At its annual assembly meeting on May 29th, 2020 the 23 member countries of the National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe (NAPLE) Forum approved new statutes and elected a new six-member Board for the period 2020-2023. The NAPLE Forum is an international non-governmental association pursuing the interests of the national authorities for public libraries in Europe. Its main aim is to promote principles and strategies for public library policies.
NAPLE’s new statutes set out the following objectives for the organisation:
The new NAPLE Board consists of the following members:
Dr. Stuart Hamilton will serve as NAPLE President for the period 2020-2023. Following the election of the Board and the approval of the new statutes, he said: “I’m extremely happy to lead NAPLE forward during this challenging but exciting time for public libraries in Europe. NAPLE members have unanimously adopted new statutes and objectives to give our organisation new impetus and direction. Now we are looking forward to working together, and with other library partners in Europe, to develop and share the best practices and policies that will help public libraries respond to the impact of COVID-19.”
NAPLE will now move swiftly to reach out to the broader library community in Europe, and to tackle pressing issues such as the continuing response to COVID-19 and the commercial and legal frameworks around library provision of eBooks. NAPLE will continue to expand its Sister Libraries Programme and to develop a new communications approach for the coming three years.
NAPLE membership is open to all national public library authorities, or the nearest equivalent to such policy making institutions with national responsibilities for public library services, or, within a federate system, institutions that can assume the appropriate level of such responsibilities. Interested members should be nominated by contacting the NAPLE secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org