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✇ News from IFLA

IFLA WLIC 2021: An Open Forum on LTR research projects: Beyond Helicopter Research: Unpacking International Studies on LIS Education and Research Methods

Por Agnese Galeffi — 6 de Agosto de 2021, 08:57

Register and join the IFLA WLIC 2021 'Let's work together for the future', 17-19 August 2021. 

LIS research that is sensitive to diverse communities, multiple ways of knowing, and local participation

IFLA WLIC 2021: An Open Forum on LTR research projects: Beyond Helicopter Research: Unpacking International Studies on LIS Education and Research Methods:

When:  August 18, 2:15-3 pm Chicago (CDT) / 3:15-4 pm New York (EDT) / 9:15-10 pm The Hague (CEST) / August 19, 3:15-4 am Beijing (CST) / 5:15-6 am Melbourne (AEST)

Where: (Libraries Inspire - Zoom Discussion Room 1) - WLIC registration required.

This open forum sets the stage for a dialogue on conducting international LIS research that is sensitive to diverse communities, multiple ways of knowing, and local participation. The session will present two cases, describing what worked, how hurdles were overcome and critical concerns, to provide context for the conversation to follow.

The first, conducted by the IFLA Building LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group, is an international survey, directory and map of LIS education programs https://bslise.org/lis-education-map/ developed as a response to one of the recommendations of the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education White Paper (2018). The second, conducted by the IFLA Library Theory and Research (LTR) Section, in collaboration with the Education and Training Section, focuses on teaching research methods in LIS programs. The goals of the study are to examine what approaches to teaching research methods are currently being applied in LIS programs worldwide and to compare international educational models for preparing library practitioners to conduct research and evaluation studies. The designing of effective international LIS research calls for robust discussion and critical reflection, involving a wide range of perspectives, which moves the endeavor closer to truly international research.

Speakers:

  • Nuria Bautista-Puig (Spain) – Moderating the Design of Effective International LIS Research
  • Fatih Oguz (United States) – International Survey, Directory and Map of LIS Education Programmes
  • Krystyna Matusiak (United States) and Egbert Sanchez (Mexico) – An International Survey on Teaching Research Methods in LIS Programmes.
✇ News from IFLA

IFLA WLIC 2021: A Solutions Room on Implementing the "IFLA Guidelines for Professional LIS Education Programs": Stakeholder Perspectives and Buy-in Locally and Globally, with IFLA President Christine Mackenzie, President-Elect Barbara Lison and

Por Agnese Galeffi — 6 de Agosto de 2021, 08:52

 

Register and join the IFLA WLIC 2021 'Let's work together for the future', 17-19 August 2021. 

 

Robust engagement and creative approaches to adopting, supporting and promoting the IFLA Guidelines

IFLA WLIC 2021: A Solutions Room on Implementing the "IFLA Guidelines for Professional LIS Education Programmes": Stakeholder Perspectives and Buy-in Locally and Globally, with IFLA President Christine Mackenzie, President-Elect Barbara Lison and others:

When:  August 18, 9-10 pm Chicago (CDT) / 10-11pm New York (EDT) / August 19, 4-5 am The Hague (CEST) / 10-11 am Beijing (CST) / 12-1 pm Melbourne (AEST)

Where:  (Libraries Enable - Zoom Discussion Room 1) - WLIC registration required.

The session will bring leaders and stakeholders together for robust engagement and creative approaches to adopting, supporting and promoting the IFLA Guidelines to develop LIS education programs, appropriate to a diverse community and relevant to its local contexts in a globalised economy. The IFLA Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group will explore how the IFLA leadership, staff, and units, as well as other appropriate LIS entities, can move the Guidelines forward. Moreover, the deliberations will inform the implementation of the Guidelines, and its alignment with opportunity #10 in IFLA’s Global Vision: We must give young professionals effective opportunities to learn, develop and lead. The Section on Education and Training, the Library Theory and Research Section, and LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG will consider the input and perspectives shared in the Guidelines implementation process.

Speakers:

  • Christine Mackenzie (Australia) – Welcome to Solutions Session on “IFLA Guidelines for Professional LIS Education Programmes”
  • Jaya Raju (South Africa) – Setting the Stage for the “IFLA Guidelines for Professional LIS Education Programmes”
  • Clara M. Chu (United States) – Global North Stakeholder Perspectives and Buy-in
  • Diljit Singh (Malaysia) – Global South Stakeholder Perspectives and Buy-In
  • Barbara Lison (Germany) – IFLA’s role in the implementation of new “IFLA Guidelines for Professional LIS Education Programmes”

Register and join the IFLA WLIC 2021 'Let's work together for the future', 17-19 August 2021. 

 

Robust engagement and creative approaches to adopting, supporting and promoting the IFLA Guidelines

IFLA WLIC 2021: A Solutions Room on Implementing the "IFLA Guidelines for Professional LIS Education Programmes": Stakeholder Perspectives and Buy-in Locally and Globally, with IFLA President Christine Mackenzie, President-Elect Barbara Lison and others:

When:  August 18, 9-10 pm Chicago (CDT) / 10-11pm New York (EDT) / August 19, 4-5 am The Hague (CEST) / 10-11 am Beijing (CST) / 12-1 pm Melbourne (AEST)

Where:  (Libraries Enable - Zoom Discussion Room 1) - WLIC registration required.

The session will bring leaders and stakeholders together for robust engagement and creative approaches to adopting, supporting and promoting the IFLA Guidelines to develop LIS education programs, appropriate to a diverse community and relevant to its local contexts in a globalised economy. The IFLA Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group will explore how the IFLA leadership, staff, and units, as well as other appropriate LIS entities, can move the Guidelines forward. Moreover, the deliberations will inform the implementation of the Guidelines, and its alignment with opportunity #10 in IFLA’s Global Vision: We must give young professionals effective opportunities to learn, develop and lead. The Section on Education and Training, the Library Theory and Research Section, and LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG will consider the input and perspectives shared in the Guidelines implementation process.

Speakers:

  • Christine Mackenzie (Australia) – Welcome to Solutions Session on “IFLA Guidelines for Professional LIS Education Programmes”
  • Jaya Raju (South Africa) – Setting the Stage for the “IFLA Guidelines for Professional LIS Education Programmes”
  • Clara M. Chu (United States) – Global North Stakeholder Perspectives and Buy-in
  • Diljit Singh (Malaysia) – Global South Stakeholder Perspectives and Buy-In
  • Barbara Lison (Germany) – IFLA’s role in the implementation of new “IFLA Guidelines for Professional LIS Education Programmes”
✇ News from IFLA

Library Perspectives for the World Summit on the Information Society Reporting: Have Your Say!

