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Message from the Asia Oceania Regional Office

IFLA - კვი, 19/07/2020 - 00:23

Hello Friends,

Hope all of you are keeping yourselves healthy and coping well in this difficult time.

IFLA Governing Board and Irish National Committee have cancelled the World Library and Information Congress 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In view of this, IFLA has prepared a resource page on “COVID-19 and the Global Library Field” to share information on what libaries are doing around the world to cope with the situation. IFLA has also produced a COVID-19 edition on “How to Spot Fake News" infographic as libraries have a role to maintain its reputation and skills to prevent misinformation.

In this challenging time, libraries have to roll out innovative ways to deliver services to our patrons, such as making use of technology to offer online collections and services. As libraries cautiously re-open to welcome back the patrons, restrictions on social distancing, safety protocols and the limit of numbers of people allowed at any one time would have to be implemented to safeguard the health of the patrons.

In the spotlight, we feature the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and Library and Information Association of New Zealand (LIANZA) resource pages on COVID-19 and the libraries’ responses to the pandemic situation. ALIA has provided a comprehensive checklist for Australian Libraries to use as a guide in its reopening. We also feature articles on how China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore are coping with the current situation and gradually reopening some of their libraries.

On what’s trending in our region, we feature the IFLA Division V ( Asia and Oceania) collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Indian Library Association websinar sessions that address IFLA’s Global Vision & Strategies and Information Literacy: Knowing the right news in the digital age respectively. Other interesting articles include the World Book Capital Day 2020 in Kuala Lumpur and NLB Singapore weekly storytelling sessions to engage children in reading at home on its Facebook page

Please stay safe and take care everyone.

Soh Lin Li

Manager, IFLA Regional Office

For Asia and Oceania

Research Under Pressure: Impact of Covid-19 Through A Librarian’s Eyes

LIBER news - პარ, 17/07/2020 - 11:32

Covid-19 has left research libraries scrambling to support a swift and unprecedented switch to digital teaching. The transition to fully online learning has exacerbated existing problems, namely a lack of appropriate copyright legislation (as LIBER flagged in April), and sky-high prices for digital textbooks.  To highlight the problems faced by librarians, LIBER’s Copyright & Legal…

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Out Now: June 2020 issue of IFLA Journal

IFLA - პარ, 17/07/2020 - 10:00

​​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.

Volume 46, No.2 (June 2020)

Special Issue: Information literacy: From practice to research and back again

Guest Editors: Gaby Haddow and Min Chou

Contents:
Editorial

Information literacy: From practice to research and back again 105
Gaby Haddow and Min Chou

Articles

Knowledge visualization and mapping of information literacy, 1975–2018 107
Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha

Refining information literacy practice: Examining the foundations of information literacy theory 124
Michael Flierl and Clarence Maybee

Theory into practice: Challenges and implications for information literacy teaching 133
Deborah Schachter

Playful learning for information literacy development 143
Andrew Walsh

Curating knowledge, creating change: University Knowledge Center, Kosovo national transition 151
Mary M. Somerville, Anita Mirjamdotter, Edmond Harjizi, Elham Sayyad-Abdi, Michele Gibney, Christine Bruce and Ian Stoodley

Adult learning theories and autoethnography: Informing the practice of information literacy 163
Karen Bordonaro

Studying visual literacy: Research methods and the use of visual evidence 172
Krystyna K. Matusiak

Abstracts 182

 

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. IFLA Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

To submit an article please visit IFLA Journal on the SAGE platform.

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Library Return on Investment - Review of Evidence from the Last 10 Years

IFLA - ხუთ, 16/07/2020 - 18:38

Over the last few decades, libraries have been exploring various ways to assess and demonstrate their value and contribution to users and communities. Return on Investment is a commonly used method to demonstrate value - and a new publication by IFLA offers an overview of ROI studies across varous library sectors over the last 10 years.

