26th June 2020

Network Group: Books & Audience upcoming webinars

Save the dates! Books and Audiences – two webinars


The Books and Audiences Network group has organized two webinars for people interested in book and literature exhibitions and collections. During the two-day programme, participants will be invited to share their experiences and discuss the challenges facing these types of collections and activities, with a particular focus on creativity, adaptability and sustainability. The webinars reflect the fast-changing landscape of the COVID-19 crisis.


Who’s invited?

The webinars welcome researchers, collection keepers, curators, designers, educators and other professionals whose daily work is focused on exhibitions and public engagement with documentary heritage, mainly various types of books. The aim of the webinars is to learn about and co-create new, innovative ways of exhibition making, and to explore inventive, imaginative ways to connect books in museum and library collections with modern society in all its diversity and polyphony. Particular attention will be paid to the current global pandemic crisis, how our sector has reacted and how we can use the resources and skills at our disposal to help our audiences overcome the crisis itself and its far-reaching consequences.


22/10/20 – What to tell and how to tell it in a contemporary book exhibition?

The first webinar introduces the new Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) working group “Books and Audiences”. We will address two pertinent questions of contemporary museums and exhibition practice:

1) exhibition themes relevant to modern society

2) modern methods of exhibition project management. The British Library, the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Latvia will be sharing their recent project experiences.


29/10/20 – The future for book exhibitions and their audiences

During this webinar book exhibition professionals from the Royal Danish Library, British Library and other organizations will give short talks on their own experiences during the Covid-19 confinement. Speakers and participants will discuss the possible lasting consequences and new approaches for book exhibitions in the following years. Does the Covid crisis signify the end of the onsite exhibition interactives we have for years been striving to develop?? Have any new findings emerged for making books as exhibition objects more attractive to visitors? How will digitally born book exhibitions evolve in a post-pandemic landscape? Come with your own questions and possible solutions to the webinar and together, let us explore how the future of book exhibitions might look.

Let’s share experience!

In order to gather different experiences of creating book exhibitions in light of the Covid-19 restrictions, and to enrich the content of the webinar, we are inviting colleagues to fill this survey by 15 July 2020: Book exhibitions and their audiences during COVID-19

Both webinars will be facilitated by Dr Diana Walters, an experienced consultant and project manager in the fields of museology and cultural heritage.


Webinars are organized by the “Books and Audiences” network of the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL), and made possible thanks to funding from CENL.


The Books and Audiences Network Group

The network consists of libraries with permanent exhibitions dedicated to book publishing, including the National Library of Latvia, the Royal Library of Belgium, the National Library of Germany (Museum of Books and Writing), the British Library, the Royal Library of the Netherlands, the National Library of Estonia, Marsh`s Library (Ireland), and Lodret Vandret (Denmark), as well as a community of practice including book artists, librarians, archivists and heritage professionals. The task of the “Books and Audiences” network is to ensure a regular exchange of experiences within the book exhibition sector, as well as to maintain interdisciplinary exchanges, constantly developing the capacity of book exhibitions to form long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with a diverse breath and range of audiences. The origins of this cooperation can be traced back to seminar “Book Exhibitions and Their Audiences” organized by the National Library of Latvia in 2018, which brought together book exhibition professionals from 13 countries for the first time. A review of the 2018 seminar can be found here: https://lnb.lv/en/book-latvia/international-seminar-and-workshop-book-exhibitions-and-their-audiences .

Watch the “Book Exhibitions and Their Audiences” International Seminar Video. 

Contact information:

Inga Surgunte

National Library of Latvia

Permanent exhibition Book in Latvia

CENL network group Books and Audiences


+371 29953235


More news