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Two weeks for the Europeana Conference/ VI Congreso Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas

See you all soon in Burgos, Spain!!

Just two weeks for the start of the conference, don’t forget to register here

We will have the chance to listen to the interesting reflections of Professor Arsuaga. Next, we will start the sessions with a necessary debate on the future of public libraries in the 21st century with Roger E. Levien and Javier Celaya.

 We would like you to actively participate in this debate, that will open this new edition of the Public Libraries National Conference of Spain, this time organised as a Joint Event with Europeana. It will have an important presence of Spanish and international professionals as Kristiina Hormia, from the National Library of Finland on the Finnish Digital Library ; Rob Davies, Ad Pollé and Jon Purday, who will be speaking of different Europeana projectsJeffrey A. Rubin on Louisiana Digital Library and Martin Palmer on e-books in public libraries.

 Three round tables will include a wide range of topics to debate. This debate will be encouraged by leading professionals and also by you, through your collaboration in social networks.

 The impact of the digital environment in library services. Moderated by Nieves González

  Libraries andtheir communitiesin the digital era.  Moderated by Fernando Juárez

 Cooperation with Archives, Museums,Audiovisual Institutions and otherOrganisations inDigital Projects.Moderated by Javier Álvarez

 And also:

Communications and videos that we expect to be of interest to everyone

 We will also have the opportunity to know the city, with visits to   

Museum of Human Evolution, the new State Public Library in Burgos, the Network of Municipal Libraries of Burgos, the University of Burgos Library, the Cathedral, the Cartuja de Miraflores and the Monasterio de las Huelgas , among others.

 Please visit our website, which includes all this information and the programme at: http://en.www.mcu.es/bibliotecas/MC/2012/CongresoBP/index.html

 Follow us on Twitter at @VICNBP. The hashtag for the Conference is #VICNBP


VI Congreso Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas / Europeana Conference
Secretaría Técnica del Congreso
Subdirección General de Coordinación Bibliotecaria
Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
Plaza del Rey 1, planta 0
28071 MADRID 



Digifolio is a project created by the Brasov County Library in Romania to pilot a “public library – school” partnership model that will develop students’ digital skills. The idea of the project is to improve involvement of children in the educational process and get productive usage of NTIC.

The project is developed for three months with a group of 62 pupils, 32 of second grade and 30 of sixth grade, from School n°. 6 “Iacob Muresianu” Brasov, Romania.

Other main objectives of this project are to develop their knowledge on how to create e-portfolio and to present that created e-portfolio, of this way they improve their multimedia communication skills.

Furthermore, they are thought to use web 2.0 instruments like Weebly, Voki, Prezi, Wikispaces, and YouTube, and various equipment, including cameras, digital recorders, and scanners.

For more information click on: http://digifolioen.weebly.com/index.html

Villagers’ petition wins high speed Internet for 4,500 people

Inspired by the success of their local library’s service for farmers, villagers from Glavinci in central Serbia organized a petition to demand high-speed Internet for the whole village.  It worked and now over 4,500 people living in Glavinci and 20 kilometres around the village have access to high speed wireless Internet in their village library and in their homes.

‘What amazed us was that the villagers brought their petition to the village library, and asked the librarians to contact the public library in town’ said Ms Suzana Tanasijević, a librarian at Public Library Radislav Nikčević in Jagodina. ‘It means that the villagers now see the public library as an initiator of change in the community.’

Glavinci village library is part of the AgroLib-Ja service for farmers, which was started with support from EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP). Coordinated by Public Library Radislav Nikčević, the AgroLib-Ja service provides free access to the Internet in four village libraries. The service includes an information-sharing website for farmers, and librarians train farmers to use the Internet to find information about farming methods, grants and other opportunities. The farmers used their new computer skills to develop a lively online farm produce market – AgroLib – and are reporting increased sales of fruit, dairy produce, vegetables, honey and handicrafts over the Internet.

AgroLib-Ja became extremely popular. At first, Glavinci library used a mobile 3G Internet connection for AgroLib-Ja, and for a while, this slow connection was the only Internet access in the village. Later, some villagers bought personal computers and installed 3G connections at home. But they wanted a better quality connection.