Return on Investment measures how much value an organisation, project or service has generated for each monetary unit (dollar, pound, euro or other) invested in it. This approach originates in the economic field of study, and libraries have adopted (and adapted) this method to measure their own value and impact.

ROI studies and reports from libraries across the globe have indicated impressive returns:

The methods of measuring ROI and quantifying the value of libraries' work vary across different studies - and, understandably, distinct library types take on significantly different roles, which is why there is also variation between methods of measuring and quantifying benefits across library sectors.

This publication reviews the way different types of libraries have measured the value of their work and return on investment over the last ten years. As library services evolve, so does their understanding of how to assess their value and impacts - and this review aims to illustrate the various approaches to measuring library ROI between and within different sectors.

You can read the full review on the publication page.

LIBER Supports cOAlitionS ‘Rights Retention Strategy’ to Ensure Open Access to Publicly-Funded Research

LIBER news - ხუთ, 16/07/2020 - 15:55

The Association of European Association of Research Libraries (LIBER) applauds the cOAlition S announcement of a Rights Retention Strategy: a move which will allow authors to retain copyright to their work and, at the same time, will accelerate progress towards LIBER’s goal of Open Access as the predominant form of scholarly publishing by 2022. Under…

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Interviewing Nick Poole: a discussion about the IFLA Strategy

IFLA - ხუთ, 16/07/2020 - 11:02

In this video we discussed the IFLA Strategy with Nick Poole, the CEO of CILIP – the Library and Information Association, in the United Kingdom. The video was filmed in the Library of the Department of Work and Pensions, in London, at an event run by the IFLA Government Libraries Section. We hope he inspires you just like he inspired us. 

Here is what he told us about the IFLA Strategy:

What stands out for you about the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024?

Nick Poole: I am a great fan of the IFLA Global Strategy, really for two reasons. I think what really stands out for me is the sense of optimism around our global community. The other thing I am really impressed by with the IFLA Strategy is that it’s focused on impact for information users. This isn’t really about us. It’s about the difference we make for all of those people who use our services.

What does the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024 mean for the global library field?

Nick Poole: I suppose what the IFLA Strategy means to me and for the global library field is that sense of unity. We have such a strong belief in common, in the power of equitable access to trusted information. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world. That’s what you are fighting for. That makes a huge difference to societies and nations, absolutely worldwide.

What difference will the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024 make for CILIP?

Nick Poole: So, what we’ve decided to do with the IFLA Strategy in the UK is use it as a framework for our next five-year strategy. So, we’ve looked at the global ambition and how we can connect to that. But, also we’ve gone through the detailed action lines and looked at how we can use IFLA’s ideas, the global library community’s ideas, to power our advocacy; power our support for the future for our fantastic workforce; but also how we help people who use our skills, employers or librarians, users of services to really understand and connect with why they need us today more than, I think, they ever have.

Read more about the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024

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

 

     

EIFL welcomes Rights Retention Strategy for researchers

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 15/07/2020 - 19:02

cOALition S - a group of national research funding organizations and charitable foundations committed to making full and immediate open access to research publications a reality - has announced a Rights Retention Strategy for researchers. 

IFLA Governance Review: Survey and Next Steps

IFLA - ოთხ, 15/07/2020 - 16:28

IFLA's survey of its Members and volunteers, seeking views on the first draft proposals for our new governance structure has closed. We received over 700 responses, as well as suggestions via e-mail. Your contributions will help the Governing Board improve the plans further, before a series of open virtual round tables in August.

Over the past month, we have been welcoming feedback from Members and volunteers through a survey on the first draft of our proposals for IFLA’s new governance structures.

This closed yesterday, at 12pm The Hague time, and so we can now share the very positive news that we received 716 responses as well as further suggestions by e-mail.

As highlighted in previous news stories, the goal of the Governance review is to give IFLA the structures it needs to deliver on the 2019-24 Strategy. In doing so, we are working to become a more inclusive, effective and transparent organisation.

