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Webinar: New research insights platform

eifl licensing news - სამ, 01/05/2018 - 11:09

EIFL invites librarians, research administrators and managers from EIFL partner countries to participate in this hour-long webinar about the Dimensions platform for discovering and assessing research.

Dimensions provides an integrated database covering the entire research process from funding to research, and from publishing results to application of the research in business and policy-making.

Congratulations to IYALI 2018 Participants

IFLA - ხუთ, 26/04/2018 - 16:38

IFLA has partnered with EIFL-PLIP and AfLIA to support 15 participants in the second Young African Library Innovators initiative (IYALI) programme.

IYALI is a peer learning and international networking experience for African public librarians, organised by the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), in partnership with the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

IYALI aims to expose emerging public library innovators from Africa to experiences and ideas in other developing and transition economy countries. IFLA plays a significant role in supporting all IYALI participants, from participating in the initial selection to funding their entry ticket to IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress (WLIC). Furthermore, IFLA advises on suitable topics during its flagship event as well as organising networking opportunities with IFLA International Leaders Programme associates.

Read about the 15 new participants who represent public and community libraries that serve urban and rural communities from 12 African countries.

Securing the Past, Shaping the Future: IFLA President Visits Moscow

IFLA - ხუთ, 26/04/2018 - 12:22

Libraries today are faced with trends that can both pose a threat and promise an opportunity. Globalisation and digitisation are unstoppable and are being felt around the world. Yet this shared situation underlines the value for libraries of working together to achieve our vision. This message came out clearly from a seminar held on 20 April in Moscow, with the participation of IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón.

The event, organised by the Russian Library for Foreign Literature, had the title UN Sustainable Development Goals + IFLA Global Vision = a Point of Growth for Modern Libraries? Bringing together two key areas of IFLA’s work, it was possible to draw a parallel between the UN’s efforts to build new and more collaborative ways of working, better tailored to local needs, and IFLA’s own global vision process.

Responding to a range of questions, Ms Pérez-Salmerón noted the key highlights and opportunities from the vision report, in particular those encouraging libraries to work more strongly with others in order to boost advocacy and deliver better services.

The work of the UN provided not only an example of new ways of thinking, but also an objective, with libraries working to ensure that they are recognised in National Development Plans.  Libraries themselves had a unique role in providing meaningful access to information. Their skills, knowledge and values would be vital in the new information age.

Ms Pérez-Salmerón has made "Libraries - motors of change" the motto of her presidency, stressing he role of libraries in the shaping people's worldviews. By taking an active part in society, libraries could become leaders in addressing such complex issues as information literacy, digital transformation, innovation, and copyright reform.

Libraries need to establish close cooperation in order to unite our efforts in the work that we have to perform in the coming years.

She argued that this could only be achieved by building the capacity of libraries and strengthening cooperation between them. "Libraries need to establish close cooperation in order to unite our efforts in the work that we have to perform in the coming years."

The visit also provided the opportunity to open formally the new training space opened by the IFLA Preservation and Conservation Centre in Moscow. This excellent facility will doubtless help realise even better the mission of the PAC Centres to share knowledge and training with other institutions. 

Ms Pérez-Salmerón met with the director of the National Library of Russia, the acting Director General of the Russian State Library, and the Head of the Department of Foreign Library Science and International Library Relations. She also offered opening words at the official opening of the "Biblionoch" (Biblionight) 2018 in Moscow at the Turgenev Library, together with the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Medinsky and the Minister of Culture of Moscow Government Mr. Alexander Kibovsky.

Pour la Journée Mondiale de la Propriété Intellectuelle 2018, découvrez l'OMPI!

IFLA - ოთხ, 25/04/2018 - 19:57

L'Organisation Mondiale de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OMPI) est une agence spécialisée des Nations Unies en charge du droit d'auteur et d'autres questions dans le domaine de la propriété intellectuelle. Son objectif est de diriger le développement d'un système international de propriété intellectuelle équilibré et efficace qui permette l'innovation et la créativité pour le bénéfice de tous.

Jusqu'à présent, il y a eu des résultats positifs auprès de l’OMPI pour le secteur bibliothécaire, notamment le Traité de Marrakech visant à faciliter l'accès des aveugles, des déficients visuels et des personnes ayant d'autres difficultés de lecture des textes imprimés aux œuvres publiées, et les études du professeur Kenneth Crews sur les limitations et exceptions relatives au droit d’auteur en faveur des bibliothèques et des services d’archives (2008, 2015, 2017).

