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EUROLIS online seminar 2020. How can libraries play a positive role in a crisis?



EUROLIS online seminar 2020. How can libraries play a positive role in a crisis?

An Online Conference held over 3 weeks

Wednesdays 14, 21 and 28 October 2020, from 4 to 6pm

For many years the Italian Cultural Institute Library has been part of EUROLIS, an association of librarians and information professionals from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain and the UK. Eurolis members work very closely together with CILIP to raise the profile of European library services in the UK and each year, among others projects, organise an annual seminar on a special topic related to the library world.

This year, we are very proud to contribute to the 2020 Eurolis Seminar on: How can Libraries play a positive role in a crisis? The seminar will seek to explore the ways libraries can play a vital role in the times of crisis through online presentations from speakers in Europe and through highly interactive sessions involving the audience.

The breadth of the chosen topic is expected to cover the themes of health epidemic, environmental issues/catastrophe or socio-economic/wartime crisis involving the migration or subjugation of large numbers of people and the role a library or group of libraries has played in alleviating the situation.

DEVID PANATTONI will be the speaker from Italy:

a Graduate of the University of Pisa, he has been working at the public library "A. Carrara" at Altopascio (in the Province of Lucca) since 1st July 1996. He began his career as a cataloguer of modern material, he then expanded his sphere of interests and specialisms by training and updating himself both in the University and professional sectors and today he deals with adult training, technological innovation, reference, etc. as well as endeavouring to make the Library a place of connection for the Community especially in times of crisis.

When he can travel abroad he always visits libraries to "learn (by seeing and) doing things" (D. Lankes) and then brings new ideas into his own experience and always tries to keep up with the times ... not an easy task but a possible one!

The talk will examine some situations of "precariousness" in Italian libraries (public, academic, local, etc.) that manifested themselves in a very evident way during the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020. Unfortunately libraries face various crises almost on a daily basis: reduced budgets, personnel not replaced, or replaced with employees from another sector without relevant or specific skills, politicians, web (friend or foe?), loyalty, etc. - The library as a third place (Ray Oldenbourg), this is our aim!

Video interviews with Italian citizens who attend libraries for various reasons will be broadcast and discussed.

Please find detailed information about all speakers and the full programme of the seminar on our EUROLIS website, where you can register your attendance, for free, by clicking on the following link: 


Data: Da Mer 14 Ott 2020 a Mer 28 Ott 2020

Ingresso : Libero