The number of responses is welcome as an indication of the level of commitment of our Members and volunteers to IFLA’s future. Furthermore, we know that these include a wealth of information and insights to help us with the next stage of developing the new IFLA governance proposal.

Here’s what will happen next:

  • We are analysing the results and preparing a report, summarizing the inputs received.
  • The Governing Board will meet on 23 July (via video conference) to review the results, discuss new ideas and issues, and further develop the proposals accordingly. We will publish a report on the meeting afterwards.
  • Soon after, we will share details about upcoming open virtual round tables throughout August, where the global library field will have further opportunities to share ideas and feedback on the proposals.
  • In September, the Governing Board will meet again to review and finalise the Governance proposal, which will then be presented at the General Assembly (in person, and live-streamed).
  • Following this, provided that there is agreement at the General Assembly to allow electronic voting on changes to our statutes, we will then ask our Members to vote on the final proposals.

We remain grateful for the continued interest and contribution of all those who have shared their views and suggestions for the future of IFLA.

With the support of the global library field, we are confident that together we can give IFLA the best possible structures to fulfil its mission to inspire, engage, enable and connect the field.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Co-designing OA publishing infrastructures

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 15/07/2020 - 15:01

Editors and publishers, researchers, librarians and tool builders - join us in this LIBSENSE online meeting to discuss ‘Co-designing collaborative free and open source open access publishing infrastructures’ in Africa.

This is the second in a series of four online meetings on the topic, organized by the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), EIFL and the Coko Foundation. 

The meeting will focus on identifying requirements and areas for collaboration on shared free and open source open access publishing infrastructure.

Open Science Summer School

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 15/07/2020 - 13:33

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will give a keynote address at the University of Zurich Open Science Summer School on the Fundamentals of Open Data, Research Data Management, and Open Access. 

Kuchma’s address will take place on 28 August, on the topic OpenAIRE and Open Science

Find out more about the Summer School.

 

Open science practices in Africa

EIFL news and events - სამ, 14/07/2020 - 12:55

June was a busy month for the LIBSENSE Initiative - a collaborative space through which libraries and research and education networks (RENs) are advancing open access and open science in Africa.

Webinar: IR management

EIFL news and events - ორშ, 13/07/2020 - 16:11

EIFL and our partner consortium in Ghana, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana  (CARLIGH), are co-hosting a webinar on institutional repository management. 

Institutional repository managers and librarians, faculty members, researchers, IT staff, university administrators from Ghana, and others who are interested in scholarly publishing, are welcome to attend. 

Job Opening: Executive Assistant

LIBER news - პარ, 10/07/2020 - 16:34

Founded in 1971 and based in The Hague, LIBER is Europe’s largest research library network. We help our university, national and special libraries to support world-class research. To contribute to the implementation of the strategy, LIBER is looking for an Executive Assistant who can support our team, the Executive Board and the Executive Director. The…

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Update on Call for Urgent Copyright Action to Support Distance Learning & Research

LIBER news - პარ, 10/07/2020 - 15:47

Three months ago we highlighted the need for urgent action from governments, publishers and authors, so that online teaching and learning in the wake of Covid-19 can be properly supported. Sadly, little action has been taken to deal with the fact that books located in libraries cannot be accessed remotely. Few key players have reacted to…

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Help Libraries Find a Role in Innovative Peer Review: Join Our New Working Group

LIBER news - პარ, 10/07/2020 - 12:24

LIBER is launching an Innovative Peer Review Working Group with two key aims: to explore a wide spectrum of challenges in the peer review field and to understand how research libraries can further facilitate the progressive elements of scholarly communication system. Why Is Innovation in Peer Review Needed? We believe that scholarly communication should embrace…

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Update on IFLA's Work on Sustainable Development - July 2020

IFLA - პარ, 10/07/2020 - 11:36

IFLA is continuing in its work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both in direct engagement, and in supporting members at the national levels.

