LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries 2022-04-28T17:03:29+02:00 Trudy Turner Open Journal Systems <div class="major-block"> <div class="featured-block"> <p>LIBER Quarterly is the peer reviewed, open access journal of <a href="">LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries</a>. The journal seeks to cover all aspects of modern research librarianship and scientific information delivery. It strives to form a bridge between the scholars of the Library and Information Sciences (LIS) and the practitioners in our university and research libraries by publishing not only theoretical contributions, but also examples of good practices.</p> </div> </div> Library resilience and leadership in a global crisis 2021-08-27T16:41:07+02:00 Najmeh Shaghaei Claire Knowles Fiona Morley Alexandra Eveleigh Núria Casaldàliga Emma Nolin Andrea Tatai Marc Cohen Martine Pronk Elke Ghesquière <p>Research Libraries, like other organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been facing difficult choices concerning which services to offer, whilst minimising risk to their staff, communities, and users. As the post COVID-19 era beckons, library leaders are urged to adapt flexible strategic plans that apply to every facet of library operation to ensure the organisations remain both safe and resilient in the future.</p> <p>This paper discusses leadership skills and practical techniques that can be applied to help build resilient libraries and deliver positive new change in the post-COVID-19 recovery period.</p> <p>Our findings indicate that leaders need to find ways to realign library ambitions to this uncertain new operating environment. The focus should be directed to digitisation and supporting systems, as well as on sustainability and transformative services. These are a must for the future of libraries. </p> 2022-01-31T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Najmeh Shaghaei, Claire Knowles, Fiona Morley, Alexandra Eveleigh, Núria Casaldàliga, Emma Nolin, Andrea Tatai, Marc Cohen, Martine Pronk, Elke Ghesquière LYRASIS Research and an Inclusive Approach to Open Access in the United States 2021-11-11T19:03:22+01:00 Hannah Rosen Celeste Feather Jill E. Grogg Sharla Lair <p>In 2020, LYRASIS Research conducted a member survey of predominantly United States (U.S.) higher education libraries to understand the spectrum of attitudes and actions related to Open Access (OA). The results indicated that the U.S. approach to OA is decentralised, lacking the focused trends that are apparent in other areas of the world. The diversity among types of colleges and universities in the U.S. is revealed through discussions about support or lack thereof for APCs, crowdfunding models, preprint repositories, the Subscribe to Open approach, and more. The array of OA approaches that garner support in the U.S. may appear confusing as we strive for scale in our efforts. LYRASIS has used its research findings, in combination with our deep understanding of U.S. higher education libraries, to develop a collaborative approach towards OA that provides multiple incentives and opportunities for libraries serving all types of institutions to engage.</p> <p>This article, expanding on the LIBER 2021 Conference Presentation of the same name, will outline the results of the survey, the conclusions LYRASIS has drawn, and our work to develop an inclusive approach to a variety of OA initiatives. Our understanding of the landscape of U.S. higher education has led us to develop or support several significant recent OA initiatives, including a fund for OA ebooks focused on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals topics and the establishment of the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP).</p> 2022-02-09T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Hannah Rosen, Celeste Feather, Jill E. Grogg, Sharla Lair International standards for information literacy 2022-01-24T16:36:25+01:00 Tatiana Sanches Maria Luz Antunes Carlos Lopes <p>Librarians working in higher education want to support students in the pursuit of their academic work, based on the good use of information. To this end, they need to know the emerging pedagogical changes that they can take advantage of when designing their courses, integrating this knowledge into a more segmented, clear, and objective training offer, based on international references, published in the last decades, since the ACRL Standards, until the ACRL Framework. The attention given to these documents can prepare librarians for the necessary updating of skills, supporting innovation, and best practice achievement. This paper aims to systematise the evolution of concepts and practices of information literacy guidelines in higher education and identify their inspiration for the creation of Portuguese guidelines. An exploratory inventory of international information associations was carried out to identify information literacy guidelines. The content analysis of these guidelines allowed the identification of pedagogical trends in the performance of libraries and their professionals. The analysed contents show an interpretative evolution of the guidelines, converging in the ACRL Framework and the contents of the Portuguese recommendations for academic libraries for the period 2020-2022. It is evident that updating skills for librarians requires not only an awareness of sector trends, but also transforming them into good practice and recommendations appropriate for the national context.</p> 2022-03-21T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Tatiana Sanches, Maria da Luz Antunes, Carlos Lopes Open Access Monographs 2021-11-11T14:50:56+01:00 Judith Fathallah <p>The UK Research and Innovation funding council announced its latest Open Access Policy on August 6, 2021. This policy applies to all UKRI funded research, and thus constitutes a significant move towards OA as an academic standard. For the first time in the UK, OA is to be mandated for academic books – this means that both monographs and edited chaptered books must be published Open Access from January 2024, though a 1 year embargo is permissible. As the infrastructures, business models and workflows supporting OA book publishing are currently lagging behind journals, especially in the Arts and Humanities, many researchers and institutions have responded to the policy with some consternation, even whilst supporting the aims and ethics of OA publishing.</p> <p>This article explores some of these apprehensions and questions raised by institutions, academics and by librarians regarding OA book publishing in a UK context, especially regarding funding and sustainability. It aims to dispel certain myths around OA book publishing in general, particularly the notion that Book Processing Charges are a necessary or even desirable element. The article then presents some of the varied models and systems currently in use and development, particularly the work of the UKRI/Research England funded COPIM project (Community- Led Open Access Infrastructures for Monographs), one of the aims of which is to build ways of delivering more sustainable revenue sources to OA publishers. It focuses in particular a key and soon to be launched output of the project: the Open Book Collective.</p> 2022-02-02T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Judith Fathallah A view from the inside 2022-04-28T17:03:29+02:00 Ann-Sofie Axelsson <p>The library at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden is unusual because it is fully integrated within an academic department, <em>the Department of Communication and Learning in Science</em>. This guest editorial explores the opportunities and challenges of integration and offers observation on the learning from establishing this integrated model.</p> 2022-05-25T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Ann-Sofie Axelsson Understanding Artificial Intelligence in Research Libraries – Extensive Literature Review 2021-08-26T11:01:46+02:00 Andrea Gasparini Heli Kautonen <p>Artificial intelligence (AI) now forms a part of various activities in the academic world. AI will also affect how research libraries perform and carry out their services and how the various kinds of data they hold in their repositories will be used in the future. For the moment, the landscape is complex and unclear, and library personnel and leaders are uncertain about where they should lay the path ahead. This extensive literature review provides an overview of how research libraries understand, react to, and work with AI. This paper examines the roles conceived for libraries and librarians, their users, and AI. Finally, design thinking is presented as an approach to solving emerging issues with AI and opening up opportunities for this technology at a more strategic level.</p> 2022-01-31T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Andrea Gasparini, Heli Kautonen