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The notification of changing the declaration day for selected papers from IFLA 2018 Congress Planning Committee for RSCAO Open Session

IFLA - პარ, 16/03/2018 - 04:41

Dear the contributors who submitted abstracts and colleagues, 

Due to the large number of submissions received, the A&O Open Session Programme Committee has decided to postpone the deadlines for notification and full paper as follows.  

Submissions

1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is Wednesday 28th February, 2018. Selection of papers is based on the abstract. Due to the large number of submissions received, only the successful presenters will be notified by Thursday 15th March, Friday 13th April 2018. 

4. Full texts of papers are due on 1 June, 2018 Friday 15 June 2018. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. 

Secondly, post the following message to the Section's website https://www.ifla.org/asia-and-oceania and social media:

Deadlines for notification and full paper have been postponed for the IFLA 2018 Open Session of Asia and Oceania.  

Please find out the details at https://2018.ifla.org/cfp-calls/asia-and-oceania-section 

Best regards, 

Takashi

Information Coordinator,

RSCAO, IFLA

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The notification of changing the declaration day for selected papers from IFLA 2018 Congress Planning Committee for RSCAO Open Session

IFLA - პარ, 16/03/2018 - 04:41

Dear the contributors who submitted abstracts and colleagues, 

Due to the large number of submissions received, the A&O Open Session Programme Committee has decided to postpone the deadlines for notification and full paper as follows.  

Submissions

1. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details is Wednesday 28th February, 2018. Selection of papers is based on the abstract. Due to the large number of submissions received, only the successful presenters will be notified by Friday 13th April 2018

4. Full texts of papers are due on Friday 15 June 2018. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail. 

Deadlines for notification and full paper have been postponed for the IFLA 2018 Open Session of Asia and Oceania.  

Please find out the details at https://2018.ifla.org/cfp-calls/asia-and-oceania-section 

Best regards, 

Takashi

Information Coordinator,

RSCAO, IFLA

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Save the date! Live Streaming of IFLA President's Meeting Opening and IFLA's Global Vision Report Summary launch

IFLA - ხუთ, 15/03/2018 - 17:26

On 19 March, two key moments of the IFLA President's Meeting 2018 will be live streamed so that IFLA friends unable to come to Barcelona, Spain can still be a part of this flagship event.

Starting at 9:30hs (CET), the Opening will be live streamed, allowing viewers worldwide to get a taste of this unique event. The Opening will include an introduction by IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, and a welcome address by IFLA President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, under the theme: "Leading the way: Libraries as Motors of Change".

At 16:30hs (CET) tune in again for an eagerly-awaited moment: The launch of IFLA’s Global Vision Report Summary. IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner will present the highlights of the summary, the result of six regional workshops, hundreds of discussions, and 22,000 responses to our online consultation from 213 countries and territories. The launch leads the Global Vision discussion into its second, exciting phase — creating global actions to make our vision real.

Live streaming will be offered via YouTube at 9:30hs (CET) and 16:30hs (CET). Check the equivalent time in your location. For more details, you can see the meeting programme

To access the live streaming just click on this link and select the LIVE video. No registration is required. A recording of the live streaming will be made available afterwards in our YouTube channel and our Vimeo channel.

Connect with us and join us from wherever you are!

Supporting Quality Information: IFLA, Publishers' Organisations Issue Joint Press Release

IFLA - ხუთ, 15/03/2018 - 17:00

Production of, and access to ideas, information and knowledge are essential to scientific progress and broader wellbeing. With publishers and libraries both involved in delivering this, it is important to ensure dialogue and coordinated action on shared concerns.

 

IFLA meets regularly with the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the International Association of Scientific, Technological and Medical Publishers (STM) in order to identify common priorities, share reflections, and plan for joint work where possible.

 

At the 35th Meeting of the IFLA-IPA Steering Committee, the participants therefore agreed the following joint press-release. This is also available as a PDF:

[Press release begins]

Supporting Quality Information: Libraries and Publishers Dialogue

The Hague, Geneva, Oxford, 15th March 2018 — Libraries and publishers both play an essential role in the production of, and the provision of access to, creativity and knowledge. In their pursuit of this goal, we are affected by the same trends, and share many of the same concerns.

The 35th meeting of the international organisations representing publishers and libraries in London on 9th March saw agreement on a number of these priorities. Participants came from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM).

The participants underlined their common interest in advancing discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. In a joint letter to WIPO’s Director General, they are urging that organisation to take steps to ensure meaningful discussion on proposed action plans on exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives and museums at the Committee’s next meeting.

