and conferences for all members of your institution  have voting right in LIBER’s Meeting of Participants and therefore have a voice in the European library landscape  be candidate for election to the LIBER Executive Board  pay a reduced fee for the journal LIBER Quarterly PoD (75 euros instead of 450 euro)
  • 15. Join LIBER!  Annual fee:  350 euro (institutions)  Application form for membership:   Call for participation in Steering Committees/ Working groups: soon!
  • 16. Thank you! Questions? Suggestions? Wouter SCHALLIER LIBER Executive Director National Library of The Netherlands P.O. Box 90407 2509 LK The Hague The Netherlands T: +31 70 31 40 729 F: +31 70 31 40 197 M: +31 6 29 04 79 52 E: Skype: wouter.schallier W: