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Liber 2010

Keynotes abstracts and biographies

Day 1

Mai Buch (DEFF, Denmark): Re-inventing the Library – the Danish Way

Denmark's Electronic Research Library (DEFF in Danish) is a co-operative organisation for Danish research and education libraries. DEFF was launched in 1998 and after a 5-year project period, DEFF became a permanent item on the Danish Finance Act - its funding shared by three ministries; the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation respectively.

During this 12-year period DEFF has been the framework for the digital development of the participating libraries. DEFF activities include, but are not limited to, acquisition of licensed electronic resources, development of search and delivery systems, implementation of institutional repositories and international co-operation.

From January 1st 2009 DEFF serves the libraries in the upper secondary schools, adult education centres, social and health schools, university colleges and universities as well. This means that most of the future Danish workforce will grow up with access to digital knowledge and will develop skills to handle that knowledge. This is unique and provides exceptional conditions for the support of Danish economic growth after the end of the recession. The new Government Bill is named “Denmark 2020, Knowledge > Growth > Prosperity > Welfare”, and DEFF intends to support this goal with a new strategic framework.

Mai BuchMai Buch is chairman of the steering committee of Denmark's Electronic Research Library. She is CEO and founder of Competencehouse - an IT-company developing web-tools supporting human resource processes. Mai is educated as an operational researcher at the Technical University of Denmark and started her career as an associate professor here. Later on she became CFO at The Royal Danish Theatre and Director at Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Mai is also Chairman of the board at The IT-Incubator 5th and chairman of the board at House of Contemporary Dance.

Clifford Lynch (Coalition for Networked Information, USA): The Future Arrives: Scholarly Practice, Scholarly Communication and the Roles of Libraries

We are seeing enormous changes in scholarly practice in all disciplines. This includes an expansion of the kinds of evidence that scholars use, the ways in which they pursue scholarly inquiry, and the ways in which they document and communicate the results of their work. I will survey some of these changes in the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences, and use these as a point of departure in sketching ways in which research libraries must evolve to keep pace with developing practices in the scholarly communities.

Clifford LynchClifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997.  CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information.  He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.  Lynch serves on the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress, Microsoft’s Technical Computing Science Advisory Board, the board of the New Media Consorium, and the Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access; he was a member of the National Research Council committees that published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Infrastructure and Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits.

Heather Morrison (Simon Fraser University, Canada): The role of the research library in an emerging global public sphere

Almost every aspect of our lives – business to pollution – now extends beyond national borders.  Many of the really big issues of our times, engaging many people around the world, including scholars, are global in scope, such as figuring out how to resolve global warming, or finding new approaches to economics that will bring us not only prosperity, but also sustainability and stability.  This session will argue that we are beginning to see signs of a much-needed emerging global public sphere, and explore the key role of the research library, working locally at each organization and globally through networks such as LIBER, SPARC, and OAI, in founding and supporting a global public sphere of knowledge that is freely accessible to all – and some practical tips on how to get from here to there.

Heather MorrisonHeather Morrison is a well-known open access advocate, Project Coordinator at BC Electronic Library Network, author of Scholarly Communication for Librarians and the scholarly blog, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, and a PhD Student at Simon Fraser University School of Communication.

Day 2

Jon Orwant (Google, USA): Deriving the library from first principles

Every year, people are able to access more information via their computers, and therefore from offices, homes, and cafes.  What role does this leave for physical library buildings (public, university, and research) in the future?  In this talk I'll give my perspective -- as a Google engineer, not a librarian -- about some ways in which library buildings might evolve.

Jon OrwantJon Orwant is the Engineering Manager for Google Books, Magazines, and Patents.  He's the author or co-author of several books on programming, including the bestselling Programming Perl, and published an independent computer magazine.  Before joining Google he was the CTO of O'Reilly & Associates and Director of Research for France Telecom.

Lee Dirks (Microsoft, USA): The next generation scholarly communication ecosystem: implications for librarians

We are finally starting to see the early signs of transformation in the scholarly publishing.  The innovations we’ve been expecting for years are slowly being adopted, but we can definitely expect the pace of change will pick up greater speed in the coming 3-5 years.  Is our profession moving fast enough to stay ahead of the curve…or are we going to be struggling to keep up?  With the advent of the data deluge, all XML workflows, the semantic web, cloud services and increasingly intelligent mobile devices – what are the implications for libraries, archivists, publishers, scholarly societies as well as individual researchers and scholars?  The opportunities are many – but capitalizing on this ever-evolving landscape will require significant changes to our field, changes that we are not currently well-positioned to enact at present.  This talk will map the current scholarly communication landscape – highlighting recent exciting developments, and will focus on the repercussions and some specific recommendations for the broader field of information management.

Lee DirksLee Dirks is the Director of Education & Scholarly Communications ( in Microsoft’s External Research division (, where he manages a variety of research programs related to open access to research data, interoperability of archives and repositories, preservation of digital information as well as the application of new technologies to facilitate teaching and learning in higher education.  A 20+ year veteran across multiple information management fields, Lee holds an M.L.S. degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as well as a post-master’s degree in Preservation Administration from Columbia University. In addition to past positions at Columbia and with OCLC (Preservation Resources), Lee has held a variety of roles at Microsoft since joining the company in 1996 - namely as the corporate archivist, then corporate librarian, and as a senior manager in the corporate market research organization. During his career, his team's work on the http://library intranet site at Microsoft was recognized as a "Center of Excellence Award for Technology" in 2003 by the Special Library Association's (SLA) Business & Finance Division. Additionally, Lee was presented the 2006 Microsoft Marketing Excellence Award by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer – for a marketing & engineering partnership around a breakthrough market opportunity analysis process which is now a standard operating procedure across Microsoft.  In addition to participation on several (US) National Science Foundation ( task forces, Lee also teaches as adjunct faculty at the iSchool at the University of Washington, and serves on the advisory boards for the University of Washington Libraries (, the UW iSchool's Master of Science in Information Science (MSIM) program (, and the Metadata Research Center (MRC) ( at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC—Chapel Hill (

Day 3

Brian Lavoie (OCLC, USA): Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-term Access to Digital Information

In this presentation, OCLC research scientist Brian Lavoie will talk about the economic challenges of long-term digital preservation, based on the work of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, which he co-chaired. Brian will discuss the findings and conclusions from the Task Force’s final report Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet, and offer some perspective on what European libraries can do in both the short-term and long-term to implement the report’s recommendations.

Brian LavoieBrian Lavoie is a Research Scientist in the Research Division at OCLC. Since joining OCLC in 1996, Brian has worked in a variety of areas, including bibliographic control, analysis of library collections, models and frameworks for library service provision, digital preservation, and analysis of the structure and content of the Web. Brian is a co-founder of the award-winning PREMIS preservation metadata working group, and currently serves on the PREMIS Editorial Committee. He also co-chaired the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access. He holds a doctorate in agricultural economics.