DRAFT Programme


Internal EBLIDA meetings – by invitation only

09.00 - 14.00

EBLIDA Executive Committee meeting

14.00 - 15.00


15.00 - 17.30

Council Meeting EBLIDA (for EBLIDA Members only)

17.30 - 18.30

Reception (for EBLIDA Members only)


Conference Dinner

Location (TBA)


23_june_2020_big.jpgConference: "Libraries working for a better World: Implementing Sustainable Development Goals in Europe"


Conference Registration

9:00 - 9:10

Official Opening

Dejan Maslikovič (Deputy Minister of Culture, Republic of Serbia)

9:10 - 9:20


Ton van Vlimmeren (EBLIDA President)

Session One - Keynote speeches

Chair: Ton van Vlimmeren (EBLIDA President)

9:20 - 9:40

  • Culture and the European 2030 SDG Agenda
    Hristina Mikić (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Serbia)

9:40 - 10:00

  • Libraries and UN SDGs
    Barbara Lison (President-Elect IFLA)

Session Two - Strategies: Why a European Strategy for Sustainable Development Goals

Chair: Stefano Parise (Deputy President, EBLIDA)

10:00 - 10:30

  • A common goal, two different roadmaps: the EBLIDA and IFLA approaches compared
    Discussants: Ton van Vlimmeren (EBLIDA President) and Barbara Lison (President-Elect IFLA)

10:30 - 10:45

Questions and Answers

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break

Session Three - SDG Stories and their evaluation

Chair: Ton van Vlimmeren (EBLIDA President)

11:00 - 11:20

Panel - Evaluating SDG stories: impact studies and SDG assessment

Introducing the EBLIDA ELSA (European Libraries and Sustainability Assessment) Working Group: methodologies and results.

11:20 - 11:50

Pecha Kucha SDG Stories in European Libraries (SDG Story-tellers)

Three SDG stories implemented by, or in collaboration with, libraries

11:50 - 12:15

SDGs in action: evaluating SDG stories according to SDG European indicators

ELSA Members will assess the socio-economic impact of the three SDG Stories

12:15 - 12:30

Evaluating evaluators: Project evaluation being questioned

SDG story-tellers will discuss, and possibly questioning, the working methods used by ELSA Evaluators

12:30 - 12:50

Q&A Sessions

Session Four - Workshops:

Chair: Ton van Vlimmeren (EBLIDA President)

12:50 - 13:00

Afternoon Workshops: who, what and why?

13:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:15

Workshops:  Policy-making, Assessment and Reporting about SDGs projects in European libraries

Participants are split into groups and will be assisted by EBLIDA Mentors on how to report about, and evaluate possible SDG projects in libraries.

16:15 - 17:15

Reports from the Working Groups and Discussion

17:15 - 17:30

Wrap up

Ton Vlimmeren (EBLIDA President)




Theme: Citizen science supporting sustainable development goals: the possible role of libraries

Timing workshop: 9:00 – 12:00

Coffee break: 10.30 – 11:00

Brief description of programme:

Citizen Science is emerging as a new platform for collaboration between researchers and the public. The numbers of citizens that engage in Citizen Science have increased dramatically, thousands of Citizen Science projects are available online, funding agencies are supporting the field and libraries at both local and national level could serve as an important gateway.

Citizen Science in libraries can also be seen in the perspective of the attainment of the UN Agenda 2030. SDG policies and Indicators are applied with a view to raising the library profile and the nature of their advocacy.

This workshop examines the role libraries could play in the future. It aims for participants to get applicable takeaways by addressing:

  • Strategy
  • Services
  • Single Point of Contact
  • SDG’s – ideas how to
  • Evaluation

An important outcome is to create awareness about Citizen Science, UN SDG’s and how university and public libraries can advocate at local and national level.

Arranged and faciliated by the LIBER Work Group on Citizen Science and EBLIDA experts, the workshop builds on the work and recommendations of e.g. SciStarter, the DEFF-project in Denmark, and the LIBER Open Science Roadmap in order for particpants to achieve results in a collaborative setting.

Participants will resort to tools made available by the EBLIDA Matrix to pursue autonomous Citizen Science projects, which are SDG-oriented (in particular, Goals 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).

Plese note: Registration is limited to 20 EBLIDA Conference participants and will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.Registration on site will not be possible.



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