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LIBER’s Open Access Commitment: Achievements & A Renewed Call to Action

LIBER news - სამ, 03/03/2020 - 15:59

LIBER’s five-year Strategy — covering the period 2018-2022 — includes as a key pillar the vision of a research landscape in which Open Access is the predominant form of publishing. With the midpoint of our ambitious strategy approaching, we reflect on what has been achieved so far and look ahead to continuing to further Open…

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EIFL renews with Cambridge University Press

eifl licensing news - სამ, 03/03/2020 - 08:58

EIFL’s renewed agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP), which runs until December 2020, includes free and discounted access to 412 Cambridge University Press Journals for 29 EIFL partner countries.

EIFL renews with Cambridge University Press

EIFL news and events - სამ, 03/03/2020 - 08:58

EIFL’s renewed agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP), which runs until December 2020, includes free and discounted access to 412 Cambridge University Press Journals for 29 EIFL partner countries.

Now available: Library Theory and Research's February 2020 Newsletter

IFLA - ორშ, 02/03/2020 - 19:24

The Library Theory and Research's February 2020 Newsletter is now online!

Contents:

  • Letter from the Chair
  • Spotlight on Peter Lor’s new book : An Interview with Peter Lor
  • In Memoriam : Flavia Renon by Anna Maria Tammaro

On the Road to New Opportunities: Update on the IFLA Governance Review

IFLA - ორშ, 02/03/2020 - 16:11

Work to update IFLA's structures in order to deliver on our Strategy and our wider goal to be a more inclusive, effective organisation is continuing. IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner has sent the following message, setting out progress and plans.

Dear All,

I am very pleased to share with you an update on the IFLA Governance Review.

As you know, we are undertaking this review to continue IFLA’s transformation and to help ensure IFLA is organised optimally to deliver on our ambitious 2019-2024 IFLA Strategy. You have already provided valuable input and so many good ideas at every step of the way. Thank you. But this work is not over.

When the Governing Board met in December, we were united in our understanding, and excitement, that we are in a unique position to create more opportunities for all IFLA members and volunteers to contribute to our work. Your engagement is essential to achieving the vision of a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participatory societies. 

Each member left that meeting ready to work further on exploring solutions to challenges faced by the structures of the Governing Board, Professional Units, and Strategic Committees through focused working groups, guided by the following Key Principles:

  • IFLA’s Strategy marks a new start for our organisation
  • New times need new structures
  • There need to be new and varied opportunities to be involved
  • We need to widen participation across all world regions, and all career stages
  • We need structures that allow us to intensify support to our members and professional units
  • No decisions about you without you

The working groups have now submitted their proposals and our Steering Committee – comprised of the President, President-Elect, Professional Committee Chair, Parliamentarian, and Secretary General – has just finished three days of meetings here at IFLA HQ, carefully considering and aligning these ideas.

We are well on the way to finalising a single proposal that we’re looking forward to share with you. Emerging highlights include:

  • Clarity: at every level of governance, your feedback underlined how important it was for you as IFLA volunteers to understand how you can engage. We have found many opportunities to remove ambiguities.
  • The Right People for the Right Jobs: In every part of IFLA, we need structures that facilitate efficiency and effectiveness, and ways of ensuring that talented volunteers can best contribute through these. In the Governing Board in particular, we have identified ways to align roles clearly with governance needs, and to create opportunities to ensure a more diverse range  of members and experiences, including through covering more of the costs of serving on the Board. 
  • Representation: Diversity and representation were priority issues, not only in the composition of the Governing Board, but also in our wider membership and among members of our Professional Units. We have found multiple opportunities to improve our performance here.
  • Ambitious and Innovative, but Realistic: Our Standing Committees have bold ideas, and it has not always been easy to give them the support they deserve. We have therefore focused on new ways to reorganise our committees in a way that allows for more involvement and better communication and support from Headquarters.
No Decisions About You Without You!

The Governing Board is looking forward to sharing substantive details about the future governance of our Federation with all IFLA members and Professional Units. This information will come in May, after the Governing Board meeting at the end of April, with an invitation to share your views on how we’re doing in responding to the challenges and opportunities you’ve told us are most important, through a survey.

