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Qatar National Library and UNESCO support Arab Documentary Heritage Preservation

IFLA - ორშ, 24/09/2018 - 11:49
Qatar National Library (QNL) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have signed an agreement to implement a joint project entitled ‘Supporting Documentary Heritage Libraries in the Arab Region’.

The agreement will strengthen the role of QNL and UNESCO in preserving the rich cultural heritage present in libraries across the Arab region, which is of critical importance worldwide. The project aims to protect the Arab region’s history, identity, and knowledge through the preservation of documentary heritage, which currently runs the risk of being lost due to neglect, natural decay, outdated technology, inadequate housing, or deliberate destruction.

Taking place over an 18-month period, the extensive project will ensure that the documentary heritage of all countries in the Arab region is mapped, and that specific areas which require capacity-building and additional support are identified. An important outcome will be the provision of capacity-building training sessions and workshops for documentary heritage preservation practitioners based in countries in crisis, providing guidance on the preventive conservation of documentary heritage in emergency situations.

The project will also strengthen the existing cooperation between QNL and UNESCO, and build on both organizations’ achievements in preserving and promoting documentary heritage in the Arab region.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Stuart Hamilton, Deputy Executive Director for International Relations and Communications, QNL, said:

“Archival and library materials are of vital importance to a nation’s legacy. We are proud to be working with UNESCO to support heritage libraries in the Arab region, and to raise awareness of their significance.”

Anna Paolini, UNESCO Representative in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen, and Director of the UNESCO Doha Office, added:

“The Middle East is home to extraordinary cultural heritage. The manuscripts, books, maps, videos and archives of the region are a contribution to the history of humanity, and it is therefore essential to protect and promote them to foster a dialogue between cultures; and that’s what we hope to achieve through this project. With the support of Qatar National Library, we aim to gain a good understanding of the challenges and needs of heritage institutions in the region in order to better assist them in conserving and bringing to light the region’s most valuable documents.” 

The joint project supports QNL’s ongoing role as the regional Preservation and Conservation Centre (PAC) for Arab countries and the Middle East. QNL was selected as the regional PAC in 2015 by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Read more about the IFLA Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation here.

 

 

عبر اتفاقية تستمر 18 شهراً وتحظى بأهمية عالمية كبرى
مكتبة قطر الوطنية تتعاون مع اليونسكو في حفظ التراث الوثائقي للعالم العربي

الدوحة، قطر،  17يوليو 2018 – وقعت مكتبة قطر الوطنية ومنظمة الأمم المتحدة للتربية والعلم والثقافة (اليونسكو) اتفاقية للتعاون المشترك في تنفيذ مشروع بعنوان "دعم مكتبات التراث الوثائقي في المنطقة العربية"، الذي يعزز دور كل من المكتبة واليونسكو في الحفاظ على التراث الثقافي الغني الموجود في المكتبات في شتى أنحاء المنطقة العربية ويحظى بأهمية كبرى على مستوى العالم.

ويهدف هذا المشروع إلى حماية تاريخ المنطقة العربية وهويتها وأنواع المعارف فيها من خلال حفظ تراثها الوثائقي المهدد حاليًا بخطر الاندثار والضياع نتيجةً للإهمال، أو التدهور الطبيعي، أو استخدام تقنيات غير حديثة في حفظ التراث الوثائقي، أو حفظه في أماكن غير مناسبة، أو بسبب الإتلاف والتدمير العمدي.

ويتضمن هذا المشروع المكثف، الذي يستمر 18 شهرًا، حصر التراث الوثائقي في كل الدول العربية، وتحديد المناطق التي تحتاج إلى الدعم أو بناء القدرات. ومن النتائج المهمة التي سيسفر عنها هذا المشروع، توفير الورش التدريبية حول كيفية حفظ التراث الوثائقي بهدف صقل مهارات المتخصصين والعاملين في هذا المجال في الدول المتضررة والارتقاء بكفاءتهم وقدراتهم.

وبقدر ما يعكس هذا المشروع المشترك إدراك كل من مكتبة قطر الوطنية ومنظمة اليونسكو للأهمية البالغة التي يحظى بها، فإنه أيضًا يعزز من أواصر التعاون القائمة بين المكتبة واليونسكو ويستكمل جهودهما في مجال صون التراث الوثائقي للعالم العربي والحفاظ عليه.

