RIGA - A report released by the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) refers to the scope of e-services offered by the Latvian National Library as an unparalleled example in Europe, as the National Library's representative Augusts Zilberts told LETA.
According to Zilberts, EBLIDA Executive Committee had an online meeting this past March to discuss libraries' experience in new circumstances caused by the Covid-19 crisis, changes to libraries' business models and services, and to evaluate international solutions for a gradual return to normal life.
In response to a call for solidarity launched by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, EBLIDA surveyed libraries and library associations in 17 European countries, including Latvia, to showcase the effort made by libraries in Europe to mitigate the harmful effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.
During the Covid-19 crisis the Latvian National Library managed to come to an agreement with AKKA/LAA (Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency/Latvian Authors' Association), which the EBLIDA report calls an unparalleled example in Europe. At the beginning, the agreement concerned the collection of e-periodicals (the digital versions of more than 1,400 newspapers and magazines published in Latvia from 1748 to date). AKKA/LAA agreed on a License Agreement providing public access to the periodicals portal at no cost for the National Library until the end of the state of emergency. The portal itself was upgraded in response to the AKKA/LAA's request to receive detailed statistics at the end of the emergency time.