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Transformation through Information: IFLA Engages at UN High Level Political Forum

პარ, 20/07/2018 - 00:44

Over the ten days of this year’s High Level Political Forum, IFLA engaged intensively with governments, UN officials, experts and partners from civil society. By ensuring that decision-makers understand the contribution libraries and access to information make to development, IFLA supports its members in their work to guarantee recognition and support for libraries.

The sixth High Level Political Forum took place on 9-18 July 2018 at the UN’s Headquarters in New York. The event brings together governments and organisations in order to discuss progress, identify gaps, and plan next steps on delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.

It is also the occasion for a number of key annual milestones, including formal reporting by UN bodies, voluntary national reviews from Member states, and hundreds of discussions and presentations.

Again and again throughout the event, the power of libraries – both as a place to promote the SDGs, and as a partner in delivery – was recognised and welcomed by many, including at the highest levels.

Rights, Resilience and Relationships

IFLA took an active role in a variety of sessions, demonstrating how relevant libraries are across the 2030 Agenda.

SDG16, which includes the commitment to providing access to information, remains a core focus. With this SDG in focus next year, IFLA participated actively in sessions focusing on how to show the importance of defending rights and promoting good governance.

Sessions on disaster risk reduction provided an opportunity to highlight both the importance of including cultural heritage in government plans, and what libraries can do to help communities recover.

Finally, there was strong recognition for libraries’ unique role in bringing together the SDGs. Nineteen SDG targets reference the importance of access, and only libraries provide a comprehensive way of delivering them all. Libraries can work with actors across the board to deliver progress.

Localising the SDGs: Delivering Development in Cities and Communities

With SDG 11 – sustainable cities and communities – a particular focus this year, there was a strong emphasis on the need for action at the local level.

IFLA took advantage of these opportunities to talk about libraries and their work, and build understanding and support among a wide range of stakeholders. City mayors – many of whom have direct influence over libraries – welcomed the opportunity to talk about how our institutions help deliver on local priorities.

SDG11 also contains a commitment to safeguard cultural and national heritage. Australia and Latvia, for example, highlighted the importance of libraries and heritage in their voluntary national reviews.

Looking Ahead

Three years into the UN’s 2030 Agenda, there was both a sense of frustration at how much has been achieved, but also countless great examples of UN, government and civil society actions.

UN officials in particular were impressed by IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme, whose Global Convening took place only a couple of weeks earlier. Over the coming year, IFLA will be working at all levels to build capacity to advocate around the SDGs.

Next year’s High-Level Political Forum will focus on SDG16, alongside 4 (education), 8 (employment) and 10 (inequality). Moreover, there will be a review launched of the whole 2030 Agenda. As such, 2019 will be a crucial year for libraries and the SDGs.

IFLA looks forward to working with the whole library community to realise the potential.

Find out more about IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme and IFLA's work on Libraries and Development. Watch the recordings of selected HLPF 2018 sessions offered by the UN. See also our series of blogs on #WordsOfTheSDGs, which explains some key words for use in library advocacy, as well as our briefings on voluntary national reviews and disaster risk reduction.

IFLA Green Library Award 2018 Winners Announced

ხუთ, 19/07/2018 - 15:17

IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) is pleased to announce the winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2018.

The IFLA Green Library Award was established 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. The award is 500 Euros for the first place winner.

Objectives

  • to reward the best Green Library submission that communicates the library’s commitment to environmental sustainability;
  • to create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education.

To ENSULIB’s great delight, 32 submissions were received from around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Kasachstan, Kenya, Latvia, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Spain, Ukraine, USA, and Usbekistan. When the call for reviewers went out, 17 people stepped up to help with the process. The reviewers were as diverse as those who submitted. Coming from Australia, France, Finland, Kenya, Germany, Pakistan/New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S., they were a blend of LIS students, library professionals (from public and academic libraries) and an architect as well.

See full details in the Press release [English – PDF].

The award will be presented at the at the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Session 153b, Special Presentation of Awards Session, held on Monday, 27 Aug 2018, 12:45–13:45, Expo Pavillon.

Winner of the 3rd IFLA Green Library Award 2018

The winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2018 is Foshan Library for the project submission "Foshan Library’s Green Practice", located in Foshan new city, which is a key area of construction of sponge city in the province of Guangdong, China. 

“The Foshan Library is a culturally significant building in harmony with the prevailing landscape, and which delivers a compelling architectural vision that pays homage to the cultural and artistic history of the region. The library and its services are strengthened by a powerful commitment to sustainable principles which extends to the architectural design, building materials, management, and staff commitment to continuous improvement and community education. The library presents an impressive array of engaging and inspiring green programs for its community.” More

Five Runners Up (alphabetic order)
Hungary: The Jozsef Attila County and City Library in Tatabánya

Project Submission: "Library-Greening: Environmental education, strengthening of the environmentally aware attitudes with traditional and non-traditional resources”

The Jozsef Attila County and City Library in Tatabánya developed innovative and well received consciousness-raising programs to increase community awareness of the importance of sustainable and ecologically sound development practices. The library takes their sustainability message into local schools and communities and encourages the uptake of green policies and practices. The library used a holistic approach to consciousness raising through children’s games, community film events, eco competitions for schools and the green reading room to name but a few of their programs. More...

 

Romania: The Biblioteca Comunala Sirna, Prahova County

Project Submission: "Sirna Rural Library cultivates involved citizens"

The Biblioteca Comunala Sirna, Prahova county, is a great example of how libraries can and must advocate in their local communities for environmental care and above all: with the young generations – it is very difficult to reach local authorities in some countries, but these efforts were huge. The library has made significant progress with a range of programs that have changed the community – with a very little budget but huge outcomes – children as leaders for others. The library has developed impressive partnerships with local, regional and national organizations to provide ongoing education in sustainability practices. 

Croatia: The National and University Library, Zagreb. 

Project Submission: “Green Festival – Lets Go Green”

The National and University Library in Zagreb and its Green Festival shows great leadership across many sectors. The Lets Go Green Festival presented the latest scientific research in sustainability issues through lectures and talks and allowed green businesses to introduce their products and services to a wider audience. The festival promoted sustainable agriculture and food science, green technology, green energy and green building design and methods and materials. More … 

Iran: The National Library and Archives of Iran, Tehran 

Project Submission: “Designing a Green Library Evaluation checklist”

The National Library and Archives of Iran, Tehran, have created something new and useful for every library, a checklist to evaluate a green library. Evaluating is important when planning and developing services and functions. It is interesting since the project is working on general guidelines more than on a single building. There are indicators so the study clarifies the existing situation, highlights success but also the needs. This could serve libraries as a roadmap towards becoming a green library. Extensive research and logical cohesive methods enabled the creation of a valuable planning checklist for current and future libraries and communities. The checklist encourages evaluation, self-reflection and continuous improvement in sustainability practices and identifies areas of deficiency and pathways for improvement. More … 

Kenya: The USIU-Africa Library, Nairobi

Project Submission: “USIU-Africa: Garden in the library”

The USIU-Africa (United States International University-Africa) library is an enormously large green building with a library garden with trees, plants and everything for a green environment that also provides a good air for users and staff. The flat roof gives the harvest of rainwater to water the garden with. The gardens giving the library and outdoor effect. The plants give the library an ambience and homely feeling. The paper gives a more practical in approach to building and practices within tough economic realities. It shows libraries in Africa have also embraced the green movement, it is applicable in new buildings and can be used as a good benchmark, the methodology is very sound. The concept is original and shows innovativeness in the library practice in Africa. More … 

Press Release by Petra Hauke, July 17, 2018

National Libraries Section SC meetings at WLIC - 2018 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

ხუთ, 19/07/2018 - 10:19

The National Libraries section will have two Standing Committee meetings during the WLIC 2018:

 
  • Meeting I : Friday August 24 15:45 – 17:45, Room: 401, see Agenda ​
  • Meeting II :  Wednesday August 29, 2018 10:45-13:15 Room: 305, see Agenda 

Get Into Blue Shield Guide

ოთხ, 18/07/2018 - 12:42

The Blue Shield aims to be the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It was founded in 1996 by the four key international organisations in their domains, the International Federation of Library and Information Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Its roots, however, are in the years following the Second World War. Following the global destruction caused by the war, UNESCO adopted the 1954 Hague Convention which created rules to protect cultural goods during armed conflicts. This was the first of such international treaty and highlighted the concept of common heritage. The Blue Shield is the symbol used to identify cultural sites protected by this Convention.

During the past years, we have continued to see our cultural heritage suffer damage and destruction. Natural or man-made disasters, wars and ethnic or religious conflicts represent a significant threat to the ability of future generations to enjoy the heritage we have today.

It is therefore a necessity to inform, train and help cultural heritage experts and other stakeholders to safeguard and protect our memory in order to pass it on. The Blue Shield, both at the international and national levels, provide a means for achieving this. But to continue doing so, we need your help. Your contribution at a national level is key to the goals. IFLA has therefore produced a guide: Get into Blue Shield. It'll help you better understand what Blue Shield is, and how you can become involved.

Read the full Get into Blue Shield Guide

For more information, please contact Tanja Clausen, IFLA Policy and Research Officer

Registration for this summer's IFLA Art Libraries Section Satellite Meeting is open until 15 August 2018!

