International news, January 2017


Here are some of the latest stories in the international news that may be of interest to art libraries and librarians.

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) 45th Annual Conference Arts du Monde will be held February 5-9, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Check out the entire programme here:

The early bird registration deadline has already passed, but online registration still open until 23 January and after that, registration will only be available on-site.


If you are attending the conference, why not volunteer? It is a great way to meet fellow attendees. There are several different roles available. You have the opportunity to volunteer when you register for the conference, or you can complete this form at anytime:


Paris Study Tour

Elsewhere in ARLIS/NA, the International Relations Committee has organized a trip to Paris to coincide with the grand re-opening of the INHA library. The tour will be 12-16 June 2017.


VRA Election Results

After a month of balloting (November) the incoming Executive Board members, who will take office at the Annual Business Meeting on March 30, 2016 in Louisville, KY, have been announced. They are

  • President-Elect: Stephen Patton, Indiana State University
  • Vice President for Conference Program: Jacob Esselstrom, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Secretary: Jasmine Burns, Cornell University


European Court decides: ‘Lending rights for E-books the same as for paper books’

THE HAGUE – On 10 November, the judges of the European Court decided that there is no difference between lending a paper book and lending an e-book. The European Court of Justice (CJEU) in Luxembourg ruled against the Dutch Public Lending Right Office (Stichting Leenrecht) in the case initiated by the Netherlands Association of Public Libraries (VOB).

The judges followed the conclusion of the Advocate-General of June this year.

Updated copyright

VOB is pleased that by means of this ruling, the European Court is helping the public libraries in the complex field of copyright in the digital domain. As a result, little by little the contours of an updated copyright are emerging. This will enable public libraries to continue to perform in the digital world the social role that libraries have in society. They will be able to continue to offer complete, high-quality, accessible and neutral access to information and literature.

Questions referred for a preliminary ruling

In the proceedings, questions were referred to the Court for a preliminary ruling. The issue revolves around the question of whether public libraries should be able to lend e-books online against payment of the statutory lending rights fee and that publishers are therefore not entitled to prohibit the online lending of e-books.

You can view the ruling ‘Association of Public Libraries’ case C-174/15.

This text is from a press release by The Netherlands Association of Public Libraries (VOB) dated 10. November 2016


Retirement – Joye Volker

For those of you with professional connections to Australia, you will no doubt have heard mentioned or met Joye Volker, Chief Librarian at the National Gallery of Australia. She has been a regular at IFLA Art Libraries Section, led ARLIS/ANZ for a time and was engaged in the international art libraries community.

Her retirement tribute can be read here


Call for Papers

IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section satellite conference on Digital Humanities, Berlin, August 2017 https://dh-libraries.

Deadline: 15 January 2017

The IFLA WLIC will be held in Wroclaw, Poland in August

Wroclaw recently celebrated as a European Capital of Culture in 2016.