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.
EBLIDA Newsletter September 201813 September 2018: Read the current Newsletter with the range of activities and interests, library & information society news from Europe, Brussels, EBLIDA and beyond. Read more >
Digital Single Market Directive - the European Parliament lays a Curate’s Egg13 September 2018: PRESS RELEASE: Yesterday, after two years deliberation, the European Parliament voted on its amendments to the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Read more >
Job opportunity at EBLIDA12 July 2018: EBLIDA invites applications for the position of Director, at EBLIDA Office in The Hague, Netherlands. Read more >
EBLIDA Newsletter July-August 201812 July 2018: This double issue of the newsletter covers the months of July and August. Enjoy reading! Read more >
Shambolic JURI Committee vote on Copyright22 June 2018: As a major advocate of the library and information sector, while EBLIDA welcomes the encouraging outcomes on some of the Articles, the overall result of the JURI’s deliberations is actually rather lacklustre and in places rather negative for libraries, education and research. Read more >