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Knowledge and Information Centre (KIC) 2013-2016

Introduction

As a central part of its strategy, EBLIDA is committed to the idea of establishing an online Knowledge and Information Centre (KIC) for the library community within the European Union to help Libraries argue for access for all to the benefits of the information society in all formats.
Data collected in the KIC are used for meetings with the EU Commission and the Parliament for documents related to library and copyright issues.
These data are also used by IFLA in its search to better address copyright issues at WIPO in the European context.

2016

Survey on Non-Formal and Informal Learning Activities in Public Libraries Across Europe

Results of the Survey on Non-Formal and Informal Learning Activities in Public Libraries in Europe
[Survey Created:  May 2016 – Survey Ended: July 2016]
EBLIDA and the Latvian Library Association are conducted a survey on non-formal and informal learning activities in public libraries across Europe.

2013 and 2015

Survey on Public and Academic Libraries (including National and University Libraries)
[2013: Survey Created: January 2013 – Survey Ended: February 2013]
[2015: Survey Created: September 2015 – Survey Ended: October 2015]
The survey offers statistics over libraries and describes the number of Public and Academic Libraries (including National and University Libraries) their number of registered users, media stocks, number of loans, number of visits, e-visits and number of staff.

Event contents

  • Academic Libraries - Statistics

    (including National and University Libraries) 2013-2015

    Infographics

  • Downloads

    Knowledge and Information Centre (KIC) Survey Brochure

  • Library days in Europe

    List of national celebrations of libraries in Europe.
    Please send any additions & corrections to eblida@eblida.org.
    The events are in chronological order.
     

    January


    France21-24 JanuaryNuit de la Lecture

    February


    Finland8 FebruaryLibrary Day
    Lainan päivä
    Serbia28 FebruarySerbian National Libraries Day & National Book Day
    Дан Народне библиотеке Србије и Национални дан књиге

    April


    Malta23 AprilDay of Libraries
    Lithuania24-30 AprilLithuanian National Library Week

    May


    Bulgaria6-10 MayNational Library Week, Bulgarian Library and Information Associaition
    Poland8 MayNational Libraries Day
    Poland8-15 MayNational Libraries Week
    Tydzien’ Bibliotek 2019
    Slovenia26 MayPublic libraries day
    Dan Slovenskih Splošnih Knjižnic

    September


    Italy30 SeptemberNational Libraries Week
    Bibliopride

    October


    Austria14-20 OctoberAustria reads. Meeting point Library
    Österreich liest. Treffpunkt Bibliothek
    Hungary7-13 OctoberNational Library Days
    Országos Könyvtári Napok
    United Kingdom7-12 OctoberNational Libraries Week
    Belgium12-16 OctoberA Passion for reading
    La Fureur de lire
    (Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles)
    Estonia20-30 OctoberLibrary days
    Raamatukogupäevad Kohtume raamatukogus!
    Germany24 OctoberDay of Libraries
    Tag der Bibliotheken
    Germany24-30 OctoberWeek of libraries
    Woche der Bibliotheken
    Spain24 OctoberLibrary Day
    Día de la biblioteca

    November


    Croatia11 NovemberDay of Croatian Libraries
    Dan hrvatskih knjižnica
    Slovenia20 NovemberDay of Slovenian Libraries
    Dan Slovenskih splošnih knjižnic
    Ireland26 November – 2 DecemberLibrary Ireland Week
  • Public libraries - Statistics

  • Results of the Survey on Non-Formal and Informal Learning Activities in Public Libraries in Europe

    Full survey results [ PDF ]
    Library Advocacy for EU logo
     

    EBLIDA and the Latvian Library Association conducted an online survey between 15 May and 15 July 2016 on non-formal and informal learning activities in public libraries across Europe.
    The good news for everyone is that the libraries in Europe create & provide with numerous opportunities for Non-Formal and Informal Learning.
    1,413 libraries responded to the survey (partial completion) and a total of 450 libraries completed the survey, providing sufficient data to demonstrate the importance of services provided by local libraries, how these libraries serving communities, meeting their needs and add considerable value to people’s life by providing guidance from trained librarians to information and make lifelong learning possible.
    The calculated sample size of the survey: 425  (Sample size calculator from Creative Research Systems)

    EBLIDA will use the results of this survey for advocacy purposes, to demonstrate the impact libraries are having on communities and to convince decision makers to support libraries.
    EBLIDA sincerely appreciates the time given by all colleagues that responded to the survey. Thank you all.

    About the Survey

    All over Europe libraries informally offer non-formal and informal learning services and tend to have developed expertise in these matters, though the topic has not been studied in depth yet.
    While the European Commission is developing interest in these questions related to learning outside of traditional curricula, linking national pilot survey to the European scale could be a way forward in having libraries recognised as central places on those matters, in addition to their other proven and recognised abilities of access to information and knowledge.
    The survey focussed on both quantitative figures and qualitative evidence:

    • Numbers of trained individuals and numbers of non-formal & informal learning events
    • Non-formal training target groups
    • Scope of partnerships with third parties in non-formal training
    • Validation and certification of non-formal learning outcomes
    • Information about most important non-formal educational offer and training programmes delivered by public libraries
    • Impact of non-formal and informal learning activities on citizens and communities

    Highlits

    A. NON-FORMAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES

    A0 – 82% of libraries provide non-formal training / 18 % don’t.
    A1 – About 1,45 Million of people have been trained in libraries in 2015
    A3 – Target groups:

    • Student 66%
    • Employed 44%
    • Entrepreneurs 8%
    • Disabled people 29%
    • Unemployed 50%
    • Immigrants 20%

    A4 – Number of non-formal training events provided to groups and individuals in total = 434,945 (broken down as shown below):

    • to a group = 92,681
    • to an individual = 343,866

     
    A5- Number of non-formal training events provided by library staff and external partners = 169,482 (broken down as shown below):

    • initiated and carried out by library staff: 149,874
    • initiated by library staff but carried out by the third party: 14,025
    • by third party: 6,491

    A6 – Main library partners for training (7 examples above 20%, others in the survey):

    • Schools (59%)
    • Volunteers (36%)
    • Kindergarten (34%)
    • Other Cultural Institutions (32%)
    • Other libraries (29%)
    • Other educational establishments (27%)
    • NGO (24%)

    A7 – Certificate or diploma = 31% of libraries issue a certificate or diploma / 69% don’t
    A10 – Separate staff or not for Non-formal trainings
    13% have separate staff to provide non-formal tranings
    87% don’t have separate staff as training patrons is part of the work of the library staff.
    A11 – Budget/Funding
    Main funding comes from Municipal (local).
    A12 – Categories of educational offers (a few examples above 50%)

    • Digital literacy (84%)
    • Communication (64%)
    • Education (64%)
    • Culture and entertainment (54%)
    • Reading Promotion (67%)

    B. INFORMAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES

    B0 – 83% of libraries provide information trainings / 17% don’t
    B1 – Number of assisted/consulted library visitors in 2015: 6,751,641
    B3 – Target groups

    • Student 73%
    • Employed 60%
    • Entrepreneurs 15%
    • Disabled people 37%
    • Unemployed 62%
    • Immigrants 23%

    B4 – Number of informal learning events (total) in 2015: 6,462,821 broken down as shown below:

    • to a group of people: 222,624
    • to an individual: 4,634,669

    B5 – categories of trainings:

    • Digital Literacy 86%
    • Communication 62%
    • Employment 50%
    • E-services 59%
    • Education 71%
    • Culture and Entertainment 56%
    • Reading Promotion 62%

    B7 – Number of individuals attending informal trainings in 2015, between 2,317,607 and 3,110,591.


