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 June 201708 June 2017: Read the current EBLIDA Newsletter with library & information society news from Europe, EBLIDA and beyond. Read more >
EBLIDA Annual Report 2016-201716 May 2017: Now available the EBLIDA Annual Report 2016-2017. Read more >
EU Compromise on Marrakesh Treaty Directive Comes with a Sting in the Tail15 May 2017: National legislation will need to avoid introducing unnecessary 'compensation' provisions which will only harm the institutions, such as libraries. Read more >
EBLIDA Newsletter May 201711 May 2017: The May Newsletter, complete with the 25th EBLIDA Conference summary, now published! Read more >
Take down the digital barriers!04 May 2017: Enable Libraries to provide Smart Access to Culture, Information and Knowledge! We call upon the local, the regional and the national governments of Europe to ... Read more >