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The new framework of the Czech libraries development

The Conception of the Czech Libraries for the Years 2011-2015 was approved by the Czech government in the session January 11th. The strategic ground of this material is Cultural Policy for the Czech Republic (2009 – 2014) and “EUROPE 2020, a European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”.

Some interim aims answer the main initiatives of the concept:

  • Vision and priorities:
    • library services without barriers, quick and prompt library services, 24 hours, 7 days a week by virtue of digital technology, and online accessibility of library funds and digitization;
    •  comfortable and neutral place for study and free time;
    • skilled and adequate paid librarians.
  • The Conception gives consideration to library effectiveness. The SWOT analysis makes the part of material.
  • The Concept itself defines these areas:
    • a digitization of library collections, protection of cultural heritage,
    • an access to information resources and services,
    • a support of education and reading literacy,
    • equal access to library services,
    • quality, effectiveness and marketing of library services,
    • development of human sources.

The document of the Conception of the Czech Libraries for the Years 2011-2015, including the internetization of Libraries, is available here.

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

Libraries of Barcelona: 10 more years. New challenges, new opportunities

Libraries of Barcelona: 10 more years. New challenges, new opportunities is not only a revision and updating of the Libraries Plan 1998-2010. Even though a balance is made, in general terms more than positive, of the deployment of the Plan during these years, the fundamental aim is to look at how the library services, professionals and facilities should respond to a new social reality, and to a context with new challenges and opportunities.

This document aims to be more an orientational guide than a new guide. And it has been elaborated with the conviction that it is fundamental to maintain the political commitment so as to be able to continue improving the network of facilities, to widen the services maintaining the quality achieved (a distinctive feature of the Libraries of Barcelona), and to improve these services so that the Libraries continue to be close, open and aware of the new demands of the citizens.

More information: https://elsfutursdelabibliotecapublica.wordpress.com/

Mercè Muñoz Creus
Biblioteques de Barcelona, Spain

New decree in Flanders

Dear friends,

The new decree on Local Cultural Policy in Flanders is available in our NAPLE website.  You can see in this link :

NAPLE Secretariat

Library policy in Flanders II

Situation in near future

Two different important changes:

  • In Flanders, we basically have three different policy levels: the municipalities, the provinces and the Flemish government. But there will be a change in the relations between the three policy levels.The basic idea is that in every aspect of policy making only two levels can define the decisions. This principle has the intention to advance the autonomy of local governments in their policymaking.
    In case of the libraries, there will be an exception mainly because of the library catalogue systems which are supported by the provinces. So, we maintain three policy levels.
  • Flemish government wants to reduce the fact that local governments need to justify their funding and wants to reduce the bureaucratic system. One important aspect is the introduction of one strategic policy plan for every municipality instead of policy plans for every sector.
    Another aspect is the new strategy of policy priorities instead of the current ways of funding. In the future, we cannot longer determine the type of subsidies or the organizational structure of the local government. We can only subsidize the municipalities for activities, achievements or effects. For example: we cannot longer give subsidies for library staff, but we can give subsidies for reducing the digital divide (of course libraries need staff to achieve this mission). How exactly libraries accomplish this mission is no longer the responsibility for the Flemish government, but will completely be in the hands of local governments.

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Library policy in Flanders I

Situation Now
Local cultural policy decree, including public libraries since 2001.
With this Decree, the Flemish government aims to stimulate an integral local cultural policy. Local authorities are assigned a large role in policy making and are responsible for their cultural policy. The Decree includes obligations in the areas of participation and consultation (cultural council) and public libraries.

Every municipality is obliged to have a public library. Other issues in the decree are optional: drawing up or carrying out a cultural policy plan, cultural centres or community centres and inter-municipal cooperation. Municipalities can receive financial support from the Flemish government. Flemish government subsidizes the library staff and local governments also have the possibility to receive a subsidy from the Flemish government for their integration in the regional or national catalogue.
Other costs like infrastructure, collections or ICT are mainly subsidized by the municipalities themselves.

Maarten Vandekerckhove