وبهذه المناسبة، علق الدكتور ستيوارت هاميلتون، نائب المدير التنفيذي لشؤون العلاقات الدولية والإتصال في مكتبة قطر الوطنية، بقوله: "تمثل المواد الأرشيفية والوثائقية الموجودة في المكتبات جزءًا بالغ الأهمية من تراث أي أمة وتاريخها. وإننا لنعتز بتعاوننا مع منظمة اليونسكو في دعم الحفاظ على المكتبات التراثية بالدول العربية وتعزيز الوعي بأهميتها الثقافية الرفيعة".

ومن جانبها علقت الدكتورة آنا باوليني، ممثل اليونسكو لدى الدول العربية في الخليج واليمن ومدير مكتب اليونسكو في الدوحة، على هذه الشراكة بقولها: "تضم منطقة الشرق الأوسط كنوزًا ثمينة من التراث الثقافي الزاخر بالمخطوطات والكتب والخرائط ومقاطع الفيديو والسجلات الأرشيفية التي تمثل إسهامًا رفيع المستوى في تاريخ البشرية، ومن ثم، فإن حماية هذا التراث والحفاظ عليه يُعدّ ركيزة أساسية لإثراء الحوار بين الثقافات، وهو ما نسعى إلى تحقيقه من خلال هذا المشروع."

وأضافت: "وبدعم من مكتبة قطر الوطنية، نهدف إلى أن نلم بالتحديات التي تواجه المؤسسات التراثية في المنطقة وإحتياجاتها حتى نستطيع أن نمد لها يد العون والمساعدة في الحفاظ على أهم الوثائق التاريخية في المنطقة وتسليط الضوء عليها".

ويعزز المشروع كذلك دور مكتبة قطر الوطنية بوصفها المركز الإقليمي لصيانة مواد المكتبات والمحافظة عليها في الدول العربية ومنطقة الشرق الأوسط، وهو الدور الذي تولته منذ عام 2015 بناءً على قرار من الاتحاد الدولي لجمعيات ومؤسسات المكتبات (الإفلا).

Provide Access, Protect Rights, Promote Development – IFLA at WIPO General Assembly 2018

IFLA - ორშ, 24/09/2018 - 08:29

The annual general assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organisation – WIPO – offers a chance to take a strategic look at the Organisation’s work across the board. For IFLA, it is an opportunity to highlight the priorities of libraries, and make the connection with the broader objectives of WIPO, and the UN system as a whole.

As the United Nations agency responsible for questions around intellectual property, and in particular copyright, the World Intellectual Property Organisation is a vital partner for IFLA.

With ongoing discussions about exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives and museums, its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is a key focus for our international advocacy work.

IFLA therefore works hard to engage with WIPO and its Member States, underlining the need for a minimum set of exceptions and limitations to copyright, as well as for provisions that allow libraries to work across borders.

General Assembly: Global Issues, National Action

The General Assembly, held from 24 September to 2 October, is the key high-level event in the WIPO calendar. It sees Member States take a strategic look at all of the organisation’s work.

This includes making recommendations to committees, determining whether to launch diplomatic conferences (where Treaties are agreed) and dealing with a number of administrative questions.

Particular issues this year include the placement of regional WIPO offices, and potential progress on a new treaty on design rights.

For IFLA, it is an opportunity to continue engagement with Member States, and underlining the need for the right copyright laws for libraries around the world.

IFLA will also stress the need, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the need for intellectual property policies to do their part to deliver human rights and development.  

You can follow IFLA’s engagement on Twitter. Read more about IFLA’s work with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and about how you can get involved. IFLA’s interventions will be published here shortly.

Communications Officer

IFLA - ორშ, 24/09/2018 - 04:00

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Headquarters is looking for an experienced Communications Officer to join a dynamic international team undertaking global projects.

Over the next ten years, IFLA aims to transform the library field and itself through concerted and coordinated efforts at the global, regional, and national level. The ultimate benefit of this work will be seen at the local level through better library services helping more people gain literacy, improve their education, find employment, improve their health, etc. IFLA has outlined a number of activities to initiate this transformation and a key to their success will be the ability to enhance communications and connections between IFLA, its organisational members and individual librarians around the world. The activities will contribute to strengthening the IFLA brand. By enhancing the impact of its communication actions, IFLA also seeks to widen its audience beyond library and information professionals, attracting international organisations, government, and business

Location

IFLA Headquarters is located in The Hague (next to The Hague Central Station) in The Netherlands.

