6th Convention of Slovenian Consortia for International Scientific Literature


Brave New World or Challenging Reality?

 Outcomes and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries in a Changing Digital Landscape


Ljubljana, September 14th and 15th,  2016





You are kindly invited to attend two-days professional event, which will be held in Ljubljana on September 14th and 15th, 2016

  • LIBER Regional Day, September 14th 2016, from 2 pm to 6.30 pm at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana

  • Outcomes and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries in a Changing Digital Landscape, Professional Seminar, September 15th 2016, from 9 am to 6 pm in the Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana





LIBER Regional Day (Workshop)
Wednesday, September 14th 2016, 2 pm to 6.30 pm

This workshop brings you clear presentations of LIBER's strategic directions. According to LIBER strategy, one of the key areas should be the development of CEE libraries in order to align with the progresses made in UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Scandinavian countries. LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) is the main network for research libraries in Europe. Founded in 1971, the association (a Foundation or Stitching under the Dutch law from 2009) has grown steadily to include more than 400 national, university and other libraries from over 40 countries. They act to represent the interests of European research libraries, their universities and their researchers in several key areas.

In the second part of the workshop we will focus on the EU project opportunities for European academic libraries. In particular, what needs to be improved in academic libraries in Slovenia and other CEE libraries, so that they can become more appealing partners for other western academic libraries, or have better chances for funding. Equally important: What kind of project management skills should be developed in the CEE libraries first to run such projects? Case studies or other forms of shared experience will be presented as well.

Open science is about the way researchers work, collaborate, interact, share resources and disseminate results. We are faced with the increasing demand in the society to address the social challenges of our times and the readiness of citizens to participate in research. In the third part of this workshop we will discuss current tendencies for systemic changes leading to open science. We will focus also on the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science and a very clear call of European leaders for ‘immediate’ open access to all scientific papers by 2020. Hopefully, we will find answers especially to the following burning issues. What effects will these changes  have on academic libraries? How dramatic  these changes will be? Do these changes represent an opportunity or a threat for the academic libraries?

Professional seminar Outcomes and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries in a Changing Digital Landscape, Professional Seminar
Ljubljana, Thursday, September 15th 2016, 9 am to 6 pm

This one-day seminar will approach two critical topics:

- Managing electronic resources during the transition to open access
- Economic aspects of using information resources and publishing in new circumstances

In basic terms, ROI, or return on investment,  means the income – or value – received as a result of an amount invested in an asset. So, in library terms ROI refers to the return on an organization's investment in its library. From the university management point of view, for instance, a reliable ROI would answer the question on how much quantifiable value the university received for every Euro it invested in the library. There are many methods how to measure this simplified information. However, there are many more complex possible outcomes, which cannot be measured directly with quantitative indicators, but mostly with a long-term quality assessment of their influence on study and research work output. This seminar will try to discover some of those outcomes, especially in the light of dynamical changes in the field of licensing models, technological development and pricing policies of STM publishers.

The first discussion topic (managing electronic resources at the end of the transition to open access) will bring about very practical approaches on how western countries are dealing with content providers to include all costs they have with the service under one umbrella. Open access, offset contracts, total cost of publication, increasing prices of scholarly literature? How to combine all those elements into the context of one unique licensing model? Last year, we got some information about new pilot projects in the field of the OA licensing models offered by some providers. This year we will be able to follow up those new models in the context of good practices in some of the consortia.

The second topic (economic aspects of using information resources and publishing in new circumstances) will cover all aspects of the economy of publishing research and scholarly works. We will try to identify some methods about how to evaluate real economic value of researchers’ contribution in the context of publishing industry;  we will analyze the management of electronic resources. The focus will also be on how some universities set up their own publishing services and create innovative licensing models for the  access in order to meet user expectations as best as possible.

All three major stakeholders involved in those two topics will participate:

- Governmental institution from Slovenia.
- Professionals from libraries, licensing organizations and library consortia.
- Publishers.

Each of them will contribute with valuable perspectives, which will help you understand current developments and trends.

Why to attend this seminar?

- It is a great opportunity to discover how economical aspects of managing and using of information resources are dealt with in other countries, what the challenges are and which solutions have been applied.
- Meeting people and interacting with experienced professionals from abroad on both topics of the seminar.
- Having the opportunity to establish a step-by-step agenda for the coming months on how to effectively implement new solutions within your organization.
- The economics have or will have a growing impact on your organization. Use this chance to learn from acknowledged best practice and pick the best solutions in this field, which work for you.
- Acknowledge publishers’ views on those issues.

Confirmed speakers

  • Prof. Dr. József Györkös, Director of the Slovenian Research Agency, opening speech;
  • Dr. Paul Ayris, Director of UCL Library Services & UCL Copyright Officer, Chief Executive, UCL Press, co-Chair of the LERU Chief Information Officers Community (League of European Research Universities), Adviser to the LIBER Board (Association of European Research Libraries) on EU matters and Horizon 2020;
  • Dr. Meta Dobnikar, Head of the Science unit of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Goverment of the Republic of Slovenia;
  • Lluís Anglada i de Ferrer, CBUC (Catalan Academic Library Commission), LIBER Executive Board Member;
  • Sofie Wennström, MSc, (Analyst at Stockholm University Library and Journals Manager at Stockholm University Press);
  • Friedel Grant, Head of Communications at LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries, one of the most authoritative influencing organizations in our industry, a voice widely heard in EU Offices in Brussels);
  • Liam Earney, Director of JISC Collections, the biggest consortium in Europe (originally in the UK) and probably one of the biggest in the world;
  • Miro Pušnik, MSc, Director of the Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana;
  • Dunja Legat, MSc,, Assistant Director at the Maribor University Library; 
  • Karmen Štular Sotošek, MSc, Executive Director of COSEC consortium operating under the auspices of National and University Library, Slovenia;
  • Representatives of  publishers of international scientific literature, responsible for the issues of open access.

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