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FAIRness of Repositories & Their Data: Research Data Management Working Group Report

Mon, 24/06/2019 - 17:26

The results of two data repositories surveys, carried out by LIBER’s Research Data Management Working Group, are now available. The report, which can be downloaded from Zenodo, summarises the answers given by managers, librarians and technical staff with regards to: The FAIRness of repositories and their data; Misconceptions related to the principles’ definition and implementation;…

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Case Studies on European Open Science Skilling and Training Initiatives

Mon, 24/06/2019 - 16:55

In a rapidly changing digital world, libraries are regularly re-assessing existing services and offering new ones to support research evolutions. Librarians with up-to-date digital skills can provide invaluable support to library users, and will personally benefit from better career prospects: this is why LIBER’s Digital Skills for Library Staff and Researchers Working Group is working…

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LIBER Libraries and Digital Humanities: A Survey

Fri, 21/06/2019 - 15:21

If you have followed the LIBER mailing list and this blog you will have seen that the Digital Humanities and Digital Cultural Heritage working group has issued a LIBER-wide survey on digital humanities (DH). We are very pleased to now share the report following this survey with you! The report is now available on Zenodo…

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2019 LIBER Executive Board Nominations: Meet The Candidates

Tue, 18/06/2019 - 16:47

At LIBER’s 2019 Meeting of Participants, appointments will be made to fill four Executive Board vacancies. Eleven applications have been received. The candidates are: Ms Monica Crump, Head of Collections, James Hardman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland Dr Andreas Brandtner MBA MSc, Library Director, University Library of Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Dr Adam…

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Collaboration and Engagement: A Framework for Library Futures and Vendor Partnerships

Tue, 11/06/2019 - 18:25

This is a guest post from LIBER sponsor EBSCO Information Services; written by Christopher Spalding, VP, Open Source Platforms & Communities, and Tamir Borensztajn, VP of SaaS Strategy As Danial Hook noted in an interview with Robert Harrington, “An ability to understand, manipulate and interact with data pervades professional life, social life and now research life…

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LIBER’s First Annual Report is Here!

Wed, 05/06/2019 - 17:46

We are delighted to share our first ever Annual Report. Presented inside are our activities, progress and achievements for the period June 2018 to May 2019. In this period, our network grew to represent 451 Participants in 39 countries. Together we worked to introduce critical improvements for libraries to Europe’s new copyright legislation, to publish…

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Take the Library Linked Open Data Survey

Tue, 28/05/2019 - 14:53

The publication of library data in linked and open format has accelerated in recent years. There have been several approaches but the result is not always necessarily ideal from an interoperability point of view. Common guidelines and references would be useful as well as collected references of possible tools and other resources. LIBER’s Linked Open…

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RetroNews: History Witnessed Through the Press Collections of the BnF

Tue, 28/05/2019 - 11:40

This is a guest post from LIBER sponsor RetroNews; written by Etienne Manchette and translated by Amanda Maunoury During a time in which history is reclaiming its place in societal debates and historical narratives must relate even deeper with the demands of social science research, RetroNews provides a place for the interpretations of history offered by…

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Two new LIBER Case Studies on Research Data Management Support released

Wed, 15/05/2019 - 13:51

LIBER’s Research Data Management Working Group has published two case studies showcasing research data management support provided by the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the University Library at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The TU Delft case study focuses on the disciplines of design, engineering and technical sciences, while the UiT case…

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Europe’s New Copyright Directive: Golden Opportunity or Missed Opportunity for Libraries and Universities?

Tue, 14/05/2019 - 09:59

As we reported, the new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was passed by Council and Parliament in April. This means it will come into force across the European Union by 7 June 2021. Whether it is implemented well or poorly from a library and research perspective in a particular country is now,…

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Spotlight on Open Access Monographs: Collecting Stories from LIBER Libraries

Thu, 25/04/2019 - 11:38

The transition to Open Access (OA) has accelerated in recent months thanks to international initiatives such as Plan S. Many of the initiatives are, however, focused on journal articles as the dominant format for disseminating research and, in particular, the publishing patterns within fields such as science, technology or medicine. The lack of incentives for…

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European Directive on Copyright Adopted. Where To Next?

Thu, 18/04/2019 - 08:17

By LIBER, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), the European University Association (EUA) and SPARC Europe. Following the European Parliament’s adoption of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market on 26 March 2019, the Council of Ministers of the European Union…

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Webinar Video: Finding and Reusing Research Data

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 12:43

Sharing research data is a practice that is increasingly encouraged by funders, institutions, and research communities. In this webinar organised by LIBER’s Research Data Management Working Group, Kathleen Gregory presented an overview of recent research investigating how researchers and librarians engage in practices of finding, understanding and reusing research data. She provided some tips for…

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Webinar Video: Library Carpentry – Teaching Data Science Skills & Upcoming Instructor Training

Fri, 12/04/2019 - 12:38

With appropriate training, libraries can effectively support the data science needs of their researchers, which is critical for the development of Open Science. In this webinar Christopher Erdmann introduced The Carpentries, a non-profit organisation that trains people in software development and data science skills, and Library Carpentry, a branch of this organisation focused on the…

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LIBER Webinar: Library Carpentry – Teaching Data Science Skills & Upcoming Instructor Training

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 09:42

Nearly all academics use research software and 69% say their research wouldn’t be practical without it. As the use of technology in research increases, libraries have a new and essential role to play. With appropriate training, libraries can effectively support the data science needs of their researchers. This is critical for the development of Open…

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Meet LIBER’s new Community Engagement and Communications Officer

Mon, 01/04/2019 - 16:01

LIBER is pleased to welcome Martina Torma as its newest team member. As a Community Engagement and Communications Officer, Martina will be responsible for stakeholder engagement activities related to European projects, such as the SSHOC project, and will support the communications and outreach activities of LIBER. Martina has extensive experience in communications and before joining…

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