Por Valensiya Dresvyannikova — 5 de Agosto de 2021, 11:29

A new IFLA survey gathers insights on the state of libraries in the digital ecosystem in 2021.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a global initiative that brings together stakeholders committed to leveraging ICT for development and bridging the digital divide. It was launched as a UN-sponsored summit in 2003 and 2005, where connecting libraries was identified as one of the WSIS Targets - an important step towards ensuring that everyone can benefit from the internet and ICTs.

A 2014 large-scale WSIS review and stock-taking report outlined the progress made in delivering on this target, and the key roles libraries play in the information society: their contributions to digital inclusion, skills-building, access to knowledge and information, and availability of cultural and local digital content.

Annual WSIS reporting: insights from the library field

Since then, annual reporting helps track the continued implementation of WSIS goals, targets and action lines. As part of this process, key stakeholders from various fields are invited to submit inputs every year. As IFLA has the opportunity to put forward insights from the library field’s perspective, we want to hear from you and to highlight the information society trends and practices which are most relevant for your libraries!

To help gather inputs from the global library field, we have launched a survey where you can share your insights and experiences with:
-    The state of library connectivity in your area;
-    ICT-based library services that help meet the needs of their constituencies (e.g. digital inclusion, digital skills training, access to cultural, educational or scientific digital materials);
-    External trends and developments that shape libraries’ ICT-based services;
-    Libraries’ web presence; and more.

Would you like to contribute to this year’s WSIS reporting around libraries? Take part in the survey by 30 September 2021!

Access the IFLA survey through Alchemer. You can also read WSIS report inputs from the global library field perspective from previous years – for example, 2019 and 2018.

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Libraries Have Role in G20 Pillars of Action - People, Planet, Prosperity: G20 Culture Ministers Declaration

Por Claire McGuire — 5 de Agosto de 2021, 08:17

Ministers from the G20 Nations met in Rome from 29-30 July for the first meeting devoted to Culture in the history of the G20.

The result of this meeting was the unanimous adoption of the “Rome Declaration of the G20 Culture Ministers” [link]. This document builds on momentum from culture-related meetings on the margins of the Saudi G20 Presidency, and reflects the aims of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 74/230 on Culture and sustainable development adopted by the General Assembly in 2019.

This Declaration inserts culture firmly in the G20 process, recognising it for its social and economic value, and stating a commitment to the protection of cultural heritage and expressions at risk.

Founding Principles (and what they mean for libraries)

The declaration centres on five guiding principles, all of which align with values of the library field and IFLA’s high-level advocacy work.

Culture and Creative Sectors as Drivers for Regeneration and Sustainable and Balanced Growth

This principle upholds culture as a foundation for relaunching prosperity, social cohesion and the well-being of people and communities, and especially as a force of resilience and regeneration in COVID-19 recovery and beyond.

It calls for policymakers to consider the needs of the culture sector in recovery efforts in order to fully realise the transformative power of culture for building back better.

For libraries:

This is very much in line with the #culture2030goal Statement on Culture and the Covid-19 Pandemic on which IFLA is signatory [more here].

Delivering on library values such as lifelong learning, promoting digital inclusion, media and information literacy, enabling access to information, and the preservation of and access to cultural heritage are essential for harnessing the power of culture for building back better.

For example, over the course of the 2021 International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, we have been exploring how libraries can take action to support cultural and creative actors [more here].  

Protection of Cultural Heritage

The Ministers expressed their deep concern over threats to cultural heritage from natural and human-caused disasters, including through purposeful destruction of heritage during armed conflict, illicit trafficking of cultural property, and destruction associated with climate change. 

They highlight the importance of common and coordinated research and action to strengthen the safeguarding and promotion of cultural diversity and cultural heritage in all forms – this includes the documentary heritage collections held in the world’s libraries.

For Libraries:

This Declaration recognises the need for strengthening and developing effective, sustainable, inclusive and coordinated management models and tools for protecting cultural heritage at risk. Libraries and documentary cultural heritage experts can play a vital role in developing these models and tools, as well of course as benefitting from them.

For example, note this recent article updating on the Himaya project, and initiative from Qatar National Library, host of the IFLA Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centre, focussing on combatting trafficking of cultural property in the MENA region.

IFLA’s professional units are further involved with additional initiatives to combat trafficking – see the Fighting the Illicit Trafficking of Documentary Cultural Heritage guide here.

IFLA coordinates with fellow cultural heritage organizations and the international community on safeguarding of cultural heritage through our position on the board of Blue Shield International. See how you can get involved here.

Addressing Climate Change through Culture

In a milestone statement, this declaration acknowledges that all forms of culture offer enormous potential to drive climate action and sustainable development and contribute to finding climate solutions.

The Declaration calls for international bodies to anchor culture within the UNFCCC and other global agreements on climate action and in national policies and plans.

For libraries:

As libraries are protectors of documentary heritage, providers of information, and hubs of communities, they are vital in building resilience and inspiring climate action.

Libraries are spaces to create community and construct new ideas, informed by the resources that libraries offer. They can enhance climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information, as called for in Article 12 of the Paris Agreement [for more, see Libraries and the Paris Agreement].

IFLA participates in the Climate Heritage Network to further the role of libraries, and all cultural institutions and actors, in international climate action processes. Further discussion and the development of resources is being carried out in IFLAs Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section.

Building Capacity through Training and Education

The Declaration underlines the need to enable cultural and creative professionals with training and education opportunities to build new capacities. This includes digital, technological, accessibility-related capacities.

It further recognises the value of connecting scientific, educational and professional systems, to promote synergies between cultural, social, environmental and economic decision-making and policies.

For libraries

The Cultural Ministers recognise the role of libraries, among other cultural actors and institutions, as key to developing these training and education opportunities.

As libraries champion lifelong learning and are at the crossroads of a variety of knowledge and resources, they can be key players in creating these cross-sectoral synergies, which allow multi-disciplinary, and multigenerational, transfer of knowledge.

Digital Transition and New Technologies for Culture

Especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Declaration recognises the importance of digital access, which includes measures to protect against risks posed by disinformation, misinformation, and fosters the creation and promotion of diverse linguistic and cultural content.

The Declaration further calls for action to overcome the digital divide, which has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic with the possibility to draw on public access facilities limited. They call for actors like libraries to work to enable access to culture through “digital tools supported by media and information literacy training, with consideration for the intellectual property rights of creators and performers of cultural content”.

