The Dr. P.A. Tiele-Stichting is devoted to promoting the study of the book in past and present. Its activities include publishing scholarly books and articles and organising symposia and lectures. Recently, the Tiele-Stichting has developed a Fellowship Programme to stimulate research in the field of books and reading in the Netherlands and Flanders.
Each year, two Tiele Fellows will receive financial support and research assistance. One of the Fellows will study an aspect of book and reading culture in the past, the other will study an aspect in the present.
The Netherlands is now a part of the IFLA Library Map of the World. This is source of basic library statistics and is providing country-level data and a worldwide comparison of different library performance metrics by region.
The Library Map of the World is also providing access to SDG stories, demonstrating how libraries in different countries contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The Dutch page: https://librarymap.ifla.org/countries/Netherlands
More information on the IFLA website: https://librarymap.ifla.org/about
At the request of CDNL (Conference Of Directors Of National Libraries) and in collaboration with IFLA, the KB (the National Library of the Netherlands) has conducted a study into the impact of COVID-19 on national libraries. The report provides insight into the influence of COVID-19 on the organization and the changes in the services of 55 national libraries.
In 2019, the RDA Committee continued to translate the so-called “RDA Reference” into Dutch. The translated sections will be published in the RDA Registry. A website has also been set up that went live in the autumn. The full annual report (Dutch only) can be found on the website of the RDA Commission.
A study day will be organized in 2020 with the theme “RDA from theory to practice”. The new RDA Toolkit is expected by the end of 2020. The full work plan (Dutch only) can be found on the website of the RDA Commission.
The Dutch delegation visited the congress with 26 participants. In addition, it was good to see that many companies, including their Dutch contact persons, were present with their services and products.
The Dutch delegation had its own stand, which was visited regularly, not only for networking but also because of the typical Dutch cookies (stroopwafels).
The opening keynote by Princess Laurentien was very inspiring. Her explanation of the important role of the library as a third place to stay was a clear statement. The role of the library as a meeting place goes hand in hand with the ongoing digitization. Through the library, people stay connected. This role must be emphasized: seek contact with your customers, with your stakeholders and sponsors. Dutch libraries have been working on this for a number of years and are happy to share their experiences.
The Dutch delegation is looking forward to an inspiring cooperation in various areas over the next three years and would like to thank the organization for the reception in Leipzig.
FOBID and Bibliothek & Information Deutschland have entered into a three-year partnership. The kick off is at the 7th German library congress in Leipzig, March 18- 21, 2019.
The aim of the partnership is to strengthen cooperation and share knowledge.