Published June 22, 2020 | Version v1
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LIBER Open Science Training Methods and Practices Across European Research Libraries - Survey Analysis

  • 1. ADBU
  • 2. Glucksman Library, University of Limerick
  • 3. ZBW - Leibniz-Information Centre for Economics
  • 4. University Library of Limoges
  • 5. Leibniz Information Center for Science & Technology
  • 6. Taylore Institution and Oriental Institute Libraries
  • 7. French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • 8. TU Delft


Open science skills training programmes' strategies, methods and impact are at the heart of LIBER's Digital skills for library staff and researchers working group (2018-2020) field of activity.

This document is the analysis of a selected panel of case-studies across European Research Libraries, that includes crucial information shared by the respondents about  establishing an Open Science training programme in a higher education and research institution with the library: 

  • the main challenges
  • key messages for success
  • how to get started. 

The case reviews and the questionnaire used for this analysis are openly accessible.

By reviewing the literature, going through competency frameworks and exploring available learning resources which focused on Open Science and Digital skills, the authors of the analysis produced an Open Science skills visualisation that provides structure and context by categorising the skills. The visualisation is licensed CC BY for reuse, and can be downloaded from Zenodo.

The short selection of useful references included in the document is taken from the general library created by the authors.

About the authors

The advance of Open Science has meant a reinvention of models, ways of working and techniques in a rapidly changing digital world. Open Science skills for both research librarians and researchers are at the center of all evolutions towards openness and digital skills sets and training programmes are needed to support a more open and transparent research life cycle.

This analysis was written by Cécile Swiatek, Ciara McCaffrey, Thorsten Meyer, Anna Svenbro, Anna Wojciechowska, Karin Clavel, Helene Brinken, Frank Egerton, but couldn't exist without a collaborative work that included the active participation of Camilla Gillén, Nathalie Marcerou-Ramel, Marielle Prevoo, Clara Riera Quintero and Birgit Schmidt, all members of LIBER's Digital Skills for Library Staff and Researchers Working Group (2018-2020), which aimed to spread a more open culture and to position libraries as key partners in skills training for the complex and forward-thinking concept of Open Science.



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