Monthly Archives: September 2012

Two weeks for the Europeana Conference/ VI Congreso Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas

See you all soon in Burgos, Spain!!

Just two weeks for the start of the conference, don’t forget to register here

We will have the chance to listen to the interesting reflections of Professor Arsuaga. Next, we will start the sessions with a necessary debate on the future of public libraries in the 21st century with Roger E. Levien and Javier Celaya.

 We would like you to actively participate in this debate, that will open this new edition of the Public Libraries National Conference of Spain, this time organised as a Joint Event with Europeana. It will have an important presence of Spanish and international professionals as Kristiina Hormia, from the National Library of Finland on the Finnish Digital Library ; Rob Davies, Ad Pollé and Jon Purday, who will be speaking of different Europeana projectsJeffrey A. Rubin on Louisiana Digital Library and Martin Palmer on e-books in public libraries.

 Three round tables will include a wide range of topics to debate. This debate will be encouraged by leading professionals and also by you, through your collaboration in social networks.

 The impact of the digital environment in library services. Moderated by Nieves González

  Libraries andtheir communitiesin the digital era.  Moderated by Fernando Juárez

 Cooperation with Archives, Museums,Audiovisual Institutions and otherOrganisations inDigital Projects.Moderated by Javier Álvarez

 And also:

Communications and videos that we expect to be of interest to everyone

 We will also have the opportunity to know the city, with visits to   

Museum of Human Evolution, the new State Public Library in Burgos, the Network of Municipal Libraries of Burgos, the University of Burgos Library, the Cathedral, the Cartuja de Miraflores and the Monasterio de las Huelgas , among others.

 Please visit our website, which includes all this information and the programme at:

 Follow us on Twitter at @VICNBP. The hashtag for the Conference is #VICNBP


VI Congreso Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas / Europeana Conference
Secretaría Técnica del Congreso
Subdirección General de Coordinación Bibliotecaria
Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
Plaza del Rey 1, planta 0
28071 MADRID

Lithuanian public libraries: preserving, creating, cooperating

In August prior to the World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, Lithuanian port Klaipėda has hosted a satellite conference “Libraries in Networks: Creating, Participating, Co-operating“.  For this occasion a booklet “Lithuanian public libraries: preserving, creating, cooperating” in English has been produced and published online –

It was composed by the County Public Libraries Association in cooperation with Lithuanian Librarians’ Association in order to give a general picture of a public libraries network in Lithuania as well as to disclose  standout trends in three directions – preserving local cultural heritage and memory, creating content and community spaces, life experiences; and cooperating with various partners.

This publication is also the first ever attempt of Lithuanian public libraries to present themselves jointly to an international professional community.

It has some features of a guidebook as public libraries are presented by the regions after quite short general overview of the national library and the network.  Regional territories are served by 5 county (regional) public libraries that are state funded; other 60 public library systems are under municipal authorities.

Therefore every section starts with an introduction of regional county library and municipal public libraries, providing contacts and other necessary practical information. Then, as mentioned before, a summary of activities of public libraries is presented through three thematic strings: preserving, creating and cooperation. This provides a good glimpse of specific features, projects, collections, best practices and other peculiarities of library practice in the region, and, is hoped, will encourage an international contacts and cooperation.

Information prepared by
Ramunė Petuchovaitė
Chief specialist
Information Society Development Division
Ministry of Culture of Republic of Lithuania