Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy Holidays from NAPLE!

From the NAPLE blog we want to thank you for following us and wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We’ll be continuing posting about public libraries, disseminating news and resources that might be helpful for the library community. See you next year!

LIDA 2014

Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA), a biennial international conference, will be celebrated next 16 – 20 June 2014 at Zadar, Croatia. It focuses on the transformation of libraries and information services in the digital environment.

 Call for papers is now open, until 15 January 2014.

 Check all the details at their web page:

Reading challenge

The Reading Agency from UK  has planned an activity for these holidays: they call it Christmas Mini-Challenge, and it’s an adaptation of the Summer Reading Challenge, that, as they put it, “helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence”.

 The challenge is simple: read three books during the Christmas holidays and collect your prize.

 Check all the details here

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, the award Public Library “Fran Galovic” in Koprivnica, Croatia has received from the Croatian Library Association. Also, an important announcement: Greece and Greek public libraries have joined NAPLE Sister Libraries Programme. You will also find out the winner for the best postcard for the NAPLE Sister Libraries Day celebration.

 Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information

“Libraries in crisis” at The Huffington Post

 Nowadays in the crisis scenario, libraries are threatened by cuts affecting staff, opening hours and budget. More than ever, libraries have to be defended as what they are: public spaces supporting the community they serve specially in times of global crisis.

 The Huffington Post has released a series called Libraries In Crisis, for putting in value the role of libraries today, how they use technologies for developing services and what is the model of the libraries in the future. In other words, they’ve created a debate space for the general public around libraries.

E-lending project in Flemish libraries

Thanks to the collaboration between Bibnet and the Flemish Government, Flemish public libraries will start a pilot e-lending project called E-boeken in de Bib next April 2014: library users will have easy access to a small but quality catalogue of books written in Flemish and readable also through apps. 

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, the Christmas activities the Aveiro Municipal Library in Portugal have planned for this year.

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information

Scottish libraries in pictures

Libraries from Scotland have come up with a very appealing marketing campaign in the occasion of the Book Week Scotland 2013: they’ve contacted local artists to do out in their style the façades and window panes of the public libraries.

You can check the results at this slideshow from the BBC News portal


Sign against the closure of Greek Public Libraries

The Association of Greek Librarians and Information Scientists (EEBEP) has launched a campaign for trying to avoid a hypothetical closure and merging of public libraries in Greece. In a context of profound economical crisis, public libraries can play an important role in the communities, offering services that will help the people cope with the situation: from supporting the job seek process to offering internet access. They also help integrating the vulnerable communities making coexistence possible… It’s an extraordinarily democratic space, a loss that we can’t afford.

Sign our petition here: