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EBLIDA-IFLA Webinar: “SDGs: EBLIDA and IFLA Approaches”

European libraries are setting up SDG-oriented policies, programmes and projects. But what is the official policy pursued by the two library organisations mainly involved in the SDG development at international level: EBLIDA and IFLA?
Background The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development has had a successful implementation in European libraries. Never in the past has a UN or EU programme encompassing such complex social, economic and environmental issues so spontaneously and enthusiastically been received in libraries. European libraries are setting up SDG-oriented policies, programmes and projects. But what is the official policy pursued by the two library organisations mainly involved in the SDG development at international level: EBLIDA and IFLA? The aim of this Webinar is to build upon the plural debate surrounding sustainable development and libraries in order to find valid strategies designed to reinforce library involvement and make the most out of the political and financial opportunities offered to libraries at European level. This is particularly needed now that libraries have fully entered the post-Covid 19 phase. EBLIDA has opened a Sustainable Development House with services, training and tools offered to the library community in Europe. Its services include the delivery of the following reports: EBLIDA is also offering consultancy work on “The European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027”; Check also the EBLIDA Matrix, with EU and Library Policies, ESIF opportunities and Eurostat Indicators.

Speakers:

Barbara Lison, IFLA President-elect (To serve as President 2021-2023)

Ms Barbara Lison is President-Elect IFLA and Director of the Bremen Public Library in Bremen, Germany. In 1999, she was also appointed the CEO of the Public Enterprise Bremen Public Library. Barbara has served as the President of Bibliothek Information Deutschland, the national umbrella organization of German library and information associations, and as President of the German Library Association, DBV. She has held many leadership positions in the European Bureau for Libraries, Archives and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), including Vice-President. Barbara has been very active in library policy and development. She has also been engaged in the activities of German national and European professional library organisations as well as IFLA. Currently, she is a member of the OCLC Board of Trustees. Barbara has been working for the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Goethe-Institut as an expert on library affairs.

Ton van Vlimmeren, EBLIDA President

Ton van Vlimmeren has been President, EBLIDA since 2018. He has been Director of the Public Library of Utrecht in the Netherlands since 2010 and also from 1995 till 2005. He also acted as director for the city of Utrecht in different roles like Real Estate and Urban Planning, Districts and Civic Centers and Public Services. He was vice-president of the Dutch Library Association and member of the governmental steering committee for library innovation in the Netherlands. He contributed in the International Libraries Network of the Bertelsmann Foundation, was a strategic advisor for the Global Libraries Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and contributed in the Ineli program as well as in the (European) Library 2020 program. He is one of the founders of Public Libraries 2030 in Brussels.

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