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IFLA joins forces with IBBY and ILA to increase literacy rates

IFLA - ხუთ, 29/03/2018 - 13:43

IFLA joined forces with the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and International Literacy Association (ILA) on Wednesday 28 March 2018 in Bologna, Italy and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work closely to increase literacy rates to 100 percent across the globe.

The MoU strengthens all three global organisations’ commitment and promise to share knowledge, work together, and participate in each other’s congresses to stress the importance of reading and access to information, and find practical ways of making this a reality.

IFLA, IBBY and ILA believe everyone should have the ability to read and access information. It is an essential tool for daily life in modern society, be it on paper or from a screen and by reaching all children, igniting their passion for reading and exploring the world’s knowledge we build a better future for everyone.

IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner says:

Universal literacy remains one of the great challenges of our time. Truly sustainable, bottom-up development depends on everyone having the ability to read and engage with information. In signing this memorandum with IBBY and ILA, I look forward to continuing a partnership that is making a real difference for people and communities around the world

Gerald Leitner's sentiments are echoed by both IBBY and ILA.

Wally de Doncker, President of IBBY says:

All our members approve the introduction of a formal commitment to the principles of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990). It is our responsibility to uphold these rights, as they reflect to seek, receive and impart information and to the elimination of ignorance and illiteracy

Douglas Fisher, President of the ILA Board of Directors says:

ILA views literacy as a fundamental, inalienable human right. This Memorandum reaffirms our collective commitment to our shared goal of literacy for all. We look forward to strengthening the partnership between our organizations

The signing of the MoU took place during the Bologna Children's Book Fair on Wednesday 28 March from 14:00 - 15:00.

Find out more about IFLA’s work for equitable access to information by visiting our library development pages.

UKSG Annual Conference

eifl licensing news - ოთხ, 28/03/2018 - 16:41

Romy Beard, Manager of the EIFL-Licensing Programme, will be attending the UKSG 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Find out more about the event here.

UKSG Annual Conference

eifl licensing news - ოთხ, 28/03/2018 - 16:41

Romy Beard, Manager of the EIFL-Licensing Programme, will be attending the UKSG 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Find out more about the event here.

IFLA President's Meeting 2018 speaker presentations now available!

IFLA - ოთხ, 28/03/2018 - 15:44

Speaker presentations from this year’s IFLA President’s Meeting have been made available online, giving delegates and all our library friends who were unable to attend an opportunity to access core content from one of our key events of the year.

The presentations, based on the IFLA President’s Meeting 2018 theme: ‘Leading the way: Libraries as Motors of Change’, provide insights into a range of topics and include:

In addition to the invited speakers, IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner provided a presentation on the launch of the Global Vision Report Summary.

Want to see more? Look at our IFLA President’s Meeting 2018 images View our IFLA President’s Meeting 2018 Livestream recordings.

IFLA President's Meeting 2018 speaker presentations now available!

IFLA - ოთხ, 28/03/2018 - 15:44

Speaker presentations from this year’s IFLA President’s Meeting have been made available online, giving delegates and all our library friends who were unable to attend an opportunity to access core content from one of our key events of the year.

The presentations, based on the IFLA President’s Meeting 2018 theme: ‘Leading the way: Libraries as Motors of Change’, provide insights into a range of topics and include:

  • Cassie Robinson (doteveryone) – The library as a demonstrator of public value, social infrastructure and digital ethics
  • Matthew Finch (Library storyteller) – New Alliances in Libraryland
  • Roger Baig Viñas (Guifi) – Understanding Community Networks to Explore Collaborations with Libraries
  • Glynn Moody (Journalist) – Dark Ages 2.0

In addition to the invited speakers, IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner provided a presentation on the launch of the Global Vision Report Summary.

Want to see more? Look at our IFLA President’s Meeting 2018 images View our IFLA President’s Meeting 2018 Livestream recordings

IFLA Global Vision Kicks Off next phase to power literate, informed and participative societies

IFLA - ოთხ, 28/03/2018 - 12:36

It's all systems go for the IFLA Global Vision discussion after a hugely successful two-day kick-off meeting in Barcelona, Spain on 20 and 21 March 2018.

Hot on the heels of the eagerly-awaited launch of the IFLA Global Vision Report Summary, which reveals the top ten highlights and opportunities for a strong and united library field, 143 participants from 35 countries convened in the historic Museu Maritim, close to the city's harbour, and began shaping their ideas for actions.

 

Incredible creativity and energy flowed and were key ingredients to the group's achievements. From table discussions to highly entertaining and inspiring group presentations (and even some portrait drawing!), no stone was left unturned in our quest to make the vision a reality.

Debate, Discussion and Drive

Underpinning the imaginative activities was the sheer wealth of experience in the room – 3,159 years of library experience to be exact – with each participant bringing to the meeting their own unique insights into the library field and how, with a Global Vision, libraries can power literate, informed and participative societies. The two days were full of debate, discussion and drive - drive to take this next phase of the discussion back to their countries and contribute to the biggest ideas store the library field has ever seen.

Next steps

IFLA Global Vision now heads to our six regions, starting in Latin America and the Caribbean on 11 and 12 April, to collect even more ideas before the full Global Vision Outcomes Report is published during our World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Get inspired, get involved: See pictures from the IFLA Global Vision kick-off workshop Download the IFLA Global Vision report summary Get inspired by our brand new IFLA Global Vision video

LIBER Joins Call For A Better TDM Exception

LIBER news - სამ, 27/03/2018 - 18:11

Today 28 organisations, including LIBER, have signed a letter calling for an improved Text and Data Mining Exception which will support research and innovation in Europe. The letter, which can be downloaded here, was sent to the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). The signatories include universities, technology companies, startups and scaleups, libraries, scientific and…

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BSLA Project Report: Sri Lanka (2015-2018) "Establishment and Promotion of Professional Ethics Culture among Library and Information Professionals"

IFLA - სამ, 27/03/2018 - 17:09

After completion of the BSLA project we had some questions for the project team and this is what they told us!  Get inspired by the path taken by the Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA) in strengthening their library and information sector!


What were your goals?

After exploring and studying the current situation of professional ethics in the Library and Information Science (LIS) field, the SLLA identified the need to:

  • Promote and raise the awareness of professional ethics in the LIS sector in Sri Lanka
How did you plan to make this happen?

The SLLA started with a full review of its existing Code of Ethics (CoE) that was published in 1998. 

Once this review was done, efforts to increase awareness and promote it among LIS professionals followed with a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for 20 LIS professionals selected based on their experience in the field.

After the workshop, trainers shared the newly acquired knowledge through training to other levels in the LIS profession across the country.

How did it work?

The CoE was revised after much deliberation at SLLA Committee level, and then by a group of Senior LIS professionals, particularly past SLLA presidents.

The new version of the CoE was then used for the whole project, as well as the ToT and subsequent trainings.

A successful ToT was conducted and the content was immediately used at four trainings held in four provinces in Sri Lanka: Jaffna, Colombo, Uva and Central Provinces.

An awareness programme was also carried out in the South Eastern University for academic LIS staff, facilitated by two ToT trainers.

Copies were given to all trainees and in all instances the CoE was used to emphasize the need of Professional Ethics and behavior in our profession.

Evaluations and feedback showed that this programme was highly useful for library employees' day to day professional work and their careers. 

How did you use communications during the project?