    To learn more, please download the full survey results [PDF]


    This  project was developed by EBLIDA and the Latvian Library Association,  supported by a Grant from the Public Libraries 2020 Programme of the Reading and Writing Foundation.
    A project developed by EBLIDA and LBB. Supported by a Grant from the Public Libraries 2020 Programme of the Reading and Writing Foundation
     

  • Survey on Non-Formal and Informal Learning Activities in Public Libraries Across Europe

    Survey Created: 6 May 2016 – Survey Ended: 15 July 2016

     
    Library Advocacy for EU logo
     
    EBLIDA and the Latvian Library Association are conducted an online survey on non-formal and informal learning activities in public libraries across Europe.
    This survey was open for response to all public libraries.

    What was the survey about?

    There are 65,000 public libraries in the EU. Many of them offer non-formal and informal learning services and tend to have developed expertise in these matters, though the topic has not yet been studied in depth. As part of the Library Advocacy for EU Project, together with the Latvian Library Association (LLA), we (EBLIDA) are now surveying public libraries to collect data on non-formal and informal learning activities in libraries. We will use the results when advocating on the role of public libraries in non-formal education and the contribution of libraries to the EU Education and Training Strategy 2020.

    How was the survey presented?

    The survey is divided into 4 parts:

    • Part A focusses on non-formal learning activities through a list of 12 questions;
    • Part B focusses on informal learning activities through a list of 7 questions;
    • Part C focusses on the impact of those activities through a list of 3 questions;
    • Part D requests factual data on your library.

    The overall aim of the survey is to collect data and evidence on:

    • Numbers of trained library visitors and numbers of non-formal & informal learning events;
    • Main target groups in non-formal and informal learning activities;
    • Scope of partnerships with third parties in training delivery;
    • Certification of non-formal learning outcomes;
    • Most successful non-formal learning events delivered by public libraries;
    • Impact of non-formal and informal learning activities on citizens and communities.

    Survey text in English:

    PDF and Word file.

     Translations:

    Bulgarian translationBulgarian (Translation by: Stefan Dimitrov)
    Czech translationCzech (Translation by: Zdenek Matusik)
    Estonian translationEstonian  (Translation by: Piret Pärgma)
    French translationFrench  (Translation by: Vincent Bonnet)
    Latvian translationLatvian (Translation by: Kristīne Pabērza)

    We thank you for your participation in this survey!

    In case of questions on this survey please contact us by e-mail:  liba4eusurvey@gmail.com.
     

  • Survey on Public and Academic Libraries 2013 & 2015

    Introduction

    As a central part of its strategy, EBLIDA is committed to the idea of establishing an online Knowledge and Information Centre (KIC) for the library community within the European Union to help Libraries argue for access for all to the benefits of the information society in all formats. Therefore EBLIDA invited Library Associations to participate in a multi-country survey covering 36 European nations in order to help develop the Knowledge and Information Centre.
    The survey offers statistics over libraries and describes the number of Public and Academic Libraries (including National and University Libraries) their number of registered users, media stocks, number of loans, number of visits, e-visits and number of staff.
    Furthermore we wanted to know, is there a library act in the country and is there a fixed book price (with or without reduced VAT) existing.

    First round 2013

    Out of the 36 Countries approached (27 EU, 6 EU Candidate and 3 EFTA Countries) 25 countries participated in this survey.
    Participating Countries:
    Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

    Second round 2015

    Out of the 36 Countries approached  15 countries participated in this survey.
    Participating Countries:
    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom.
    The return rate of the questionnaire and the limitations of the national data collection efforts for libraries make it impossible to give a Europe wide overview.
    Despite the shortcomings, the KIC Survey does serve the purpose of describing Public and Academic Libraries in a sustainable way. It shows their value and importance in this competitive information service providers environment.

    Survey text:

    PDF and Word file.

  • Survey on Public and Academic Libraries - Results by country

    Data collected in 2013 and in 2015

     
    KIC is a longitudinal survey to monitor the European Public and Academic library landscape developments. It essentially attempt to follow the same respondents by gathering the same data over a period of time.
    The most recent KIT Survey was conducted in October-November 2015. Results of the previous survey – which was conducted in 2013 – are also kept for reference on this page.
    Please note that data collection methods and statistical systems vary considerably around Europe.
    Both surveys displays the most recent statistics received by EBLIDA at the time of collection, whenever it was made available by National Library Associations.