L'OMPI est une plate-forme importante où les bibliothèques peuvent faire valoir la nécessité d’avoir des exceptions et limitations meilleures et insister sur le besoin de les appliquer de manière transfrontalière. Cependant, pour continuer à faire cela, nous avons besoin de votre aide. Votre contribution au niveau national est la clé de nos objectifs. C’est pour cela que l'IFLA a produit le guide « Découvrir l'OMPI », qui vous aidera à mieux comprendre ce qu’est l'OMPI, comment elle fonctionne et comment y participer.

Télécharger le guide complet « Découvrir l'OMPI ».

Para el Día Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual 2018, ¡descubra la OMPI!

IFLA - ოთხ, 25/04/2018 - 19:50

La Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI) es una Agencia especializada de las Naciones Unidas a cargo de derechos de autor y otras cuestiones relacionadas con la propiedad intelectual e industrial. Su objetivo es liderar el desarrollo de un sistema internacional de propiedad intelectual equilibrado y eficaz que permita la innovación y la creatividad para el beneficio de todos.

Hasta ahora, la OMPI ha logrado resultados relevantes para el sector bibliotecario, entre ellos el Tratado de Marrakech para facilitar el acceso a las obras publicadas a las personas ciegas, con discapacidad visual o con otras dificultades para acceder al texto impreso, y los estudios del profesor Kenneth Crews sobre limitaciones y excepciones para bibliotecas y archivos (2008, 2015, 2017).

La OMPI es una plataforma importante a través de la cual las bibliotecas pueden argumentar a favor de la necesidad de más y mejores excepciones y limitaciones al derecho de autor alrededor del mundo, y de aplicación transfronteriza. Pero para continuar haciendo esto, necesitamos su ayuda. Su contribución a nivel nacional es clave para nuestros objetivos. Es por ello que la IFLA ha producido la guía “Descubrir la OMPI”, que le ayudará a comprender mejor qué es la OMPI, cómo funciona y cómo puede participar.

Acceda al documento completo “Descubrir la OMPI”.

For World Intellectual Property Day 2018, get into WIPO!

IFLA - სამ, 24/04/2018 - 18:10

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is the United Nations Agency in charge of copyright and other intellectual property issues. Its aim is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.

So far, there have been many important outcomes for the library profession at WIPO, among which the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, and Professor Kenneth Crews' studies on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives (2008, 2015, 2017).

WIPO is an important platform where libraries can argue for the need for more and better exceptions and limitations to copyrigth law around the world and across borders. But to continue doing this, we need your help. Your contribution at a national level is key to our goals. IFLA has therefore produced a guide: Get into WIPO. It'll help you better understand what WIPO is, and how you can become involved.

Read the full Get into WIPO guide.

The European Knowledge Community Mobilises for Access to Knowledge

IFLA - სამ, 24/04/2018 - 16:31

The European copyright reform is moving forwards, with the final vote in the lead parliamentary committee due on 20-21 June. This leaves the possibility of the two institutions – Parliament and Council (Member States) starting negotiations between themselves in the autumn.

The directive, as it currently stands, poses a threat to access to information, namely the very controversial articles on press publishers’ rights and on upload filters. Other provisions will also have a direct impact on the sharing of knowledge and on what libraries and other cultural heritage institutions can do – the choices eventually made will be decisive.  

The Vox Scientia Campaign

For that reason, those who produce, preserve and share information are mobilizing through the Vox Scientia campaign. This initiative aims at raising awareness of the potential consequences of the text in its current form, and facilitates ways to take action and advocate for a better reform.

The webpage is also used as a platform to voice the concerns of professionals, such as librarians, scientists and researchers, and brings together position papers and research papers that help better explain the main issues of the reform. You can also contribute by becoming a signatory (your organisation), submitting a quote and a picture for the VoxBox or simply sharing giving visibility to the campaign.

IFLA’s participation at the Conference “A better copyright for quality higher education and research in Europe and beyond”

Representatives of the knowledge community gathered in Brussels earlier this month to discuss how copyright rules can work for education. The context was a high-level event organised by Education International’s regional office in Europe (ETUCE). IFLA took part, underlining that the exception needs to recognise the role of libraries as providers of life-long non-formal educators, because otherwise it will fail to reflect the reality of the educational sector in Europe. IFLA reminded participants of the 24M adults that undertake non-formal training activities in Europe every year in libraries.

Several speakers referred to the need for a flexible and broad exception and explained why licenses will not solve the problem. On this topic, Teresa Nobre, IP Lawyer for COMMUNIA, presented the results of comparative research on licensing agreements in copyright frameworks in Europe (available here), which shows that educational licences frequently contain terms and conditions which are disadvantageous to schools.

An afternoon workshop gave an opportunity for all participants (librarians, teachers, policy makers, representatives from education trade unions, copyright lawyers, publishers and NGOs, among others) to give their views on the topic.

