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Winners María Moliner Awards 2011

Last 13th December María Moliner Awards were awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Spain. They are part from the Reading Promotion Plan developed by the General Direction of Books, Archives and Libraries and they are one of theirs actions with higher level of social impact.

These Awards are focused on municipalities with less than 50.000 inhabitants and they are, from 1998, a quiz for awarding the best projects or activities to promote reading in children and young adults. It takes places with the collaboration of the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the FEMP (Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces) and, from 2002, the Coca-Cola Foundation in Spain.

María Moliner Awards grant 3 projects in 3 different categories: the first for municipalities with less than 5.000 inhabitants, the second for municipalities between 5.001 and 20.000 inhabitants and the third for municipalities between 20.001 and 50.000 inhabitants. This year, the winners are Tuéjar (Valencia), Pozoblanco (Córdoba) and Oleiros (A Coruña) respectively.

The 3 winners obtain a cash prize and a set of 200 books for children and young adults selected between new books of each year. Moreover, 300 projects are selected of the total number of applications received and they get another set of books each one.

You can check the award-winning full list in this direction: http://www.mcu.es/libro/MC/PFL/CampAnimacion/CampAnimacion.html

Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Culture

Prague: E-books in All Libraries

The Municipal Library of Prague launched a project “E-Books in all libraries”.

The new service enables users to read e-versions of later Czech production. The objective of the project is to promote cooperation between libraries and commercial sector in an emerging e-book market.
According to the agreement, publishers offer e-copies of their books in preparation to facilitate digitization. Libraries guarantee the legal using. Libraries also offer statistics with interesting data for publishers (interest and use of titles).

Libraries are represented by one library, Municipal Library of Prague, in the workflow between publishers and libraries. At present, reading is limited: e-books are accessible just inside the library and on dedicated display terminals. Parts of documents can be printed, not stored.

The pathfinder partner on the publisher size is Academia, The Publishing House of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
Included libraries are, apart from the Municipal Library of Prague, Academy of Sciences Library, National Library of the Czech Republic, National Technical Library and Moravian Library

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

The Library Week

The Library Week is the nationwide promotional campaign organized by the SKIP. Traditionally the Library Week opens with the happening – an informal and amusing meeting prepared by librarians for themselves and for the public.
Program usually consists of masquerade, sketches and competitions. This year the happening took place in the town of Ostrava and the host was Ostrava City Library.
The Library Week itself is always celebrated the week following the happening.
Some nationwide festive events make traditionally part of the Library Week, among them the prices MARK 2011 and the Library of the Year. The MARK 2011 is intended for young librarians and students under 35. This humorously titled price (the specification of the acronym is in English “Young, Attractive and Sensible Librarian” or “Wise, Active and Thriving Librarian”) is awarded seriously for an uncommon benefit for librarianship. This year winner was Helena Selucká from the Jiří Mahen Library in Brno. Among her activities she is a member of the team managing the server Barrier free library, a tool for librarians to understand better the needs of handicapped patrons.

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

Prague, the town of literature

The Municipal Library of Prague is the coordinator of the new project “Prague, the Town of Literature”. Its drift is to support a perception of Pragueas the place inspiring to literature production, reading and relationship to books. The project is financially supported by the city of Prague.

A campaign in the streets prepared for this autumn contains extracts of related text in showcases in the streets of Prague, literature trails and other similar activities.

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

Library buildings

If you don’t still know the database Library Buildings, you can click in this link, where you can see photos, data or information about the arquitects of some public libraries in Europe.

See you soon.

The State of the Libraries System in Romania by the Year 2011: Legislation

  • The general framework of the organisation and functioning of the national system of libraries, system made of 2 national libraries, public libraries, among which 42 county libraries, 51 municipal libraries, 204 city libraries, and 2.558 commune libraries, along with 56 anniversary libraries, 41 libraries belonging to the House of the Teachers Stuff, 277 school libraries and 37 specialised libraries, is regulated by the Library Act, passed in 2.002. There were not major modifications until last year, 2010, when anti-crisis measures for the public domain have been adopted, two of them with severe consequences:
    • The reduction with 25% of the budgetary administrative personnel, including librarians;
    • The cutback of the salaries with 25% in 2010, and with 10% in 2011.

These measures could not have been adopted without legislative modifications, among which the Library Act, which established the compulsiveness on the part of the local regional authorities to finance a librarian employee for 2.500 inhabitants in the rural area, and a librarian employee for 5.000-7.000 inhabitants in the urban area.  

The following are the negative consequences affecting the national system of libraries:

    • The dissolution of 178 public libraries in the rural area;
    • The restructuring of the working schedule in rural area, by two working days per week for 1.279 public libraries, the libraries being used in the administrative activity of the mayories;
    • The decrease of the professional potential of the whole national system, especially of the service of the public lecture, due to the personnel’s reduction.

The administration of Romania represents: communes (rural area): 2.686, of  10.139.000 inhabitants; 103 municipalities; 216 cities, included in 41 counties and the Bucharest municipality.

Envisaged Legislative Promulgations. In a near future, between 1 and 3 years, the following acts are about to be promulgated:

  • The first act is the Act of the Bucharest Metropolitan Area, which is envisaged to be adopted by the end of the year 2010. It has passed the first legislative chamber of the Romanian Parliament, namely the Deputy Chamber and it shall be discussed in the second chamber, the Senate.

Nowadays Bucharest municipality has 228 square Km, being divided in 6 administrative sectors, having each its own city hall. As a demographic structure, Bucharest city is the sixth in the European Union, with 2.001.192 inhabitants.

According to the new Act, the Bucharest metropolitan area shall have 2.800 square Km, and within 3 years shall grow to 3.800 square Km. In the first phase, 60 localities shall be included in the metropolitan area, with a population of 583.409 inhabitants, which together with Bucharest city shall amount to 2.584.601 inhabitants.

This act is going to have an important consequence upon the structure of the Metropolitan Library of Bucharest, and the 60 public libraries of the communes shall become branches of our institution. As a major consequence, the service of the public lecture shall be accordingly structured to serve the new regional organization.

  • The second envisaged act for the following 3 years is related to the administrative reform which envisages the establishing of 8 administrative euro-regions and, probably, the dissolution of the 41 extant counties. As a consequence of this projected dissolution, 32 county libraries shall certainly disappear.

General Director
Metropolitan Library of Bucharest

Summer Library in Aqua Park

The City Library in Blansko (region of South Moravia) opened the Summer Library in Aqua Park. The library offers journals and newspapers, including regional titles plus paperbacks. The library wants to attract people who have no time for reading during the working days.

More information: http://www.knihovnablansko.cz/2011/07/07/leto-zacina-v-knihovne/#more-1886
 Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

Rolex Learning Center

Rolex Learning Center. The Rolex Learning Center is not a “public library” in our sense, the philosophy behind (in the video clip – statements by the architects) could be a model for all kind of an “open”, multifunctional, modern library (transferable also on smaller public libraries).

The press releases for the inauguration last year you’ll find, also in english and spanish, under: http://www.rolexlearningcenter.ch/downloads

And finally a lot of pictures under the following link:
Pictures of Rolex Learning Center

Remarks:  here comes the link to the Swiss electronic library ( with actually about 20 sub-projects, some of them also with interest/utility for the public libraries and there users). http://www.e-lib.ch/

Peter Wille
Director of Bibliomedia Schweitz