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IFLA President’s Meeting 2019: Website Now Live!

IFLA - ოთხ, 27/03/2019 - 08:00

IFLA’s President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, will host her second President’s Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 23 May 2019. Find out more on the dedicated website.

Take advantage of early bird registration rate until 30 April 2019.

Motors of Change: Libraries and Sustainable Development

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not just a major responsibility for governments, but are also a real opportunity for libraries.

They provide a framework for making development happen, with access to information at their core. As such, they offer libraries a key tool for thinking about library services, and the language to explain this to politicians.

Under the theme Motors of Change: Libraries and Sustainable Development, the 2019 IFLA President’s Meeting will be an opportunity to reflect on the connections between the work of libraries and development.

It will also discuss how our institutions can receive recognition and support as key partners for governments in achieving the SDGs, in Latin America and the Caribbean and across the world.

We are very grateful to the Library of the National Congress of Argentina for their support in organising this event. We could also not have done this without the support of Secretary of Culture of Argentina, the Mariano Moreno National Library and the Buenos Aires City Government.

For full details, visit the President’s Meeting website.

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
IFLA President 2017-2019

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Reunión de la Presidenta de la IFLA 2019: ¡El sitio web ya está disponible!

IFLA - ოთხ, 27/03/2019 - 08:00

La Presidenta de la IFLA, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, celebrará su segunda reunión presidencial en Buenos Aires, Argentina, el 23 de mayo de 2019. Obtenga más información en el sitio web del evento.

Aproveche la tarifa de inscripción anticipada hasta el 30 de abril de 2019.

Motores de Cambio: Bibliotecas y Desarrollo Sostenible

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) de las Naciones Unidas no son solo una gran responsabilidad de los gobiernos, sino que también son una verdadera oportunidad para las bibliotecas.

Los ODS proporcionan un marco para el desarrollo, con el acceso a la información en el centro. Como tales, ofrecen a las bibliotecas una herramienta clave para pensar sobre los servicios bibliotecarios y el lenguaje para explicar esto a los hacedores de políticas.

Bajo el lema Motores de Cambio: Bibliotecas y Desarrollo Sostenible, la Reunión del Presidenta de la IFLA 2019 será una oportunidad para reflexionar sobre las conexiones entre el trabajo de las bibliotecas y el desarrollo.

También analizará cómo nuestras instituciones pueden recibir reconocimiento y apoyo como socios clave para que los gobiernos logren alcanzar los ODS, en América Latina y el Caribe, y en todo el mundo.

Estamos muy agradecidos a la Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación Argentina por su apoyo en la organización de este evento. Tampoco podríamos llevarlo a cabo sin el apoyo de la Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación, la Biblioteca Nacional Mariano Moreno y el Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Para más detalles, visite el sitio web de la Reunión de la Presidenta.

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
Presidenta de la IFLA 2017-2019

Gerald Leitner
Secretario General de la IFLA

EU Copyright Directive Adopted: The Fight for Libraries and Freedom of Speech Passes to the National Level

IFLA - ოთხ, 27/03/2019 - 02:11

Today, the Plenary of the European Parliament adopted the Copyright Directive by a significantly reduced margin compared to previous votes. It will now be for libraries at the national level to make the most of new possibilities, while continuing the fight for freedom of expression.

The digital age has brought a rapid evolution in the way libraries can support their users.

IFLA has argued, around the world, for copyright laws that reflect these changes, both in recognising new uses, and in ensuring that library activities cannot be prevented by contract terms or digital locks.

While the draft Directive on copyright delivers on many of these priorities, it comes with a number of dangerous and poorly considered measures which pose a threat to freedom of expression, in Europe and globally.

There is comfort to be taken both from the much smaller majority in favour of the Directive this time (74, compared to 212). A previous motion in favour of taking separate votes on the most contentious articles was defeated by just 5 votes, and would have been successful but for mistakes by MEPs.

With final agreement of the Directive now likely, the focus will pass to national governments. They will have to take crucial decisions about how to implement the new rules. Libraries will need to make themselves heard in order to maximise the good, and fight the bad.

Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General said:

Today’s vote in the European Parliament is disappointing, but we will not be giving up on freedom of speech. I look forward to working with our members to ensure that libraries across Europe benefit fully from the positives in the Directive, and to limiting the harm caused by Article 13. 

Putting Fear before Free Speech

The most high profile parts of the Directive aimed to deal with the perceived dominance of major internet platforms.

Article 11 (15 after renumbering) underlines that copyright can exist even in short ‘snippets’ of text from newspapers or other news sources. This affects, in particular, those used on news aggregators to offer readers enough information to know whether to click down or not.

While scientific journals are fortunately excluded from this provision, the article threatens many of the sites with which libraries work, and which help in promoting media literacy.

Article 13 (17 after renumbering) forces all by the youngest platforms to implement proactive filtering of content uploaded by users in order to prevent infringing material from appearing online.

While proclaiming to protect freedom of speech, the well-documented flaws of automatic filters inevitably means that legitimate free expression is at risk. While scientific and educational repositories are excluded, the same does not go for other platforms used by libraries.

IFLA, alongside a broad coalition of NGOs and academics, had called for its deletion.

Both articles, in fact, will likely benefit the major platforms, who are the only ones in a position to comply with the new rules. As such, they may even make competition issues worse.

Useful Steps for Libraries

Fortunately, libraries will see gains from other parts of the Directive.

A new exception will allow libraries, alongside research and other cultural heritage institutions to carry out text and data mining on works to which they have access. Others with legal access will be allowed to do the same, unless the rightholder has explicitly opted out.

Another new exception will clarify that libraries can preserve works in any format, offering welcome certainty for digitisation projects, including those involving cross-border collaboration.

An innovative measure ensures that where there are no collective management organisations in a given country and sector, libraries can use an exception to digitise and make available out-of-commerce works.

There is also new support for educational activities in libraries run under the authority of an educational institution, with the use of digital tools also allowed under an exception where adequate licences do not exist.

Finally, and in an important precedent, the above exceptions are, for the most part, protected from being blocked by contract terms or technological protection measures.

We will follow up with a more detailed analysis of the provisions and the changes they bring to cultural heritage institutions.

What Next?

The Directive needs to be implemented into national law within two years. This means that each Member State will need to open up a legislative process to make the necessary changes to their national law.

This will be importance, given the lack of detail in the Directive, and the need to take crucial decisions about how things will apply in reality.

Advocacy efforts to ensure the best results possible will be key at the national level. IFLA will engage with its members to assist and ensure this is the case.

LIBER Cautiously Welcomes Copyright Improvements for Libraries

LIBER news - სამ, 26/03/2019 - 16:10

LIBER cautiously welcomes today’s European Parliament vote in favour of new copyright legislation because of the meaningful improvements this brings for education and research. The victory is, however, bittersweet as we remain concerned about the impact of certain aspects of the legislation on information sharing and knowledge creation. The final vote was 348 in favour…

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LIBER Cautiously Welcomes Copyright Improvements for Libraries

LIBER news - სამ, 26/03/2019 - 16:10

LIBER cautiously welcomes today’s European Parliament vote in favour of new copyright legislation because of the meaningful improvements this brings for education and research. The victory is, however, bittersweet as we remain concerned about the impact of certain aspects of the legislation on information sharing and knowledge creation. The final vote was 348 in favour…

The post LIBER Cautiously Welcomes Copyright Improvements for Libraries appeared first on LIBER.

Open science bootcamp in Lithuania

EIFL news and events - ორშ, 25/03/2019 - 12:22

On behalf of the FOSTER project,  EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator Gwen Franck will lead an open science train-the-trainer bootcamp for librarians from Lithuania who are providing open science training at their institutions. The bootcamp takes place at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU). 

IFLA ARL Webinar - The Future is a Moving Goal Post: Change Management in Academic Libraries

IFLA - კვი, 24/03/2019 - 04:54

IFLA ARL Webinar Series

This session is the first in a series of presentations on topics relevant to Academic & Research Libraries. 

Title:  The Future is a Moving Goal Post: Change Management in Academic Libraries
Presenter:     Gulcin Cribb, University Librarian, Singapore Management University
Date & Time:    Apr 12, 2019 4:00 PM Singapore
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/554121093


Future is a moving goal post: academic libraries and change

Libraries and librarians have been going through major changes in recent times. Advocacy, marketing, promotion, communication, outreach, engagement, innovation, creation and demonstration of value for the stakeholders have never been more critical and urgent.

What are the reasons and drivers for change? How do libraries approach, plan, implement, and evaluate change and align themselves to their parent institutions? What types of communication with stakeholders (both external and internal) do we plan and use regarding change? What kind of leadership is needed for ‘change’ initiatives? How do we make sure that our talent pool possesses the skills, competencies and the culture to take ownership of these initiatives and implement the changes in a sustainable way? How do we inspire engagement, nurture thought leadership and advocacy, so that continuous change is owned and embedded, alongside agility and relevance to the current priorities of our parent institutions?