The below update, distributed to participants in IFLA's International Advocacy Programme on 3 July 2020, provides an overview of activities and resources in the past weeks.

 

1. HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM

Next week, the 2020 High Level Political Forum opens in New York. Given limitations on travel, however, on-site events are heavily restricted, but more is taking place online than ever before. This means that library and information workers can follow meetings and events more than ever before.

In particular, all ‘main’ sessions will be live streamed, including thematic sessions on issues such as transformative pathways towards development, global responses to COVID-19, and how to deliver on the SDGs at the local level, and Voluntary National Reviews (see below). There are also lots of other sessions, including Voluntary National Review Labs (which share experiences of being involved in VNRs from different perspectives), learning sessions, and lots of side-events, including one co-organised by IFLA looking at the role of culture in the response to COVID-19 and long-term sustainable development.

Do take a look at the programme here, register for VNR labs, learning sessions or side events (space may be limited), and follow the website for information on how to watch the main sessions. You can sign up for the IFLA co-organised webinar, on 13 July at 12pm New York time (check when this is for you) at this link: https://bit.ly/385c77N.

Finally, as promised in our previous e-mail, you may wish to write to the person leading on the SDGs in your government to ensure that they remember the importance of libraries as they participate in the High Level Political Forum. You may wish to use a version of the below to do this:

 

Dear […],

I am writing to you from [your association/institution] concerning the United Nations High-Level Political Forum, held on 7-16 July 2020. Through the participation of the delegation of [your country], I hope that you will be able to recognise and support the potential of libraries in our country to achieve sustainable development.

As you will be aware, libraries have a mission to support stronger, fairer, more sustainable development by giving everyone access to information and the skills they need to use it. Through this, they do not only support literacy and life-long learning (SDG4), research and innovation (SDG9) and the safeguarding of heritage (SDG11), but at least 20 targets across the 2030 Agenda. In particular, they can have a transformative impact on the local level, building on their knowledge of their communities’ needs.

As we enter the Decade of Action, at the same time as planning for rebuilding after the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries represent an excellent partner for governments in order to achieve transformative change. With countries with stronger library networks having higher levels of literacy, lower levels of inequality, and better performance on indicators of innovation such as publishing and patenting, our institutions have a major contribution to make.

For example, libraries in [your country] [examples of what you are doing].

I therefore hope, in your interventions at the High Level Political Forum, that you will be able to use examples from [your country] to highlight all that libraries can do to accelerate progress, and to encourage colleagues from other countries to do the same.

I wish you a successful Forum.

 

2. VOLUNTARY NATIONAL REVIEWS

Almost all the countries presenting Voluntary National Review reports this year have now published their reports (on this page, scroll down and select ‘2020’). In addition to Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, India, Liberia and Nigeria for the fact that libraries are referenced in your countries’ reports, we also have extensive references in the reports for Argentina, as well as ones in the documents for Brunei, North Macedonia, Papua New Guinea and Slovenia. We will issue a summary of what’s in these documents early next week.

We also have the opportunity to shape the statements made by civil society organisations on each of the VNR reports, and are grateful to participants from Bangladesh and Burundi for suggesting points which we will try to integrate into civil society statements.

 

3. IDENTIFYING DEVELOPMENT ACCELERATORS

As mentioned in the last e-mail, the UN has a call open for examples of ‘development accelerators’. You can find out more about what this means in our blog from last year, but in short, it is a great way to show examples of how libraries help achieve a number of SDGs at the same time, and of course to have your work featured on the UN website.

 

4. CULTURE, COVID-19 AND THE SDGS – STATEMENT ENDORSED BY PRESIDENT OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

In our last e-mail, you read about the Culture and COVID-19 statement prepared by IFLA alongside other members of the Culture 2030 Goal Coalition. There are already over 200 signatories to the statement, and we have now received the exciting news that the President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, His Excellency Mr Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, has endorsed it. This is a welcome recognition – at the highest level – of the message that cultural actors such as libraries need to be integrated into policy planning.

