What is the likely shape of the library of the Future?
And how do we build collections for it?
One for all and all for one:
the opportunities and challenges bringing libraries and publishers together
May 2-4, 2023
Odelya Conference Centre and Hotel
Missionsstrasse 21
4055 Basel, Switzerland
Registration and Programme
A collaboration between the University Library Basel, Casalini Libri and Charleston Hub, the 23rd edition of the Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series will be held in person in Basel, Switzerland, from the afternoon of Tuesday May 2nd, 2023, ending the morning of Thursday May 4th.

Host 2023

As the oldest university in Switzerland, the University of Basel has a fascinating history of teaching and research going back over 550 years. The university opened with a Mass held at Basel Minster on 4 April 1460. It has undergone dynamic development ever since its inception.

Conference Location

The conference will take place at the Odelya Conference Centre and Hotel, in inner-city Basel, near the Botanical Garden and the University.
Basel likes to call itself the cultural capital of Switzerland, and is proud of its rich history in book printing, paper making, publishing, humanism and libraries, which goes back to the 15th century. The old town offers an intact picture with narrow alleyways, hidden squares and eye-catching sights such as the Town Hall or the Cathedral. In the 21st century the main driver of the economy and research are life sciences and biomedicine, which give rise to large chemical and pharmaceutical industries.



All participants must be registered. Click here to register.

Registration fee

The registration fee includes: in-person attendance, lunches (2nd-4th May), the cocktail reception (2nd May) and conference dinner (3rd May). Participants should arrange accommodation separately; please refer to the Practical Information section for our recommendation and details of a special offer available until March 31st, 2023.

Preliminary Programme

Last update: January 25, 2023
All times are in Eastern European Time (UTC+1)

Tuesday, May 2

 Basel University Library
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Odelya Conference Centre and Hotel
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Light Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration Open
1:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction
  • Rebecca Lenzini
    The Charleston Company, USA
    Rebecca Lenzini is President of The Charleston Company which publishes The Charleston Advisor and The Charleston Report, and is cosponsor/cofounder of the Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series. She began her career in libraries in the Serials Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was Vice President and Director of The Faxon Company's Academic Division. Following her tenure at Faxon, Rebecca served as President of CARL Corporation (Denver, CO) and was one of the founders of UnCover, the original article retrieval and document delivery service which is now part of Ingenta. She is a former member of the Editorial Board of Serials, the official publication of the UKSG. Rebecca currently splits her time between Denver, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico.
  • Michele Casalini
    Casalini Libri, Italy
    Michele Casalini is CEO of the family-run company Casalini Libri, which supplies bibliographical data, books and journals to libraries, and offers e-content through the Torrossa platform, thanks to its dedicated Digital Division. Following studies in Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Florence, and a period working with the publishing company La Nuova Italia, Michele specialised in the field of Information Technology and Management. He has been active member in standardization processes such as the definition of EDIFACT for the book sector and the translation of RDA into Italian. Member of several professional associations, Michele attends conferences, consultations and debates, liasing personally both with libraries and publishers. Among his recent interests is the digital transition and the current situation of HSS academic publishing, in particular the potential risks of marginalisation facing these subject areas, and analysis of collaborative measures that can contribute to preserving cultural heritage for the future. In May 2019 Michele accepted from the University of Florence an honorary degree celebrating his dedication and contribution to the field of Library and Information Science, the very first bestowal of the honour in question for merit in modern librarianship by an Italian university.
  • Leah Hinds
    Charleston Hub, USA
1:05 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Conference Opening
  • Alice Keller
    Director of University Library Basel, Switzerland
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Opening Keynote
  • Liz Marchant
    Taylor and Francis, Global Portfolio Director, Life, Earth & Environmental Science Journals at Taylor & Francis Group, UK
    Onwards and upwards, enhancing access to knowledge through content innovation
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Session One
Better Connected Than Lost
Scholarly communication is the connection and/or linking of authors, data, materials, languages, objects or libraries and publishers, etc., etc. This is of great interest and high importance to improve the efficiency of collaboration and to create networks for analysis or cooperation. We are used to talking primarily about the technology of connecting and/or networking. We better explain why we like to connect and link. Why do we act this way in the following areas? Better connected than lost in the flood of information is the topic of this session.
  • Convener

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz
    Director (off duty) of the Library of Humboldt University, Germany
  • Thomas Marty
    Director of SLSP AG (Swiss Library Service Platform), Switzerland
    Linking languages - Multilingual approaches to library services
  • Martin Reisacher
    University Library Basel, Switzerland
    Connect image and text with metadata and strong relationship to IIIF
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Break
Sponsored by Access Innovations
  • Tiziana Possemato
    @Cult and Casalini Libri, Italy
    Linking entities for connecting content - Facilities of LoD
  • Julien Roche
    University Librarian and Director of the Libraries, University Lille, France; LIBER President
    Better connecting Europe through Open Science, vision and role of LIBER
  • Dr. Rafael Ball
    Director ETH Libraries and Collections, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Early Career Researcher and Scholarly Communication: Publication Pressure, Open Access and How can Libraries Support?
  • Gwen Evans
    Vice President Global Library Relations, Elsevier, Columbus (Ohio), USA
    Mutual creation of quality in the scholarly communication ecosystem
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Wiley