Key areas of Responsibility

This position is part of the Communications Team and will be responsible for increasing IFLA’s effectiveness in communicating with internal and external stakeholders regarding project activities and overall IFLA initiatives. A key goal will be to support the implementation of IFLA’s communication strategy by providing creative ideas and achieving them in the most effective way

Qualifications and Experience
  • At least 5 years of experience covering various aspects of communications activities
  • Excellent written & verbal communications and presentation skills in English (native speaker desirable)
  • Sound knowledge of software, processes and procedures needed for communications and PR
  • Digital communication skills, including social media and website development, writing, editing and delivering web content
  • Ability to think and write creatively, approach communication from new angles, and put the ideas into practice
  • Strong teamwork skills
Additionally, the candidate will have:
  • Experience with the use of CMS (e.g. WordPress, Drupal)
  • Ability to script, shoot, edit and publish original digital media—requiring experience with video equipment and Adobe Premiere, etc. (in house)
  • Experience with animated video platforms/applications
  • Experience with scripting videos for outsourced video production
  • Analytical skills, with the ability to interpret and visualise data
  • Experience in working within an international NGO organisation
  • Knowledge / awareness of issues in the information environment / the library profession
Salary

The gross monthly salary offered will be EUR 3,605 per month in line with the Collective Agreement of Public Libraries in The Netherlands. You will also receive a holiday allowance (8% of your annual salary), an end of year bonus and enjoy 25 days of holidays per year. You will also participate in IFLA’s group pension scheme.

Closing date

The closing date is 19 October 2018. Due to the high volume of applications we are expecting to receive, interested candidates are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

How to apply

Please send your CV including a motivation letter addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the position in English to vacancies@ifla.org. Only candidates with valid documentation to work in The Netherlands will be considered.

Job opportunity at IFLA Headquarters: Communications Officer

IFLA - ორშ, 24/09/2018 - 04:00

There is a vacancy at IFLA Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands for the position of:

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

At IFLA Headquarters an international staff of over 20 people manages and develops programmes for members and the library and information sector worldwide. IFLA’s strategic priorities include access to information, digital content, cultural heritage, the contribution of libraries to national development, and professional practice.

IFLA Headquarters
24 September 2018

Celebrating Books, Celebrating Access: Kuala Lumpur Announced as World Book Capital 2020

IFLA - ხუთ, 20/09/2018 - 18:49

UNESCO has announced that Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be World Book Capital 2020. Taking up the status on 23 April 2020, it will, for a year, be the focus of efforts and activities to promote books and reading for all. Following a successful World Library and Information Congress, it will be a further opportunity for Malaysia’s libraries to show their ability to reach out to the hard to reach.

Kuala Lumpur will be the 20th holder of the title of World Book Capital. The programme was established in 2001 as a means of encouraging innovative efforts to boost production of, and access to, books.

Libraries have a key role to play in delivering the objectives of the programme. Through their work, they bring books to a wider readership, and by doing so, help build the writers, creators and innovators of the future.

Kuala Lumpur will be no different, with plans to create open-air libraries around the city, new digital services for libraries in poorer areas, and programmes by the National Library to deliver greater accessibility to people with disabilities.

This focus – a key theme of the successful World Library and Information Congress held in Kuala Lumpur less than a month ago – on reaching the hard to reach, is also at the heart of IFLA’s advocacy around libraries and the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:

Books safeguard the past, fire the imagination, and drive development. Libraries are essential to making them accessible to all.

I am very glad that Kuala Lumpur, which hosted such a great World Library and Information Congress only last month, will be World Book Capital 2020. It is a great opportunity for the city’s libraries to show again how, by making books accessible to all, they can build more sustainable and successful societies.  

IFLA, alongside UNESCO and the International Publishers’ Association, is a member of the Advisory Committee on the World Book Capital, and encourages successful bids to give a full role to libraries. See also the UNESCO press release on the announcement.

Coming Soon: An Open Cloud for Social Sciences and Humanities

LIBER news - ხუთ, 20/09/2018 - 18:26

LIBER is one of 19 partners starting work in January 2019 on SSHOC: a new project to create a European open cloud ecosystem for social sciences and humanities (SSH). Funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, SSHOC will make data, tools and training available and accessible for users of SSH data. It will encourage secure…

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Librarians in Portuguese speaking Africa gathered in workshop: Awareness Creation, Advocacy and relevant Data Collection Strategies for UN 2030 Agenda.

