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Utrecht University Library Staff Training Week 2023: The FutureProof Library

Library staff are heartily invited to join Utrecht University Library for an International
Staff Training Week, November 13-17, 2023. The overall topic is ‘the Future Proof

University libraries are increasingly faced with new technologies, ongoing digitalization
and changing needs of researchers and students. These developments affect all aspects
of the library. During this staff week we focus on the challenges and changes we
experience in the field of accessibility and findability of scholarly information.

Utrecht University Library takes great pleasure in fostering the exchange of knowledge
and experiences on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Linked Open Data;
  • Metadata
  • Opening up the collections (e.g. digitization).

The programme will include Utrecht University staff presentations, participant
presentations, and interactive sessions. Participants will be afforded valuable
opportunities to engage in knowledge exchange, learn from one another, and actively
partake in enriching discussions.

We cordially invite applications from dedicated professional library staff currently
employed in universities or other research-oriented libraries, experienced in promoting
accessibility and facilitating the discoverability of scholarly information. We kindly request each applicant to share insights into their ongoing projects, their alignment with the programme’s objectives, and their expectations for the training experience.

Working language
The working language is English. We highly recommend at least a B2 (CEFR) level in

European colleagues participating in the programme must be in receipt of Erasmus Staff Mobility programme funding form their home institutions. The deadline for applying is Friday, August 18th, 2023. We invite you to fill in the online application form.

EBLIDA 31st Council and Conference, 17-19th April 2023, Luxembourg – registration is open!

The 31st EBLIDA Council & Conference and 2nd EBLIDA-NAPLE-PL2030 Event will take place in Luxembourg, in the National Library, on 18-19 April 2023. 

Monday 17th of April, Internal Meetings – EBLIDA members only

  • Executive Board.
  • EBLIDA’s Council meeting.

Tuesday 18th April EBLIDA Conference

Theme:  Who is afraid of library power? Empowering citizens for a democratic and sustainable society.

Wednesday 19th April

  • 2nd EBLIDA NAPLE PL2030 event: A serial crisis: how libraries are looking at their future.
  • EBLIDA ERASMUS founded event.

Thursday, 20th April – Library Visit (free)

A guided library visit will be offered (in English) of the award-winning Luxembourg Learning Centre (University Library of Luxembourg) in Esch/Belval, Southern Luxembourg. (Library Visits require pre-registration. Please reserve your spot when registering.)

For further information on the programme, please see the website:

IFLA Extraordinary Elections 2022: Nominations Open

The nominations process for IFLA’s extraordinary election for a new President-elect and Treasurer open. There are six weeks for candidates to come forward, and for Members and Affiliates to submit nominations.

More information about each role and the requirements for candidates can be found on the relevant pages for the President-elect and Treasurer, including links to submit applications. The deadline for nominations is on 6 June 2022, and further information about the process will be available on the IFLA main elections page.

The FOBID board encourages Dutch candidates to respond.

For more information go to the IFLA website.

Call for papers: Knowledge Rights 21 programme

The Stichting IFLA Foundation Programme, supported by the grant from Arcadia Foundation, and in partnership with IFLA, LIBER and SPARC Europe has started with the implementation of a three-year programme, titled as: Knowledge Rights 21.

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Knowledge Rights 21 aims to mobilize the potential of Europe’s knowledge institutions, particularly libraries, to engage with others in order to implement reforms to copyright law and regulation, that enables libraries to provide significantly greater possibilities to access and use copyrighted works. The programme aims to promote reforms at the European and national levels, and to provide valuable examples for the rest of the world.

The main goal is to drive change in the following six areas where progress is both possible and necessary in the short term:

  • Facilitating access to e-books for users of public and academic libraries
  • Protecting users’ rights from contract override and technological protection measures
  • Socialising open norms in Europe
  • Advocating for legislated secondary publishing rights
  • Accelerating the uptake of rights retention and open licensing
  • Building a strong, active and sustainable network of individuals from the library field and above, in order to ensure fulfillment of the long-term goal that libraries can bring their voices to the table in subsequent reforms and debates, working closely with like-minded stakeholders.

