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From Vision to Action: Towards the IFLA Strategic Plan 2019-2024

IFLA - პარ, 14/12/2018 - 12:32

IFLA is on a journey. Through the IFLA Global Vision, the library field has come together and started a worldwide conversation about how we can create the future, together.

Thanks to an unprecedented mobilisation over the last two years, we have never been in a better situation to do this. We have seen over 30,000 people share their opinions on the strengths and priorities of libraries from 190 United Nations Member States, and over 8500 ideas submitted to the IFLA Ideas Store.

At the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, we set out our intention to transform these contributions into a strategic plan. This will provide the guidance and framework necessary to move us towards our objective of a united field, supporting libraries worldwide to improve the lives of their users.

At the IFLA Governing Board meetings this week, we have taken further important steps. Board members, representing all library types and regions, explored how we can turn the evidence produced by the Global Vision, as well as key documents shaping the library environment, into a strategic plan.

In early 2019, we will be reaching out to our Professional Units, whose members provide so much of the energy and so many of the ideas that make IFLA what it is.

This will kick off an ongoing consultative process to ensure that the voices of all parts of the global library field are heard, and taken into consideration. When we arrive in Athens for our next World Library and Information Congress, we will not only be launching a strategic plan for IFLA as a whole, but also action plans for our Professional Units. Together, this work will set out a blueprint for a more powerful, more focused IFLA, better able to support libraries provide excellent service to their users.

However, this will by no means be the end of the road. Our goal is to build a strategic plan that not only allows IFLA to grow in its reach and impact, but which provides inspiration for everyone in the field in creating literate, informed and participatory societies.

We’re looking forward to making further announcements about how we can help libraries and library associations worldwide work more closely with IFLA to achieve our common goals.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
IFLA President 2017-2019

Partnerships in the Public Interest: IFLA Submits Initial Comments to UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

IFLA - ოთხ, 12/12/2018 - 17:54

IFLA has prepared an initial response to the consultation launched by the United Nations High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. This highlights the importance of action for access to information, and the need to involve libraries in discussions about the future of the internet.

The development of the internet has been marked by the influence of government, businesses and civil society. Given its global nature, it has also posed challenges to traditional decision-making, given that policies made at the national level can have limited impact on a global network.

This creates difficult questions about the best way to respond to key policy issues, such as ensuring that everyone can get online and use the internet effectively, how to respond to cybercrime, or protect copyright and user rights.

The Internet Governance Forum has provided a valuable space to discuss such issues since 2006. IFLA has taken an active part in this work, promoting the importance of public access through libraries, and showing how library values and experience can help in solving other questions.  

Recognising the value of such discussions, as well as the need for collaboration in actions, the UN Secretary General has set up a High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

Led by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma, this aims to explore the types of cooperation already taking place to address key challenges on the internet, and make recommendations on what more can be done. They have launched a consultation, calling for evidence and input from all stakeholders.

IFLA has submitted initial comments, underlining the importance of partnerships for guaranteeing access to the internet, and giving people skills.

IFLA has also noted the need to ensure that institutions already involved in delivering key policy goals such as literacy, health and innovation should be involved in discussions about the internet, given the need to ensure that access helps improve lives.

You can read IFLA’s initial submission. IFLA will be working, through the FAIFE Committee, to develop a final set of comments on the consultation in the coming weeks. Read more about IFLA's engagement with the Internet Governance Forum.

Making Development Disability-Inclusive: UN Report Highlights IFLA Evidence

IFLA - ოთხ, 12/12/2018 - 13:08

​​A new United Nations report underlines the need for action to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy the same opportunities and possibilities as others. It also highlights good practices, including those adopted by libraries.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda underlines that no-one should be left behind, but this is all too often the case for people with disabilities.

Action, not only by Member States, but also by all stakeholders, including libraries, is therefore necessary if we are to succeed.

This is as much the case for access to information as for anything else. This access can be an important enabler, opening up new economic, social and cultural possibilities, and helping people take better decisions.

At the same time, a lack of access can mean exclusion, and a greater risk of poverty and other problems. Libraries have a mission to support everyone in their communities, and many have a specific duty to users with disabilities.

IFLA has engaged over the past years with the UN on its work on disability-inclusive development, carrying out a survey of libraries around the world. This looked at physical accessibility, provision of accessible resources, and programming aimed to provide specific support.

This work has now fed into the Flagship UN Report on Disability and Development, which cites IFLA statistics, as well as pointing to best practices in libraries in terms of defining policies, ensuring accessibility, and providing materials.  

Nancy Bolt, member of IFLA’s Section on Libraries Serving People with Special Needs, attended the launch in New York, welcoming the inclusion of libraries in the report, and encouraging further engagement with our institutions.

Such efforts of course rely on recognition by, and support from, governments, in order to ensure that libraries are able to deliver. Laws – such as implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in ways that create no unnecessary barriers to access to information – also make a major contribution.

Find out more about the work of IFLA’s Section on Libraries Serving Persons with Special Needs, and about IFLA’s broader work on libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Arte, cultura e información en la perspectiva de la Agenda 2030

IFLA - სამ, 11/12/2018 - 17:34

En los días 24 y 25 de septiembre de 2018 en Río de Janeiro, Brasil, se realizó el 6º Seminario de Información en Arte, con el lema “Arte, cultura e información en la perspectiva de la Agenda 2030”. La presidenta de la IFLA, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, fue la invitada de honor de este evento, organizado por la Red de Bibliotecas y Centros de Información en Arte en el Estado de Río de Janeiro (REDARTE/RJ), con el patrocinio y apoyo del Instituto Cervantes de Río de Janeiro. El seminario fue precedido por una reunión técnica el 22 de septiembre, en el Instituto Cervantes, con el tema “Movimientos asociativos, información en arte y sostenibilidad”. La actuación de la IFLA y el papel fundamental de las bibliotecas en la Agenda 2030 fueron la inspiración para la elección del tema central de estos eventos. 

La reunión técnica contó con la participación especial de Antonio Maura, director del Instituto Cervantes, Denise Maria da Silva Batista, presidenta de la REDARTE/RJ y Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, presidenta de la IFLA, quien habló del trabajo de la IFLA y el papel del bibliotecario en la sociedad y su compromiso con la Agenda 2030. La reunión fue moderada por Isabel Ayres, Secretaria de la Sección de Bibliotecas de Arte de la IFLA, e incluyó presentaciones de Adriana Ferrari, presidenta de la FEBAB, Marcos Miranda, representante del presidente del Consejo Federal de Biblioteconomía, y Alpina Rosa, tesorera de REDARTE/RJ. La audiencia estuvo conformada por autoridades de las áreas de educación, cultura y artes, dirigentes y representantes de bibliotecas, colaboradores, patrocinadores, profesionales del área de las bibliotecas, autores, profesores y estudiantes.

El seminario tuvo como objetivo contribuir en la divulgación y discusión sobre la Agenda 2030 y el rol que juegan las bibliotecas. Fue inaugurado por Luis Prados Covarrubias, Cónsul General de España en Río de Janeiro, Antonio Maura, director del Instituto Cervantes de Río de Janeiro, Gustavo Barreto, asesor de Información del Centro de Información de las Naciones Unidas para Brasil (UNIC Río), Adauto Cândido Soares, coordinador de comunicación e información de la UNESCO en Brasil, y Denise Maria da Silva Batista, presidenta de la REDARTE/RJ.

A continuación, la presidenta de la IFLA ofreció una impactante conferencia de apertura en la cual enfatizó la importancia del papel social de las bibliotecas como motores de transformación social y de los bibliotecarios como incentivadores y multiplicadores de acciones individuales y colectivas que puedan impactar positivamente la sociedad donde actúan y el mundo. El evento incluyó un debate e interesantes presentaciones por representantes de IBICT, IFLA-LAC, REDARTE/RJ, FEBAB, Fundação Biblioteca Nacional (FBN), Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Museos Castro Maya, PPGCI/UFF, Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa y el Sistema de Bibliotecas e Información de la Universidad Federal de Río de Janeiro – SiBi/UFRJ. 

Este proyecto fue realizado gracias a una colaboración de la REDARTE/RJ junto con el Instituto Brasileño de Información en Ciencia y Tecnología (IBICT) y al apoyo y patrocinio del Instituto Cervantes de Río de Janeiro. El evento tuvo como patrocinadores: Instituto Cervantes, Sophia Biblioteca, Proquest, Scansystem y EBSCO, y apoyaron: FEBAB, IBICT, CRB7, SINDIB/RJ, APCIS/RJ, GIDJ/RJ, Contempory y Data Coop.

E4GDH newsletter is now available

IFLA - სამ, 11/12/2018 - 14:43

Our first E4GDH Special Interest Group newsletter is now available. Read highlights from our first 10 months and plans for future activities - and sign up to receive these occasional updates by email.

Art, Culture and Information in the Perspective of the 2030 Agenda

IFLA - სამ, 11/12/2018 - 14:39

On September 24 and 25, 2018, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 6th Art Information Seminar was held, with the theme "Art, culture and information in the perspective of the 2030 Agenda". IFLA President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, was the guest of honor of this event, organized by the Network of Libraries and Art Information Centers in the State of Rio de Janeiro (REDARTE/RJ), with the sponsorship and support of the Cervantes Institute of Rio de Janeiro. The seminar was preceded by a technical meeting on September 22, at the Cervantes Institute, with the theme "Associative movements, information on art and sustainability". IFLA's work on development and the fundamental role of libraries in the 2030 Agenda were the inspiration for choosing the central theme of these events.

The technical meeting had the special participation of Antonio Maura, Director of the Cervantes Institute, Denise Maria da Silva Batista, President of REDARTE/RJ and Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, IFLA President, who spoke about the work of IFLA and the role of librarians in society and their commitment to the 2030 Agenda. The meeting was moderated by Isabel Ayres, Secretary of the Section of Art Libraries of IFLA, and included presentations by Adriana Ferrari, President of FEBAB, Marcos Miranda, representative of the President of the Federal Council of Librarianship; and Alpina Rosa, Treasurer of REDARTE/RJ. The event was attended by authorities from the areas of education, culture and arts, leaders and representatives of libraries, collaborators, sponsors, library professionals, authors, professors and students.

The objective of the seminar was to contribute to the dissemination and discussion of the 2030 Agenda and the role libraries play. It was inaugurated by Luis Prados Covarrubias, General Consul of Spain in Rio de Janeiro, Antonio Maura, Director of the Cervantes Institute of Rio de Janeiro, Gustavo Barreto, Information Advisor of the United Nations Information Center for Brazil (UNIC Rio), Adauto Cândido Soares, Communications and Information Coordinator of UNESCO in Brazil, and Denise Maria da Silva Batista, President of REDARTE/RJ.

Next, the IFLA President offered an impressive opening speech in which she emphasized the importance of the social role of libraries as engines of social transformation and of librarians as enablers and multipliers of individual and collective actions that can positively impact communities where libraries are, and the world. The event included a debate and interesting presentations by representatives of IBICT, IFLA-LAC Section, REDARTE/RJ, FEBAB, Fundação Biblioteca Nacional (FBN), Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Castro Maya Museums, PPGCI/UFF, Fundação Casa de Rui Barbosa and the System of Libraries and Information of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - SiBi/UFRJ.

This project was carried out thanks to a collaboration of REDARTE/RJ together with the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (IBICT) and the support and sponsorship of the Cervantes Institute of Rio de Janeiro. The event had as sponsors: Cervantes Institute, Sophia Library, Proquest, Scansystem and EBSCO, and supported: FEBAB, IBICT, CRB7, SINDIB/RJ, APCIS/RJ, GIDJ/RJ, Contempory and Data Coop.

Partners for Literacy: IFLA Underlines Contribution of Libraries at Global Meeting

IFLA - სამ, 11/12/2018 - 12:31

IFLA representatives played an active role in the Global Alliance for Literacy Policy Forum, a meeting of ministers and senior officials responsible for literacy organised by UNESCO on 13-14 November.

Under the Sustainable Development Goals, the leaders of 193 United Nations Member States committed to promoting literacy for all.

However, there are still large numbers of people lacking such skills around the world. Without them, they are often stuck either in low-paid work or unemployment, and struggle to realise their rights or their potential.

In order to address this, UNESCO established the Global Alliance for Literacy (GAL), bringing together ministers and senior officials, in particular from countries with high shares, or large numbers, of people facing illiteracy.

Finding Solutions With Libraries

IFLA was invited to attend the most recent GAL Policy Forum, held in Mexico City on 13-14 November, in order to share the experience of libraries in tackling these challenges. As UNESCO’s World Report on Knowledge Societies for All underlines,

From mobile library to huge contemporary architectural complex, the library will remain a pillar of the social circulation of knowledge and a factor of vitality for learning networks.