IFLA - ოთხ, 19/09/2018 - 11:17

What were your goals?   

The project had two main goals, namely:

  • to build the capacity of librarians in Portuguese speaking African countries to enable them to advocate for librarians and libraries to be effectively included in the plans and activities of governments at the national level;
  • to build the skills of Portuguese speaking African librarians for the collection and showcasing of their stories relating to their contributions to the UN 2030 Agenda.

How did you plan to make this happen?

The goals of the project were achieved through a train-the-trainer workshop which was organized in Durban, South Africa from 1-2 July 2018 for 3 National Library Directors and 3 senior library persons, 2 each from 3 Portuguese speaking African countries – Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The training methodology was a participatory approach of short presentations by resource persons, intensive discussions, group activities and role plays.

How did it work?

The participatory training methodology adopted worked effectively as the capacity of the participants were built on how to advocate for libraries and librarians to be included in national development plans, how to showcase their stories relating to their contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda.

How did you use communications during the project?

Before the implementation of the project, advertisements were placed on all the platforms available to Portuguese speaking African librarians (AfLIA website, Africa-L). The advertisements were also sent to National Library Association Presidents, National Libraries of Portuguese speaking African countries for circulation to their members and also to post them on their websites. The July 2018 edition of the AfLIA newsletter featured the project.

What did you learn in the process?

One key lesson that was learnt during the implementation of the project was the realization by participants of the need to build strong national library associations to be able to participate and contribute effectively to the development of the library and information landscape regionally and globally.  

What are your next steps?

To sustain and maintain the enthusiasm that was generated during the project implementation, AfLIA will follow-up on quarterly basis on how well the participants are implementing the action plans agreed and report back through publication in AfLIA newsletter, website and sharing on Facebook. AfLIA will also provide periodic advice on how to carry out the action plans in case there are any implementation challenges.

Make a coffee, sit back and read the PLS Minutes from Kuala Lumpur!

IFLA - ორშ, 17/09/2018 - 09:50

 

It was standing room only at both of the Public Libraries Standing Committee's Buisness Meetings in beautiful Kuala Lumpur last month. In addition to the 17 SC members who were able to attend, we were joined by 45 observers from 15 countries. A truly international mix!

The Minutes of our meetings are now available on-line including links to the presentations given by SC members and guests. 

We finished with the now traditional photo shoot.

Don't miss the webinar on 24 September to find out whether new librarians can have a voice...

IFLA - კვი, 16/09/2018 - 07:14

Can new librarians have a voice? Training and professional development vs workplace reality.

Join presenters Christine Mackenzie, Catharina Isberg, Elham Sayyad-Abdi and Antoine Torrens as they share their perspectives on this all-important topic.

Monday, 24 September 2018 (Chicago 7am, Paris 2pm, Melbourne 10pm). Visit the World Clock to check the relevant time in your own location. 

The recording of the event will be made available.

Webinar Video: TU Delft’s Data Stewardship Project

LIBER news - პარ, 14/09/2018 - 16:42

Helping researchers to effectively manage, archive and share their data can be challenging. TU Delft believes that in data management there tend to be very few (if any) one-size fit all solutions. In addition, centralised support does not always find its way to all the departments and faculties. Therefore, there is a need to offer…

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European Copyright Reform: How Did We Get Here & What Happens Next?

LIBER news - პარ, 14/09/2018 - 16:30

There has been significant media coverage of the vote in the European Parliament last week on a revised Copyright Directive. Off the back of the mixed results, we (LIBER’s Copyright & Legal Matters Working Group) thought it appropriate to summarise where we stand in the process leading up to a new European Directive on copyright…

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BSLA Project Report: Senegal 2018

IFLA - ხუთ, 13/09/2018 - 13:53

What were your goals?

Association Sénégalaise des Bibliothécaires, Archivistes et Documentalistes (ASBAD) mainly aimed at three objectives through this project:

  1. Build capacity of current and emerging leaders in Senegalese library sector on governance and management of library association.
  2. Sensitize and train members of the Association on the role and impact of librarian profession in society and national development through cascade workshops in Association branches, interest groups and other frameworks of commitment.
  3. Develop a strong and sustainable professional association in Senegal.

The national workshop was opened to current and emerging library sector leaders from Mali, Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast.

How did you plan to make this happen?

The program of the project was spread over four workshops between October 2017 and February 2018. Three zonal workshops were organized at the level of the regional sections throughout the national territory. A national workshop open to the sister associations of the countries of the sub-region came to close this series of training.

Each workshop was the subject of Terms of Reference to establish the roadmap. The selection of participants was based on a call for applications with criteria established at the start.

The national documentary institutions, the institutional members of the Association and the partners have always been invited to the official ceremonies of the various workshops.

Each workshop was facilitated by five trainers. The participatory approach was favored. For the animation of the zonal workshops the experts of the libraries (Director and heads of institutions) at the local level were involved.

Concerning the national workshop, the Chair of IFLA's Africa Section came to strengthen the trainers' body as an international expert.

With a well-established communication plan, the workshops were mostly covered by the national press. The various communication and information channels of the Association have been used to support all the actions of the process.

How did it work?

Three zonal workshops of two days each in different parts of the country with members of the Association at the base were organized.  A critical mass of colleagues who are able to carry the projects of the association and its animation were selected.

62 librarians, old and new members of the Association were trained. The participants were effectively sensitized on the importance of having a strong library sector, the role and impact of the librarian professions in society and in national development, the importance of collecting data on the library sector. They were trained also in data mining, marketing techniques, lobbying and advocacy on behalf of the library sector.

The program wrapped up with a 3-day national workshop that brought current leaders of the association together with leaders of student library associations, interest groups leaders, and other responsible persons of sections and frameworks of commitment such as Corps of volunteers. It was open also to professional groups outside the Association and colleagues holding project in favor of the community. The selection was made on the basis of a call for applications supplemented by invitations to officials and representatives of the sister associations of the sub region (Mali, Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast).

The workshop addressed the themes of the 6 modules of the IFLA BSLA Program to build a strong library association. In addition sessions on intergenerational conversation, association culture, developing action plans was in the program. Major IFLA projects and involvements have been presented also like library and UN Agenda 2030, IFLA- IAP, IGVP, LMOW, DA2I.

The interactive sessions during all the workshops facilitated a collective brainstorming that produced excellent lines of work for the association and for the regional branches.

At the end of the process, a total of 76 colleagues were trained during these four workshops. All of them committed at the completion of the workshops to be more active in engagement, awareness and action. The first notable results are the renewed interest in the Association, including new applications for membership from different categories of colleagues and the rush toward our virtual and physical information points.

11 training experts were mobilized in the process of the 4 workshops. These include the former Director of the IFLA Francophone Center, three university library directors, two university professors in library science, and current and past Association officials who have participated in at least two international BSLA workshops and the chair of IFLA Africa Section, as international expert guest.

How did you use communications during the project?

To conduct the process adequately and to communicate efficiently, a communication plan was drafted using the Association digital tools and channels (Newsletter, listserv, Facebook page, Twitter profile, Instagram), classical media TV and Newspaper which cover activities, and also shows TV. Many official letters was sent to different stakeholders (Policy makers, institutional members of the Association, partners) etc.

A dynamic digital policy documents all the process based on our digital identity asbadsn, from call for application to the promotion of the events and follow- up of activities.

Links to workshop albums:
What did you learn in the process?

The series of workshops has sparked renewed interest around the Association; interactive discussions have also deconstructed the false image that many colleagues had of the Association.

Such workshops give self-confidence to participants and facilitate their commitment to action on behalf of the community.

The relevance of the participatory approach adopted in the implementation of the program which had facilitated during the process a better understanding between stakeholders in the library sector. The program was an effective way to engage the different institutional and associative actors.

The importance of having decentralized zonal workshops was valuable; it has awakened the feeling of belonging to the same professional community of several colleagues who participated.

Establishing transparent selection criteria from the outset helped to avoid frustrations and challenges in the selection of participants

The challenges of driving such type of program alongside institutional and professional commitments of board members.

Difficulties to adapt the funding model to the realities of the field and the program's funding chapters.

It appears the need to constantly re-adapt the communication policy of the Association by taking into account some parameters as the specificities of the young target.

The openness to sister associations in neighboring countries facilitates the implementation of sub-regional activities.