The following communication materials and tools were used during the workshop:

  1. Multilingual lectures and discussions, held in English, Sinhala and Tamil languages, as participants came from different areas of Sri Lanka.
  2. Power Point presentations, prepared as course materials to be used in other cascade trainings in the country.These were translated to Sinhala and English.
  3. Case studies/presentations, lecturers were interactive and some activities consisted on discussing real-life scenarios. These were very helpful to understand what Professional Ethics are and to convey the need to act accordingly. 
  4. Experience sharing, a very interesting feature was that participants shared issues or dilemmas they faced when carrying out their work. Especially for the following: user behavior, user negotiation, imparting confidential information, copyright issues and plagiarism, and being confidential about users’ type of information. 
  5. Role playing, this activity was very effective to highlight problems and solutions to challenges that are faced by librarians.
What did you learn in the process?

Through discussions, we discovered a lack of understanding concerning CoEs in the LIS sector, despite the undeniable importance of it to our profession.

The questions on how to deal with some critical situations showed us that a CoE of an institution should be discussed internally, taking real life experiences into account.

The participants felt confident in having such documentation to back their issues and knowledgeable on the expected professional behavior in most situations.

The SLLA is fully aware that such programmes should be continued in the future whenever and where ever it is deemed necessary, to sustain the awareness gained by participants and future LIS generations.

What are your next steps?

The SLLA project team will work in the following activities:

  • Hold more awareness-raising trainings on this area when possible, with available resources
  • The CoE will be promoted online and in trainings
  • The subject of Professional Ethics will be incorporated to the SLLA’s Diploma Educational program

IAP Project Report: West Africa (2017) "Awareness Creation, Advocacy and Relevant Data Collection Strategies for the UN 2030 Agenda for Librarians"

IFLA - სამ, 27/03/2018 - 14:23

IFLA supported an International Advocacy Programme project in West Africa in 2017. After completion of this regional project we asked the project team some questions and this is what they told us about the workshop they organised.

What were your goals?
  • To build the capacity of West African librarians to effectively advocate for inclusion of libraries in development plans at different levels of governance.
  • To provide skills to West African librarians for the collection and showing of their stories relating to their contributions to the UN 2030 Agenda.
How did you plan to make this happen?

We started by creating a task force confirmed by the IAP teams from Ghana and Nigeria, to submit a funding proposal to IFLA under the IAP. The project consisted in bringing together librarians from all West African countries for a two-day workshop in Accra, Ghana.

Getting experienced international librarians—preferably from West Africa—as speakers was very important to ensure a quality programme and for adopting a local approach. The Ghana Library Association hosted the event and worked together with Ghana IAP participants to arrange logistics. IAP participants from Nigeria were dedicated to preparing the content for the workshop.

Participants were hosted by the University of Ghana Guest Centre and utilised the University of Ghana Balme Library Seminar Room as the venue for the two-day workshop.

The workshop included presentations, group and individual activities and reporting, role playing, question and answer sessions, etc. Workshop materials were translated and simultaneous interpretation into English and French was offered to ensure a better understanding of the content by all participants.

How did it work?

Almost all Western African French and English speaking countries were represented at the workshop with one or two participants each, with the exception of Niger and Liberia who unfortunately could not participate.

The event was facilitated by two resource persons and supported by four IAP members from Ghana and Nigeria. 

Six topics were presented covering issues such as the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the African Union's 2063 Agenda (including the role of librarians in these), Storytelling, Advocacy Cycle, Developing an Advocacy Plan and Follow-up Actions and Deadlines. There were also exercises with reporting back as a group or individually and role playing.

After the workshop, participants completed evaluation forms and received certificates of participation.

How did you use communications during the project?

In the initial stages communication was mainly handled through email and telephone. During the workshop, our face-to-face meetings were aided by simultaneous translation.

An English/French speaking IAP member from Ghana played a vital role in supporting communications between English and French speakers before, during and after the workshop.

What did you learn in the process?

The participants had many takeaways after the workshop concluded, with some key learnings:

  • A deeper understanding of the UN 2030 and AU 2063 Agendas. The roles that librarians can play to support these Agendas and how to also increase the profile of the library and information profession.
  • A new way of assessing our work by telling stories to each other and to the world—and more importantly to our governments and agencies.
  • A clear understanding of the seven steps in the advocacy cycle and how to use it to put in place a plan to support the UN 2030 Agenda.