There was agreement on the fact that there is a need for more information and copyright training for educators. The EUIPO Observatory is already looking to put this into practice through a pilot project, as reported by Justyna Petsch. It was also clear that while teachers are often producers of content, the priority for most was for good quality materials to be easily available.

The livestream of the conference is available on Youtube.

You can read more on what decision-makers have been saying, and on the process overall.

Sharing & Learning From Each Other: A Very Successful First Meeting of LIBER’s DH & DCH Working Group

LIBER news - სამ, 24/04/2018 - 12:09

On Tuesday 10 April 2018, about 20 members of LIBER’s Digital Humanities and Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group convened in the KB, National Library of the Netherlands. The working group, set up in the summer of 2017, wants to create a knowledge sharing network within LIBER libraries and this first meeting was organised to contribute…

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Help Needed to Pursue Goals of 2016 Policy Statement on Government Provision of Public Legal Information

IFLA - ორშ, 23/04/2018 - 19:30

The IFLA Statement on Government Provision of Public Legal Information in the Digital Age, endorsed by the IFLA Governing Board in December 2016, is directed at the governments of countries around the world. Its message concerns online publishing practices of governments as they make their primary legal materials available on the Internet, specifically the issues of access, authentication, and preservation. Regarding these matters, some countries are doing an excellent job while others still need to acknowledge and address their new responsibilities in the digital age. In this statement, IFLA calls on national governments to provide no-fee, equal access to public legal information, to incorporate technology-based authentication tools to protect the integrity and trustworthiness of the content, and to implement effective strategies for long-term preservation and public access. 

This 2016 policy statement is the result of years of focus and effort on the part of the relatively new Law Libraries Section (which was officially recognized by IFLA in 2005). The statement was developed and brought to the attention of the Governing Board by several members of the section’s Standing Committee. They did this in consultation with IFLA Governing Board member Frederick Zarndt, whose support and encouragement for several years was an important factor in the ultimate success of their efforts. 

The Law Libraries Section is now eager to enlist the advice and expertise of members of the Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section. Guidance is needed on how IFLA members can best bring the issues addressed in the statement to the attention of appropriate officials in the parliaments of countries around the world. So far, the statement has been translated into Spanish, German, and French.

New Responsibilities for a New Situation

As noted in the Statement's introduction, there has been a change in the responsibility of national governments to provide “authentic and official versions of legal materials,” including statutes, case law, and regulations. In the past era of print-only publication of public legal information by governments, libraries acted as repositories and keepers of the print volumes that contained this information, ensuring that the official content would be preserved, unchanged, for future use. In the current digital age, with governments now replacing print publication with digital provision of the same content, the situation has changed. This has created a new responsibility for the content providers: to provide access to authentic digital versions of public legal materials and to maintain and preserve that content for long-term use.

Some government entities have taken the necessary steps to address this matter, including France, the European Union, and the United States. However, there are a number of other governments around the world that have not yet acknowledged their new role in any meaningful way. In the words of the Statement, “…simply posting legal information online is not enough. Government providers also need to take responsibility for ensuring that the content they post is available to all, at no fee, that the content is authentic and trustworthy, and that it is preserved for public use over time in cooperation with memory institutions.”

As revealed by study and investigation conducted by members of the Law Libraries Section, governments of countries around the world vary greatly in their recognition of these key issues and the steps being employed to address them as they digitize their legal materials and post them online. Some countries are doing a fine job of confronting the issues and putting procedures in place to address them. Others are failing to do so, despite the fact that neglecting to consider the key issues of access, authentication, and preservation for long-term use poses a risk to sustainable access to public legal information in the digital age.

IFLA’s Response: the Statement on Government Provision of Public Legal Information

The IFLA Statement provides the following recommendations:

  • Ensure that all public legal information produced in digital format is available to the public on an equitable, no-fee basis.
  • Protect official publications of law in a digital format through authentication using technological measures, in order to ensure that the content is trustworthy, and make this clear to people.
  • Incorporate technology-based authentication measures as part of the creation of online sources of public legal information rather than adding such technology later. Especially in the case of developing countries, addressing this concern from the start will save time and money in the long run.
  • Develop and implement effective policies and programmes for the preservation of trustworthy legal materials in digital format, in partnership, as appropriate, with libraries, archives, or other memory institutions. When adopting new technologies to make legal information available digitally, ensure that these are built in such a way as to facilitate preservation for long-term public accessibility.
  • Make preserved materials permanently accessible to the public without charge.
  • Incorporate strategies for providing online access to public legal information into national development plans to implement the UN 2030 Agenda.

The Statement is accompanied by two annexes, the first providing references and supporting documents and the second highlighting examples of three countries currently using authentication technology in order to protect the primary legal content that they provide online.

