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Data Repository Survey: Please Share Your Views

LIBER news - სამ, 27/11/2018 - 15:31

Data repositories play a crucial role in the evolution of Open Science. LIBER’s Research Data Management Working Group has created two questionnaires in order to: Analyse the FAIRness of repositories and their data; Compose a list of recommendations for the implementation of the FAIR principles; Analyse misconceptions related to the principles’ definition and implementation; Analyse…

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EIFL renews agreement with Taylor & Francis

eifl licensing news - სამ, 27/11/2018 - 14:41

EIFL and Taylor & Francis have renewed their agreement for discounted access to the Taylor & Journals collection until December 2020.

The Taylor & Francis Journals collection in Social Sciences & Humanities and Science & Technology now includes over 2,000 titles.

Through this agreement libraries and consortia in 21 EIFL partner countries are eligible for discounted access to the collection:

Call for Papers: IFLA Journal special issue on Information Literacy

IFLA - სამ, 27/11/2018 - 02:27

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2019

IFLA Journal and IFLA’s Library Theory and Research (LTR) and Information Literacy (IL) Sections are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue focused on theory and practice in information literacy.  With the potential to transform lives and societies, the importance of information literacy is appreciated world-wide. Our understandings of information literacy come from across the globe and ranges in focus from practice-based to highly theoretical; from everyday life to education and workplace settings; and for infants through to the elderly.

Guest Editors:

Dr. Gaby Haddow
Libraries, Archives, Records & Information Science
School of Media, Creative Arts & Social Inquiry
Curtin University
Australia

Dr. Min Chou
Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library
New Jersey City University
United States

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • building new theory in information literacy;
  • the challenges of applying theory in practice;
  • the technology dimension in theoretical frameworks;
  • how learning theories can inform practice; and
  • cultural perspectives associated with learning.
Submission Deadline:

Articles for the special issue should be submitted to IFLA Journal for peer review before 30 June 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; or guest editors Gaby Haddow and Min Chou

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.

IFLA Journal is indexed by the following databases: 

  • Abi/inform 
  • Academic Search Premier 
  • Business Source Corporate 
  • Compendex 
  • Current Awareness Abstracts 
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature 
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • Information Science and Technology Abstracts 
  • Inspec 
  • Library Information Science Abstracts 
  • Library Literature & Information Science 
  • SciVal 
  • Scopus 
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Web of Science

Help us demonstrate how the Public Library Manifesto makes a difference

IFLA - სამ, 27/11/2018 - 01:58

On 29 November 2018 we will mark 24 years since the IFLA/UNESCO Public Library Manifesto was ratified in 1994. As we move towards celebrating the 25th anniversary in 2019, public libraries and public librarians everywhere are being asked to reflect on how the Manifesto relates to their library and to share this on social media.  In particular we would like to have a concentrated social media campaign on Thursday 29 November 2018 which marks the beginning of the lead up to the 25th Anniversary. 

Why is the Manifesto important?

The Manifesto proclaims UNESCO's belief in the public library as a living force for education, culture and information, and as an essential agent for the fostering of peace and spiritual welfare through the minds of men and women. It identifies the public library as being central to freedom and equity of access to knowledge and information for all people.

How can my library be part of this?
  • Identify the part/s of the Manifesto that ‘speaks’ to you or your library. The Missions give you lots of options and so do the general principles.
  • Find a photograph that demonstrates this – or if you are supporting the Manifesto as an individual use a photograph of you! 
  • Add the 25th Anniversary logo and the hashtag #publiclibrarymanifesto. The Logo is available on our website
  • Make sure to add your library name and location your post so we can create a global picture of how important the manifesto is everywhere!

Over the next 12 months the IFLA Public Libraries Section will be consulting with the international public library community as we review the Manifesto and we look forward to your input.

For more information on the campaign, visit our website.

