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Results of the Survey of Digital Legal Deposit Policies and Practices at National Libraries

IFLA - ოთხ, 25/07/2018 - 13:47

In 2014 seventeen National Libraries were surveyed about their born digital news content, legal deposit policies and practices. The results of the survey were presented at the 2015 International News Media Conference hosted by the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden. Three years later, the authors expanded their team and the focus of the survey from news to all types of digital content. 

Understanding the scope, purposes and information sought in previous surveys as well as how questions were constructed to elicit quality responses, the group designed a new survey with the intent to obtain the latest information on policies and practices.  The work has allowed new insights into the state of play – and trends – in digital preservation. The results from the survey have been analysed and put into a paper. The paper has been presented at the IFLA News Media Conference.

Read the full paper here.

Now available: Library Theory Research’s July 2018 Newsletter

IFLA - სამ, 24/07/2018 - 22:01

The Library and Theory Research Section’s July 2018 Newsletter is now available.

Table of Contents
  • Letter from the Chair
  • The Researcher-Librarian training workshop:  Building a culture of research methods
  • Collaborative partnership at Congress 2018
  • LTR membership / Follow us!

For more details and previous issues, please see our Newsletters webpage.

Happy Reading!

Change the World in 80 Days: Momentum Builds on Marrakesh

IFLA - სამ, 24/07/2018 - 17:04

Five years on from its signature in 2013, the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled is proving its power. Having entered into force faster than any other copyright treaty in the last forty years, governments continue to ask to sign up.

The Treaty, which continues to be strongly supported by libraries, removes the obligation to seek permission from rightholders before making and sharing copies of books and other materials in formats which allow people with print disabilities to read them as easily as anyone else. If implemented well, it imposes only minimal controls on this possibility.

Progress Around the World

Recent weeks have seen Ghana, the Dominican Republic and Jordan all ratify the Treaty (i.e. go through the necessary domestic processes to confirm their signatures). They join a growing network of countries whose citizens and institutions can benefit from new possibilities to make, share and receive accessible format copies of works.

Elsewhere, the countdown to the entry into force of European legislation continues, with the key day on 12 October, 80 days from now. This will see a significant number of works in key world languages become available. IFLA’s analysis of progress on adapting national laws shows how things are advancing.  

There was a key step in the United States at the end of June, where the Senate voted in favour of American ratification. Meanwhile in Japan, both houses of parliament (the National Diet) have also indicated their wish to ratify.

Finally, the South African parliament has insisted on rejecting efforts by some to postpone legislation which would have allowed the government to join the growing number of countries who are ready to implement the Treaty.

But More to Do

If all of the currently planned ratifications succeed, the number of states parties (members) of the Marrakesh Treaty will almost double.

However, it remains the case that the real impact on people with print disabilities depends heavily on what is done at the national, and even local level.

A first need is for good government legislation. In too many countries, laws continue to make it more difficult than it should be to enjoy the new possibilities created by the Treaty. Obligations to register as an ‘authorised entity’ (i.e. an institution which is permitted to make use of Treaty rights), or heavy reporting requirements, are still in place in Europe, for example

The Section on Libraries serving persons with Print Disabilities will, in its open session at the World Library and Information Congress, focus on national implementation.

Secondly, libraries themselves will need to feel comfortable and confident in using the new possibilities. IFLA will be launching a new guide at the World Library and Information Congress, providing answers to key questions individual libraries will need to answer.

Finally, while the Marrakesh Treaty will break down barriers, libraries providing services to people with print disabilities and other special needs require sufficient resources to do their jobs.

As highlighted by the Development and Access to Information report, information can be an enabler, allowing people to realise other rights.

If we are to realise the goal of giving people with print disabilities equal possibilities to access information, we need action at all levels, as well as better laws and funding. IFLA and its members continue to support work to achieve this.

Find out more about the Marrakesh Treaty.

2018 IFLA Local History & Genealogy Section Satellite Meeting

IFLA - სამ, 24/07/2018 - 13:32

About this Event

Recent years have seen a flourishing of print and non-print publishing catering to virtual or ‘imagined’ communities based shared identities and cultural interests. Thanks to the internet, local Asian histories and genealogies may draw down on international trends and ideas, while international studies might also pick up on local Asian stories. However, intra-regional cross-fertilisation is unduly limited due to relatively underdeveloped library, public information, and digital resources in various Asian countries.

