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The common thread of the publications released by EBLIDA is to help European libraries to go through the Covid 19 crisis and to show their transformative resilience.

Relations between the three reports can be described as the making of a car, where A European library agenda for the post-Covid 19 age - Work in Progress is the engine, the Sustainable Development Goals and Libraries - First European Report is the chassis and the Paper on The European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027: Funding Opportunities for Libraries may be the fuel setting the car in motion. They have been aggregated into Think The Unthinkable: A post Covid-19 European Library Agenda meeting Sustainable Development Goals and funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (2021-2027).


Think The Unthinkable

A post Covid-19 European Library Agenda meeting Sustainable Development Goals and funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (2021-2027)

Think The Unthinkable (TTU) ReportThe Report "Think the unthinkable - A post Covid-19 European Library Agenda meeting Sustainable Development Goals and funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (2021-2027)" aggregates three reports already released by the EBLIDA European Sustainability House in the first half of 2020. All reports were based on direct input provided by our Members to various Surveys elaborated by the EBLIDA Secretariat.
“Think the unthinkable” is certainly not a book of dreams; it is a list of best practices, an agenda for European libraries, and a practical Guide to European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027. And it is a way for EBLIDA to show how the unthinkable may come true in European libraries.

 

Short version
Think The Unthinkable (TTU) Report

 

Tables Summarising the Report
Think The Unthinkable (TTU) Report

 

 

Italian translation


PENSARE L’IMPENSABILE

"Pensare l'impensabile" di buone pratiche, un'agenda per le biblioteche europee e una guida ai Fondi Strutturali e di Investimento Europei 2021-2027. E' anche un modo per EBLIDA di mostrare come l'impensabile può diventare realtà nelle biblioteche europee.

 

 

 

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A European library agenda for the post-Covid 19 age
Work in Progress

A European library agenda for the post-Covid 19 age Work in Progress

The Report outlines a European library agenda in the post-Covid age along five new normals:

  • Exponential social distancing: a well-connected two-meter library;
  • Technologies are mutating and shaping libraries in new ways;
  • Uncharted economic territory: review the library budget composition;
  • Library governance at central and local levels;
  • Do not forget the climate change opportunity and threat.

 


The European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027: Funding Opportunities for Libraries
(A Paper preliminary to the “First European Report on Sustainable Development Goals and its Implementation in European Libraries”)

The European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027: Funding Opportunities for Libraries

The European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027 report focuses on two funds which are likely to be relevant for libraries: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+).

“The preparation of a European library agenda in the post-Covid 19 age will require additional funding in order to carry out ordinary library activities and to consolidate the trends experimented with during the crisis. ESI Funds may be an appropriate financial instrument; we have to stimulate ground-breaking developments in libraries and be open to novel directions which cannot be covered by ordinary library budgets”, said Mr Ton van Vlimmeren, President EBLIDA.

Italian translation:

I Fondi Strutturali e di Investimento Europei (FSIE) 2021-2027: Finanziare le biblioteche per progetti di sviluppo sostenibile

I Fondi Strutturali e di Investimento Europei  (FSIE) 2021-2027Il rapporto "Fondi strutturali e di investimento europei 2021-2027" si concentra su due fondi di rilevanza per le biblioteche: il Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale (FESR) e il Fondo sociale europeo Plus (FSE+).

"La preparazione di un'agenda bibliotecaria europea nell'era del post-Covid 19 richiederà ulteriori finanziamenti per svolgere le attività bibliotecarie ordinarie e per consolidare le tendenze sperimentate durante la crisi. I Fondi ESI sono con ogni probabilità lo strumento finanziario più idoneo; dobbiamo stimolare sviluppi innovativi nelle biblioteche ed incamminarci verso nuovi sviluppi che non possono essere coperti dai bilanci ordinari delle biblioteche", ha detto Ton van Vlimmeren, Presidente EBLIDA.

 

 

 

French translation:

Les Fonds Européens Structurels et d’Investissement (FESI) 2021-2027: opportunités de financement pour les bibliothèques

Les Fonds Européens Structurels et d’Investissement (FESI) "Penser l'impensable" n'est certainement pas un livre de rêves ; il s'agit d'une liste de bonnes pratiques, un programme pour les bibliothèques européennes et un guide d'accès aux Fonds Structurels et d'Investissement Européens 2021-2027. C'est aussi un moyen pour EBLIDA de montrer comment l'impensable peut devenir une réalité dans les bibliothèques européennes. 

 


Sustainable Development Goals and Libraries - First European Report

The first attempt to map SDG projects in European libraries not only as stories to be told to administrators and policy-makers for advocacy purposes, but also as a fully-fledged concept apt to frame library work into the broader and far-reaching scope of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Sustainable Development Goals and Libraries - First European Report

A new agenda is desperately needed for two reasons:

a) historically, because the traditional library sphere (free of charge services based on books and other media) has been challenged in the last two decades by private information service providers, and

b) because we are entering a post-Covid 19 age where many of the traditional assumptions in the world of libraries will be re-questioned or reshuffled.

There are two main advantages for linking libraries to the European 2030 agenda:

The first is political: libraries are much more than the content they store in their precincts and on their servers; the concept of the “social” library can thrive in this broader political architecture and develop in the specific policies assigned to each Goal.

The second advantage is economic: a new battery of indicators is needed to measure how good libraries are for the society as a whole”, says Mr Ton van Vlimmeren, President EBLIDA.

This First Report covers projects and policies in seventeen countries. “Rarely in the past has an UN or EU programme encompassing such complex social, economic and environmental issues been so spontaneously and enthusiastically received in libraries. What strikes in the implementation of SDGs in European libraries is not only the quantity, but also the quality and the variety of policies and programmes. EBLIDA will find ways on how these projects can be funded through European money,” adds Giuseppe Vitiello, Director EBLIDA.


Please send your comments to:

Giuseppe Vitiello, EBLIDA Director
Email: g.vitiello@eblida.org


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