Report of the 26th EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting & EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference


The 2018 EBLIDA NAPLE Annual Council and Conference was held in Strasbourg (France) on 30 and 31 May 2018.
The conference theme Libraries bridging borders attracted a great number of participants with almost 100 people attending the event.
The programme kicked off with a real prospective view from the keynote speaker Prof. Chris Welch  (ISU)
Followed by an active panel discussion with Kathrin Merkle (CoE), Jukka Relander (Outgoing EBLIDA President) and Tine Vind (NAPLE Chair).
The second session provided practical insight into the role of librarians in a cross border environment, and the last session offered a good variety of workshops to choose from.
The third part of the conference was split into 3 different workshops where participants were actively engaged in sharing ideas, best practices and experiences.
The workshops namely addressed:

  • Regional collaboration driving global visibility to a worldwide audience (OCLC)
  • Copyright literacy in a cross-border environment, a workshop to improve copyright literacy in European libraries. For this one, read the report from Jane Secker here.
  • The Multicultural Library, a model for Europe, an Erasmus + strategic partnership workshop to exchange practices and ideas.

To conclude, the incoming EBLIDA President Ton van Vlimmeren thanked all the participants for an excellent conference and announced the 2 candidates for next year conference: Ireland and Croatia.


Regional collaboration and global visibility to a global audience
Dr. Axel Kaschte
Director, Strategy, EMEA, OCLC
Une nouvelle dimension transfrontalière pour la réseau Pass‘relle
Camille Gangloff
Councillor, Strasbourg Eurométropole
Eucor – The European Campus: European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC)
Janosch Nieden
Director of the EGTC “Eucor – The European Campus”
Mulhouse (France) / Baden-Württemberg Relations
–  the cross-border mobile library
–  “tandem” exchanges
Catherine Storne
Director, Mulhouse Public Library
Copyright Literacy in a Cross-Border Environment: a workshop to build Copyright Literacy in European libraries
Chris Morrison
University of Kent, @UKCopyrightLit
Jane Secker
City, University of London, @UKCopyrightLit


Video Recordings:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:


The event was recorded through graphics by Mrs. Coline Robin who gave her views and captured the essence of the discussion.
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Opening and WelcomeDrawing by Coline Robin
Beyond Borders: a prospective viewDrawing by Coline Robin
Working Across Borders: Practitioners point of viewDrawing by Coline Robin
Your turn to practice: Workshops
Drawing by Coline Robin
Wrap up of the Workshop & Closing Session
Drawing by Coline Robin

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