Community Hubs for Citizen Science: Building Capacity through Libraries and Universities – LIBER Europe

“Citizen science aims to enable people of all ages, cultures, and skills to engage in real scientific research by collecting or analyzing data typically shared with professional scientists, while provenly increasing public understanding of science. SciStarter.org and Arizona State University, as well as LIBER, are building and scaling programs and resources to catalyze libraries as community hubs for citizen science.

As a result, libraries are supporting an evolving workforce and lifelong learners while addressing known critical barriers in citizen science infrastructure, including lack of 1) project awareness, 2) access to instruments, and 3) community connections.

LIBER Citizen Science Working Group and SciStarter are now organizing a three-part joint webinar series. In this first session, we will examine the realized and potential role of libraries in catalyzing and accelerating participatory science. Darlene Cavalier (SciStarter and Arizona State University, USA), Robin Salthouse (retired librarian and advisor to SciStarter, USA), and the Science shop/Boutique des sciences, University of Lille, France (to be confirmed) will share their experiences and resources to enable everyone to participate in this collaborative and open approach of research and science. Raphaëlle Bats (Urfist – University of Bordeaux, France) and Sara Decoster (KU Leuven, Belgium) will moderate the series….”

Knowledge Rights 21 – 21st Century Access to Culture, Learning & Research

“The programme Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) is focused on bringing about changes in legislation and practice across Europe that will strengthen the right of all to knowledge. It is built on a conviction that knowledge is essential for education, innovation and cultural participation, and that everyone should have the possibility – in particular through libraries, archives and digitally – to access and use it….

FIM4L Working Group in Talks with Elsevier — Towards Federated Access Best Practices – LIBER Europe

“At the beginning of 2022, the LIBER FIM4L Working Group and Elsevier held a series of talks on the topic of federated access. 

Federated access, also called Shibboleth or SSO, can be used by libraries to provide access to electronic resources. During the login process information about the user is (often) exchanged with the publisher. The library, publisher, and user can decide which information to share…

Points of consideration for anonymous login:

Not all Elsevier products support anonymity.
If an anonymous, logged-in user decides to set up alerts at e.g. Sciencedirect, they will be informed that they should log in first. Then they probably create a new user account, perhaps apart from an existing one, and their current session gets terminated.
When an identified user logs out, they cannot log in anonymously anymore in that session.

 

If anonymous login would be officially supported by a publisher, then it is important to inform a user using very clear communication. This is difficult for two reasons: Users do not understand these login differences and there could always be cases during the user’s journey where they might not at all be informed….”

Designing an Open Peer Review Process for Open Access Guides | Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM)

by Simon Worthington

The LIBER Citizen Science Working Group is embarking on the design of an open peer review process for the guidebook series being published on the topic of citizen science for research libraries. The LIBER working group in collaboration with COPIM is looking for input and feedback on the design of the open peer review workflow. COPIM is supporting the working group by contributing its experience and knowledge of open access book publishing, with respect to collaborative post-publication input, community peer review processes, and reuse. The first section of the guide Citizen Science Skilling for Library Staff, Researchers, and the Public has already been published with three more sections to follow.

 

The Empty Library: The Urgency of Solutions to Unsustainable eBook Markets, May 19, 2022 @ 2pm (CEST) | LIBER Europe

The freedom for libraries to acquire books and develop a collection. A relic of a pre-digital age? Or an ongoing issue in dire need of action? Who and what determines what libraries, both public and academic, can offer: user needs vs publishers’ policies? And how can we protect the rights of access to education, knowledge, and cultural participation?

Join Knowledge Rights 21 for their first webinar and hear what experts have to say on these topics.

The situation facing libraries when working with eBooks is a key theme of the Knowledge Rights 21 Programme. In the webinar, you will learn all about KR21, and the latest developments around eBooks in different parts of Europe. Finally, they will be discussing the solutions being pursued.

Keys takeaways will be:
– A strong understanding of the issues around eBooks in libraries today,
– Opportunities open to libraries under the wider Knowledge Rights 21 Programme,
– An open invitation to help us shape the Programme’s next steps on eBooks.

Speakers:

Benjamin White, Chair of LIBER’s Copyright and Legal Matters Working Group, researcher at Bournemouth University’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management.
Barbara Schleihagen, Executive Director, German Library Association
Cathal McCauley, University Librarian, Maynooth University.

