Monthly Archives: March 2014

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, some pictures of the Reading Campaign at the Aveiro Municipal Library (Portugal) and the announcement of a new sistership involving a Croatian and a Spanish library.

 Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Marrakesh Treaty and the European Union

Last Thursday 20th March, IFLA and the Copyright 4 Creativity coalition (C4C) organized a breakfast debate in the EU Parliament to discuss the international and EU copyright frameworks.

We’d like to highlight an important announcement made at this forum by Ms Kerstin Jorna from the European Commission: the European Council approved (the day before, 19th March) the European Commission’s proposal to sign the Marrakesh Treaty ensuring access to accessible format works for the world’s visually impaired and print disabled.

You can access the full text of the Treaty through this link

the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC): Call for proposals

Aiming to promote the culture as generator of knowledge, cultural creativity in all its forms and international and regional cooperation, UNESCO created in 1974 the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC). Priority is given to young artists and creators (18-30 years old) and to projects benefitting youth.

Call for project proposals is now open until 30 May 2014 at noon CET.

You can check all the information through this link:

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, they announce a new sistership between Viana Public Library (Spain) and Novigrad-Cittanova Public Library (Croatia). Also, a new activity designed by sisters Pyhäjoki (Finland) and Chinchón (Spain). Plus, the activities to take place in Aveiro Municipal Library (Portugal) throughout March. 

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Join EBLIDA’s The right to E-read Campaign

Today, we’d like to inform you about the EBLIDA’s  The right to E-read Campaign by copying all the information they sent for dissemination:

eblida right“EBLIDA’s mission is lobbying for libraries to strengthen the position of libraries in society in Europe .” 

The right to E-read Campaign is seeking to raise awareness about the obstacles faced by libraries in the digital environment.

Access to digital content has become a sensitive issue in which libraries, their staff and users have a core role to play.

In the recent Public consultation on EU Copyright rules,  EBLIDA calls for copyright legislation to keep up with changes brought about by the digital age and to open up new opportunities rather than limit innovation and access to information. Under copyright issues lie fundamental questions about democracy, access to information and completion of a true knowledge society.

The ”right to e-read” campaign aims at raising awareness among librarians, politicians and users and advocating for rights in claiming that:

  • ·       We want to provide our library users with the latest e-books as we do with printed books!
  • ·       We want to buy e-books at fair prices and on reasonable terms!
  • ·       We want authors to receive fair payment for the lending of e-books as they do for printed books by extending Public Lending Right to include the loan of e-books by public libraries!
  • ·       We want all citizens – not just those who can afford it – to benefit from free access to e-books in public libraries!

The campaign sees European library associations and institutions united in demanding the provision of e-books by libraries all over Europe and calls on the EU Commission for a clear copyright law that enables libraries to fulfill their enduring mission into the 21st century of providing all EU citizens with access to the riches of human knowledge and imagination whether in the library, offsite or online.

A campaign poster with a logo and slogans were therefore developed by the E-books Task Force headed  by Gerald Leitner. The slogan has already been translated into 18 languages (and counting).

Poster and postcard models in your language are available for download, printing and dissemination at

The campaign is gaining momentum and planning to launch a “right to e-read” day on 23rd of  April, the World Book and Copyright Day, which will be an ideal opportunity to hold press conferences in the capital cities in all participating countries. EBLIDA will organise a press conference in Brussels on “The right to e-read”. Do you plan to organise one in your country? Please let us know at so that  we can coordinate and consult with you.

The campaign will also be discussed on14th May during  EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference in Athens, Greece.

  Visit our campaign page and keep an eye out for further updates.

  Download and use this materials and support the Right To E-read Campaign!

  Join our Facebook page follow us on Twitter & Tumblr.

  Please share this information with interested colleagues.

 We look forward to your participation! 

EBLIDA – European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations

National Library of the Netherlands
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5
2595 BE The Hague
The Netherlands

Czech Republic: “Family of Readers of the Year 2014”

The SKIP (Czech Librarian Association) announced a new competition for families to support reading and library use. The title “Family of Readers of the Year 2014” will be granted by libraries to the most active family among their patrons.


  • Family = mum, dad and child(ren),
  • all of them are registered readers in the library,
  • they attend library programs,
  • they borrow books at least once a month,
  • they reached the highest number of borrowed books during the past year.

Libraries are free to add additional criteria. Each library can esteem their “Family of Readers” on their local level. Winners can advanced on levels regional and then national.

Details (in Czech)

Libraries can use the database of educational programs launched by the Club of Libraries for children of the SKIP (Czech Librarian Association), in collaboration with (municipal) Jiří Mahen Library in Brno and the Centre of Children Reading. Program is supported by the Ministry of Culture via grant program VISK 2. Database is targeted to all libraries. Registration is required and the librarians can use, insert, share and take inspiration of programs. Database also gives evidence of frequented topics and serves to meet potential lectors or cooperative libraries etc. Programs are created under the licence

CC and in accordance with the Czech Authors Act.

Presentation (in Czech)

 Eva Bartůňková

Information Centre for Librarianship (Department Head), National Library of the Czech Republic

Copyright in Europe

Last year, the European Commission launched a public consultation on issues on Copyright Rules, trying to harmonise the Copyright laws and the impact of digital technologies. We published a post about it last 30 January.

 On 5 March 2014 EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations) submitted their response to this consultation. You can read a briefing and access the full pdf document at their web page.  LIBER (Association on European Research Libraries) set out its position on the same issue through a statement accessible through this link and so did EIFL last 7 March in its seven point plan.

World Book Day 2014

Last 6th March, and that’s the 17th year, saw the celebration of the World Book Day. It is a worldwide celebration (designated by UNESCO) of books and reading marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

UK and Ireland had launched a web page full of information and resources (they even have games!) about this day, aiming to “encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own”.

The “Transparent Library”

Another freely downloadable e-book for librarians: The “Transparent Library”, a compilation of the columns that, under the same title, Michael Casey and Michael Stephens published  at The Library Journal from 2007 to 2009. The column explored “concepts related to transparency, management, engaging communities, social media, strategic planning and constant change”.

 Find a full description of the book and the links to download it here:

General Meeting of the Spanish Council for Library Cooperation

A year ago we posted the 1st Strategic Plan of the Spanish Council for Library Cooperation approving the definition of the three strategic lines and nine general objectives to be developed from 2013 to 2015. Today, the Council for Library Cooperation is celebrating its yearly meeting in Toledo, where there will be presentations and debates around topics like e-Reading in public libraries, Copyright  Management, the new regulation  about Electronic Legal Deposit, the results of projects about Information Literacy and the Model for Municipal  Reading Plans, and  others.