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IFLA Green Library Award 2019 Winners Announced

IFLA - კვი, 09/06/2019 - 16:11

IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) is pleased to announce the winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2019. The IFLA Green Library Award was established in 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter Publishing. The award is 500 Euros for the first place winner.

  • to reward the best Green Library submission that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability;

  • to create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education.

To ENSULIB’s great delight, 34 submissions were received from around the world, including Austria (Assling and Sitzenberg-Reidling), Botswana, Bulgaria (Bratanitsa village, Burgas, Haskovo, Shumen, and Trud), Colombia (Bogotá, Cali, and Medellín), Egypt, France/Reunion, Hungary, India, Iran (Kermanshah, Rasht, and Tehran), Ireland, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa (Johannesburg and Pretoria), USA (MA, Athol and NY, New York)

When the call for reviewers went out, 18 people stepped up to help with the process. The reviewers were as diverse as those who submitted. Coming from Australia, Danmark, Finland, France, Galapagos, India, Iran, Italy, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and United States of America. They were a blend of LIS students, library professionals (from public and academic libraries) and an architect as well.

Press Release

See full details about this year's award in the Press Release: [English – PDF]

The award will be presented at the 2019 World Library and Information Congress in Athens, Greece, Session 156: ENSULIB's Open Session and Special Presentation of Awards

Winner of the 4th IFLA Green Library Award 2019

Colombia, Cali, Biblioteca Pública Municipal Daniel Guillard: “Gaia- En mi biblioteca la tierra también es de todos”

The reviewers outlined: This initiative involves all ages and all the community in generating awareness on sustainability and green practice with visible impact. Thus, the library has innovative projects for all ages, from babies to seniors, including vulnerable people, and these projects combine information literacy, eco-literacy and reading. The library is focused on empowering their community that faces many social and economic problems to help rebuild the neighbourhood to make it eco-friendlier, while also improving social and economic conditions – without great economic means. More..

Five Runners Up

Hungary, Kiskunfélegyháza: Sándor Petöfi Town Library’s Green Road in Art-Relic's Environment”


This initiative covered many of the different areas and the library is doing significant work at a level that is appropriate to their community and resources. The library has settled many projects from architectural initiatives to librarians’ participation and several activities are offered also to stakeholders. Thus, the library has been remodelled to bring it closer to environmental standards and various projects have been offered to librarians, stakeholders and users. The library has also created an Eco-Work Team to plan and coordinate future work. More..


Ireland, Cork: University College Cork Library - “Love Our Library”


For this project, the University College Cork Library receives a special recognition of excellence! The Boole Library at University College Cork has made real and provable “green” changes to their organisation, i.e., sparked real changes in the behaviour of people using and working in the library – over 1 0000 students signed a pledge to support the changes at the very beginning. Thus, this initiative offered practical solutions to pervasive waste problems and generating a major impact that can be scaled and shared by libraries around the world. The library has developed an excellent road map for other organizations to follow. An additional feature of the project is its strong and consistent communications strategy that keeps all stakeholders updated and involved. More..


France, ReunionMedia Library of Saint‐Joseph – Reunion Island”

An excellent example of sustainable architectural design: an innovatively designed bioclimatic building in a tropical environment that is open to the elements and mirrors the local lifestyle. Thus, this initiative consisted on an amazing sustainable building that transcends the notion of inside/outside and has nature and green practice at the heart of all their efforts. At the same time, the architecture combines traditional architecture, the functionality of modern architecture and the incorporation of important sustainable and environmental measures. More..


Slovenia, Ljubljana: “Šentvid Library - the Green Library, Ljubljana City Library


This initiative included environmental management and social engagement: green library building; green collections, etc. Thus, the library covers all of the areas of green libraries in their activities and in their building. The library presents a large range of regular projects that invite the whole community to examine and understand the importance of conserving natural resources and the respect of the natural environment. In addition, the projects help people to understand the importance of acting as environmentally responsible citizens. One reviewer said: “I was impressed by their connections to the local community in developing environmental programming for all ages, staff also follow green practices in their work and in the maintenance/cleaning of the building.” More..


USA, New York, New York: “Sustainability Initiative of the New York Library Association


This initiative’s strengths are relevance, visibility and global impressiveness on going green as it brings out the emphasis of green libraries as practical contributors to environmental sustainability. The initiative showed also political courage. Many aspects of the project will serve many libraries and can be emulated by many libraries Sustainability Initiative of the New York Library Association. More..

WLIC 2019, Session 259: Library Love Stories

IFLA - პარ, 07/06/2019 - 23:15

Thu., 29 August 2019, 10:45 - 12:45 at Lambrakis

Have you ever fallen in love in a library - whether it be with the building, with the books and stories within, with the thrill of the eternal quest for information, or with the other people you meet? Can a place of culture, knowledge and information be a place of passion? 

This 2-hour session will explore this theme from a range of different angles - from the ways that libraries can tap into ideas of love and passion as a way of celebrating libraries, to representations and reinterpretations of traditional love stories, to managing relationships whilst maintaining professional conduct, and more!

Last year’s session on Librarian Fashion was a hit at the IFLA congress in Kuala Lumpur, and this year is looking to be yet another entertaining, sometimes-surprising session that will explore this topic that, on one level, sounds like a fun theme, but as human relationships can be complicated, we also want to address these topics professionally and respectfully.

More announcements on keynote speakers and presentations will be revealed as we come closer to the day!

LIBER’s First Annual Report is Here!

LIBER news - ოთხ, 05/06/2019 - 17:46

We are delighted to share our first ever Annual Report. Presented inside are our activities, progress and achievements for the period June 2018 to May 2019. In this period, our network grew to represent 451 Participants in 39 countries. Together we worked to introduce critical improvements for libraries to Europe’s new copyright legislation, to publish…

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Reunión de la Presidenta de la IFLA 2019: Nuevas perspectivas, nuevas posibilidades y un llamado a la acción para las bibliotecas como motores de cambio

IFLA - სამ, 04/06/2019 - 16:59

Con la aprobación de la Agenda 2030 de las Naciones Unidas para 2015, los gobiernos subrayaron la importancia del acceso a la información como motor del desarrollo. La Reunión de la Presidenta de la IFLA de 2019, celebrada en Buenos Aires, Argentina, el 23 de mayo, exploró cómo las bibliotecas, como garantes de este acceso, pueden ser motores de cambio, y fue un llamado a la acción para todos los participantes, en persona y en línea.

La información nunca ha desempeñado un papel tan importante en nuestras sociedades. Aquellos que tienen acceso y las habilidades para utilizarlo son capaces de aprovechar las oportunidades, tomar mejores decisiones e innovar. Los que no se arriesgan a quedarse atrás.

Las bibliotecas tienen un papel esencial para evitar que esto suceda, asegurando el acceso a la información para todos. La Reunión de la Presidenta de la IFLA, la segunda del mandato de Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Presidenta de la IFLA 2017-2019, compartió ejemplos de cómo las bibliotecas logran esto, y las cuestiones clave a las que se enfrentan al hacerlo, bajo el título Motores de Cambio: Bibliotecas y Desarrollo Sostenible.

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón inauguró el acto, subrayando:

Para cambiar las actitudes y acciones de otros necesitamos ser inteligentes. Entender los problemas que enfrentan nuestras instituciones, los que enfrentan las comunidades a las que servimos. Cambiar nuestras propias mentalidades, y tener confianza en nuestras apreciaciones, ser innovadores en nuestra planificación y estar unidos en nuestra acción. Y explicar esto en un lenguaje que los responsables de la toma de decisiones entiendan.

El Secretario General de la IFLA, Gerald Leitner, supervisó el programa. Dando la bienvenida a los participantes, señaló que:

Esta reunión llega en un momento de cambio en la propia IFLA, cuando buscamos construir un sector bibliotecario más fuerte y unido. Mejor capacidad para servir a los usuarios con necesidades cambiantes, en un mundo cambiante. Mayor capacidad para apoyar la búsqueda de soluciones a los desafíos globales. Más capaz no sólo de sobrevivir, sino de prosperar en el futuro.

Más verde, más justo y mejor informado

En la sesión de apertura, el Coordinador Residente de las Naciones Unidas en Argentina, René Mauricio Valdés, compartió sus puntos de vista sobre la Agenda 2030 de las Naciones Unidas y la urgencia de acelerar los esfuerzos para lograrla. Señaló el papel que las bibliotecas podrían desempeñar en el cambio de comportamientos y en la sensibilización sobre los ODS.

El profesor Tim Unwin, uno de los autores invitados del Informe Desarrollo y Acceso a la Información de 2019, subrayó que, paralelamente a los esfuerzos para asegurar el crecimiento y la sostenibilidad a nivel macro, era vital pensar en la igualdad. De hecho, esto a menudo se pasaba por alto, pero era fundamental para conseguir el mundo que deseamos para el 2030. Las bibliotecas, subrayó, podrían ser campeonas de esto ayudando a superar las brechas digitales y de información.

Por último, IFLA y el Grupo de Tecnología y Cambio Social de la Universidad de Washington presentaron el informe Desarrollo y Acceso a la Información (DA2I) de 2019, haciendo hincapié tanto en la necesidad de avanzar en las distintas áreas de políticas como en la ayuda que las bibliotecas podrían proporcionar en este sentido. Lea más sobre el DA2I en nuestro anuncio.

De lo global a lo local

En tres paneles por la tarde, la audiencia escuchó a todos los demás autores invitados del informe DA2I, así como a otros expertos de la región.

El primer panel, moderado por Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Presidenta de la IFLA, se centró en el ámbito global. Karl Falkenberg, ex Director General de Medio Ambiente de la Comisión Europea, expuso cómo los flujos globales de información han ayudado a los responsables políticos a comprender las cuestiones relacionadas con el cambio climático. Sin embargo, para ir más lejos, es vital que la información viaje a través de las disciplinas.

Patricia Muñoz, ex presidenta de La Referencia, subrayó que América Latina es líder en la difusión de la investigación, dando pasos importantes hacia el acceso abierto a toda la investigación. Wouter Schallier, Jefe de la Biblioteca de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe de las Naciones Unidas, subrayó la necesidad de adoptar nuevas medidas para favorecer el intercambio de información.

La Presidenta electa de la IFLA, Christine Mackenzie, moderó el segundo panel, que se centró en el ámbito nacional. La Dra. Katarina Popovic, Secretaria General del Consejo Internacional de Educación de Adultos, se centró en la necesidad de dar a todos la oportunidad de desarrollar nuevas habilidades a lo largo de la vida. Las bibliotecas ayudan tanto al proporcionar información sobre oportunidades, como al proporcionar un espacio amigable y acogedor para que las personas aprendan de manera efectiva.

Stefania Lapolla Cantoni señaló que el acceso a la información también es importante para preparar a las personas para las ofertas de trabajo. Convinieron en que, si bien las tecnologías digitales podían resolver muchos problemas, estaba más claro que nunca que el apoyo y los espacios proporcionados por las bibliotecas seguían siendo esenciales para lograr un cambio en el mundo real. Finalmente, Jeimy Hernández, del CERLALC, compartió su experiencia de cómo las bibliotecas están marcando la diferencia en la vida de los colombianos.

Un último panel, moderado por Stephen Wyber de IFLA, se centró en la relación entre el acceso a la información y el gobierno. Fabiola Rosales, de la Biblioteca de la Cámara de Diputados de México, subrayó el compromiso de su biblioteca de apoyar el acceso a la información gubernamental, como condición previa para la rendición de cuentas y un mejor desempeño.

Guilherme Canela, de la oficina de la UNESCO en Montevideo, a su vez, planteó la necesidad de trabajar con los ciudadanos para asegurar que se apropien de su derecho a la información y la utilicen. Por último, Dorothy Gordon, autora del DA2I, advirtió que, además del impacto de la información en la forma en que somos gobernados, también necesitamos pensar en la forma en que los gobiernos influyen en la información que la gente ve, por ejemplo, a través de la regulación de Internet.

Un llamado a la acción

Para cerrar la tarde, el Secretario General de la IFLA, Gerald Leitner, pidió a los participantes que continuaran con el espíritu de la reunión manteniendo sus mentes abiertas, que siguieran hablando, que siguieran aprendiendo, que siguieran abogando por las bibliotecas y que siguieran trabajando juntos. Esto será clave para el trabajo en curso de la IFLA de crear un sector bibliotecario fuerte y unido.

​Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Presidenta de la IFLA, pronunció las palabras finales, alentando a todos los participantes, tanto en la sala como en línea, a salir a difundir el mensaje de que "la información no debe ser un divisor, sino un puente". A su vez, las bibliotecas no deben considerarse como un coste, sino como una inversión. No como algo del pasado, sino como un socio esencial para cualquier país que se tome en serio la consecución de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible".