Promoting the Statement and its Principles

Effective promotion of the statement – particularly with governments – will be essential if it is to have its desired impact. One venue in which IFLA has already used the statement is in its discussions with UNESCO regarding the Sustainable Development Goals. Governments have a responsibility to provide access to public legal information in order to support transparency and accountability, civil engagement and a just society, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 16.10.

IFLA has asked the ARTICLE 19 organization to post the statement as a resource on their website. This NGO takes its name from Article 19 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which sets out the freedom to seek and receive information. This is particularly essential in the case of public legal information.

The IFLA statement also seems very relevant to the ongoing process of consultation on the European Union’s Public Sector Information (PSI) Directive. A particularly relevant connection might be with their Feb. 2017 research report, On-Line Publication of Court Decisions in the EU: Report of the Policy Group of the Project ‘Building on the European Case Law Identifier’.

The statement has also been brought to the attention of the Open Government Partnership, in hopes that it will be a useful resource for this organization of 70 member countries that are in agreement on the importance of citizen understanding and participation in government, as signatories of the Open Government Declaration.

If you have suggestions or ideas regarding promotion of the statement or advocacy for its goals, please contact: Stephen Wyber, IFLA Manager, Policy and Advocacy (stephen.wyber@ifla.org) and Sarah Holterhoff, Standing Committee Member of IFLA Law Libraries Section (sally.holterhoff@valpo.edu).

Celebrating books, and the libraries that champion them: Athens becomes World Book Capital

IFLA - ორშ, 23/04/2018 - 15:18

Athens today becomes UNESCO World Book Capital. IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner participated in the launch ceremony on behalf of the global library community and looked forward both to the events planned by the organisers, and IFLA’s own World Library and Information Congress, to be held in Athens in August 2019.

The city takes up the role of World Book Capital from Conakry, Guinea. The honour offers a rich opportunity to raise awareness of the collections and work of libraries, both to residents and visitors. As a member of the jury making recommendations on World Book Capital candidates, IFLA has an important role in encouraging bids that place libraries at their heart.

For the next twelve months, Athens will, therefore, be the focus of programmes and events celebrating books, their authors, and their impact on society. As protectors, preservers and promoters of books, libraries will be at the heart of the celebrations. 
With library work focused on providing excellent services to the community rather than fairs or awards, it is a welcome opportunity to ensure that everyone, no matter what role they play in society, understands the importance of libraries, and the need to give them the laws and resources necessary to do their jobs. 
IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:

On behalf of the global library field, I congratulate Athens on becoming World Book Capital. Athens has been a centre of learning and creativity for millennia, and its libraries are playing an essential role in making this accessible to all. I am sure that the coming year - and the World Library and Information Congress in 2019 - will show the power and creativity of the library field in achieving this goal.


2018 IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award: Call for nominations

IFLA - ორშ, 23/04/2018 - 12:59

DEADLINE: 01 June 2018

To recognise the vital contribution and work of the Professional Units, IFLA established in 2018 the IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award. This award recognises the success of Professional Units in achieving the expectations of a dynamic unit, as defined by the Professional Committee.

All IFLA Professional Units – Divisions, Sections, Special Interest Groups, Strategic Programmes or Core Activities – are eligible to nominate for the Award.   It is important that it is not to be perceived as a personal reward – but recognises outstanding team work.

The 2018 IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award winner will be announced during the Closing Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in August. 

The Award intends to stimulate outstanding work by Professional Units by:
  • Recognizing and promoting outstanding examples of Professional Unit work;
  • Highlighting the impact of the work of IFLA's professional groups.
How to apply

Address one of the three Criteria listed below in 300 words or less. Highlight your creative efforts in achieving the result and what the outcomes and impact have been. You may include photos, video (see instructions on the submission form).

Submit your application

Criteria for evaluation

In the previous year [since 01 June 2017], the winning Unit(s) should have demonstrated at a superior level, one or more of the following expectations of a Dynamic Unit:

Criteria 1: Quality and impact of the work, for example:
  • Effectively networking with its community in order to define and develop the Unit’s  role in line with IFLA strategy and the general expectations of an IFLA Unit;
  • Synthesizing ideas and suggestions into clearly expressed and communicated objectives for the Unit that reflect IFLA’s strategy and unique position as a global library organisation;
  • Identifying and carrying out a variety of activities that contribute to achieving the objectives of the Unit and are communicated through a well-formulated Action Plan;
  • Thinking about how the results of its work are communicated for maximum impact;
  • Regularly reviewing and updating its activities to ensure they meet the changing demands and changing environment.
Criteria 2: Communications and impact, for example:
  • Implementing a written communication plan
  • Having frequent and regular communication within its own committee, with at least one (possibly online) meeting between Congresses;
  • Frequently and regularly communicating with its Members:
  • Proactively communicating its activities widely and reach out to other IFLA Units or other stakeholders in order to identify synergies;
  • Facilitating ongoing discussion with its community of interest, especially in order to identify ‘hot topics’ and where IFLA might have a role to play; Communicating and discussing progress and challenges with its Division Chair.
  • Increase publication output via IFLA’s publication channels (IFLA Journal, Professional Report series (online, Open Access publications), IFLA Publications series).
Criteria 3: Membership and leadership engagement and development, for example:
  • Attracting new members at each election;
  • Having an inclusive process that involves all members in both planning and execution;
  • Achieving diversity in its membership, and if this is not possible, actively seeking diverse views and input to its work, for example, in relation to geographical representation, gender and age;
  • Having capable leaders that: ensure the Unit has a clear goal and sense of direction and produces quality work; identify roles and responsibilities for others; ensure all members have a voice; communicate progress and problems to the Division Chair.
  • Having succession planning and mentoring in place for both the Officer roles and the member roles;
  • Ensuring there is continuity of activities when membership or responsibilities change, and that the transition to the new Committee in an election year is smooth;
  • Articulating what value a member gains from involvement;
  • Functioning effectively using volunteers, encouraging remote participation either of members who cannot attend physical meetings or people beyond the committee where relevant and appropriate;
  • Having involvement, partnerships and communication with relevant non-IFLA partners;
  • Having an international community that identifies itself as an active supporter of the Unit’s objectives or an active contributor to the Unit’s work and includes individuals who regularly and actively engage with the Unit.
Who can win?

The Award may be presented to one or more IFLA Professional Units:

  1. Divisions
  2. Sections
  3. Special Interest Groups
  4. Strategic Programmes
  5. Core Activities
  • 23 April: announcement of call
  • 01 June: deadline for nominations
  • 29 August: presentation of award at Closing Ceremony

Questions? Contact us at unit-award@ifla.org.

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The Hague, 23 April 2018

    IFLA Welcomes Steps Toward Better Rules for Cultural Heritage Imports into the European Union

    IFLA - ორშ, 23/04/2018 - 06:02

    ​New draft European Union legislation looks to make it more difficult to import stolen or looted cultural goods. IFLA has welcomed these steps, and proposed amendments which will ensure that the new rules work as well for documentary heritage as for other types.

    Libraries invest a lot of resources and time into collecting and safeguarding cultural heritage, understanding its value for society at a local, national and global level. Unfortunately, the value of rare books, manuscripts and other documents means that they can be at risk of being stolen or looted with the intention of selling them on to collectors. In the worst cases, the money can go to supporting terrorism.

    A key means of reducing the risk is through rigorous controls of imports, to prevent illegally acquired cultural goods from being bought and sold in this way. Draft European legislation currently on the table promises to do this, complementing existing rules for exports.

    IFLA has welcomed these steps, and proposed amendments which will ensure that the rules are suited to libraries and the documentary heritage that they collect and preserve.

    In particular, IFLA’s proposals include clarifying that it will be possible to import goods temporarily for digitisation, ensuring that prevention efforts are focused on the most at-risk heritage, and confirming that there are not unreasonable or impossible demands for information when a library is looking to acquire documentary works.  

    IFLA has communicated its proposals to Members of the European Parliament in the two lead committees (Internal Market and Consumer Affairs and International Trade), and looks forward to working with the Parliament and Member States to improve the proposals already on the table.

    You can read the proposals supported by both IFLA and the Consortium of European Research Libraries on our publications page.

    Guardians, Partners, Promotors: Libraries at the Creative Commons Global Summit 2018

    IFLA - ორშ, 23/04/2018 - 05:42

    Libraries were front and centre at the Creative Commons Global Summit 2018, sharing both their commitment to openness and their skills in making this a reality. IFLA was there, engaging in discussions and promoting work on open access at the UN and other intergovernmental organisations.  

    Creative Commons is built on the belief that access to, and re-use of knowledge and creativity is good for our societies. This is a conviction long held by libraries. By collecting, preserving, and giving access to works, regardless of wealth, they have advanced public debate, supported innovation, and given individuals the possibility to live healthier and richer lives.  The potential for cooperation was clear at Creative Commons annual global meeting, held on 13-15 April in Toronto, Canada.

    In a digital age, libraries can contribute to realising openness in three main ways. They hold important collections which have the potential to inspire and inform. They can help users deliver on this potential by providing space and encouragement for creativity. And they have an expertise which can be indispensable in organising knowledge to make it discoverable. As a number of sessions underlined, there are many libraries already doing all of these.

