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Public libraries as centres of European cities - are they also on the European agenda?

Webinar on 27th May 2021, 14.00-15.30 (CET)

Public libraries as centres of European cities - are they also on the European agenda?

Public libraries, often referred to as third places, are lighthouses for education, exchange, inspiration and citizen engagement in European cities. However, they are rather invisible on the European agenda.

The action 'Raise awareness for public libraries in Europe' within the framework of the Urban Agenda for the EU, has set itself the task of creating a provable basis for this thesis and is intended to make public libraries more visible at European level. Its aim is to raise awareness among decision-makers, to recognise the importance of public libraries for Europe and to derive recommendations from this for the European level.

In this context, the Senate Department for Culture and Europe of the city of Berlin and the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) are organising two online discussions on the topic in 2021 in cooperation with the city of Espoo, the German Library Association (dbv), the Finnish Library Association (Suomen Kirjastoseura) and the European organisation Public Libraries 2030.

The first online discussion will take place on 27th May 2021, 14.00-15.30 (CET).

Registration

A registration is required: anymeeting.com/PIID=E054DB80844E38

(The event will be recorded.)

Programme

Moderator: Hella Klauser (German Library Association, EBLIDA Executive Committee member)

I. Municipal libraries and Europe - opposites or harmony?

  • Gerry Woop (Permanent Secretary for Europe at the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe)
  • Ton van Vlimmeren (President of EBLIDA)

II. Where are you? Public libraries in European policies

Presentation of the results of research within the framework of the action

  • Ilona Kish (Director of Public Libraries 2030)

III. Public Libraries on the European agenda!

How do we deal with the results of research, how do we use them, and what do we derive from them?

Participants of the panel discussion:

  • Volker Heller (Director of the Central and Regional Library Berlin)
  • Ton van Vlimmeren (President of EBLIDA)
  • Ilona Kish (Director of Public Libraries 2030)
  • Laura Colini (Tesserae Urban Social Research)

Moderator: Hella Klauser (German Library Association, EBLIDA Executive Committee member)

IV. Where do we go from here?

Summary and way forward

  • Reiner Schmock-Bathe (Head of Unit for Public Libraries and European Cultural Affairs at the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe)

Upcoming National Workshops

Please use this page to keep informed of upcoming meetings, events, and webinars that EBLIDA plans to host.

EBLIDA is organising a series of online national Think The Unthinkable Workshops. 

The workshops will focus mainly on seeking funding opportunities for libraries within the European Structural and Investment Funds.

National workshops are now being prepared with a series of kick-off meetings / preliminary workshops which are being held in national languages and will engage a community of libraries larger than that of  EBLIDA Members. 

Preparatory / kick off meetings for organizing other Workshops took place in:

- Italy,
- The Netherlands and
- France.

Italy

ItalyIn Italy, on 30th October, a meeting preparatory to the national workshops was organised in collaboration with “Rete delle Reti” (EBLIDA Members : AIB and CSBNO). Gianni Stefanini, Valentina Bondesan, Simona Villa (representing CSBNO) and Cecilia Cognigni (representing AIB) presented together with Giuseppe Vitiello (EBLIDA Director). This workshop aimed at identifying SDGs that are relevant for a national library strategy meeting what has already been identified as one of the four priorities in the Italian ESIF 2021-2027: Culture as a vehicle for Social Cohesion. Some 10-15 representatives of Rete delle Reti were present and prepared a plan for the Rete delle Reti national workshop (in practice, all public library systems being relevant in Italy). 

Netherlands

NetherlandsThe kick-off meeting of a larger Expeditie.NL project was organised in the Netherlands in collaboration with Bredebieb on 2nd November 2020. Contributors to the kick-off meeting were Ton van Vlimmeren (President EBLIDA), Giuseppe Vitiello (Director EBLIDA) and Maarten Crump (The Alignment House/Bredebieb)

Some fifteen library directors attended this kick off meeting whose aim was to list additional funding opportunities for Dutch libraries and prepare library projects to be discussed in the national workshop. 

France

FranceThe meeting preparatory to the TTU national workshop in France took place on 24th November and is organised by EBLIDA Members ABF, BPI and ENSSIB. Contributors were Raphaëlle Bats (ENSSIB), Guillaume Gast (on behalf of the Montreuil libraries), Fabrice Chambon (director, Montreuil Libraries), interacting with Juliette Limouzin (Est Ensemble). The meeting, directly organised by EBLIDA, was chaired by Giuseppe Vitiello (Director EBLIDA) and Eléonore Clavreul (in charge of national and international cooperation at BPI).

The aim of this workshop is to make the most out of a French ESIF 2014-2020 library experience which took place in the city of Montreuil. A vademecum concerning steps in filing applications with ESIF 2021-2027 was drafted at the end of the Workshop, which was attended by 110 participants.

Recording of the meeting: bit.ly/3fCFHVZ


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