31st EBLIDA Council & Conference and 2nd EBLIDA-NAPLE-PL2030 Event
Please visit the Conference home page for more information.
The 31st EBLIDA Council & Conference and 2nd EBLIDA-NAPLE-PL2030 Event will take place in Luxembourg, in the National Library, on 18-19 April 2023. A rich program is offered, balancing theoretical issues and careful attention to library practices, with a variety of voices from civil society, as well as (library) professionals, panel sessions and plenty of opportunities for interaction.
The bottom line of the conference, and its most resonant message, is that libraries are not self-referential institutions; they do not work in isolation. They reflect the needs of the communities they serve. Democratic values and sustainable development goals inspire the objectives they pursue, the operations they carry out, the methodologies and technologies they adopt. In this way they exert influence on people, underline diversity and create pre-requisites for the integration of minorities. In all their endeavors – from lifelong learning to digital literacy, from social cohesion to cultural heritage - they give a concrete meaning the common European identity.
This is the essence of library power. Shall we call it “soft power”, a concept that has proved effective in the theory of international relations? This power is not expressed “hardly”, through force and obligation, but in a gentle, but firm pledge towards a sustainable, democratic and equitable society. Is it linked to the more traditional notion of empowering citizens for a democratic and sustainable society? Is it both?
We need stronger libraries if we want a Europe that is stronger, cohesive and closer to its citizens.
European Parliament Hearing:22 March 2023: The future of the European book sector Read more >
Press Release: Handbook on comparative e-lending policies in Europe16 March 2023: Published now by the EBLIDA EGIL Group of Experts. (Expert Group on Information Law). Read more >
EBLIDA Newsletter March 202309 March 2023: Read about Library Legislation and E-Lending Policy in Europe, E-Relevance, RL:EU, A new tool for Partnership Matching for EU-funded Projects, Sustainable Development and Libraries and more... Read more >
EBLIDA Newsletter February 202315 February 2023: Are you willing to help us, so we can support you best? And information on EBLIDA Conference. Read more >
EBLIDA sends condolences to Türkiye and Syria10 February 2023: Our hearts and minds are with those affected. Read more >