Advocacy and Lobbying for libraries in Europe
Since 1992, EBLIDA's main goal is to lobby for libraries in Europe.
EBLIDA lobbies to defend and promote the interests of the library, archive and information sectors and professionals in Europe, mainly following the policy agenda of the European Commission.
The lobbying efforts of EBLIDA operate in two ways:
- Influencing the European and International institutions and organisations;
- Providing support to national member organisations.
Influencing European Institutions and officials and achieving positive results is not a straightforward task. There are many possibilities for action, but often a combined effort is required to achieve a successful outcome. EBLIDA acts mainly through its Secretariat, headed by the Director, who is responsible for the management of relations with the European Institutions and international organisations.
As regards members, it is EBLIDA‘s commitment to encourage, inspire and support their national lobbying actions, providing the necessary alerts and background information when action is required towards a certain policy goal.
It is crucial for EBLIDA’s lobbying activities that statements and Position Papers in relation to a certain subject, are carefully prepared, issued and disseminated, in order to maintain and develop institutional and political relations.
In 2009, EBLIDA together with NAPLE proposed a Library policy for Europe (also known as the Vienna Declaration). A unified Europe, offering equal rights and opportunities for all its citizens, needs a common European library policy in order to ensure equal and unrestricted access to information, education and culture for all European citizens. At the joint conference of EBLIDA and the NAPLE Forum, held in Vienna in May 2009, it was agreed to strengthen the role and potential of the library service throughout Europe in supporting the European Knowledge Society. Accordingly EBLIDA is working with strategic partners on the basis of the Vienna Declaration to move towards a Library Policy for Europe.
Following that path, EBLIDA continued in 2012 with a position paper "European Libraries and the challenges of e-publishing" released during the joint conference EBLIDA and NAPLE forum held in Copenhagen (Denmark) in May 2012.
If you are interested in discovering more about this action, read more on the following page.
Don’t Go Back on the Deal: No Barriers to Realising the Promise of the Marrakesh Treaty13 January 2017: Europe’s leaders shouldn’t let us down. IFLA, EIFL and EBLIDA urgently call on the Council. Read more >
EBLIDA Newsletter January 201712 January 2017: EBLIDA Newsletter published with the range of activities and interests, library & information society news from Europe, Brussels, EBLIDA.... and more. Read more >
Statements to WIPO SCCR on how information is denied when copyright exceptions stop at the border16 December 2016: Evidence & examples from the international library and archive community on why we need an international treaty for cross-border access to knowledge, compiled by EIFL. Read more >
Library and Cultural Heritage Institution Responses to the Commission Copyright Proposal15 December 2016: We believe that overall welfare is best served by a robust and mandatory set of copyright exceptions which facilitate access to knowledge. Read more >
The Library positions on implementing the Marrakesh Treaty in Europe13 December 2016: The Treaty sets a clear objective: a print disability should not preclude a person’s ability to exercise his human right of access to information, research and culture. Read more >