[A2k] IFLA Presidential Meeting Libraries driving access to knowledge: Action for Europe April 14-15, 2011

Manon Anne Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Thu Jan 13 08:52:31 PST 2011


IFLA Presidential Meeting 2011, Libraries driving access to knowledge:
Action for Europe
14 April 2011 - 15 April 2011
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague,

Libraries driving access to knowledge: Action for Europe is a two day
conference organised by IFLA, the International Federation of Library
Associations and Institutions and FOBID, Netherlands Library Forum to be
held on 14 and 15 April 2011 at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National
Library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, Netherlands.

    * Context
    * Programme
    * Audience

The full programme and practical information will be available soon.
Registration will open in January 2011.

For more information, please contact IFLA Headquarters:
Stuart Hamilton or Ingeborg Verheul


Europe's libraries are the driving force behind the knowledge society.
They provide access to the information that underpins the continent's
creativity and economic growth. Libraries are unique spaces for sharing,
learning and research for all members of society, regardless of their
knowledge needs.

The digital environment offers libraries many opportunities, and library
services are adapting to take advantage of this situation. New forms of
access, new attitudes to information sharing, and a complex European
legislative framework demand clear policies to help libraries fulfill
their objectives.

IFLA is the premier organisation representing libraries at a global
level, and it is to IFLA that the library community across Europe, and
the world, looks for leadership on the important issues facing libraries
in the digital age. This conference will address three key topics on the
agenda for libraries today: the challenges libraries face from the
current copyright system; open access and the changing role of libraries
in providing access to scholarly information; and the fundamental
question of delivering access to information as a human right in the
knowledge society.

The conference opens with keynotes from the IFLA President and
representatives of the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of
Education, Culture and Science.

Session speakers are senior library advocates, primarily from major
Dutch and European institutions, who will explain the situation facing
libraries and present the policies developed by European library
institutions and IFLA in response. Each session will give the floor to
at least one policymaker or MEP who works/is interested in the subject
area. The role of these speakers will be to make a response to the
library positions as part of a panel discussion and discuss the ways in
which libraries can make their voices better heard at a European level.

    * Draft Programme [PDF]


The audience is open for anyone who is interested in the areas of
copyright, open access and human rights. Also invited are stakeholders,
politicians and decision-makers from European political institutions, UN
bodies, international NGOs, private sector and industry, library
organizations and the press.

To bring you this latest Presidential Meeting, IFLA and FOBID have
partnered with the following European organizations:  EBLIDA, LIBER, and
SPARC Europe.

This conference is organised in the series of IFLA Presidential Meetings
(since 2007). The IFLA Presidential Meetings series is linked to the
theme of the IFLA President; the theme of IFLA President Ellen Tise
(2009-2011) is Libraries Driving Access to Knowledge. Parallel to the
European conference, a conference will be held on 7-8 April 2011 in
Pretoria, South Africa for African Librarians with a specific focus on
the African region.

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