Category Archives: Europe

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 http://www.eblida.org/e-read/get-involved/

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 e-read@eblida.org 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

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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.

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, some pictures from Public Library “Fran Galovic” at IFLA Singapore 2013 and the activities from Sisters Viana Public Library (Spain) and Public Library in  Aleksandrow (Poland).

 

 Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, the presentation of the first Greek library to join the NAPLE Sister Libraries Program, the Public Library of Samos. And more activities from Sisters Kuusamo Library (Finland) & Tavernes Library (Spain)

 Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, the activities the Aveiro Municipal Library in Portugal have scheduled for February. Also, the activities of NAPLE sisters Kuusamo City Library  (Finland)  and Tavernes Municipal Library (Spain). Ritva Niemeläinen, from Kuusamo City Library has also sent some information about the celebration of the Finnish Library Day, on 8th February.

 

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). Winners

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) is delighted to name the winners of the EIFL-PLIP Innovation Award for Creative use of ICT in public libraries.

The winning libraries use a wide variety of hardware, software and online resources. To meet the winners and read about some creative and cost-effective ways in which public libraries are using ICT to change lives, visit http://bit.ly/KlyGbu

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who applied – we had some excellent applications and choosing was hard!

Thanks also to everyone who helped us share the award invitation.

 Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries you’ll find an interview to Dijana Sabolović‐Krajina, the director of the “Public Library “Fran Galovic” in Koprivnica.

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, two more libraries have become sisters: the Viana Public Library “Francisco Navarro Villoslada”  (Spain) and Public Library in Aleksandrow  (Poland) 

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Copyright public consultation

The European Union has launched a public consultation to gather input on the review of the EU copyright rules. Everyone can fill the questionnaire and submit it before next 5th February. All the contributions will be published on the Internet. 

The full information is available at this link.

Meet the winners. EIFL-PLIP Innovation Award

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) has announced the winners of the EIFL-PLIP Innovation Award for Creative use of ICT in public libraries.

The winning libraries use a wide variety of hardware, software and online resources. There are six winners, three from Europe; one from Africa and one from Latin America.

To meet the winners and read about some creative and cost-effective ways in which public libraries are using ICT to change lives, visit http://bit.ly/KlyGbu

Congratulations to the winners.

EIFL also thanks NAPLE and everyone else who helped them to share the award invitation.

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications