The National Library of Luxembourg is honoured to have hosted the annual e-D-A-CH-L conference on 23 and 24 October 2023, which brought together the national libraries of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, forming a collaborative platform for knowledge exchange within the German-speaking world. Representatives could attend either in person or online.
Centred on the theme of technology and innovation in the library field, the conference allowed attendees to explore such pivotal subjects as the digitisation of printed documents, web archiving, and long-term preservation strategies. This emphasis on harnessing new technologies, like artificial intelligence, for the preservation and accessibility of knowledge highlights the pivotal role libraries play in shaping the future of knowledge dissemination in the digital age.
For over 20 years, the National Library of Luxembourg has relied on digitisation, both for the accessibility of its collections and for the optimisation of internal workflows and processes. It participates in and carries out innovation projects in the areas of digitisation of its heritage collections, web archiving, artificial intelligence, data exchange, cataloguing and long-term preservation. Only a few weeks ago, it launched the AI-powered eluxemburgensia.lu chatbot: a breakthrough project marking a major milestone in the BnL’s mission to offer easier and enhanced access to its digitised Luxembourgish resources.