Wednesday, May 3

 Odelya Conference Centre and Hotel
9:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
Session Two
Enabling Open Access in the Humanities
Discussions about the transformation of funding models tends to assume that the STM model both the old one and the new one based on article publishing can be applied with some small adaptations to the very different culture of the humanities without attempts to understand the presumptions of the scholars themselves, the fact that long form publishing in most disciplines is seen as the norm, and that there is a lot less money available. The speakers including librarians and publishers have been asked not to ignore the wider context and have been asked to consider whether the demand for openness is as strong as it is in the sciences, how the other outputs of scholars such as journal articles are regarded and how publications in general fit in with the different emphases of digital humanities.
  • Convener

    Anthony Watkinson
    Principal Consultant at CIBER Research, UK
  • Niels Stern
    Director of OAPEN, The Hague, The Netherlands; Co-Director of DOAB
    The role of research funders in driving the transition to open access books
  • Charles Watkinson
    Associate University Librarian for Publishing University of Michigan and Director, University of Michigan Press, USA; President, Association of University Presses
    Perverse incentives
  • Emily Poznanski
    Director Central European University Press, Budapest, Hungary
    Allowing for entrepreneurship with open access books as a case study
  • Christina Lembrecht
    Senior Manager Open Access Partnerships DeGruyter, Berlin, Germany
    The current structure of the OA book landscape as reflected in a publisher portfolio
10:25 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Sponsored by IOP Publishing
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Panel Discussion
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Session Three
Technology development of publishing
The march of technology is relentless and changes can feel incredibly fast (and unexpected). But if we pay attention to the edges of technology, we can occasionally glimpse where things may be headed. What does that look like in 2023? What are the currently emerging technologies that may become central to library and publishing systems and operations later? How do we know when a technology is ready to be engaged with, as opposed to simply watching it evolve? For example, have you heard of the fediverse, AI, chatbots, metaverse, NFTs? This session will feature a survey of interesting new technologies and will attempt to make practical suggestions about how to approach them over the next 3-5 years.
  • Convener

    Ann Okerson
    Consultant, Center for Research Libraries, USA
  • Jason Griffey
    Director of Strategic Initiatives, NISO - National Information Standards Organization, USA
    The relentless march of technologies and where they take us
  • Anja Smit
    Director of DANS (Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data) and NWO (Dutch Research Council), The Netherlands
    New frontiers in Research Data in the SSH domain
  • Anita de Waard
    Vice President, Research Collaborations, Elsevier, The Netherlands
    Of Artificial Intelligence, Chatbots, Researchers, Publishers and Librarians
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Break
Sponsored by Access Innovations
  • James Shulman
    Vice President, ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies)
    The humanities in a rapidly changing technology environment
 Safran Zunft Restaurant
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sponsored by EBSCO

Thursday, May 4

 Odelya Conference Centre and Hotel
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Session Four
Perspective and practises of the APC model
After many years of «big deals» between libraries and most of the publishers, APCs are now a key discussion point for the wide dissemination of scientific publications. New business models are emerging, which are crucially linked to APCs like freemium, publish and read etc. leading in some countries to so-called transformative agreements. The presentations will propose different perspectives: The five-years policy for monitoring APCs at INRIA, a prospective vision for APCs of a major commercial publisher, the opportunities and risks of transformative agreements, a study led at a national level presenting the evolution of journal subscriptions and APCs over more than a decade in France. Finally the conclusions and results of these presentations will be discussed by the speakers and the audience.
  • Convener

    Julien Roche
    University Librarian and Director of the Libraries, University Lille, France; LIBER President
  • Laurent Romary
    Researcher and Head of Culture and Scientific Information, INRIA, France
    Monitoring an APC policy, lessons learned and perspective after 5 years
  • Carrie Webster
    VP Open Access, Springer, Germany
    The future of APCs, a SpringerNature perspective
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Degkwitz
    Director (off duty) of the Library of Humboldt University, Germany
    Opportunities and risks of transformation agreements
  • Maurits van den Graaf
    Consultant, Pleiade, the Netherlands
    A retrospective and prospective study of the evolution of APC costs for French institutions. 2013-2030
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Panel Discussion
  • Moderator

    Cécile Swiatek
    University Librarian and Library Director, University of Nanterre, France
12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
  • Pep Torn
    Library Director, European University Institute Library, Fiesole, Italy
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Light Lunch
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Optional Excursions
Paid Separately

Practical Information


Odelya Conference Centre and Hotel

  • Single room: 144 CHF + city tax (4 CHF) per night including breakfast
  • Double room: 184 CHF + city tax (4 CHF) per night including breakfast
This special offer is guaranteed through March 31st, 2023.
For reservations based on current price and availability please contact hotel@odelya.ch or call +41 61 260 21 21 and mention "Fiesole Retreat".

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