La IFLA agradece a la Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación Argentina por su indispensable ayuda en la organización del evento. También estamos muy agradecidos a nuestros socios por su apoyo. La lista completa de socios está disponible en el sitio web de la Reunión de la Presidenta. 

La Reunión de la Presidenta 2019 fue transmitida en vivo y pronto estará disponible una grabación completa del evento. Consulte el canal de la Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación en YouTube. Un álbum de fotos está disponible en la cuenta de Flickr de la IFLA.

Primeros pasos hacia Estrategias para Fortalecer las Bibliotecas en América Latina y el Caribe

IFLA - სამ, 04/06/2019 - 16:02

Representantes de bibliotecas de 28 países de América Latina y el Caribe se reunieron el 24 de mayo en Buenos Aires para dar el primer paso en una nueva fase del trabajo de la IFLA para construir un sector bibliotecario más fuerte y más unido.

Desde 2017, el debate sobre la Visión Global de la IFLA ha dado respuesta a la necesidad de garantizar que las bibliotecas no sólo sobrevivan, sino que prosperen en un mundo cambiante.

Al unir el sector bibliotecario a través de una conversación sin precedentes por su amplitud e inclusión, más que nunca los trabajadores de las bibliotecas y de la información han compartido sus puntos de vista y sus ideas. El resultado de esto ha sido el panorama más completo de los retos y oportunidades a los que se enfrentan las bibliotecas, y miles de ideas sobre cómo se puede mejorar.

Para completar el proceso, la IFLA ha puesto en marcha una serie de talleres regionales con el objetivo de promover una planificación estratégica coordinada y alineada en todos los niveles del ámbito de las bibliotecas.

La Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de la Argentina, sede de la Oficina Regional de la IFLA para América Latina y el Caribe, fue la anfitriona de la primera de ellas, que reunió a presidentes de asociaciones nacionales de bibliotecas y bibliotecarios, directores de bibliotecas nacionales y otros representantes de alto nivel de 28 países de la región.

​Centrándose en particular en la importancia de los esfuerzos de promoción y defensa que involucran a todos los miembros del sector, los participantes compartieron ideas sobre cómo podemos hacer que se escuchen mejor nuestras voces y garantizar el reconocimiento y el apoyo a la contribución de nuestro sector al desarrollo. Desde el nivel global hasta el local, quedó claro que existe un gran potencial para trabajar en colaboración con el fin de trabajar de manera eficaz.

El Secretario General de la IFLA, Gerald Leitner, alentó a todos los presentes a llevar el mensaje a sus países de la necesidad de pasar de la visión a la estrategia y a la acción. No sólo los presentes en la reunión, sino todos los que trabajan en bibliotecas y se preocupan por ellas, deben comprender que ellos también son la IFLA y que tienen un papel que desempeñar en la construcción de un sector bibliotecario más fuerte y unido que impulse a sociedades alfabetizadas, informadas y participativas.

Conozca más sobre la discusión de la Visión Global de la IFLA.

First Steps Towards Strategies for Stronger Libraries in Latin America and the Caribbean

IFLA - სამ, 04/06/2019 - 11:11

Library representatives from 28 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean came together on 24 May in Buenos Aires for the first step in a new phase in IFLA’s work to build a stronger and more united library field.

Since 2017, IFLA’s Global Vision discussion has provided a response to the need to ensure that libraries do not just survive, but thrive in a changing world.

By bringing the library field together through an conversation unprecedented in its breadth and inclusiveness, more library and information workers than ever before have shared their views and their ideas. The result of this has been the most complete ever overview of the challenges and opportunities facing libraries, and thousands of ideas for how to do things better.

In order to complete the process, IFLA has launched a series of regional workshops, with the goal of promoting coordinated and aligned strategic planning at all levels of the library field.

The Library of the National Congress of Argentina, host of IFLA’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, provided the venue for the first of these, which brought together presidents of national library associations, national librarians and other senior representatives from 28 countries across the region.

​Focusing in particular on the importance of advocacy efforts that engage all members of the field, participants shared ideas for how we can better make our voices heard, and ensure recognition and support for our sector’s contribution to development. From the global to the local level, it was clear that there is strong potential to work collaboratively in order to work effectively.

IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner encouraged all present to take the message back to their home countries that now was the time to move from vision to strategy to action. Not just those present at the meeting, but all who work in and care about libraries should understand that they are IFLA, and have their part to play in building a stronger and more united library field powering literate, informed and participatory societies.

Find out more about IFLA's Global Vision discussion.

Placing Libraries at the Heart of Connectivity Strategies

IFLA - სამ, 04/06/2019 - 11:09

IFLA has submitted comments on two sets of plans to boost internet access in Africa, underlining the importance of including libraries. By doing this, governments not only support affordable internet access, but open up possibilities to develop digital skills and give people a safe place to get online.  

Public internet access in libraries plays an important part in any broader digital strategy. As well as providing a place where people who need to can get online at no cost, they are key centres for developing the skills, knowledge and confidence to make the most of the internet.

They can also complement home access, especially for those who do not have access to the right devices, who do not feel confident, or who simply prefer to go online in company.

Both in countries which already have high levels of connectivity, and those where only a minority are online, connecting and enabling libraries can represent an important part of efforts to achieve digital goals.

Two recent consultations have offered an opportunity to underline this point.

The European Union-Africa Digital Economy Taskforce, in its draft report, places an emphasis on movement towards universal connectivity and education. It recognises that the potential of eCommerce can only be realised if more people are online and able to realise the potential of the internet.

Meanwhile, Somalia’s Information and Communications Technology Policy and Strategy looks to bring online a country which currently only has 10% of its population online. It also underlines the need for universal access and skills.

IFLA’s responses highlight the potential of libraries both as a stepping stone towards, and a complement to home access. They are a cost effective way of brining more people online quickly, reversing the deceleration in the rate of new connections. They are also ideal venues for people of all ages to come and learn about how to make the most of the internet.

Read more in IFLA’s Public Access Policy Toolkit

Justice, Good Governance and Libraries: IFLA Participates in United Nations Expert Meeting on SDG16

IFLA - ორშ, 03/06/2019 - 16:42

​UN Member States, agencies and civil society representatives met in Rome on 27-29 May to discuss progress towards building peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG16). IFLA participated, highlighting the fundamental role of libraries and access to information in achieving success for all.

When UN Member States meet in New York in July, and again in September in order to discuss the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG16) will be on the agenda.

This is not just because this SDG is in focus this year, but also because success in this area is essential in order to achieve development in other fields. A key target under SDG16 is Access to Information.

In preparation for the meetings later this year, governments, UN agencies and civil society representatives participated in an expert meeting in Rome on 27-29 May 2019. This aimed to assess progress, identify priorities for action, and explore approaches which could help accelerate positive change.

IFLA attended, both alongside UN agencies in a pitching session, and from the floor during other parts of the event.

Access to Information: Essential for Success

Drawing on the 2019 Development and Access to Information report, IFLA underlined that equitable and meaningful access to information was an essential condition for achieving other parts of SDG16.

For example, people cannot enforce their rights if they do not know what these are. Libraries providing access to legal information can help ensure that no-one is left out.

Libraries can also help ensure that people are able to take advantage of open government programmes. Through offering support, helping to design interfaces, and simply raising awareness, they can complement the efforts of central and local governments.

There was a warm welcome for the work libraries do from other participants, as well as recognition of the role they play.

IFLA looks forward to the High Level Political Forum in order to share more, and further build understanding and support for libraries globally.

Read the Development and Access to Information report 2019. Read the text of IFLA's intervention, and IFLA's proposals in the official summary of tools and approaches to delivering SDG16.

Ethics checklist for discussion in Athens

IFLA - ორშ, 03/06/2019 - 15:06
The project on ethics which began in 2016 has reached its final stage, with the draft ready for discussion in Athens. The project is introduced and the latest draft checklists are linked on this page of the IFLAPARL website: https://www.ifla.org/node/61910.    The draft is the outcome of many contributions over the years, by members of the working group, the Standing Committee, and by the wider IFLAPARL community. As chair of the working group I thank everyone who has helped - but if there are flaws, errors or omissions, they are my responsibility.   Please feel free to ask questions, make suggestions and comment to me before Athens - my email is: iain.watt.iflaparl@use.startmail.com.    Best regards, Iain Watt

Updates to the National Bibliographic Register

IFLA - ორშ, 03/06/2019 - 01:41

The National Bibliographic Register profiles have recently been updated for:

  • La Bibliografía colombiana (National Library of Colombia)
  • The National Bibliography of Latvia

  • The Lithuanian National Bibliography

  • The Swedish National Bibliography

Updates are welcome at any time!