For libraries:

IFLA highlighted the role of libraries in the protection and promotion of cultural expressions in the digital environment during the 3rd Civil Society Forum of the 2005 Convention this year.

Through these, IFLA upheld that equitable digital transformation means addressing a lack of digital skills and competencies, a lack of physical access to technology, lack of access to relevant content, a lack of internet access, and a lack of institutions and community spaces which provide these opportunities to their communities - both among creators, and the broader public. Libraries can address all these aspects of digital transformation.

Especially during the pandemic, IFLA has continued to call for balanced copyright laws that enable remote access to resources, and preservation of digital and digitised heritage.

Adequate Laws and Provisions for Preservation

In too many countries, libraries do not benefit from laws that facilitate their activities to preserve and safeguard heritage for the future. More still do not have provisions in copyright that make it clear that digitization can be carried out without needing to seek permissions or make payments.

This represents an unnecessary barrier to a key public interest mission of libraries, alongside archives and museums.

The Declaration therefore includes welcome recognition of the need for transnational cooperation in the field, and the development of policies that make it easier to carry out work to preserve, and allow for access, reuse and education

For libraries:

This is a welcome recognition at the highest level of the importance of progress towards international action on preservation and copyright, in order to ensure not only that libraries globally enjoy at least the same basic legal possibilities, but also that they can cooperate across borders.

IFLA will highlight this message in its engagement at the global level, and encourages Members to do the same in their own advocacy around better copyright laws for our institutions.

What’s Next

The Declaration urges governments to recognise the potential of culture and creativity as an integral part of wider policy agendas on issues such as social cohesion, employment, innovation, health and well-being, the environment, sustainable local development and human rights.

They call for work to promote and protect culture and cultural heritage to be carried out in cooperation with international organisations – a call IFLA wholeheartedly supports.

We hope that culture will continue being an integral part of the G20 workstream in the future, and that libraries around the world will be able to take the messages of the Declaration, and incorporate them into their advocacy.

At IFLA, we will continue advocating for the critical role of libraries in delivering on these founding principles. We are ready to work across our organisation to build the advocacy capacity of our members, and amplify their impact at the international level. 

✇ News from IFLA

Call for Papers: 17th IFLA Interlending and Document Supply Conference

Por Louis Takács — 5 de Agosto de 2021, 07:54

17th IFLA Interlending and Document Supply Conference

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing (DDRS) Standing Committee is pleased to announce the 17th Interlending and Document Supply (ILDS) Conference, hosted by Qatar National Library in Doha, Qatar from 8 to 10 March 2022.

Under the conference theme, “Sharing To Heal: Resource Sharing Through the Pandemic and Beyond,” the DDRS Standing Committee would like to challenge the interlending and document supply community to consider strategies and solutions that were created during the pandemic and how libraries across the world demonstrated resilience and used new tools and initiatives to share information.

If you have experiences to share, we are accepting proposals in English and Arabic related to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:

  • ILDS During COVID: Challenges and Initiatives
  • ILDS After COVID: ILDS Redesigned
  • Staffing
  • Open Access and ILL: A Global Solution?
  • Copyright
  • Digital Access
  • Assessment
  • Collaboration
  • Library Buildings

Key questions

Key questions we wish to examine in the conference include:

  1. How the pandemic impacted the DDRS community, what challenges we faced as librarians and researchers, and what solutions we developed.
  2. How the pandemic changed the face of DDRS and how the service was redesigned through new initiatives, new technologies, global solutions and collaborative projects such as HERMES.

Proposals

Proposals for papers should be sent to Peter D. Collins (collinsp@oclc.org) no later than 30 September 2021 and should include the following details:

  1. Author(s) name, title, institution and contact information
  2. Brief biographical sketch
  3. Title of paper
  4. Abstract (200 to 300 words)

For more information, visit the 17th IFLA ILDS Conference website.

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دعوة لإرسال مقترحات أوراق بحثية للمشاركة في مؤتمر خدمات الإعارة المتبادلة وتوفير الوثائق

Por Louis Takács — 5 de Agosto de 2021, 06:16

17th IFLA Interlending and Document Supply Conference

يسر اللجنة الدائمة لمجموعة توفير الوثائق وتبادل المصادر (DDRS) التابعة للاتحاد الدولي لجمعيات ومؤسسات المكتبات (الإفلا) أن تعلن عن المؤتمر السابع عشر لخدمات الإعارة المتبادلة وتوفير الوثائق، والذي تستضيفه مكتبة قطر الوطنية في الدوحة بدولة قطر في الفترة من 8 إلى 10 مارس 2022.

تحت شِعار «نتشارك لنتعافى: تبادل مصادر المعرفة خلال الجائحة وما بعدها»، يسرنا دعوة مُجتمع «الإعارة المتبادلة بين المكتبات وتوفير الوثائق» للمشاركة بالاستراتيجيات والحلول  التي أُوجدت خلال الجائحة وكيفَ عملت المكتبات حول العالم على تطوير مرونتها وتطويعها للأدوات والمبادرات لتيسير الوصول إلى المعلومات.

إذا كانت لديك تجربة ترغب في مشاركتها، فنحن نستقبل الآن المقترحات المتعلقة بكيفية تعامل المكتبات مع جائحة كوفيد-19 وما بعدها، باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية. ويُمكن أن تشمل مواضيع الأوراق الآتي، على سبيل المثال لا الحصر:

  • الإعارة المتبادلة بين المكتبات وتوفير الوثائق خلال جائحة كوفيد-19: التحديات والمبادرات
  • الإعارة المتبادلة بين المكتبات وتوفير الوثائق بعد جائحة كوفيد-19: إعادة تصور الإعارة المتبادلة بين المكتبات وتوفير الوثائق
  • التوظيف
  • الإتاحة الحُرّة والإعارة المتبادلة بين المكتبات: هل هو الحل العالمي؟
  • حقوق النشر والتأليف
  • الإتاحة الرقمية
  • التقييم
  • التعاون
  • مباني المكتبات

القضايا الرئيسة التي نرغب في مناقشتها في المؤتمر:

  1. كيف أثرت الجائحة على مُجتمع توفير الوثائق وتبادل المصادر، وما التحديات التي واجهت أخصائيي المكتبات والباحثين، وما هي الحلول التي طُوّرت لمواجعة هذه التحديات؟
  2. كيف غيّرت الجائحة طبيعة خدمة توفير الوثائق وتبادل المصادر، وكيفَ أُعيد تصور وتصميم الخدمة من خلال المبادارات والتقنيات الحديثة والحلول العالمية والمشاريع التعاونية مثل هيرميز HERMES.

تُرسل المقترحات إلى السيد بيتر كولينز collinsp@oclc.org في موعدٍ أقصاه 30 سبتبمر 2021، ويجب أن تتضمن التفاصيل التالية:

  1. اسم المؤلف ولقبه ومؤسسته ومعلومات التواصل معه
  2. فقرة تعريفية قصيرة عن المشارك
  3. عنوان الورقة
  4. ملخص (200 إلى 300 كلمة)

 عنوان الموقع: http://ilds.qnl.qa/index.html?pid=index&lang=ar

✇ News from IFLA

Reactivación del Boletín de IFLA LAC 2021 No. 65

Por Jonathan Pleitez — 4 de Agosto de 2021, 21:39

En el Año Iberoamericano de las Bibliotecas la Sección de América Latina y el Caribe de IFLA LAC reactiva su Boletín enero -junio. 

La Sección de América Latina y el Caribe de IFLA LAC mediante el apoyo activo del equipo Académico y de Información integrado por Carmen Elena Castrillón Vergara, Cecilia Justino Mérida, Jorge Moisés Kroll de Prado, Juan Miguel Palma Peña Luis Pestarini y Sonia Haydée Amaya hacen posible este esfuerzo regional.

Si desea compartir y aportar puede escribir a la siguiente dirección de correo: boletiniflalac@gmail.com

Recupera el Número 65 del Boletín en el siguiente enlace:

https://www.ifla.org/ES/publications/latin-america-and-the-caribbean-section-newsletter 

 

#BibliotecasQueCreanFuturos #BibliotecasInclusivas #BibliotecasInnovadoras #BibliotecasResilientes #WeAreIFLA #IFLALAC #BoletínIFLALAC #65

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IFLA Regional Division Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs: Election results released

Por Stephen Wyber — 4 de Agosto de 2021, 15:13

Following elections among incoming members of IFLA’s new Regional Division Committees, the identities of the people who will lead their work over the coming two years is now known.

These Committees – a key innovation in IFLA’s governance review – have a mandate not only to strengthen the voice of regions within IFLA, but also to make the voice of libraries louder within decision-making around the world.

Responding to regional priorities, they will work to develop and deliver action plans that strengthen capacity and add value for IFLA’s Members and the wider library field, around the world.

We are therefore happy to announce that the following candidates have been successful:

 

Asia Oceania

Chair: Winston Roberts (New Zealand)

Vice-Chair: Debal Kar (India)

 

Europe

Chair: Stuart Hamilton (Ireland)

Vice-Chair: Frédéric Blin (France)

 

Latin America and the Caribbean

Chair: Alejandro Santa (Argentina)

Vice-Chair: Georgina Torres (Mexico)

 

Middle East and North Africa

Chair: Imad Bachir (Lebanon)

Vice-Chair: Abeer Al-Kuwari (Qatar)

 

North America

Chair: Julius Jefferson (United States)

Vice-Chair: Christina de Castell (Canada)

 

Sub-Saharan Africa

Chair: Sarah Kaddu (Uganda)

Vice-Chair: Ayanda Lebele (Botswana)

 

I congratulate all of the successful candidates, and thank all those who stood for election for their commitment to IFLA.

Kind regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
4 August 2021

Discover the full lists of members of IFLA's Regional Division Committees 2021-2023.

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Get involved with IFLA WLIC 2021: Set the agenda

Por Louis Takács — 4 de Agosto de 2021, 13:35

IFLA WLIC 2021

If innovation drives the future, what drives innovation is the crossing of ideas and perspectives.

This year’s World Library and Information Congress, by bringing together expertise, insights and energy from around the world, provides a unique catalyst for the innovations that will shape the future of our field. In this newsletter, find out more about the exciting opportunities to set the agenda at WLIC 2021.

In our latest newsletter, read about our President-elect’s session, where we will work together to define priorities among with trends for the future identified by the people who will lead it – the new professionals of today.

Find out more about one of our keynote speakers, Professor Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, who will look at the evolution of these rights over time, and how libraries can ensure that everyone benefits.

And be inspired by the insights from reading champions around the world on books that have changed lives.

So don’t hesitate – get your tickets, check out our programme, and start planning for the most exciting, inclusive event on the international library calendar!

Read on in the WLIC Newsletter, Issue 6, 4 August 2021.

Kind regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
4 August 2021

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Recognising libraries as SDG implementation partners in 2021, Part 3: experiences in engaging in the Voluntary National Review process

Por Stephen Wyber — 2 de Agosto de 2021, 11:25

In the third and final story in our series focusing on reviews of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2021, we hear from libraries in four countries about their experience of engaging in this process.

The presence of references to libraries in Voluntary National and Voluntary Local Reviews provides a welcome affirmation of the role of our institutions as partners for development.

As highlighted in the two previous stories in this series, focusing on the national and local levels respectively, we are seeing a growing share of official reports do just this. Moreover, they highlight clearly the range of ways in which libraries contribute.

However, almost equally important is the possibility that Voluntary National Reviews in particular play in providing an opportunity to engage with new parts of government and other potential partners.

Through this, there can be the possibility to build new contacts and alliances that strengthen library advocacy into the longer term.

To find out more about this, we asked libraries in Denmark, Norway, Zimbabwe and Iraq about their experiences.

Not every VNR is alike

First of all, it is clear that each country will tend to make its own choices about how to run its Voluntary National Reviews. As highlighted in IFLA’s guide, the United Nations does produce a handbook setting out best practice, but countries remain free to decide how far to implement this.  

As such, it will not always be the same type of ministry in charge. In Denmark, the Finance Ministry was responsible, while in Zimbabwe the Ministry of Social Welfare was in charge. Meanwhile, in Iraq, the Ministry of planning led the process.

Interestingly, in Norway, engagement with civil society organisations (such as libraries) took place through an NGO platform which coordinated all inputs.

Furthermore, a different process may be followed in each case. In Denmark, the ministry simply made a call to all organisations around the SDGs, while in Norway, the coordinating NGO platform reached out directly to specific organisations.

Similarly in Zimbabwe, there was no public call, and in fact libraries needed to approach the ministry proactively, building on contracts made previously at the 2020 African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development.

In Iraq too, it was possible to access the process because of previous meetings between libraries and the ministry in order to talk more broadly about the SDGs.

