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Tearing down myths around the South African Copyright Amendment Bill

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Ahead of further debate around the South African Copyright Amendment Bill, IFLA would like to share views on a number of issues raised by some stakeholders around the proposed legislation.

It would be highly regrettable if the Bill was delayed because of renewed confusion around points which have already been settled. The Bill was voted on and approved in the Trade and Industry Committee on the evening of 15 November 2018, with some objections noted by members of the Democratic Alliance. However, IFLA hopes that the following information will provide guidance, as the Bill continues along its legislative path, and that it will be enacted as soon as possible. 

In particular, we would like to highlight and respond to the following points:

The need for reforms that address exceptions and limitations for libraries, education and research is well known, and has long been recognised by the government

It has been forty years since South Africa’s copyright law regarding libraries, education and research was last updated, and twenty since the library sector has been calling for modernisation. While the original statement by the government may have been focused on artists and publishers, the inclusion of libraries, education and research in the bill constitutes firm recognition of the need to support learning and innovation and to positively address the UN sustainable development goals. 

Supporting libraries contributes to the health of the overall book sector

Libraries play an essential role not just in bringing books and other documents to the attention of the public, but also in developing the writers and researchers of the future. As such, in addition to the money paid to acquire content, libraries make a major contribution to marketing and discovery, as well as to the sustainability – and inclusiveness – of the book economy.  Many authors are librarians and many librarians are authors too. The strong support by many authors for libraries around the world bears testament to this.  

The proposed reform is compatible with the Three-Step Test

As highlighted in legal advice formally provided by Dr Tobias Schonwetter to the committee recently, the fair use clauses proposed in the bill are consistent with the Berne Convention. This opinion has also been confirmed by the State Legal Advisor. The fact that a growing number of countries internationally have implemented such provisions without facing challenges under the Dispute Settlement Mechanism at the WTO only confirms this. 

The proposed reform is compatible with the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty

Despite claims to the contrary, the Bill complies fully with the Marrakesh Treaty, notably as regards the need for those helping people with print disabilities to be prescribed, the need to carry out such activities on a non-profit basis. Indeed, this bill will enable South Africa to ratify the Treaty and provide a model for implementation of the Treaty to other countries.

Fair use is fair

There are many claims about the impact of fair use which unfortunately ignore the fact that it is based on a careful assessment of the impact on the rightholder. In particular, it is clear that such uses cannot cause unjustified prejudice to the interests of authors and publishers by limiting their ability to commercialise their works. Suggestions that it will lead to the systematic copying and making available of commercially available works are misleading and a distraction. The fact that rightholders frequently win cases in Fair Use jurisdictions shows that it provides adequate protections against prejudicial uses of works.  

Tackling the challenge of author incomes requires a holistic look at how revenues are earned

The situation faced by authors – in particular those who do not benefit from tenured positions in universities – is certainly a concern, not least to libraries. However, meaningful action to increase author incomes depends on taking a wider view at all of the factors at play, not least contracts (already the subject of legislation in the European Union), and other revenue streams (on which WIPO is launching work, and which is the subject of a major new research project in Australia).

Acknowledging that the publication of the government’s impact assessment would certainly help offer clarity, we believe that on most of the questions currently being raised by international and local rightsholder organisations as a reason for delaying progress on this essential legislation, there is already clarity, and so no need to hesitate further.

 

A Vision for Open Science

LIBER news - ორშ, 19/11/2018 - 18:09

A few months after the very exciting workshop Research Institutions and Libraries and the role of Funders in the European Open Science Cloud, which brought together key representatives of research funding organisations, research institutions and libraries, a group of participants have produced a report outlining their vision for open science. The report (which can be…

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Green Library Awards Reflections Published

IFLA - პარ, 16/11/2018 - 17:34

ENSULIB is pleased to share that papers presented from 2016 to 2018 and Green Library Award reflections are cumulated as an article: “Exemplars, Educators, Enablers: Libraries and Sustainability: How libraries contribute to sustainability” by Stephen Wyber, Manager, Policy and Advocacy, IFLA.

This article draws together examples of how libraries are using this commitment – and this potential – to deliver on sustainability in three key ways by:

·       showcasing sustainable building techniques and services;

·       promoting understanding and action around sustainability in their communities; and

·       supporting new research into sustainability.

Read the full article here

Prochaine réunion sur le droit d'auteur à l'organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle : impliquez-vous !

IFLA - ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 18:13

Le droit d'auteur est un élément central dans le travail des bibliothèques, et c’est pourquoi l’IFLA est un défenseur actif de meilleures lois du droit d’auteur. Notre engagement auprès de l'Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle (OMPI) en est un élément essentiel.

Le comité du droit d'auteur de l'OMPI (le SCCR) se réunit deux fois par an et a la capacité de légiférer sur plusieurs aspects. Le sujet des exceptions et limitations au droit d'auteur en faveur des bibliothèques, archives et musées est à l'ordre du jour. La prochaine réunion est en approche : elle aura lieu du 26 au 30 novembre.

Pourquoi c'est important ?

Lors de la dernière réunion du SCCR, un plan d'action visant à organiser le travail autour des exceptions et limitations au droit d'auteur en faveur des bibliothèques, archives, musées, de la recherche et de l'éducation a été adopté. L'IFLA demandera que tous les éléments de ce plan, tels que les réunions régionales et la conférence finale, fournissent des éléments de preuve nécessaires pour définir comment l'OMPI peut générer des progrès concrets pour nos institutions, notamment grâce à un potentiel instrument international.

Pourquoi l'IFLA a besoin de votre aide ?

Le SCCR est composé de représentants de tous les états membres des Nations Unies. Une partie importante de notre travail de plaidoyer doit donc avoir lieu au niveau national, où les états définissent leur position. Vos représentants doivent savoir que leurs bibliothèques et citoyens souhaitent qu’ils s’engagent activement pour faire avancer ce dossier.

Notre succès au niveau mondial dépend en grande partie des efforts déployés au niveau national.

Passez à l’action !

C'est pourquoi nous vous encourageons à agir. Commencez par contacter vos représentants pour leur faire savoir que vous soutenez la position de l’IFLA. Les personnes responsables sont soit dans le Ministère de la Culture, soit dans le bureau du droit d'auteur ou de la propriété intellectuelle. Envoyez une lettre pour expliquer pourquoi ce sujet est important pour vous. Faites-nous savoir si vous avez besoin d'un brouillon.
Ce serait formidable si vous pouviez essayer d’envoyer ceci dans la semaine du 19 au 23 novembre. N’hésitez pas de nous contacter si vous avez besoin de conseils ou d'aide.

Pour en savoir plus sur l’OMPI, consultez notre guide «Découvrir l’OMPI» et regardez notre webinaire sur le sujet.

Si vous suivez régulièrement les droits d’auteur, vous voudrez peut-être aussi vous inscrire à la liste mail du réseau du comité de droit d’auteur de l’IFLA. L'IFLA utilise cette liste pour partager des informations sur les réformes du droit d'auteur et contribuer à plaider en faveur de meilleures lois aux niveaux national et régional, comme nous l'avons fait en Colombie ou en Afrique du Sud, entre autres. Nous encourageons les participants à partager des questions, des mises à jour et des nouvelles de leurs pays.

Próxima reunión del comité de derechos de autor de la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual: ¡participa!

IFLA - ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 18:11

El derecho de autor es un elemento central del trabajo de las bibliotecas, y esta es la razón por la que la IFLA es un defensor activo de mejores leyes de derecho de autor. Nuestro compromiso con la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI) es una parte clave de esto.

El comité de derechos de autor de la OMPI (SCCR) se reúne dos veces al año y tiene capacidad para legislar en varios asuntos. El tema de las excepciones y limitaciones al derecho de autor para bibliotecas, archivos y museos está actualmente sobre la mesa para discusión. La próxima reunión se acerca: del 26 al 30 de noviembre.

¿Por qué es importante?

En la última reunión del SCCR, se adoptó un plan de acción para organizar el trabajo en torno a las excepciones y limitaciones al derecho de autor para bibliotecas, archivos, museos, investigación y educación. La IFLA solicitará que todos los elementos de este plan, como las reuniones regionales y la conferencia final, se centren en proporcionar la evidencia necesaria para definir cómo la OMPI puede impulsar progreso concreto para nuestras instituciones, en particular a través de un instrumento internacional.

¿Por qué la IFLA necesita su ayuda?

El SCCR está compuesto por representantes de todos los estados miembros de las Naciones Unidas. Por lo tanto, una parte importante de nuestro trabajo de incidencia tiene que ocurrir a nivel nacional, donde cada estado define su posición.

Sus representantes deben saber que las bibliotecas y ciudadanos de su país desean que el gobierno apoye progreso en la OMPI en el tema de excepciones y limitaciones.

Nuestro éxito a nivel global depende en gran medida de los esfuerzos a nivel nacional.

¡Pase a la acción!

Por eso le animamos a que pase a la acción. Comience por ponerse en contacto con sus representantes para informarles de que su organización apoya la posición de IFLA. Las personas responsables del tema están probablemente en el Ministerio de Cultura o en la Oficina de Derechos de Autor o de Propiedad Intelectual. Envíe una carta para explicar por qué este tema es importante para el sector. Háganos saber si necesita un borrador de carta.

Sería genial si pudiera contactar sus representantes en la semana del 19 al 23 de noviembre, justo antes de la reunión del SCCR. No dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros si necesita asesoramiento o ayuda.

Puede encontrar más información sobre lo que está en juego en la OMPI en nuestra guía "Descubrir la OMPI" o a través de nuestro webinar sobre el tema disponible en la página web.

Si le interesa especialmente el tema de los derechos de autor, le recomendamos suscribirse a la lista de email de la red del comité de derecho de autor de la ILFA. La IFLA utiliza esta lista para compartir noticias sobre reformas de derechos de autor y para ayuda a abogar para mejores leyes a nivel nacional y regional, como hicimos en Colombia o Sudáfrica, entre otros. Animamos a los miembros a compartir preguntas, actualizaciones y noticias de sus países con el resto de los participantes.

Next Copyright meeting at the World Intellectual Property Organisation: get involved!

IFLA - ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 18:08

Copyright is a core element of libraries’ work, and this is why IFLA is an active advocate for better copyright laws. Our engagement at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is a key part of this.

WIPO’s copyright committee (SCCR) meets twice a year and has capacity to legislate on several matters. The topic of exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives and museums are on the table for discussion. The next meeting is getting closer: 26-30 November.

Why is it important?

At the last SCCR meeting, an action plan to organise work around exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives, museums, research and education was adopted. IFLA will be asking for all of the elements of this plan, such as the regional meetings and the final conference, to focus on providing the evidence necessary to define how WIPO can drive concrete progress for our institutions, notably through an international instrument.

Why IFLA needs your help

SCCR is composed of representatives from all United Nations member states. An important part of our advocacy work therefore has to happen at the national level, where they define their position. Your representatives need to know that local libraries want them to be active in support of progress on that dossier.

Our success at the global level depends very much on efforts at the national level. 

Take action!

That is why we encourage you to take action. Start by reaching out to your representatives to let them know that you are supportive of IFLA’s position. The people in charge are either in the Ministry of Culture or Copyright or Intellectual Property Office. Send a letter to explain why this topic is important to you. Let us know if you need a draft.

It would be great if you could try to send this in the week of 19-23 November. Please get in touch if you need any advice or help.  

You can find out more about what is at stake at WIPO in our “Get into WIPO” guide and by watching our webinar on the matter.

If you follow copyright regularly, you may also want to think about getting in IFLA’s Copyright and other Legal Matters Network. IFLA uses this list to share news about copyright reforms, and help in advocating for better laws nationally and regionally, as we did in Colombia or South Africa, among others. We encourage members to share questions, updates and news from their countries.  

Call for nominations: IFLA International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) Review Group

IFLA - ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 15:08

Dear colleagues

The IFLA Governing Board seeks nominations for new members of the IFLA ISBD Review Group by Friday, 15 February 2019. The term served by new members will be from August 2019 to August 2023. Please share this message with others who might be interested to ensure as wide a call as possible.

The IFLA ISBD Review Group oversees the production, management and promotion of IFLA’s International Standard Bibliographic description and provides a central coordinating body to which any IFLA ISBD-related issues can be directed. The ISBD RG reports to the IFLA Committee on Standards and is linked with the IFLA Cataloguing Section.

The International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) is intended to serve as a principal standard to promote universal bibliographic control, that is, to make universally and promptly available, in a form that is internationally acceptable, basic bibliographic data for all published and unpublished* bibliographic resources in all countries. From the beginning, the main goal of the ISBD has been to provide consistency when sharing bibliographic information.

The ISBD is the only freely accessible and open standard maintained by IFLA that determines the data elements to be transcribed and recorded as the basis of the description of the resource being catalogued. Its existence corresponds to the IFLA objective of providing accessible and open standards and tools for all, including communities that need simple and easy to use rules for describing resources. In addition, it employs prescribed punctuation and a specific sequence of recording information as a means of identifying and displaying data elements and making them understandable independently of the language of the description.

Read more about the responsibilities of the Review Group.

Who is eligible to be nominated?

The IFLA Governing Board will be appointing new members who will be selected mainly on the basis of their expertise. They will also seek to have geographical representation and a mix of skills among the Review Group members according to the requirements of the Group. The Governing Board will base its selection of members on evidence presented as to the nominee’s:

  • previous experience connected with the ISBD or with one or more other IFLA standards (drafting, managing, or contributing to an IFLA standard), or knowledge about and experience with the development of library standards and quality of data control in general which might be applicable in the IFLA context;
  • expertise in cataloguing, knowledge of cataloguing rules or guidelines, metadata management and library-related conceptual models;
  • ability and willingness to contribute regularly, collaboratively, and actively to the work of the ISBD Review Group both during meetings and virtually, during the year, between meetings. Members should also recognise the importance of multiple cultures and diversity, prioritising user needs, and acting with a spirit of negotiation to reach consensus.

Nominees must also have:

  • a reasonable expectation of being able to attend (without cost to IFLA) the business and professional meetings of the Review Group. The meetings are usually held during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress which for the terms of the nominee will be in:
    • Athens, Greece, August 2019;
    • Auckland, New Zealand, August 2020;
    • Location not yet known, August 2021;
    • Location not yet known, August 2022;
    • Location not yet known, August 2023.
  • an existing affiliation to IFLA through membership of an IFLA Professional Unit Standing Committee, or IFLA Membership affiliation through being an employee of an Association or Institutional Member, or a member of an Association Member, or a Personal Affiliate;
  • a working knowledge of at least one of the working languages of IFLA (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish). Since the business meetings of IFLA are generally conducted in English, reasonable fluency in this language is necessary to be able to fully participate as a member of an IFLA Review Group. Considering the specific needs of internationalisation of the ISBD, nominations are encouraged from people who are also fluent or a native speaker in a language other than English, especially a language using a non-Latin alphabet.

Members are appointed initially for four years. The Chair will be elected by the newly formed committee (consisting of the new and continuing members).

How to nominate someone

Please send nominations for this Review Group by 15 February 2019 using the nominee consent form

Candidates may nominate themselves. If you are nominating another person, please ensure you have their consent and signature on the nomination form.

Selection of new members

The details of nominees may be shared with the IFLA Professional Committee, the IFLA Committee on Standards, current Review Group Chairs, and the IFLA Governing Board members.

Persons selected for the Review Group will be informed in April 2019. This timing will enable them to take advantage of the early registration discount for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress where the first meeting of the new Review Group members will take place.

Further questions?

If you have further questions about the Review Group and its responsibilities, please contact the current Chair of the Review Group or the IFLA Nominations Coordinator, Lidia Putziger.

I look forward to receiving your nominations by 15 February 2019.

Best regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General

*The extension of the ISBD to the description of unpublished resources was decided by the ISBD Review Group in 2012, the revision of the ISBD as an application of IFLA LRM was decided in 2017.

LIBER 2019: Call for Papers

LIBER news - ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 13:59

The Call for Papers for LIBER’s 2019 Annual Conference in Dublin, from 26 to 28 June, is now open. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 14 January 2019. Guidance and conference topics are outlined in detail below. Theme: Research Libraries for Society In this time of information overload, ‘fake news’, ever-growing possibilities of digital scholarship and…

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Call for nominations: IFLA Bibliographic Conceptual Models (BCM) Review Group

IFLA - ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 13:43

Dear colleagues

The IFLA Governing Board seeks nominations for new members of the IFLA BCM Review Group by Friday, 15 February 2019. The term served by new members will be from August 2019 to August 2023. Please share this message with others who might be interested to ensure as wide a call as possible.

The IFLA BCM Review Group provides ongoing support for the maintenance and development of the IFLA bibliographic conceptual models.

The terms of reference are:

  • Maintain and revise IFLA's bibliographic conceptual models on an ongoing basis;
  • Develop and make available guidelines and interpretative documents to assist those applying the models;
  • Promote the models and encourage their use in all appropriate information organising communities;
  • Maintain links with relevant groups both within IFLA and in other communities, including formal relationships such as named liaisons.

Read more about the responsibilities of the Review Group.

Who is eligible to be nominated?

The IFLA Governing Board will be appointing new members who will be selected mainly on the basis of their expertise. They will also seek to have geographical representation and a mix of skills among the Review Group members according to the requirements of the Group. The Governing Board will base its selection of members on evidence presented as to the nominee’s:

  • expertise in areas relevant to conceptual modelling of bibliographic data
  • demonstrated knowledge of or experience working with the IFLA family of bibliographic conceptual models
  • interest in the development and revision of IFLA’s bibliographic conceptual models and in the promotion of these models
  • ability and willingness to contribute regularly and actively to the work of the Review Group both during meetings and virtually, during the year, between meetings.

Nominees must also have:

  • a reasonable expectation of being able to attend (without cost to IFLA) the business and professional meetings of the Review Group. The meetings are usually held during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress which for the terms of the nominee will be in:
    • Athens, Greece, August 2019;
    • Auckland, New Zealand, August 2020;
    • Location not yet known, August 2021;
    • Location not yet known, August 2022;
    • Location not yet known, August 2023.
  • an existing affiliation to IFLA through membership of an IFLA Professional Unit Standing Committee, or IFLA Membership affiliation through being an employee of an Association or Institutional Member, or a member of an Association Member, or a Personal Affiliate;
  • a working knowledge of at least one of the working languages of IFLA (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish). Since the business meetings of IFLA are generally conducted in English, reasonable fluency in this language is necessary to be able to fully participate as a member of an IFLA Review Group.

Members are appointed initially for four years. The Chair will be elected by the newly formed committee (consisting of the new and continuing members).

How to nominate someone

Please send nominations for this Review Group by 15 February 2019 using the nominee consent form

Candidates may nominate themselves. If you are nominating another person, please ensure you have their consent and signature on the nomination form.

Selection of new members

The details of nominees may be shared with the IFLA Professional Committee, the IFLA Committee on Standards, current Review Group Chairs, and the IFLA Governing Board members.

Persons selected for the Review Group will be informed in April 2019. This timing will enable them to take advantage of the early registration discount for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress where the first meeting of the new Review Group members will take place.

Further questions?

If you have further questions about the Review Group and its responsibilities, please contact the current Chair of the Review Group or the IFLA Nominations Coordinator, Lidia Putziger.

I look forward to receiving your nominations by 15 February 2019.

Best regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General

IFLA at the Internet Governance Forum 2018: Libraries Central to Building a Trusted Internet

IFLA - ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 13:10

The need to preserve the benefits of an open internet while finding means to address concerns about the way it works was high on the agenda at the 13th Internet Governance Forum, held in Paris from 12-14 November. IFLA was active, underlining how libraries do not only bring connectivity and training, but also essential values and skills to the discussion.

The Internet Governance Forum offers an opportunity for all stakeholders involved in the way the internet works – governments, business, civil society – to identify opportunities and challenges, and how these can be tackled. Libraries have a major interest in an open and affordable internet, to which everyone has access. Esmeralda Moscatelli and Stephen Wyber from IFLA Headquarters attended, alongside Maia Simonishvili from the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia.

 

An Internet for People

French President Emmanuel Macron set the tone on the first day, underlining the sense of concern that just as a state-controlled internet was not desirable, neither too was one purely controlled by the private sector.

At a side event organised by IFLA, alongside the Internet Society, Facebook, and Libraries without Borders, the President of the National Library of France, Laurence Engel, underlined this point. Public institutions needed to do online what they do offline – act where necessary to promote the public good – while promoting liberty online.

The need for a third way between state control and the dominance of big companies was clear in the meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries. Indeed, this approach needed to focus on the bottom-up, reflecting the needs and preferences of local communities as to whether, and how, to connect.  

 
The Role of Libraries

Libraries, as accessible, community-based institutions with an experience of information management and a public service mission, were a logical partner. Speakers from other NGOs, as well as technical experts, underlined the power of this combination of factors.

Libraries were well placed to help communities to get into action. They could offer solutions to practical problems, a space for coordination between community members, leadership in new initiatives, and training in how to take advantage of new possibilities.

As Maia Simonishvili underlined, drawing on her own experience from Georgia, by becoming hubs for internet engagement, libraries had gone from being seen as out of date to taking on a more important role than ever in their communities.

Policies for Public Access

The open session of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries (DC-PAL) – a group of NGOs and experts interested in delivering the potential of libraries as internet access points – focused on the policies necessary to make public access work.

Interventions focused on questions around finance, connectivity, law, regulation and education, and will feed in to the Toolkit on Public Access which IFLA has led on behalf of DC-PAL. This is currently out for consultation until mid-December.

Early next year, this toolkit will be published as a support to library associations worldwide in their advocacy around public access.

Find out more about how to get involved in the IGF, and comment on the draft toolkit.

Calls for Nominations for Section Standing Committees, GB & President-elect, CLM, FAIFE, and Standards Committees, ISBD and BCM Review Groups

IFLA - ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 02:00

IFLA invites nominations for candidates to serve as President-elect and Members of the Governing Board, on Standing Committees, the Committee on Standards, the CLM and FAIFE Advisory Committees and on the ISBD and BCM Review Groups

 

  • Section Standing Committees
    ​Nominations for candidates to serve on IFLA Standing Committees for the period from August 2019 to August 2023
    [deadline: 03 January 2019]
  • IFLA Committee on Standards
    ​Term of office August 2019 – August 2021. ​The IFLA Committee on Standards oversees the production, management and promotion of IFLA’s own standards (including guidelines), and provides a central coordinating body to which any IFLA standards-related issues can be directed
    [deadline: 15 February 2019]
  • ​IFLA Bibliographic Conceptual Models (BCM) 
    ​Term of office August 2019 – August 2023. The IFLA BCM Review Group provides ongoing support for the maintenance and development of the IFLA bibliographic conceptual models.
    [deadline: 15 February 2019]​
  • IFLA International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) Review Group
    ​Term of office August 2019 – August 2023. The IFLA ISBD Review Group oversees the production, management and promotion of IFLA’s International Standard Bibliographic description and provides a central coordinating body to which any IFLA ISBD-related issues can be directed.
    [deadline: 15 February 2019]​​

Call for Papers: IFLA Journal special issue on Knowledge Management

IFLA - ოთხ, 14/11/2018 - 15:23

Submission Deadline: 19 April 2019

IFLA Journal and IFLA’s Knowledge Management Section are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue focused on Knowledge Management (KM). 

Managing institutional knowledge is increasingly recognized as a crucial element in improving competitiveness, innovation, and creativity. Libraries seeking to be resilient organizations in a quickly and unpredictably changing world know that KM is essential to their internal management strategy, and librarians in particular have the necessary skills and competencies to put it into action. Libraries contribute to their parent institutions by helping them to develop their own approach to KM, providing them with methods and tools to address their own development, and transform themselves in a transforming world.

As the number of knowledge workers increases in all sectors, practicing effective KM requires attention to human resources, a mature use of technologies and the ability to deploy effective processes.

IFLA Journal invites papers for a special issue focused on Knowledge Management across all continents. We intend to gather the latest theories, research, and practices from libraries and information professions to further the discourse on the current state of Knowledge Management in libraries and other information-rich institutions. We are particularly interested in articles employing quantitative or qualitative research methods in their approach to knowledge management. 

Guest Editors:

Leda Bultrini
Operating Systems and Knowledge Management, Director
ARPA Lazio (Regional Agency for Environment Prot.)
Italy

Wilda Newman
Information Resources Manager
Knowledge Resources Associates, LLC
United States

Mary Augusta Thomas
Deputy Director
Smithsonian Libraries
United States

Jennifer A. Bartlett
Interim Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning, & Research Division
University of Kentucky Libraries
United States

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • The role of Knowledge Management and knowledge managers in organizational change management and fostering innovation
  • Connections between KM, open access, intellectual property, privacy, and institutional integrity
  • The implementation and use of social media, blogs, intranet, and other platforms to share knowledge, improve collaboration and team spirit, and involve colleagues and communities
  • Methods of teaching, coaching and mentoring knowledge workers, including job-shadowing programs
  • KM in academic curricula, and continuing training for knowledge managers
  • KM approaches in multicultural environments; diverse KM approaches in different socio-cultural environments
  • KM and digital scholarship: a possible alliance to face new challenges (new forms of publications, content curation, big data, research data services…)
  • Success and failures in KM
Submission Deadline:

Articles for the special issue should be submitted to IFLA Journal for peer review before 19 April 2019.

How to Submit a Manuscript

IFLA Journal is hosted on ScholarOne™ Manuscripts, a web based online submission and peer review system SAGE Track. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines, and then simply visit the IFLA Journal Manuscript submission webpage to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is possible that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact Steven Witt, Editor of IFLA Journal: swwitt@illinois.edu or Guest Editor, Leda Bultrini: leda.bultrini@gmail.com

For instructions on formatting your manuscript please consult the submission guidelines.

About IFLA Journal

IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally. All articles are subject to peer review. Articles are published in English. Abstracts will be translated by IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) into the other working languages of IFLA—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish—for publication.

IFLA Journal is published by Sage Publications and is the official journal of IFLA, and has an international readership consisting of academic institutions, professional organizations, and IFLA members who all receive a free subscription to the journal.

Each issue of IFLA Journal is made available Open Access upon publication on IFLA’s website.  Authors are also encouraged to make the accepted version of their manuscripts available in their personal or institutional repositories.

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Récit des sessions du congrès 2018 sur le blog de Légothèque

IFLA - ოთხ, 14/11/2018 - 15:01

La commission Légothèque de l’Association des bibliothécaires de France (ABF) a invité le groupe Femmes, information et bibliothèques sur son blog pour un récit des deux sessions du congrès d'août 2018.

À lire ici : https://legothequeabf.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/femmes-informations-et-bibliotheques-au-congres-de-lifla-2018 !

A Unique Role: Libraries' Contribution to Internet Connectivity

IFLA - ოთხ, 14/11/2018 - 13:40

With half the world's population still offline, the need for meaningful solutions to ensure that everyone has the possibility to connect is  as high as ever. While traditional commercial provision will have a role, alternatives must also be mobilised, not least libraries. This was the message of an event co-organised by IFLA in the margins of the Internet Governance Forum in Paris on 13 November.

At the event, participants heard about how offline internet, community networks, and public access in libraries can, together, build a more inclusive internet. We were also honoured to hear from the President of the National Library of France, Laurence Engel.

These approaches provide not only connections for those who do not have the resources or practical possibility to get online, but also alternatives for those who are not fully served by commercial provision.

Offline internet works in areas which have no connection at all. This can be the case for rural and remote areas, but also for people suffering disasters, either natural or human. Muy-Cheng Peich from Libraries Without Borders underlined efforts not only to deliver the benefits of the internet to these communities, but also to work with them to create their own content and make their voice heard.

Community networks – owned and managed by members of the community – offer an alternative to traditional internet service providers. This concept is spreading around the world, with the support of organisations like the Internet Society. As Jac Sm Kee of the Association of Progressive Communications underlined, there’s a particular need for spaces where communities can come together and organise. Libraries are ideal for this purpose.

Maia Simonishvili of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia talked about the role of libraries in combatting the isolation of rural areas. She noted the efforts of her Library to build and connect libraries, and the possibility through this to promote reading, as well as teach media literacy.

Finally, Laurence Engel, President of the National Library of France, underlined the role of public institutions, especially with it now clear that the private sector alone could not deliver on the promise of the internet. She noted that libraries’ focus on quality and diversity, and on international collaboration made them particular important actors in this field.

With IFLA in the process of developing a toolkit on the policy issues linked to public access in libraries, this event both provided valuable insights, and underlined the key role of libraries in building a genuinely inclusive internet.

Read our draft toolkit, and find out more about how you can get involved in the Internet Governance Forum.

Europe Needs A Broad & Mandatory TDM Exception

LIBER news - სამ, 13/11/2018 - 19:24

LIBER has signed an open letter calling for a broad and mandatory Text and Data Mining exception, in order to guarantee that European research and innovation can thrive. Our call comes as the European Commission, Council and Parliament negotiate final changes on a revised copyright framework for Europe. In September, the European Parliament finalised its own position…

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LIBER Survey: Tell Us What You Think!

LIBER news - სამ, 13/11/2018 - 18:09

Here at LIBER, we’re always trying to improve. To help us better serve LIBER libraries and the broader research community we’re doing a survey. From now until November 30th, you can use our brief survey to tell us how satisfied you are with LIBER, what we could do better and which new activities we should…

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LIBER Architecture Group Heads for Luxembourg in 2020

LIBER news - სამ, 13/11/2018 - 13:01

The highly successful 19th Seminar of LIBER’s Architecture Group (LAG) — held in the Zaha Hadid library at the WU Vienna — finished not long ago but already the indefatigable members of LAG are working on the plans and programme for the 20th seminar, to be held at the spectacular new library at the University of Luxembourg…

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Call for Papers: 16th Interlending and Document Supply Conference, October 2019

IFLA - სამ, 13/11/2018 - 12:08

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The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing (DDRS) Standing Committee invites papers for the 16th ILDS (Interlending and Document Supply) Conference, hosted by the National Library of Technology (NTK) in Prague, Czech Republic. The Conference will be held on 9-11 October 2019

See: conference website

With the Conference, entitled Beyond the Paywall: Resource Sharing in a Disruptive Ecosystem, the DDRS Standing Committee would like to challenge the interlending and document supply community to consider strategies for contending with an increasingly complex global information environment.

Key questions we wish to examine in the Conference include:

How should we, members of the global DDRS community, provide a strategic response to a rapidly shifting ecosystem in which publishers, libraries, and users are dealing with new open access mandates, possible “big flips”, new options for document search and delivery (beyond P2P, including direct publisher-to-user delivery), cost impediments, and other challenges?

Is it possible to leverage our already-existing global infrastructure to keep the library relevant as the ecosystem continues to evolve? How can we contribute to the development of global delivery solutions which are innovative, stable, and resistant to the whims of the marketplace and accessible to all? What might be our roles in the next stages of development of global academic research support (including publishing) infrastructures? In the advancement of trusted public information infrastructures? In relation to regional copyright regimes and in relation to various content format types?

We welcome thought-provoking papers from libraries, publishers, and end users which discuss these challenges from a strategic perspective.

Suggested Topical Areas may include but not limited to

Beyond the Paywall: Coming to terms with, thinking strategically about P2P, open access, e-only content, grey literature, and beyond

Power Shift: Strategies for staying relevant in the publisher-to-user delivery era

The Digital Divide: Pressing issues for improving access to resources for all members of our community

Copyright: Approaches to ILL for various format types not under public domain from the perspective of different legal traditions

Collaboration: Interacting with current and planned regional storage projects (e.g., ReCAP, British Library, Kooperative Speicherbibliothek Schweiz)

Assessment: Demonstrating value and impact of resource sharing on scholarship, research, and student success

Selected papers from the conference will be published in Information Discovery & Delivery Journal (IDD), and authors are encouraged to submit their conference papers with some extension to IDD; for example, papers about possible strategies for improving “the digital information supply chain, i.e., conception, flows, adaptation, exchange and sharing.”

Proposals for papers should be sent to Peter D. Collins, (pcoll@pobox.upenn.edu) no later than 31 March 2019 and should include the following details:

• Author(s) name, title, institution, and contact information

• Brief biographical sketch

• Title of paper

• Abstract (200 to 300 words)

Selected paper will be notified by: 30 April 2019

Deadline for paper submissions: 30 July 2019

Registration details: Coming soon! https://ilds2019.org/

We look forward to seeing you in Prague.


 

 

 

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