Monthly Archives: March 2012

European Conference on Information Literacy

For this post we are collecting the information from European Conference on Information Literacy web page.

The European Conference on Information Literacy (or ECIL), organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University and Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University, will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 23-25 October 2013. It is an annual international conference held in Europe.

Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning being the main theme, ECIL aims to bring together researchers, information professionals, educators, policy makers, employers and all other related parties from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss current issues, recent developments, standards, techniques, challenges, theories, and good practices.

Registration starts on 1st May. If you want to know more, visit its web page or the contact tag.

Daughters of Prague

Citizens and visitors of Prague can view an exhibition “Prague and daughters of Prague” in the City of Prague Museum. The exhibition shows the history of Prague from the prehistoric times to the half of the 20th century how it was perceived by women. Topics are women, gender, distinguished women etc. Discussions and reading are associated actions.

In connection and partnership with this exhibition, the Municipal Library in Prague prepared a project of e-library called “Daughters of Prague”. Municipal Library offers digitized versions of woman literature from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries in its collection. E-books are freely available. The WWW page is accessible on

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

The Nordic Library Conference 2012

For this post we are collecting the information from The Nordic Library Conference web page. This year the Conference takes place in Oslo, Norway on the 14th & the 15th of May, hosted by The National Library of Norway. The theme is “Culture, Inclusion and Participation”.

Participants from the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe are invited to Oslo for two days of inspiration, best practice and networking.

The Conference is an initiative from the Nordic Best Practice network. The purpose of the network is to promote new projects and partnerships within the field of multicultural library services.

The Conference is within the framework of Norway’s chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2012, and also a continuation of the Future Library, which was held in Finland in October 2011 (under the Finnish chairmanship).

To get more information about registration process, program, speakers and call for papers consult  its web page.

“You do like reading…” Campaign

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain has launched in Internet a new reading promotion and awareness-raising campaign for youth as part of the National Reading Promotion Plan.

This campaign is focused on teenagers aged 14 – 18 years old, who are in a critical personal development phase in which their reading habits may decrease. At the same time, the campaign wants to promote reading habits in the framework of the generalised use of the InfomationTechnologies.

The slogan is “You do like reading (but maybe you don’t know it yet)”. The message is attractive and positive both in its design and its content. The main idea is that youth actually read more than they think, mainly when they use the Information Technologies.

The web site of the campaign includes, in addition to a lot of links to portals, virtual libraries and blogs of their interest, a reading game in which the user chooses the steps to move forward in an adventure, and he may even win an e-Reader.

Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport

Summary of news in the Sister Libraries Programme

This week in Sister Libraries Blog, Aleksandra, Director of Library in Piekary Śląskie, told us a little bit about the first experiencies with their sister libraries. Read more about their beginnings here.

IFLA’s 2012 Metropolitan Libraries Conference

For this post we are collecting the information from metlib2012. IFLA’s 2012 Metropolitan Libraries Conference will take place between Sunday 20th and Friday 25th May 2012 in Barcelona.

Under the heading “The Never-ending story: adapting public libraries in an ever-changing society”, two topics will be the starting point for debate, first, related to professionals profiles and, second, how to manage in difficult times.

It’s already possible to register for the conference and to consult the provisional agenda on his page.

The Library Day in the Life Project

The Library Day in the Life Project is a semi-annual event coordinated by Bobbi Newman. She is also a coordinator of a newly launched project This is What a Librarian Looks Like. Twice a year librarians, library staff and also LIS student from all over the globe are invited to share a day (or week) in the library. January 30th through February 5th 2012 more than 360 librarians from the United States of America, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Serbia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Israel, Mongolia, Singapore and New Zealand participated in the Round 8.

Also 30 Latvian librarians and LIS students participated in this project. They represented twenty public, one academic, one school and one institutional library. Three social media were used to describe their day in the library –Twitter, Blogger and social network (‘For Friends’).

Dace Udre
New Professionals Section
Library Association of Latvia

Summary of news in the Sister Libraries Programme

We had three novelties on the blog during the previous week. Firstly, Marines Library “Josefina Escrig” from Spain has sent some pictures of its facilities so that we know them a little better.

Secondly, Krapina Public Library from Croatia has sent a piece of information about the first experiences with its sister libraries, consisting of providing information about the town of Krapina, its history and monuments of culture for library users in Tielt-Winge (Belgium) and Sant Joan de Vilatorrada (Spain).

Finally, there is a new sistership in the Programme between Gustavo Pinto Lopes Public Library, in Torres Novas, Portugal, and Ciudad Real State Public Library from Spain. They will work together in areas such reading promotion, volunteer work, local history and digital resources. Personal contacts, between the staff through technical visits to both premises, are also accorded.

You can check all this information at Sister Libraries Blog.

Cycling for Libraries

We reproduce this message sent to IFLA-L list:

“Dearest all,

I’m delighted to announce the dates for the next Cycling for libraries  – unconference: we will start from beautiful Vilnius, Lithuania on 28th of July, and arrive in exciting Tallinn, Estonia on 7th of August, 2012.

This unique bicycling unconference will lead our mobile thinktank of 100 international librarians and librarylovers through Riga and Tartu, via two magnificient national parks, and many fascinating library-destinations. We would like to have you with us, so mark your calendars. The registration opens in early Spring. And please spread the word.

This radical event is PowerPoint-free. Instead, the concept is built on meaningful and personal encounters with colleagues, workshopping, challenging debates, library visits, innovative programme, contemplation in movement, fresh outdoors and memories that last a lifetime. And bicycling, of course. 600 kilometers of it.

We are organizing Cycling for libraries as an independent, loose and informal network of enthusiast. Last year we bicycled from Copenhagen to Berlin with a group of 80 participants from a dozen countries, and if you haven’t heard about it already (helloes to all of you who have!), you can see some of the stories by watching our half-an-hour documentary movie, our 3 minute daily videos from the event, thousands of photos, and a wide variety of professional and popular media and reports from people who participated. Just google for “cycling for libraries”, find us on Facebook and Twitter (#cyc4lib), or simply ask me.

If you are coming to IFLA 2012 in Helsinki 11th-17th August (and don’t miss IFLAcamp), this is how to arrive in style!


Master pathfinders Mace Ojala from Turku City Library, and Jukka Pennanen from National Library of Finland”

Spanish Blog: “Intercultural and Accesible Libraries”

This time we are informing you of the creation of a new Spanish blog, Bibliotecas Interculturales y Accesibles (Intercultural and Accesible Libraries).

The blog, in Spanish, aims to be a useful tool for librarians, gathering and disseminating not only the work of the Group itself, but all types of resources, documents, papers, conferences, etc. regarding these two themes.

Logo Consejo de Cooperación BibliotecariaIt is created and written by the Working Group of Interculturalism and Accesibility in Libraries, that belongs to the Spanish Council for Library Cooperation. You can read more about its objectives in the links aforementioned (translated into English).

Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport