CDNL Annual Meeting in Wroclaw, Poland, Tuesday, 22nd of August, 2017

CDNL Annual Meeting 2017 will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, on Tuesday, 22nd of August. The main theme of the meeting is National Libraries Connecting Continents and Communities.

In the morning session we’ll hear about cultural heritage linked data and how newspaper repositories are used in digital humanities. Keynote is addressed by Professor Eero Hyvönen from University of Helsinki and Aalto University (Finland). Professor Hyvönen is director of HELDIG – Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities. He is followed by Professor Hannu Salmi from Turku University (Finland) with the presentation of global information networks in past centuries.
Before lunch time we’ll work on IFLA Global Vision. IFLA Global Vision has been discussed in one kick-off and six regional workshops around the world. On CDNL meeting we’ll hear more and we’ll have a mobile voting around the theme. Please, keep your mobile devices ready!

Visit the Global Vision website on address:

On the afternoon we’ll focus on Digital Unification. And will hear interesting examples of national libraries roles in a changing world of ours.

Election of the new chair

Chair of the CDNL Professor Kai Ekholm, National Librarian of Finland, will leave his position in Wroclaw. Nomination of the new chair produced one nominee:  Ms Lily Knibbeler, General Director of the National Library of the Netherlands. The election of the new chair will be on the morning session. Director General Janne Andresoo from National Library of Estonia and National Librarian & CEO Rocky Ralebipi-Simela from National Library of South-Africa will continue as Vice-Chairs for the term 2017 - 2021.

The agenda of the meeting is under this link: Agenda includes also the presentations. Please note, the presentation won’t be delivered in paper at the meeting.

The venue for meeting is Four Domes Pavilion

Four Domes Pavilion is a branch of National Museum and together the Centennial Hall (where the WLIC is held) belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Four Domes Pavilion is on walking distance from Centennial Hall.

If you have questions about the meeting agenda or arrangements, please contact the secretary of CDNL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About CDNL

CDNL is an independent association of chief executives of national libraries, established to facilitate discussion and promote understanding and cooperation on matters of common interest worldwide. CDNL meets annually, usually on the Tuesday of the week of the IFLA conference.The annual meeting is hosted by the National Library of the country which hosts the IFLA conference. The Chief Executive or Director of the national library of every country is a member of CDNL as of right. Members may be represented at the meeting by their deputies.

The Statutes and Rules of Procedure (revised August 2008)


History of CDNL

CDNL was set up in 1974 to discuss policies and carry out activities that could be performed most effectively by national libraries, on the understanding that its work would be coordinated with the IFLA section of National Libraries. It grew from a rather loose organization in the late 1970's to a much more structured body in the 1990's. Under the presidency of Marianne Scott, the National Librarian of Canada, CDNL established its present statutes and rules of procedure, which gave the organization a much clearer and stronger foundation for its activities. The statutes were revised again in 2008, to allow countries to nominate additional non-voting representatives from organisations having a status equivalent to national libraries.
e-Legal Deposit

The most essential task of national libraries, the one which more than any other makes them what they are, is that they are responsible for acquiring, preserving and making accessible the publications (of all kinds) of the country.  Therefore it follows that legal deposit – the objective of which is to build a collection of the national literature – must be of fundamental importance for national libraries. In the digital age it is imperative that legal deposit extends to electronic publications. This will prevent a ‘digital black hole’ in the research archive and it will ensure the preservation of the memory of the 21st century. CDNL resources for e-legal deposit are available here.

Useful links:

La Asociación de Bibliotecas Nacionales de Iberoamérica (ABINIA)

The Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO)