5th Leibniz License Day – as first virtual special edition a thorough success

More than 80 participants tuned in to hear about the next stage of the Open Access Transformation

Berlin is the place where the Leibniz license day takes place every year in May. Due to this year’s special circumstances, librarians from Leibniz institutions did not travel to the capital, but joined the web conference from across the country on 7 May 2020.

For the first time the event took place virtually -- in a compact form. It was very well received with continuously over 80 participants during the two hours. Compared to the on-site events twice as many people participated in this new format now.

The 5th Leibniz License Day focused on the next stage of the transformation to Open Access. Publisher Springer Nature presented its view of DEAL, and gave insights into and prospects of its own Open Access Strategy 2021. After that talk there was room for an internal discussion in which the participants could share information and ask specific questions.

Once again, this year’s Leibniz License Day was planned and organised by the three German National Libraries, TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, and ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences, in cooperation with the Libraries Working Group.

The organisers received a lot of very positive feedback from the participants immediately after the web conference and afterwards. The in-depth evaluation of the results in the weeks to follow has shown that there is a need for librarians to share their thoughts and ideas on current topics and the  transformation processes –  especially  in times like this. Virtual alternatives are a good way to keep in touch and to discuss issues. The three German National Libraries are therefore planning to expand this format further. In the future, there could be held virtual workshops in addition to the annual meeting – with the aim of providing information about the latest developments and licensing offers, intensifying dialogue with librarians, and creating a platform for discussions.