Role playing excercises were quite revealing and confirmed some of the issues that confront us when we meet stakeholders and helped to identify other potential issues we need to work on. We discovered there were also some issues that we had in common and others which were peculiar to individual countries; both enriched the discussions. 

Few participants knew each other beforehand, but through the workshop they developed closer relationships with each other and the entire team. Communications by email and exchanges on the WhatsApp platform created at the end of the workshop were evidence of this great bond created as a byproduct of the workshop. 

What are your next steps?

After the workshop, the following steps will take place:

  1. Reminding and monitoring the tasks agreed by all participants, with two key activities and deadlines for 2018:
    • Task A: Organise awareness raising sessions on the SDGs
    • Task B: Meet up with policy makers 
  2. Supporting all participants to carry out their IAP activities in their respective countries

 

IAP Project Report: West Africa (2017) "Awareness Creation, Advocacy and Relevant Data Collection Strategies for the UN 2030 Agenda for Librarians"

IFLA - სამ, 27/03/2018 - 14:23

IFLA supported an International Advocacy Programme project in West Africa in 2017. After completion of this regional project we asked the project team some questions and this is what they told us about the workshop they organised.

What were your goals?
  • To build the capacity of West African librarians to effectively advocate for inclusion of libraries in development plans at different levels of governance.
  • To provide skills to West African librarians for the collection and showing of their stories relating to their contributions to the UN 2030 Agenda.
How did you plan to make this happen?

We started by creating a task force confirmed by the IAP teams from Ghana and Nigeria, to submit a funding proposal to IFLA under the IAP. The project consisted in bringing together librarians from all West African countries for a two-day workshop in Accra, Ghana.

Getting experienced international librarians—preferably from West Africa—as speakers was very important to ensure a quality programme and for adopting a local approach. The Ghana Library Association hosted the event and worked together with Ghana IAP participants to arrange logistics. IAP participants from Nigeria were dedicated to preparing the content for the workshop.

Participants were hosted by the University of Ghana Guest Centre and utilised the University of Ghana Balme Library Seminar Room as the venue for the two-day workshop.

The workshop included presentations, group and individual activities and reporting, role playing, question and answer sessions, etc. Workshop materials were translated and simultaneous interpretation into English and French was offered to ensure a better understanding of the content by all participants.

How did it work?

Almost all Western African French and English speaking countries were represented at the workshop with one or two participants each, with the exception of Niger and Liberia who unfortunately could not participate.

The event was facilitated by two resource persons and supported by four IAP members from Ghana and Nigeria. 

Six topics were presented covering issues such as the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the African Union's 2063 Agenda (including the role of librarians in these), Storytelling, Advocacy Cycle, Developing an Advocacy Plan and Follow-up Actions and Deadlines. There were also exercises with reporting back as a group or individually and role playing.

After the workshop, participants completed evaluation forms and received certificates of participation.

How did you use communications during the project?

In the initial stages communication was mainly handled through email and telephone. During the workshop, our face-to-face meetings were aided by simultaneous translation.

An English/French speaking IAP member from Ghana played a vital role in supporting communications between English and French speakers before, during and after the workshop.

What did you learn in the process?

The participants had many takeaways after the workshop concluded, with some key learnings:

  • A deeper understanding of the UN 2030 and AU 2063 Agendas. The roles that librarians can play to support these Agendas and how to also increase the profile of the library and information profession.
  • A new way of assessing our work by telling stories to each other and to the world—and more importantly to our governments and agencies.
  • A clear understanding of the seven steps in the advocacy cycle and how to use it to put in place a plan to support the UN 2030 Agenda.

Role playing excercises were quite revealing and confirmed some of the issues that confront us when we meet stakeholders and helped to identify other potential issues we need to work on. We discovered there were also some issues that we had in common and others which were peculiar to individual countries; both enriched the discussions. 

Few participants knew each other beforehand, but through the workshop they developed closer relationships with each other and the entire team. Communications by email and exchanges on the WhatsApp platform created at the end of the workshop were evidence of this great bond created as a byproduct of the workshop. 

What are your next steps?

After the workshop, the following steps will take place:

  1. Reminding and monitoring the tasks agreed by all participants, with two key activities and deadlines for 2018:
    • Task A: Organise awareness raising sessions on the SDGs
    • Task B: Meet up with policy makers 
  2. Supporting all participants to carry out their IAP activities in their respective countries

 

8th International Conference of Art Libraries

IFLA - სამ, 27/03/2018 - 01:43

8th International Conference of Art Libraries

Amsterdam, Netherlands

October 4-5, 2018

For the 8th time, the international network of art libraries will come together to hold its biannual conference, this year at the Rijksmuseum on 4 and 5 October 2018. The conference is both a meeting of the partner libraries joining the Art Discovery Group Catalogue project and an event focusing on topics around art and museum information of rather general interest.

The two-day programme is covering a large spectrum of topics, ranging from the ongoing project Art Discovery Group Catalogue to questions around Resource Sharing and Linked Open Data.

Check the Conference web-page  for information about Call for Papers, registration details and the preliminary programme.

Call for submissions: IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award 2018

IFLA - პარ, 23/03/2018 - 14:30
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 2018 IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award will be projected and voted by the participants of the IFLA MetLib Conference in Belgrade, Serbia (May 13 – 18). 

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.

Prize 

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 Kuala Lumpur (August 24-30, 2018);
  • 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 Kuala Lumpur (August 24-30). 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 2018 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.

Links
Contacts

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

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

Out Now: March 2018 issue of IFLA Journal

IFLA - პარ, 23/03/2018 - 11:30

​​IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries.

The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally.

Volume 44, No.1 (December 2018)

Contents:
Editorial

Co-authorship and diversity among researchers: Positive trends for IFLA and the global profession 3
Steven W. Witt

Articles

A learning object ontology repository to support annotation and discovery of educational resources using semantic thesauri 4
Dimitrios A. Koutsomitropoulos and Georgia D. Solomou

Usage of academic social networking sites by Karachi social science faculty: Implications for academic libraries 23
Muhammad Yousuf Ali and Joanna Richardson

Accessibility in Central Asia: Collaboration between graduate school and library 35
Margaret Spires and A. S. CohenMiller

Sister library cooperation: Inspiring cross-cultural capability for librarians 44
Fehintola Nike Onifade and Laurie Bridges

E-environments in the Gulf Cooperation Council States: An analysis of the literature 56
Mohammad A. Alajmi and Abebe Rorissa

Abstracts 74

 

IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally. IFLA Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

To submit an article please visit IFLA Journal on the SAGE platform.

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Join Our Copyright & Legal Matters Working Group

LIBER news - ხუთ, 22/03/2018 - 10:43

Is your research library actively working on topics such as copyright and the implications of incoming GDPR regulations? Would you like to share your expertise in this area with other library professionals across Europe? If so, then please consider joining LIBER’s Copyright & Legal Matters Working Group. Currently the group is focused on advocacy related…

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EIFL signs three-year agreement with Bookshare

eifl licensing news - ოთხ, 21/03/2018 - 17:24

EIFL has signed a three-year agreement with Benetech, a technology company based in Silicon Valley, California, USA, for access to Bookshare, the world's largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities.

Leading the Way: IFLA President’s Meeting Opens New Perspectives

IFLA - ოთხ, 21/03/2018 - 12:27

Libraries have long been drivers of pioneering ideas and innovation. From support for cutting-edge research to making a reality of literacy for all, they have shown a capacity for leadership in their communities and worldwide.

Under the theme 'Leading the Way: Libraries as Motors of Change', IFLA President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón welcomed over 300 library professionals from all over the world to her first President’s Meeting on 19 March 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

Echoing the theme of her presidency, she called on libraries everywhere to continue to realise their potential.