With your feedback we will be able to finalise a draft – and a set of relevant changes to the IFLA Statutes – for WLIC in Dublin. We will be asking for final approval from Members in a voting process which will start in September and be completed by mid-November.

In advance of this crucial vote, and in order to reflect our goal to be a truly inclusive organisation, we will also be asking you – our Members – for your views on a specific change to the IFLA Statutes so that the vote later this year is run in a way where every vote truly does count. Our current rules, by leaving final decisions only to those represented at our General Assembly, do not meet the standard of inclusiveness we want. You will receive further information on this next week.

As always, you do not need to wait for our survey to share your thoughts: I welcome your ideas at any time.

Kind regards,

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

2 March 2020

See previous stories about IFLA's Governance Review.

FIM4L Working Group Invites Comments on Recommendations for SSO Connections with Publishers

LIBER news - ორშ, 02/03/2020 - 16:04

Access to online library resources can be quite complex. Patrons normally have easy access when signed on to a campus network but when working from other locations — as modern work patterns often demand — the same patrons are increasingly asked to ‘log in to their institution’. This process can release identifying information. Known as…

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Call for papers: Music in the library world

IFLA - ორშ, 02/03/2020 - 03:43

The IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS), assisted by the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML), invite interested professionals to submit proposals for the open session to be held during IFLA WLIC in Dublin, Ireland, from 15-22 August 2020.

Music in libraries

For many years, we have considered the ever-changing function of libraries. There has been a growing focus on libraries as a meeting point, as a space for creation and creativity, and as changing and dynamic spaces that strengthen and empower our societies.

If libraries aim to connect with society in these ways, we should consider the importance of music. Music is one of the most wonderful manifestations of human creativity, a reflection of our culture and history. We should show how music in all its forms is present in our daily activities, and ask ourselves, what space do we provide  – or prohibit – for music to exist inside our libraries?

Some of the issues include:
  • Access to information
  • New technologies the community,
  • Silence in libraries
  • The creation of collaborative networks
  • Creating inclusive space
  • Copyright

By exploring this relationship between music and libraries, we can change working conditions in the library world and make it relevant to our present-day needs.

What can we do in our libraries now practically? As librarians we are coming together, breaking down the silos and have all sections working as one. We should build a healthy environment and create rich, diverse space in our librarian world. Music has a special role to play. We need to make noise, to attract young people to libraries.

People can learn, read, research with music or without it. We can provide that to them. That is only one of the benefits of using music in libraries and creating vibrant art libraries. Music can inspire readers and ourselves.

Format

In line with the theme of the next World Library and Information Congress, “Inspire, Engage, Enable and Connect”, we are seeking for two formats of proposals:

Questions of interest can be:

  • Are there collaborations or best practice examples of how libraries and patrons / other partners work together on “Music in the Library”?
  • How is music used in the library / library world?
  • How do libraries include patrons/users to participate and in what ways?
  • Challenge the silence of libraries? Is music an enemy or an ally?
  • How can libraries have their own music and use music in everyday life in the workplace?
  • Impact of libraries on communities by using audio-visual promotion (social networks)
  • Building a library with a place for music. In what forms can music be available in a modern library?

The session will last for two hours, one hour will be dedicated to our excellent speakers, one hour will be dedicated to “Music in the Library” – with the contestants for the NPSIG Music Contest and the Award Ceremony!

CREATE MUSIC IN YOUR LIBRARY!

INSPIRE COMMUNITY WITH LIBRARY MUSIC!

Please find more details about this call for papers on the conference's website.

Call for papers for the Big Data SIG open session at WLIC 2020 now open

IFLA - კვი, 01/03/2020 - 12:56

ThemeBetter Together: Collaborative Solutions to the Challenges of Data and Libraries

The call for papers for the IFLA Big Data SIG’s open session at the forthcoming congress in Dublin, Ireland, August 15 - 21 is now open. The Big Data SIG is seeking papers focused on finding collaborative solutions to the practical challenges of working with data in libraries.

Understanding and working with data is no longer an innovative strategic direction or a choice, but an expectation. Data in libraries presents many challenges and a steep learning curve to build capacity, but these aspects are more strategically overcome through collaboration.

This open session seeks case studies and creative solutions demonstrated by librarians and information technologists who are partnering to define roles, leverage strengths, build tools, and who model effective collaborations to meet the challenges of working with data.

Proposals should be submitted electronically no later than 30 March 2020 to:

Cory Lampert, Big Data Special Interest Group, Convenor

Email: cory.lampert@unlv.edu 

For the full call for papers with submission guidelines and important dates, please visit the IFLA WLIC 2020 website.

An important message from IFLA Headquarters: Information on Covid-19

IFLA - შაბ, 29/02/2020 - 05:14

Greetings, 

I know people are wondering about all the health news that is coming out. To that, here is an important message from IFLA Headquarters: 

Information on Covid-19

IFLA is very confident that we will have an outstanding vibrant WLIC in Dublin. Nevertheless IFLA is monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the recommendations regarding events and travel provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

For the IFLA Congress 2020 in Dublin, we will rely on information provided by WHO, Health Security Reports issued by the European Commission and information from the Department of Health of the Irish Government.

At this stage, IFLA is of course continuing with preparations for the conference and will communicate on any changes that may arise.

SOURCE: IFLA WLIC 2020 website

Cecilia

Chair (2019 -2021) — Local History and Genealogy Collections Section, IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Papers — Open Sessions: Local History and Genealogy joint with Indigenous Matters and Rare Books and Special Collections

IFLA - შაბ, 29/02/2020 - 05:06
Important dates

31 March 2020: Submission of abstract

15 April 2020: Notification of acceptance to author(s)

5 June 2020:  Submission of full paper

 

Theme: "Local History and Genealogy Collection Classification, Preservation, Sharing, and Access Practices of Local Regional, and International Libraries and Institutions"

 

IFLA’s Local History and Genealogy Section, with the Indigenous Matters Section and the Rare Books and Special Collections Section, invite you to submit a proposal for its Open Session at the 86th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 in Dublin, Ireland, 15-21 August.

We welcome your submissions relating to this year’s theme of “Local History and Genealogy Collection Classification, Preservation, Sharing, and Access Practices of Local Regional, and International Libraries and Institutions.” 

We invite presentations using evidence-based practice and deep analysis of projects which can potentially be used by others.

Call for papers and session complete description:https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/local-history-and-genealogy-with-indigenous-matters-and-rare-books/

Consortium des Bibliotheques Academiques du Congo

EIFL news and events - პარ, 28/02/2020 - 18:07

EIFL, together with  the Consortium des Bibliotheques Academiques du Congo (COBAC) is organizing a consortium building workshop.

The three-day workshop will be facilitated by Youssoupha Gueye and Philoméne Rolland Faye, representatives of the Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal (COBESS).

LIBER Welcomes Nienke van Schaverbeke As Partnerships & Event Manager

LIBER news - პარ, 28/02/2020 - 16:18

LIBER is pleased to welcome Nienke van Schaverbeke to the Office team in The Hague as Partnerships and Event Manager.  In this new role, Nienke is responsible for furthering collaborations with the wider network, for seeking effective partnerships within the European research environment, and for developing and organising successful and inspiring events for the LIBER…

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Extended deadline - Call for papers: Subject Access and Artificial Intelligence: Enhancing competencies and safeguarding ethics

IFLA - პარ, 28/02/2020 - 16:01

We have extended the deadline for submitting proposals to March 15.

Together with the Knowledge Mangement section, Subject Analysis and Acess invite papers on subject access byt automated process, AI and machine learning.

Digital technologies of all its sorts have given rise to wider considerations and applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in library and information environments. We would like to explore the impacts of new technology in comparison to traditional knowledge organization tools and indexing. This includes

  • User experience
  • Ethics
  • Biases
  • Collaboration between developpers and domain experts

Go to the WLIC 2010 web to find more information about our open session.

IFLA Input to a UN Human Rights Council Report on the Cultural Dimension of the Right to Education

IFLA - პარ, 28/02/2020 - 14:59

IFLA has prepared a response to the call for submissions by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, highlighting the role libraries play in realising people’s right to culture in educational contexts.

