7-8 May 2010
Parliament Annex Little Parliament
Europe/Helsinki timezone
Welcome to the EBLIDA-NAPLE Annual Conference "Abolish Barriers: the role of libraries in an evolving Europe".

The conference is organised by EBLIDA and NAPLE with the support of the Library of the Finnish Parliament, Helsinki City Libraries, the Finnish Library Association and the Ministry of Education.

The conference follows up on last year's conference in Vienna in 2009 where the idea for a library policy for Europe was raised. This second conference intends to take this idea further by discussing what potential libraries have for developing Europe's digital agenda and what are the barriers. Europe is changing but it is not always clear to policy makers that libraries are changing too. It's important that we demonstrate that our profession and our libraries can react to the problems identified by the European Union such as poverty, inclusion, competitiveness, and employment. And we need to clearly show what barriers prevent us from doing so, and how they can be removed.

The conference will begin by hearing from four exciting speakers on the innovations in libraries. The second part will look in more detail at what problems libraries can help to address and what barriers stand in our way. We hope that by the end of the conference, we will be able to identify our strengths in relation to these challenges and recognize the barriers that prevent us from achieving our potential, ready to raise these in discussions with European partners.

Interview with the EBLIDA President, Gerald Leitner, on Finnish TV where he talked about EBLIDA and the idea behind the conference which is to create a library policy for Europe.
The conference also had some twitter followers: see #eblida.

** Next EBLIDA-NAPLE event will be ECEI'10 (European Congress on E-Inclusion) in Brussels from 21st-22nd September 2010 **
See the preliminary invitation.

Dates: from 07 May 2010 08:00 to 08 May 2010 17:30
Timezone: Europe/Helsinki
Location: Parliament Annex Little Parliament
Arkadiankatu 3,
Material: Auditorium map
Additional info:
The location of the Parliament can be found on the city map.