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Pau Banyó Magraner
Emerging International Voices

A Valencian rural librarian who believe the libraries are more than books. 

Pau Banyó Magraner private What’s a library to you? 

A public service, where all the people are equal and a way to access to the culture and the knowledge, indispensable elements to grow up a democratic society. 

What’s the single most essential thing you need in your everyday work?  

My personal work-trinity are computer, air conditioning and Spotify, for some tasks like cataloguing, editing texts and designing posters, the music is my fuel. 

What was the most memorable experience you ever had in a library? 

Some years ago, the day before of my holidays I was with an open window and suddenly a bird came in through the window and I lost it between de books. I didn't know if it had came out or not because I was looking for it for hours, but I didn't found it. 

Finally, I closed the library and didn't return until after two weeks.  

I suppose that the bird left the library without it was seen by me, but sometimes, when I'm moving the books of the shelves I think if the bird never left and dead by inanition between the books, and maybe his skeleton are here yet. 
Pau Bañó Magraner - Emerging International Voices for Library Advocacy. The Goethe-Institut Programme with IFLA Goethe-Institut | created with Canva | CC BY 4.0

New opportunities, new challenges

The digital library landscape in Spain varies widely, reports librarian Pau Bañó Magraner. In recent years, he observed an opening of libraries to the platforms already used by the customers – leading to  new opportunities but also challenges for librarians.