IFLA Presidential Meeting 2011

Libraries driving access to knowledge:
Action for Europe


14 – 15 April 2011


Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague, Netherlands


Libraries driving access to knowledge: Action for Europe is a two day conference organised by IFLA...


Libraries driving access to knowledge: Action for Europe is a two day conference organised by IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and FOBID, Netherlands Library Forum to be held on 14 and 15 April 2011 at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, Netherlands.

The full programme and practical information will be available soon. Registration will open in January 2011.

For more information, please contact IFLA Headquarters:
Stuart Hamilton or Ingeborg Verheul


Europe's libraries are the driving force behind the knowledge society. They provide access to the information that underpins the continent's creativity and economic growth. Libraries are unique spaces for sharing, learning and research for all members of society, regardless of their knowledge needs.

The digital environment offers libraries many opportunities, and library services are adapting to take advantage of this situation. New forms of access, new attitudes to information sharing, and a complex European legislative framework demand clear policies to help libraries fulfill their objectives.

IFLA is the premier organisation representing libraries at a global level, and it is to IFLA that the library community across Europe, and the world, looks for leadership on the important issues facing libraries in the digital age. This conference will address three key topics on the agenda for libraries today: the challenges libraries face from the current copyright system; open access and the changing role of libraries in providing access to scholarly information; and the fundamental question of delivering access to information as a human right in the knowledge society.


The conference opens with keynotes from the IFLA President and representatives of the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Session speakers are senior library advocates, primarily from major Dutch and European institutions, who will explain the situation facing libraries and present the policies developed by European library institutions and IFLA in response. Each session will give the floor to at least one policymaker or MEP who works/is interested in the subject area. The role of these speakers will be to make a response to the library positions as part of a panel discussion and discuss the ways in which libraries can make their voices better heard at a European level.


The audience is open for anyone who is interested in the areas of copyright, open access and human rights. Also invited are stakeholders, politicians and decision-makers from European political institutions, UN bodies, international NGOs, private sector and industry, library organizations and the press.

To bring you this latest Presidential Meeting, IFLA and FOBID have partnered with the following European organizations:  EBLIDA, LIBER, and SPARC Europe.

This conference is organised in the series of IFLA Presidential Meetings (since 2007). The IFLA Presidential Meetings series is linked to the theme of the IFLA President; the theme of IFLA President Ellen Tise (2009-2011) is Libraries Driving Access to Knowledge. Parallel to the European conference, a conference will be held on 7-8 April 2011 in Pretoria, South Africa for African Librarians with a specific focus on the African region.

Conference, Open Access, Copyright, Access to knowledge

Last update: 28 June 2014