EU Copyright Proposals Put Digital Humanities At Risk

LIBER news - ორშ, 26/11/2018 - 14:15

The Digital Humanities — a growing field which many of Europe’s research libraries strongly support — risks being hit by a proposed amendment to the EU draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The problem stems from a change proposed to Article 6. The proposal adopted by the European Parliament undermines how the…

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Now open: IFLA PressReader International Library Marketing Award 2019

IFLA - ორშ, 26/11/2018 - 11:24

The IFLA @PressReader International Library Marketing Awards is open!!
Get your awesome strategies in the ring to win 

Has your library got #marketinggenius?

Apply for the IFLA PressReader International Library Marketing Award and win € 3000 towards registration and travel to IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Athens, Greece!

The IFLA Section on Management and Marketing have partnered with new sponsor PressReader in collaboration with the IFLA International Marketing Library Award for 2019.

The IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award awards organisations that have implemented creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns. Three finalists are selected on their innovative contribution to marketing in the Library field.

First, second and third place winners receive funds towards airfare, accommodation and registration for the World Library and Information Congress in Athens, Greece, 24–30 August 2019. The Award is also recognises marketing efforts by a developing country with fewer resources with a special commendation.

As the leading digital and print-on-demand newspaper and magazine platform, PressReader will help IFLA continue to recognize and support creative, inspired, results-oriented marketing campaigns - with special commendation to teams in developing countries. Individuals who submit their application by the deadline will receive an exclusive one-month gifted access to PressReader. They will have access to the full catalogue of global newspapers and magazines on the PressReader app.

Winners will be announced in March 2019 and officially awarded at the IFLA WLIC Awards Ceremony in Athens. The Award open 26 November 2018 and closes 10 January 2019.

Objectives of the award
  • Recognise the best library marketing projects from previous calendar year;
  • Encourage marketing in libraries;
  • Provide an opportunity for libraries to share marketing experience and expertise globally
Guidelines
  • Any library that markets library products or services is eligible to apply for the award
  • Applications must be written in one of seven IFLA languages
  • Applicants may also submit an English translation if they prefer
  • Applications must be submitted with supporting materials by 10 January 2019 
Proposals must
  • Present an original marketing strategy
  • Answer each question on the application
  • Explain the benefits of the strategy
  • Provide a full description of the marketing strategy
  • Summarize the strategy and its results.

Libraries and institutions are encouraged to describe the imaginative and inventive aspects of the projects.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged on

  • Strategic approach to marketing, indicated in the research and planning stages of a submitted project
  • Creativity and innovation as demonstrated by the originality of solutions to the marketing challenges
  • Potential for generating widespread public visibility and support for libraries irrespective of the kind or amount of resources employed
  • Effectiveness illustrated by measurable objectives and subsequent evaluation methods

Applicants are encouraged to include marketing using digital resources:

  • Electronic journals, publisher databases, institutional repositories,
  • Web and digital libraries,
  • Information literacy,
  • New products and new services.

Proposals are reviewed on the basis of how well they meet the above criteria.

Other factors are

  • Clarity of planning and partnerships with external organisations
  • Efficient allocation of resources (staff, materials, time)

Members of the Award Jury are drawn from the membership of the IFLA Standing Committee on Management and Marketing:

Leslie Weir (Canada), Chair, Jennifer Thompson (Australia), Vice-Chair, Henar Silvestre Ferradal (Spain), Information Coordinator, Antonia Arahova (Greece), Ruth Ornholt (Norway), Ludmila Zaytseva (Russia) and Christie Koontz (USA), Adviser.

Award application opens 26 November 2018:  Apply now!

Questions?

Сontact: iflajurymembers@googlegroups.com

New ENSULIB Publication: Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World

IFLA - შაბ, 24/11/2018 - 14:30

ENSULIB is pleased to announce a book publication consisting the best papers of the ENSULIB Satellite Meeting 2017 in Berlin and from the IFLA Green Library Award 2017. 

“Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World — Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services”

Edited by Petra Hauke, Madeleine Charney and Harri Sahavirta

Series: IFLA Publications Series 177 
Publisher: Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2018

ENSULIB well represented at the “Let’s Go Green!” the 1st International Green Library Conference in Zagreb, Croatia 8-10 November 2018

IFLA - შაბ, 24/11/2018 - 14:07

The National and University Library (NUL) in Zagreb has an environmental project with the slogan, “Green Library for Green Croatia.” In cooperation with the Croatian Library Association / Working Group for Green Libraries, the NUL arranged the first Green Library Conference which was held in Zagreb 8-10 November 2018. During two days, participants discussed diverse subjects such as library architecture, digital collections and environmental work in school libraries. The message was clear: there must be an environmental focus in whatever we do in libraries.

ENSULIB members were well represented. Keynote speaker Petra Hauke (Berlin, Germany) introduced how libraries around the world have answered the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development. Keynote speaker and Convener Harri Sahavirta (Helsinki, Finland) attempted to answer the question “Why is it so difficult for libraries to be sustainable?” Invited speaker Philippe Colomb (Paris, France) scrutinized how to increase librarians’ environmental awareness. Finally, Andrea Kaufmann (Berlin, Germany) introduced the Green Library Network in Germany.

ENSULIB wishes to thank the organizers of this first Green Library Conference which showed that there is critical need and an abundance of interest in green libraries around the world. The conference had participants from all over Europe and, for example, from India, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, and Galapagos Islands (Ecuador).

A Croatian report with a series of photos is available

Presentations of the conference are forthcoming

Harri Sahavirta

17 Nov 2018

O trafico ilicito do patrimonio bibliografico na América Latina e Caribe

IFLA - პარ, 23/11/2018 - 19:57
The abstracts are available here. And a pdf of the programme here.   El evento, que se realizará los días 27 y 28 de noviembre, abordará los aspectos criminales del tráfico ilícito de libros en Brasil, englobando relatos, perspectivas, propuestas y planes de acciones posibles.

 

Programación

 

27 de noviembre
  • 14h - Acreditacón
  • 14h30 - Mesa de apertura
    Helena Maria Porto Severo da Costa
    Presidente / FBN
    Maria Eduarda Marques
    Directora Ejecutiva / FBN
    Maria José da Silva Fernandes
    Coordinadora General del CCSL / FBN
    Fabiano Cataldo de Azevedo
    UFRJ, Brasil. IFLA Sección de Libros y Propuestas Especiales, Comité Asesor del Programa del Patrimonio Cultural
  • 15h-15h20
    Dr. Paulo Teles de Castro Domingues
    Delegado de la Polícia Federal (DELEMAPH/DRCOR/SR/PF/RJ)
  • 15h20-15h40
    Luciano Cesar Bernardo Silva
    Agente de la Polícia Federal. Estación Especial del Aeropuerto Internacional – (DEAIN/SR/PF/RJ)
  • 15h40-16h
    Klaus Deodato Simões
    Investigador de la Policía Civil (DECADE/SP)
  • 16h-16h20
    Jayme Spinelli Junior
    Coordinador de Preservación de la Biblioteca Nacional. Miembro del Programa Estratégico de Preservación y Conservación (IFLA PAC)
  • 16h20-16h40
    Luciana Grings
    Coordinadora de Servicios Bibliográficos de la Biblioteca Nacional. Miembro del Comité Permanente de la Sección América Latina y el Caribe (IFLA LAC). Representante del Basil en la Asociación de Estados Iberoamericanos para el Desarrollo de las Bibliotecas Nacionales de Iberoamérica - ABINIA.
  • 16h40-17h
    Lygia Maria Guimarães
    Instituto del Patrimonio Histórico y Artístico Nacional -IPHAN. Miembro del Comité Nacional de Brasil (MOWBrasil) y del Comité Regional para América Latina y el Caribe (MOWLAC), del Programa Memoria del Mundo de la UNESCO, Instituto del Patrimonio Histórico y Artístico Nacional -IPHAN. Miembro del Comité Nacional de Brasil (MOWBrasil) y del Comité Regional para América Latina y el Caribe (MOWLAC), del Programa Memoria del Mundo de la UNESCO.
  • 17h - Debate
  • 17h30 - Presentación de propuestas y síntesis
    Mediación: Maria José da Silva Fernandes
  • 18h - Cierre
II Jornada IFLA Libro Raro y Colecciones Especiales
28 de noviembre
  • 8h30 - Acreditación
  • 9h-9h30 - Mesa de apertura
    Helena Maria Porto Severo da Costa
    Presidente / FBN
    Maria Eduarda Marques
    Directora Ejecutiva / FBN
    Maria José da Silva Fernandes
    Coordinadora General del CCSL / FBN
    Fabiano Cataldo de Azevedo
    UFRJ, Brasil. IFLA Sección de Libros y Propuestas Especiales, Comité Asesor del Programa del Patrimonio Cultural
  • Mesa 1 – El tráfico ilícito de libros en las Américas
    • 10h-10h30
      Abel Horacio Ferrino
      Universidad Nacional Tres Febrero, Argentina
      El patrimonio bibliográfico, su protección y las medidas a adoptar para impedir su tráfico ilícito.
    • 10h30-11h
      Maria Antonieta Palmas Varas
      Biblioteca Nacional de Chile
      La protección del patrimonio bibliográfico en Chile
  • 11h-11h30
    Edwin C. Schroeder
    Biblioteca Beinecke de Libros Raros y Manuscritos, Universidad de Yale
    Robos de libros raros en bibliotecas de los EU en los últimos 20 años: ¿qué sucedió y cómo respondieron las bibliotecas?
  • 11h30-12h - Debate
    Mediación: Fabiano Cataldo de Azevedo
  • 12h-14h - Almuerzo
  • Mesa 2 – El tráfico ilícito en Brasil y más allá de sus fronteras
    • 14h-14h20
      Anália Gandini Pontelo, Diná Marques Pereira Araújo e Wellington Marçal de Carvalho
      Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais
      Seguridad patrimonial en bibliotecas universitarias: relato de experiencia en el Sistema de Bibliotecas de la Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais
    • 14h20-14h40
      Robson Lima da Silva
      , Karine Canini de Oliveira e João Paulo Lopes da Cunha
      Faculdad Estácio de Amazonas y Centro Universitario Facvest/UnB
      Los officios reversaes del plenipotenciario de la demarcación de las fronteras amazónicas usurpados por el tráfico ilícito del patrimonio bibliográfico de América Latina y Caribe
    • 14h40-15h
      Daniela Albuquerque, Roberta FernandaAngélica Borges
      Universidad Federal de Pernambuco
      Delito de robo y hurtos de bienes culturales raros: análisis de datos estadísticos en la región sudeste de Brasil entre los años de 2006-2017
    • 15h-15h20
      Walmira Costa
      Memoria Viva
      El tráfico ilícito dentro y fuera de Brasil de libros manuscritos brasileños producidos en el período colonial setecentista
    • 15h20 - Debate
      Mediación: Mônica Carneiro Alves
  • Mesa 3 – Patrimonios de la humanidad en riesgo
    • 16h-16h20
      Gerardo Manuel Trillo Auqui
      Biblioteca Nacional do Perú
      Panorama del tráfico ilícito de patrimonio bibliográfico en el Perú
    • 16h20-16h40
      Beatriz Kushnir
      Archivo General de la Ciudad de Río de Janeiro (AGCRJ)
      Patrimonio sin fronteras: hurtos de bienes históricos y lavado de dinero
    • 16H40-17H
      Abel Horacio Ferrino e Maria Claudia Santiago
      Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero, Argentina/ Fundación Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ)
      El patrimonio bibliográfico como parte de los derechos humanos y su protección
  • 17h-17h20
    Everaldo Pereira Frade, Lucia Alves da Silva LinoMarcio Ferreira Rangel, Maria Celina Soares de Mello e Silva e Ozana Hannesch
    Museo de Astronomía y Ciencias Afines (MAST)
    Educación hacia la prevención: tráfico ilícito de bienes culturales en el Curso de Seguridad de Acervos Culturales del MAST
  • 17h20-17h40 - Debate
    Mediación: Maria Eduarda Marques
  • 18h - Cerre

LIBER’s Copyright & Legal Matters Working Group – Shaping the Development of Digital Learning in Europe

