Seminar 2019: presentations and reviews!

The last year’s seminar’s theme was


During one day, 8 leading experts from different European countries discussed what young people expect from public libraries in the 21st century and presented experiences and examples of collections, services and activities designed to engage with teenagers and enhance their possibilities.

Find the speaker’s presentations and some reviews by attendees Here

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Seminar 2019

This year’s seminar is starting to take shape. Our next seminar will be held on Friday, 6th of December 2019. Here is the theme of the event:


Agenda and speakers will be updated soon as well as the registration link!

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Eurotoolbox – The journey

The Eurotoolbox 2017/18 is touring school and public libraries across the UK. Where has it been so far?

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Eurolis Seminar 2017

Fit for purpose: Skills for tomorrow’s information professionals

Eurolis Seminar 2017 - Fit for Purpose

Join us for a day of talks and debates and learn how to meet future challenges of the information profession head-on.  

On Friday, 17 November 2017, renowned information professionals from six different countries will draw from their experience in research and practice to help you tackle future challenges: Open and Big Data, inclusion, ethical issues and many more questions concerning future day-to-day work in the library and information sector.

Registration open: Buy tickets here!


Speakers and topics

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09:30 – 10:00  Registration – Tea a­­nd coffee

10:00 – 10:15 Introductions

Welcome: Ignacio Peyró, Director of Instituto Cervantes of London
Welcome: Catarina Ferreira, President of EUNIC London
Introduction: John Lake, Vice Chair of CILIP ILIG

10:15 – 10:55 Nick Poole, Chair of the Conference, Chief Executive Officer of CILIP
“A Future-Ready Information Profession”

10:55 – 11:35 Silke Hoffmann, Acting Director of Reutlingen public library in South Germany
“Future Skills of Librarians – I Am A Networker, A Knowledge Mover, A Source of Inspiration, an Information Specialist”

Short tea & coffee break

11:35 – 12:15 Alexandre López-Borrull, Director of the BSc in Information Science (UOC)
“New Skills for Information Professionals in Knowledge-Intensive Organizations: Open and Big Data”

12:15 – 12:55 Maria Stella Rasetti, Director of Public Library Systems in Pistoia (Tuscany) and Principal Co-coordinator of a local network.
“Soft Skills: New Digital Challenges For Librarians In The Digital Age”

Lunch break

14:00 – 14:40 Ana Luisa Costa, Linguistic Researcher at the University of Lisbon
“Bridges for Reading”

14:45 – 15:00 Antonia Arahova, Responsible of International Relations National Library of Greece, Chair Division of IFLA’s Governing Board
“IFLA Division IV: Support Of The Profession. Managing Change in Education”

Tea and coffee break

15:15 – 15:55 Eléna da Rui, Manager of Creteil’s four public libraries, Paris
“Keeping imagination and creativity alive: our superiority to learning machines”

16:00 – 16:30 Concluding Panel Discussion with all speakers


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Alexandre López-Borrull

“New Skills for Information Professionals in Knowledge-Intensive Organizations: Open and Big Data”


Nowadays, there are new forms of use of information that few years ago we could not foresee. Many information and data-intensive organizations face very important challenges that can affect their future. Thus, the media and its relationship with the social media in the struggle for truth (or the post-truth). Universities, and their libraries, in data management in Open Science. All areas of public security in their relationship with intelligence. Governments in an open vision related to transparency. In each of these areas, information professionals should play a leading role. But for this, new skills and competencies must emerge for Library and Information Science. They will be presented in relation with other disciplines, like Communication and Computer Science.



Alexandre López-Borrull holds a PhD in Chemistry and a BSc in Information Science. He is an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia). He is a director of the BSc in Information Science. He is also the secretary of the COBDC (Official Association of Librarians-Information Scientists of Catalonia). His research interests are based on information sources and their evolution in the Internet, including scientific journals, open science and legal aspects of digital information.

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