    Yet as a keynote speech from Professor Ruth Okediji of Harvard noted, laws designed for the traditional model of buying and selling copyrighted works tended to restrict access and harm efforts in favour of openness. In this, libraries stand alongside other promotors of openness, such as Wikipedia, Mozilla, and of course Creative Commons, in calling for laws that better reflect the value of openness.  

    IFLA’s own presentation covered the results of research into the usage of Creative Commons and other open licences in intergovernmental organisaitons such as the UN. These bodies have a strong influence on policy-making in many counties, and also serve as an example for others. While some, such as the World Bank, UNESCO or the World Intellectual Property Organisation have taken a leading role, the story elsewhere is frequently of inconsistency, restrictions and a lack of clarity. Given their unique public mission, there is a duty on these organisations to adopt open practices.

    You can download the notes and presentation from IFLA’s session, as well as reading our blogs from days one, two and three of the summit. We also welcome contacts from members of the global library community who are involved in Creative Commons at any level.  

    The importance of access to information to achieve sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean

    IFLA - შაბ, 21/04/2018 - 08:20

    On 19 April, during the Second Meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development in Santiago, Chile, ECLAC’s Hernán Santa Cruz Library hosted a side event in partnership with IFLA: “The importance of access to information to achieve sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

    This event aimed to highlight and discuss the importance of access to information, the role of civil society, and in particular of libraries in the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs at local, national, regional and international levels to an audience of high level politicians, experts and officials.

    Wouter Schallier (Chief Librarian, Hernán Santa Cruz Library, ECLAC) welcomed participants to the event. He offered an introduction, setting the scene and highlighting the potential of the meeting to place access to information at the heart of the development discussion in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, at the national and intergovernmental levels.

    There then followed two remote presentations by Carlos Henrique Fialho Mussi (Director of the ECLAC Office in Brasilia), who introduced the idea of developing a declaration on the importance of access in the region, and this side event, as way to coordinate libraries’ actions to influence the 2030 Agenda, and governments’ own political agendas. Guilherme Canela Godoi (Regional Advisor for Communications and Information at UNESCO in Montevideo) offered a detailed presentation about access to public information and the impact of information in decision-making and public policies. 

    Complementing this message, Manuel Alfonso Pérez Guiñez (Director of the Library of the National Congress of Chile) then shared the inspiring work of the Library in support of the law making process in Chile, contributing to informed decision-making at a national level, and facilitating people’s access to information and understanding of their rights and duties.

    It was then the turn of IFLA to speak, represented by María Violeta Bertolini (Advocacy Communications Officer at IFLA), Jonathan Hernández Pérez (CNB President, Mexico and Associate of IFLA’s ILP), María Angélica Fuentes (National Counselor of the CBC, Chile and member of IFLA’s IAP team for Chile), and Adriana Cybele Ferrari (FEBAB President and participant of IAP for Brazil).

    The introduction by Maria Violeta Bertolini (read speech in Spanish) presented access to information as a broad concept, including knowledge of all types and forms, and the need for this access to be meaningful to ensure people are able to use it to improve their lives. The Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report was presented, as well as the work of IFLA in promoting the role of libraries in achieving sustainable development and building capacity of the library field around the world. With this, the field could perform more effective advocacy and awareness raising on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, and gather qualitative and quantitative evidence through the Library Map of the World.


    María Angélica Fuentes (read speech in Spanish) reported on the activities performed and key achievements by the CBC, as members of IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme, setting out both their deep commitment to this work and impressive achievements. The side event was also an opportunity to officially launch their booklet of best practices: “Bibliotecas, objetivos de Desarrollo Sustentable (ODS) y Agenda 2030 de ONU: Breve selección de Buenas Prácticas Bibliotecarias de Bibliotecas (BPI) de Chile” with a number of great examples of how libraries in all regions of Chile are contributing to all the SDGs. 

    Jonathan Hernández Pérez (read speech in Spanish) presented on the importance of connectivity, public access and digital literacy to empowering individuals. He also pointed out the key role of libraries in fostering the creation of local content and safeguarding it for future generations. His presentation included some examples of how libraries in Mexico are contributing to development, particularly the Federal Law on Transparency and Access to Public Information (approved in 2016, mentioning libraries) and the mobile libraries initiative “Bibliobus” of the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur.

    Adriana Cybele Ferrari (read presentation in Spanish) presented a draft of the Santiago Declaration: Access to information to achieve sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean” (access the draft declaration in English, Spanish and Portuguese) with the goal of initiating a consultation process in Latin America and the Caribbean in preparation for the High Level Political Forum 2019. This idea, initiated by FEBAB and inspired by the 2015 Cape Town Declaration, was intended to be an instrument to show governments, and other stakeholders, that libraries are more than their collections, that they are living and dynamic spaces which transform people’s lives, and that they are committed to working in support of the SDGs. This was also an opportunity to briefly present FEBAB’s new booklet “Bibliotecas por um mundo melhor: Agenda 2030” featuring actions of libraries throughout Brazil in support of the SDGs"

    The event was attended by an engaged audience of librarians, officials, academics and civil society representatives attending the Forum. After the presentations, a discussion took place with many interesting questions, comments and suggestions to ensure a stronger position for libraries in development, building a higher profile within and outside the library sector.  