Finally, the type of contribution expected also varied from country to country. In Denmark, Zimbabwe and Iraq, libraries submitted full papers, highlighting examples of how libraries are contributing to achieving the SDGs. In Norway, however, a much shorter summary paper was requested.

A chance to expand networks

At least in some cases, engaging in VNRs did open up new contacts within government. For example, in Denmark, the coordinating ministry is not a regular partner of libraries, but is one that could usefully be contacted in future.

In Zimbabwe also, the coordinating ministry was a new contact for the library association. Thanks to this engagement, the association has been able to create new synergies and receive key new information.

Meanwhile, in Iraq, given that links already existed, the preparation of the VNR served rather to consolidate this relationship.

Looking beyond government contacts, work around VNRs appears to be paying off in Zimbabwe, where other NGOs are starting to understand the potential of libraries.

VNRs have also helped mobilise wider networks of libraries. In Denmark, the DB 2030 Network brings together institutions committed to working towards the SDGs, while in Iraq, the VNR helped bring together a number of university libraires.

Early signs of impact

The work of libraries in each country to engage around Voluntary National Reviews, and the wider SDGs, does seem to be paying off.

The most obvious indicator is the inclusion of references to libraries in Reports. For example Zimbabwe’s report celebrated the work of the association around open data, while Norway’s cited libraries’ contribution to inclusion.

In Denmark in particular, the government even announced a new initiative, through its VNR, to strength libraries’ work to disseminate information about the SDGs, and run a Global Goals certification programme.

There is also evidence of closer links with governments, with officials in Zimbabwe and Iraq alike underlining how much they welcome library engagement, and looking forward to further cooperation.

Lessons for the future

Clearly, the diversity in the processes implemented by governments means that libraries in each country will need to do the detective work necessary to find how best to engage.

Sometimes this will be a case of making sure that you are checking the right websites or are on the right mailing lists. Other times, it will be a case of ensuring that you are well known in general in the NGO community.

Nonetheless, making the effort to identify and get to know the team responsible in general for implementing the SDGs clearly helps in general, not least in ensuring that even if there isn’t a public call for contributions, you will not be trying to engage as strangers.

A second lesson is around the value of having evidence and case studies already prepared in order to submit. This work isn’t just helpful at the time of a Voluntary National Review, but can also support your advocacy at other moments.

Finally, as seen in Iraq and Zimbabwe in particular, working around the SDGs – and in particular VNRs – can be a great way to expand networks, ensuring that a wider range of ministries know about the work of libraries, and so – ideally – can be ready to support our institutions when decisions are made.

With six countries already having expressed an interest in carrying out a VNR in 2022 (Djibouti, Eritrea, Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Tuvalu) – and likely around forty in the end again undertaking one – these are helpful experiences for libraries in each to bear in mind.

We are grateful to colleagues from the Danish Library Association, the Norwegian Library Association, the Zimbabwe Library Association and the Al-Abbas Holy Shrine Library and Manuscripts in Iraq for their support in writing this article.

Read IFLA's guide to Voluntary National Reviews.

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IFLA GIOP Section + IFLA Strategy: demonstrating the importance of government information professionals

Por Despina Gerasimidou — 7 de Julho de 2021, 15:08

IFLA GIOPS + IFLA Strategy

Closely aligned to the IFLA Key Initiative 1.3 "Work with library associations and libraries to identify key legal and funding challenges to their work, and advocate for action", the IFLA Government Information and Official Publications Section (IFLA GIOPS) embarked on a project to create a global manifesto of sorts to demonstrate the importance of the government information landscape, and the need for librarians’ expertise to help users discover, evaluate, and use government-produced information.

IFLA KI 1.3

In 2013 at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Singapore, IFLA GIOPS sponsored  a session on economic development and governments that attracted over 150 attendees. The success of the programme served as a contrast to the widespread perception that the future of government information professionals was in jeopardy.

Driven by a renewed sense of purpose, IFLA GIOPS has built up the evidence base around the importance of government information professionals. Their latest contribution is a recently published Professional Report, “The Government Information Landscape and Libraries”.

IFLA GIOPS + IFLA Strategy

Putting together such a publication takes both time and effort, but this has not lessened their conviction: it has strengthened it.

The current era is characterized by a prevalence of mis- and dis-information, and governments can, at times, make the situation worse. Such a landscape requires citizens to understand how to discover, evaluate, and think critically about what governments publish. However, the expertise needed to navigate complex government information systems requires a specialised knowledge set that is all too often undervalued or overlooked.

 

IFLA GIOPS + IFLA Strategy

In order to prove the contrary, the government information professionals who authored this report, from countries worldwide, describe the rich complexity of the government information landscape, helping make the case for librarians to receive specialized training.

James Church, corresponding member of the IFLA GIOPS Standing Committee explains why this GIOPS report should be reviewed by all librarians:

Despite the widely acknowledged truth that governments lie and mislead just like the rest of us, they also publish information indispensable to an informed public. While this information may not always make for fascinating reading, when citizens need to know about laws, policies, rules, and numbers (among other things) government information matters, more than almost anything. We invite you to look at our report and see the value of government information librarians.”

 

Read more about the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024

How is your library or library association engaging with the IFLA Strategy? Let us know! Post on your social media, using the hashtag #IFLAStrategy and #WeAreIFLA or send an email to Despina Gerasimidou, IFLA’s Strategic Development Officer at despina.gerasimidou@ifla.org.

 

IFLA Strategy 2019-2024

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Seminario Web en Español del Grupo de Interés Especial de la IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health

Por Emma Farrow — 6 de Julho de 2021, 21:09

El grupo de interés especial Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GHD) de la Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Bibliotecarios y Bibliotecas (IFLA) se complace en invitarlo a este seminario web en nuestra serie del 2021.


La Biblioteca Global de la Organización Mundial de la Salud: ¡La salud importa! - Glòria Pérez-Salmerón en conversación con los Bibliotecarios de la OMS.

 

Para más información, incluido el horario del seminario web donde se encuentra y cómo registrarse, consulte: https://www.ifla.org/node/93998

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IFLA WLIC 2021 Programme now available

Por Louis Takács — 6 de Julho de 2021, 09:18

WLIC Programme now available 

It's out! 3 days of discussion starters, 3 time zones full of thought provoking ideas, 160 sessions and hundreds of speakers. The IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2021 programme is now on the conference website. Which sessions will help you address topics and issues in the workplace? Explore how global perspectives can address local challenges. 