What are your next steps?
  • Leverage the momentum of engagement of participants from different workshops to have a strong voice around a shared vision.
  • Build a dynamic framework based on the energy that has emerged from the gathering of current and potential leaders of the library sector in Senegal and the sub-region.
  • Implement a synergy of action based on the cohorts of trained colleagues, the institutions involved, the committed partners and the authorities that accompanied the process of workshops.
  • Run a project to a collect and exploit library sector data in Senegal and in the Francophone sub-Saharan region.
  • Engage trained colleagues as a force of contribution and proposition to conduct advocacy campaigns internal and external to the Association.
  • Create a real craze around professional values and go to the development of codes of ethics and deontology of the profession at national level.
  • Implement sectoral animation programs at the branches level of the Association and other remote locations in the country.
  • Rely on the strength that comes from the interactivity of young professionals and experienced professionals around a strong leadership to carry out large-scale actions at zonal, national and sub regional levels.
  • Meet with the national authorities in charge of the sector on the implementation and follow up of conclusions and orientations issued by the workshops.

The European Parliament Votes on Copyright Reform: Giving and Taking Away

IFLA - ხუთ, 13/09/2018 - 12:41

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, 13 September 2018

In a vote on copyright today, Members of the European Parliament offered welcome support to libraries’ heritage work. However, disappointing decisions elsewhere mean that IFLA, its members and its partners will need to continue working towards a law that empowers libraries to help users share, create and innovate.

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:

Libraries across Europe are working hard to build stronger, richer, fairer societies through access to information. We need forward-looking copyright reforms to deliver this. Europe still has a way to go before it has the laws its libraries deserve".

The European Union’s draft Directive on copyright has been the subject of intense discussion for almost two years. It is a crucial document for libraries, with provisions relating both to core activities for our institutions, as well as the way people express themselves and access information online.

IFLA has therefore worked hard on behalf of its European members, and in order to set the right precedent internationally. Our members have engaged with their representatives as part of a concerted campaign. And in most of the areas where libraries have focused most, there has been welcome progress.

If the text agreed by the Parliament becomes law, libraries will have clearer possibilities to digitise works for preservation, including via cross-border networks. They will benefit from possibilities to digitise and upload books, articles and other documents which are no longer on sale, and so not available anywhere else. And they will have a right to benefit from copyright exceptions for teaching.

Yet elsewhere, the majority of the European Parliament voted for provisions which could do serious damage to the not-for-profit platforms that host open access articles and open educational resources. They also proposed to make use of two-word fragments of news articles subject to payment. Finally, they have introduced complexity into the rules around text and data mining, which could create confusion and risk setting Europe further behind in the global innovation field.

The next stage for the reform is discussions between the European Commission, and representatives of the Parliament and Member States. IFLA will make sure that all involved know what they need to do to set the right course for a more creative, innovative future.

See our analysis of the impact on libraries of the Parliament's position.

About IFLA

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1927 at an international conference, IFLA now has over 1,400 Members in more than 140 countries around the world. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for IFLA headquarters.

 

European Research & Innovation At Risk After Copyright Vote

LIBER news - ოთხ, 12/09/2018 - 17:04

The European Parliament today voted to approve proposed changes to copyright reform. LIBER welcomes improvements which will help libraries to better preserve, digitise and share their collections but remains deeply concerned that a lack of support for critical technologies such as Text and Data Mining (TDM) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) imply a bleak future for…

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Better Laws, Better Practices: IFLA Active for Libraries on Copyright

IFLA - ორშ, 10/09/2018 - 17:43

Following the launch of a guide to implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty and a statement on copyright literacy at the World Library and Information Congress, IFLA has continued to make the case for copyright that works for libraries. In the last two weeks, the focus has been on the operation of collective rights management and the EU’s copyright reforms.

 

Getting Collective Rights Management Right

IFLA’s work on copyright involves advocacy at both the international and regional/national levels. We argue that libraries need the right laws and practices, everywhere, in order to do their jobs.

At the international level, IFLA is closely engaged in the work of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). As well as providing a forum to discuss copyright law, WIPO has an important role in improving the operation of copyright on the ground.

In order to support this, the Organisation is producing a best practice toolkit setting out rules and codes of conduct for the work of collective rights management organisations.

