Cancellation of the Deutscher Bibliothekartag in Hanover

 

Dear Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear speaker and presenter,
Dear exhibitors and sponsors,
Dear participants of the Deutscher Bibliothekartag 2020,

It is with great regret that we have to inform you that the Deutscher Bibliothekartag 2020 in Hanover cannot take place due to the restrictions caused by the corona pandemic. The state of Lower Saxony has imposed a ban on events, which includes congresses.

Even if the restrictions were to be relaxed after Easter, restrictions for large events can still be expected.

At the same time, many libraries and their employees are currently faced with a high workload in order to push ahead with the digitalisation of library services. Many colleagues have reported back to us in the last few days that they are not able to participate in the service.

And last but not least, the health and safety of our participants, exhibitors, partners, suppliers and employees has top priority.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to postpone the congress; we have also discussed this option intensively.

We are aware that this decision will cause disappointment. The organisation office, associations, local committee, exhibitors and the speakers have invested an enormous amount of work in the preparations over the past months. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks for the many hours invested in the preparation of this congress.

All speakers will be offered the opportunity by the associations to archive their presentations (on BIB-OPUS) and to publish the lectures they have prepared (in the magazines o-bib and BuB). Please mark all references to your publications in the social media with the hashtag #bibtag20.

Regarding refunds and other cancellation information please visit the detailed FAQ page.

We will shortly start preparations for the 2021 Congress and would be very pleased to welcome you to the German Librarians’ Day in Bremen from 15 – 18 June 2021.

With kind regards

Ute Engelkenmeier           Konstanze Söllner             Kerstin Mordhorst und Katrin Seidler
BIB e. V.                                VDB e.V.                                Conference Organisation