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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.

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News 2011


UNESCO endorses the IFLA Manifesto for Digital Libraries.

13 December 2011
UNESCO has endorsed the IFLA Manifesto for Digital Libraries at its General Conference 2011. The Manifesto provides principles to assist libraries in undertaking sustainable and interoperable digitisation activities to bridge the digital divide - a key factor in achieving the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. Digital libraries are essential for access to information, and for preserving national heritage. Read more >

EBLIDA response to the European Commission’s Green Paper on the online distribution of audiovisual works in the European Union

18 November 2011
EBLIDA response to the European Commission’s Green Paper on the online distribution of audiovisual works in the European Union: opportunities and challenges towards a digital single market. Read more >

EBLIDA response to the EU High Level Group on Literacy

20 October 2011
Response from EBLIDA, the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation to the EU High Level Group on Literacy. Read more >

Press release of the European Commission on the Signature of the MoU on Out of Commerce works

20 September 2011
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Key Principles on the Digitisation and Making Available of Out-of- Commerce Works – Frequently Asked Questions Read more >

EBLIDA, LIBER and ENCES Statement on the European Commission Proposal for a Draft Directive on Orphan Works

27 May 2011
EBLIDA LIBER and ENCES believe the proposal, one of a number of key legislative changes required to the copyright aquis, is an important starting point to facilitate mass digitisation and ensure that European citizens have online access to the 20th century’s academic, scientific and cultural output. The focus of the proposal on published literary and audiovisual works is an important step in making Europe’s cultural heritage digitally available, and therefore avoids the so-called “black-hole of the 20th century. Read more >