Astrid Verheusen is Executive Director of LIBER, the European Association for Research Libraries. Astrid’s career began as a researcher at the Institute for Dutch History and as a product manager at Sdu Publishers. From 2001 onwards, Astrid worked at the National Library of the Netherlands. She was involved in projects and programs concerning mass digitisation, digital preservation and digital libraries. She headed the Digitisation Department (2009-2010) and the IT Department (2012-2014). Until May 2017 she was head of the Innovative Projects Department when she joined LIBER. A highlight of her career was the implementation of mass digitization at the National Library: 100 million pages of books, newspapers and magazines digitized between 2001-2011. She has extensive experience in the information and library sector and is driven by complex policy issues.
All Sessions by Astrid Verheusen
The implementation of the LIBER Strategy – Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age
In November 2017, LIBER launched its new strategy “Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age”. The vision that has been set out is quite ambitious. In 2022 we see a world in which: Open Access is the predominant form of publishing; Research Data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR); Digital Skills underpin a more open and transparent research life cycle; Research Infrastructure is participatory, tailored and scaled to the needs of the diverse disciplines; The cultural heritage of tomorrow is built on today’s digital information. This presentation explains the strategy and zooms in on the way in which LIBER intends to implement Open Science. LIBER implements the strategy through various activities and projects. The work of the Steering Committees and the LIBER Working Groups will be explained, as well as the European projects in which LIBER participates. To help research libraries further understand and implement Open Science, LIBER published an Open Science Roadmap in July 2018. This roadmap describes how and why research libraries should be pioneers and champions for Open Science and gives concrete examples of how all libraries can actively contribute to the development of Open Science by raising awareness, provide training, opening up research collections to innovative research methods and developing supportive policies and infrastructures. The Roadmap is not a static document and will be updated on the basis of input and feedback from work in practice from LIBER’s members. Libraries who want to do more with Open Science can rely on LIBER for support.