Monthly Archives: January 2012

2nd International Congress “Young People of Today in the Modern Library”

The 2nd International Congress took place at the Russian State Library for Young Adults in October 2011. It has gathered more than 200 participants from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden. The participants have discussed actual problems of library service and effective ways to improve young people’s attention to library as a centre of intellectual and personal development. Besides traditional report sessions, polemic and thematic meetings, there were less formal, memorable events at the Congress.

One of them was the presentation of the international relay project “Book Dragon”. This idea was provided last year when employees of the Russian State Library for Young Adults visited Stockholm public library PUNKTMedis. There they saw a funny “Book Worm” which was 14 meters long and was knitted by the library visitors.

Here he is himself, 20 meters long and amorously created by the library staff and the members of the Needlework Club “Palette”.

Another informal event of the Congress was the on-line meeting with our colleagues from the Sello Library, which is situated in a huge shopping centre in Espoo, Finland.

The topic for the meeting was: young adults as an object of special attention. The participants of the Congress and their Finnish colleagues were trying to create an “ideal model” of the library for young adults. Both of them were presenting their libraries and sharing the experience of working with young adults.

All the participants admitted that this on-line meeting was successful and very useful for everyone and it would be excellent to organize these less formal events in future for learning more about each other and exchanging working experience.

Maria Evseeva
International Relations Department
Russian State Library for Young Adults 

Third Sister Libraries!

New good news another time! There is a new pair of sister libraries on the Programme: Krapina Public Library from Croatia and her second sister Tielt-Winge Library from Belgium!

Second Sister Libraries!

Public Library of Valença from Portugal and Piran Civic Library from Slovenia have decided to accomplish a sister partnership. They have become the second sister libraries on the Programme.

Good luck and we are waiting for the next ones!

First Sister Libraries!!!

Croatian Krapina Public Library from Krapina city and Spanish Biblioteca Cal Gallifa from Sant Joan de Vilatorrada city have decided to become sister libraries!

They are the first match on NAPLE  Sister Libraries Programme, who would like to be the next ones?

The new framework of the Czech libraries development

The Conception of the Czech Libraries for the Years 2011-2015 was approved by the Czech government in the session January 11th. The strategic ground of this material is Cultural Policy for the Czech Republic (2009 – 2014) and “EUROPE 2020, a European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”.

Some interim aims answer the main initiatives of the concept:

  • Vision and priorities:
    • library services without barriers, quick and prompt library services, 24 hours, 7 days a week by virtue of digital technology, and online accessibility of library funds and digitization;
    •  comfortable and neutral place for study and free time;
    • skilled and adequate paid librarians.
  • The Conception gives consideration to library effectiveness. The SWOT analysis makes the part of material.
  • The Concept itself defines these areas:
    • a digitization of library collections, protection of cultural heritage,
    • an access to information resources and services,
    • a support of education and reading literacy,
    • equal access to library services,
    • quality, effectiveness and marketing of library services,
    • development of human sources.

The document of the Conception of the Czech Libraries for the Years 2011-2015, including the internetization of Libraries, is available here.

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

EDGE International Public Libraries Conference 2012


Please join us in Edinburgh on 1st and 2nd March for EDGE 2012. Find out how we are building new library hubs! Finalists for UK Public Sector digital awards and winners of Libraries change Lives award for Prison work, Children in Care and youth work.

Hear fabulous speakers from Italy, New York and Chicago. Not to be missed!

I am sending you the link to the awards submission page and of course the bookings section (all best viewed in Mozilla).

Liz McGettigan
Libraries and Information Services Manager
The City of Edinburgh Council

New Portuguese Public Library in Sister Libraries Programme

Lousada Municipal Library has submitted its form to the Naple Sister Libraries Programme.  If you want to know more, you can see it in the tag “Libraries” at the website.

Naple Blog: Call for submissions

We wish to inform you that from now on NAPLE (National Authorities on Public libraries in Europe) Blog welcomes external contributions to NAPLE Blog:

Be welcome to send news (projects, conferences, etc.) related to public libraries in any European country, even if the country is not a member of NAPLE. The blog aims to be a tool to gather updated information on European public libraries.

Please send any posts you wish to contribute with to Some guidelines:

  • Always include the source or author
  • Images and links are welcome

NAPLE  Secretariat

New libraries at Naple Sister Libraries Programme

Three new Polish libraries have submitted their forms to the Naple Sister Libraries Programme. They are the Public Library in Aleksandrow, the Municipal Public Library in Piekary Slaskie and the Chrzanów Public Library.  If you want to know more about them, you can check their forms here.