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IASL2015IASL2015 for short, The 44th Annual International Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship incorporating the 19th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship is organised by Meles Meles SMD and the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands for long.

June 28 – July 2, 2015, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Early bird booking extended to 31 March 2015.

ENSIL will be there. The world of international school librarianship will be there.  Will you be there? Don’t miss it!


 Jean Lowrie

Jean Lowrie, one of the giants of school librarianship, passed away in November 2014. Among many other achievements, she was instrumental in the establishment of IASL – the International Association of School Librarianship – and served as IASL’s first president from 1971 to 1977.

Tributes have been flowing in to the IASL listserv. Here are links to an obituary, posted by Donald Adcock, and to a tribute by Diljit Singh, the current President of IASL.

posted 11 November 2014


Natalie Mertes

Dear friends and colleagues,
It gives me great pleasure to let you know that in March 2014 the degree of Doctor philosophiae (Dr. phil.) was awarded to our Belgian colleague Natalie Mertes by the Humboldt University, School of Library and Information Science in Berlin.  The subject of Natalie’s dissertation is:
  • Teachers’ Conceptions of Student Information Literacy Learning and Teachers’ Practices of Information Literacy Teaching and Collaboration with the School Library : A Grounded Case Study. 
The thesis has been published on the Humboldt Univerity Edoc server with a link to the complete .pdf file. 
I feel sure that this study will provide some vital information for educators, teachers and librarians throughout the world, and especially in Europe.  Congratulations, Natalie!
With kind regards,
Helen Boelens

Multimedia Information Literacy (posted 9 July 2014)

Unesco has once again called for attention to the increasing relevance of MIL education and the need for a multi-stakeholder approach.
Participants from all over the world convened in Paris on May 27-28 to discuss MIL-related issues (e.g., policies, the relationship with computer or digital education etc.).
As a result of the meeting, the draft version of a manifesto on MIL was released on May 28 (available at URL: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/CI/CI/pdf/news/paris_mil_declaration.pdf ; the final version will be available soon).

(The Paris Declaration and its implementation could resonate to IASL-IFLA Committee and the joint work they’ve been doing.)

(posted to the ENSIL listserv by Luisa Marquardt)



An anticipated event in the calendar of school librarians and school library researchers will occur in August 2014. The 43rd International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) conference and 18th Forum on International Research in School Librarianship will be held in Moscow from 25 – 30 August with the theme: “The school library in the knowledge society: use of cognitive technologies, form creative person”.

The conference is being organised by RUSLA and preparations are in full swing.

On the conference website you may see the preliminary program.

The conference venue is the Cosmos Hotel and the room rate is very competitive.

Residents of most countries require Russian visas to enter the country. There is a form available under the Registration tab of the conference website which one can submit to request a Russian visa. Please organise these well in advance. There is also a spreadsheet form for registration including accommodation options, conference tours and payment details. Please consider joining the IASL community for this time of stimulating professional development, an unforgettable experience of Russian culture and international ‘joie de vivre’.

Many thanks,
Elizabeth Greef
IASL VP Advocacy and Promotion


ALIES Flyer in Polish & Turkish
Written by Coordinator
Thursday, 16 June 2011 16:06
With the help of Iwona Kosinski (Poland) and Sebnem Gürsoy (Turkey), the ALIES flyer is now available in Polish and Turkish.

ALIES proclamation available in Bulgarian!
Written by Coordinator
Monday, 06 June 2011 15:29
From May 16 – 20, The Bulgarian National Library Week was celebrated in Sofia. The organising committee choose School libraries as the main topic. To underline the importance of school libraries, the ALIES Proclamation was translated into Bulgarian. We owe the School Library section of the Bulgarian Library and Information Association a BIG thank you.
You can download the Bulgarian version here.

ALIES Proclamation in Italian
Written by Coordinator
Monday, 09 May 2011 08:19
Thanks to Luisa Marquardt, founding mother of ENSIL, the ALIES (A Library in Every School) proclamation has been translated into Italian. Click here to download the flyer in Italian.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 June 2011 15:28

READ posters
Written by Coordinator
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 16:59
We present here the wonderful poster: READ in different languages.

ReadThe poster is a gift from Dr. Helen Boelens to all those people who helped her with her doctoral research by providing data and information. The posters come in different sizes: A4 and A3.

They can be used either digitally, or can be printed off at a local print shop. The poster is designed by Toon Joosen from TOON concept, art direction & design in Breda.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 June 2011 15:43


Thesis Dr. Helen Boelens now available
Written by Coordinator
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 16:06
Dr. Helen Boelens, founding mother and board member of ENSIL was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the Middlesex University, School of Arts and Education on 17 December 2010.
Her thesis: The evolving role of the school library and information centre in education in digital Europe is now available as pdf through this link.

Written by Coordinator
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 16:01
BREAKING NEWS: Baexem, November 1, 2010.

PP Productions sponsors the ALIES Campaign. Buy a pen and support our campaign A LIBRARY IN EVERY SCHOOL.









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).