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This year, the LIBER 2021 Conference is a special one indeed. That’s because our organisation is celebrating our 50th anniversary and this year also marks the 50th conference that we’ve run. Over the years our conference has served as a vibrant hub for research libraries from all over Europe. Hence, this is a milestone to be celebrated and we are very excited to welcome you at our upcoming (virtual) conference!
The conference will be digitally co-hosted by our colleagues at the University of Belgrade Library in Serbia. As such, we aim to recreate and showcase our vibrant community that is the LIBER Network, while at the same time hosting our conference online and ensuring the safety of all conference participants.

Make sure you visit our virtual professional exhibition & networking space here: lbve.rs. You can also visit our virtual poster exhibition here and make sure to cast your vote for your favourite poster by filling in this form.

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Wednesday, June 23 • 11:00 - 12:30
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Join our Session ‘Dynamic Digital Collections’

This session will be chaired by Anna Lundén, National Library of Sweden​
  • DOM project increases understanding between researchers and the National Library of Finland , Liisa Maria Näpärä, The National Library of Finland, Finland
  • The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL): Overcoming and Pre-empting COVID Limitations, Constance Rinaldo, Biodiversity Heritage Library, US, Jane Smith, Natural History Museum London, David Iggulden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, Elisa Herrmann, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Colleen Funkhouser, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Resounding Libraries: The transformation of the Ton Koopman collection into an open, digital resource for artistic research, Bruno Forment, Orpheus Instituut, Belgium

This session centres on the speakers’ experiences from the digitisation of three different research library collections. Would you like to hear how national libraries can help researchers navigate digital collections? Do you want to know more about how to close the global gap in access to digital content, laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic? Or are you interested in hearing about the trials and tribulations of transforming a centuries-old private music library into a functioning digital research collection? This session may be for you!

The first presentation by Liisa Maria Näpärä will discuss the Digital Open Memory (DOM) project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and developed by the National Library of Finland (NLF). The project was developed to solve an existing gap in researchers’ knowledge regarding the contents of digital collections and their copyrights. This gap has caused interference in collaboration between researchers and the NLF. The project’s aim is, thus, to bridge this gap in understanding by allowing the NLF to take part in the distinct levels of research projects and to provide collections and support for researchers. With a focus on data-driven research services and user-driven information collection, the DOM project will serve to re-define the NLF’s role in the national research field and open lines of communication between researchers and libraries.
The second presentation by Constance Rinaldo and Jane Smith shares how the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) has overcome and pre-empted Covid-19 limitations within virtual library collections. BHL has operated in a virtual environment since its inception in 2007. As such, the pandemic highlighted some of their strengths, such as social distancing, collaborating virtually, and opening up science and interconnectivity. It also highlighted, however, a need to identify collection gaps and develop technical improvements to address inequalities for content access. The presentation discusses the BHL’s successes, possible future challenges, and relevance as a valuable resource beyond biodiversity.
Finally, the third presentation by Bruno Forment discusses the transformation of the Ton Koopman Collection into an open, digital resource for artistic research in music. The presentation will consist of two parts. First, a brief overview of the collection and its contents – which boasts nearly 5,000 early printed editions and 400 manuscripts, dated between 1486 and the early 1900s, in addition to well over 11,000 modern books and scores. Second, a description of the steps that have been taken in the past one and a half years to transform Koopman’s private collection into a (semi-)public research library within the Orpheus Instituut, in the heart of Ghent, Belgium.

* This session is being recorded. By joining the session, you are consenting to be recorded.

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Constance Rinaldo

Chair, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bio: Constance Rinaldo was the Librarian of the Ernst Mayr http://library.mcz.harvard.edu/ of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University from 199-2021. She is a founding member (2005) of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, working with an international consortium of... Read More →
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Jane Smith

Jane Smith, Head of Library and Archives, Natural History Museum, London. www.nhm.ac.uk/library Jesmith246@gmail.comOrchid ID: 0000-0002-3261-3034Jane has held leadership roles in science and health research libraries, most recently as Head of Department of Library and Archives at the Natural History Museum in London between 2012 and May 2021. She originally joined the NHM as Library Head of Collections and Services, following r... Read More →
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Bruno Forment

Principal Investigator, Orpheus Instituut
Pursuing interests in opera, HIP, electronic music and stage design, Bruno Forment has degrees in music theory and art studies (PhD, Ghent University, 2007). In 2004, he teamed up with Paul Dombrecht for one of the earliest Trobadors projects in artistic research at the Koninklijk... Read More →
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Liisa Näpärä

Information specialist, National Library of Finlad
Liisa Näpärä has a PhD in cultural studies. In her dissertation, she studied digital discourses and how teachers use technology in their pedagogy at the Finnish primary school. Currently, Näpärä works at the National Library of Finland with the Digital Open Memory project... Read More →

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Anna Lundén

Anna Lundén works at the National Library of Sweden, heading the Division for National Coordination of Libraries. This division handles the national library consortia for universities and research institutes, Bibsam, which is negotiating e-resources with all major publishers. In... Read More →

Wednesday June 23, 2021 11:00 - 12:30 CEST