LIBER news - პარ, 23/11/2018 - 14:20

Over a dozen people serve on LIBER’s Copyright & Legal Matters Working Group. They use their skills as copyright specialists, librarians, lawyers, professors and communications professionals to monitor current European law and react to proposed changes, on behalf of libraries, archives, researchers and students. This blog post covers the group’s background and successes, and explains…

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Webinar: Authentication and remote access to e-resources

eifl licensing news - ხუთ, 22/11/2018 - 18:48

In this webinar hosted by the EIFL Licensing Programme, Simon Inger from Renew Publishing Consultants will be talking about authentication and remote access for accessing e-resources.

Simon will explain what remote access is, and go over different ways to set up remote access for your library's users, such as referring URL if your university has its own intranet, or via a third party commercial company. He will discuss different commercial products on offer and their advantages and disadvantages.

The 2030 Arab Librarians: Libraries and Development in the Arabic-Speaking World

IFLA - ოთხ, 21/11/2018 - 21:29

As part of our International Advocacy Programme, IFLA supported a project led by the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) to develop and deliver an online course on libraries and the SDGs.

​The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide an affirmation of the role of libraries in providing access to information.

They are also an opportunity to get onto the policy agenda. Libraries benefit when decision-makers understand the power of information, and the work of libraries in ensuring that all can benefit, leading to better results in education, health, innovation, and across the board.

Following IFLA’s call for projects to receive support, the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information proposed an exciting aiming to raise awareness and build capacity on an international scale.

The project is now complete, and the report is now available.

 

How it Worked

The programme combined both digital and physical elements. First of all, 31 participants from 11 different countries were accepted onto an eLearning course.

Materials were produced, as well as adapted and translated from other sources, in order to provide complete and relevant content. Participants learnt about the fundamentals of advocacy, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and reflected on the situations in their own countries.

Special forum sessions allowed for open discussion, and the development of workbooks and action plans. There were also two expert webinars, sharing ideas from key figures in the Arab library field.

Finally, 11 participants took part in a workshop on 28-29 July in Egypt, learning about story-telling, impact assessment, and how to develop plans to deliver on the SDGs. In turn, they shared their own expertise about projects in their home libraries, so that others could learn.  

 

Impacts

The organisers took care to survey levels of knowledge around the SDGs, and attitudes to library advocacy before and after the event.

There was a major increase in awareness of the SDGs, as well as a greater sense of the role that libraries and library associations can play. The materials from the course are available online for others to use, allowing the work done to benefit others.

Demonstrating the impact of the practical advice given during the course, the programme also led to a series of initiatives across the region for seminars, training courses, collaborations, and support for both sustainability and the unemployed.  

While not everything went to plan, there have also been valuable lessons in how to train and share knowledge, which will also put the library field in the Arab world on a stronger footing in years to come.

Download the full report as a pdf.

Call for Nominations: IFLA 2019 Honours and Awards

IFLA - ოთხ, 21/11/2018 - 02:00

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to IFLA or to international librarianship? IFLA’s Honours and Awards recognise those who have given significant service and made distinguished contributions to the profession.

Bestowed annually by the IFLA Governing Board, IFLA Honours and Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge a colleague whose efforts you admire and respect. 

The Call for Nominations is out now.  Don’t delay!

FAQ

Who can make a nomination? All authorised representatives of Members and Personal Affiliates

When will the presentations be made? Presentations are made during the World Library and Information Congress

How do I make a nomination? Please download your nomination form found at the bottom of this page and send back to us.

DEADLINE: 22 February 2019
late submissions shall not be considered

Honorary Fellow

Honorary Fellow is IFLA's highest award, and is conferred on the basis of merit on a person who has delivered long and distinguished service to IFLA. It may not necessarily be awarded every year. A nomination for Honorary Fellow is required to be supported by at least three nominators who are current IFLA Members. Nominations must include evidence to support any claims against the criteria. A nomination must be accompanied by at least two written referee reports. Referees should not also be nominators, and at least one referee should be an IFLA Member. Referees should address the nominee's suitability for the award, in relation to the criteria and may provide further information relevant to the award if desired.

