Ellen Tise at 100th Anniversary of the Finnish Library Association in Tampere, Finland

The conference will open with keynotes from IFLA President Ellen Tise, Renk Roborgh, Director General Higher Education, Vocational Education, Science and Emancipation, from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and a representative of the European Commission.

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.


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Thursday 14 April 2011:

Day Chair: Maria Heijne (FOBID Chair/Director TU Delft Library)

8.30: Registration and welcome

9.00 – 10.15: Opening keynotes




  • Video Message of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda



10.15 – 13.15: Session 1: Access to Information as a Human Right
incl. coffee break

12.15 – 13.15: Panel discussion (Moderator: Jens Thorhauge, Danish Agency for Libraries & Media)
with: Marietje Schaake, MEP, Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports;
Jānis Kārkliņš, Kai Ekholm and Gerald Leitner.

13.15 – 14.15: Lunch (on site)

14.15 – 17.15: Session 2: Copyright and Libraries
incl. tea break

16.15 – 17.15: Panel discussion (Moderation: TBC)
with: Michiel Laan, Interim Manager Services Development, VOB/Bibliotheek.nl; Chris Friend, Strategic Objective Leader, World Blind Union; Ben White, Winston Tabb, and Yvo Volman.

17.15 – 17.30: Summary: Maria Heijne (FOBID Chair / Director TU Delft Library)

18.00 – 19.00: Reception: The Hague World Library CapitalThe Hague Public Library, hosted by the Mayor of The Hague;

Launch of The Hague World Library Capital.

19.30: Dinner: Café Brasserie Dudok, The Hague

Friday 15 April 2011:

Day chair: Tone Eli Moseid (IFLA Governing Board)

9.00 – 9.20:

9.20 – 13.00: Session 3: Open Access and the Changing Role of Libraries
incl. coffee break

11.50 – 13.00: Panel discussion (Moderator: Paul Ayris)
With Celina Ramjoué, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research, Science, Economy and Society Directorate, Governance and Ethics Unit; Paola Gargiulo; Bas Savenije and Irina Kuchma, Electronic Information for Libraries (EiFL) Open Access Programme Manager

13.00 – 13.15: Summary: Tone Moseid, IFLA Governing Board

13.15 – 13.30: Closing remarks: Ellen Tise, IFLA President

13.30 – 14.15: Farewell lunch

14.00 – 15.00: Students meet the President