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LIBER and OCLC launch multi-year engagement programme to help build capacity in forward-looking research libraries -

LIBER and OCLC have announced the launch of a multi-year engagement programme based on LIBER’s 2023-2027 strategy, which presents a vision for the future of research libraries. The series of discussions will collectively examine, explore, and ideate around rapidly evolving technologies, a drive for open content, and the imperative of supporting rights and values.

The 2023-2024 edition of the series, Building for the future: Opportunities and responsibilities for state-of-the-art services, will focus on the second component of LIBER’s strategy—“By 2027, research libraries will provide forward-looking, state-of-the-art services for collections, publishing, and curation of information and (meta-)data. These services will be relevant to and tailored for user groups inside and outside academia.”

Open to LIBER Members and OCLC Research Library Partnership affiliates—along with the broader research library community—the first discussion series will run from October 2023 through June 2024. The conversations will focus on the opportunities for strategic library collaboration around three topical areas—research data management; data-driven decision-making; AI, machine learning, and data science.

Participants are expected to gain a clearer understanding of the leadership role the library can play in exploring and providing these services, increased insights around collaboration and its role in developing and offering innovative services, and more confidence in discussing the opportunities and responsibilities around these types of services. It is expected that participants will leave with ideas for how to build capacity on state-of-the-art offerings at their libraries through staff upskilling and cross-institutional collaboration.

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