The Biblio-Dialogo initiative seeks to foster the use of libraries by young people and to bring them closer to culture through communication and information technologies, thereby developing their skills and capacities and improving training and education in this sector.
The aim of this project is to form a European relationship, using the network of the Cervantes Institute in Europe, in order to hold two meetings in different European cities with young library users. The theme of the meetings will be the role of libraries in promoting dialogue between cultures.
The libraries, in addition to their function as documentation centres, also perform the vital task of disseminating culture and act as cultural meeting points, providing an essential service with regards to intercultural dialogue.
Special importance is given to the use of new technologies in libraries, which help to disseminate information and give a much larger number of users access to the documentary collections. More and more young people have become habitual users of these new technologies and are the main subjects of the intercultural dialogue that is being promoted from libraries.
Young people are at the very centre of this dialogue as they are the recipients of the information offered by libraries on different cultures. At the same time they provide information on their own culture, often placing it on the web site from where it is spread world-wide.
The Biblio-Dialogo in Europe project, managed by Three Cultures Foundation, will be launched with a first meeting in Berlin (Germany) in May 2008, followed by a second meeting in Seville (Spain) in September 2008.