Libraries are strong – especially together

German Library Association

Cycling for libraries proudly presents one of its active and internationally-oriented partners – the German library Association. The Association has participated in the preparation of the Cycling for libraries arrangements in Germany in many ways on very short notice and thus contributed to the success of this peculiar event. The German Library Association has also been organizing a joint program with the cyclists in Berlin during the coming 100th Jubiläums-Bibliothekartag on 7th June. Cycling for libraries would like to thank the German Library Association for the fruitful cooperation and looks forward to continuing to bring libraries at the center of the information society.


The German Library Association (dbv) is the professional body representing all German libraries and uniting them as equal partners, irrespective of size or sector, ranging from the largest state or university library down to the smallest local community library and including special libraries, church libraries, public library service centres and training institutions. For the past few years sponsors from the academic and economic sectors have actively supported the work of the dbv, which also welcomes library patron groups.

We cooperate with numerous national and international committees and organisations on behalf of our approximately 2,000 members. At the political level the dbv is headed by the President and at the executive level by the Executive Committee with the advisory assistance of a Board including representatives from both the library and political sectors. Nine Sections corresponding to professional areas of interest and 16 branches at federal state level further represent the interests of our members. These activities are supported and coordinated by the head office in Berlin.

We keep our members up to date on our work through our Newletter, the International Newsletter, the dbv yearbook, individual articles in professional journals, our Annual General Meeting and regular updates to our website.

Our aims

The German Library Association exists to promote German libraries and information, the study of librarianship and information science, the further development of libraries and cooperation between all libraries and institutions of librarianship. We embrace the common concerns of librarianship and information.

We focus on strengthening the position of libraries and the institutions of librarianship within politics and society. Our objective is to increase awareness of our impact on culture and education. We promote the advancement of librarianship.

Our mission includes the promotion of reading and the adoption of modern information tehcniques as an indispensable pre-requisite for participation in society, knowledge and information.

Our organisation

The Members’ Assembly is the top-level organ of our association. Assembly members determine the Association’s policy guidelines and so reach decisions on all matters of fundamental importance.

The President and the two Vice-Presidents are leading political or administrative personalities, elected to office by the Members’ Assembly. They represent the Association in the public sphere and advise the Executive Committee and Board on all important decisions.

The Executive Committee is likewise elected by the Members’ Assembly. It consists of three representatives of academic and public libraries respectively. The Chairman or Chairwoman is elected as an additional member of the Board from the academic and public sectors in turn. The Committee is responsible for managing the activities of the dbv and acts as its official representative. The Chairman or Chairwoman must be a professional librarian; the remaining six members represent public and academic libraries in equal proportions.

The Board supports the work of the Executive Committee. Its members include the Chairmen and Chairwomen of the federal branches and sections, together with representatives of national, federal state and local government associations, the German Research Foundation and independent library funding bodies. The Board debates problems of particular significance for the library system and serves our Association in an advisory function.

Our Regional Branches represent our interests at federal state level. Their chief concern is to promote the library and information system within each state, to enhance understanding of its significance and implications, to improve cooperation within the appropriate institutions and to discuss matters of common professional interest. The Regional Branches work closely with the central federal association, professional institutions and other organisations.

Our association is divided into nine Sections. Each Section embraces libraries of similar size or sector, enabling them to collaborate, exchange know-how and work on common solutions to professional problems.

We have created specialist commissions to deal with specific issues.

Commissions

  • Services Commission
  • Management Commission
  • Law Commission
  • Libraries and Schools
  • Libraries for Children and Young People
  • Acquisitions and Collections Development
  • Intercultural Library Work

The Head Office is the central point of exchange, assisting the Association’s organs, running the day-to-day business and linking to a network of multiple contacts.

Partners of the German Library Association

We enjoy the assistance of a number of powerful partners in our work at national and international level, among them institutions at national, regional and local level such as ministries, research organisations and association. In the cultural politics sphere we are able to draw on a pool of partners taht support the area of Book an Reading.

We are active members of, and the main financial contributors to, the national umbrella organisation Federal Union of German Library and Information Associations (BID). At the European level our interests are represented through the BID’s membership of EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations) and world-wide through our participation in IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions). We send delegates to the Permanent Commission for international exchange called Library and Information International (BI-International).

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  1. We, also, are cyclists and will be ready to offer a small gift to everyone that joins our “ghost-tour” on wednesday, June 8th, 6-8pm at our house on the Green campus of the former slaughterhouses of Berlin. Bicycle parking lots are waiting, however we are also open for anybody differently abled who comes by car.

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