Innovation and LIBER

We attended the LIBER conference last week, held at the National Library of Latvia in Riga. LIBER is Europe’s largest network of research libraries with over 400 member organisations. The aim of the conference is to enable delegates to build links with one another and form new collaborative groups. It also identifies the most key issues for research libraries and shares information and ideas about how libraries might address them. Jan was also attending the conference as she is one of the Programme Directors on LIBER’s highly successful Emerging Leadership Programme.

Our workshop focussed on some of the projects that have emerged from the Library’s Innovation Group, including Eureka, Text-book Rescue and the popular Wellbeing campaign. Only 30% of abstracts submitted for the conference were accepted as presentations, so we were delighted to be able to share our experiences with libraries from across Europe. We also detailed what we have found makes innovation successful within a library context, as well as demonstrating how innovative ideas can have most impact when linked to existing strategies.

The feedback we received from the presentation was excellent and we were delighted to be informed that the session was the highest attended of those on offer that afternoon. Other hot topics at the conference included open access, crowd sourcing and gamification.

Lorraine Beard and Nick Campbell

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