Monthly Archives: March 2013

EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference, 2013

EBLIDA and NAPLE will celebrate again a joint conference this year. It will be held in Milan on 15th May under the title “Ready? Read ‘e’. E-services in Libraries, from European thinking to local Actions”, in cooperation with the Italian Library Association AIB (Associazione Italiana Biblioteche) and the Municipality of Milan.

Like past editions, NAPLE will hold its General Assembly for its members one day before, 14th May.

Find out more at this website


Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, in a new edition of the series Interviews with Sister Libraries, we interview Loly León from the Arucas Municipal Library in Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands, Spain. Also, the announcement of two new couples of sister libraries: the Openbare Bibliotheek Ieper (Belgium) with both the Ptuj Public Library (Slovenia) and the Poreč Public Library (Croatia).

You can read about  it at the Sister Libraries’ blog

GLAM-Wiki – celebrating culture and open access

A panoply of international cultural experts and Wikimedians are set to descend on London next month for an international celebration of open access and culture.

GLAM-Wiki 2013British_Library_entranceway is a global conference, organised by the UK chapter in association with Wikimedia Sweden and Europeana, and hosted by the British Library. It examines the possibilities, relationships and potential for galleries, libraries, archives and museums in working with Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia. The conference will take place on the weekend of 12-14 April at the British Library in London.

The international nature of the conference this year is reflected in the keynote speakers. The list includes Michael Edson of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, Lizzy Jongma of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Nick Poole of the Collections Trust in London.

Michael Edson, Director, Web and New Media Strategy, of the Smithsonian Institution, said: “I don’t know of a single museum, archive, or library project that is as dedicated to transparency and quality improvement as the GLAM-Wiki community is. For GLAM-Wiki editors, it’s personal. Wikipedians are a terrific and intimidating audience. They tend to be well informed, independent thinkers who are hungry for big ideas and practical insights.”

Lizzy Jongma of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, said: “The Rijksmuseum is all about art, about images. We want to share these images with everyone, everywhere. That’s why we have decided to put everything, free of use, up to date, in the best quality, on the internet. We believe that knowledge needs to be shared and the internet is the best medium to share and reach our global audience. GLAM-Wiki helps and supports galleries, libraries, archives and museums to produce open-access, freely-reusable content for the public.”

Nick Poole, Chief Executive Officer of the Collections Trust, said: “I am hugely excited to be speaking at the GLAM-Wiki conference. Wikimedians and culture professionals share a common set of values and there is so much that our communities can learn from each other. Wikimedia can help bring cultural content to a global audience, and at the same time help us solve some of the most pressing questions about how we work with our communities to create and share knowledge about collections on equal terms.”

As well as the keynote speakers there will be plenty of other activities taking place throughout the conference covering a broad range of topics related to the conference theme. You can see the schedule here.

Tickets are available for the conference and are priced from £15 to £40, with some scholarships available. Visit for tickets and more information.

Steve Benton                                                                                                            Communications Organiser                                                                       

Regional cooperation: challenge and opportunity

Cooperation is a keystone in libraries, so there’s many projects dedicated to this aspect of the library work.

The project “Regional cooperation: challenge and opportunity” is the result of an IFLA Management of Library Associations section workshop held in Split, Croatia in 2011 that showed the importance of regional cooperation in South East Europe.

The project also trained 12 trainers in leadership and advocacy, who will be able to operate as library advocates on both national and regional level.

The project utilised materials from IFLA’s Building Strong Library Associations programme (BSLA), demonstrating the flexibility of the programme in supporting a range of project sizes and needs. The project was supported by IFLA’s Action for Development through Libraries programme (IFLA ALP).

For further information, click here

Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, some pictures of the events our new Belgian library, Openbare Bibliotheek Ieper, held during their Youth Book Week and also from the  Spanish Vilanova i la Geltrú Library “Armand Cardona i Torrandell”

Check all the pictures at the Sister Libraries’ blog

Presentations of IFLA-CILIP E-Book Seminar now available

Last January we published a post announcing the celebration of a seminar the IFLA Management of Library Associations (MLAS) was celebrating in Cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) called “E-Books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?” that would  take place at CILIP headquarters on February 21st 2013 in London, United Kingdom.

You can check the Presentations of this Seminar by clicking here


Get Online Week campaign

Today,  youth unemployment in the EU27 is higher than 20%. While demand for employees with ICT skills is growing by around 3% a year, pessimistic projections warn that if nothing is done to resolve the mismatch between current skills and needs of the labour market, up to 800.000 ICT practitioners’ vacancies will remain unfilled by 2015.

AccentureLiberty Global and Microsoft decided to take action. Together with Telecentre-Europe, an umbrella organisation that represents ICT learning centres & library networks from all over Europe, they created the Get Online Week Alliance that will support this year’s Get Online Week campaign – happening between 18-24 March 2013.

 Check their web page for further information.

You can find here the full press release.

Lize De Clercq                                                                                                     Communications Manager at Telecentre-Europe AISBL



Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, some pictures of the recently incorporated to the Programme City Library IIok, from Croatia and the Library of Tielt-Winge, in Belgium. 

Find out more about this new library and check the new posts at the Sister Libraries’ blog

IFLA and the Information Society

IFLA has launched a new set of resources “relating to the role libraries play in the information society and the way they can contribute to Internet governance”.

You can also find there the 2013 revised version of the IFLA Position on Internet Governance and information on how you can get involved with the issues at national and international levels.

Access the new resource through this link

Professional Profiles in Libraries

The Working Group on Professional Profiles is part of the Spanish Council of Library Cooperation. They have published the Report “Professional Profiles in the Spanish Library System: Characterization Sheets”, fruit of two years of work. It may be very useful for libraries that need to define their staff needs or start a selection process.

 You can find the document in this link (in Spanish)