Ton Van Vlimmeren

Presidente EBLIDA - European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations

Biblioteche: tulipani nei campi urbani

In this contribution the role of libraries in the regeneration of cities will be addressed from three angles:
- urban planning and urban restructuring and creating safe and liveable public spaces;
- the library as a thirds space for building social capital and bonding in and bridging between groups in society;
- the library as an actor on sustainable development, especially in sustainable cities and communities.
It will contain both theoretical notions and practical examples.

Ton van Vlimmeren is President of Eblida, the European library association. He was director of the Public Library of Utrecht in the Netherlands for 20 years, vice-president of the Dutch Library Association, member of the governmental steering committee for library innovation in the Netherlands, and president of the board of NBD/Biblion, the national library media supplier in the Netherlands. He was a member of the International Libraries Network of the Bertelsmann Foundation, a strategic advisor for the Global Libraries Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is a founder of Public Libraries 2030. He was trained and worked as a psychologist, as a teacher, an educational consultant, and Director of Public Education in Utrecht. He also acted as director for the city of Utrecht in different roles like ‘Real Estate and Urban Planning’, ‘Districts and Civic Centers’ and ‘Public Services’. He currently acts as a consultant, governor, and supervisor. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Jutphaas Wonen, a social housing company, of the board of the Pica Foundation that supports innovation in libraries, of the board of Public Libraries 2030, and of the standing committee of IFLA’s Metropolitan Libraries section.