სამ, 17/07/2018 - 15:00

The Art Libraries Section of IFLA, in collaboration with the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, is organizing a one-day conference that focuses on the documentation of global Islamic arts. The meeting will be held on August 23rd 2018. Attendance at the meeting is free and is dependent on registration that closes on 15 August 2018. Visit the conference website to learn more and to register!

2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congress - HBS News Updates

ორშ, 16/07/2018 - 20:58
  •  2018 Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (HBS) papers available - All  2018 papers are now linked to the HBS session on the programme (session 219) and added to the IFLA Library. See the 6 papers via this link 
  •  Malaysian Medical Libraries - The monthly IFLA newsletters have been featuring a series of profiles of Malaysian libraries. The June issue included a number of Medical Libraries

 

 

IFLAPARL Pre-Conference 2018 Agenda

პარ, 13/07/2018 - 21:13

The 2018 IFLAPARL pre-conference will be held in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 24th August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The theme will be ‘Transforming parliamentary libraries and research services to meet changing clients’ needs’. 

The provisional agenda for the pre-conference is now available on the Section's Events pages.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

 

Libraries Leading the Transformation to Sustainable, Resilient Societies: IFLA returns to the United Nations High Level Political Forum

ოთხ, 11/07/2018 - 17:52

The UN High Level Political Forum takes place on 9-18 July 2018 in New York, discussing global challenges and defining a path to sustainable development. IFLA is there, raising awareness among ministers, officials, experts and civil society of how libraries are leading in this effort as essential partners for development.

The 2018 edition of the United Nations (UN) High Level Political Forum (HLPF) opened in New York on 9 July with a welcome from UN Economic and Social Council Chair Marie Chatardová. She underlined the importance of the forum as a hub for assembling and sharing best practice, and for taking stock.

Importantly, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it provides a space to look back at progress made over the past year, to look forward to the work still needing to be done, and look out at the processes taking place at the regional and national levels. A key moment will be the voluntary national reviews, which will be discussed by ministers on 16-18 July.

For IFLA, it is a key moment to raise awareness among decision-makers and influencers about the work of our members – libraries around the world – and form new partnerships. It provides a further opportunity, after the successful Global Convening of the IFLA International Advocacy Programme, to put libraries on the map at the highest level.

We are therefore once again present, advocating for libraries’ role in the UN 2030 Agenda. The focus on SDGs 6 (water and sanitation), 7 (energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (sustainable consumption), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the goals) offers many opportunities to do this.

SDG 11 – “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” – is particularly relevant. IFLA is bringing the “Smart cities need smart citizens” message to New York by taking part in official meetings and the numerous side events offered, taking the floor whenever possible, and connecting with key stakeholders and potential partners.

We will also be working across civil society in order to maintain the pressure for progress in New York and around the world. Inequalities – not least in terms of access to information – remain serious. Governments will need to maintain their commitment if we are to achieve success. To this end, IFLA has signed onto a joint letter underlining these points.

In preparation for this key annual event for governments, development practitioners, private sector and civil society, IFLA has ensured active participation of librarians at all regional preparatory meetings in 2018: Europe (1-2 March, Geneva, ECE), Asia-Pacific (28-30 March, Bangkok, ESCAP), Latin America and the Caribbean (18-20 April, Santiago, ECLAC), Western Asia (24-26 April, Lebanon, ESCWA) and Africa (2-4 May, Dakar, ECAECA).

Interested in following the HLPF? Watch the livestreaming through the UN Web TV, and use the hashtags: #HLPF and #HLPF2018 in social media.

We will be producing regular blogs from the event, reporting on key reflections and announcements for libraries throughout the week and a half.

Follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter @IFLA@IFLA_Lib4Dev, and stay tuned by using the #Lib4Dev and #DA2I hashtags.

Libraries overcome barriers to access to culture

სამ, 10/07/2018 - 18:01

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) Article 27a states that “everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits”. This is a principle also held up by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union Article 22 and 25.

In the light of this, and on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Parliament has passed a resolution on analysis on access to culture in the European Union: Structural and financial barriers in the access to culture. This is based on a proposal from the Culture and Education Committee, itself the product of extensive discussions within and between European Parliament committees1, including the High-level conference ‘Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future’, and a European Parliament Research Service report.

IFLA has produced a valuable guideline which offers a number of key quotes and arguments from both the report for libraries and library associations to use in their advocacy around the importance of libraries in overcoming barriers to access to culture.

Download the briefing on how libraries overcome barriers to access to culture here.

Every librarian an advocate! Africa calls for advocates at all levels at IFLA Global Vision regional workshop

ორშ, 09/07/2018 - 17:10

 

What a finale! After five inspiring meetings around the world, the 2018 IFLA Global Vision regional workshops came to a climax in Durban, South Africa this weekend. 48 library leaders from 34 African countries came together to share ideas for actions to form a united library field.   