    One of the final interventions by ECLAC’s Publications and Web Services Division Director, Ricardo Perez, focused on the need for libraries to leverage SDG 17 as a way to ensure continuity and support for their services, as well as to continue to gain ground in the areas of open data and open source, as a great opportunity.

    Access to Information as a Human Right

    In the afternoon of 19 April, at the session “Dialogues on multi-stakeholder contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” the Civil Society Declaration was presented. 

    After three days of work and consultations within the Civil Society groups attending the Forum, a comprehensive declaration was issued. IFLA took an active role in the drafting process, which included numerous contributions by all Civil Society groups.  

    This engagement paid off, with the inclusion of access to information and culture in the text of the Civil Society declaration. This is an important highlight of the event for libraries:

    We demand that access to information be guaranteed as a human right; a participatory, inclusive and democratic agenda, where all people can empower themselves and benefit from economic and social opportunities, in an informed and committed way.

    We denounce the reduction in the last year of budgets in education, health and culture in several countries of the region, and the increasing processes of privatization of these strategic areas for development.

    This is a very important milestone, as part of IFLA’s efforts to raise the visibility of access to information and libraries in all 2030 Agenda fora around the world. Just as civil society organisations came together in 2014 to sign the Lyon Declaration, it is welcome to see that there is continued, and broad-based support for these issues. 

    Watch the recording of the side event in YouTube, find out more about IFLA's work on libraries and development, the Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report, and the Library Map of the World SDG Stories.

    *Photo credits: Lucia Abello (Chile)

    IFLA Global Vision: North America collaborates for their big bold ideas

    IFLA - ხუთ, 19/04/2018 - 16:11


    Hot on the heels of our fantastic Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) regional workshop last week, it was North America’s turn to shine as the IFLA Global Vision world tour reached Ottawa, Canada and to a wondrous reception.

    The weather outside may have been frightful, but the atmosphere inside the National Library and Archives Canada, hosts of our second IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshop, was wonderfully warm owing to the great ideas generated over the two highly productive days.

    We need Libraries and Archives more than ever

    We were honoured to hear from Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, Graham Flack, who produced a special moment for all when he endorsed not only the sector but IFLA’s Global Vision goals, saying: 

    We live in an era where false information threatens our democracy. In this era, we need our libraries and archives more than ever”

    Bolstered by these reassuring words, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Guy Berthiaume welcomed the 37 key players from a cross-section of academic and research libraries, public libraries and library associations across United States of America and Canada who were eager to begin. 

    A new style of collaboration

    Something magical happens when the library field comes together. A spirit of collaboration forms, providing fertile ground for rich vibrant discussions and North America seized this opportunity, producing amazing, bold ideas for actions to develop diverse cross-sectoral and cross-regional partnerships.

    This second phase in the IFLA Global Vision journey is about finding fresh, innovative approaches to the challenges and opportunities we face and IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón shared her thoughts on the importance of collaboration in this process:



    “Challenges and opportunities must be analysed together to develop a new style of collaboration, not only among the regions but across the world and in all levels of the library community.

    And judging by the enthusiasm and openness to discuss with each other, North America is already poised to explore diverse opportunities to collaborate!

    A big step forward

    Both Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner were thrilled by the buzz of lively conversation, stories and a collective agreement from North America to make the vision a reality and Gerald Leitner added: 

    With this vibrant workshop of North-American key players we made a big step forward to reach our goal creating the biggest idea store for actions which will inspire the library field and will help IFLA to build a strategy for the future"

    IFLA Global Vision now wings its way to Tunis, Tunisia on 8 – 10 May for the Middle East and North Africa Regional Workshop. We cannot wait to hear what their ideas for actions will be! 

    View all photos from the North American Regional Workshop in our Flickr album.

    Deadlines are approaching!

    IFLA - სამ, 17/04/2018 - 17:37

    A couple of important deadlines are approaching!

    The registration for the 50th MetLib Conference in Belgrade (Serbia), 13-18 May 2018, will be available until April 30th
    Join us for a full immersion in the dynamic world of public libraries of large cities, with international perspectives and local insights. There will be an exciting mix of presentations and library visits, with new ideas that will inspire you. During the conference, you will be part of the jury of the 3rd IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award. It will be fun! There will be social and cultural events, and the unique chance of meeting and exchanging ideas with city library directors and managers from all over the world. Read more here.

