LIBER and ADBU sign Memorandum of Understanding

    A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between LIBER and ADBU (Association des directeurs et personnels de direction des bibliothèques universitaires et de la documentation) has recently been approved. The MoU was signed off during LIBER’s Executive Board Meeting on the 11th of February 2021 and by ADBU’s Board on the 18th.

    This new MoU will enable ADBU and LIBER to work together on joint projects in the library and research sectors. Moreover, it is a result of LIBER’s wishes to reinforce connections with national library networks and to further add value for its member libraries.

    Astrid Verheusen, Executive Director of LIBER, had the following to say about this new development: “We are very pleased to be able to work with ADBU to strengthen our connections with research libraries both in France and beyond. Added to that, the MoU will allow us increased opportunities to work together on new projects relevant to our audiences. It is no doubt an important strategic collaboration for both LIBER and ADBU.”

    Marc Martinez, President of ADBU, expressed his approval of the new partnership with LIBER: “We welcome the opportunity to strengthen our commitment with LIBER. This MoU formalises the existing relationship between the two associations and allows us to build a more ambitious strategy. We are looking forward to working together on the joint study and more projects in the future.


    The first project as part of this MoU will be a joint study titled, “Science and Knowledge Openness – Developing Open Science Skills and Competencies in the Academic World”.

    The objectives of the study will be to:

    • Determine the competencies necessary for the development of Open Science in Europe;
    • Benchmark current strategies, leadership, and progress in developing the skills needed to implement effective Open Science practices in higher education and research institutions and scientific networks in Europe;
    • Propose prospective recommendations in terms of the methods, actors, and content for the development of Open Science skills in the academic and research professions;
    • Propose recommendations in terms of Human Capital and Talent Management to accelerate the implementation of Open Science policies and practices in higher education, research institutions and scientific networks in Europe;
    • Present key indicators of comparative performance and trend indicators across countries.