3rd Leibniz Licensing Day in Berlin was a success

Participants discussed the challenges of digital information provision

On 7 May 2018, 48 participants from 41 Leibniz institutions gathered at the office of the Leibniz Association in Berlin for the 3rd Leibniz License Day. At the event, questions from everyday licensing issues were discussed and the participants were able to inform themselves about current developments on the information market.

This license day took place for the third time and was organised and designed by the three central specialist libraries - the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) and the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) - in cooperation with the Working Group Libraries.

In addition to the legal framework and current nationwide library projects, the first part of the event presented and critically questioned the "Resource Access 21" initiative. The second block of events dealt with new licensing offers for Leibniz institutions, which contain various Open Access elements. In order to identify further possible fields of action for Open Access contracts, a survey will soon be conducted on the number of licences held by Leibniz institutions, which will be compared with the respective publication output.

Finally, there was room for discussion at three different thematic tables, which dealt with the scope for negotiation, the current diversity of Open Access and the associated challenges, and the application of the new copyright law in library practice.

It became clear at the event that in an increasingly complex library environment there is a great need for information and discussion, especially among librarians at non-university research institutions, which goes far beyond concrete everyday issues. The Leibniz Licensing Day sees itself as a forum for such questions and will be continued next year due to the positive response.