Category Archives: Europe

Key figures about Public Libraries in Europe

NAPLE Working Group on European Library Figures was created in 2013, aiming to collect and share statistics about public libraries in Europe through NAPLE members.

 The group is formed by NAPLE representatives from Croatia, Portugal, Finland and Czech Republic and is coordinated by Maarten Vandekerckhove, NAPLE representative from Flanders.

 Firstly, they defined a set of figures, around 40 items describing some general information, figures about collection, ICT, library staff, finances, users, loans, community services and events. Then, they linked every item to international standards concerning library statistics: the ISO.

 17 NAPLE members have sent their figures to the Working Group, helping to build a document that hopefully will help to show the impact public libraries have on European society. It’s an open document, so will be updated in the future with figures from other European countries.

You can see the results through the Links & Documents tab at NAPLE web, or clicking here: http://goo.gl/YpJL6I

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Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, take a look at the new Polish Library joining the Program.

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 NAPLE Assembly 2014. Presentations (XIII)

The Reading and Writting Foundation was invited to the NAPLE Assembly. They attended to all the contributions from NAPLE members and gave a presentation, opening the door to possible ways of cooperation in the future.

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NAPLE Assembly and e-Book Working Group Meeting 2014

Last May 13, 11th NAPLE Assembly was held. The day before, the NAPLE E-Book Working Group had a meeting where the e-book policies in European libraries were studied.

In the NAPLE E-Book Working Group meeting, some of the countries participating presented updates of their countries’ projects, Dan Mount (from Civic Agenda) introduced a research on e-book solutions for public libraries (a proposal from The Netherlands and Flanders towards the NAPLE E-book Working Group) and Marko Hercog, from Slovenia, proposed the creation of the re-BOOK platform, aiming to connect European library e-book lending projects.

 At the NAPLE Assembly and among other things, we held a fruitful discussion (conducted by Annette Kelly) on the strategic issues in public library policies throughout Europe. Maarten Vandekerckhove, coordinator of the Library Figures Collection Working Group presented the pilot project for the gathering of library statistics through an online survey on Google Drive and Ilona Kish, from the Reading and Writing Foundation, gave a presentation on the work of this Foundation and explored the possibilities of a future collaboration with NAPLE.

 In the next weeks, we’ll post every presentation of both meetings. You can find the Agendas for the two days, along with the Minutes from the NAPLE Assembly and all the presentations for both sessions in the NAPLE web, in the “Meetings” tab: http://naple.mcu.es/meetings/list

New edition of Cycling for Libraries!

We first heared about this initiative last year, and we loved it! As they put it, it’s an “unconference for cycling librarians and library lovers”

This year’s route, Montpellier – Lyon. Registration is open from April, 15th.

Check their web for further information: http://www.cyclingforlibraries.org/

 

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, a new interview: this time, Kaisa Kytömäki, from Sastamala Public Library in Finland. Also, a new activity of Ermua Municipal Library (Spain) and its sister, Library Tielt-Winge  (Belgium) to commemorate the International Children’s Book Day (ICBD).

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Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, some pictures of the activity “Poems out of the closet” from the Aveiro Municipal Library (Portugal) and the presentation of a new library, the Lower Silesian Public Library “Thaddeus Mikulski” (Poland).

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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.

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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

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.