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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.

Tiele fellowships 2021

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.

COVID-19 and the impact on national libraries

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.

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.