Princess Laurentien addresses World Library and Information Congress

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:30

On Monday 18 August, Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands addressed the plenary session of the World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France. In her speech, Princess Laurentien focused on the need for libraries to make their case: “People need to understand the relevance of libraries.

Princess Laurentien, who is the Founder and Honorary Chair of the Reading & Writing Foundation, praised libraries and librarians for the important work they do. “Your work is amazing and I hope you realise that”, she said. However, some librarians might need to get over a bit of shyness in order to start making the case – and there’s no need to hold back. “A sense of urgency should ignite our work,” the Princess remarked.

In her keynote, which included questions to the audience throughout, Princess Laurentien noted that libraries have all the building blocks to convince decision-makers about the importance of their work. “In order to do so more effectively, we need to raise our voices and join hands, both within the library community and with other partners.

Princess Laurentien also noted that the Reading & Writing Foundation’s Public Libraries 2020 programme aims to work in close tandem with advocacy efforts being undertaken by library organisations such as IFLA and EBLIDA. “Our neutral position gives us the chance to create fertile ground for your arguments. Then it is up to you to take the work from there and achieve policy results.

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