Myanmar Education Research and Learning Portal

EIFL news and events - პარ, 31/05/2019 - 10:50

Free and open access to research in Myanmar will grow dramatically as a result of an exciting new project that will establish a national portal for journal articles, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings and other research output from Myanmar universities.

IFLA President’s Meeting 2019: New Perspectives, New Possibilities and a Call to Action for Libraries as Motors of Change

IFLA - პარ, 31/05/2019 - 10:42

With the agreement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda in 2015, the world’s governments underlined the importance of access to information as a driver of development. The 2019 IFLA President’s Meeting, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 23 May, explored how libraries, as guarantors of this access, can be motors of change, and saw a call to action to all participating, in person and online.

Information has never played a more important role in our societies. Those who have access and the skills to use it are able to take seize opportunities, take better decisions and innovate. Those without risk being left behind.

Libraries have an essential role in preventing this from happening, ensuring access to information for all. IFLA’s President’s Meeting, the second of the term of IFLA’s President 2017-19, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, shared examples of how libraries achieve this, and the key issues they face in doing so, under the title Motors of Change: Libraries and Sustainable Development.

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón opened the event, underlining:

To change the attitudes and actions of others we need to be smart. To understand the issues that our institutions face, that the communities we serve face. To change our own mindsets, and to be confident in our assessments, innovative in our planning, and united in our action. And to explain this in a language that decision-makers understand.

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner oversaw the programme. Welcoming participants to the day, he noted that:

This meeting comes in a time of change in IFLA itself, as we look to build a stronger, more united library field. Better able to serve users with changing needs, in a changing world. Better able to support the search for solutions to global challenges. Better able not only to survive, but to thrive into the future.

Greener, Fairer, Better Informed

In an opening session, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Argentina, René Mauricio Valdes, shared insights into the UN 2030 Agenda, and the urgency to accelerate efforts to achieve it. He noted the role that libraries could play in changing behaviours and raising awareness of the SDGs.

Professor Tim Unwin, one of the guest authors of the 2019 Development and Access to Information report stressed that in parallel with efforts to ensure growth and sustainability at the macro level, it was vital to think about equality. Indeed, this was often overlooked, but was critical in order to deliver a desirable world by 2030. Libraries, he underlined, could be champions of this by helping to bridge digital and information divides.

Finally, IFLA and the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington presented the 2019 Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report, stressing both the need for progress across policy areas, and the help that libraries could provide in this regard. Read more about the DA2I in our news story.

From the Global to the Local

In three panels in the afternoon, the audience heard from all of the other guest authors from the DA2I report, as well as other expert speakers from the region.

The first panel, chaired by IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, focused on the global level. Karl Falkenberg, former Director General for Environment at the European Commission, set out how global information flows had helped policy makers to understand the issues around climate change. Yet to go further, it was vital that information travelled across disciplines.

Patricia Munoz, former president of La Referencia underlined that Latin America was a leader in making research available, taking major steps towards open access to all research. Wouter Schallier, Head of the Library at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, underlined the need for further action to favour sharing of information.

IFLA President-elect Christine Mackenzie chaired the second panel, which looked at the domestic level. Dr Katarina Popovic, Secretary-General of the International Council on Adult Education focused on the need to give everyone the opportunity to develop new skills throughout life. Libraries helped both by providing information about opportunities, and through providing a friendly and welcoming space for people to learn effectively.

Stefania Lapolla Cantoni noted that access to information was also important in matching people to job openings. They agreed that while digital technologies could solve many issues, it was clearer than ever that the support and spaces provided by libraries were still essential to achieve real world change. Finally, Jeimy Hernandez of CERLALC shared experience of how libraries were making a difference to lives in Colombia.

A final panel, moderated by Stephen Wyber of IFLA, focused on the relation between access to information and government. Fabiola Rosales of the Library of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies underlined the commitment of her library to supporting access to government information, as a precondition for accountability and better performance.

