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VU Amsterdam hosts LIBER Winter Event

1 December 2022
What does the rise of Open Science mean for the future of the research library? The LIBER event 'Building on collaboration for the future' welcomes librarians from across Europe to reflect on this question. Organised by LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, this first edition of the Winter Event is hosted by the University Library of VU Amsterdam on 1 and 2 December 2022.

LIBER Europe annually organises numerous events that aim to bring the library community together. The winter edition of the annual conference will take place in 2022 in the New University Building on the VU campus. This edition focuses on important current issues such as Open Science & Open Access, access to cultural heritage, library design and developing new digital skills.

Attention to all facets of research
Upon arrival, over 90 international visitors are welcomed by Hilde van Wijngaarden, the director of the VU University Library. Jason Priem, co-founder of nonprofit OurResearch, then kicks off the event with a speech on the 3-E vision, which puts ethics, efficiency and endurance at the heart of creating collaborative partnerships.

During the event, librarians will have a chance to attend numerous panel sessions. These include discussions on data management skills, facilitating access to electronic library resources and the rapid rise of Open Science. Visitors can also participate in workshops entirely dedicated to the digital library. In addition, the programme offers participants plenty of time to interact with the wider LIBER community between the various sessions.  

Open Science, Open Access and the importance of international collaboration
Thanks to the Open Science movement, scientific research is becoming increasingly accessible. The importance of this development therefore plays a central role during the event. Participants are asked to consider the adoption process of Open Science services during various workshops and discover new technologies that can accelerate the facilitation of Open Access. In addition, speakers will also show a selection of international projects in which these developments have successfully been implemented. Guided by these themes, the societal impact of conducted research can be significantly increased.

LIBER: the voice of Europe's research libraries
LIBER has been committed to promoting scientific research for almost 50 years. By working with libraries across Europe, the interests of researchers and their institutions are identified and represented. From 2023 to 2027, LIBER pays close attention to themes such as leadership, intellectual freedom and inclusiveness.