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IFLA's new briefing paper: Disaster Risk Response – A brief on Libraries and the Sendai Framework

IFLA - კვი, 15/04/2018 - 22:34

E4GDH convenor Anne Brice contributed to IFLA's latest briefing paper Disaster Risk Response – A brief on Libraries and the Sendai Framework. Key points include the major role libraries have to play as repositories and disseminators of health information, and providers of secondary emergency service to communities.

Asia and Oceania (RSCAO) Seminar was successfully held in Seoul on 11 April, 2018

IFLA - კვი, 15/04/2018 - 13:30
Seminar for Cooperation with Libraries in Asia and Oceania
  • Date and time: 11 April 2018 (Wed) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: The International Conference Hall at the National Library of Korea
  • Subject: Libraries for transforming local communities - Cases Studies from Asia and Oceania Region
Opening address


Jaesun Lee, Director General of the National Library of Korea

Welcome address


  • Welcome address and a brief overview on IFLA Asia and Oceania section
    Sanjay K. Bihani, Chair of IFLA-RSCAO

Keynote speech


  • Public Libraries Forming a Humanities Community: A Library Project (Humanities on the Road)
    Lee Sang Bok, President of Korean Library Association



  • Changing times, changing library services: case studies from Australia
    Jayshree Mamtora, Research Services Coordinator, Charles Darwin University



  • Stepping Up: Remaking Singapore’s Libraries for Our Communities
    Tay Ai Cheng, Deputy Chief Executive, Chief Librarian, National Library Board



  • Transformation of libraries in Myanmar in digital age
    Mya Oo, Director, National Library of Myanmar /General Secretary, Myanmar Library Association



  • Recent Trend of Town Revitalization and Public libraries in Japan
    Takashi Nagatsuka, Professor Emeritus, Tsurumi University, Japan

Invitation to 2018 IFLA WLIC


Rashidah Begum binti Fazal Mohamed, National Committee WLIC 2018 in charge of Marketing

Break time - Taking photos




  • Libraries as a Foundation for Grassroots Democracy
    Jinwoo Lee, Library Headquarters General Director, Seongbok Cultural Foundation



  • Pubic Libraries as Place, Full of Meanings, Memories and Information
    Sukyong Lee, Team leader, Pyeongtaekcitylibrary Jangdang operation team


  • Cooperation from the National Library of Korea for Preservation of National Memory
    Sulhee Cho, Deputy Director, Digital Library Planning Division of the National Library of Korea




Discussions between speakers and participants



LIBER Leads Organisation of Open Science Trainer Bootcamp

LIBER news - პარ, 13/04/2018 - 19:35

From the 18th to the 20th of April, 30 researchers and research support professionals from across Europe will come together in Barcelona. Here they will participate in the FOSTER open science trainer bootcamp. This intense three-day training event, will equip them with the skills to give training on open science to researchers in their own institutions.…

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IFLA Global Vision: Latin America and the Caribbean share their ideas for action

IFLA - პარ, 13/04/2018 - 18:13


What a start! The first 2018 IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshop began this week in the Biblioteca del Congreso de Chile in Santiago, Chile and what a fantastic opening to our world tour it was.

Two days of vibrant discussions, networking, fun, and excitement ensued as the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region came together to create actions for the future.

On the way to a strong and united library field

IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón lead the workshop with infectious energy and the spirit of collaboration amongst the 30 countries attending burnt brightly, setting our Global Vision well on the way to creating the biggest idea store for action for a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participative societies. 

A milestone for libraries

Director of Biblioteca del Congreso de Chile, Manuel Alfonso Pérez Guíñez welcomed every participant, declaring it an honour to have them in his country:

The IFLA Global Vision is a milestone for all libraries to face the challenges of a changing society. We wish you all the success in this workshop and in this next phase of the Global Vision discussion."

Finishing his speech, he said rousingly:

There are much more things that unite us than separate us."

And how true that is! A global initiative attracts a harmony of voices from many languages. Far from being barriers, they create bilingual songs, and this is what the Global Vision tour is producing – our own bilingual library song.