The presentation will address the above by focusing on what value the Library adds to its parent institution’s strategic vision using Singapore Management University as a case study. Areas of focus will be on learning spaces, the continuum of physical and virtual services/experiences, change management, communication strategies, staff development and strategic alliances.

Presenter Bio:

Gulcin Cribb is the University Librarian at Singapore Management University and has held that position since 2012. Prior to that, she was the Founding Director of Libraries at Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2008 to 2011. Her previous roles include Director of Information Services (responsible for both Library and IT) at Bond University (2001-2008), and Executive Manager of Physical Sciences & Engineering Library (1996-2001) and Manager of Library Multimedia Services (1986-1996) at the University of Queensland in Australia

Gulcin’s roles has extensive experience in the areas of research support, publishing, digitisation, technology management, strategic management, innovation, learning spaces, information literacy, library-faculty-industry partnerships, marketing and virtual libraries. Gulcin has been involved in a number of ‘change management’ and space renovation initiatives in libraries in Australia, Turkey and Singapore.

Gulcin was previously a member of the IFLA Standing Committee for Academic and Research Libraries. She was listed in ‘Who’s Who of Australian Women - Leadership and Beyond, 2007 -2017.


This session is the first in a series of presentations on topics relevant to Academic & Research Libraries.  Look out for our next session in late April, when Ursula Arning will present an Introduction to Open Access.

Access under Threat: IFLA Underlines the Risks Posed by Article 13

IFLA - კვი, 24/03/2019 - 03:17

Next week’s vote on the European Union’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is an opportunity to advance the situation of libraries. But unless an Article which would effectively force the filtering of speech on the internet is removed, it could also do a lot of harm.

A decisive vote on the European Union’s new copyright Directive is due next week, after years of intense discussion.

The Directive includes valuable progress on key dossiers for libraries, making it easier to carry out text and data mining, preserve documents, and give access to works which are not available on the market.

Much of this is down to the work of IFLA and its partners, who have engaged with Member States, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and others to show the need for change.

Yet the Directive contains other measures which risk undermining fundamental freedoms online.

With internet platforms a key means of sharing ideas and creativity, it is important to take a proportionate approach to regulation of content.

Steps taken must not lead to the blocking of free speech, as would be inevitable under the current of Article 13 (renumbered to 17 in the voting document), a point already underlined by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression.

Organisations such as national Wikipedias and other platforms without the resources of the biggest market players (Google, Facebook etc) have underlined their concerns by replacing their sites with warnings of the impact of this provision.

A Directive without Article 13 would be the best way of protecting fundamental freedoms, while supporting libraries in their mission to drive education, preservation and innovation.

IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner said:

If we don’t protect freedom of expression today, the libraries of tomorrow will not be able to fulfil their missions. To protect freedom of access to information, now and into the future, MEPs should pass the Copyright Directive without Article 13.

It is vital for Europe to get this right. The decisions made by MEPs net week will not only have a direct impact on what libraries and their users can do inside Europe, but also set an example for legislation elsewhere in the world.

Read more about IFLA’s work on the copyright reform. You can also read our most recent blog about the weakness of the arguments for Article 13.

Open Science and Research Data Management Train-the-Trainer Bootcamp

EIFL news and events - პარ, 22/03/2019 - 19:06

Are you an open science and research data management (RDM) trainer who wants to expand and improve your training skills?

Join this full-day train-the-trainer bootcamp organized by the FOSTER project, CESSDA (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives), ELIXIR (an international governmental organization that brings together life science resources from across Europe) and DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services). The bootcamp will take place from 9:00 to 17:00 at DANS.

LIBER’s Voting Recommendations on the Digital Single Market Directive

LIBER news - პარ, 22/03/2019 - 17:48

Years of work to reform European copyright legislation will come to a head next Tuesday, when the European Parliament in Strasbourg votes on the Digital Single Market Directive. The proposed Directive, which has been nearly three years in the making, contains many positive developments for Europe’s library, education and research community. However we remain concerned…

The post LIBER’s Voting Recommendations on the Digital Single Market Directive appeared first on LIBER.

