The libraries of the Czech Republic are represented by four organisations.
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University libraries are an integral part of universities; they enter the university’s educational and scientific-research process, the results and fulfilled goals of which move society forward.
The Association of Libraries of Czech Universities strives for the development and quality of Czech university libraries. It represents university libraries in conceptual meetings at a national and international level. It creates a foundation for cooperation with the aim of increasing openness, horizontal permeability, quality and efficiency of the services offered. It bases its activities on the strategic documents of each member university and creates suitable conditions for strengthening and developing both existing and new competencies of university libraries.
In 2019: 11,805,960 library units – 2,856,218 lent books – 14,440 study places – 28,343 training participants.
Main programme activities of the Library Committee of the AMG (Czech Association of Museums and Galleries)
1. Supporting the activities of libraries, museums and galeries
2. Cooperation with professional associations
3. Cooperation with the MK ČR (Ministry of Culture)
4. Educating librarians at museums and galleries
5. Presentation and promotion of the activities of museum and gallery libraries for the professional and lay public
The focus of this association is on:
SDRUK organizes educational events for library managers and librarians. It is the organizer of the largest library event in the Czech Republic – the ‘Libraries of Today’ conference (held since 1993).
It is involved in educating librarians. It brings new topics, ideas and issues into the library environment. It maintains and develops projects in the long term, networking responsible organizations.
Initiation, facilitation and mediation
It initiates and moderates discussions about the current and future form of Czech librarianship. It connects topics inside and outside the library community, connects the library and non-library public, and mediates dialogue with potential clients, suppliers, and the world outside libraries.
Representation and lobbying
It is a representative of dialogue between the MPSV and MŠMT (Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports). It maintains active contact with state administration, the relevant ministries and regional representation. It is a strong voice for libraries. It is also aware of its responsibility to taxpayers and the founder.
SKIP strives for a continuous increase in the level of library and information work and the associated prestige of the field, and for the state, library founders and information institutions to create favourable conditions for their development and activity.
SKIP has over 1,800 members and is organized on a regional basis. It has ten regional committees. Sections, clubs and committees are in charge of professional activities.