Leading up to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 84th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Kuala Lumpur in August 2018, the IFLA Local History & Genealogy Section has organised this satellite meeting in Penang, Malaysia, with a view to bringing the current interest in genealogies and local histories into the Asian context and explore what steps can be taken to build systems, both physical and institutional, that can trace and preserve the multicultural histories of Asia.

The meeting will take place in an early 20th century, U.A.B. building on the historic waterfront of George Town, Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its historic architecture, intangible heritage and multicultural traditions.

Registration is RM 90 per participant, except for IFLA members. Please contact your respective organisation for registration.

For more info, visit our event webpage.

Our WLIC 2018 Open Session speakers are confirmed including keynote Ilona Kish!

IFLA - სამ, 24/07/2018 - 04:12

The speakers for our exciting open session at WLIC 2018 on the theme of designing inclusive libraries have been confirmed.  The session, at 16.00 on 26 August, will feature experts from France, Senegal, USA, Belgium and Spain.  Our keynote speaker is library avenger Ilona Kish. She will speak on the topic of What are the values that enable library spaces to be truly inclusive?

We will be posting  weekly speaker highlight pieces on our Facebook group in the run up to the open session so please check it out to find out more.  Our open sessions are always amongst the most popular at WLICs so  please get there early! We look forward to seeing you in KL!

Digital Curator

LIBER news - პარ, 20/07/2018 - 14:44

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Transformation through Information: IFLA Engages at UN High Level Political Forum

IFLA - პარ, 20/07/2018 - 00:44

Over the ten days of this year’s High Level Political Forum, IFLA engaged intensively with governments, UN officials, experts and partners from civil society. By ensuring that decision-makers understand the contribution libraries and access to information make to development, IFLA supports its members in their work to guarantee recognition and support for libraries.

The sixth High Level Political Forum took place on 9-18 July 2018 at the UN’s Headquarters in New York. The event brings together governments and organisations in order to discuss progress, identify gaps, and plan next steps on delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.

It is also the occasion for a number of key annual milestones, including formal reporting by UN bodies, voluntary national reviews from Member states, and hundreds of discussions and presentations.

Again and again throughout the event, the power of libraries – both as a place to promote the SDGs, and as a partner in delivery – was recognised and welcomed by many, including at the highest levels.

Rights, Resilience and Relationships

IFLA took an active role in a variety of sessions, demonstrating how relevant libraries are across the 2030 Agenda.

SDG16, which includes the commitment to providing access to information, remains a core focus. With this SDG in focus next year, IFLA participated actively in sessions focusing on how to show the importance of defending rights and promoting good governance.

Sessions on disaster risk reduction provided an opportunity to highlight both the importance of including cultural heritage in government plans, and what libraries can do to help communities recover.

Finally, there was strong recognition for libraries’ unique role in bringing together the SDGs. Nineteen SDG targets reference the importance of access, and only libraries provide a comprehensive way of delivering them all. Libraries can work with actors across the board to deliver progress.

Localising the SDGs: Delivering Development in Cities and Communities

With SDG 11 – sustainable cities and communities – a particular focus this year, there was a strong emphasis on the need for action at the local level.

IFLA took advantage of these opportunities to talk about libraries and their work, and build understanding and support among a wide range of stakeholders. City mayors – many of whom have direct influence over libraries – welcomed the opportunity to talk about how our institutions help deliver on local priorities.

SDG11 also contains a commitment to safeguard cultural and national heritage. Australia and Latvia, for example, highlighted the importance of libraries and heritage in their voluntary national reviews.

Looking Ahead

Three years into the UN’s 2030 Agenda, there was both a sense of frustration at how much has been achieved, but also countless great examples of UN, government and civil society actions.

UN officials in particular were impressed by IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme, whose Global Convening took place only a couple of weeks earlier. Over the coming year, IFLA will be working at all levels to build capacity to advocate around the SDGs.