EIFL open access training in the news in Ghana

EIFL news and events - პარ, 22/03/2019 - 16:38

Programme title: Joy News Prime (local TV news broadcast)

Publication/media outlet: Joy News

Date broadcast: 21 March 2019

EIFL project/programme: EIFL Open Access Programme

Language of bulletin: English

View now: Click here to see the TV broadcast on YouTube (go to minute 35:30)

Webinar - Open Science: Inspiring Cultural Change In Your Library

EIFL news and events - პარ, 22/03/2019 - 15:40

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will be one of three presenters in this webinar on Open Science: Inspiring Cultural Change In Your Library.

Call for submissions: IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award 2019

IFLA - პარ, 22/03/2019 - 15:01
Sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia and Pikes Peak Library District





The award is part of “A Corto di libri”, a contest for short films about libraries and librarians, organized by Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (AIB).

The contest has three Sections (Fiction, Documentary and Advertising). 

The IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award is given to the best short film about public libraries in large cities and metropolitan areas, among all the submitted films.

Everyone, as an individual or an institution, is eligible to apply.

Technical requirements

The film must be :

  • a maximum of 20 minutes in length for the Fiction and Documentary Sections and a maximum of 2 minutes for the Advertisement Section
  • licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY4.0 license. Each participant must use music, images and films in the public domain or created for the film or include a signed permission from the rights holder; the entrant must obtain permission from each child or under-18 years old person who appears in the film.

In order to be selected for the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award entries in languages other than English must have English subtitles.

The Jury

The short films competing for the 2019 IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will be projected and voted by the participants of the IFLA MetLib Conference in Helsinki, Finland (May 8 – 10). 

In addition, the Chairs (or a delegate) of the following Sections' Standing Committees have the right to vote on-line:

  • Section on Audiovisual and Multimedia
  • Section on Metropolitan Libraries 
  • Section on Public Libraries
Criteria for selection of winner

Creativity and originality of the content; potential for library advocacy and marketing; technical level.


The winner of the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will receive:

  • If a library, € 1,000 as a contribution to travel expenses to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Athens, Greece (August 24-30, 2019);
  • If an individual film-maker, € 1,000 in film-making equipment.

The winner will be announced and awarded at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Athens, Greece. An event is planned to be organized at a local public library during the Congress.

Read the complete Submission RulesEnglish | Italian

Download the application form here.

Applications must be submitted before 28 April 2019 to the following e-mail: acortodilibri@gmail.com

Films must be submitted in digital format (.mp4 or .avi) via online file transfer (FTP) or similar technology.


IFLA Section on Metropolitan Libraries
Corrado Di Tillio
E-mail: c.ditillio@bibliotechediroma.it

A Corto di Libri
E-mail: acortodilibri@gmail.com

IFLA Governing Board Elections 2019-2021

IFLA - პარ, 22/03/2019 - 06:09

IFLA Governing Board Elections 2019-2021

IFLA Headquarters dispatched ballot papers and supporting documents for its Governing Board Elections 2019-2021 to Voting Members on 22 February 2019.

IFLA is on a journey to extend its reach and impact, and for this it needs energetic, committed and highly-competent individuals to serve on its Governing Board. Their skills and experience should represent all library types, professional specialisations and global regions.

With a new IFLA Strategic Framework on the way, these elections are extremely important for the future governance of IFLA. Take advantage of your IFLA Membership and exercise your right to vote!

Candidates for the position of Governing Board Member 2019-2021

Nafisah Binti Ahmad (Malaysia)

Antonia Arahova (Greece) 2nd Term

Huanwen Cheng (China) 2nd Term

Michael Dowling (United States) 2nd Term

Vadim Duda (Russian Federation)

Marwa El Sahn (Egypt) 2nd Term

Janet Fletcher (New Zealand)

Tomasz Gruszkowski (Poland)

Renaldas Gudauskas (Lithuania)

Jonathan Hernández-Pérez (Mexico)

Lisa Hinchliffe (United States)

Franck Hurinville (France)

Ayub Khan (United Kingdom)

Diane Koen (Canada)

Torbjörn Nilsson (Sweden) 2nd Term

Rocky Ralebipi-Simela (South Africa)

Knud Schulz (Denmark) 2nd Term

Sueli Mara Soares Pinto Ferreira (Brazil) 2nd Term

Silvia Stasselová (Slovakia)

Ai Cheng Tay (Singapore)

Minna von Zansen (Finland)

Maja Žumer (Slovenia) 2nd Term


To caste your ballots, please complete the original ballot paper. For the ballot to be valid, it must be signed by the authorised representative of the IFLA Member organisation or association. Only those Members who have paid their membership fees in full and who are not in arrears, are eligible to vote in these elections.

