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Libraries in Denmark: useful information

Tine Vind, Head of Division for Libraries from the Danish Agency for Culture, sends us some information about libraries in Denmark we think may be of your interest:

 The “Act regarding library services”, signed in Copenhagen in 2001, containing the legal basis for all kinds of public libraries in Denmark.

The public libraries in the knowledge society : Summary from the committee on public libraries in the knowledge society (2010), a 13-page English summary of the report that underlies much of the Danish Agency for Culture’s strategic efforts with the library sector.

Two links to library sections within the Danish Government: the The Ministry of Culture’s section on libraries, Denmark and the section on libraries of the Danish Agency for Culture

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Directive 2012/28/EU on certain permitted uses of orphan works

On 25 October 2012 the Directive 2012/28/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain permitted uses of orphan works was approved.

Here you can find the full text, along with other useful information as the previous public consultations and hearings, FAQ’s, etc.

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

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
Spain

Legislation, management of librarianship

Law No. 257/2001 Coll. of 29 June 2001
on Libraries and Terms of Operating Public Library and Information Services
(Library Act)
http://knihovnam.nkp.cz/english/sekce.php3?page=04_Leg/02_LibAct.htm

Complete text of Act No. 121/2000 on Copyright and Rights Related to Copyright and on Amendment to Certain Acts (the Copyright Act), as amended by Act No. 81/2005, Act No. 61/2006 and Act No. 216/2006.
http://knihovnam.nkp.cz/docs/00-121eng.doc

Public Lending Right in the Czech Republic
http://knihovnam.nkp.cz/english/sekce.php3?page=04_PublicLend.htm

Documents on cultural policy of the Czech Republic:
http://www.mkcr.cz/en/kulturni-politika/cultural-policy-of-the-czech-republic-6881/

Eva Bartunkova
Department Head of Information Centre for Librarianship
Czech Republic

The new Spanish Law of Legal Deposit

The new Law of Legal Deposit was approved by the Spanish Parliament in July of 2011

The main topics of this law are:

  • Before, the printer requested the legal deposit number, now with the new law, the publisher is the one who has to request the legal deposit number.
  • The bibliographic, visual, sound, audiovisual and digital heritage will be copyright protected.
  • The legal deposit will protect the works in both tangible and intangible format.
  • The archive of electronic publications on line will be created. When the domain is Spanish, the obligation to ask for deposit number is for the owner of this domain.
  • From now on, the documents must be deposited as a whole, for instance, all issues of a serial publication must be deposited.

 You can find the full text in Spanish in this link:
http://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2011/07/30/pdfs/BOE-A-2011-13114.pdf

http://hdl.handle.net/10421/5561

Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Culture
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 :

http://naple.mcu.es/content/belgium
NAPLE Secretariat

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.

Florin ROTARU
General Director
Metropolitan Library of Bucharest

Library Legislation in Ireland

Please find in http://naple.mcu.es/content/ireland the latest content in Irish public library legislation:

– One of the most relevant chapters in the Local Government Act, 2001 above which covers the public library service, our council and related matters. The act is a consolidated act for the  local government system in Ireland. The only amendments since have been to the representation on the Council and changing nomenclature.

– As for the  Public Lending Remuneration system that is place in Ireland,  please check both the 2007 Copyright and Related Rights Actand the Statutory Instrument SI of 2008 (Public Lending Remuneration Scheme) which commenced the act. Our council is charged with implementing the scheme and I am the Registrar. The roles of the local library authorities and that of our council are delineated therein. We made our first payments to rights holders in 2009.

Here is the link to our national policy document: Branching Out: Future Directions

Norma McDermott
Director of An Chomhairle Leabharlanna- The Library Council
Ireland

Estonian Public Libraries

557 public libraries, ca150 inplaces where library does not have to be. According to the Public Library Act public library has to be in places where lives at least 500 inhabitants. In such places library usually is the only public institution and local authorities keep them because lot of public services can get in the library. Free Internet for public use is very much needed in smaller places.  

Last three years has been very difficult economic situation in Estonia, but it has been very interesting time too. For libraries there were many challenges, for examples how to organize the everyday work of libraries in view of significant budget cuts both – from the state and local government side. But only 2 part-time working libraries were closed this time. From 2009 library use is growing again. We are especially glad to witness that children and young people have come to visit libraries more in last couple of years. 2010 we celebrated the year of reading and lot of library events helped to get library more needed and attractive.  We even built some new libraries during these hard years. The most beautiful is of course the Tallinn  University of Technology Library. And several new buildings for public libraries in a bigger villages.

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