Next year’s High-Level Political Forum will focus on SDG16, alongside 4 (education), 8 (employment) and 10 (inequality). Moreover, there will be a review launched of the whole 2030 Agenda. As such, 2019 will be a crucial year for libraries and the SDGs.

IFLA looks forward to working with the whole library community to realise the potential.

Find out more about IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme and IFLA's work on Libraries and Development. Watch the recordings of selected HLPF 2018 sessions offered by the UN. See also our series of blogs on #WordsOfTheSDGs, which explains some key words for use in library advocacy, as well as our briefings on voluntary national reviews and disaster risk reduction.

IFLA Green Library Award 2018 Winners Announced

IFLA - ხუთ, 19/07/2018 - 15:17

IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) is pleased to announce the winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2018.

The IFLA Green Library Award was established 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. The award is 500 Euros for the first place winner.

  • to reward the best Green Library submission that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability;
  • to create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education.

To ENSULIB’s great delight, 32 submissions were received from around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Spain, Ukraine, USA, and Uzbekistan. When the call for reviewers went out, 17 people stepped up to help with the process. The reviewers were as diverse as those who submitted. Coming from Australia, France, Finland, Kenya, Germany, Pakistan/New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S., they were a blend of LIS students, library professionals (from public and academic libraries) and an architect as well.

See full details in the Press release [English – PDF].

The award will be presented at the at the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Session 153b, Special Presentation of Awards Session, held on Monday, 27 Aug 2018, 12:45–13:45, Expo Pavillon.

Winner of the 3rd IFLA Green Library Award 2018

The winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2018 is Foshan Library for the project submission "Foshan Library’s Green Practice", located in Foshan new city, which is a key area of construction of sponge city in the province of Guangdong, China. 

“The Foshan Library is a culturally significant building in harmony with the prevailing landscape, and which delivers a compelling architectural vision that pays homage to the cultural and artistic history of the region. The library and its services are strengthened by a powerful commitment to sustainable principles which extends to the architectural design, building materials, management, and staff commitment to continuous improvement and community education. The library presents an impressive array of engaging and inspiring green programs for its community.” More

Five Runners Up (alphabetic order)
Hungary: The Jozsef Attila County and City Library in Tatabánya

Project Submission: "Library-Greening: Environmental education, strengthening of the environmentally aware attitudes with traditional and non-traditional resources”

The Jozsef Attila County and City Library in Tatabánya developed innovative and well received consciousness-raising programs to increase community awareness of the importance of sustainable and ecologically sound development practices. The library takes their sustainability message into local schools and communities and encourages the uptake of green policies and practices. The library used a holistic approach to consciousness raising through children’s games, community film events, eco competitions for schools and the green reading room to name but a few of their programs. More...

Romania: The Biblioteca Comunala Sirna, Prahova County

Project Submission: "Sirna Rural Library cultivates involved citizens"

The Biblioteca Comunala Sirna, Prahova county, is a great example of how libraries can and must advocate in their local communities for environmental care and above all: with the young generations – it is very difficult to reach local authorities in some countries, but these efforts were huge. The library has made significant progress with a range of programs that have changed the community – with a very little budget but huge outcomes – children as leaders for others. The library has developed impressive partnerships with local, regional and national organizations to provide ongoing education in sustainability practices. 

Croatia: The National and University Library, Zagreb

Project Submission: “Green Festival – Lets Go Green”

The National and University Library in Zagreb and its Green Festival shows great leadership across many sectors. The Lets Go Green Festival presented the latest scientific research in sustainability issues through lectures and talks and allowed green businesses to introduce their products and services to a wider audience. The festival promoted sustainable agriculture and food science, green technology, green energy and green building design and methods and materials. More … 

Iran: The National Library and Archives of Iran, Tehran 

Project Submission: “Designing a Green Library Evaluation checklist”

The National Library and Archives of Iran, Tehran, have created something new and useful for every library, a checklist to evaluate a green library. Evaluating is important when planning and developing services and functions. It is interesting since the project is working on general guidelines more than on a single building. There are indicators so the study clarifies the existing situation, highlights success but also the needs. This could serve libraries as a roadmap towards becoming a green library. Extensive research and logical cohesive methods enabled the creation of a valuable planning checklist for current and future libraries and communities. The checklist encourages evaluation, self-reflection and continuous improvement in sustainability practices and identifies areas of deficiency and pathways for improvement. More … 

