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Keynote Speaker Maria Heijne – A European view on the next generation library: indispensable and vital to students, teachers and researchers

Libraries develop into all-in-one spaces for learning, consuming, sharing, creating, and experiencing. Students appreciate the library for this role as learner-centered facility. It is important for libraries to take a pro-active role in keeping a close connection to the education infrastructure of their universities. Show the library’s strengths in developments around blended learning and open educational resources and other future developments.
But also new, sustainable models for producing, using, managing, sharing, preserving, and discovering scholarly information are a responsibility of the library. In this area they (have to) show leadership in the long-term stewardship and sustainability of the scholarly record.  A responsibility that should turn into collaborative global efforts to develop viable models and systems.

The academic world is in transition towards open science and in that respect the library plays a role in stimulating Open Access to scientific publications and the optimal reuse of research data, both being vital for the development of open science.
The European FOSTER (Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research) project develops training and support methods for librarians so that they can raise awareness, give support to the development of infrastructures, and train and support researchers.
The European Open Science Cloud initiative is taking up some of the urgent areas in the academic environment to make Open Science a success, like new reward systems, the assessment of alt metrics, alternative Open Access business models and the conditions for FAIR open data.

In The Netherlands the universities are convinced that Open Access is a realistic proposition for publishers as the current situation, where publicly funded research is not openly accessible, simply cannot continue. Negotiations in 15/16 lead to ‘Prepaid Open Access’ contracts with 11 publishers, 6 of which are ‘the big publishers’. Success factors, amongst others:   a powerful delegation (on university board level), the forming of one block with all universities and clear, strong political support.