Ladies and Gentleman,
Colleagues,
Exhibitors, Sponsors and Corporate Partners,

“Media, People, Markets”. This is the motto of the 106. Deutscher Bibliothekartag with which we invite you to Frankfurt. But can the people – you – really be the middle point between media and markets? A surprising side effect of progressing digitization are libraries full of people. Simultaneously, media is available anywhere at any time and on any device. Nevertheless, libraries, a place of traditional media use, are the busiest they have ever been. It is no different with the Bibliothekartag. Librarians are well-connected virtually – but the Bibliothekartag keeps gaining more attractiveness as a meeting point for the community in reality.

The Bibliothekartag is the central training event for the librarians and staff of information institutions and many other information specialists. Librarians, information professionals
and people of other specialties within libraries see themselves as space between social and media change while keeping pace with the new requirements of their target groups and with the market conditions which have not kept pace with changes in digitization.

The Bibliothekartag offers many opportunities for sharing knowledge with colleagues, publishers, development partners, service providers, retailers and other industry partners. New relationships are established and old ones maintained. When people become the main focus of the Bibliothekartag, then the library staff associations have done their jobs well. The local libraries have supported us intensively to reach that aim. Without their local networking, the Bibliothekartag would not be what it is today. The banking and trading metropolis Frankfurt is the right place for the largest library conference in Europe revolving around “Media, People and Markets”.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Frankfurt am Main.

Foto Konstanze Söllner
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Konstanze Söllner

Chair of the VDB

Foto Vesna Steyer
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Vesna Steyer

Chair of the BIB