These bodies collect money when works – books, songs, films – are used, and pay them to creators. They can play a very useful role in simplifying the operation of copyright, not least for libraries. However, for the sake of libraries, users and creators, they need to be well-managed.

Working with EIFL and the International Council on Archives, IFLA has therefore submitted comments to WIPO on the second draft of this guide. This follows a response to the first public draft earlier this year.

These comments underline the need to respect limitations and exceptions to copyright as well as openly licensed works, as well as ensure that libraries are fully engaged in licence discussions.

A new version of the toolkit will be available in the coming months.

 

Crucial Decisions in Europe

As part of its efforts to support its members in their own advocacy, IFLA has played an active role in the ongoing European copyright reform.

This reform creates both opportunities and risks for libraries. At best, it will offer clarity to libraries that they can continue to support research, education and preservation in a digital age, as well as giving access to works which cannot be bought on the market.

At worst, it could lead to unnecessary complexity and restrictions on library activities, and do major damage to the open access and open education movements.

IFLA has therefore submitted voting recommendations to all Members of the European Parliament, and has invited libraries across Europe to echo these points to their own representatives. In this, we have been lucky to work with a strong coalition of organisations representing libraries, universities and research organisations, notably EBLIDA, LIBER, EUA, Science Europe, SPARC Europe, and EIFL.

Read more about the position taken by IFLA in our previous news story, and contact us if you want to get involved.

LIBER Libraries: Urge Your MEPs to Support Libraries in the Copyright Vote

LIBER news - ორშ, 10/09/2018 - 14:48

The European Parliament will hold a critical vote on the draft copyright directive on Wednesday. It may be last time the details of the Directive are discussed in an open and transparent way. LIBER is therefore asking its libraries to contact their Members of the European Parliament and encourage them to vote in support of…

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Getting Started - a new IFLA guide for librariens on implementing the Marrakesh Treaty

IFLA - პარ, 07/09/2018 - 18:04

This guide, edited by Victoria Owen, and with the wecome support of the World Blind Union, the Canadian Association of Research LIbraries, and the Unviersity of Toronto, offers answers to frequently asked questions. It can also be adapted by national actors to their own laws - IFLA encourages this, in order to get the largest possible number of libraries involved. 

The guide is available in the following languages:

Getting Started - a new IFLA guide for librarians on implementing the Marrakesh Treaty

IFLA - პარ, 07/09/2018 - 18:04

This guide, edited by Victoria Owen, and with the wecome support of the World Blind Union, the Canadian Association of Research LIbraries, and the Unviersity of Toronto, offers answers to frequently asked questions. It can also be adapted by national actors to their own laws - IFLA encourages this, in order to get the largest possible number of libraries involved. 

The guide is available in the following languages:

Make the Right Choice, Send the Right Message: IFLA Urges MEPs to Support Libraries in Copyright Reform

IFLA - პარ, 07/09/2018 - 12:15

​Next Wednesday, all of the European Parliament’s 751 Members will have the opportunity to amend the draft Directive on copyright. In doing so, they will send a message to Europe’s citizens, teachers, creators and researchers. 

Crucially, Wednesday’s discussion and vote is the last opportunity for a truly open and transparent discussion on this legislation. The version that comes out will go into ‘trilogue’ discussions behind closed doors between the Parliament, Member States and the Commission.

So what message should MEPs to send to libraries and their users?

Research and Innovation

To date, Europe has taken a leading role in promoting open science internationally. Open science brings major benefits in terms of efficiency (reducing the risk of duplicating studies), transparency (avoiding fraud and promoting reproducibility) and access (you don’t need to be registered at a major institution to read the results).

However, it has been a slower mover in promoting exciting new technologies such as text and data mining, thanks to inconsistency in copyright approaches. There are those who would like to keep things that way, making the right to mine subject to additional payments and permissions.

Moreover, there are risks that the repositories that provide a vital infrastructure for open access will be subject to the same sort of regulation as major Internet platforms, potentially putting them out of business.

MEPs should send the message that Europe is consistent in its support of open science. They can facilitate a key emerging technology by ensuring that text and data mining is not restricted by unnecessary copyright rules and regulation. They can ensure that the scientific repositories that provide the backbone of open access are not forced to go to court when a user uploads the wrong version of an article. And they can ensure that documents used in teaching or which have been preserved can still be used for research, as well as reject the creation of new barriers to the use of articles and journals.

