Last call to register for 23rd EBLIDA-NAPLE conference “Building a Europe of Readers”

Only two days are left to register for  23rd EBLIDA-NAPLE conference, co-organised by European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe (NAPLE), which will take place on May 8 in Riga, National Library of Latvia.

Theme of this year’s conference is “Building a Europe of Readers” and it will focus on library’s role in society, focusing on role of the libraries in processes of lifelong learning and literacy development. Keynote speakers of the conference will be literature readfing and writing expert Svens Birkerts and researher in cultural and media processes, professor of Sorbon University Divina Frau-Meigs. Two members of European Parliament – Vice President of the European Parliament Sylvie Guillaume,and MEP Inese Vaidere will present their views on role of libraries in the context of European Union. Discussions will be moderated by BBC journalist Keita Rasela. In afternoon session two paralel sessions will take place on libraries roles in lifelong learning and skills development, wrap-up will be presented by Ryan Heath, former press representative for commissioner Neely Cruse. More information on conference and its program can be found on conference homepage:

In cooperation with Latvian Library Association a special last call offer is extended to the members of Estonian and Lithuanian Library Associatons, offering a 50% discount for the registration fee, amounting to 35 euro. You can register for the conference at the conference registration system:, which allows to pay either by bank transfer or with a credit card. Registration will be closed on the evening of April 22.

Conference is a part of programme of the Presidency of Latvian Republic in the Council of European Union, and it is supported by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Latvia, National Library of Latvia, Cultural information systems center, Latvian Library Association, Reading and Writing Foundation of the Netherlands and literacy policy project ELINET.

For more information contact organisers by e-mail: or phone: +371 67806131.

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