Glavinci is located in a valley, and a high-speed wireless connection required antennae in an elevated position. The villagers identified a tank at a local factory as the best place for the antennae, but the factory management was reluctant to allow the installation.

So the villagers launched a petition, collected signatures and handed the petition to the librarian in Glavinci. They asked her to take the petition to Public Library Radislav Nikčević in Jagodina.

‘The director addressed the Management Board of the factory in writing, explaining how important high-speed Internet was for the development of both the village library and the village,’ said Ms Tanasijević. ‘The director also addressed the local self-government, asking them to use their authority and legitimacy to explain to the Management Board the significance of placing the antenna on the tank,’ she said.

The factory Management Board took these appeals seriously.They allowed installation, and now the wireless signal covers a radius of about 20km around Glavinci, reaching 4,500 people.

According to the local computer and Internet service provider, villagers are rushing to connect. In just one month, about 30 households have applied for connections.

‘We are really impressed by the understanding the villagers now have about the value of new information technology – especially the Internet – for developing the village and for farming. Three years ago, before AgroLib-Ja, no-one from the three villages intended to use computers and the Internet,’ said Ms Tanasijević.

Source :  EIFL-PLIP
Author:  Jean Fairbairn, EIFL-PLIP Communications

EIFL Fourteen Innovative Library Services Launched

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is proud to announce the launch of fourteen new public library services that help meet their countries national development targets by serving local community development needs.The 14 libraries are working in the crucial areas of agriculture and health, supporting children and youth at risk and promoting employment.

The 14 services, in Africa, Europe and Latin America, received small grants from EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP) to use technology to extend and expand their services to meet community needs.

Over the past three months, the 14 libraries have been purchasing and installing computers and other technology; setting up Internet connections; marketing their services through local newspapers, radio and TV; recruiting and registering service users, and training librarians and staff of partner organizations to implement the services.

The new services tackle important community development challenges, including promoting health among the over 60s; building farmers’ capacity to apply for government subsidies and modernize farming methods; helping young people and the homeless find jobs; extending e-health services to remote communities and fighting TB.

The libraries are using cutting-edge technology, including computer hardware and software and mobile phones. They are also making good use social networking tools like Skype, facebook, twitter, mobile phone text messaging (SMS) and webinars.

The 14 new services replicate innovative library services implemented by previous EIFL-PLIP grantees. Read more about the 14 new services and EIFL-PLIP’s past grantees. EIFL-PLIP grants and awards for innovative public libraries are announced on EIFL-PLIP’s website, so watch this space!

Jean Fairbairn
EIFL-PLIP Communications

Application for augmented reality: 8,215 Spanish libraries on your mobile phone.

The Subdirectorate General of Library Coordination of the Ministry of Culture presents an application for mobile phones that offers a free service of geo-referenced augmented reality in real time about Spanish libraries, for Smartphones ANDROID, IPHONE or SYMBIAN.

Through Layar, it offers a layer of digital information about national and regional libraries, public libraries, academic libraries and special libraries locations in the Spanish territory and abroad, overall 8,215 libraries.

Once you have selected the layer and maintaining the mobile phone in front of you, the view of the camera will appear with overlaid information about libraries on a 5 km radius. Turning around, you can point the mobile phone towards the interest points. If you click on a specific library, basic information as name, address, e-mail, web, videos, etc. will appear in your screen.

Moreover, the geo-referencing characteristic places the user’s position via GPS and gives him the best path to the library by foot, public transport or car.

Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Culture

The European Congress on E-Inclusion 2011

Logo CIVIC 2011

The European Congress on E-Inclusion 2011: ‘Transforming Access to Digital Europe in Public Libraries’ (ECEI11) will take place on the 6th and 7th of September at the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.

More information:http://www.ecei11.eu/

NAPLE Secretariat

Lithuanian Public Libraries: Network and Access issues

There are 1307 public libraries in total, that serves 3244,9 thousands (2010[1]) inhabitants. Five county public libraries, funded by the state, provide support and services in 10 counties. Main segments of Municipal library network are: 60 main libraries, 143 city (town) branches, 14 specialized children branches; 1085 rural branches, 91 of them function as combined school and public libraries.