Libraries play an important role in ensuring equitable and inclusive access to culture and heritage for their communities. They provide basic cultural services and strive to remove financial and other structural barriers to cultural access and participation, helping deliver on the right to participate in cultural life.

The right to culture is not just a general concept, but also applies in specific contexts, not least in education. People should be able to learn about their own culture and the cultures of others, learn and receive instructions in their mother togues - and access learning materials which are sensitive and relevant to their cultural heritage.

That is why the United Nations Special Rapporteur issued a call for submissions to explore the cultural dimension of the right to education, particularly in schools. IFLA’s input to this call for submissions focuses on the role libraries play in ensuring that school systems protect and promote students’ cultural rights.

In particular, it highlights how school and public libraries provide access to educational materials in minority languages, and how existing frameworks and assessment strategies – like the IFLA guidelines for Library Service to Multicultural Communities and the IFLA and UNESCO School Library Guidelines – can guide planning and implementation of library services that help deliver on students’ cultural rights.

You can read the full text of IFLA’s submission below:

[PDF - English]

Qatar National Library Presents Conservation Training Course in the Levant Region

IFLA - ხუთ, 27/02/2020 - 17:57

Experts from libraries, cultural institutions and museums from across the Levant participated in a four-day training program, held from 3 to 6 February, organized by Qatar National Library in Jounieh, Lebanon, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and the Beit Gazo Center.

The training program, “Practical Methods for the Scientific Examination of Library Objects,” was presented by the Library in its role as the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Regional Preservation and Conservation Center (PAC) for Arab Countries and the Middle East. Dr. Antonino Cosentino, Director of Cultural Heritage Science Open Source, and Maxim Nasra, Book Conservation Specialist at the Library, delivered the training, which focused on preserving the legacy of Eastern Churches.

The primary focus of the first two days was technical photography. Conservators take a collection of images using a modified digital camera and different lighting sources and filters, with each image providing unique information about the object under examination.

The identification of pigments in manuscripts and paintings with a portable device that uses reflectance spectroscopy technology engaged participants on day three. The program concluded on day four with practical training on technical photography and reflectance spectroscopy using heritage manuscripts held in the building’s archives. Reflectance spectroscopy is an effective technique in identifying pigments and reveals information vital to preserving historical items.

Stephane Ipert, Preservation and Conservation Manager at the Library, said: “We are delighted that experts from across the Levant region attended the workshop and learned about the latest developments and tools for preserving historical manuscripts. It was an excellent and very rewarding four days for everyone involved.”

He added: “The training will certainly be of benefit to conservators and preservation professionals involved with the important role of conserving valuable documents and manuscripts that capture the heritage of the region. We will continue to work with our partners in the region to share knowledge and expertise with professionals in the field and to raise awareness about the conservation of rare books, manuscripts and documents.”

Fr. Dr. Joseph Moukarzel, Director of Library and Museum at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, said: “This workshop provided participants with the knowledge necessary to refine their skills in modern scientific methods and to examine collections in libraries and museums and the impact of documents using modern scientific methods and means.”

Fr. Youssef Dergham, Director of Beit Gazo Center, said: “We are happy to host this workshop in Lebanon, and we have learned valuable information about the use of modern technologies in conserving, restoring and studying manuscripts. The workshop also dealt with the basics of examining materials used for writing, and the rich decorations and colors that are precious and worthy of examination and study. It also focused on the technical skills related to spectroscopy and color, and their relevance in the field of technical examination of documents, manuscripts and books."

As the IFLA Regional PAC Center, Qatar National Library works closely with institutions in the Middle East and North Africa to equip experts with the skills needed to conserve and preserve the rich cultural heritage of Qatar and the region for generations to come

Call for Papers — Open Sessions at IFLA WLIC 2020

IFLA - ხუთ, 27/02/2020 - 10:26

The organising Sections, Rare Books and Special Collections Section, Preservation & Conservation Section, Art Libraries Section and Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) invite Librarians, Preservation and Conservation experts and other interested professionals from Memory Institutions to submit proposals for the Open Session to be held during the 86th IFLA WLIC, in Dublin.

