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The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations is an independent umbrella association of library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe.

"Lobbying for Libraries"

27th EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting & EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference

Date: 24 June 2019 to 25 June 2019
Location: Dublin, Ireland

This year’s conference seeks to highlight "Open Libraries" as they adapt, ensuring access to knowledge & information in the midst of the current information landscape.

Introduction

From the 5th to the 12th century, a unique book culture was developed in Ireland, at the centre of which were Celtic monasteries. Books were made in scriptoria and stocked in the libraries of the monesteries. Irish role models exerted great influence on Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian book painting. Monks, educated in Ireland, took their books with them as missionaries to spread the word in continental Europe. They created new abbeys and developed libraries which were monopolistic knowledge centers in the Christian Occident during the Middle Ages.

Monastic libraries are still located in the interior areas of many abbeys but most are not freely open to the public. Even if this type of library were equipped with the latest technologies, it is definitely not an open library in terms of access.

The theme of the 27th EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting & EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference is “Open Libraries”. In every kind of library there is a demand for support with new information and communications technology, whatever the age. Our patrons today need basic computer and internet training to survive in this evermore digital world, and support which is provided free of charge for everyone.

Library services must facilitate digital inclusion and participation by all. Do we need big digital learning centres and innovation spaces in every library? What should be a minimum offer for equipment? How can we develop support services in the smallest and most rural libraries? Who can help to realise investments in ICT? EBLIDA wants to help to find answers to these challenges. Let’s look forward to getting answers to these issues in Dublin, as well as listening to positive experiences from other European countries!

A famous quote by Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), who helped to build libraries  over 60 public in Ireland from the 1850s on, was:

 „There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.“ Open for all, free to all.

 
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