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Estonian Librarians Association (ELA) PDF Print E-mail

Estonian Librarians Association

The founding congress of the Estonian Librarians Association was held in February 1923 in Tallinn, with the participation of 54 librarians from all over the country. The congress was the first attempt to unite librarians in order to improve the quality of librarianship in Estonia.

The Association had only 17 years, from 1923 until 1940, to take action before the Second World War, and they started practically from zero: at that time the university offered no degree in librarianship in Estonia, there existed no state network of libraries and the libraries did not have their own buildings or rooms or financing. At schools and in the local communities librarians worked without salary. The first undertaking of the Association was to organize training courses for librarians. That began in 1924, and until 1940 they managed to give 36 courses.Read More...


Danish Library Association (DLA) PDF Print E-mail

Danish Library Association (DLA)

The Danish Library Association (DLA) is an organisation which lobbies for libraries, in particular public libraries. Its mission is to campaign for free and equal access to information, knowledge and cultural experiences at local level. The association lobbies the national government and the local municipalities and their politicians. For example, the DLA fought for and succeeded in resisting charges for library services when the most recent library act came into force in 2000. This new Law on Library Activities states that book and digital formats, including the internet, are equally important in today’s Knowledge Society.

The DLA has been active for more than one hundred years. In the beginning its aims were to ensure that public libraries had the means, methods and a legal framework to promote reading, reading habits and support literacy.

Today, our aims have expanded into a new vital area. This is supporting and promoting ICT-literacy and assisting citizens to acquire net-search and net-use skills. These abilities are considered fundamental in a democratic e-society.Read More...

Croatian Library Association PDF Print E-mail

Croatian Library Association

Croatian Library Association was founded in 1940. However, the need for an independent library profession had been stated in Croatia much earlier, in 1819, in Zagreb Royal Academy manifesto "Glorious Homeland ". It was quite progressive view for that time and in accordance with that in other countries where librarians were expected to do their jobs skilfully and where librarianship was turning into a profession.


Regular activities of the Association include the work of its governing and professional bodies, publishing of the Newsletter and maintenance of its web site, and proposing library legislature. It also entails publishing of translations of international library standards and guidelines.

The Head Board, Executive Board, and Supervisory Board are the governing bodies of the Association. Constitution prescribes that the meetings of the Head Board should be held as the need arises, and at least twice a year. Executive Board shall hold its meetings at least four times a year. However, in practice governing bodies meet more often than it is prescribed.Read More...

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) PDF Print E-mail

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

A fair and economically prosperous society is underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge.

CILIP exists to:Promote and support the people who work to deliver this vision.

Be the leading voice for information, library and knowledge practitioners, working to advocate strongly, provide unity through shared values and develop skills and excellence.

It was formed in 2002 by the merger of the Library Association (abbreviated as LA or sometimes LAUK) – founded in 1877 as a result of the first International Conference of Librarians[2] and awarded a Royal Charter in 1898[3] – and the Institute of Information Scientists, founded in 1958. Membership is not compulsory for practice, but members can work towards Chartered Membership which entitles them to the postnominal letters MCLIP, and subsequently toward Fellowship (FCLIP) [sic]. Affiliated members can also obtain ACLIP upon completing certification. Honorary Fellowship (HonFCLIP or FCLIP(hc)), a qualification akin to an honorary degree, is granted to a small number of people who have rendered distinguished service to the profession.Read More...

Austrian Library Association (BVÖ) PDF Print E-mail

Austrian Library Association (BVÖ)

The Austrian Library Association (BVÖ) is an umbrella organisation representing the interests of Austrian Public Libraries. More than 2,800 libraries are members of the association. We provide them with service, advice and information. Our services range from financial support to the promotion of literature and reading, publications and cost-free online content.

We carry out the operative tasks of the Advisory Council on Education and Training, the organisation responsible for BKA-financed basic and advanced professional training for librarians working at public libraries.

The Austrian Library Association was founded 1948, at that time under the name “Association of Austrian People’s Libraries and People’s Librarians”. The two associations which had existed previously – “Österreichisches Borromäuswerk“ (the umbrella organisation of all libraries of the Catholic Church, today called “Österreichisches Bibliothekswerk“) and the “Verlag des ÖGB-Büchereiservice“ (the umbrella organisation of the libraries of Austrian Chamber of Labour and workers’ libraries) - cooperatively joined the new association.Read More...


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