FIDES Report 2008/2009
The actual number of members of FIDES amounts 84 libraries. The Federation had an interesting 15th General Assembly at the Library of Diocesan Theological Seminary "Hosianum" in Olsztyn on 7-10 September 2009. Almost a half of all members participated in this meeting. Also this year an official representative from the episcopate – bishop Andrzej Siemieniewski – was present. The meeting included a one day symposium on preservation of the historical collection of that library. The future of the association was discussed. The main problem encountered this year is a withdrawing of our founder and leader Fr. K. Gonet from his work for church libraries (he became a parish priest). Also a collapse of a software currently being used in almost all FIDES libraries, which is not further supported, is a big trouble for almost all members.
FIDES Report 2007/2008
FIDES had a very successful annual meeting at the Franciscan Spiritual Centre "Honoratianum" in Zakroczym near Warsaw 8-10 September 2008. An official representative from the episcopate – bishop Andrzej Siemieniewski – was present. The meeting included some lectures on preservation of some historical collections, and on technical and legal problems of digitalisation. The topics of gaining funds (especially from the European Community cultural heritage funds) and the future of the association were discussed. The main problem encountered is a collapse of a software currently being used in almost all FIDES libraries, which is not supported and developed by its producer – National Library of Poland.
Launching of the FIDES Digital Library
27 September 2006, during the 12. General Assembly of FIDES, the new digital library of FIDES was launched officially by bishop Piotr Jarecki from Warsaw. It was the 10th installation of the system dLibra in Poland. dLibra is the first Polish system for building digital libraries which has been developed by the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) since 1999. dLibra system is now the most popular software of this type in Poland.