Kenya: The USIU-Africa Library, Nairobi

Project Submission: “USIU-Africa: Garden in the library”

The USIU-Africa (United States International University-Africa) library is an enormously large green building with a library garden with trees, plants and everything for a green environment that also provides a good air for users and staff. The flat roof gives the harvest of rainwater to water the garden with. The gardens giving the library and outdoor effect. The plants give the library an ambience and homely feeling. The paper gives a more practical in approach to building and practices within tough economic realities. It shows libraries in Africa have also embraced the green movement, it is applicable in new buildings and can be used as a good benchmark, the methodology is very sound. The concept is original and shows innovativeness in the library practice in Africa. More … 

National Libraries Section SC meetings at WLIC - 2018 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

IFLA - ხუთ, 19/07/2018 - 10:19

The National Libraries section will have two Standing Committee meetings during the WLIC 2018:

  • Meeting I : Friday August 24 15:45 – 17:45, Room: 401, see Agenda ​
  • Meeting II :  Wednesday August 29, 2018 10:45-13:15 Room: 305, see Agenda 

Get Into Blue Shield Guide

IFLA - ოთხ, 18/07/2018 - 12:42

The Blue Shield aims to be the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It was founded in 1996 by the four key international organisations in their domains, the International Federation of Library and Information Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Its roots, however, are in the years following the Second World War. Following the global destruction caused by the war, UNESCO adopted the 1954 Hague Convention which created rules to protect cultural goods during armed conflicts. This was the first of such international treaty and highlighted the concept of common heritage. The Blue Shield is the symbol used to identify cultural sites protected by this Convention.

During the past years, we have continued to see our cultural heritage suffer damage and destruction. Natural or man-made disasters, wars and ethnic or religious conflicts represent a significant threat to the ability of future generations to enjoy the heritage we have today.

It is therefore a necessity to inform, train and help cultural heritage experts and other stakeholders to safeguard and protect our memory in order to pass it on. The Blue Shield, both at the international and national levels, provide a means for achieving this. But to continue doing so, we need your help. Your contribution at a national level is key to the goals. IFLA has therefore produced a guide: Get into Blue Shield. It'll help you better understand what Blue Shield is, and how you can become involved.

Read the full Get into Blue Shield Guide

For more information, please contact Tanja Clausen, IFLA Policy and Research Officer

Registration for this summer's IFLA Art Libraries Section Satellite Meeting is open until 15 August 2018!

IFLA - სამ, 17/07/2018 - 15:00

The Art Libraries Section of IFLA, in collaboration with the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, is organizing a one-day conference that focuses on the documentation of global Islamic arts. The meeting will be held on August 23rd 2018. Attendance at the meeting is free and is dependent on registration that closes on 15 August 2018. Visit the conference website to learn more and to register!

2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congress - HBS News Updates

IFLA - ორშ, 16/07/2018 - 20:58
  •  2018 Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (HBS) papers available - All  2018 papers are now linked to the HBS session on the programme (session 219) and added to the IFLA Library. See the 6 papers via this link 
  •  Malaysian Medical Libraries - The monthly IFLA newsletters have been featuring a series of profiles of Malaysian libraries. The June issue included a number of Medical Libraries



IFLAPARL Pre-Conference 2018 Agenda

IFLA - პარ, 13/07/2018 - 21:13

The 2018 IFLAPARL pre-conference will be held in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 24th August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The theme will be ‘Transforming parliamentary libraries and research services to meet changing clients’ needs’. 

The provisional agenda for the pre-conference is now available on the Section's Events pages.

I look forward to seeing you all there.