Debates, ideas, and stories flowed over the following two days as delegates shared their thoughts visually and verbally. Some truly creative work was achieved!

A fantastic start

It was a proud moment for everyone in the room as IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner praised LAC for a fantastic start to the Global Vision Regional Meetings, saying: 

You have set a great example for all other colleagues in the world. I'm very proud of everything you've done here."

The Global Vision now heads to North America for the second Regional Workshop on 16 and 17 April at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa where more great ideas will be created and added to our ideas store for actions!

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

Want The Benefits of AI? Adopt A Robust TDM Exception!

LIBER news - ხუთ, 12/04/2018 - 16:57

If Europe wants to maximise the benefits of Artificial Intelligence, it needs to also adopt a robust Text and Data Mining Exception. That is the message to the European Commission from 23 organisations, including LIBER. The letter, which can be downloaded here, acknowledges the potential of AI, machine learning and data analytics to contribute to…

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IFLA Congratulates New Senior Staff at UNESCO

IFLA - ხუთ, 12/04/2018 - 12:00

As the leading UN institution working on education, science and culture, UNESCO is a key partner for libraries. IFLA already engages with the institution across a wide variety of issues, from cultural heritage at risk to Internet universality. The announcement of four new senior appointments in key sectors – in education, culture and communications and information, as well as a new Deputy Director-General – is therefore a useful opportunity to reaffirm these relationships.


IFLA’s Secretary General has written to congratulate the new appointments, notably the new Deputy Director General Xing Qu, who will join Director General Audrey Azoulay in leading the Organisation as a whole.


Work on Communication and Information is particularly relevant for IFLA. It includes many initiatives where IFLA is active, notably the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy, work on freedom of expression and access to information, documentary heritage, and the PERSIST programme on digital preservation. The new Assistant Director general is Moez Chakchouk.


In the field of education, IFLA has a shared interest with UNESCO in promoting universal literacy. In particular, UNESCO is leading work on Sustainable Development Goal 4 – education – which will be a key focus in the UN’s work in 2019. Through its work in collecting data on library usage around the world through the Library Map of the World, IFLA is in a strong position to contribute to this. Stefania Giannini has been appointed Assistant Director General here.


UNESCO’s Culture sector is responsible for key work on preserving heritage from destruction and trafficking. There are important opportunities to build capacity and understanding around the world to reduce risk, as well as strengthen implementation of the key international law in the field. Ernesto Renato Ottone Ramirez will be leading these efforts.


Across all of these areas, IFLA looks forwards to maintaining and reinforcing our collaboration in order to achieve our common goals.

Sustainable Development Needs Smart Citizens: IFLA to Take Active Role at UN SDG Forum in Santiago

IFLA - ოთხ, 11/04/2018 - 13:07

​Libraries promote an inclusive model of development by giving all individuals the information they need to learn, find work, and live healthy lives. This requires the right policies not just globally, but also at the regional, national and local levels. This is the message IFLA will be bringing to the Second Meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2018, held in Santiago, Chile, on 17-20 April 2018.

The forum provides an important opportunity for governments across the Latin America and Caribbean region to discuss progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to hear inputs from experts.

For IFLA, this is an opportunity both to underline the role of meaningful access to information in development, and the need for a package of policies that helps libraries deliver this.

IFLA will play an active role, represented by Adriana Cybele Ferrari (Brazil, FEBAB President), Jonathan Hernandez-Perez (Mexico, Associate of IFLA's International Leaders Programme, CNB President) and Maria Violeta Bertolini (Advocacy Communications Officer, IFLA Headquarters), as well as members of the Chilean library community, including the Colegio de Bibliotecarios de Chile, and local participants of IFLA's International Advocacy Programme (IAP).

Libraries as Partners for Development in LAC

As well as participating in discussions with civil society and government representatives, IFLA is proud to be organising a side event, on 19 April from 13:00 to 14:30 (local time), explaining the link between access to information and development. We are grateful to the Hernán Santa Cruz Library at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) for hosting this discussion.

Alongside speakers from ECLAC and UNESCO, IFLA will talk about the contribution of libraries. IFLA representatives will highlight IFLA’s successes so far, through the International Advocacy Programme, in raising awareness of the SDGs, and ensuring that libraries are recognised as partners for development in national policies and strategies.

Find out more about IFLA's work on libraries and development, the Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report, and follow us during the event on Twitter and Facebook.

Two Past IFLA Presidents Participate in the 7th International Summit of the Book

IFLA - ოთხ, 11/04/2018 - 11:30

The book retains its status as a symbol of the possibility to preserve and share knowledge, the foundation of our evolution and development. Libraries continue to focus on collecting and giving access to books, alongside other resources now, and have a key function in preserving historic texts for the future.


Ingrid Parent (IFLA President 2011-2013) and Claudia Lux (IFLA President 2007-2009) gave opening remarks on behalf of IFLA and lead two sessions during the 7th International Summit of the Book held in Baku, Azerbaijan. This annual event brought several dozen librarians, academics, politicians and entrepreneurs together to discuss the Book, its past and future.


A Commitment to Books

There was real commitment to the book as THE most successful way of keeping and sharing our cultural heritage across space and time. Themes centred on the book and national development, the book and preserving our cultural heritage, and books, education and media literacy.


Other welcome statements came from by Dr. Ismael Serageldin, Founding Director Emeritus of the Library of Alexandria, and Madame Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia. In addition to Ingrid and Claudia, there was further strong library representation from Jesus Lau (Mexico), Ai-Cheng Tay (Singapore) and Paul Sturges (United Kingdom).


The Summit was made possible by the generous support of the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre in Azerbaijan. The Centre bears the name of the famous Azerbaijani poet and philosopher, who promoted social reforms and values of dialogue, tolerance and peace nine centuries ago. The Centre also hosted the VI Global Baku Forum which immediately preceded the Book Summit.


​Libraries in Azerbaijan

Following the Summit the participants had an interesting visit to the National Library of Azerbaijan to view the “Open Library” as well as the Library's special collections. In addition, Ingrid visited the Azeri Presidential Library and met with Director Mayil Ahmedov and staff. Collaborative efforts were discussed and contacts will continue.


Summit participants were immensely impressed with the dialogue and exchange of ideas that took place and with the organization of the Summit and the hospitality of our various hosts.


The 8th International Summit of the Book will be held in November 2018 in Beirut Lebanon.

Tell us your story: IFLA’s “Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Storytelling Manual” is now published

IFLA - სამ, 10/04/2018 - 21:54

“Storytelling in a library context means capturing the initial spark of inspiration, then allowing that spark to guide you. Together we surface new ideas, build relationships, and deliver sustained community engagement.”  Matt Finch

This practical guide was designed to help librarians and library advocates in telling compelling stories about library activities, projects and programmes, showing their impact on communities and people’s lives. 

Through this manual, and a new online submission form just launched, we aim to facilitate the submission of stories to be published in the IFLA Library Map of the World (LMW) that demonstrate the contribution of libraries in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IFLA invites librarians and library advocates from all countries to submit their stories through the LMW SDG Stories platform. The LMW team is available to support you in the process of preparation and submission of your SDG story. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you have any questions: librarymap@ifla.org

Let’s make it possible to have more stories online, and to build a stronger case for libraries that will support our collective library advocacy efforts around the world!

Download the Manual

IFLA Provides Input on the Challenges to the Right of Privacy in the Digital Age

IFLA - სამ, 10/04/2018 - 18:34

The Human Rights Council adopted resolution 34/7 on March 23rd 2017, on “the right to privacy in the digital age”. This contained two follow-up steps: organize an expert workshop on the topic and to prepare a report. The intent was to identify principles, standards and define best practices regarding the promotion and protection of the right to privacy in the digital age.

The workshop took place on 19-20 February 2019 in Geneva. The submission of the report had a scheduled deadline of April 9th 2018. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) took the opportunity to provide a meaningful input on the challenges relating to the right of privacy in the digital age. In the report, IFLA reiterates the valuable role libraries can play with regard to the promotion and protection of this important right.