Guilherme Canela of the UNESCO office in Montevideo in turn set out the need to work with citizens to ensure that they seized their right to information, and used it. Finally, DA2I author Dorothy Gordon warned that alongside the impact of information on the way we are governed, we also needed to think about the way governments shaped the information people see, for example through internet regulation.

A Call to Action

Closing the afternoon, IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner called on participants to continue the spirit of the meeting by keeping their minds open, to keep talking, to keep learning, to keep advocating for libraries, and to keep working together. This would be key to IFLA’s ongoing work to build a strong and united library field.

​IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón gave the final words, encouraging all participants, both in the room and online to go out and spread the message that ‘information should not be a divider but a bridge. Libraries in turn should be seen not as a cost but an investment. Not as a thing of the past, but an essential partner for any country serious about achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’.

IFLA is grateful to the Library of Congress of the Argentine Nation for their indispensable help in organising the event. We are also very grateful to our partners and sponsors for their support. A full list of sponsors is available on the President’s Meeting website. 

The President's Meeting 2019 was live streamed and a full recording of the event will soon be available.  Check the Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación's YouTube channel. A photo album is available on IFLA's Flickr

Satellite Meeting: Samos 2019

IFLA - სამ, 28/05/2019 - 20:19

The Management and Marketing Section of IFLA, in collaboration with Samos Public Library, are organizing a satellite meeting in Pythagoreion, Samos, Greece will be held 22 - 23 August 2019.

The Conference will explore and discuss management and communication skills libraries and other cultural institutions need to recruit a new generation of employees and new markets. How can the next generation of library employees and customers best hear us via optimal media and strategies? Do we have the right communication skills? Or what additional skills may all employees need to better serve the new generation?

The event will precede the annual World Library and Information Congress: 85th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Athens 24 - 30 August (IFLA WLIC 2019).

For more information, and to register, visit samossatellitemeeting.org.

Take the Library Linked Open Data Survey

LIBER news - სამ, 28/05/2019 - 14:53

The publication of library data in linked and open format has accelerated in recent years. There have been several approaches but the result is not always necessarily ideal from an interoperability point of view. Common guidelines and references would be useful as well as collected references of possible tools and other resources. LIBER’s Linked Open…

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High-level seminar in Africa on copyright reform

EIFL news and events - სამ, 28/05/2019 - 12:52

On 12-13 June 2019, heads of copyright offices from more than 40 African states will meet in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries, archives, and education in the African region.

The regional seminar is jointly organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO). The objective of the seminar is to analyze the situation of libraries, archives and educational institutions, and copyright limitations and exceptions in WIPO member states in Africa, and to define areas for action.

RetroNews: History Witnessed Through the Press Collections of the BnF

LIBER news - სამ, 28/05/2019 - 11:40

This is a guest post from LIBER sponsor RetroNews; written by Etienne Manchette and translated by Amanda Maunoury During a time in which history is reclaiming its place in societal debates and historical narratives must relate even deeper with the demands of social science research, RetroNews provides a place for the interpretations of history offered by…

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Access to Information Online: Towards an Adequate Transposition of Art. 17 in Europe

IFLA - ორშ, 27/05/2019 - 17:42

The European Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was recently published in the official journal, marking its entry into force and the start of the implementation process. The very controversial article 17 (former article 13) on use of content online mandates a stakeholder dialogue to ensure its adequate transposition.

In a letter of 20 May addressed to President Juncker, First Vice-President Timmermans, Vice-President Ansip, Commissioner Gabriel and Director General Roberto Viola, fundamental rights organizations, the knowledge community (in particular libraries), free and open source software developers and others have requested to be included in the stakeholder dialogue.

As IFLA has raised throughout the decision-making proces at the European level, the new article clearly has implications for freedom of expression. Upcoming discussions will be key to ensure that the implementation is as balanced as it can be.

Read the open letter [PDF].

More information on liberties.eu.

And the nominees for the 2019 IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year Award are...

IFLA - ორშ, 27/05/2019 - 05:18

A total of 16 libraries from all over the world applied to be considered for this international award. The many applicants have now been reduced to four shortlisted libraries, one of which will be named the world’s best new public library for 2019.

The shortlisted libraries have been selected by an international jury consisting of members from relevant sections of International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), which supports the award in partnership with the sponsor, Systematic. 