Theme: "Building Trust through Exhibitions"

Full details available on the WLIC 2020 website

Call for Papers: "Putting Emerging LIS Competencies into Education and Practice: Challenges and Opportunities"

IFLA - ხუთ, 27/02/2020 - 08:35
Section on Education and Training Call for Papers

Theme: "Putting Emerging LIS Competencies into Education and Practice: Challenges and Opportunities"

 

Core competencies in LIS have been identified by many organizations throughout the world and are often developed by professional bodies such as the American Library Association (ALA) in the United States and Canada, the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in the United Kingdom, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), among others.  While these competencies have focused on the core practices of library and information education and practice, there are new and emerging competencies that present both opportunities and challenges for LIS educators and practitioners. These emerging competencies are evolving from rapid social and technological change that require new ways of addressing societal changes and human needs. For example, LIS educators and practitioners are increasingly engaged in supporting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and economic growth, accelerating inclusion and social mobility through research, and equipping communities with new literacies and lifelong learning.

New and emerging competencies may focus on a broad topic (e.g., assessment and decision-making), may be specific to a particular type of information work (e.g.,risk management, trend analysis), or may focus more on a set of skills (e.g., soft skills such as communication skills, teamwork). In what ways are these competencies being implemented into LIS education and practice?  What innovations are resulting from these new competencies? What new technologies have been implemented into libraries, either to satisfy readers’ different needs or to preserve cultural heritage collections?  What kind of training and workshops have been made available for staff to be able to use these new technologies?

The Open session of the Education and Training Section will focus on projects and programs with innovative LIS competencies in education and practice; what it took to get there, what challenges they faced, what new opportunities it presented for educators, librarians and patrons, as well as their communities, equip communities with new literacies, where people were trying to help communities with certain needs, overcoming some of the challenges facing a communities. The implementation of these competencies will help to inform future curricular decisions, recommendations and best practices.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are encouraged that address issues such as:

  • What emerging technologies are being used for new ways of instruction?
  • How educators implement new competencies into their teaching?
  • How practitioners embed new competencies into their practice?

There will be multiple presentations and a discussion at the end of the session.  Speakers will be asked to prepare a list of questions to lead a roundtable discussion. Each table will report on their discussion to close the session.

Proposals (in MS Word) must include:

  • Name, title, institution, e-mail of speaker(s);
  • Brief biographical statement about each speaker (maximum 100 words);
  • Title of proposed presentation;
  • Abstract of paper highlighting its relevance to the theme (maximum 500 words).
     

Proposals should be sent by 1 April 2020 to:

Kendra Albright
Email: kalbrig7@kent.edu

and

Albina Krymskaya
E-mail: krymskayaalbina@gmail.com

Important Dates & Deadlines

1 April 2020: Deadline for submission for abstract of no more than 400 words and will also include the author(s)’ names, institutional affiliations, and email address(es).

1 June 2020: Notification to authors of status of submission.

20 July 2020: Submission of accompanying PowerPoint slides for presentation.

Please note:

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Dublin. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

The paper must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2020 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & Awards webpage.

Call for Papers: Perspectives on the role of information literacy education in fostering a smooth transition throughout a learner’s formal education journey - from PK to 20 and beyond

IFLA - ხუთ, 27/02/2020 - 06:33

The IFLA Information Literacy Section and the School Libraries Section invite interested professionals to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the co-sponsored open session on “perspectives on the role of information literacy education in fostering a smooth transition throughout a learner’s formal education journey – from PK to 20 and beyond” during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in Dublin, Ireland, 15-22 August 2020.

How are librarians building partnership within and beyond their home institutions to smooth a learner’s information literacy education journey from one place to another? At a macro level, information literacy education happens at all stages from PK to 20 and beyond. This panel will discuss how public, academic, and school libraries work together to empower learners on their information literacy skills through curriculum-based information literacy education. Read more.

Call for Papers

IFLA - ოთხ, 26/02/2020 - 15:39

Here https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/school-libraries/ you will find the Call for Papers for IFLA WILC in Dublin

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