From artificial intelligence and citizen science to health information as a human right; from inspiring marketing ideas to the power of networking; IFLA's Congress allows you to look further and explore new aspects of the profession. IFLA WLIC opens up your world!

So take a look at our programme, which will automatically display according to your timezone. Is there a clash, or is a session too late or early for you? Don’t worry – delegates get 12 months’ access to recorded sessions! 

Early Bird Registrations closing soon 

There are only four days to go to the close of IFLA's early bird registration rates on 9 July. IFLA is offering its lowest ever registration rates, starting at EUR 40 for IFLA student affiliates and EUR 65 for IFLA members and other affiliates. If you've ever wanted to experience the most international event in the library field, join the thousand other librarians who have already registered. So don’t hesitate – save money and get the best deal. Register before 9 July. 

Kind regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
6 July 2021

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Need for reform recognised, but action waits again: 41st session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

Por Stephen Wyber — 5 de Julho de 2021, 11:21

From 28 June to 1 July, IFLA participated in the 41st session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR41) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). 

The session took the shape of a hybrid session with many delegations joining remotely, both governments and observers such as IFLA. As previously agreed by WIPO Members, given the fact that so many could not be present, the meeting focused on advancing discussions around issues on the agenda, rather than taking firm decisions. 

A busy agenda

Over the four days, items covered included new potential rights for broadcasting organisations, exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives, museums and educational and research institutions, and other matters which includes copyright in the digital environment, resale right, rights of theatre directors and a proposal for study on public lending right (PLR). 

On broadcasting, IFLA recalled the importance of including adequate exceptions and limitations to ensure that any new rights would not stand unreasonably in the way of public interest activities. 

Broadcast material had been essential for much education during the pandemic, and of course represents a key part of the historic record. Any steps that make it more difficult to draw on it yos support learning or to carry out preservation risk causing harm without any particular benefit to rightholders. 

IFLA called for the introduction of provisions at least mirroring those already included in WIPO’s Rome Convention, allowing preservation and access for education and research. Many Member States echoed this call, underlining also the need for greater transparency in work to prepare new drafts of a suggested Treaty on the topic. 

Limitations and exceptions at the time of COVID

Concerning the main agenda item on exceptions and limitations, IFLA highlighted the lack or inadequacy of copyright laws for heritage preservation in particular. Too many countries still have no provisions on preservation, while even those who do have often not adapted their laws to the digital age, including by offering remote access to preserved works. 

Furthermore, libraries face uncertainty in working across borders to form preservation networks, in order to help combat the risk of degradation and loss of collections, in particular in the face of climate change.

As a first step, IFLA has therefore called for the development of model laws or provisions on the subject, as well as for progress towards an international instrument, in order to enable all cultures to safeguard their heritage.

Looking beyond preservation, IFLA and others also highlighted the degree to which COVID had made clear the need for laws which allow libraries to provide access to information digitally, for example through lending, access to copies of works, storytimes and beyond. This need was recognised by a number of Member States, recognising the unnecessary disruption caused by the pandemic. 

Partner organisations working on education and research reiterated these points, calling alongside IFLA for an effort to provide clarity on which flexibilities exist under international law. 

In parallel, representatives of performers and others argued that the impacts of COVID on the wider creative sector should be considered.

Promoting a holistic approach to supporting creators

Regarding the item on a proposed study on public lending right (PLR) in developing countries, IFLA reiterated its support for a fair remuneration of authors. However, IFLA also noted concerns about the impact that the Public Lending Right will have in developing countries, given the risk of limiting the funding of libraries.

We recalled that libraries are resource tools for many communities and help to create and open up educational and professional opportunities for children, young people and adults, by developing literacy programmes, providing access to information and education, research and combating misinformation. Libraries are important allies for the development of societies and communities.

Within this framework, IFLA suggested reframing the study to take a more holistic approach, considering the cost-effectiveness of different means of supporting authors and creators such as direct subsidies, tax benefits or reversion rights. Such an approach would also allow for the costs of such initiatives to be fully considered.

While some Member States welcomed the proposal for the study, others noted the number of items already on the agenda, as well as the need for balance in such work. 

Requirements recognised, but action delayed

The session provided a welcome opportunity to hear the ongoing support from many Member States for work to give libraries, as well as archives, museums, educators and researchers a copyright framework that allows them to complete their missions. 

Yet work is still needed to convince all Member States to support their libraries. In part, this will need to come from combating the impression too often given that enabling libraries to carry out their missions risks coming at the expense of creators themselves. 

While there are certainly concerns about the impact of new business models and wider trends on the different industries built around copyright and the writers and other creators who underpin them, IFLA argues that it is not by holding back, or trying to extract more fees from libraries that we will find effective solutions. 

Indeed, through their work to support literacy, ensure preservation, and develop the readers and researchers of the future, libraries represent a support, not a cost. to the creative sector. 

With no decisions possible at this meeting, and no further sessions of the Committee planned this year, we will need to wait until 2022 in order to be able to advance work formally on these issues, as well as to hold an information session on the impact of COVID on those working with copyright. This should cover both creators and other rightholders, and those depending on limitations and exceptions to copyright. 

IFLA will continue to work with its members, as well as governments at WIPO and beyond, in order to promote appropriate and balanced legal frameworks.

Read IFLA's Statements:

  • IFLA Statement on Broadcasting [PDFMS Word]
  • IFLA Statement on Exceptions and Limitations to Copyright [PDFMS Word]
  • IFLA Statement on Public Lending Right [PDFMS Word]
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Five innovative libraries nominated for the Public Library of the Year award 2021

Por Pirkko Lindberg — 5 de Julho de 2021, 10:01

For the sixth time, Systematic and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) presents the Public Library of the Year Award, honouring new, innovative public libraries. The jury has narrowed 32 libraries down to five nominees in the quest for this year’s winner.

This year, the five finalists come from very different parts of the world:

  • Marrickville Library
    Australia
  • Deichman Bjørvika - Oslo Public Library
    Norway
  • Het Predikheren
    Belgium
  • Ningbo New Library
    China
  • Forum Groningen
    The Netherlands

The winner will be announced during IFLA's annual congress, held online this year from 17 - 19 August and the award is presented by IFLA President, Christine Mackenzie.

For additional information, see the Sytsematic website.

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Guidelines for Library Services to Displaced Populations--draft version ready for review

Por Janet Lee — 4 de Julho de 2021, 16:26

Dear Colleague

The ILFA Section Library Services to  People with Special Needs has been working on Guidelines for Library Services to Displaced Populations.   These Guidelines cover library service to refugees, immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers.    These Guidelines are now ready for global review.

