The COBDC

A MEETING POINT AND THE VOICE OF PROFESSIONALS


The COBDC as a professional entity and as the voice of professionals accepts...

    as members in full standing:

    • certificate degree graduates in library and information science
    • bachelor and doctoral degree holders in information science

    as associate members:

    • other persons related to the sector and interested in the COBDC's services

    as institutional associates:

    • public or private institutions within the information sector or interested in the development of the sector

Participation in the COBDC takes place through the creation and ongoing activity of Working Groups that permit members and associates to work in special interest areas, exchanging experiences and best practices. Likewise Catalan Conference on Information and Documentation provides a forum for debate and in depth analysis of the importance of information and knowledge for organisations and of public information as a right of the citizenry.

   This conference is organised every two years, directed at professionals of:

  • Information services in government
  • Information services in companies and the media
  • University and research libraries
  • Public libraries
  • Specialised documentation centres
  • Archival services
  • ...and in general, all persons and organisations interested in the information sector


MEETING POINT FOR INNOVATION AND ONGOING PROFESSIONAL TRAINING


The dynamism of the information society requires the capacity for permanent renewal, and in this sense COBDC has become a social centre open to training and permanent innovation in order to respond to the needs of the knowledge society through:

  • Training courses
  • Product and service presentations
  • Seminars
  • Speeches
  • Round tables
  • Publications


MEETING POINT FOR SOCIETY AND INSTITUTIONS


The COBDC acts together with other organisations in order to guarantee the equality of information access, thereby contributing to the development of the information society in Catalonia, to the growth of businesses, and to the improvement of organisations of all types.

The COBDC represents its members in professional organisations and is a member of:

  • Consell Català del Llibre per a Infants i Joves [Catalan Council on Books for Children and Youth]
  • EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations)
  • Fesabid (Federación Española de Sociedades de Archivística, Biblioteconomia, Documentación y Museística) [Spanish Federation of Archive, Library, Documentation, and Museum Associations]
  • IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations)
  • Intercol·legial de Col·legis professionals [Intercollegiate Organisation of Professional Associations]

The COBDC was established on 13 June 1985 by a decree of the Parliament of Catalonia (Law 10/1985). Law 14/1998 redefined the professional sphere and opened the COBDC to persons holding bachelor and doctoral degrees in Information Science.

   It represents the general interests of professionals in their dealings with public institutions:

  • By legal decree it forms part of the Library Council of Catalonia, Governing Council of the Library of Catalonia, and the Advisory Commission on Cataloguing of the Library of Catalonia
  • It is also a member of the Public Reading Commission of the city government of Barcelona