In 2020, the national strategic plan adopted by the government – ‘Koncepce rozvoje knihoven na léta 2021-2027’ (s výhledem do roku 2030) (Library Development Concept for the Years 2021-2027, with an outlook to 2030) – defines libraries as:
pillars of civil society and natural community centres
The predominant librarian age groups are 41-50 (30%) and 51-60 (29%). With 13% of librarians aged 61+, this means that almost 72% of librarians are over the age of 41. The group of librarians under the age of 40 accounts for less than a third and has decreased by 4% since the last survey (35% versus 31%). The youngest employees aged 18-30 therefore only account for 9%.
The majority of professional library workers are women (85%).
53% of employees have professional librarian education, and 47% do not have professional librarian education. The positive growth trend of university-educated librarians continues, reaching 43% in 2020, up from only 22% in 1998.
‘Knihovny současnosti’ (Libraries of Today) conference
The largest library conference in the Czech Republic, held since 1993 and organized by the Czech Republic’s Library Association.
The Methodical Centre for the Construction and Renovation of Libraries (MC VRK) – provides:
advice and tips on how to use and evaluate spaces in librariesinformation on financing (subsidy titles and grants) of library renovations and restoration of library furniturecontacts for certified manufacturers and suppliers of library furniture and architects who participated in the design of librariesprofessional seminars on library architecture and workshops
methodological materials for the construction and renovation of libraries
The Knihovny.cz portal provides uniform access to the services of Czech and Moravian libraries – for anyone, from anywhere and at any time. It allows you to search the catalogues of all involved libraries simultaneously. The goal is to simplify access to information and documents, and to offer library collections and their services in one place.
What a Library Can Do? (Co dokáže knihovna?) – This project focused on social innovation and the possibilities of libraries offers inspiration, support and a map of specific community and educational activities across the entire Czech Republic and all types and sizes of libraries.