    You can win 1,000 euros as a bursary for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur (August 24-30, 2018); you have time until April 28 to win the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award, for the best short film about public libraries in large cities and metropolitan areas. Read the submission rules of A Corto di Libri to participate. Read more here.

    A special screening of the 17 short films which competed for the 2017 Award will be organized in Rome, Italy, at the Biblioteca Ennio Flaiano, on Friday 20 April, 5.30 pm. The address is via Monte Ruggero, 39.  

    The event is organized by Rome City Libraries, in collaboration with the Italian Library Association (AIB), Lazio regional chapter. Giovanna Scatena, author of the 2017 winning film, will be available for a short Q&A.

    Read more here.  


    Accepted Papers for the IFLA 2018 Open Session of Asia and Oceania Section in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    IFLA - სამ, 17/04/2018 - 13:14

    After a long and vigorous review process, the Programme Committee has selected the following papers from around 100 submissions for the IFLA 2018 Open Session of Asia and Oceania Section in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:




    Kristen Linzy; Laura Hosman

    The SolarSPELL Offline Digital Library (Pacific Islands)

    Umida Alimdjanovna Teshabaeva et al

    Uzbek Libraries in the Age of Reforms:Serving Communities, Supporting the Countries Transformation

    Derry Viguna

    Sail Boat and Rail Library

    Donna Lyn G. Labangon; Randolf D. Mariano

    Full STEAM ahead: Empowering and catalyzing creative thinking and social entrepreneurial skills of the community through library makerspace

    Jayshree Mamtora; Prashant Pandey

    Link between Open Access and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals:perspectives from the Asia-Oceania region

    Xiaofang Zhang; Takashi Nagatsuka

    New Styles of “Reading Space” as the Way to expand Public LibraryService in China and Japan


     In addition, the following two papers have been kept in waiting list in case any selected paper presenter is unable to confirm in time.  



    Chommaanad Boonaree

    Community library spaces for promoting reading for pleasure in Thailand

    Nurfarawahidah Badruesham et al

    Transformation through Social Capital Development: A Cross-Cultural Study- Malaysia and Indonesia

    The Programme Committee will contact each successful presenter shortly. Due to the large number of submissions, we are sorry not to be able to inform unsuccessful authors individually. The Committee members wish to thank you for submitting your abstract and encourage you to consider submitting an abstract for a new paper next year for the 2019 IFLA WLIC.

    IFLA sends comments to the Senate of the Republic of Colombia on the copyright reform

    IFLA - სამ, 17/04/2018 - 12:56

    Colombia is now in the process of reforming its copyright law (Ley 23 de 1982). In view of this reform and of the debate at the Comisión Primera of the Honourable Senate of the Republic of Colombia, IFLA submitted written comments and suggestions for specific changes to the Bill.

    For the preparation and submission of comments, IFLA collaborated with the Fundación Conector and had the support of the Colegio Colombiano de Bibliotecología (ASCOLBI).

    Click on the image to access the full document (in Spanish).



    In December 2017, IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón had already sent an open letter to the Colombian Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, welcoming the bill and providing some comments to make it more favourable to libraries and their ursers.

    The letter sent in December 2017 is available here (in Spanish).

    La IFLA envía comentarios al Senado de la República de Colombia para la reforma de derechos de autor

    IFLA - სამ, 17/04/2018 - 12:18

    Colombia está en proceso de reformar su Ley de Propiedad Intelectual (Ley 23 de 1982). En vista de esta reforma y de un debate en la Comisión Primera del Honorable Senado de la República de Colombia, la IFLA ha enviado comentarios y sugerencias de cambios específicos.

    Para la preparación y presentación de estos comentarios, la IFLA contó con la colaboración de la Fundación Conector y el apoyo del Colegio Colombiano de Bibliotecología (ASCOLBI).

    Haga click sobre la imagen para acceder al documento completo.



    En diciembre de 2017, la Presidenta de la IFLA, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, ya envió una primera carta abierta a la Ministra colombiana de Comercio, Industria y Turismo dando la bienvenida a los cambios legislativos e indicando las opciones más favorables a las bibliotecas y a sus usuarios.

    La carta enviada en diciembre 2017 está disponible aquí.

    Minutes from mid-term meeting in Den Haag now available

    IFLA - სამ, 17/04/2018 - 06:35

    The Minutes of the Public Libraries Standing Committee mid-term meeting in Den Haag are now available. The meeting was held over two days before members visited some outstanding libraries and joined with colleagues from across the Netherlands at  Bricks, books and bits the 7th National Public Library Conference. 

    During the mid-term meeting there was a strong focus on the Section's work in standards and guidelines and programs for forthcoming conferences. 

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