Professional meeting



Open Access and Licensing Options In Academic Libraries

Good Practices: Principles and Perspectives




The list of confirmed speakers is shown below:

Paul Ayris, PhD; University College London, UK

Dr. Ayris has been Director of UCL Library Services since 1997. He is also the UCL Copyright Officer.

Dr. Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14; he is now Advisor to the LIBER Board on EU matters. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) Community of Chief Information Officers. He chairs the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. He is the Chair of JISC Collections’ Electronic Information Resources Working Group. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris also became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He is also a member of the Provost’s Leadership Team in UCL.

He has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.

Liam Earney, JISC Collections, UK

Mr. Earney has worked at Jisc Collections since 2003 as collections manager, collections team manager and head of licensing, in which roles he was involved in the negotiation and licensing of a wide range of e-content agreements on behalf of universities, colleges and museum libraries. He has also been involved in a large number of projects associated with copyright and licensing, especially the adoption of machine readable licences, as well as providing consultancy and advice to the NHS, the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and a variety of overseas consortia on the negotiation and procurement of e-content.

Most recently he was seconded to lead the Knowledge Base+ project building a shared academic community knowledge base for UK organisations.

As well as the UK education sector, Liam has worked with the NHS and museum library sectors and a number of overseas consortia, providing advice on the procurement and licensing of scholarly content.

Carolyn Alderson, JISC Collections, UK

Carolyn joined Jisc Collections in 2010 from Content Complete Ltd where she had been a Content Negotiator since 2004. She has been in the serials information industry since 1988, working previously for Swets and Faxon.

From August 2011 to December 2014 Carolyn was Head of Licensing with responsibilities that included leading the licensing team to deliver value for money agreements for UK members including the negotiation of pricing and license terms for Jisc Collections and SHEDL, as well as consultancy for overseas consortia.

She currently manages a number of special licensing and development initiatives such as the NHS and SME Pilots, following the Finch recommendations. Carolyn is a member of the SCOAP3 governing council, was a member of the UKSG's Main Committee, and was chair of the UKSG's Education Sub-Committee from April 2012 to April 2014.

Susan Rilley, MSc; LIBER, UK
Susan Reilly, MSc,  became the Executive Director of LIBER in October 2014. Ms Reilly joined LIBER in 2011 as EU Projects Officer. Since that time, she has been EU Projects Manager and Advocacy and Project Manager.

Educated in Ireland, Ms Reilly has a BA (Hons) in Information and Library Studies and Art History from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, Wales, and an MSc in Information Management from the University of Sheffield.

Before taking up her first post with LIBER in 2011, Ms Reilly was Head Librarian of the Irish Management Institute in Dublin. She has also worked in other libraries in Ireland.

Lars Bjørnshauge, MSc; SPARC, Danska


Current positions:
SPARC Europe Director of European Library Relations and Managing Director, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

Past positions (selection):
Deputy Director, Acting Director, Technical Information Center of Denmark Technical University of Denmark (1992-2000), Director of Libraries at Lund University, Sweden (2001-2011). Former President of the Danish Research Library Association 1992-1994 and former 1st Vice-President of the Swedish Library Association 2005-2011.

Founder of the Directory of Open Access Journals (,   co-founder of OpenDOAR, the Directory of Open Access Repositories, (  and co-founder of the Directory of Open Access Books (

Masters degree, political science, Roskilde University, Denmark

Danish, based in Copenhagen.

Alenka Kavčič - Čolić, PhD;  Slovenija

Dr. Alenka Kavčič Čolić is the Head of Library Research Centre of National and University Library in Ljubljana.

She  is Chief-in-Editor of the Slovenian scientific journal Knjižnica, which is accessible free of charge. She is investigating the possibilities to publish this journal in open access.

Since 2001 Alenka Kavčič-Čolić took part in many European and national research projects as researcher and as manager. Her field of research and work is primarily digital preservation of digital heritage (web archiving and digital preservation methodologies). From 2012-2013 she took part in the national digital preservation working group supported by the Ministry of Culture aimed to the preparation of the national guidelines for digitisation, preservation and access to digital cultural heritage, task.

Alenka Kavčič-Čolić is also very active in IFLA. She was member of the Standing Committee of the IT Section: from 2009-2011 she was elected Secretary of the Standing Committee and from 2011-2013 she was the Chair of the Section. Since 2013-2017 she was elected as member of the IFLA Preservation and Conservation Section.

Dr. Alenka Kavčič Čolić studied Spanish Language and Literature at the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain, and has been graduated at the University of Belgrade in former Yugoslavia. She holds a MSc in Information Sciences and a PhD in Library Sciences from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Dunja Legat, MSc; Slovenija

Dunja Legat is an expert on a field of scholarly communication, focused on a bibliographic research, bibliometric methods and open access for research.
Formerly head of the the periodicals management currently she is the assistant director of the University of Maribor Library. She is very active on developing the DKUM repository of University of Maribor. She is member of a task group appointed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport to prepare the document “Open Access in Slovenia 2015-2020: Principles and Regulation Regarding the Open Access for Scientific Publications and Research Data in Slovenia” which is now in a process of approval.

She holds a BA on Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design and MSc. on Librarianship and Information Science from University of Maribor and University of Ljubljana

Miro Pušnik, MSc; Slovenija

Miro Pušnik became director of the CTK in 2009.

Before his current position, he was director adviser on digital libraries and electronic resources.

He led a project on setting up and operating the Digital Library of the University of Ljubljana.

Mr. Pušnik is also member of a research group which runs projects on methods for evaluation of research activities.

He has BA in Zootechnics and MSc on Scientific and Technical  Informatics from the  University of Ljubljana.