Elsa Ramirez, Director of the library at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Jonathan Hernandez-Perez, a past associate of IFLA’s International Leaders’ Programme, attended on behalf of IFLA. They played an active role, highlighting the need to incorporate libraries in local literacy policies, with school and public libraries playing a particular role.

They shared examples of libraries contributing to literacy, both from Mexico, where indigenous communities, female prisoners and children all benefit, but also from around the world. They highlighted IFLA’s Library Map of the World and SDG Stories, which show how libraries contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda.

A Warm Welcome

Delegates were impressed by the coordinated work of the library associations with IFLA, and suggested that this could provide the inspiration for a upcoming global literacy map with initiatives around the world. This could help recognise national programmes, compare efforts and develop specific policies that contribute to promote literacy in countries where the need for progress is greatest. 

IFLA will continue to work with UNESCO to ensure libraries are seen as essential to effective literacy strategies.

Find out more about IFLA's work on literacy on the pages of our Literacy and Reading Section.

EIFL renews agreement for IMECHE journals

eifl licensing news - ორშ, 10/12/2018 - 18:16

Institutions in 18 EIFL partner countries are eligible to subscribe to the 18-journal collection of titles by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for free or at discounted rates.

The IMechE Journals collection, published by SAGE Publishing and available online on the SAGE Journals platform, includes the 16-part Proceedings of the IMechE, as well as The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design and the International Journal of Engine Research.

New IFLA Standard: IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18 [revised version 2018]

IFLA - ორშ, 10/12/2018 - 15:02

The Committee on Standards is please to announce the publication of the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18 / revised version 2018, which was endorsed by the IFLA Professional Committee in August 2018.

The IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section (C&YA Section) have undertaken this revision of the Guidelines for Children's Libraries Services, last published in 2003, to represent good practice in library services for children. 

These Guidelines promote and encourage the development of effective library services for children of all abilities by giving guidance to the international library community about children's needs and rights on information, literacy and reading. The intention is to help public libraries implement high quality children's services in the digital age and recognising the changing role of the library in modern society. The IFLA Global Vision discussion shows that libraries are deeply committed to core roles in supporting literacy, learning and reading and are focused on our communities. Quality of education and universal literacy is recognised in the vision for the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The revised Guidelines provide up to date knowledge and professional insight for those who strategically plan or deliver children's library services and programmes. They are aimed at practicing librarians, library staff, library managers and administrators and the students and lecturers in library and information studies faculties. The Guidelines can help to inform decision makers and those involved in developing policies. The information will also benefit non-government organisations (NGOs) who support literacy and reading programs for children and their families.

Rights at the Library: IFLA Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

IFLA - ორშ, 10/12/2018 - 04:00

70 years ago today, United Nations Member States signed up to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In doing so, they established a set of principles that underpin any sustainable and successful society. In statements released today, IFLA’s Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, and President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, underlined the work of libraries in ensuring that all can benefit.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a powerfully symbolic document for libraries.

It sets out, clearly, the right of everyone to ‘seek, receive and impart information and ideas, through any medium’.

Its other articles – concerning education, privacy and participation in cultural life – are no less important. They underline that the missions of libraries are closely aligned with the principles of fair, just, and inclusive societies.

As IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner sets out, today, in a message, ‘there are few other institutions who can claim to be delivering on so many rights, for so many people, in so many places’.

Read the rest of Secretary General Gerald Leitner's message

Celebrating and Reflecting

The principles set out in the Declaration are clearly ideals – progress is possible in every society. Libraries, as key community actors, have a duty to act.

IFLA’s President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón has made the following statement, underlining this role:

​“Happy Human Rights Day!

I believe that libraries have a unique relationship with human rights. We depend on them in order to fulfil our missions. Without protections against discrimination or censorship, without freedom of speech, libraries cannot do their jobs.

But in turn, we can give so much back. We make a reality of the rights to education, to participate in cultural life, to benefit from scientific progress. We defend privacy through our own actions and the training we give our users.

And we bring valuable skills and knowledge to critical decision-making around difficult questions such as the right to be forgotten, or how to handle controversial content.

This work isn’t always easy. But we are a profession based on values, based on a belief that we can improve the lives of our users. We are there to build informed, literate, and participatory societies. We are the motors of change!

And so I believe that we can – that we must – do this.

So I hope that you will join with me, not just in celebrating today, but in thinking about what more we can do tomorrow and every day.

