Verein Deutscher Bibliothekare (VDB)

The Association of German Librarians

The Association of German Librarians (Verein Deutscher Bibliothekare, VDB) is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic librarians and information professionals to serve the information needs in higher education and to improve learning, teaching, and research.

VDB’s mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of library and information specialists.

Founded in 1900 in the city of Marburg, VDB is the oldest library association in Germany with a rich tradition in academic librarianship. It provides information about the association, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.

Key Action Areas

Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession

VDB actively works to increase public awareness of the crucial benefits and value of libraries and academic and research librarians, and to promote state and national legislation beneficial to libraries and library users. VDB also supplies the resources, training, and support networks needed by national, regional, and local advocates seeking to increase support for libraries of all types.

Transforming Libraries

The Association provides leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services in a dynamic and increasingly global digital information environment.

Information Literacy

VDB assists and promotes libraries in helping library users to develop the skills they need to seek and effectively utilize information resources in a global information society.

Equitable Access to Information and Library Services

VDB advocates policies and funding that support libraries as democratic institutions, serving people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, or physical ability, and providing the full range of information resources needed to live, learn, study, research, govern, and work.

The Deutscher Bibliothekartag

The annual Convention of German Librarians (Deutscher Bibliothekartag) is Germany’s most important forum for continuing qualification in the library and information sector. It is also the largest Convention for librarians and information professionals in Europe. The Deutscher Bibliothekartag is jointly organized by VDB and BIB (Berufsverband Information Bibliothek).

Governance

The General Assembly is the governing body of VDB. It determines all policies of the Association. Its decisions are binding unless set aside by a majority vote at the annual assembly meeting.

The VDB Executive Board acts for the General Assembly in the administration of established policies and programs and is the body that manages within this context the affairs of the Association. The Executive Board consists of the President, two Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer, the Secretary, and up to three elected members. The Board makes recommendations with respect to policy and operation.

The VDB President is the Association's chief spokesperson and works closely with the VDB Executive Board in identifying and promoting library issues nationwide and internationally.

Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces

VDB currently maintains three standing committees:

  • Professional Qualification Committee
  • Legal Issues Committee
  • Subject Specialists Committee.

In cooperation with the German Library Association (DBV) VDB maintains two standing committees:

  • Management and Controlling Committee
  • Information Literacy Committee.

In addition, working groups and task forces work on specific issues and projects.

Regional Branches

VDB’s regional branches group the Association’s members in one or more of Germany’s 16 states (Länder) of the Federal Republic. They promote the interests of the Association within their region. Membership in a regional branch is usually automatically included in the membership in the federal association.

International Cooperation

VDB cooperates and has friendly ties with several library associations in other countries.

The Association is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche/Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), and the European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA).

Funding

VDB is a financially independent non-profit-organization, and does not receive any support from the government or any other third party. Membership dues and donations are the only sources of funding.

Yearbook of German Libraries

Since 1902 VDB has been publishing the biennial Jahrbuch der Deutschen Bibliotheken (Yearbook of German Libraries). It provides information on VDB and its members, German academic and research libraries, schools of library and information sciences in Germany, national funding agencies, State Ministries, and international library associations.

How to join VDB

VDB membership is open to everyone with an interest in the library, information and knowledge professions who likes to participate in working together to ensure a stable future of libraries, librarians, and the profession. Librarians and information professionals from other countries are very welcome.

For more information please contact

Verein Deutscher Bibliothekare e.V. - Geschäftsstelle -
Universitätsbibliothek München
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München
Fon: 089/2180-2420
E-Mail: geschaeftsstelle@vdb-online.org