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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.

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.

Further reports will describe library prototypes for a future post-Covid 19 library agenda, which has to be adapted to the needs of the library or the (local, regional, national) library system.

 

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.

 

Download the Report: A European Library Agenda for the post-Covid 19 age

[Open Access publication, licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) which permits the widest possible dissemination to EBLIDA members and the European library community.]

Please send your comments to:

Giuseppe Vitiello, EBLIDA Director
Email: g.vitiello@kb.nl


 

(A Paper preliminary to the “First European Report on Sustainable Development Goals and its Implementation in European Libraries”)

(Draft, May 2020)

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.

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

[Open Access publication, licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) which permits the widest possible dissemination to EBLIDA members and the European library community.]


The “Sustainable Development Goals and libraries – First European Report” is 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. 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.

Download: Sustainable Development Goals and Libraries - First European Report

[Open Access publication, licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) which permits the widest possible dissemination to EBLIDA members and the European library community.]

 


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