Education and Learning

Education will be a particular focus at the United Nations next year as part of the ongoing 2030 Agenda. It is, of course, at the heart of any policy aimed at supporting development at the individual and community level. Libraries are a key player in achieving this, both as a complement to schools during childhood, and then as a primary provider of lifelong learning to adults.

The right teaching resources can make a major difference. Publishers have long produced textbooks, but teachers – both in schools, and in libraries and other places – are increasingly looking to use other materials, as well as to create their own, specially adapted to the needs of their students.

The draft Directive has raised the question whether even the smallest uses of other documents – images, articles, videos – in the classroom should be subject to licensing. It has also opened the possibility of different rules applying to digital and more ‘traditional’ uses.

IFLA calls on MEPs to send the message that Europe wants all educators to be able to do the best for all learners. To do this, they should ensure that teachers do not need to pay extra to make basis use of articles, images, videos and other material in their teaching. They should make it clear that it is the act of educating, not the place where it takes place that matters, and call for the same rules to apply to both physical and digital uses.

Culture and Heritage

In the European Year of Cultural Heritage, there have been many reminders of the richness and diversity of European culture. Libraries play a vital role in preserving the creativity of the past, as well as promoting the creativity of the future.

The right copyright laws are essential for this work. They can ensure that libraries are free to take preservation copies of the works to which they have access. They can save money by allowing libraries to work across borders on digitisation projects. And they can give libraries the space to encourage their users to create and share their own creations.

However, the reforms could also impose new rules that keep books and other materials locked away until they become public domain, or even prevent libraries from taking preservation copies without permission or payment.

IFLA calls on MEPs to send the message that Europe believes that culture and creativity should be accessible for all. To do this, they should ensure that libraries’ have a clear right to make preservation copies of works, and that as far as possible, they should be able to give access. They should also protect the possibility to use Internet platforms to share original content and ideas.

What can you do?
  • Contact your MEP! You can download a template text for an e-mail here, and a list of Members of the European Parliament, organised by country. Translate the e-mail (if necessary), adapt it (if you want) and send it on!​

  • Join the movement on social media! Use the hashtags #copyright4libraries and #fixcopyright!

  • Encourage colleagues to do the same! It is vital that MEPs hear as many local voices as possible, underlining that libraries need the right copyright!

  • Read more about IFLA's positions on the different elements of the copyright reform. See also a brief prepared by the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) on the need to ensure institutional and educational repositories are not treated in the same way as major internet platforms.

Dutch library named the world’s best new public library in 2018

IFLA - ოთხ, 05/09/2018 - 08:58

“You can get married in the theatre or celebrate your birthday in the café. Everything is possible in School 7,” declares Jacinta Krimp, director of the School 7 library in the Netherlands (KopGroep Libraries) winner of the 2018 IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year

An initial field of 35 libraries from 19 different countries across six continents was  whittled down to five nominees – and then to one winner who was announced at the 2018 IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur last week. 'School 7'  located  in the city of Den Helder was a popular choice.

Other nominees were:

  • Austin Central Library (USA)
  • Villa-Lobos Park Library (Brazil)
  • Deichman Biblio Toyen (Norway)
  • Tampines Regional Library (Sinagpore)

The winner library was announced by Vice President Martin Brøchner-Mortensen of Systematic in front of a large audience..

The winner is selected by an international panel of experts consisting of representatives from the IFLA’s Public Libraries, Metropolitan Libraries and Buildings and Equipment Sections. For this year’s winner, it is particularly important that the library is accessible to all the different groups within the larger community.

The Public Library of the Year award is presented each year to a public library that is either newly built or set up in premises not previously used for library purposes. Applicants are assessed on six different criteria, including the extent to which the library considers new digital development, local culture and sustainability. In the case of School 7, it was the criterion of “interaction with surroundings and the local culture” that they considered particularly relevant when they applied to be considered for the prize.

“When we started School 7 we wanted to be able to serve as ‘the living room for the community’ – and we’ve already succeeded in that. People come to the library to read, to work, to attend a lecture or to take part in a workshop. Young people study in our library, and new Dutch citizens practice the language. Enthusiastic volunteers teach children programming, children are often read to aloud, and writers tell about their books. People drink coffee in our coffee corner (the Leescafé), read the paper and meet for a chat. All these facilities are now located under the same roof,” explains Jacinta Krimp.

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