“PARTICIPATION IN “EUROPEAN NATIONAL LIBRARIES CONFERENCE”

 

Director of the National Library of Armenia, Anna Chulyan, participated in the CENL Annual General Meeting 2022 from June 19-21. It should be noted that the National Library of Armenia is a member of the Conference of European National Libraries (CENL).

 

The conference was attended by directors and representatives of national libraries from more than 35 countries. Issues such as the role and significance of national libraries in society and the importance of the origin of the latter for the right of modern societies to self-determination were discussed during the annual general meeting. At the same time, the “Conference of European National Libraries” (CENL) 2023-2027 was presented to the meeting delegates for discussion. The strategic plan and action plan were discussed in the framework of the strategic priorities set by the national libraries.

 

The following topics were discussed at the European National Library Conference:

 

  • Approval of the protocols of the 2021 Annual General Meeting of European National Libraries․ Discussion of issues arising from the protocol.
  • Presentation and discussion of the report of the Conference of European National Libraries (CENL). Presentation and discussion of the 2021 financial report, the 2022 budget update and the planned 2023 budget.
  • Discussion of the role and significance of national libraries in society. The situation in Ukrainian libraries, the EU digital agenda, the responsibilities of large technology companies․
  • Conference of European National Libraries (CENL) 2023-2027 presentation of strategic plan and action plan. Discussion of strategic priorities of national libraries.
  • Presentation of a map of almost all world libraries created by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).

Working meetings were held with the directors  and representatives of the national libraries of different countries (Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Ireland), during which the parties agreed to intensify cooperation between the national libraries of the above-mentioned countries, which will have a positive impact in the context of rapid resolution of existing problems in the library sector and the strengthening of cultural ties.

Preliminary agreements were reached on the implementation of joint activities and programs.

It should be noted that the conference referred to the process of mapping almost all world libraries by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and that Armenia’s role at the international level, and specifically on the world library map, has increased considerably.