You can access the full document here.

Protecting Health in Times of Disaster: IFLA Announces New Special Interest Group

IFLA - შაბ, 07/04/2018 - 08:00

IFLA is proud to announce the creation of its new Special Interest Group on Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH). This group will bring together members of the global library field engaged in raising awareness of the potential of libraries to promote better health and wellbeing for all, especially those threatened or hit by disasters, both natural and man-made.

The most fundamental threat posed by disasters is to human health. To give keeping people alive and healthy the priority it needs, governments around the world have undertaken, through the United Nations' Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, to improve the way they prepare for, and respond to disasters.

To do this, it is essential to have a full understanding of risks, as well as accurate and timely facts about evolving situations. This cannot be done without the collection, organisation and sharing of information. In this, libraries are the specialists.

IFLA has therefore set up a dedicated Special Interest Group (SIG) for Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH). While a number of major public health initiatives and networks already exist, this will work to raise awareness and interest of this field within IFLA, and promote collaboration with other agencies and organisations.

It will also help strengthen the case for libraries as providers of health information, and advocate for their roles. These range from supporting core research in health and biosciences, providing knowledge to support community-based public health services, to the practical support and literacy provided by public libraries. It will draw on the expertise of sections focused both on specific user groups such as women, and on skills development, and will look to map existing work and identify priorities for future action.

By doing this, the new SIG will both share ideas and expertise, and allow IFLA to explain more clearly to the UN, other international bodies and governments why libraries need to be at the heart of disaster risk management, preparedness, and recovery policies regarding heath.

Find out more about the E4GDH SIG. The SIG will be holding a satellite meeting ahead of WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. See also IFLA’s brief on the Sendai Framework.

Informed and Empowered Citizens in Asia-Pacific: Making the Case for Libraries at the UN

IFLA - პარ, 06/04/2018 - 18:12

At the heart of success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be resilience. Regions, countries, communities and individuals all need to have the resources – and the information – necessary to deal with a changing and unpredictable world. This was the key message from the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, the second of five regional meetings on the SDGs in preparation for this year’s High Level Political Forum. IFLA was there.

The fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, held in Bangkok on 28-30 March 2018, brought together governments, international experts and civil society organisations to discuss progress on the UN’s 2030 Agenda. Elvira Lapuz, 2015-16 President of the Philippines Library and Information Association, Inc.,  and IFLA International Leaders Programme Associate, represented IFLA.

​The 2030 Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals it establishes, reflect a growing understanding that for development to be inclusive and lasting, it needs to work from the bottom up. This has long been at the core of the work of libraries, which work to give communities and individuals – researchers, parents, children, all citizens – the information they need to learn, find work, innovate and stay healthy.

The event provided a great opportunity to share this message with participants, and build understanding of the need to support libraries.

In a workshop on science and technology, the IFLA representative was able to underline the importance of ensuring that this works for everyone. Knowledge and innovation should serve to empower people, benefitting everyone. It was necessary to find ways to build a bridge between the biggest science and research centres, and local communities – libraries provided an excellent way of doing this.

The Forum was also a good opportunity to build contacts. Among civil society organisations, there is a wealth of experience on how to advocate to decision-makers and other influencers such as journalists. With many government representatives present, it proved to be a chance to meet key officials involved in writing national development plans.

Finally, there was also time to meet with the library of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific – members of the IFLA community at the heart of supporting the policy recommendations and analysis produced by the UN for the region.

The next regional forum is for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Santiago on 16-20 April. IFLA will be there – follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook) for more! 

See also the official press release from the meeting, and the IFLA participant's report

Next stop in the IFLA Global Vision journey: Latin America and the Caribbean

IFLA - პარ, 06/04/2018 - 12:36

First Regional Workshop 2018 

With the determination to achieve a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participative societies, the second phase in our IFLA Global Vision journey continues.

After the launch of the IFLA Global Vision Report Summary, followed by an engaging Global Vision Kick-off Workshop in Barcelona, Spain on 20-21 March, the first of six IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshops in 2018 will take place in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region on 11-12 April.

