Video streaming record of 23rd EBLIDA-NAPLE conference

We are pleased to share the video streaming record of 23rd EBLIDA-NAPLE conference “Building a Europe of Readers” that took place on May 8th 2015 at the National Library of Latvia in Riga.

Theme of this year’s conference was “Building a Europe of Readers” and it focused on library’s role in society, focusing on role of the libraries in processes of lifelong learning and literacy development. Keynote speakers of the conference were literature reading and writing expert Svens Birkerts and researher in cultural and media processes, professor of Sorbon University Divina Frau-Meigs. Two members of European Parliament – Vice President of the European Parliament Sylvie Guillaume and MEP Inese Vaidere presented their views on role of libraries in the context of European Union. Panel discussions was moderated by BBC journalist Kate Russell. In afternoon session two paralel sessions took place on libraries roles in lifelong learning and skills development. Wrap-up was presented by Kate Russell and conference was closed by incoming EBLIDA president Jukka Relander. More information on conference and its program can be found on conference homepage: http://eblida2015.lnb.lv/.

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Last call to register for 23rd EBLIDA-NAPLE conference “Building a Europe of Readers”

Only two days are left to register for  23rd EBLIDA-NAPLE conference, co-organised by European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe (NAPLE), which will take place on May 8 in Riga, National Library of Latvia.

Theme of this year’s conference is “Building a Europe of Readers” and it will focus on library’s role in society, focusing on role of the libraries in processes of lifelong learning and literacy development. Keynote speakers of the conference will be literature readfing and writing expert Svens Birkerts and researher in cultural and media processes, professor of Sorbon University Divina Frau-Meigs. Two members of European Parliament – Vice President of the European Parliament Sylvie Guillaume,and MEP Inese Vaidere will present their views on role of libraries in the context of European Union. Discussions will be moderated by BBC journalist Keita Rasela. In afternoon session two paralel sessions will take place on libraries roles in lifelong learning and skills development, wrap-up will be presented by Ryan Heath, former press representative for commissioner Neely Cruse. More information on conference and its program can be found on conference homepage: http://eblida2015.lnb.lv/.

In cooperation with Latvian Library Association a special last call offer is extended to the members of Estonian and Lithuanian Library Associatons, offering a 50% discount for the registration fee, amounting to 35 euro. You can register for the conference at the conference registration system: https://reg.lnb.lv/, which allows to pay either by bank transfer or with a credit card. Registration will be closed on the evening of April 22.

Conference is a part of programme of the Presidency of Latvian Republic in the Council of European Union, and it is supported by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Latvia, National Library of Latvia, Cultural information systems center, Latvian Library Association, Reading and Writing Foundation of the Netherlands and literacy policy project ELINET.

For more information contact organisers by e-mail: eblida2015@lnb.lv or phone: +371 67806131.

National Library Week 2015

We celebrate National Library Week 2015 (April 20-26, 2015) with the theme “Who changes will remain“.

Library Week this year is devoted to changes, to all the new as well as innovative aspects in well known library traditions.

During the Library Week participating libraries will more widely inform public about changes in their libraries, will attract attention to challenges they face in order to find solutions, will organise different activities that may bring change to areas that are important for all – library staff as well as library users.

During the National Library Week we celebrate achievements of our libraries and librarians, promote awareness about library services in order to increase support to all types of libraries – school, children, public, academic or special – in Latvia.

First celebrated in 1997, National Library Week is a national observance initiated by the Latvian Librarians Association (LLA) and celebrated by libraries across the country each April.

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