On 10-11 May 2018, the National Library of Latvia in Riga hosted an international seminar titled “Book Exhibitions and their Audiences”.
Representatives from 13 libraries and three museums, as well as museology theoreticians and artists, came together to share and discuss their experience in creating and managing visitor-centered book exhibitions, particularly focusing on challenges they have faced and solutions with which they have experimented.
The seminar achieved its goals of promoting collaboration among book museums and exhibitions in CENL libraries; fostering the development of new approaches in working with audiences by revising permanent works of book museums and library exhibitions; and sharing innovative practices and experiences. The seminar also worked to increase the knowledge within libraries on developing book exhibitions as a powerful tool for building responsive and continuous relationships with a wide range of target audiences.
The international seminar proved that the national libraries themselves, as well as independent book museums and galleries, have accumulated a remarkable reserve of experience and knowledge of audience-oriented work strategies, which can help in widening the range of our target audiences. The seminar proved to be a knowledge-intensive experience that has evolved into far-reaching cooperation and hopefully, long-term networking.
Presentations were made by:
Head of the Education Department, Royal Library of Belgium
It was really a fantastic expereince, and I do hope to see everyone again in the near future!
Lead Curator Africa, Asian and African Studies, British Library
A wonderful job by the organizers and facilitator, and an inspiring forum for us to exchange views and ideas.
Director of the German Museum of Books and Writing, German National Library
Thanks for the fantastic days, thanks for openness of mind – and soul, thanks for the trusting atmosphere, thanks for the hospitality!
Educator, Museum of the Finnish Book Pukstaavi
Huge thanks. It was really a great pleasure to get to know everyone in this unique way. I really enjoyed it all, the companionship, the discussions, the opening of problems and finding solutions together.