Czech Republic

Country profile

czecj republicThe Country profile is a sort of Library Manifesto on sustainable development at national or local level, it illustrates the nature and the level of effort deployed by library associations and their partners in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in libraries.

Download the Czech Republic Country profile – PDF version with link references and contact information.
(Excerpt from the 2nd European Report on Sustainable Development and Libraries, prepared by EBLIDA and National Library of Latvia.)

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Library Development Strategy 2021-2027 introduces libraries as pillars of civil society and natural community centers, educational and education supporting institutions and curators of cultural and knowledge wealth. This national strategic plan (adopted by the government in July 2020) is directly linked to Strategic Framework Czech Republic 2030 – basic document of state administration for sustainable development and improving the quality of life of the population.

In 2019 an informal workgroup “Sustainability in Libraries” was founded (within the Masaryk University project Social Innovation in Libraries, 2017-2020) with the Information Officer of UN Information Centre Prague as one of the founding members. It’s main goal is to raise awareness of the roles libraries already play in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build capacities and knowledge base to further increase their impact.

Year 2021 was chosen by the Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic (SKIP)  to be the Year of Sustainability in Libraries.

It’s main activities are aimed at librarians and consist of:



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Activities for librarians consist of: — year-round educational cycle for libraries on SDGs, officially supported by UN Information Centre Prague, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Environment and Czech Commission for UNESCO, — developing a knowledge base in Trello notice board and a website, — networking libraries which are interested in the SDG topic: map of libraries, Facebook page and group, — networking with other organisations and stakeholders: KUMU map of topics, initiatives and inspiration, — sharing know-how and examples of good practice.
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In the 2006 PISA survey — which tests 15-year-old students from all over the world in reading, mathematics and science — Czech pupils ranked only 21 out of 56 participating countries in reading skills. Therefore, supporting reading literacy has become an important issue for many stakeholders, including libraries and schools. The project, which started in 2008, brings together libraries and schools to develop reading habits of primary school first-graders (age 6 to 7).
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The Association of Library and Information Professionals of the Czech Republic started a project in 2018 called “Start Life with a Book” (S knížkou do života). It was inspired by the original Bookstart project founded by BookTrust in the United Kingdom in 1992 with follow-ups in various European countries. Its goal is to show parents of young children how reading is important for their children’s intellectual and emotional development and, consequently, future employment.
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The aim of Debate Your Issue (DYI) is to strengthen the awareness of young Europeans (18-25 years old) on the topics of politics, democracy, tolerance and their threats: disinformation, intolerance, polarisation and hate speech. Debate can teach young people how to stand up for their opinions and views in a well-founded and convincing manner. Furthermore, by dealing with relevant socio-political questions in a critical manner, it contributes to political education in the targeted region.

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