Libraries do not need to be the victims of change. They do not have to sprint to keep up with change. They can drive change.
Glòria Pérez-Salmerón

As fuel for the journey ahead, a programme of speakers from academia and politics, journalism and publishing, technology and story-telling provided ideas, experiences and insights. As a climax of the day, IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner presented the summary report of the IFLA Global Vision discussion's first phase.

FUTURE LIBRARIES, FUTURE CITIZENS

The keynote speaker, Rafael Ramirez, set the scene. The only certain thing about the future is that it is coming at us. By coming together, sharing perspectives, and developing plausible scenarios, we can develop strategies that give us the best chance of succeeding.

Your libraries focus on building citizens, not consumers. But what are the characteristics of the citizen of the future? What is the society that you will be serving?
Rafael Ramirez

Mercè Conesa i Pagès, President of Diputació Barcelona, spoke of her region's efforts to deliver smarter and more inclusive growth. In addition to unprecedented efforts to give access to public data and information, they were investing in making sure that everyone had the possibility and skills to use it.

Our citizens are demanding libraries — spaces for learning, creativity & innovation, to create ideas that open minds, that open doors to collaboration, to transformation & to changing the world.
Mercè Conesa i Pagès

POWERING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ON AND OFFLINE

Libraries power sustainable development, both on and offline. Iskra Mihaylova MEP, chair of the Regional Policy Committee at the European Parliament, underlined how information fed into smart regional growth strategies. She called on libraries to be proactive, to tell their representatives about the great work they are doing.

When authorities need to make informed decisions, they can rely on libraries as partners. In sustainable development libraries are key players: without them it is not possible!
Iskra Mihaylova

 

Libraries make the Internet more useful, they curate knowledge that equalises power. By building up digital skills, libraries legitimise and build public trust in the Internet.
Cassie Robinson

Cassie Robinson, Strategic Design Director at doteveryone, argued that libraries could lead the response to growing scepticism about the Internet. Their social mission, trusted status, and dedicated staff gave them a key role in ensuring the web works for all.

OUR SKILLS AND VALUES: A BASIS FOR PARTNERSHIPS

Libraries are unique, but they should not be isolated. At a time that IFLA is looking to develop collaboration internally, the speakers in the second session underlined the potential for libraries to build alliances outside of the field. Our values are shared by many others, and should be a basis for partnership.

Matt Finch, library storyteller, set out how the skills and engagement of librarians was already improving how hospitals were helping patients. Roger Baig Viñas presented his work to create community-based Internet service providers, and underlined how libraries could help.

For me, discovery, surprise, exploration, and the ability to do something the authorities didn't predict, lie at the heart of a user's encounter with a librarian.
Matt Finch

To bridge the Internet affordability gap, libraries can play a role as hubs for community networks. Openness, freedom & neutrality are characteristics of community networks, just like libraries.
Roger Baig Viñas

 

Digital technologies have led to rapid changes in the way we create, share and access information. They have brought many advantages, but also require new ways of working – and thinking – in order to protect against the potential negative consequences the Internet can bring.

​Glyn Moody, journalist, underlined that we risked facing a new dark age, with truth, expertise, knowledge, sharing and privacy all under attack. Libraries could lead the fightback.

Knowledge is under attack: academic publishers are trying to turn it into a luxury product. As librarians you should promote open access: libraries are expertise made visible.
Glyn Moody

 

Let’s get ourselves online, and create a platform to get the others online. Working together, pulling resources, takes us further. We can help other organizations to publish the way users expect.
Toby Green

 

Toby Green, Head of Publishing at the OECD, talked about his efforts to build new platforms and services to survive. Collaboration offered a great means of preserving and promoting what matters.

30000 VOICES – ONE REPORT

The climax of the day was the launch by Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary-General, of the summary report of the first phase of the IFLA Global Vision Discussion. This brings together the results of over 30 000 contributions, and represents an essential step towards turning the Vision into reality. You can read more in our press release

​The launch, as well as the opening by the IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, and President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, was live streamed.

Both videos are now available in IFLA’s YouTube channel. Where available, slides from the presentations will be made available in the President’s Meeting website.

IFLA is grateful to its partners, the Diputació BarcelonaFESABID, and L'Ateneu Barcelonès, for their support in organising this event, under the auspices of Diputació Barcelona. This event was made possible thanks to the sponsoring of e-Libro, and the support provided by the following organisations: IE LibraryCol·legi Oficial de Bibliotecaris-Documentalistes de CatalunyaUniversitat de BarcelonaBiblioteques de Barcelona, Biblioteca de Catalunya, and the Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació.

Giving Access in the Arab World: IFLA Speaks at Dubai Workshop on the Marrakesh Treaty

IFLA - სამ, 20/03/2018 - 01:23

​The Marrakesh Treaty, which aims to remove unnecessary copyright-related barriers to making and sharing accessible copies of books. To date, only two Arab-language countries have ratified this, meaning that most people in the region with print disabilities continue to struggle to access knowledge and literature. At a workshop in Dubai, organised by the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, IFLA called for progress, both in legislation and on the ground.

Following its signature in 2013, the Marrakesh Treaty entered into force faster than any other copyright-related text from the World Intellectual Property Organisation in the last forty years. A steady flow of countries are now ratifying the Treaty, opening up collections of accessible-format works to people with print disabilities in other countries, as well as given their own citizens new possibilities.

In the Arab world, only two countries – Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates – have ratified. More need to do so in order to benefit those who cannot read standard format books, and the libraries that save them. Thanks to the wide spread of the Arabic language, the possibilities created by Marrakesh for cross-border sharing of works are particularly important.

Hala Essalmawi, Attorney at Law and Intellectual Property Officer at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, therefore attended a workshop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the invitation of the UAE Economy Ministry and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

She set out the work that the Library of Alexandria – and libraries around the world – are doing to ensure that everyone has access, and the limitations caused by a lack of accessible format works. Libraries were doing their best to create new copies, but this was expensive and difficult. The opportunity to share copies, including across borders, would be transformative.

The current situation created discrimination against people with print disabilities, and prevented them from fulfilling their duty to learn, as set out in scripture. It was imperative to pass the necessary laws to ratify the Treaty, and to do so in a way that did not create new barriers to access, for example by obliging libraries to make supplementary payments to publishers, or check on whether a copy of a book in the right format is on sale first.

IFLA continues to encourage all governments to ratify the Treaty in a way that maximises access, and so build fairer, more inclusive knowledge societies.

Read more about the Marrakesh Treaty and libraries.

United States Moves towards Marrakesh Ratification

IFLA - სამ, 20/03/2018 - 00:12

There has been welcome news from the Unites States, where legislation designed to implement the Marrakesh Treaty has been introduced to Congress. Once this is voted, America will join the growing number of countries choosing to remove the unnecessary copyright-related barriers that have meant that people with print disabilities only have access to a small share of all publications.

The Marrakesh Treaty provides a response to the problems created by the exclusive right of authors – or publishers – to authorise the copying of works and their subsequent use. The creation of a version of a book in Braille, or a digital copy which can be adapted to meet the needs of the users, therefore fell under copyright.

However, with the community of people with any given form of print disability is often too small to make it economically worthwhile for publishers to create the relevant accessible format copies. Libraries themselves invest in making such copies, but are faced by budget constraints.

The Treaty allows for an exception to these rights – meaning that individuals and institutions can make copies without authorisation, and that they can then share them with other eligible individuals and institutions. This also works across borders – an important step forwards in countries where the budget available for creating accessible format works is minimal.

The US legislation, introduced by members of the House of Representatives from both main political parties, will help ensure that the US catches up with Canada, India, much of Latin America, and shortly the European Union. It confirms the right to make and share accessible format copies of works, without imposing additional payments or an obligation to check on the commercial availability of works first.

