Maaike Toonen, Advisor Lifelong Learning, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerard van Dijk, Manger Lifelong Learning Programme, email@example.com
From the 1st of January, 2015 The Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries (SIOB) has been incorporated with the Dutch National Library (Koninklijke Bibliotheek).
Commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries coordinates all activities aimed at renewing and strengthening the public library sector.
One of the focus areas of the Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries is the development and deployment of a national policy on basic skills learning facilities in public libraries. We stimulate and support libraries to set up their own adult education services, especially regarding basic skills training (reading and writing as well as digital skills). With their services, libraries cover a great range: for example, they offer courses, learning materials, informal learning facilities as well as online courses supported by employees of local libraries.
On a national level we work closely with stakeholders acting in the same area, for example the Reading & Writing Foundation (de Stichting Lezen & Schrijven), ECP (Platform for the Information Society), the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW).
National / international impact
The Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries operates in various national networks for an effective approach to improve the level of basic skills of all citizens, resident in the Netherlands, with special focus on vulnerable groups. We also initiate and coordinate projects, which are realized in collaboration with partner organizations. We strive to further enhance and disseminate local innovations and projects that have proven to be successful. On a regular basis, we organize and participate in network events and conferences to connect people and expertise.