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EIFL-KLISC Fact Sheet on US-Kenya trade talks

EIFL-OA news and events - პარ, 25/09/2020 - 18:11

EIFL and our partner library consortium in Kenya, the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC), have issued a fact sheet on the proposed US-Kenya Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement that aims to strengthen economic ties between the US and Kenya. 

This is the first time the US has sought to negotiate a deep FTA with an individual country in sub-Saharan Africa, and according to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), it can serve as a model for additional trade agreements across Africa. 

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

EIFL-KLISC Fact Sheet on US-Kenya trade talks

EIFL - FOSS news - პარ, 25/09/2020 - 18:11

EIFL and our partner library consortium in Kenya, the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC), have issued a fact sheet on the proposed US-Kenya Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement that aims to strengthen economic ties between the US and Kenya. 

This is the first time the US has sought to negotiate a deep FTA with an individual country in sub-Saharan Africa, and according to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), it can serve as a model for additional trade agreements across Africa. 

EIFL-KLISC Fact Sheet on US-Kenya trade talks

EIFL news and events - პარ, 25/09/2020 - 18:11

EIFL and our partner library consortium in Kenya, the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC), have issued a fact sheet on the proposed US-Kenya Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement that aims to strengthen economic ties between the US and Kenya. 

This is the first time the US has sought to negotiate a deep FTA with an individual country in sub-Saharan Africa, and according to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), it can serve as a model for additional trade agreements across Africa. 

Webinar: Controlled Digital Lending in a Pandemic

EIFL-OA news and events - პარ, 25/09/2020 - 12:55

The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue is to host a webinar on ‘Controlled Digital Lending in a Pandemic’. 

Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) is an emerging practice whereby libraries lend print books in digital format to users on an ‘owned to loaned’ ratio (meaning that the number of simultaneous digital loans is limited to the number of physical copies held by the library). 

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

Webinar: Controlled Digital Lending in a Pandemic

EIFL - FOSS news - პარ, 25/09/2020 - 12:55

The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue is to host a webinar on ‘Controlled Digital Lending in a Pandemic’. 

Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) is an emerging practice whereby libraries lend print books in digital format to users on an ‘owned to loaned’ ratio (meaning that the number of simultaneous digital loans is limited to the number of physical copies held by the library). 

Webinar: Controlled Digital Lending in a Pandemic

EIFL news and events - პარ, 25/09/2020 - 12:55

The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue is to host a webinar on ‘Controlled Digital Lending in a Pandemic’. 

Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) is an emerging practice whereby libraries lend print books in digital format to users on an ‘owned to loaned’ ratio (meaning that the number of simultaneous digital loans is limited to the number of physical copies held by the library). 

Libraries on the World Stage: An Interview with the Winners of the WSIS Prize

IFLA - პარ, 25/09/2020 - 11:33

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has been bringing together governments, UN agencies, civil soceity and experts for nearly 20 years. It covers the whole range of issues at the intersection of digital technologies and the economic and social world, aiming to promote more equitable, sustainable outcomes.

As part of this, WSIS awards prizes for projects which deliver on its goals at a local level, and which can offer an inspiration to others. In 2020, a project focused on building libray capacity through eLearning was amongst the prize winners. We interviewed Heba Ismail PhD, Director of the Programme, as well as of the 2030 Arab Librarians project, and Secretary of IFLA's Continuing Professioanl Development and Workplace Learning Standing Committee:

1. Can you give a short overview of what you did through the INELI-MENA project?

INELI-MENA is an e-training leadership program, implemented by the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) and funded by Global Libraries Initiatives (GL) at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). It aims to:

  1. Support future Arab leaders in public and national libraries by developing, improving their skills & competencies.
  2. Build an active regional e-learning network of emerging leaders in libraries in the Arab region by the end of the program.
  3. Encourage cooperation between regional library associations and specialists in the field through a cooperative project.

The program consists of:

  • Online activities: a Moodle website was created to provide the participants with the learning modules; the website offered a translated version of Global Libraries INELI content, including the following modules: building successful teamwork; innovation; using data; risk management; resolving conflict; change management; advocacy; libraries and development (SDGs); and team projects.
  • In-Person Activities: INELI-MENA conducted two convenings in Germany & Egypt.  
  • Combined In-Person and Online Activities: innovators worked in teams to produce new, innovative services and programs and implement them in their public libraries. Innovators implemented six projects for their communities: a library for homeless children; a human library; two marketing plans; a program for developing talent; and a pre-school program.

2. What impacts did this work have?

The program was very effective in changing the mindset of librarians, their skills and their competences as most of them are now engaged as the board members of their national library associations, have won grants, have engaged in the IFLA Global Vision and other regional projects, and have won different awards. I consider this is one of the most important impacts of the successful collaboration.

AFLI succeeded in sustaining the program with the collaborative cooperation of library associations across Arab countries by implementing 4 national networks. We are working closely with other association from Arab countries to continue building capacity for librarians across the MENA region.

The number of trained librarians in the 4 networks exceeded 100 trainees (about 113 leaders) and is still growing.

3. Who was involved?

Let me first thank the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) in taking the lead to implement this unique e-training program that lasted for two years across the MENA region; and all of the INELI-MENA team for all their sincere efforts through the process of delivering one of the most powerful leadership programs across the Arab countries, Prof . Hassan Alsereihy (AFLI president, program regional expert); Dr. Khaled el Halaby (former president of ALFI); Prof. Emad Saleh (learning coordinator); Prof. Usama El Sayed (Program Evaluator); Ms. Rasha Essmat (network coordinator); Dr. Dalia el Gohary (Translator & Interpreter): Mr. Moahemd Fayez (accountant).

AFLI's vision in implementing the INELI-MENA program focused from the beginning on engaging one representative from each library professional association across the MENA region which shared common interests and values to ensure the sustainability of the program. This had a double benefit:

  • Let the representatives observe and monitor from a very close angle the program to ensure its sustainability.
  • Direct interaction with the participants through group projects and following-up with them in order to yield recommendations that will enhance the regional & local INELI-MENA experience.

In addition, AFLI engaged private sector companies who are working in the Middle East & North Africa to support the INELI-MENA program.

All the previous efforts resulted in training 31 middle management librarians from public and national libraries from 15 Arab countries.

4. How did you first find out about the WSIS prizes?

I was browsing the internet and came across EIFL website -ex-winner of WSIS- and I noticed WSIS logo on it, I begin to search for the award to get more information about it as it really captured my attention!   

5. What motivated you to apply for this?

The first thing that jumped to my mind was that the program deserves to be acknowledged worldwide. INELI-MENA had its impact on innovators, library community and users. What also encouraged me was that having started by training 31 librarians, the number is still growing as we sustain the program to train more librarians on leadership skills in the MENA region, as well as providing training through national networks on a voluntary basis by the AFLI team.

Adding to all the above reasons, I love the challenge of participating in different awards and grants, it opens your horizon to great resources that you would like to explore.

6. What was the process like?

After reading about the WSIS 2020 prize and its 18 categories -mentioned below-, we went through this process

Phase 1 (Submission phase): stakeholders were invited to submit WSIS related projects to the WSIS Prize 2020 contest.

Phase 2 (Nomination phase): revision of submitted projects that were result with a list of 30 nominated projects, twenty (20) projects per action line category.

Phase 3 (Voting phase): public online voting of nominated projects (identification of five projects per category with the highest number of votes - I would like to sezie this opportuinty to thank all IFLA members who voted for us to be one WSIS 2020 Champions in the e-learning category, the number of votes for our program exceeded 5000 votes, which could not be done without your support!

Phase 4 (Selection phase): selection of wining projects by the Expert group.

Phase 5 (Prize cermony): public announcement of winners during WSIS prizes 2020 cermony of WSIS forum 2020.

​7. What have the benefits of winning the prize been?

Being selected as one of the top five projects in the e-learning category and recognized as a Champion of WSIS 2020 is an honor by itself – it’s a prestigious award provided by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Moreover, your hard work gets acknowledged worldwide; giving you the possibility to get to know more stakeholders and grantees, exchange information on projects and share best practices between regions.

