About Us

Stichting ENSIL (European Network for School Libraries and Information Literacy) is a Foundation, based in the Netherlands. It advocates professional school librarianship, by encouraging professional development of school librarians, exchange of information between school librarians and stakeholders and promoting school libraries throughout Europe.

In the Spring of 2003, 12 delegates from 8 countries in Europe came together in Amsterdam to discuss the role of school libraries in Life-Long-Learning and the significance of (Information) Literacy as a key competence. The result of the discussions was the inception of ENSIL and the publication of the Amsterdam Statement.

The founding fathers and mothers of ENSIL: front from left to right: Astrid Flagstad (Norway), Luisa Marquardt (Italy), Lourense Das (Netherlands), Kathy Lemaire (UK); Middle from left to right: Eric Azalgov (Russia), Johanna Hladej (Austria); top from left to right: Olga Gromova Russia, Werner Schöggl (Austria), Maria Jose Vitorino (Portugal), Christer Holmqvist (Sweden), Helen Boelens (Netherlands), Ms. Boelens (meeting assistant), Monica Nilsson (Sweden).

Case Study: Collaborative networks supporting advocacy ( a paper by Founding Mother and ENSIL Coordinator Lourense Das, for a joint IASL-IFLA project).
The current Board