Andris Vilks message to the CENL community on the occasion of the 30th CENL AGM attendance anniversary

30 years have passed since my first participation in CENL Annual General Meeting events. All three directors of Baltic national libraries were invited to CENL right after our countries joined the Council of Europe. I started working in the National Library of Latvia in 1989 at the age of 32. That was the time when upcoming projects were still at the stage of ideas and EU funding had only began. I can attest that the birth of Europeana is attributed to a CENL initiative.

The illuminated manuscripts of Charlemagne’s Court School now part of UNESCO Memory of the World Register

In May 2023, 64 new items of documentary heritage were inscribed on the Memory of the World International Register, among which The illuminated manuscripts of Charlemagne’s Court School. The application was submitted jointly by the Stadtbibliothek de Trier (Germany) and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, with the support of the institutions that preserve the manuscripts in France and Europe.

National Library of Estonia hosted Estonian-Czech workshop

On 16-17 May the National Library of Estonia had the pleasure of welcoming colleagues from the National Library of the Czech Republic for a joint workshop. The workshop, initiated by Director General Tomáš Foltýn, was held on the occasion of the official visit of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and offered a multi-faceted programme, ranging from development strategies to digital activities.