    Results by country
    [PDF]

    Web-sites of National
    Statistical Offices

    Austria Austria:
    2011 | 2015
    Statistics Austria
    Belgium Belgium:
    2013
    Statistics Belgium
    Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina:
    2006
    Statistical Council
    BulgariaBulgaria:
    2013
    National Statistical Institute
    CroatiaCroatia:
    2011 | 2014
    Croatian Bureau of Statistics
    CyprusCyprus:
    2012 | 2014
    Statistical Service of Cyprus
    Czech RepublicCzech Republic:
    2011 | 2014
    Czech Statistical Office
    DenmarkDenmark:
    2011
    Danmarks Statistik
    FinlandFinland:
    2011 | 2014
    Statistics Finland
    FranceFrance:
    2011 | 2013
    National Institute of Statistics (INSEE)
    GermanyGermany:
    2011
    Statistisches Bundesampt
    HungaryHungary:
    2011
    HungarianCentralStatistical Office
    IcelandIceland:
    2011-12
    Statistics Iceland
    IrelandIreland
    2011
    Central Statistic Office
    ItalyItaly:
    2013
    iStat.it
    LatviaLatvia:
    2011
    Latvijas Statistika
    LithuaniaLithuania:
    2011 | 2014
    Statistics Lithuania
    LuxembourgLuxembourg:
    2012 | 2015
    Statec – Statistics Portal
    MontenegroMontenegro:
    2011
    Statistical Office Montenegro (MONSTAT)
    NetherlandsNetherlands:
    2011 | 2013
    CBS – Statistics Netherlands
    NorwayNorway:
    2011
    Statistics Norway
    PolandPoland:
    2011
    Central Statistical Office
    PortugalPortugal:
    2011
    Statistics Portugal
    SerbiaSerbia:
    2011
    Statistics Serbia
    SlovakiaSlovakia:
    2011
    Statistical Office
    SloveniaSlovenia:
    2014
    Statistical Office
    SpainSpain:
    2010
    National Statistics Institute
    SwedenSweden:
    2011 | 2014
    Statistics Sweden
    TurkeyTurkey:
    2015
    Turkish Statistical Institute
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom:
    2011-12 | 2014
    UK National Statistics
  • Word of thanks

    Thank you for your contribution!

    EBLIDA would like to thank the following participating Library Associations for their support and contributions for making this data collection possible:
    BVÖ, Büchereiverband Österreichs, Austria
    BAM, Bosnia and Herzogovina
    Knjižnice Grada Zagreba, Croatia
    Cyprus Association of Librarians – Information Scientists (CALIS), Cyprus
    Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic
    Danish Library Association, Denmark
    Finnish Library Association, Finland
    Association des bibliothécaires de France (ABF), France
    Federal Union of German Library and Information Associations, Germany
    AHL/MKE Association of Hungarian Librarians, Hungary
    Information – The Icelandic Library and Information Science Association, Iceland
    Library Association of Ireland, Ireland
    Library Association of Latvia, Latvia
    Lithuanian Research Library Consortium, Lithuania
    Luxembourgish Librarian, Archivist and Documentalist Association, Luxembourg
    Montenegrin Library Association, Montenegro
    FOBID Netherlands Library Forum, Netherlands
    Norwegian Library Association, Norway
    Polish Librarians’ Association, Poland
    Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists, Portugal
    National Library of Serbia, Serbia
    Slovak Library Association, Slovakia
    Spanish Federation of Archives, Libraries, Documentation and Museum Associations, Spain
    Swedish Library Association, Sweden
    CILIP, The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, United Kingdom
    Note:
    There are gaps in the data received, because not all questions have been answered. Data collection methods vary country to country and between institutions within the countries as well, each uses a method appropriate to its situation.
    Participate!

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