A Google Drive link can be found here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qtI3kg4GSx_sL8fwZ0OMfztqZxrIMC-X/edit#heading=h.gjdgxs

Please leave comments on the google drive document or send to Despina Gerasimidou at despina.gerasimidou@ifla.org

The deadline for comments is July 20.

 

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Library and Research Services for Parliaments (IFLAPARL) Section July 2021 Newsletter Published

Por Ellie Valentine — 3 de Julho de 2021, 09:15

The July 2021 issue of the IFLAPARL Section's newsletter is now available online.

This edition includes the following: 

  •  Message from the Chair 
  • IFLAPARL Standing Committee Members (Results of the 2021 Election)
  •  How to join the Section 
  • 87th WORLD LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CONGRESS
  • IFLAPARL Planning Virtual Conference September/October 2021
  • Call to Participate in the 2021 IFLAPARL pandemic survey
  • News from the Documentation and Information Center – Brazil
  • Latin America and Caribbean Parliamentary Libraries: experiences, challenges and practical work during the Covid-19 pandemic" Webinar held April 29, 2021
  • The Knesset Research & Information Center (RIC) during the Covid-19 Pandemic – Challenges Opportunities and Successes
  • ECPRD seminar – ‘Parliamentary research and libraries: A year of hope and transition’
  • The World e-Parliament Conference 2021 – report
  • National Assembly Library – Republic of Korea
  • Uruguayan Parliament Library
  • A personal message from Hamburg, Germany
  • Canadian Library of Parliament
  • New Books & Articles
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Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section Standing Committee June 2021 Meeting Minutes Posted

Por Ellie Valentine — 3 de Julho de 2021, 08:56

The Minutes of the June 25, 2021 Open Standing Committee Meeting of the Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section have been posted. 

 

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The IFLA Metadata Newsletter June 2021 issue is published

Por Pat Riva — 1 de Julho de 2021, 14:51

The IFLA Metadata Newsletter is published jointly by the Bibliography Section, the Cataloguing Section and the Subject Analysis and Access Section.

Issue vol. 7. no. 1, June 2021 includes news from around the world, conference reports, standards news, and another instalment of analysis of the National Bibliographic Register, contributed by the Bibliography Section.

The Newsletter also includes dates of the upcoming business meetings of all metadata units and working groups, including the Bibliography Standing Committee, during August 2021, both before and after WLIC.

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The IFLA Metadata Newsletter June 2021 issue is published

Por Harriet Aagaard — 1 de Julho de 2021, 12:16

The IFLA Metadata Newsletter June 2021 issue is now published. You find an article about the new National Bibliography Register, about news from countries around the world, several virtual conferences and also about the Bibliographic Sections' Business meetings. 

 

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IFLA signs the WikiLibrary Manifesto

Por Camille Francoise — 15 de Junho de 2021, 12:53

IFLA has endorsed the WikiLibrary Manifesto, aimed at connecting libraries and Wikimedia projects such as Wikibase in order to promote the dissemination of knowledge in open formats, especially in linked open data networks.

Libraries and Wikimedia, two types of sister organizations, one aim: sharing information and knowledge

The heart of libraries' mission is to enable all citizens to access information and knowledge in order to be able to build informed opinions and perspectives in their life.

Every day, millions of librarians around the world choose books, advise users in their research through books or websites, reveal pluralities of perspectives, and support the development of individual opinions and the exercise of freedom of expression.

On its side, the Wikimedia Foundation is a non-profit organization which aims to share knowledge openly. They believe that each citizen has information and knowledge that they can share openly on Wikimedia projects, based on reliable and verifiable sources.

As such, on both sides, there is a strong desire to allow open access to information and knowledge via reliable sources while respecting the will of communities such as indigenous groups.

Beyond this, there is the will to share to ensure the sustainability and preservation of this knowledge, as well as to bring together different perspectives to ensure a more nuanced, better informed story of the world. The importance of open, interoperable tools that can facilitate the work of linked data libraries like Wikibase, is part of this.

The WikiLibrary Manifesto, open principles

Within this context, the WikiLibrary Manifesto aims to promote the development of principles and the establishment of strong digital policies which are open, and therefore reusable for libraries.

This initiative, born of discussions and collaborations between libraries and Wikimedia Germany, is also the opportunity to continue these discussions between our structures.

The manifesto supports the application of the principles of FAIR (free, open, accessible, re-usable) data and proposes other principles such as:

  • Promoting free licenses for data and their software environment. 

  • Shaping spaces where diverse communities thrive (community gardening). 

  • Providing structured data based on FAIR data principles in order to be able to transparently transform data into information to create FAIR knowledge. 

  • Promoting common core standards created consensually and collaboratively. 

  • Providing open governance structures and embedding them into existing systems. 

  • Dedicating resources to obtain user interfaces that are accessible to and user ‑ friendly for everybody who wants to contribute and actively care for data and knowledge. 

  • Fostering data literacy in the digital transformation on the three stages: data, information and knowledge.

 

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IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award Winners 2021

Por Jeremiah Walter — 14 de Junho de 2021, 18:39

PressReaderSponsored by PressReader, the IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award is presented by the IFLA Section on Management and Marketing, Now in its 18th year, this award honours organizations that implement creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns.

The top three winners are:

1. Monash University (Australia) and Penn State University (USA) libraries: The Monash and Penn State Great Rare Books Bake Off

sites.psu.edu/greatrarebooksbakeoff and monash.edu/library/rare-books-bake-off

2. The City Libraries of Jinan (China): Quancheng Study – “Delivery” Buddies Post

jnlib.net.cn

3. LGMA / Libraries Ireland (Ireland): Your Library – Take a Closer Look

librariesireland.ie

Rare Books Bake OffMonash University and Penn State University share 1st place for their Great Rare Books Bake Off, a friendly competition that engaged their communities by inviting participants to bake featured recipes from their collections and post to social media. The project provided an enjoyable, creative outlet during the pandemic. The 1st place winner receives 3000€ towards purchasing new technology.

 

Quanchengstudy

The City Libraries of Jinan (China) is the 2nd place winner for Quancheng Study – “Delivery Buddies” Post. This program helps library service delivery workers by understanding patrons’ needs and offering reading resources in a multi-functional manner. The 2nd place winner receives 2000€ towards purchasing new technology.

