EXHIBITION LAUNCH: Eurotoolbox 2014

Here are some impressions of this year`s ‘Eurotoolbox’ collection of European children’s fiction. The launch took place on Friday 26 September 2014 at the Italian Cultural Institute. The opening was chaired by art illustrator Sara Fanelli and exhibition curator Paola Vassalli.

Eurotoolbox: Who’s it for?
Public librarians; school librarians; ‘special’ librarians; any librarian who wants to know more about meeting users’ needs for material in western European languages. The books could be displayed in staff areas or in public areas, as you wish.

What’s in it?
Five specially chosen collections of children’s and youth literature from Europe, in the original language (German , Spanish , Portuguese , French and Italian collection, between 12 and 15 books in each language). The authors and illustrators selected represent some of the very best in children’s book production in these languages.

How much does it cost?
The exhibition is free to borrow. You will need to organise transportation to the next borrower yourself. The exhibition is packed into 2 boxes, total weight about 30kg.

How can I borrow it?
You can borrow the exhibition for about 2 – 4 weeks at a time. To book a time slot, please contact Mariella Riccobono at the Italian Cultural Institute . The box is available from Sept.

Contact: Mariella Riccobono maria.riccobono.iic@esteri.it

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‘Eurotoolbox’ at the Library of Birmingham

Here are some impressions of our latest ‘Eurotoolbox’ travelling collection of European children’s fiction, currently on display in the children’s area at the new Library of Birmingham until 15 February.

The ‘Eurotoolbox’ consists of five specially chosen collections of European literature for children and young adults, published in French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. The selected authors and illustrators represent some of the very best in children’s literature in these languages.

‘Eurotoolbox’ at the Library of Birmingham

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Bibliographic online catalogue adapted for mobile devices

Access to the virtual library from your smart phone

catalogos.cervantes.es/movilDear users,
We would like to inform you that the new interface of the Instituto Cervantes ibrary for mobile devices is now under way and ready to use. Through the MOPAC – Bibliographic online catalogue adapted for smart phone mobile devices – you will be able to access the online catalogue, use the library  e-resources, browsing the catalogue or checking the books you have borrowed in real-time from any place and any time through your mobile phone (iPhone, Android, tablets and iPads). In addition to this, in your personal space of MOPAC you can now make reservations or renew a borrowed book. For more information please contact biblon1@cervantes.es

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Limited Possibilities – Mobile Library Catalogues

Web-App der Stadtbibliothek Gütersloh; © Stadtbibliothek Gütersloh

Web-App der Stadtbibliothek Gütersloh; © Stadtbibliothek Gütersloh

Library users increasingly expect online library services also to be optimized for mobile access. This requires a considerable investment which, however, provides opportunities.

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Library and Information Science in Germany

Librarian in a library; © Colourbox

Librarian in a library; © Colourbox

Library and information science is far from being an established discipline at German universities. But it appears to have good chances of success in the field of interdisciplinary research.

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Eurotoolbox exhibition 2012-2013

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On Saturday the 25th of August we launched the new Eurotoolbox exhibition 2012-2013 at the Goethe Institut and at the IBBY conference. Among our guests we were delighted of counting  with the last  Hans Christien Andersen Award, María Teresa Andruetto form Argentina. In our Spanish collection we have two of her books. We also had the honor of counting with a special guest speaker, Shiobán Parkinson, writer, translator, publisher and former editor of Bookbird.

We look forward to receiving your booking!

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Spanish book day today / Día del libro en España hoy

Today we celebrate in Spain the Book Day. This celebration began when the King Alfonso XIII signed a Royal Decree on the 6th of February 1926 officially creating the Spanish Book Festival.

The festival was to be held on the date that was believed to be Cervantes’s  birthdate,  the 7th of octubre. The original idea came from a valencian writer, Vicente Andrés Clavel, who proposed the Book Chamber of Barcelona, which was approved in March 1925.

Soon after, in 1930, the date of 23 April was finally established as “Dia del Libro”, (Day of the book in english).

The day was very quickly celebrated throughout Spain, especially in the cities, universities and libraries.
In Barcelona the official name was slowly reduced to match the Patron saint’s day, known as National Day of Sant Jordi (St George’s Day).

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