Following years of discussion on this topic at the global level, it is time for practical progress which will make it easier for libraries and publishers to work together on the regional, national and local levels. This will contribute to maximising access to information around the world in a sustainable fashion.

The representatives of the libraries and publishers also stressed the challenge posed by deliberately deceptive scholarly journals, which cost researchers both money and reputation. We agreed to work further to identify and promote tools, such as Think, Check, Submit, which help researchers and librarians take a proactive stance in identifying and avoiding such publications.

They agreed that written works must be recognised as an essential pillar of heritage. In designing cultural policies and programmes, governments should ensure that the written word is properly preserved and supported. In line with the UNESCO Recommendation on documentary heritage of 2015, there need to be meaningful preservation policies for the digital age – the good practices already adopted by many publishers should be shared more widely.

Finally, they reiterated the message in the joint IFLA-IPA statement of 28 September 2016 that there should be no trade-off between quality and quantity of information. While the growing amount of information that is produced and access is to be celebrated, there is an enduring need for excellence. 

IFLA, IPA and STM confirmed a further meeting to take forward these discussions would be held in September 2018.

Press contacts:
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, with over 1400 members in nearly 150 countries. It places the importance of universal and equitable access to information as a means of promoting social, educational, cultural, democratic and economic wellbeing at heart of its values, and has a mission to promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services globally. @IFLA

About IPA

The International Publishers Association (IPA) is the world’s largest federation of publishers’ associations. Established in 1896, the IPA is an industry body with a human rights mandate. The IPA’s mission is to promote and protect publishing and to raise awareness of publishing as a force for economic, cultural and social development. Working in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and numerous international NGOs, the IPA champions the interests of book and journal publishing at national and supranational level. Internationally, the IPA actively opposes censorship and promotes copyright, freedom to publish (including through the IPA Prix Voltaire), and literacy. @IntPublishers

About STM

STM is the leading global trade association for academic and professional publishers. It has 145 members in 21 countries who each year collectively publish nearly 66% of all journal articles and tens of thousands of monographs and reference works. STM members include learned societies, university presses, both subscription and open access publishers, new starts and established players. @STMAssoc

[Press release ends]

IFLA Green Library Award dead line extented

IFLA - ხუთ, 15/03/2018 - 01:00

The third annual IFLA Green Library Award 2018, sponsored by De Gruyter, announces the Call for Submissions for 2018.
All details may be found here: https://www.ifla.org/node/11207?og=479
 
The deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 April 2018.
We are still looking forward to your submissions!

IFLA MetLib Conference 2018 Belgrade - Advice about registration

IFLA - ოთხ, 14/03/2018 - 20:31

Belgrade City Library (BCL) kindly asks all those planning to attend the MetLib Conference 2018 in Belgrade, which will take place from May 13 to 18, to start the registration process. The registration form is here. The payment of the registration fee is a separate process from registration; therefore the fee can be paid later.

For Belgrade City Library it is important for organizational reasons to have an overview of the number of participants in the conference. 

BCL would like to inform all colleagues who plan to attend the Conference that May is a significant month for Belgrade tourism, so we strongly recommend that you place an early booking in order to secure your stay in desired accommodation. In the week of the conference, another big event is organized in Belgrade. European Championships in team basketball, the Final Four is from May 18 to 20, so we urge you to make your reservation as soon as possible.

See you in Belgrade! 

 

Library Map of the World 2018 update

IFLA - ოთხ, 14/03/2018 - 17:05

As we move forward with the Library Map of the World development, we would like to inform you about the upcoming activities in which we are going to need your engagement.

Data Submission Survey

Library Map of the World (LMW) 2018 Data Submission Survey will be open shortly and the LMW team will reach out to existing contributors and new countries with invitations to submit and update a country’s library data. In 2017, we were able to gather country-level basic library statistics from 105 countries across the world. In just six months since the launch, the LMW website has been visited by users from 183 countries. It is a remarkable success; however, we are looking forward to improving the quantity and quality of data, especially on the number of libraries as well as library service points providing Internet access. Reliable data on those two very basic library statistics is our priority as we start using the LMW website as the representative source of information for library advocacy, especially when demonstrating contribution of libraries to free access of information, technology and skills.

