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 Newsletter April 201713 April 2017: For European library professionals! The April 2017 Newsletter has been published. It features news and updates from Brussels, Europe, EBLIDA ... and more. Read more >
JURI committee vote to respect the spirit and the letter of the Marrakesh Treaty in Europe24 March 2017: Success, but more is needed to ensure that the 30+ million Visually Impaired People in Europe can at last enjoy reading as we all do. Read more >
A Copyright fit for the Digital Age: momentum building16 March 2017: If we succeed, Europe’s over 100 million library users will benefit from rules that foster creativity and innovation, support improved access to knowledge and Europe’s diverse cultural heritage. Read more >
EBLIDA Newsletter March 201709 March 2017: News from the President, Brussels, Europe, EBLIDA & 25th EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting & EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference... and more. Read more >
A joint call for Copyright reform08 March 2017: Only real reforms can bring EU Copyright rules up to date. Striving towards a seamless physical and digital connectivity is in the interest of the whole European Union. Read more >