The 2014 Annual Meeting of CDNL will be held in Lyon, France on the Tuesday, 19 August 2014 during the IFLA Congress (16-22 August 2014).The CDNL meeting will be hosted by National Library of France.
The most essential task of national libraries, the one which more than any other makes them what they are, is that they are responsible for acquiring, preserving and making accessible the publications (of all kinds) of the country. Therefore it follows that legal deposit – the objective of which is to build a collection of the national literature – must be of fundamental importance for national libraries. In the digital age it is imperative that legal deposit extends to electronic publications. This will prevent a ‘digital black hole’ in the research archive and it will ensure the preservation of the memory of the 21st century. CDNL resources for e-legal deposit are available here.
MALI – CDNL RESOLUTION
Dated 13 August 2012
• CDNL views with grave concern the current conflict situation in Mali and the great risks this poses for the safeguarding of the country's invaluable and historical heritage, in particular the precious manuscripts and other examples of the documented heritage conserved in Timbuktu and other parts of the country.
• CDNL calls on all parties concerned to protect these fragile witnesses of Mali's - and the world's - culture.
CDNL is an independent association of chief executives of national libraries, established to facilitate discussion and promote understanding and cooperation on matters of common interest worldwide. CDNL meets annually, usually on the Wednesday of the week of the IFLA conference. The annual meeting is hosted by the National Library of the country which hosts the IFLA conference. The Chief Executive or Director of the national library of every country is a member of CDNL as of right. Members may be represented at the meeting by their deputies.
The Statutes and Rules of Procedure (revised August 2008)
CDNL Vision for the Global Digital Library
The world’s national libraries share a common mission of collecting, recording, organising, storing, preserving in perpetuity, and providing access to their nation’s cultural patrimony and intellectual output in documentary form.
CDNL's long-term vision is the development of a global distributed digital library - comprehensive, open, seamlessly-connected, and universally accessible on the internet - giving ready access to library materials in the collections of all the national libraries of the world in the interests of scholarly research, education and lifelong learning, innovation and economic development, and the promotion of international understanding.
A statement of the 'CDNL Vision for the Global Digital Library' was prepared in 2008 - a copy of the statement is available here CDNL Vision for the Global Digital Library .
History of CDNL
CDNL was set up in 1974 to discuss policies and carry out activities that could be performed most effectively by national libraries, on the understanding that its work would be coordinated with the IFLA section of National Libraries. It grew from a rather loose organization in the late 1970's to a much more structured body in the 1990's. Under the presidency of Marianne Scott, the National Librarian of Canada, CDNL established its present statutes and rules of procedure, which gave the organization a much clearer and stronger foundation for its activities. The statutes were revised again in 2008, to allow countries to nominate additional non-voting representatives from organisations having a status equivalent to national libraries.