SDG Storytelling Manual

To provide guidance on how to tell compelling stories about library activities, project and programmes and their impact on communities and people’s lives, and to support sharing of stories that demonstrate contribution of libraries in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the LMW SDG Stories platform, the LMW team worked together with IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme (IAP) and Associates of IFLA’s International Leaders Programme (ILP), to prepare the SDG Storytelling Manual. During the next couple of weeks, the Manual will be released, and an electronic submission form will be opened to facilitate the submission of SDG stories for publication on the LMW website. We will then be looking forward to receiving at least one SDG story from each IAP participant country as well as will welcome librarians and library advocates from all countries to submit their stories for the LMW website. We are aiming at having more stories from more countries online to support our joint library advocacy within the UN 2030 Agenda.

LMW Country Pages

The next big step in the LMW development is the opening of the LMW Country Pages in August this year, during the IFLA WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Each country will have its separate country page that will include information about libraries and the library field in the respective country. During the next couple of months, the LMW team will reach out to existing contributors and new countries with invitation to submit the necessary information for their country pages, e.g. brief description of the library field, list of organisations, information about the library legislation, and LIS education. There will be an interim deadline for submission of this data at the end of June for those countries who would want to see their country page fully populated with information at the launch during WLIC 2018.

More information will follow from the LMW team and we look forward to working with you this year as we are developing the LMW website to be a truly representative source of basic library statistics around the world, as well as powerful advocacy tool at all levels.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Notice of IFLA 2018 General Assembly and Call for Agenda Items

IFLA - ოთხ, 14/03/2018 - 13:04

The IFLA 2018 General Assembly will be held during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018, 84th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

IFLA Members may propose items for inclusion in the agenda (Statutes, Art. 9.5). Proposals must reach the IFLA Secretariat by 18 May 2018. Please send proposals by email to ifla@ifla.org or by fax +31 70 3834827.

The draft Agenda is provided below. The Convening Notice for the Assembly will be forwarded to Members in June 2018.

Agenda
Wednesday, 28 August 2018, 16.15–18.00
  1. Opening by the President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
  2. Appointment of Tellers
  3. Establishment of a Quorum
  4. Adoption of the Agenda
  5. Minutes of the previous meeting, held in Wrocław, Poland, 23 and 24 August 2017
  6. In memoriam of those members who have died during the past year
  7. Presentation of the Report of the President
  8. Presentation of IFLA’s Annual Report by the Secretary General
  9. Presentation of the Annual Accounts by the Treasurer
  10. Motions and Resolutions
    10.1 Motion to approve the holding of the next General Assembly in August 2019
    (Art 8.2 of the Statutes refers)
  11. Motion to adjourn and reconvene at 16.15 on Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Thursday, 29 August 2018, 16.15–17.30
  1. Closing Session
  • Address by the President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
  • Presentation of Awards
  • Announcement of WLIC 2020 location
  • Vote of thanks WLIC 2018
  • Invitation to WLIC 2019 in Athens, Greece
  • Close of the Assembly 

For details on the conduct of the General Assembly, please refer to the IFLA Statutes.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
March 2018

Professional Committee meeting agenda for 22 March 2018

IFLA - სამ, 13/03/2018 - 17:38

This is the draft agenda for the Professional Committee meeting due to take place on Thursday 22 March 2018, 13:00 – 16:30, Sala Pompeu Fabra, Ateneu Barcelonès, Canuda, 6, 08002 BARCELONA, Spain.

It is proposed that the meeting is closed for items as indicated [closed] according to Rule 7.6.

Welcome and Apologies

1. General Business

1.1 Approval of Agenda
1.2 Minutes of previous meeting 11 December 2017
1.3 Actions from previous meetings

2. Professional Programme Development Plan: implementation

2 Division reports

2.1 Objective 1: improve the quality and impact of work

2.1.1 SIG reviews [closed] 2.1.2 Section reviews [closed] 2.1.3 IFLA Survey on Preservation and Conservation Standards 2.1.4 Project proposals follow up

2.3.2 Objective 2: Strengthen communications between all stakeholders

2.2.1 Action Plan mapping analysis 2.2.2 IFLA publishing activities report 2.2.3 Professional Unit Communication Award planning 2.2.4 Web redesign project update

2.3.3 Objective 3: Support full engagement of committee members and develop leadership

2.3.1 Roles and procedures 2.3.2 IFLA Awards nominations 2.3.3 Standing Committee nomination call 2.3.4 Global Vision next steps       

3. Business matters

3.1 Professional Programme Development Plan: final version 3.2 PC Funds 2017, year-end report 3.3 PC Funds 2018, 1st Quarter report

4. Procedural matters

4.1 Procedural matters [closed]

5. Any other business

6. Dates of next meetings

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Thursday 23 August 2018: 08.30 – 11.00.
Thursday 30 August 2018: 08:30 – 10:00.
 