8. Can you imagine that other library projects could win in the future?

There is a direct linkage between the WSIS action lines and the SDGs, which have been firmly adopted by the library field as part of our work to boost our impact. Therefore, the chance for libraries submitting their application to the WSIS prize are very high if they meet the criteria announced and if they fit WSIS Action Lines. Libraries can submit proposals in the following WSIS action lines:

  • C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • C4. Capacity building
  • C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • C6. Enabling environment
  • C7. ICT Applications:
  • E-government
  • E-business
  • E-learning
  • E-health
  • E-employment
  • E-environment
  • E-agriculture
  • E-science
  • C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
  • C9. Media
  • C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
  • C11. International and regional cooperation

9. What recommendations would you make to colleagues around the world?

 Show the great work libraries and librarians are doing! Show the world we are there, we are a key player in our field, be open to every opportunity and seize it.

 

More information about INELI-MENA can be found here:

In the end of this meeting, I would like to thank IFLA for the interview, it had been a pleasure talking to you and thanks again for all IFLA members who voted for us.

 

     

Heba Mohamed Ismail, Ph.D.

IFLA CPDWL SC Secretary

Director of INELI-MENA program

Director of 2030 Arab Librarians

Libraries Technical Manager
Egypt's Society for Culture & Development
(Formerly Integrated Care Society)

 

9th Eurasian Academic Libraries Conference (EALC – 2020) 30 September – 2 October, (online), Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

IFLA - პარ, 25/09/2020 - 02:51

In light with the growing global concern related to the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), as a precautionary measure, the Steering Committee of the Eurasian Academic Libraries Conference (EALC) has decided to reschedule the annual conference from June 16-19, 2020 to September 30 - October 2, 2020. The conference will take place online.

The Nazarbayev University Library and the Association of University Libraries in the Republic of Kazakhstan invite you to the 9th Eurasian Academic Libraries Conference with the theme “Alive to Changes: Engage. Embrace. Ensure” which will be held in the framework of the Eurasian Higher Education Leaders Forum on 30 September - 2 October 2020 (Online) at Nazarbayev University (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan).

The Conference features distinguished researchers and engaging speakers. The conference will be a venue for scientific discussion, constructive exchange of information, best practices, and lessons, through oral and poster presentations. In addition, a range of special workshops and lightning talks aim to attract participants on wider issues of future-ready libraries and library professionals. 

We also extend our invitation to potential sponsors as exhibitors. As an exhibitor, you will enjoy exposure and direct marketing opportunities with practitioners and decision-makers in the field. You may choose from different sponsorship packages: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze.

The conference will also provide a live streaming link for those who can’t attend. 

The languages of the conference are English/Russian/Kazakh.

Please visit this link for more information:
https://nu.kz.libguides.com/EALC-2020

Emerging International Voices: IFLA Joins with Goethe Institut to Promote the Library Thought Leaders of the Future

IFLA - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 19:56

IFLA is proud to announce a new partnership with the Goethe Institut – Emerging International Voices – bringing together active, engaged and connected emerging leaders from around the world.

We are at a potential turning point in the way we live, work, learn and interact, and so inevitably in the work of libraries. At a time of uncertainty in so many things, digital technologies however seem almost certain to play a key part.

But what new possibilities do they open up? What challenges can they bring, both in terms of how libraries build and strengthen communities, and we they position ourselves compared to commercial digital platforms.

With so many questions open, it’s as important as ever to bring our ideas and perspectives together, and build an understanding of how we can ensure libraries can continue to fulfil their mission in the years to come.

To address these, IFLA is proud to be joining the Goethe Institut in the Emerging International Voices programme.

16 emerging library thought leaders from around the world will come together across a series of three webinars in order to discuss with prominent speakers, and develop their thoughts. Each webinar will be opened by IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner.

Participants will then all prepare articles which will be published on the IFLA and Goethe Institut websites. You can find out more about each of the participants below.

We are glad to announce that the first parts of the webinars will be open for wider registration, and we will be carrying on the discussion on social media afterwards – watch this space!