 

Four Urgent Recommendations for Open Access Negotiations with Publishers 2022 | LIBER Europe

LIBER, Europe’s leading association of research libraries, presents four urgent recommendations for libraries to use when conducting Open Access negotiations with publishers. This document builds on the Five Principles for Open Access Negotiations with Publishers of 2017, considering the new benchmarks in the landscape in publisher negotiations as well as the body of negotiation principles and recommendations that have, in the meantime, been embraced by LIBER institutions.

Registration for LIBER Annual Conference 2022 | 6-8 July | Odense, Denmark | Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche

“LIBER Annual Conference 2022 Odense, Denmark

The LIBER annual conference will be held in Odense, Denmark on 6 – 8 July 2022.  You will be asked during sign up if you would like to participate in the newcomer session, pre-conference workshops, and conference dinner on Wednesday 6 July, the conference reception on Thursday 7 July, and the social programme excursion on Saturday 9 July.   Early bird registration for the conference is possible for all LIBER members before 1 May 2022. Please note: Payment is by credit card only.  At least one author of each accepted abstract must register and attend the LIBER Annual Conference 2022 in Odense. …”

Four Urgent Recommendations for Open Access Negotiations with Publishers – LIBER Europe

The Four Urgent Recommendations

100% open access under fair conditions, or no agreement
Pricing of open access publishing services must be fair and transparent
Define strategies to support a diversity of open publishing venues
Engage stakeholders in the process of transition

 

Proposal for a Digital Services Act — Research, Education, and Science as Collateral Damage – LIBER Europe

“Schools and universities are highly reliant on the multiple digital platforms and infrastructures that provide services to students, teachers, and researchers. It is therefore surprising that the Digital Services Act (DSA) does not consider the impact that this new regulation will have on education and Open Science.

In fact, despite high levels of public investment in education and research, infrastructures (such as institutional and national repositories as well as platforms like Zenodo, the European Open Science Cloud, arXiv.org etc.), they do not feature at all in the European Commission’s impact assessment, nor are they mentioned in the draft Digital Services Act….”

Press Release — LIBER Signs MoU with the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA)  – LIBER Europe

“LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, and the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), have, as per the 20th of January 2022, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop, promote and facilitate citizen science-related support services at research libraries within Europe. …”

Scientific knowledge must be protected to ensure a Europe fit for the digital age

“CESAER, COAR and LIBER welcome the strong focus of the European Commission towards a A Europe fit for the digital age as part of its priorities from 2019 to 2024. We are convinced that the importance of research and education needs a strong focus within these initiatives and call upon the EU institutions to (i) acknowledge the unique position of universities and other research performing organisations in the provision of digital services and infrastructure directed towards the common good and (ii) provide for an overarching legal framework excluding university and research related repositories and corresponding infrastructures from market-oriented EU legislation, in order to prevent any unintended collateral damage from current and future EU legislation aimed at commercial players….

While we understand that the aim of these initiatives is to modernise legislation in a digital age for the good of society, we are concerned that certain aspects of them will negatively impact the research and education sectors, as they conflict with key notions of scientific collaboration, open science, and knowledge-based societies….

It is important to ensure that the knowledge sector does not suffer unintended consequences and collateral damage in current and future market-oriented EU legislation. On the contrary, research and education sectors must be empowered to assume responsibilities in creating a Europe fit for the digital age built on scientific knowledge and learning.”

ReCreating Europe Workshop — Secondary Publishing Right: Exploring Opportunities and Limitations  – LIBER Europe

“Focusing on the Green road, this workshop aims to present and discuss the second (or secondary) publication right within the context of scientific publications as a key instrument to implementing Open Access (OA)….

The workshop will elaborate on the second publication right which consists of the right to re-publish and communicate a work to the public. This right could be retained by the author by means of contract negotiations (to which disbalancing conditions may apply), but it is rarely applied in the current publishing context.  

 

The right could also be granted by legislation which appears to be a more practicable and sustainable option. At present, only a handful of countries offer such a possibility, still with many limitations, despite the potential of such a right to rebalance the current distorted ecosystem of scientific communication (where scientific authors have little freedom and control over their thoughts and works). …”