If you haven’t already, you can sign up to the statement using this form.

 

5. NEW LIBRARY MAP OF THE WORLD RESOURCES AND LIBRARY STAT OF THE WEEK

For those who did not already see the e-mail on our IFLA-L mailing list, there is new information on IFLA’s Library Map of the World! This includes new stories from Argentina (on supporting people with disabilities), India (on supporting research), Ireland (on sustainability), Singapore (on employment) and Ukraine (on childhood development).

There is also now data for the first time on libraries in Pakistan, as well as updated data from Latvia and Sweden.

Through our Library Stat of the Week series, we have been looking at data around academic libraries and library workers, and connections to indicators of research performance (linked to SDG 9 and SDG 17). Through these, we have analysed the strength of the academic library field in different regions, as well as the links between numbers of academic libraries and librarians and publishing/patenting, including at similar levels of wealth.

These figures help underline that more librarians in particular tend to be associated with higher research performance, including in countries with similar levels of GDP per person, but also highlight inequalities between countries and regions.

 

As ever, we are keen to hear about what you are doing, including your successes in building contacts and awareness, and ensuring that the role of libraries is recognised, celebrated and supported. So don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

ENSULIB granted permission in becoming an IFLA Section!

IFLA - ხუთ, 09/07/2020 - 14:04

The IFLA Professional Committee has now cleared the way for ENSULIB to move from Special Interest Group status to a Section. Following the IFLA rules, ENSULIB has to gain 40 institutional IFLA members to subscribe an additional membership for the new Section (for 62 € annual fee) or alternatively - free of charge - to exchange another Section membership for this new one.


Therefore, ENSULIB invites all Association and Institutional IFLA Members which are engaged in environment and sustainability issues and supporting the UN Agenda 2030 to sign a membership for the future ENSULIB Section!


Please fill in and send back the corresponding form [Letter of Intention] not later than 27 July 2020!
 

Petra Hauke,

ENSULIB Convenor

 

ENSULIB granted permission in becoming an IFLA Section!

IFLA - ხუთ, 09/07/2020 - 14:04

The IFLA Professional Committee has now cleared the way for ENSULIB to move from Special Interest Group status to a Section. Following the IFLA rules, ENSULIB has to gain 40 institutional IFLA members to subscribe an additional membership for the new Section (for 62 € annual fee) or alternatively - free of charge - to exchange another Section membership for this new one.


Therefore, ENSULIB invites all Association and Institutional IFLA Members which are engaged in environment and sustainability issues and supporting the UN Agenda 2030 to sign a membership for the future ENSULIB Section!


Please fill in and send back the corresponding form [Letter of Intention] not later than 27 July 2020!
 

Petra Hauke,

ENSULIB Convenor

 

GIOPS Member Survey Launch

IFLA - ხუთ, 09/07/2020 - 01:57

Government Information is more important than ever. Together with you GIOPS wants to improve Government Librarianship!

IFLA Section 17 "Government Information and Official Publications (GIOPS)" invites you as a GIOPS Member or an interested Librarian working in Government Information or related fields to take part in a short survey.

GIOPS wants to better support you in the future. This is why we need to know your ideas and the challenges you face in your job. It only takes 15 minutes to fill in the questionnaire. Please complete the survey by July 22, 2020.

Many thanks for your cooperation!

Reading List: Text Recognition for Digital Collections

LIBER news - ოთხ, 08/07/2020 - 13:48

Optical character recognition (OCR) and handwritten text recognition (HTR) are processes most libraries are familiar with when digitising (large volumes of) text. The automated software recognises characters, which are then available for e.g. keyword search and computational analysis. The rise of machine learning applications saw a corresponding rise in HTR and improvements in OCR quality. …

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