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.
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 >