 

Invitation to attend IFLA 2018 Satellite meetings

IFLA - ორშ, 12/03/2018 - 21:23

This is a call for participants to register and attend below Satellite meetings held  23rd Aug 2018.

  • Satellite: Big Data SIG (URL coming soon)
    TBA
    TBA, Singapore

IFLA LRM is the subject of this year's Lectio magistralis at Florence University

IFLA - შაბ, 10/03/2018 - 02:31

Pat Riva was invited to deliver the Lectio magistralis in Library Science at the University of Florence on March 6th, 2018. She spoke about IFLA's new standard, the IFLA Library Reference Model. 

The IFLA Library Reference Model : lectio magistralis in library science = Il modello concettuale IFLA Library Reference Model : lectio magistralis in biblioteconomia

Permalink: http://digital.casalini.it/9788876560255

The text of the lecture is available in English and in Italian. 

Pat Riva was the Chair of the Consolidation Editorial Group that wrote the definition of the IFLA LRM model: IFLA Library Reference Model :  a conceptual model for bibliographic information. 

Deadline Extended! Satellite Meeting: Call for Papers Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday 23 August 2018

IFLA - პარ, 09/03/2018 - 21:38

Health and Biosciences Libraries Section is sponsoring a new special interest group, Evidence for Global & Disaster Health [E4GDH]

Theme: Evidence for global and disaster health - where are we now and where do we need to be

Satellite Meeting Call for Papers

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday 23 August 2018


DEADLINE EXTENDED to 19 March 2018!

See the full call for papers on the IFLA WLIC 2018 website.

Introducing the Digital Skills Working Group

LIBER news - პარ, 09/03/2018 - 17:01

Today we’re pleased to introduce LIBER’s newest working group, focusing on Digital Skills for Library Staff & Researchers.  Group co-chairs Cecile Swiatek and Susanne Dalsgaard Krag explain what the group will be focusing on, and how you can get involved. What will the group focus on? There’s a growing skills gap being faced by libraries,…

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Women and Libraries: Marking International Women's Day

IFLA - პარ, 09/03/2018 - 11:08

Women are central to the well-being of any society. In turn, meaningful access to information and the defence of cultural rights is central to the empowerment of women. Meeting these needs is a major contribution of the library field.

Libraries can help as gateways to information, with librarians, as information specialists, able to craft programmes to deliver meaningful access, especially at times of crisis. They are also essential in protecting their cultural rights.

Projects have been created to support this in many countries and the work should be continued and enhanced. The IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group (WILSIG) documented the key roles of libraries in sharing and preserving women’s memories, in a society that too often listens primarily to men.

WILSIG emphasized librarians’ expertise in supporting women by archiving and providing access to women’s material in a sensitive way, their interaction with third-party platforms such as Wikipedia, and helping those whose voices may not be heard engage and contribute on an equal footing with others. WILSIG also documented the important role libraries play for the protection of refugee and migrant women’s rights. Through these ways,

While high-level reforms may create equality in legal terms, it is bottom-up services that will address the day-to-day problems linked to a lack of information and the violation of cultural rights.  On 8 March 2018 and beyond, let’s celebrate the role of women and libraries and their contribution to the well-being of our society.

See also our blog looking at access to information and the gender divide.

European copyright reform: where do we stand?

IFLA - ხუთ, 08/03/2018 - 21:12

The European Union is in the process of reforming its copyright law. The reforms set out the ambitious goal of bringing the regime up to date with the digital age, with rules affecting libraries and cultural heritage institutions a key part of the dossier.

Following the European Commission’s proposal of September 2016 (available here in all EU official languages), discussions are taking place in the European institutions and are likely to continue at least until the summer of 2018.  

IFLA has played an active role in the discussions, given both the interest of its European members in getting reforms right, but also the example that this will set globally.

This article and the infographic gives an overview of how the Commission, the Council of Ministers (Member States) and the several European Parliament Committees are responding to the needs of libraries and their users.

What is the timeline of the reform?

Several committees of the European Parliament (IMCO – Internal Market and Consumer Affairs, ITRE – Industry and Research, CULT – Culture and Education and LIBE – Civil Liberties) have issued ‘opinions’. These set out the changes they would like to see to the original proposal. The lead committee - Legal Affairs (JURI) – is currently scheduled to vote on 24 April. This will determine the text on which the Parliament as a whole will vote.