As the legislative process advances, it will be important to ensure that no additional obligations are inserted. This is important, given the need for as many libraries as possible to get involved – they should not be over-burdened with regulation or scared away.  

This bill is a very positive start, and IFLA hopes for a speedy and simple ratification. In doing this, the US will make a major step towards ending the book famine for all.  

For more information, see the Association of Research Libraries response.

Launched today! IFLA Global Vision Report Summary Reveals Top 10 Highlights and Opportunities

IFLA - ორშ, 19/03/2018 - 21:00

BARCELONA, Spain, 19 March 2018 —

IFLA’s eagerly-awaited Global Vision Report Summary launches today, Monday 19 March, at the IFLA President’s Meeting 2018, revealing incredible insights into the views of over 31,000 participants from 190 UN Member States across all seven continents.

Overwhelmingly, the most important key finding from the global vision discussion is the discovery that we are globally united in our goals.  Across regions, library types and length of engagement with libraries, we share a deep commitment to the enduring value and role of libraries. 

This gives us a strong foundation in which to explore how a connected library field can meet the challenges of the future.

Highlights and Opportunities

Unveiled alongside this hugely positive key finding are the top 10 highlights and opportunities that now shape the 2nd phase of the IFLA Global Vision discussion, which asks the library field to build a vibrant 'ideas store' and explore how we can turn ideas into actions.

The Global Vision discussion highlights show libraries are: 

  • Dedicated to providing equal and free access to information and knowledge
  • Deeply committed to core roles in supporting literacy, learning and reading
  • Focused on our communities
  • Embracing digital innovation
  • Strong advocates for libraries at national and regional leader level
  • Aware that funding is our biggest challenge
  • Eager to work more collaboratively and develop strong partnerships 
  • Desiring to be less bureaucratic and resistant to change
  • Proud to be guardians of the memory of the world
  • Attracting young professionals deeply committed and eager to lead

For each Global Vision highlight there are also ten opportunities for action. And this is where the creative work begins!

Turning ideas into action

 

The Global Vision discussion moves into top gear as IFLA is creating the biggest idea store for actions, a source of inspiration for all librarians and for IFLA in planning for the future. Through a series of workshops and an online platform we want to gather ideas from librarians from all over the world. These will allow us to identify how all regions and library types can play their part. With your ideas, IFLA will create a strategy and action plans that will turn our vision into reality: a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participative societies.

IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, who is spear-heading the discussion, is delighted at the positive response from the library community: 

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. It is incredible to hear from so many voices. This truly means that the top ten highlights and opportunities are your opportunities. They belong to every library professional in every region of the world. Now we're going to make all these wonderful ideas held in the summary real. We're going to create global actions together. Let us make our vision real:

A STRONG AND UNITED LIBRARY FIELD POWERING LITERATE, INFORMED AND PARTICIPATIVE SOCIETIES."

The full Global Vision report will be presented in August 2018 during IFLA's World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For now, download your copy of the IFLA Global Vision Report Summary and begin organising your own ideas store!

 

 

2018 IFLA International Marketing Award Winners Announced

IFLA - პარ, 16/03/2018 - 14:05

The IFLA Section on Management and Marketing in collaboration with BibLibre is pleased to announce the winners, finalists and top ten projects of the IFLA BibLibre International Marketing Award for 2018! 

The award honors organizations that have implemented creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns that promote the library and information services industry.  First place goes to the New York Public Library - USA for the "2017 NYC Youth Fine Amnesty" project.

2018 Winner! - "2017 NYC Youth Amnesty" (New York Public Library - USA)

2nd Place - "Keeping up with the Librarians" (Invercargill City Libraries and Archives - New Zealand)

3rd Place - Greetings from Zagreb! (National and University Library in Zagreb - Croatia)

Check the press release for more details

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