Thank you”

Find out more about IFLA’s plans for Human Rights Day 2018, and read about what libraries and library associations are doing around the world. You can also download and use our poster, and read IFLA’s blogs over the last seven days, which highlighting key articles.

Revised Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18 years published

IFLA - პარ, 07/12/2018 - 19:24

We are proud to announce that our revised Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18 are now available.

After a lengthy survey process, carried out by Dr. Carolynn Rankin from Leeds-Beckett-University (UK), the revised version of the guidelines was presented during the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) at Kuala Lumpur in August 2018.

We hope that they will be useful and, dynamic, and will also give guidance to the international library community about children's needs and rights on information, literacy, and reading.

LIBER Open Access Working Group: Statement on Plan S Guidelines

LIBER news - ხუთ, 06/12/2018 - 16:10

The recently published guidance for the implementation of Plan S offers welcome new details on how full and immediate Open Access to research publications would be achieved under this new initiative. As LIBER stated in September, when Plan S was first announced, we fully support the ambitions of Plan S. It aligns with LIBER’s 2018-2022 Strategy — specifically our…

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Webinar Video & Audio: Reproducibility Librarianship in Practice

LIBER news - ხუთ, 06/12/2018 - 11:17

Librarians are already engaged with research data management, open access publishing, grant compliance, pre-registration. In this webinar, organised by LIBER’s Research Data Management Working Group, speaker Vicky Steeves says it’s time we as a profession add reproducibility to that repertoire. The webinar was recorded and can now be viewed on YouTube. An audio recording is on Soundcloud and…

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Work continues at the World Intellectual Property Organization: a week of #Copyright4Libraries

IFLA - ოთხ, 05/12/2018 - 13:38

Last week, IFLA attended the 37th meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). This is the primary international forum for governments to discuss copyright, and in particular limitations and exceptions to copyright for libraries.

It is a place where major change is possible. Among other things, WIPO has the competence to adopt international instruments, and the Marrakesh Treaty is the most recent example with an impact on the work of libraries. For more information, see our “Get into WIPO” guide.

IFLA has engaged at WIPO over a number of years to raise awareness and promote progress on the rules that allow libraries to do their job in a globalised, digital world. In line with a mandate given by WIPO’s General Assembly in 2012, IFLA supports the development of a legal instrument that will help harmonise and update copyright legislation for libraries globally.

IFLA keeps insisting on the need of an international instrument that harmonises and updates legislation on the topic of copyright for libraries around the world and is engaging to make sure that the action plans will lead to consensus on that solution.

Libraries on the Agenda

At the previous meeting of the SCCR, Member States successfully adopted action plans on libraries, as well as archives, museums and educational and research organisations. Last week’s meeting therefore focused on proposed studies on how copyright laws affect the work of our institutions.

After opening statements where Member States underlined their support for the work of libraries, the Committee heard how Professor Kenneth Crews, author of several WIPO studies, plans to develop a ‘typology’ of copyright exceptions. This promises to allow exciting new possibilities to reflect on and compare laws in place, and identify areas of convergence and divergence. It will also be a powerful resource for library advocacy around the world.

In parallel, IFLA engaged closely with delegates to encourage them to use upcoming regional meetings – another element of the agreed action plans – effectively. These meetings will offer an opportunity to hear the experiences of librarians on the ground who have to deal with uneven, and often outdated copyright laws.

With strong similarities in the way copyright laws affect all cultural heritage institutions, libraries are often discussed alongside archives and museums. IFLA therefore also participated in discussions on a study on museums. We look forward to further information from Professor Crews, as well as a report on archives, at the next meeting in April 2019.

You can download IFLA’s general statement on exceptions and limitations.  

A Wider Perspective

While IFLA focuses its efforts on questions around exceptions and limitations to copyright, the Committee itself has a longer agenda.

This includes a draft treaty for broadcasting organisations. While there appears to be some progress on this dossier, it remains controversial. Without proper exceptions and limitations to copyright, it could seriously complicate the work of libraries holding audiovisual collections. See IFLA’s brief on the proposed broadcasting treaty for more, and our statement at SCCR on the topic.

There were also discussions about a possible study on the distribution of revenues from digital music services (among others, the question behind reforms in the European Union which have threatened the rules that allow libraries to manage institutional or open educational resource repositories). This work may, potentially, be extended to literary works in future, which would create valuable new evidence. IFLA also made a statement on the topic during SCCR.