Open Consultation on FAIR Data Action Plan

LIBER news - პარ, 13/07/2018 - 14:39

LIBER invites community contribution to the Open Consultation on the FAIR Data Action Plan, launched on 11 June 2018 during the second EOSC Summit in Brussels. The FAIR Data Action Plan was produced by the Horizon 2020 Commission Expert Group on Turning FAIR Data into Reality (E03464) with the aim to provide recommendations, indicators and input…

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RETRONEWS: Guiding and Enabling Discovery for All Audiences

LIBER news - ხუთ, 12/07/2018 - 17:15

LIBER sponsor RetroNews recently published an article on the LIBER blog, explaining how RetroNews was created and what it offers to researchers. Now, in the second part of this article, RetroNews explains how they use editorial content to highlight the collections found within the RetroNews collections. While the digitisation, selection, research and development workstreams are essential stages…

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Let’s Build The Skills! LIBER & FOSTER Plus Workshop at LIBER 2018

LIBER news - ხუთ, 12/07/2018 - 16:59

Open science is gaining momentum, and research librarians are starting to invent new digital models, to implement new techniques and to spread a more open culture. In this light, what digital skills do librarians still need to develop? How can we do this, and which materials can help us to train, advocate and practice open…

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Libraries Leading the Transformation to Sustainable, Resilient Societies: IFLA returns to the United Nations High Level Political Forum

IFLA - ოთხ, 11/07/2018 - 17:52

The UN High Level Political Forum takes place on 9-18 July 2018 in New York, discussing global challenges and defining a path to sustainable development. IFLA is there, raising awareness among ministers, officials, experts and civil society of how libraries are leading in this effort as essential partners for development.

The 2018 edition of the United Nations (UN) High Level Political Forum (HLPF) opened in New York on 9 July with a welcome from UN Economic and Social Council Chair Marie Chatardová. She underlined the importance of the forum as a hub for assembling and sharing best practice, and for taking stock.

Importantly, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it provides a space to look back at progress made over the past year, to look forward to the work still needing to be done, and look out at the processes taking place at the regional and national levels. A key moment will be the voluntary national reviews, which will be discussed by ministers on 16-18 July.

For IFLA, it is a key moment to raise awareness among decision-makers and influencers about the work of our members – libraries around the world – and form new partnerships. It provides a further opportunity, after the successful Global Convening of the IFLA International Advocacy Programme, to put libraries on the map at the highest level.

We are therefore once again present, advocating for libraries’ role in the UN 2030 Agenda. The focus on SDGs 6 (water and sanitation), 7 (energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (sustainable consumption), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the goals) offers many opportunities to do this.

SDG 11 – “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” – is particularly relevant. IFLA is bringing the “Smart cities need smart citizens” message to New York by taking part in official meetings and the numerous side events offered, taking the floor whenever possible, and connecting with key stakeholders and potential partners.

We will also be working across civil society in order to maintain the pressure for progress in New York and around the world. Inequalities – not least in terms of access to information – remain serious. Governments will need to maintain their commitment if we are to achieve success. To this end, IFLA has signed onto a joint letter underlining these points.

In preparation for this key annual event for governments, development practitioners, private sector and civil society, IFLA has ensured active participation of librarians at all regional preparatory meetings in 2018: Europe (1-2 March, Geneva, ECE), Asia-Pacific (28-30 March, Bangkok, ESCAP), Latin America and the Caribbean (18-20 April, Santiago, ECLAC), Western Asia (24-26 April, Lebanon, ESCWA) and Africa (2-4 May, Dakar, ECAECA).

Interested in following the HLPF? Watch the livestreaming through the UN Web TV, and use the hashtags: #HLPF and #HLPF2018 in social media.

We will be producing regular blogs from the event, reporting on key reflections and announcements for libraries throughout the week and a half.

Follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter @IFLA@IFLA_Lib4Dev, and stay tuned by using the #Lib4Dev and #DA2I hashtags.

Libraries overcome barriers to access to culture

IFLA - სამ, 10/07/2018 - 18:01

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) Article 27a states that “everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits”. This is a principle also held up by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union Article 22 and 25.

In the light of this, and on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Parliament has passed a resolution on analysis on access to culture in the European Union: Structural and financial barriers in the access to culture. This is based on a proposal from the Culture and Education Committee, itself the product of extensive discussions within and between European Parliament committees1, including the High-level conference ‘Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future’, and a European Parliament Research Service report.

IFLA has produced a valuable guideline which offers a number of key quotes and arguments from both the report for libraries and library associations to use in their advocacy around the importance of libraries in overcoming barriers to access to culture.

Download the briefing on how libraries overcome barriers to access to culture here.

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