The deadline for the Governing Board elections is on 19 April 2019.

Ballot papers may be sent by Email in PDF format, FAX, or post:




[PDF format only]

+31 70 3834827

P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague
The Netherlands 

Thank you.

Best regards,

Janice Ow 
for Manager, IFLA Regional Office for Asia and Oceania




Learn about transformative agreements

eifl licensing news - ოთხ, 20/03/2019 - 18:19

Over the last two decades, there has been steady progress towards open access (OA), which is the immediate, online, free and unrestricted availability of research literature. However, the transition has not been as quick as was hoped.

Learn about transformative agreements

eifl licensing news - ოთხ, 20/03/2019 - 18:19

Over the last two decades, there has been steady progress towards open access (OA), which is the immediate, online, free and unrestricted availability of research literature. However, the transition has not been as quick as was hoped.

Newsletter on Digital Opportunities and Challenges: Call for papers

IFLA - ოთხ, 20/03/2019 - 12:47

IFLA’s Standing Committee on Libraries for Children and Young Adults is seeking articles for our next newsletter about youth services librarianship and best practices from around the world linked to our theme, which is:

Digital Opportunities and Challenges for Library Services to Children and Youth.

If you’d like to contribute, please send a short description (about 100 words) of your proposed article to our information coordinator, Benjamin Scheffler bensche22ifla@gmail.com , by May 2nd. If selected, you will be asked to contribute a short article of up to 2,000 words, by June 2nd. 2019. Our goal is to have the newsletter ready for IFLA’s Annual Conference in Greece.


We look forward to your submissions!


IFLA 2019 Call For Papers - Last Reminder

IFLA - სამ, 19/03/2019 - 20:30

A final reminder if you want to submit a proposal for a presentation or either the IFLAPARL or joint Government Libraries sessions at the 2019 IFLA Congress - the Call for Papers deadline for both sessions is now Friday 29th March.

The theme of the IFLAPARL session will be "Informing dialogue, enabling change" and we are looking for short presentations that share practical experience of how you have developed new products and services, or adapted existing ones, in response to new demands or changing expectations.  Further details can be found here

While the theme of our joint session with our Government Libraries colleagues will be "Libraries: dialogue for change - From gatekeeping to advocacy", which aims to share experience in helping to provide information and evidence to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Further details of this session can be found on the WLIC website.

Register for the 2019 IFLAPARL Pre-Conference in Athens

IFLA - პარ, 15/03/2019 - 21:53

To attend the pre-conference please complete the attached registration form:

Please return this form to Steve Wise (iflaparl.chair@gmail.com) no later than Friday, 31st May 2019. 

Further details of the pre-conference and programme are available on the Section's events page.

IFLA Collaborates with United Nations on the SDG Book Club

IFLA - პარ, 15/03/2019 - 16:04

IFLA is participating in the SDG Book Club, an initiative launched by the United Nations alongside organisations representing publishers, booksellers and books for youth. Through this, we hope to help more young people engage with the Global Goals, especially in libraries.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for organising action at the global level to improve people’s lives. Yet to be effective, it is important to bring global goals to the national and local level.

IFLA itself has worked intensively to do this within the library field. The International Advocacy Programme has engaged librarians in almost two thirds of countries around the world.

Through hundreds of events, training sessions and meetings, IFLA has raised awareness of the SDGs, and the importance of information in achieving them.

The SDG Book Club offers a further means of achieving this goal.  It is the result of cooperation between United Nations, IFLA, and the International Publishers Association, the International Board on Books for Youth, the European and International Booksellers’ Federation and the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair.

IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner said: Achieving the Global Goals will need action from everyone. The SDG Book Club offers a great way to introduce today’s young people to the key issues of our time, to mobilise them, and to and prepare them to be the doers and leaders of tomorrow. I am proud that libraries are helping give access to this key information, and to inspire new generations.

By defining a selection of books for young people in all official United Nations languages, it will provide a way for tomorrow’s decision-makers to engage with the issues the SDGs raise.

Crucially, the selection is not an exhaustive list, but only a starting point. The goal is to encourage discussion about the SDGs in libraries and other settings around the world. We look forward to launching the first selection next month.

You can find out more on the SDG Book Club website, and read the press release.

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