INVITATION TO THE LIBER 45th Annual Conference,
Helsinki 2016

The National Library of Finland

Open Science in Finland

The Open Access movement in scientific publishing has been gathering momentum in the European Union and its member states, partly due to the policies of some of its main research funders. In Finland we have also seen strong support for Open Science at all levels both among the academic community and decision-makers. Finnish academic libraries have been active promoters of open access and open science, including seminars, user education and creating repositories. The biggest challenges in the future are legislative – this needs active international co-operation among libraries and library associations. We have also noted that the support of the academic community is important. Libraries have thus been active in networking and policy making in their own home institutions.

The National Library of FinlandHosts of the LIBER 2016 Annual Conference in Helsinki, Finland

The National Library of Finland is the oldest (1640) and largest scholarly library in Finland as well as one of the largest independent institutes at the University of Helsinki. It is responsible for the collection, description, preservation and accessibility of Finland’s printed national heritage and the unique collections under its care. The National Library also serves as a national service and development centre for the library sector and other public sector organisations and promotes national and international co-operation in the field. See more: www.nationallibrary.fi

Helsinki University Library (HULib), the largest multidisciplinary university library in Finland, operates on four campuses and online. The Library is responsible for library services for research and learning at the University of Helsinki, providing efficient access to information sources and increasing the visibility of research publications.

The Finnish Research Library Association (STKS) promotes the role of libraries in research and education. The Association was established in 1929 and has several active working groups and around 700 members. The Association’s main goals and activities are political lobbying, arranging seminars and publishing. Its journal, Signum, has special English-language issues. See more: www.stks.fi/in-english

The Venue

The Helsinki Congress Paasitorni offers a unique historic setting for the 2016 LIBER Annual Conference in Helsinki. The beautiful Art Nouveau building was designed by architect Karl Lindahl, and built in 1908. Granite bedrock carved from the building site was used for its rugged facade. The building served originally as the Helsinki Workers’ House.

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The Open Science and Research Initiative (ATT)

The Open Science and Research Initiative (ATT) aims to raise Finland to the highest level of openness in science and research. Backed by a national open science policy, the initiative strives for better quality, transparency and effectiveness of the research system. The Initiative runs from 2014 to 2017 and is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Finnish libraries are involved in the ATT Initiative in many ways. They have valuable know-how and they provide vital services in such fields as Open Access, metadata, persistent identifiers, etc. They also have strong networks that help to bring together people from different organisations and fields of expertise. A training coordinator, located at the National Library, is building a national Open Science training programme. In addition to training and learning materials for researchers, there will be seminars, meetings and workshops for open science ambassadors who will act as trainers in their own organisations. The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and the National Library have launched a co-operative project with Finnish scientific journals. It aims to build funding and subsidy models that enable switching to Gold Open Access publishing, and improve the technical infrastructure of online publishing. The National Library will create tools for research data metadata management, improve its existing institutional repository platform services and explore models to ensure the preservation of open access materials, etc. Universities and university libraries are participating in the ATT Initiative as well. Projects around the country include those focusing on Open Linked Data creation; marketing of Open Access and improving Green Open Access processes; evaluation of traditional and novel impact indicators; and increasing openness in projects related to innovation and applied research. See more: www.openscience.fi

We are delighted to welcome you to the 2016 LIBER Annual Conference in Helsinki!

For a researcher, open science means a new way of doing things. Libraries want to be there, as they always were, offering services at all stages of the research process and helping the researchers to make the most of their efforts. In the world of openness, libraries have invaluable skills and knowledge that they should be proud of. However, open science is not for science alone. By making information open to everyone, by helping citizens to find, understand and reuse it and by supporting citizens’ science efforts, libraries can make open science benefit the whole society.

The Finnish Library Network

The Finnish Library Network comprises municipal public libraries, research libraries and special libraries. Both public and research libraries are open to everyone and the borrowing of collections is free of charge. Functioning as a network and the regular use of ICT is characteristic. Finnish libraries have kept up with the rapid development of ICT and educational methods, but their original purpose has not changed: to offer access to cultural and information sources for everyone regardless of social or financial standing.

National Library of Finland
University of Helsinki
Suomen Tieteellinen Kirjastoseura