Monthly Archives: June 2014

Danish Agency for Culture and schmidt hammer lassen architects launch new library and architecture award

Danish or foreign public libraries that opened in January 2012 or later may now participate in a competition for a new architecture award in the amount of DKK 25,000. The prize is awarded by the Danish Agency for Culture and schmidt hammer lassen architects

Public Library of the Year Award 2014

Schmidt hammer lassen architects – Public Library of the Year Award is the name of a new architecture prize that will be awarded for the first time in August 2014 in connection to the annual conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Lyon, France.

The prize is an offshoot of the Model Programme for Public Libraries project of the Danish Agency for Culture and Realdania, which has motivated municipalities to develop the library of the future.

”The Model Programme for Public Libraries has given impetus to the debate about the process of transformation in which libraries are already engaged.  Libraries are changing from the librarian-run book library into a cultural meeting place and knowledge centre that takes its starting point in the needs and interests of the public and our new digital age,” says the director of the Danish Agency for Culture, Anne Mette Rahbæk.

”Architecture plays a vital role here, and we have been a little surprised at the considerable international interest in the project. We would like to follow up on this, and the honorary award will help maintain focus and interest,” says Anne Mette Rahbæk.

Meeting place for knowledge 

As the name indicates, the prize is sponsored by the practice schmidt hammer lassen architects, and it goes to the public agency that is responsible for the new library.

Modern libraries are one of the most important platforms for exchanging knowledge.  As opposed to information found on the internet, the knowledge that arises through collaboration and exchange between people in a library is of particular significance. That is why it is crucial for library architecture to support collaboration and create spaces that invite people to meet,” says Morten Schmidt, senior partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects.

Nominations for buildings must be made before midnight on 3 August 2014.  Applications may be filled out digitally, and the form may be found on the Model Programme’s homepage:

Terms and conditions for nomination
The first requirement to be considered is that the library must be a new construction or designed for a building that was not previously used as a library.  The new library must have opened in the period between 1 January 2012 and 16 June 2014.

The evaluation will take place on the basis of an overall assessment of six criteria: How it has involved the public and users; accessibility and interplay with surroundings; flexible functions that are adapted to user desires; architectural quality; digital communication in the building; and the architecture’s interplay with local culture.

The six criteria are described in more detail on the Model Programme’s homepage:

Panel of judges

  • Anne Mette Rahbæk, director, Danish Agency for Culture
  • Morten Schmidt, senior partner, schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Kent Martinussen, director, Danish Architecture Centre
  • Jan Richards, manager, Central West Libraries, New South Wales, Australia. IFLA Public Libraries Section
  • Jens Lauridsen, head librarian, Tårnby Municipal Libraries
  • Marie Østergaard, project leader, Main Library, Aarhus

Additional information:
Danish Agency for Culture: Chief Adviser Jonna Holmgaard Larsen, +45 3373

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e-Book lending project in Central Bohemia

The Central Bohemian Research Library in Kladno (public library, regional library for Central Bohemia) launched a project of e-book lending. The project was prepared in cooperation with the portal The service is connected with the catalogue of and borrowing is free for registered users of the library. They also have to be registered by The number of borrowed books is limited on 2 titles, one book can be lent to more patrons simultaneously. E-books can be read on START 2/3 and applications for smart phones and tablets with operation system and system Android.

You can find here the press release (in czech)



NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (IV)

Today, you can read the Latvian presentation at NAPLE Assembly. Among other information, you’ll know about the training program for librarians 2013 and the EU advocacy initiative, under Public Libraries 2020 programme.

Update from Latvia 2014

NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (III)

Today, we will learn about the implementation of the Flemish Parliament Act of 6 July 2012 on Local Cultural Policy: it’s the Flemish update.

Flemish public libraries


NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (II)

Second presentation at the NAPLE Assembly was from Leena Aaltonen, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs of the Finnish Ministry of Culture.

Finnish Public Libraries in 2014

NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (I)

Today, we start publishing the presentations from NAPLE Assembly 2014, held last May 13. The first ones were the countries’ updates, where members of NAPLE condensed in a few slides the latest advances in public libraries in their countries.

You can see the Agenda of the Assembly, along with the minutes, through the NAPLE web:

First presentation was from Czech Republic:

 The Central Portal of Czech Libraries

NAPLE E-Book Working Group Meeting 2014. Presentations (IV)

Today, the presentation from Dan Mount, Head of Policy & Public Affairs of Civic Agenda E:  a study about Public Library E-lending Models.

Public Library E-lending Models Research Project

You can also read a copy of the more detailed research approach  for this project:

Public Library E-Lending Models Research Project (pdf)

EIFL: 10 new public library services prepare youth for a hi-tech world

Jean Fairbairn from EIFL sends us some information about their Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP):

Smart phones, 3D printers, robotics, online media – it’s all happening at 10 public libraries that have just launched new services for children and youth.

The 10 new services are supported with small grants (up to US$20,000) from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). They serve children and youth in developing and transition economy countries in Africa (three new services), Europe (six new services) and Latin America (one new service).

plip youth banner

The libraries use a wide range of hardware and software – computers, the internet, smart phones, social media tools, 3D printers, websites and more – to teach young people valuable literacy, media and technical skills, to increase their creativity and confidence, and to meet their needs in the areas of health, literacy and communication.

‘We live in an increasingly high-tech world and children and youth in developing and transition economy countries, where access to information and communication technology (ICT) is still problematic, struggle to learn ICT skills. These new projects show how innovative public libraries can help meet young people’s technology and many other learning needs,’ said Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL-PLIP Programme manager.

EIFL-PLIP advances community development by enabling public libraries to implement innovative ideas that use information and communication technology to improve people’s lives. Since 2010, EIFL-PLIP support has sparked creation of 49 new and innovative public library projects leading to creation of new services in over 300 public and community libraries. Click here to read more about the EIFL-PLIP grants programme and the ten new services.

Jean Fairbairn

EIFL-PLIP Communications

NAPLE E-Book Working Group Meeting 2014. Presentations (III)  

Today, you can read an overview of the Slovenian public library ebook-lending platform, BIBLOS, presented last May 12 in Athens, at the NAPLE E-Book Working Group Meeting.

Learn more about the design of the project and the development of the platform through this presentation:

BIBLOS: the Slovenian public library ebook-lending platform

NAPLE E-Book Working Group Meeting 2014. Presentations (II)

Today, you can read an overview of the E-Book Lending at the Spanish Libraries, yet to be implemented.

Learn more about the design of the project and the development of the platform through this presentation:

E-Book Lending at the Spanish Libraries