A Library Policy for Europe
The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), the National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe (NAPLE), the Austrian Library Association (BVOE) and the Austrian Association of Librarians (VOEB) asked librarians to take part in the initiation of a discussion process on the importance of a library policy for Europe and the benefit that this will bring to the European library sector and its users.
More than 180 participants from over 30 European countries took part in the conference. Never before have we had a conference like this – with the representatives of national library associations and authorities from almost all European countries.
The overall purpose of the conference was to attract policy makers and stakeholders to help initiate a debate and dialogue on the concept of a library policy for Europe and what we might achieve together at a European level.
It was agreed to strengthen the role and potential of the library service throughout Europe in supporting the European Knowledge Society. Accordingly, EBLIDA and NAPLE Forum call on the European Commission to make progress through four recommendations stated in the Vienna Declaration.