Libraries IrelandLGMA / Libraries Ireland (Ireland) takes 3rd place for their campaign, Your Library – Take a Closer Look. This national campaign promoted Irish public libraries by encouraging everyone to “take a closer look” at the modern and innovative library services on offer. The 3rd place winner receives 1500€ towards purchasing new technology.

Submissions were received from all over the world, with entries from Australia, Belarus, Brazil, China Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Norway. Applications were selected based upon criteria that demonstrated innovative and original project marketing strategies. The top ten entries include the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and seven unique projects.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession, with more than 1,300 members in 140 countries worldwide. The headquarters is based in The Hague, Netherlands.

“We hope that libraries around the world will learn from and be inspired by these award winners,” says Anya Feltreuter, chair of the IFLA Section on Management and Marketing. “With such diversity of projects and campaigns, we think most library organisations can find something useful regardless of their budget size or target audience.”

As the leading digital and print-on-demand newspaper and magazine platform, PressReader (about.pressreader.com/) helps IFLA to recognize and support creative, inspired, results-oriented marketing campaigns. In addition to sponsoring the 1st, 2nd and 3rd  place awards, PressReader is proud to provide the top 10 winners with an exclusive one-year VIP account with PressReader.

“In spite of the myriad challenges experienced over the last year, libraries worldwide showed remarkable resilience and adaptivity in the wake of sudden-lockdowns”, says James Fairbotham, Senior Area Manager, EMEA - Libraries, PressReader. “The exceptional measures libraries embraced ensured the continuation of services for their patrons. As with any challenge, however, comes great innovation and creativity, and this is certainly exemplified by this year’s award recipients. Congratulations to the winning libraries and all those that participated.”

Along with the top three winners, the next seven organizations and their marketing campaigns are recognized for their innovative and creative approaches to marketing (in alphabetical order):

Centralized Library System of Moscow District (Russia): “Big Bang” Exhibition Space

www.cbs-msk.ru

 

Ghana Book Development Council (Ghana): Learn to Read; Read to Learn

facebook.com/gbdc.moe

 

Morgantown Public Library (USA): A Wild and Weird Calendar Fundraiser: Raising Money for a Good Claws

mympls.org/CALENDAR/

 

Pikes Peak Library District (USA): All You Need Is Your Library

ppld.org/MyLibrary

 

Public Library Cultural Center (Colombia): Maker20 – Communication in the Library has no limits!

facebook.com/BiblioCentroCulturalC20

 

Shanghai Library (China): My Battle against Covid-19, Online Pop Up Reading Marathon

library.sh.cn

 

Wenzhou Library (China): The Comics of Wenzhou Library

wzlib.cn (official website not accessible in all countries; for more info, visit their Wikipedia page)

 

Media inquiries:

Jeremiah Walter, IFLA Management & Marketing Information Coordinator JWalter@ppld.org

Eva Wu, PressReader, evaw@pressreader.com

 

About PressReader

PressReader is on a mission to improve the way people discover stories that matter to them. With offices in Vancouver, Dublin and Manila, the company provides the largest all-you-can-read platform of newspapers and magazines where people can discover relevant and trusted content from anywhere in the world, and read global titles like The Guardian, The Independent, Los Angeles Times, and Le Figaro.

Using their phone, tablet or computer, readers can browse content online or download entire issues using the PressReader app. They can subscribe for unlimited access, or get the full experience sponsored by one of its brand partners, businesses that leverage the premium content platform to enhance their customers’ experience – household names like British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air Canada, Marriott, Fairmont Hotels, Seabourn Cruise Lines, Princeton University, and the New York Public Library.

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Libraries, Minority Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: IFLA contributes to an OHCHR call for inputs

Por Valensiya Dresvyannikova — 10 de Junho de 2021, 10:21

The IFLA - OHCHR input - Minority Rights and Sustainable Developmentkey theme of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is “Leaving No-one Behind”; the pandemic has highlighted the urgency of addressing disproportionate barriers and disparities that various minority groups are experiencing. An IFLA input to a United Nations Human Rights Council consultation examines the role of access to information in facilitating minority rights within the sustainable development context, and ways that libraries support it.

A recent call for inputs by the UN Human Rights Council centred on the persistent issues of discrimination, exclusion and marginalisation experienced by various national, linguistic, ethnic and religious minorities. From outsized negative impacts of nascent technology trends on specific groups to more severe health outcomes and disproportionate economic impacts from COVID-19 pandemic response measures, it is now as crucial as ever to accelerate efforts to address these disparities.

The consultation aims to look at these inequalities through the lens of sustainable social and economic development. Drawing on the library field’s experiences with leveraging access to information as a key driver of development, this submission discusses:

Inequalities in access to information experienced by ethnic religious, linguistic and national minorities:

  • Unequal access to ICT and connectivity
  • A lack of access to relevant content, particularly for linguistic minorities; and disparities in access amnd representation in media
  • Inequalities in access to information which enables use of key services, the realisation of fundamental rights, and overall wellbeing

Good practices from the library field which seek to address these disparities:

  • Tailored initiatives to meet the information needs of specific minority groups
  • Access to educational and cultural materials
  • Initiatives that facilitate access to learning opportunities, inclusion and empowerment.

You can access the submission on the publications page.

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“Using Retro Technologies in a Children’s Library”: Latest addition to the SC Best Practices YouTube channel

Por Benjamin Scheffler — 9 de Junho de 2021, 16:18

In particular, we show filmstrips to children as part of our entertaining and learning activities Miracles of FairytalesMeetings for children from age 4 to 8 last 50 minutes each and take place four times a month.

At the meetings children train their main soft skills: memory, attention, develop imagination and communication skills, independence and creative thinking.

This short video about the program at RSLYA is a good example for spreading an inspiring idea throughout the library field. Do you have an idea you want to share with your colleagues around the world? Here is your chance!

If you want to join the Best Practices Project of the IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults, please meet the following conditions:

  1. Make your own video for the project about one interesting program of your library aimed at children and/or young adults.
  2. The video must be about 3-5 minutes. But not longer than 5 minutes!
  3. The language for all videos is English. Don’t worry if English is not your first language – watch the other videos on our channel!
  4. The video must start with a logo screen. You can download it here.
  5. Please send a link to the video via this form.  
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Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section Open Standing Committee Meeting June 25, 2021

Por Ellie Valentine — 8 de Junho de 2021, 06:19

Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section will conduct a Standing Committee Open Meeting on June 25, 2021. The virtual meeting will be held  via Zoom:

June 26th, 2021, 08h00 Montréal (check what time this is for you) [PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE CHANGE!!]

Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93190506350

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