At the same time, the Intellectual Property Working Party of the Council of Ministers (bringing together representatives of Member States) is analysing the proposal and has issued several draft compromise amendments. There is no clear timeline for the process at the Council. Once it decides, representatives of the Council and Parliament, with the participation of the Commission, will have to work together to come up with a final text.

Why is this reform relevant to libraries?

There are several articles in the Directive that will have a direct impact on libraries in Europe:

Although the Commission doesn’t include a copyright exception for e-lending, even after the decision by the European Court of Justice, some members of the European Parliament have made amendments to the text to add this.

What are EU decision-makers saying and suggesting?

So far, four Committees at the Parliament have issued their opinions with amendments to the draft proposal.

In particular, the IMCO committee presented a very positive opinion: it made the exception on illustration for teaching applicable both to digital and non-digital education. It also included cultural heritage institutions as beneficiaries of the exception, to encourage their role as informal education providers. On out-of-commerce works, it added a fall-back exception allowing the use by libraries of both out of commerce and never in commerce works where no licences are not available.

Furthermore, the Opinion amends Article 5 (Preservation) to make it an exception for reproduction of works “for the purpose of, individually or collaboratively with others, carrying out their public interest mission in preservation, research, culture, education and teaching” and not for the only purpose of preservation, in its strict definition.

There have also been less good approaches, to our opinion, namely in the CULT committee’s opinion. Instead of broadening the provisions as we have been suggesting, it makes them more restrictive.

The ITRE committee came up with a middle approach in some of the topics. They made the text and data mining exception applicable not only to research organisations, but also to not-for-profit organisations and start-up companies, but with the obligation to delete the datasets when no longer needed.

Cultural heritage organisations were added as beneficiaries of the exception or teaching, and the exception for preservation was made broader to cover internal organisational reproductions by cultural heritage institutions. Overall, a much better approach than that of the Commission, when it comes to libraries and their users.

At the Council of Ministers, some of the compromise amendments have been made public, including on text and data mining, illustration for teaching and out of commerce works. They are not as open as the IMCO opinion, but at least go slightly further than the Commission’s proposal.

Discussions are now focusing on new provisions for text and data mining (a new non-mandatory exception for all users unless the rightholder reserves the right to do this) and for out of commerce works (with a provision guaranteeing the legality of existing extended collective licensing systems).  

Key current questions include:

  • Is it worth having a TDM exception for anyone who isn’t in a research institution, if this is optional and can be overridden by contract terms?
  • How can researchers using TDM ensure that the datasets they create are kept secure?
  • Should every educational use of a work potentially be subject to licences?
  • Should libraries and other cultural heritage institutions be considered active providers of education?
  • Should the preservation copying exception be limited to copies permanently in library collections?
  • What other internal uses by libraries should be covered by a reproduction exception?
  • How can we give libraries greater legal certainty in eLending?

What happens afterwards? What is a Directive, and what impact does it have on European Member States?

A Directive is a legislative instrument that is obliges Member States to act to achieve certain goals but does not necessarily prescribe the means. Once the Directive has been adopted at the EU level, it will have to be transposed into Member States’ legislation, which means going through the national law-making within each member state. While some of the provisions in the Directive’s text are mandatory (although still require transposition), others are non-mandatory and member states may choose not to include them in national law or do them in differing ways.

What is IFLA doing?

IFLA, together with partner organisations (EBLIDA, LIBER, Public Libraries 2020 and Europeana) is pushing for a reform that takes into account the interests and needs of cultural heritage institutions and their users. We have regular meetings with members of the European Parliament and Permanent Representations (Embassies to the European Union) and send them relevant information in order to provide insights on how best to help libraries achieve their missions.

IFLA and EBLIDA have also set up regular teleconferences for national library associations to provide input on how the reform evolves, and to receive views from the efforts done by libraries at a national level. If you wish to participate, please get in touch with ariadna.matas@ifla.org.

How can you help?

Decision-makers will welcome input on how libraries work in their country, and we encourage you to get in touch with them. The contact details of the members of the European Parliament are available in this directory. During the so-called “green weeks”, members of the European Parliament go back to their constituencies. The following green weeks are the 2 to 6 April and the 7 and 11 May.

