International Cooperation Between Středočeská vědecká knihovna v Kladně (SVK), Czechia with Wojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna im. Emanuela Smołki w Opolu, Poland and Bibliothekscentrum Koblenz, Germany
Initiated by the Central Bohemian Region, the authority of the library (as it had been within its long-term strategy to develop partnerships with the Opole Voivodeship), a framework agreement on cooperation between Středočeská vědecká knihovna v Kladně (SVK) (director: Jiřina Kádnerová) and Wojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna im. Emanuela Smołki w Opolu (WBP) in Poland (director: Tadeusz Chrobak) was established in February 2008.
6th – 8th May – visit to Opole by J. Kádnerová, director of Metropolitan Theatre in Kladno Blanka Bendlová, and Jiří Skalický – head of the department of culture and heritage (and tourism) of the Office of the Central Bohemian Region.
In the same year, a similar cooperation was started with the State Library Centre of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany as well (German: Bibliotheksecentr Koblenz). The cooperation was initiated by the delegation of the Rhineland-Palatinate state, led by the state’s president Mr Joachim Martes, to the Central Bohemian Region where it also visited the Central Bohemian Research Library in Kladno.
As part of the initiated cooperation, the representatives of Bibliothekscentrum in Koblenz visited the Czech Republic as well as Kladno in the same year (5th to 7th November 2009). During the visit, the representatives had a tour of the library as well as of the Office of the Central Bohemian Region in Prague, National Library of the Czech Republic and Municipal Library of Prague. The last day of the visit was dedicated to the tour of the Antonín Dvořák’s Monument in the Vysoká u Příbrami village and also of a very exceptional tour of the private Rusalka mansion which is owned by Antonín Dvořák’s descendants. The guests were taken on the tour by Antonín Dvořák’s grandson himself.
The cooperation of the SVK with both libraries started a long-term and fruitful cooperation which has entailed not only the organisations of mutual visits, but also the exchange of books for the stocks of each library, exchange of information, knowledge, and methodology, and, last but not least, preparation and organisation of professional and cultural programmes for libaries and the public.
24th – 26th March – visit by the colleagues from the partner library of Opole in the towns of Kladno, Smečno, and Kutná Hora
21st -24th April – visit of SVK in Koblenz, signature of the Cooperation Agreement
6th – 9th April – SVK‘s visit to Opole; in the gallery of WBP, there was the Life and Times of Writer Karel Čapek exhibition celebratory opening, which was organised by SVK in cooperation with Památník Karla Čapka (Karel Čapek’s Monument)
12th – 14th October – visit by the colleagues from Koblenz in Kladno and Carlsbad
26th – 29th April – visit by colleagues from the Opole library in Kladno and in the Strž place in Památník Karla Čapka; as part of the visit, the exhibitions called Panoramas of Silesian Towns in the Minor Gallery of SVK (organised by the Opole library) and Quo Vadis – Illustrations in Památník Karla Čapka
20th – 23rd September – SVK’s visit to Koblenz
17. May –26. May – visit by colleagues from Koblenz in Kladno; as part of the visit, an exhibition named World Cultural Heritage in Rhineland-Palantine had a celebratory opening in the Minor Gallery of SVK, which was organised by the Koblenz library; a cooperation with the Lidice Memorial was also established, with the aim to prepare an exhibition on the lidice tragedy in Koblenz as well as other places in Germany
17th – 19th May – SVK’s visit to Opole
17th – 20th June – visit by colleagues from the Opole library in Kladno, visit in the National Library of the Czech Republic – the Klementinum historical part, National Library of Technology, Municipal Library of Prague, Municipal Library of Nové Strašecí, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk Museum in Lány, and Lidice Gallery
5th – 7th March - SVK attending the Times of E-Readership conference in Opole
8th April – 10th April – SVK‘s visit to Opole where the opnening ceremony of the Josef Čapek – Painter, Poet, Writer exhibition was organised, in cooperation with Památník Karla Čapka
11th – 14th November – SVK‘s visit to Koblenz and to the Palatine State Library in Speyer, attending the Libraries in Public conference
11th – 13th May – visit by the colleagues from Opole in Kladno, excursion to the Library of Milín, the Miroslava Tomanová and Josef Toman Library in the Rožmitál pod Třemšínem town, A. Dvořák’s Monument in Vysoká u Příbrami, National Library of Technology in Prague, and Klementinum; as part of the visit, an exhibition called Polish Nobel Prize for Literature Laureates had a celebratory opening in the minor Gallery of SVK by the partner library
29th February – 3rd March – SVK’s visit to Opole with the exhibition Antonín Dvořák – Life and Works held in the library; the exhibition was provided by the Antonín Dvořák’s Monument in Vysoká u Příbrami
11th – 14th October – visit by the colleagues from Koblenz, excursion to the National Library of Technology and Klementinum in Prague, to the Municipal Library of Kutná Hora, and the Gallery of Central Bohemian Region; as part of the visit, a celebratory opening of the exhibition A Picture of a Garden – Artistic Paintings of Historical Gardens and Landscape in Central Rhineland organised by the partner library from Koblenz was held in the Minor Gallery of SVK
9th – 12th May – visit by the colleagues from opole to SVK, excursion to the Municipal Library in Prague, Municipal Library in Poděbrady, V. Čech’s Municipal Library in Pečky, and visit to the Book World festival
4th – 6th April – SVK’s visit to the Opole library and opening there an exhibition dedicated to Bohumil Hrabal which was provided by the Serpens society; the exhibition was opened by its authors, Václav Špale and Tomáš Mazal
17th July – Visit of students of medical disciplines, physicians and academic officials from the University of Ancona, province of Fermo, Italy in SVK Kladno, presentation of SVK services and history of the institution.
9th – 14th September – SVK´s visit to Fermo, Porto san Giorgio and Altidona, Italy to establish cooperation with libraries and municipalities in the Marche region. Visit of the Library Civica – Romolo Spezioli in Fermo, the library in Porto San Giorgio and town Altidona.
18th – 21st September – SVK´s visit to Koblenz, Germany, visit to the Stadtbibliothek Ludwigshafen – city library, Stadtbibliothek Ingelheim – city library and participation in the Landeskundliches Kolloquium – SVK´s contribution to Kolloquium - Digitization at the Central Bohemian Science Library in Kladno. The event was attented also by colleagues from Wojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna im. Emanuela Smołki in Opole, Poland.