Meet the thought-leaders:


EIFL welcomes Initiative for Open Abstracts

EIFL-OA news and events - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 15:57

EIFL has joined over 50 organizations that have committed support for the new Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA), which calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their publications in a centralized infrastructure - Crossref - to facilitate large-scale access to and promote discovery of critical research. 

Forty publishers have already agreed to support I4OA and to make their abstracts openly available.

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

EIFL welcomes Initiative for Open Abstracts

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 15:57

EIFL has joined over 50 organizations that have committed support for the new Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA), which calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their publications in a centralized infrastructure - Crossref - to facilitate large-scale access to and promote discovery of critical research. 

Forty publishers have already agreed to support I4OA and to make their abstracts openly available.

EIFL welcomes Initiative for Open Abstracts

EIFL news and events - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 15:57

EIFL has joined over 50 organizations that have committed support for the new Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA), which calls on all scholarly publishers to open the abstracts of their publications in a centralized infrastructure - Crossref - to facilitate large-scale access to and promote discovery of critical research. 

Forty publishers have already agreed to support I4OA and to make their abstracts openly available.

Webinar: Research data management services

EIFL-OA news and events - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 13:39

Academic librarians, faculty members, researchers, university administrators and grant and research staff are invited to attend this webinar on research data management services, co-hosted by EIFL and our partner consortium in Ghana, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana  (CARLIGH).

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

Webinar: Research data management services

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 13:39

Academic librarians, faculty members, researchers, university administrators and grant and research staff are invited to attend this webinar on research data management services, co-hosted by EIFL and our partner consortium in Ghana, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana  (CARLIGH).

Webinar: Research data management services

EIFL news and events - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 13:39

Academic librarians, faculty members, researchers, university administrators and grant and research staff are invited to attend this webinar on research data management services, co-hosted by EIFL and our partner consortium in Ghana, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana  (CARLIGH).

OS, OA & OERs: New opportunities for libraries

EIFL-OA news and events - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 13:26

Iryna Kuchma, Manager of the EIFL Open Access Programme, will speak about open science at the international conference, 'University Library at a new Stage of Social Communications Development', to be held in Ukraine.

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

OS, OA & OERs: New opportunities for libraries

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 13:26

Iryna Kuchma, Manager of the EIFL Open Access Programme, will speak about open science at the international conference, 'University Library at a new Stage of Social Communications Development', to be held in Ukraine.

OS, OA & OERs: New opportunities for libraries

EIFL news and events - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 13:26

Iryna Kuchma, Manager of the EIFL Open Access Programme, will speak about open science at the international conference, 'University Library at a new Stage of Social Communications Development', to be held in Ukraine.

IFLA Governing Board meetings September 2020: Update from the President

IFLA - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 12:11

In a week of meetings between 11 and 17 September, IFLA's Governing Board members met, discussed, and took decisions on the work of the Federation, including our Congress, governance, and finances. IFLA President Christine Mackenzie sets out the key points below..

Dear all,

First of all, I send my best wishes to you all. These are indeed difficult times as we continue to offer services in the face of uncertainty. The situation is tough for those obliged to keep their doors closed as well as for those now working to restart and intensify services. It is great to see users back in the library and I know how hard you must be working to make this possible. I wish you strength and courage and know that we will continue to see the same level of innovation and resilience that libraries have shown throughout the pandemic so far.

Last week IFLA’s Governing Board held a series of meetings in order to advance the work of our Federation. Everything was held virtually, meaning late nights for some and early mornings for others, and I want to thank my colleagues on the Board for their flexibility and commitment in participating. Our discussions covered the following key issues:

  • As we announced on Tuesday, the Governing Board agreed that our 2021 World Library and Information Congress will take place online as a truly global event, with the welcome support of the Dutch National Committee. This offers us an exciting opportunity to develop ways to engage with libraries globally, and learn lessons that we can then apply in putting together a hybrid in-person and online conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2023. We continue to prepare for an in-person conference in Dublin, Ireland in 2022.
  • We held a further workshop on IFLA’s governance review, celebrating a successful series of virtual round tables in August. This followed a survey on draft proposals in June and July that saw a strong and rich response from IFLA’s Members and volunteers, including additional letters setting out ideas and concerns. These meetings have helped clarify the Governing Board’s thinking, as well as highlighting issues remaining to be addressed. The Governing Board agreed that the Steering Committee – made up of our President-elect, Chair of the Professional Committee and myself, supported by the Secretary General and IFLA Parliamentarian – should now work to draft amendments to the IFLA Statutes, in consultation with the rest of the Governing Board. Our goal: to agree proposed amendments to the Statutes in time to present these at our 5 November General Assembly.
  • Reflecting the strong desire expressed by our Members, the Governing Board agreed, as part of our work to boost diversity in our Federation, to include a formal statement on the subject in the Statutes. Clearly, our work here cannot be limited to such a statement, but it will provide a valuable starting point.
  • In addition, the Governing Board agreed to a new structure for IFLA’s governance documents, committing to develop and agree on a Handbook that will help IFLA’s Professional Units understand the Statutes and Rules of Procedure, and learn from good practices in their work.     
  • We discussed the effect of the pandemic on IFLA as an organisation, and on IFLA’s finances in particular. It is clear that there will be negative consequences, leading the Governing Board to restructure our 2020 budget in order to cut costs in line with decreased revenue. I want to offer special thanks to all who are continuing to support IFLA, especially our Members and donors.
  • We agreed a new IFLA Statement on Artificial Intelligence and Libraries, underlining both the possibilities and risks that use of AI, inside and outside of our institutions can bring, and making recommendations to governments, library associations and libraries alike. This will be published shortly.
  • The Governing Board agreed to an amendment to the Rules of Procedure in order to allow our nominations and elections process to begin in January. Assuming IFLA’s Members support the idea of allowing remote voting on changes to the Statutes at the General Assembly in November, this will then allow the time to carry out an electronic vote on the proposed new Governance structures. Candidates for elected positions in IFLA will then be able to present themselves based on the relevant rules.  
  • In other meetings taking place during the week, the Professional Committee held a successful meeting, including discussions around how best to include IFLA’s volunteers in the preparation of WLIC 2021, the Dynamic Unit and Impact Award for our Professional Units, and the improved ranking of the IFLA Journal among publications in the library and information science field.
  • The Governing Board voted to freeze membership fees this year, in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances Members are facing.

I hope that you have marked our General Assembly to be held on 5 November in your diaries, and for those unable to attend in person, you will make use of the possibility to vote by proxy set out in our Convening Notice. Further details on how to follow the meeting online will be shared soon.

Kind regards, 

Christine Mackenzie
IFLA President 2019-2021

 

IFLA releases 6 videos on Wikidata and Wikibase in Libraries

IFLA - ხუთ, 24/09/2020 - 11:00

In February 2020, IFLA received a WikiCite grant from the Wikimedia Foundation to carry out a WLIC 2020 satellite event in Dublin. Due to developments related to COVID19, the project was transformed into 6 online discussions with professionals in order to discuss projects, issues, progress of Wikidata, Wikibase and bibliographic data in the field of libraries.

These discussions, led by the IFLA Wikidata Working Group,  address several themes such as open citations, knowledge equity, language revitalisation, open access to scholarly publications, linking and visualising bibliographic data as they relate to Wikidata and Wikibase.

We thank our speakers, Megan Wacha, Ahava Cohen, Nicolas Vigneron, Sarah Hartmann, Barbara Fisher, Simon Cobb, Jason Evans, Karim Tharani and Stacy-Allison Cassin for sharing their visions with the library and wiki communities.

The series of resulting videos that you can find on IFLA’s YouTube channel and soon on WikiCommons, is currently available with subtitles in Spanish, Portuguese and French (Arabic and Chinese to come).

As a follow-up to this project, the IFLA Wikidata Working Group is organising a meeting on Thursday 8th October at 4:00 PM CEST seeking more people to be part of a larger library wiki community. The Working Group aims to continue actions and concrete work on the themes mentioned above. Registration required.

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