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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


Travesía – Digital resources for library cooperation

Travesia came into being in 2000 as the Spanish Public Libraries Portal and has since developed into a digital library that supports library cooperation within the Spanish libraries systems.

Objectives of Travesía

  • Publish the necessary regulatory texts for cooperative library projects.
  • Organise, preserve and distribute electronic publications produced or funded by the Subdirectorate General of Library Coordination.
  • Provide unrestricted, open access to complete documents in text and audiovisual formats.

The complete texts of the documents are included, authors rights permitting. Otherwise Travesía gathers all the metadata and links to the document on the publisher’s website.

Travesía has a multi-lingual interface in Spain’s official languages as well as in English.

Communities and collections

Travesía currently has two major blocks of information:

  • Library Standards is a very extensive block which includes the norms, standards, guidelines, recommendations and declarations issued by State regulatory bodies and State and International cooperation bodies in the library area. It has two well-defined collections, one of legislation (European, State and Regional) and a collection of technical standards in use in the library sector.
  • Publications by the Subdirectorate General of Library Coordination with a view to distributing and preserving the publications generated by its coordination activities in the Spanish library sector: monographs, conferences, meetings, standards, etc.

Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Culture

The Digital Library of Romania

The second important program of the national system of libraries is represented by the Digital Library of Romania.

At present there is not in Romania any national program for the digitisation of the written culture patrimony. An effort has been done towards this direction in 2010, when a national aggregator was arbitrary established within the structure of the Ministry of Culture, from up to down, without a correlation with the real state of affairs. Last year, in 2010, following the anti-crisis measures, this phantom institution was dissolved.  

The intricate state of affairs in Romania has lead to the establishing of a partnership between the de facto National Library of Romania, which is the Library of the Academy of Romania, the holder of the written culture patrimony of Romania and the Metropolitan Library of Bucharest, which has made an important investment for the creation of its own material basis, necessary for the process of digitisation.

In spite of the absence of a national coordination for the digitisation process, the double or multiple digitisation of the same title in other libraries is prevented due to two peculiar states of affairs:

  • 62% of the Romanian periodicals exist in a single issue and that is preserved by the Library of the Academy of Romania;
  • 45% of the Romanian books are unique and preserved by the Library of the Academy of Romania.

General Director
Metropolitan Library of Bucharest

Lithuanian Public Libraries: Digitisation of Cultural Heritage & Elibrary

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania is in charge for 4 public funded projects in this area:

Project “Development of Lithuanian integrated library information system LIBIS”, provides access to national union OPAC (www.libis.lt) and individual libraries catalogues, allows users to reserve books and use common user card in whole network of public and other participating libraries in Lithuania Project “Development of Virtual Electronic Heritage System” involves libraries, museums, archives and is aimed digitising out of copyright materials to be presented on common national portal http://www.epaveldas.lt Selected materials appears on Europeana portal. In the second phase of the project about 3 mln. pages of publications, 17 thousand museum objects and 130 thousand digitised vinyls will be added to the Digital library.

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News in the Czech Librarianship 2010-2011

Main Features

  • News ways of comunication
  • High quality Internet Resources
  • Users Expectations

The present day challenge, libraries have to face, is the change in communication. People group on the net. Facebook is the place where they seek information We cannot refer to a better quality of information in traditional library sources, because the quality of internet information is improving.

Google better than any library electronic tool meets the user expectation:

  • Get easily accessible information from one place, via distant access → OLD
  • By one click → NEW

User expects to get information ready for use by one click.

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Developing services of quality in Finland

 The Finnish National Digital Library as part of developing user-oriented services.  You can find the power point presentation in this link:

Barbro Wigell-Ryynänen