Monthly Archives: January 2013

Children’s Book Day

Next 2th April the Children’s International Book Day is celebrated and USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People), “a nonprofit organization devoted to building bridges of international understanding through children´s and young adult books” has been awarded its sponsorship for this year’s edition. They have created a web-based Resource Guide with plans for programs and lessons. A wide range of well-structured resources and programs is available for those who need them. You can also feed the web with new ideas.

You can find it in this link.

EIFL-PLIP Innovation Award

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), a project supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched its latest award call. The fourth edition of this award is focused on innovative library services using information and communication technology.

Call is open until 3 March 2013. You will find all the information in the document attached and their web page

New IA Open Govt call Jan 2013

Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries we are featuring a new section: Interviews with Sister Libraries, where librarians participating in the project will tell us about their experiences. First interview is now posted at the Sister Libraries’ blog

EDGE 2013 CONFERENCE 28th Feb – 1st Mar 2013


Information and communications technology impacts on the communities in which we live and the way individuals, business, government and civil society interact and develop. Public sector and lower-budget organisations have just as much a need, if not more, to keep afloat of the latest developments and innovations within the digital arena. The good news is that engagement doesn’t cost the earth. In fact, fighting back against the big-budget boys within the digital space is possible! Join those who are already winning

Simultaneously, all sectors have shown increased interest in the concept of social capital and the role ICT can play in building stronger communities, increasing economic productivity and contributing to regeneration. As the use and impact of ICT increases and government agendas shift to a requirement on the individual to be ICT literate, the prospect that ICT can play a role in shaping the nature of community development and contributing to the building of social capital is even more important.

ICT is changing the way that individuals within communities interact, expanding the concept of community to those groups that are not bounded by geography, i.e. so-called virtual communities.

How ready are you for the new world of communications and community? Is your community ready for the impact of Public Sector Welfare Reform? Are you socially networked? Virtually engaged? What’s new? Find out what you don’t know from leaders in this arena

Derrick McCourt – Director Scotland, Wales & UK Local Government Microsoft.
Liz McGettigan – Libraries & Information Services Manager
Mike Neilson – Director for Digital, The Scottish Government
James Murdock – Director of Multimedia Content, New York Public Libraries – Network Communities
Natasha Innocent – Demand Stimulation Lead, Broadband Delivery UK – Connecting the Disconnected
Marshall Breeding – Independent Consultant – Nashville USA – Predicting the Smart Library
Jim Thompson – Digital and Information Services Manager, Edinburgh – “Digital Strategy for Smart Libraries”


Many authorities are now recognising how they can effectively push the boundaries of public service delivery, create more cost effective estates, build stronger communities and promote economic vitality through their libraries and electronic information services.

Libraries are now defining a vision for themselves, as hybrid libraries, which are a combination of a conventional library and a new electronic network library. Often, new library projects are associated with the regeneration of towns and city centres but now planners are more and more seeing the value of enhancing commercial areas with public library and cultural buildings open to everyone.

So what are you doing about this? Are you getting left behind? Learn from the leaders in the field!

Jonathan Guthrie – Edinburgh City Development Partnership Director
Councillor Richard Lewis, Convenor of Culture and Leisure
Brian Gambles – Director for the Library of Birmingham – Future City, Future Library
Neil MacInnes – Head of Library, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council – Culture at the Heart of the City
Mark Turley – Director of Services for the Communities, City of Edinburgh Council – Next Generation Libraries
Diana Barr – South Lanarkshire Council Blackwood Digital Library
Karen Cunningham – Glasgow Life Bridgeton Library


How do we build community resilience? Resilience here is defined as ‘the ability to solve problems, act for the future and participate in decision making’. The world is at a critical point in history, facing a growing number of threats including environmental issues, economic recession and humanitarian disasters. Experience and research show that the quantity and quality of social capital within a community plays a crucial role in our resilience.

Public services and in particular public libraries initiate and support activities that engage, involve and connect people; discover and make the most of people’s talents and potential; improve and create networks within and between communities; and nurture relationships of trust and partnership through working together

How resilient are your communities? How can you build social capital? What can you do to build strong communities? Learn from experts and get ahead of the game!

Annie Mauger – Chief Executive of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
Richard Watson – Co founder Strategy Insight – What’s Next
Clare Thompson – North Yorks Council, Winners of Libraries Change Lives
Debbie Hicks – Director of Research, The Reading Agency Public Libraries in partnership with NHS
Paul McNeil – Scottish Football Association, Dyslexia Scotland Ambassador – Success is for everyone.
Bill Jamieson, Former Executive Editor of The Scotsman
Join us!

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

E-Books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?

IFLA Management of Library Associations (MLAS) is celebrating a Seminar in Cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) called “E-Books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?”. It will take place at CILIP headquarters on February 21st 2013 in London, United Kingdom.

Registration is free but places are limited. For full information and registration details:

Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, we present a summary of 2012 activities from Ljubljana City Library’s sister libraries, the Regional Public Library in Krakow (Poland) and the Kaunas County Public Library in Lithuania.

Also, the presentation of a photographic exhibition fruit of the Allo Public Library (Spain)-Public Library in Aleksandrow (Poland) sistership

Visit Sister Libraries’ blog for further information

Words describing a Public Library

The IFLA Public Libraries Standing Committee has launched a campaign for designing their marketing and advocacy strategy; it consists on a two-question survey in which you’ll be asked for words or concepts which immediately come to mind when you think of public libraries. You can participate by clicking this link, it will only take a few minutes!

Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Actors in Europe (MIREIA)

Telecentre Europe is a Non-Profit International Association established on 14 October 2010 working on digital inclusion of european citizens. It provides a ‘map’ of telecentres, libraries and other eInclusion actors that operate in the EU.

They have recently launched a survey called “Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Actors in Europe (MIREIA)”. It is available in 15 different languages and will be online for filling until February 15, 2013.

You’ll find further information and the survey in this link.

Leaving Europe: a new life in America

Europeana has launched the exhibition Leaving Europe: A new life in America along with the Digital Public Library of America, featuring several of Europeana’s partners as contributors, alongside major U.S. institutions.

Bruno Racine, the Chair of the Europeana Executive Committee, said in the press statement that he was delighted by the first joint initiative between the DPLA and Europeana. ‘We share common goals—the free circulation of ideas and knowledge, dedication to the public good—and we believe that the digital revolution opens up unprecedented possibilities for exchanges like this one.’

79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly

IFLA is celebrating its World Library and Information Congress that will be held in Singapore from 17-23 August 2013.

Call for papers of every section are being published here, check it often as it is being constantly updated.