Category Archives: Germany

NAPLE Seminar on eBooks, 2013. Presentations (V)

The NAPLE Seminar on eBooks was held in Milan last 13th May. Today, the presentation of Barbara Schleihagen and Miriam Schriefers, from the German Library Association, titled  E-Books in German Public Libraries: business model with aggregators and others.

E-Books in German Public Libraries

NAPLE’s Annual Assembly, 2013. Presentations (III)

Third presentation we publish from NAPLE’s Annual Assembly. Today, it’s about German Public Libraries and e-books. Its authors, Barbara Schleihagen and Miriam Schriefers, from the German Library Association.

E-Books in German Public Libraries

Non-use of public libraries in Germany

Today Barbara Schleihagen’s presentation in NAPLE Assembly is available to read clicking here. It explains the causes and reasons for the non-use of public libraries in Germany.

Cooperation in the National Library of Poland: 2010 Overview

As in previous years, the National Library was an active member of many international organizations: IFLA, CENL, CDNL, CERL, ASLIB, IAML, IASA, LIBER, AIB, ISSN, ISBN, ISMN, the the Bibliographical Society and Bibliotheca Baltica. Since 2008 the National Library has been a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium and Innovative User Group. In 2009 the Chief Executive of the National Library, Tomasz Makowski, was appointed for the term of three years to the management board of the European Library Management Committee.

In 2010 the National Library took part in the international projects Europeana Travel and REDISCOVER and was involved in numerous national projects such as: EAZPP – Electronic Archive of the Monuments of Polish Literature, the previously mentioned ACADEMICA and SYNAT – System of Science and Technique.  

An important issue remained the bilateral cooperation with national libraries of neighbouring countries and the exchange of publications with libraries and institutions worldwide.  In June of 2011, the National Library and the State Library in Berlin signed a cooperation agreement concerning digitisation of their collections as well as collaboration in the field of the common cultural heritage of Poland and Germany.

Tomasz Makowski

Director General of the National Library of Poland

Video: Spanish Libraries

Would you like to see what Spanish libraries are like? Here you can watch the video that was presented in the 4th Leipzig German Congress of Libraries and Information that took place in Leipzig in March 2010, where Spain was the guest country.

The video is available at  the Spanish Ministry of Culture Youtube Channel and also in Travesía, from which we informed in a former post.

Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Culture

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Library laws and the Social order and the essential funding II

Secondly: the Social order and the essential funding

The social order for the libraries is issued – but the challenges to meet him are rapidly increasing.

Public libraries are to offer their clients not only different media. They should provide reading areas and computer workstations. Special programs for early childhood language development make children strong word. For adults, there are regular readings and a broad range of trainings.

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Library laws and the Social order and the essential funding I

Let me begin with a quote from the writer Rafiq Shami:

“Libraries are secret windows; you can look through them to other countries, cultures and hearts”.

This is a fitting picture I suppose even for the German libraries. For years, they work to ensure that these windows are open for as many people as possible. But this is a task that urgently needs some basics. I would like to talk about two of them. Both are current topics of the discussion in Germany.

First: Library laws

At the EU level are already set standards. Two thirds of all countries have library laws. In order to adapt to the rapid development of information society in recent years almost all have been updated. Germany this development is lagging behind. The German Libraries an their Associations therefore work on many levels for the nationwide introduction of library laws. But this is no easy task. Legislative power lies with the 16 German states on this issue. And they take their time, although the Study Commission on Culture in Germany of the German Parliament recommended in late 2007 to adopt library laws and to establish public libraries as a public task and an obvious commitment to finance. After all, there are exceptions: In 2008 is entered as the first state in Thuringia a library law in force. Although the tasks of local libraries are not mentioned as a public duty in this Act – however, it is a valuable beginning. Saxony-Anhalt is the model followed in June of this year. In early September, in Hesse was passed the third law. So does hope that other states will follow. Libraries are the most widely used cultural and educational institutions in Germany. They are forward-looking places of free access to knowledge, learning and research. In a republic of education they deserve reliability. ·

  • There are 10.855 libraries in Germany
  • 303.600 events a year take place in a library
  • There are 660.000 visits to libraries every day
  • 10.82 million readers in the libraries are registered
  • There are 200 million visits to libraries each year
  • 362 million media are in the libraries
  • 466 million media are borrowed annually.

These are the reasons why it is important to talk about another basic need of the libraries.

Bernhard Hoppe