For more information, please visit the Knowledge Rights 21 website:

  • Understanding the basis for Controlled Digital Lending in Europe
  • Copyright and Advocacy Training
  • Evaluating the State of Academic and Other Educational EBook Markets in Europe
  • Evaluating the impact of introducing Open Norms around the world
  • Evaluating the State of Trade EBooks Markets in Europe

Deadline for all submissions is 17 March 2022!

For more information visit the website:

8th German Library Congress moved from March to May 2022

The 8th German Library Congress organized by Bibliothek und Information Deutschland (BID) has been moved from March 14-17 to May 31-2 June.

This year’s convention motto is #CreatingFreeSpaces. The experiences during the pandemic have made clear how important the link between the digital and analog dimensions is. Deciding exactly how to fill the free and open spaces in libraries is a process that is constantly being reviewed.

At this congress, FOBID and BID complete their collaborative project, which has been running since 2018.

The congress will be held as a face-to-face event with digital elements (livestream). The congress programme and registration for the congress will be activated on 15 February 2022.

Subsidy option for cultural projects in which Dutch and German cultural institutions work together

The Cultural Participation Fund and the German Soziokultur Fund have been working together since 2013 to stimulate exchanges between Dutch and German cultural organisations. Libraries are also eligible to submit applications for grants. Meet & Match webinars will be held on October 14 and November 18, in which you can get more information about the grant programs.

Read more about the Cultural Participation Fund:

Read more about the Netherlands-Germany subsidy scheme (in Dutch):

Read more about Meet & Greet kick-off meeting (in Dutch):

8th German Library Congress #CreatingFreeSpaces: call for papers

From March 14-17, 2022, the 8th German Library Congress will take place in Leipzig, organized by Bibliothek und Information Deutschland (BID). The call for papers is open until September 15:

This year’s convention motto is #CreatingFreeSpaces. The experiences during the pandemic have made clear how important the link between the digital and analog dimensions is. Deciding exactly how to fill the free and open spaces in libraries is a process that is constantly being reviewed.

At this conference, FOBID and BID complete their partnership, which has been running since 2018.

Klaas Gravesteijn, the new director of the Association of Public Libraries

Klaas Gravesteijn will be the new director of the Vereniging van Openbare Bibliotheken (VOB) (Association of Public Libraries ) from 1 July 2021. He currently works as a policy advisor for association affairs at the VOB.

Interim chair Anne Rube: ‘The board considers it of great added value that Klaas ensures continuity. We are also pleased with his qualities, potential and great commitment to and feeling for the sector and the relationships within it.’

Klaas Gravesteijn: ‘Libraries have an incredibly important function in society. I am happy to contribute to strengthening this. The VOB must be an association for, by and with the members, with an eye and attention for the diversity of the members. In addition, we can continue to grow in our role as a serious and reliable discussion partner for government authorities, stakeholders, and parties in the library network. With the library covenant, we have laid a solid foundation for the collaboration, which we will expand in the coming years.’

Seminar: Libraries and Citizen Science – What is the benefit?

Please join us on Monday, June 14, 2021; 11:00 – 12:00 (CET)

Through Citizen Science, the fruitful connection between libraries and citizens got a new impetus and framework. In this session the speakers will introduce the topic with an overview of the concept of Citizen Science and its relation to Open Science and present examples from GLAM institutions to inspire the participant for their own activities.


  • Elisa Hermann, Information Procurement and Information Management, Museum of Natural History, Berlin
  • Irene Haslinger, Library Director at the Technical University Delft


  • Barbara Lison,Library Director at Bremen Public Library

The online seminar is free of charge and in English; registration is required. The seminar will not be recorded.  Presentations will be sent to the participants afterwards.

Registration is required:

The last seminar of the series will take place in July. More information on the topic and date here:

New Librarianship Symposia: call for abstracts and creative format proposals

Virtual, October – November 2021

This four-part virtual symposia series will explore community-centric approaches to librarianship that push practitioners and scholars into innovative directions. Much has occurred in the last decade that has highlighted the importance of recognizing how institutional oppression and systems of power, global pandemics, and international perspectives inform librarianship. We are seeking abstract submissions for ideas and approaches that can guide the field over the next decade and address the following areas:

  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Post-neutrality librarianship
  • International influences
  • A “new normal” agenda in a COVID-affected world

Symposia sessions will be streamed live, free of charge.

Please visit the symposia series website to propose contributions by May 30, 2021.

More information on the website.