The shortlisted libraries are:

  • Green Square Library and Plaza (Australia)
  • Bibliotheek LocHal (Netherlands)
  • Oodi Helsinki Central Library (Finland)
  • Tūranga – Christchurch Central Library (New Zealand)

Further details about the shortlisted libraries is available on our blog.

The winner of the 2019 IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year will be selected from among these four nominees. The Award is an annual prize given to a public library that is either newly built or set up in premises not previously used for library purposes.

The Public Library of the Year Award is accompanied by a USD 5,000 prize, sponsored by Systematic.

The winner of the 2019 IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year will be announced during the IFLA Annual Congress, which will take place on 27 August in Athens Greece.

Vote Library: Final Day of the 2019 European Elections

IFLA - კვი, 26/05/2019 - 11:23

Today, voters in most European Union Member States will choose who will represent them for the coming five years in the European Parliament. Their choices will have an impact, not least on libraries.

The European elections will see a set of 751 people elected from 28 Member States. They will have a decisive role in selecting the new President of the European Commission, and in amending and approving legislation.

In the past five years, new rules around copyright, the importation of cultural heritage, accessibility, and open access have all been on the agenda. The next five will see major budget dossiers agreed, as well as further reviews and reforms on issues closely related to libraries.

IFLA, working with EBLIDA, Public Libraries 2020, LIBER and SPARC Europe, created the Library Manifesto for Europe in order to identify priorities for libraries and their users.

This highlighted six areas – access to information, internet access and digital skills, open science, heritage preservation, sustainable development, and Europe’s role in the world.

In each of these areas, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be able to shape laws, policies and practices.

Five of the six biggest European political parties have responded to this Manifesto, each underlining how they plan to support the work of libraries in each of these areas.

At the national level, library associations have translated the Manifesto, and engaged with parties and politicians, with some providing their own responses to the questions raised.

These responses will not only help voters decide how to choose in the elections, but will be a reference point for libraries and those who care about them in the coming years.

Read the responses received on our publications page.

Tracking Progress, Underlining Potential: Launch of the 2019 Development and Access to Information Report

IFLA - ხუთ, 23/05/2019 - 22:37

IFLA today launched the 2019 edition of the Development and Access to Information report, on the occasion of the President’s Meeting in Buenos Aires.

  The DA2I Report 2019 is now available for download

The United Nations 2030 Agenda, agreed by all Member States in 2015, sets out a roadmap towards a richer, fairer, more sustainable world. The Agenda underlines the importance of access to information.

Yet to ensure these goals are achieved, it is essential to monitor the performance of member states and of regions, and to share good ideas for implementation. 

This is the objective of the Development and Access to Information Report, produced by IFLA in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington (TASCHA).

Uneven Progress Towards Access

The report focuses firstly on the evidence of the different dimensions of access to information, in the context of the UN 2030 Agenda. This reflects the fact that while internet access is increasingly essential, people also need skills to use information, the freedom to express themselves, and a favourable social and cultural context.

It stresses that there is much still to do. While internet access and education levels are improving, this is not the case everywhere. 

Meanwhile, the gender digital divide – the gap between the share of women and the share of men online – is growing, as is the number of countries where people do not enjoy fundamental freedoms.  

The Library Factor

The report also highlights the difference that libraries can make in each of the dimensions of access to information. 

Drawing on examples from IFLA’s Library Map of the World, it stresses how libraries can support learning and inclusion, and improve the effectiveness of government policies through ensuring beneficiaries know about them. 

They are also key to ensuring the governments and parliaments can make the best decisions for the benefit of others. 

Speaking at the launch, IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:

I am convinced that there is a space for libraries in the world envisioned by the UN 2030 Agenda. Not just that there can be a space, but that there must be. We cannot achieve the SDGs without libraries.

Expert Perspectives on Access

Finally, it includes five guest chapters from experts outside of the library field, focusing on five of the Sustainable Development Goals in focus in 2019. 

These explore how libraries and access to information contribute to adult education, job-searching and entrepreneurship, as well as reducing inequalities, tackling climate change, and civic engagement. 

But they also highlight the challenges, and in particular the need to think hard about what information is shared and how. 

We encourage anyone dedicated to achieving the SDGs to read and draw on the report in their work. 

For more details, visit the DA2I website

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