Culture and Information Society
Cultural diversity is at the core of the European Union while maintaining a high-level of Culture is an important constituency of libraries missions.
European Institutions pay much attention to Culture and since 2007 especially promote cultural diversity and dialogue, culture as a catalyst for creativity and innovation and culture as part of the EU's international relations. However, Culture is more and more seen as an economic sector and the European Commission is shifted its Culture Programme towards a Creative Europe programme, where Culture would be seen also from a Creative Industry perspective.
As important as Culture is the question of the Information society. Information as well as Culture has become an important economic and political sector. With the fast development of the Internet and the increasing means to access to it, Information has become a real focus for European Institutions, and therefore for EBLIDA.
Therefore EBLIDA maintains a good general awareness of European cultural and information society issues, especially where libraries and archives are concerned, and disseminate relevant information concerning these issues to EBLIDA members. EBLIDA makes proposals and formulates position statements to the European institutions regarding cultural issues so as to improve the position of libraries and archives in relation to this area.
EBLIDA cooperates and works with other organizations and institutions for these purposes by, for example, sharing information and best practices.
EBLIDA is relying on its Expert Group on EBLIDA Literacies that is central to the lobbying activities of the organisation.
EBLIDA Delegation in Valletta, Malta, 22-24 February 201701 March 2017: Members of the EBLIDA EC met with MEPs Sant and Comodini Cachia and Maltese colleagues in the National Library of Malta from 22nd to 24th February 2017 Read more >
EBLIDA Newsletter February 201709 February 2017: Stay informed about Library & information news from, Brussels, Europe, EBLIDA and more. Read more >
EBLIDA briefing on the e-lending judgement of the CJEU19 January 2017: The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in November 2016 that library lending of electronic books (e-books) may, under certain conditions, be treated in the same way as the library lending of paper books. Read more >
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 >