In making its decision, the Executive Committee will examine only the evidence provided by the nominators and the two referee reports submitted with this nomination. The evidence and referee reports you provide should be based on the following required criteria:

  1. Length of service to IFLA;
  2. Type(s) of service to IFLA;
  3. Outstanding achievements within that service to IFLA; and
  4. Service that has brought distinction to IFLA in the international arena.
IFLA Medal

IFLA Medal is conferred on a person who has made a distinguished contribution either to IFLA or to international librarianship. It is also anticipated that one medal would be awarded each year, to a nominee from the country hosting the IFLA WLIC.

A nomination for the IFLA Medal is required to have at least two nominators who are current IFLA Members. A nomination must include evidence to support any claims of the nominee's distinguished contribution either to IFLA or to international librarianship. Each nomination shall be accompanied by at least two written referee reports. Referees should not also be nominators, and at least one referee should be an IFLA Member.

In making its decision, the Executive Committee will examine only the evidence provided by the nominators and the two referee reports submitted with this nomination. The evidence and referee reports you provide should be based on the following required criteria

  1. Length of service to IFLA or the profession;
  2. Nature of the distinguished contribution to IFLA or to international librarianship;
  3. Significance of that contribution to IFLA or to international librarianship.
IFLA Scroll of Appreciation

IFLA Scroll of Appreciation is awarded annually by the IFLA Governing Board to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) National Committee for that year.  Additionally, any Member may nominate an individual who has given distinguished service to IFLA. Staff, including core activities staff, is eligible for nomination.

In making its decision, the Executive Committee will examine only the evidence provided by the nominator.

The evidence provided should be based on the following required criteria:

  1. Length of service to IFLA;
  2. Nature of the service to IFLA;
  3. Significance of that service to IFLA, and its impact on IFLA.

The Executive Committee of the Governing Board considers all nominations in committee and in confidence. The Executive Committee bases its decisions only on the evidence submitted with the nominations and any further evidence sought from the nominees or referees.

The Executive Committee and the Secretary General shall not enter into correspondence on individual nominations. Only successful nominations will be published.

Wherever possible honours and awards shall be announced and conferred at the annual WLIC.

NOMINATION FORMS:
  • Honorary Fellow [DOC] | [PDF]
  • IFLA Medal [DOC] | [PDF]
  • IFLA Scroll of Appreciation [DOC] | [PDF]

Nominations for awards to be conferred in 2019 are invited, in confidence, on this form which may be sent by email as an attachment, by FAX, or post:


email: ifla@ifla.org

FAX: +31 70 3834827


Post:

HONOURS and AWARDS
IFLA
P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague
The Netherlands

New IFLA Publication: Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World

IFLA - სამ, 20/11/2018 - 13:53

Just off the press in the IFLA Publications Series…​

Going Green: Implementing Sustainable Strategies in Libraries Around the World — Buildings, Management, Programmes and Services
Edited by Petra Hauke, Madeleine Charney and Harri Sahavirtan
Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2018
ISBN 978-3-11-060584-6
(IFLA Publications; Nr 177)
Euro 89,95 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 103.99

Read all about it

Tearing down myths around the South African Copyright Amendment Bill

IFLA - სამ, 20/11/2018 - 13:40

IFLA has been working over the past months to support its South African members in advocating around ongoing copyright reforms. These promise to offer librarians more legal certainty and opportunities to provide excellent services to their users, and so support education, research, and access to culture. 

Last Thursday's approval of the South African Copyright Amendment Bill in the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry represents a welcome step forwards. However, recognising that there are still a number of further stages to come, it is important to continue to maintain the momentum in favour of access, learning, innovation and heritage. 

In particular, it is important to provide clarification around a number of points raised in the discussions so far which, unfortunately, risk creting confusion. 

In particular, we would like to underline the following points:

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 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. 

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, as well as that of the State Legal Counsel, 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. Elsewhere, the Australian Law Reform Commission has underlined that fair use is compatible with the Berne Convention. 

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

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