Ex Libris expands its Directors Forum events to the DACH region
Ex Libris expands its Directors Forum events to the DACH market, with directors of leading academic and research libraries from across Germany, Austria and Switzerland attending the debut event in Frankfurt
Ex Libris Director Forums have been running for over 20 years with a growing number of attendees which has expanded its reach to the DACH region
Frankfurt, Germany — November 21, 2019. Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, gathered directors of leading academic and research libraries from across Germany, Austria and Switzerland for an opportunity to learn about new plans from industry organisations, meet and network. The event allowed for library directors to hear from several scholars and academic peers about how they are leading the way by transforming their approach to digital implementations and demonstrating how their deployments made strategic improvements that were central to their growth plans.
Attendees heard from Jeannette Frey, LIBER president who gave a keynote speech about the future of PlanS and how the initiative fits into LIBER’s strategy. Jeannette Frey shared the vision of the research landscape for 2022 and explored its key focus such as Open Access as its main form of publishing. She provided insight into Research Data and how LIBER was making sure it would be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable by all. Digital skills and Research Infrastructure were also on top of the agenda, and finally Cultural Heritage was presented as her concluding point. Ms Jeannette announced that tomorrow’s cultural heritage would be certainly built on today’s digital transformation.
Visitors also listened to Jürgen Christof, Executive Director of the University Library of the Technical University of Berlin (TU) who explained how the library visualised the added value of Alma and how it played an important in the decision to license Leganto. Jürgen Küssow, Deputy Director, SLSP (Swiss Library Service Platform) presented how the Swiss academic libraries are looking to the future and how the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP) expands its reach more than any other library network.
Sarah Richardson, group editor, and Inga Vesper, correspondent editor from Research Professional, shared the future of research in Europe and how the uncertainties of a changing world can affect it. Sarah Richardson looked at the state of play of the EU R&D budget for 2020 and looked ahead to 2027. Plan S and Brexit was an important topic as both have big implications on research collaboration. The presenters went on to explore the outlook for the German, Austrian and Swiss research and higher education sectors.
The day was concluded with a brainstorm and breakout session, hosted by Ex Libris, where attendees discussed what they needed to allow for their own technological transformation.
Ex Libris Director Days are an annual recurring event that take place in different countries across Europe. Presentations from the event can be found on their dedicated website www.exlibrisevents.com where information for future events is also shared.
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