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1 Flemish Parliament Act of 6 july 2012 on local cultural policy May 14, 2013 New library legislation in Flanders

2 Retrospective view 1921 First Belgian public library legislation Subsidising and ordening 1978 Flemish competence Norms and standards Professionalisation 2001 Responsibility of municipalities Integrated local cultural policy May 14, 2013

3 Cooperation between Flemish and local authorities Operational autonomy for local authorities The abolition of the separate sectoral policy plans, including the cultural policy plan Integrated multi-annual plan Flemish policy priorities May 14, 2013

4 Flemish Parliament Act of 6 July 2012 on Local Cultural Policy Implementation on 1 January 2014More responsibilities and freedom to local administrationsFocus on objectives and effects No more conditions regarding library staff or financial regulations (free use and lending of printed materials; no membership fee for children and youngsters; the presence of high educated library staff) May 14, 2013

5 Flemish policy priorities on local cultural policy Municipalities commit themselves to pursue a qualitative and sustainable local cultural policy to organize a low-threshold library to establish a cultural centre. Flanders holds on to a strategy of an integrated cultural policy, whereby public libraries gear their activities to the other cultural actors in the municipality. May 14, 2013

6 Flemish policy priority public library municipalities should operate a library which: stimulates cultural education and reading motivation; focuses on the promotion of e-inclusion among target groups that are difficult to reach and on the increase of information literacy and media literacy; invests in an adapted service provision for the disabled and for target groups that are difficult to reach in the cultural, educational and socio-economic field; promotes cooperation with education institutions. May 14, 2013

7 Subsidies public libraries No commitment to Flemish policy priorities = no subsidies from Flemish Government less than 10,000 inhabitants: subsidy of 56,000 euro per year 10,000+ inhabitants: 6.5 euro per inhabitant per year May 14, 2013

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