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LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries)

LIBER is Europe’s principle association of research libraries, consisting of over 400 national and research libraries from more than forty countries. It was founded as an association in 1971 under the auspices of the Council of Europe and became a Foundation under Dutch law in 2009. LIBER’s aims to help European research libraries to support a functional network across national boundaries in order to ensure the preservation of European cultural heritage, to improve access to collections in European research libraries, and to provide more efficient information services. Enabling Open Science is a major priority for LIBER, as is promoting innovative scholarly communication, fostering digital skills and services, and engaging with world-class e-infrastructures. At a European level, LIBER has established working relationships with other related organisations such as Science Europe, LERU and has MoU with SPARC Europe, EIFL, EBLIDA, CERL, EUDAT, IFLA, COAR and CENL, as well as the humanities ERICs CLARIN and DARIAH. We are a leading voice in Europe on copyright and TDM and on Open Science and hold a position on the European Open Science Policy Platform. We have strong visibility at EU level, in the European Parliament and in the European Commission. LIBER has been a partner in several European projects, including Europeana Cloud, Europeana Newspapers, Europeana Libraries, Europeana Travel, EOSCpilot, the first project funded under the EOSC umbrella initiative, the open science training project FOSTER Plus, the RDM project LEARN and newly funded project SSH Open Cloud (SSHOC). It has also participated in projects focused on open access, data sharing and data mining, among them OpenAIRE2020, EUDAT2020, MEDOANET, RECODE, FutureTDM and OpenMinTeD. Thanks to its Europewide network, LIBER can act to increase connectivity between project-related stakeholders and the impact of dissemination of project outputs. LIBER also partners with various library organisations around the globe (eg. IFLA, ARL, CAUL, CARL, RLUK. IARLA) and can leverage this network.



Astrid Verheusen

Executive Director, LIBER. 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 KB: 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.


Vasso Kalaitzi

Head of International Projects, LIBER. Vasso holds a BSc in Political Science and Public Administration and an Executive MSc in European Studies. Before joining LIBER in 2017, she worked at the Greek National Documentation Centre (EKT, 2012-2016) and at the private sector before that. She has extensive experience with FP7 and H2020 Projects (SSHOC, EOSCpilot, FOSTER Plus, OpenAIRE, OpenMinTeD, AARC, MedOANet, PASTEUR4OA, RECODE, WIRE2014 amongst others) and a thorough knowledge of the projects’ lifecycle and the engagement approaches to be followed. Vasso has long standing experience in developing and implementing engagement strategies, as well as in project management and quality assessment tools, and policies and procedures. Vasso is also involved in the activities of two of the LIBER Working Groups related to Open Access and Digital Skills for library staff and researchers.


Friedel Grant

Senior Communications Advisor, LIBER. Friedel is a trained journalist and draws on more than 15 years of communications and marketing experience. Her skills include the graphic design of promotional materials, online content generation, website management, the organisation of workshops and conferences and the planning of communications activities around specific events or campaigns. Friedel has played a key role in the promotion of LIBER, as well as the communication of EC-funded projects in which LIBER participates. Before entering the world of Cultural Heritage and Libraries, Friedel worked as a journalist for organisations including The Financial Times and Reuters.

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