What’s next

IFLA will keep engaging with its members and Member States to ensure that the regional seminars create an adequate forum of discussion that helps us advance on the matter. These efforts will lead up to an international conference in October 2019, where Member States will discuss how best to deliver progress for libraries and others.

Once again, IFLA was lucky to collaborate with many partner organisations that are joining efforts to ensure the best results at WIPO. We also wish to thank the many library associations who followed our call for action and who tweeted using #Copyright4Libraries ahead and during SCCR/37. As a follow up, we will soon release a list of quotes of what Member States said about libraries.  

The sessions can be watched through the WIPO web stream.

Delivering the Promise: IFLA Secretary General Urges Support for Copyright Reforms that Benefit South African Libraries, Users

IFLA - ოთხ, 05/12/2018 - 13:10

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner has written a letter to key South African ministers and parliamentarians, urging them to take the final steps necessary to approve a copyright reform that will be good for libraries and good for their users. People with print disabilities will benefit particularly from the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty that the reforms enable. 

It has been forty years since the last major update of South Africa's copryight reform. While the country has seen many changes in the meanwhile, copyright laws have stood still, creating an increasing barrier to libraries in their work to support users in a digital age. 

A bill introduced five years ago has made slow progress, but seen a number of improvements along the way. Libraries have been particular closely engaged, ensuring that the opportunity is taken to do better for the country's learners, researchers and readers.

Following a positive vote in the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, it remains for the South African Parliament as a whole to approve the bill.

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner has therefore written to key Ministers and Parliamentarians in order to encourage them to take the final step, and not to pay heed to arguments that create confusion and doubt. 

The letter is below, addressed to Dr Rob Davies, Minister for Trade and Industry: 


Dear Dr Davies,

I am writing to you as Secretary-General of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Our organisation represents over 2.3 million libraries worldwide, serving over a billion users. We are proud to count South African associations and institutions amongst our membership.

We have followed closely the copyright reforms in South Africa, which promise to deliver long-overdue change in the laws for library activities. From early in the process, provisions on exceptions and limitations have been central to the proposals, and the library community has duly looked to support law makers in creating a law that would best promote education, innovation, research and creativity.

We wanted therefore to welcome the vote by the Portfolio Committee, which makes important progress towards a law that will empower South Africa’s libraries, and in doing so, drive development. If agreed in its current form, it will set a fine example to Africa and the world.

I am aware that the discussions have been intense. It is crucial to remember that libraries are founded on the principle of balance. They spend $30bn globally per year on buying books, supporting rightholders, and then provide access to users in a way that ensures the students and readers of today can become the innovators and creators of tomorrow.

They benefit from rules that adapt to technological change, and offer greater certainty to librarians as they offer help to users. The version of the bill agreed by the Committee would do this.

What it would not do is lead to unreasonable prejudice to the interests of rightholders. Libraries will not be able to take copies of entire in-commerce books and make them available, despite claims to the contrary. Rather, they will continue to buy works, and so support authors and publishers. 

Furthermore, suggestions that the current reforms would be in contravention with the Berne Convention, and would make South Africa unable to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty have been clearly dismissed, and serve only to create confusion and doubt.

What is certain is that South Africa is only a few steps away from passing a law that will demonstrate the country’s regional leadership, and help the country achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Yours sincerely,

Find out more about IFLA's work on limitations and exceptions to copyright for libraries.

Webinar: Finding the evidence for global and disaster health

IFLA - სამ, 04/12/2018 - 14:30

Caroline De Brun (Knowledge and Evidence Specialist, Public Health England) and Isla Kuhn (Medical Librarian, University of Cambridge Medical Library) presented our first webinar. The recording and slides are now available.

This was run in partnership with Evidence Aid as part of Humanitarian Evidence Week 2018, promoting a more evidence-based approach to natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. 

Subtitles / closed captions are available - click on Settings then Subtitles/CC and select 'English (United Kingdom)'.

IFLAPARL's latest Action Plan and most recent Annual Report are now available

IFLA - ორშ, 03/12/2018 - 18:45

The Section’s latest Annual Report, for 2017-2018, is now available here and its new Action Plan for 2018/19 can be found here.


Memories of Wolfgang Dietz and Gerhard Hahn

IFLA - ორშ, 03/12/2018 - 18:34

The article was written by Dr Russell Cope, Parliamentary Librarian at the Parliament of New South Wales from 1962 until 1993.

Please click here to read the article.

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