Category Archives: Internationalization

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.

IFLA Library Map of the World & Netherlands

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:

More information on the IFLA website:

Annual report 2019 and work plan 2020 RDA Committee

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.

Impression BID Conference Leipzig, March 18-21

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.