The impressive Biblioteca del Congreso de Chile in Santiago de Chile will be the host for this next stop in the Global Vision discussion. Participants from nearly 30 Latin American and the Caribbean countries will engage in a 2-day workshop to make their own unique contribution to the biggest ‘ideas store’ for actions—a source of inspiration for all librarians and for IFLA in planning for the future.

After each Regional workshop, IFLA will encourage and support the library sector in the region to organise national and local discussions to continue gathering together as many voices as possible to help shape the future of the library field.

IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, says:  

“I’m delighted to return to LAC for the first Global Vision regional workshop of 2018. Librarians from all over the LAC region made a huge contribution to the discussions that led to the IFLA Global Vision key finding, highlights and opportunities, and I am eager to hear their ideas to turn this vision into reality.”

About the IFLA Global Vision

IFLA Global Vision is an initiative to provide an inclusive, global response from a united library field to tackling the challenges facing the library field from ever-increasing globalisation. Never before has there been such an initiative, which gives every single librarian in the world the chance to contribute, and never before have so many librarians from so many parts of the world contributed to one global conversation. 

Learn more about IFLA Global Vision: www.ifla.org/globalvision

E4GDH Satellite Meeting is now open for registration

IFLA - ხუთ, 05/04/2018 - 19:49

"Evidence for Global & Disaster Health: Where are we now and where do we need to be?" Our satellite meeting is now open for registration. Visit the website for details.

Aiming High: IFLA Initial Submission to WIPO Consultation on Collective Management

IFLA - ოთხ, 04/04/2018 - 15:07

IFLA has submitted initial comments on a draft document on best practices for collective management organisations produced by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). This initiative marks a welcome recognition that the legitimacy of the copyright system depends on the professionalism and good practice of all actors involved in it.


Collective management organisations play a valuable role in the copyright system, taking on the responsibility for collecting royalties for uses of works not covered by copyright exceptions, and distributing them to authors and creators.

In doing this, they both help individual creators – who would not have the time or resources to do this themselves – as well as libraries and end-users of copyrighted content by giving them a ‘one-stop-shop’ for acquiring rights. For example, it is easier to work with a single organisation to pay for all relevant educational copying, rather than deal with each publisher or author separately.

WIPO’s draft document makes an important step towards defining what good collective management looks like. This is important in order to ensure that both original rightholders and users of work receive an efficient and fair service, in line with existing best practice, and that the privileges granted collecting societies in copyright laws are well used. Good governance, fair dealing with creators and licensees, and full transparency can reinforce confidence and trust.

IFLA’s suggestions focus on the need for respect for basic exceptions and limitations to copyright and recognition of the public interest mission of libraries and other cultural heritage institutions, as well as the importance of a clear separation between collective management and government.

IFLA looks forwards to continued participation in the elaboration of these best practice guidelines, and a broader focus on ensuring that the copyright system works for everyone.

You can download IFLA’s submission as a pdf.

Română (Romania)

IFLA - სამ, 03/04/2018 - 21:50

Thanks to our Romanian colleagues the 'Guidelines' are also available in Romanian. 

Another translation: Türk

IFLA - სამ, 03/04/2018 - 13:33

Another translation of the ‘Guidelines for School Libraries’ has become available: Türk (Turkish)

It is in 8 languages now. And more coming up.

Asia and Oceania (RSCAO) Mid-Term Meeting & Seminar, Seoul, 9-11 April, 2018

IFLA - სამ, 03/04/2018 - 04:58

The RSCAO Mid-term Meeting and Seminar 2018 will be held on 9-11 April 2018 in Seoul hosted by Korean Library Association (KLA) and National Library of Korea (NLK).

  • Name of event : Seminar for Cooperation with Libraries in Asia and Oceania
  • Date and time : 2018.4.11 (Wed) 13:30-18:00
  • Venue : The International Conference Room at the National Library of Korea
  • Subject : Libraries for transforming local communities – Cases in Asia Oceania
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