Welcome to the 100th Deutscher Bibliothekartag 7 to 10 June 2011 in Berlin
The Berufsverband Information Bibliothek e. V. and the Verein Deutscher Bibliothekare e. V. in co-operation with the Deutscher Bibliotheksverband e.V. kindly invite you to the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin to celebrate the 100th Deutscher Bibliothekartag (German Librarians’ Day) in June 2011. The slogan of the jubilee conference „Libraries for the Future – Future for the Libraries“ is not only the program but also the demand of German libraries. Education, information, and knowledge are the resources with which we build the future. Information literacy, lifelong learning, global knowledge transfer, research excellence and information flood as well as reading promotion, and social integration through education are the current tasks. Librarians want to play their part in fostering open access to education and knowledge for all classes of society. Every year more than 3,000 librarians from across Germany attend the Bibliothekartag, because they wish to exchange experiences with colleagues, learn about new professional trends in the national and international library sector, and want to be informed about current developments regarding library equipment, new software solutions and technical developments, which help libraries to better fulfill their tasks. The exchange of experience between libraries and their partners in the economy at the accompanying trade fair has become an important and integral part of the Bibliothekartag, for the benefit of both sides.
Libraries want to actively shape the future of our information and knowledge-based society. But libraries themselves also need a secure future which enables them to disseminate information, to collect the knowledge of our times, to preserve the cultural heritage, and to always develop new information and educational opportunities. Libraries and their committed staff need the support of the Länder and municipalities, the university administrative bodies and all political decision-makers, the libraries need security for planning concerning finance and staff – in short, they need a future so they can contribute to shaping the future of our education society.
In 2011 the Deutscher Bibliothekartag will be held for the 100th time. At the first meeting in June 1900 in Marburg, there were several dozen colleagues wishing to create a forum for the exchange of professional information. Today there are regularly several thousand librarians attending the Bibliothekartag. What could be a better place for the jubilee event than Berlin, the capital of reunited Germany. More than 20 years after the Fall of the Wall, Berlin embodies a gateway to new horizons, it stands for constant change, multicultural variety and heated discussions of new trends. The library landscape in Berlin is as diverse as the city itself.
The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, after its destruction and division, can finally present the new reading room in its historical building on Unter den Linden, which provides a basis for the implementation of the library concepts which were developed after reunification. This library is a symbol of Germany’s development since the Second World War and again ranks among the largest libraries in Germany and Europe. Three lively university libraries in new prestigious buildings develop and provide new and excellent services and information to their universities, which are involved in the excellence initiative competition, numerous new as well as traditional institute libraries and libraries of universities of applied sciences enrich the education landscape of Berlin, the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek and a network of public libraries create an active local library culture for each and every citizen.
Please come to Berlin in June 2011, experience Berlin’s variety, liveliness, the continuing change and, last but not least, the potential of the city’s libraries. Celebrate with us the 100th Bibliothekartag, a jubilee that stands for the best intellectual traditions and libraries on their way into the future.