IARLA Develops Values Statement

LIBER news - ხუთ, 08/03/2018 - 15:48

The International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) — a collaboration between LIBER, the Association of Research Libraries, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and Research Libraries UK (RLUK) — has released a values statement which reaffirms longstanding library values, and those that make research libraries unique. The statement…

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A Digital Humanities Reading List: Part 4

LIBER news - ხუთ, 08/03/2018 - 13:17

LIBER’s Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group is gathering literature for libraries with an interest in digital humanities. Four teams, each with a specific focus, have assembled a list of must-read papers, articles and reports. The recommendations in this article (the fourth and last in the series) have been assembled by the team…

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Workshop 'Implementing the IFLA School Library Guidelines' available

IFLA - ხუთ, 08/03/2018 - 09:45

After a long period of creating, testing and adapting the Workshop 'Implementing the IFLA School Library Guidelines' is now available.

This project is realized under the supervision and with the collaboration of (previous) members of the IASL / IFLA Joint Committee.

The workshop consists of an Introduction and 6 Modules. The material can be used freely and adapted to local needs.

We would like to hear your comments and use via iflajcproject@gmail.com.

Disaster Risk Response – A brief on Libraries and the Sendai Framework

IFLA - ოთხ, 07/03/2018 - 12:58

Libraries have a duty to preserve our cultural heritage and make it accessible to the public, in order to inform and inspire future generations. Though many libraries already have disaster plans there is still more that can be done.

Yet preserving collections for the long-term is not the only contribution libraries can make. They have a pro-active role in managing the risk of, and responding to, disasters as part of broader strategies, as well as acting as a form of emergency service for crisis-hit communities.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) published by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) outlines principles and priorities for action to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks. The Framework aims to ‘achieve the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries’.

It replaces the Hyogo Framework for Action (2002-2015), and includes a stronger focus on protecting cultural heritage and promoting ‘cultural resilience’ of people, communities and countries in line with the work around the 1954 Convention for Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

IFLA underlines the importance of disaster risk reduction in its own Strategy Plan, as well as a number of the Preservation and Conservation Centres (PAC) are experts on disaster managements and risk reduction.

Libraries are safeguard our cultural heritage, they deliver secondary emergency service and are nodes in health knowledge networks.

Read here the IFLA brief on risk reduction to understand and get inspired to how your library can influence and contribute to disaster risk reduction.

The Road to New York: Preparations Begin for the 2018 High Level Political Forum

IFLA - სამ, 06/03/2018 - 20:00

​In the first of five regional forums on the Sustainable Development Goals, the importance of access to information as a driver of progress was clear. Delegates from Europe and North America, meeting in Geneva on 1-2 March, heard about the contribution of libraries to building sustainable cities and communities, and met with library representatives.

 

Ahead of the High Level Political Forum, the key annual event for monitoring progress on the UN’s 2030 Agenda, each of the United Nations’ five regional economic and social commissions is organising a meeting. These gatherings of governments, civil society organisations and experts allow a more focused look at implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They also help prepare the voluntary national reviews that 47 countries will undertake this year, sharing ideas and experience on national efforts to promote development.

First Stop: Geneva

The first meeting took place in Geneva on 1-2 March, organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which also covers North America.

 

An IFLA delegation made up of International Leader’s Programme Associate Vesna Vuksan, International Advocacy Programme participants Raphaëlle Bats and Camille Delaune, and Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Stephen Wyber attended, playing an active role in shaping joint civil society statements, participating in side events, and networking with delegates from countries and UN agencies.

 

With SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities – in focus in 2018, the meeting was an opportunity to discuss how to build better, more inclusive living environments. Other focus SDGs this year include SDG 6 (water), SDG 7 (energy), SDG 12 (sustainable consumption), and SDG 15 (life on land).

A Promising Start

In addition to a call in a closing statement to the meeting to strengthen access to information to empower citizens, IFLA representatives used the opportunity to build up links with key government officials responsible for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. In line with the objectives of the International Advocacy Programme, this will help ensure that libraries are reflected in national development plans and strategies. In those European countries undertaking voluntary national reviews, these links are timely.

 

The next regional meeting will cover Asia-Pacific, taking place in Bangkok on 28-30 March. IFLA will be represented, and looks forward to sharing information on how Asian libraries are making the difference in SDG implementation.

 

Read more about libraries and the UN in 2018, and see the Library Policy and Advocacy blog for updates from the regional forum.

 

Read IFLA’s contribution to the civil society statement on SDG11 at HLPF 2018, and the closing statement by civil society organisations at the UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development.

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