The timing of the workshop was perfect. Coinciding with the 2nd meeting of African Ministers responsible for libraries, IFLA was able to show its support in strengthening the African Library field by attending the minister’s round-table ahead of the Global Vision discussions.

Since the Regional Workshops began in April, a total of 241 librarians from 150 countries have collaborated and contributed to ensure that libraries, together, power literate, informed and participative societies: the ultimate goal of the Vision.

To help reach this goal, IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary General Gerald Leitner guided delegates through a series of engaging activities to draw out ideas for action from the top ten Highlights and Opportunities in the IFLA Global Vision Report Summary

In his words to the participants, IFLA Secretary-General set the bar high:

Global challenges require a global answer from a globally united library field. We can only reach our goals together.  And we need to do this, not for ourselves, but for the people in our countries, to make their lives better.

 
Every librarian an advocate!

For the African Region, the need for advocates at all levels of the library field (opportunity 5 in the Report Summary) cannot be underestimated. Showcasing the positive impact libraries have on communities is a role every librarian can take on – every librarian can be an advocate!

Opening the workshop, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón said:

I truly believe that universal access to information is key to humanity, and that libraries are essential for this. It makes dreams and plans into reality. And through our discussions today, we are making the Vision reality”.


 
What’s next for IFLA Global Vision?

Now that the six regional workshops have concluded, it is time to collect as many ideas for actions from every country and create the biggest ideas store which will be a source of inspiration for every librarian around the world. 

The opportunity to contribute ideas will be launched during IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in August 2018. Stay tuned for further announcements! 

View all the photos from the Africa Global Vision Regional Workshop in our Flickr album

Libraries at the Heart of Lifelong Learning

ორშ, 09/07/2018 - 02:35

At a time of rapid change in our economies and societies, there has never been a greater need to keep learning throughout life. The 5th conference of the Lifelong Learning Platform provided an opportunity to share stories from the rich experience of libraries in this field, and build relations. Anette Mjöberg, Secretary of the Public Libraries Section attended for IFLA.

​The Lifelong Learning Platform is a European organisation bringing together organisations committed to helping people access education throughout their lives. This opens up possibilities to learn, develop new skills, and take on new jobs. The Platform’s members represent over 50 000 associations and institutions.

Libraries have long been committed to the concept of lifelong learning, through their provision of access to information for all, including those no-longer registered in formal education. 24 million adults a year in Europe benefit from skills and training through libraries. Given their focus on communities, and openness to all sorts of people, they are particularly important for disadvantaged people.

This role has increasingly been recognised in policy documents, although further recognition will help ensure that libraries receive the support they need to maximise their potential. The conference of the Lifelong Learning Platform represented a chance to do this.

Anette Mjöberg, Secretary of the Public Libraries Section represented IFLA at the 5th Annual Conference of the Lifelong Learning Platform, under the theme Lifelong Learning Culture: A Partnership for Rethinking Education. She spoke both in an open session on the overall theme of the conference – creating a culture of lifelong learning – and one on the importance of learning environments.

Under the title ‘Lifelong Learning in Libraries: The People’s University?’, she highlighted how libraries are changing lives, from bookclubs for newcomers to Hässleholm in Sweden, makerspaces in Greenland, cooking lessons in Columbus, United States, and student engagement in protecting the Library of Alexandria during the Arab Spring. Through traditional and digital literacy, as well as other skills, libraries empower people and societies.

Thanks to her words, participants learnt to recognise the work of libraries, and many started to refer to their work in their own interventions. A number of organisations sought to build contacts and understanding of how they too could work with libraries.

Find out more about the work of IFLA’s Public Libraries Section.

Africa Can Lead: IFLA Addresses African Ministers

ორშ, 09/07/2018 - 00:44

The 2nd meeting of African ministers responsible for libraries took place on 5-6 July in Durban, South Africa. IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary General Gerald Leitner were proud to be there in support of efforts to strengthen the African library field.

At the time of IFLA’s 2015 World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, ministers from across Africa met for an unprecedented meeting focused on libraries.

Coming from ministries for culture and heritage, they represented the key government figures for libraries. At the event, they signed a declaration, underlining their commitment to the values and future of our institutions.

Three years on, an even bigger group of ministers came together, and IFLA was honoured to be invited to address them, as well as representatives of libraries from across Africa.

The meeting included clear updates on what governments across Africa have been doing to implement the commitments they made. The importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the place of IFLA’s Library Map of the World in broader efforts to strengthen the sector was clear.

A new Declaration was agreed, confirming the importance of supporting the work of libraries, and reaffirming the importance of working with our institutions to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. IFLA will share a short brief on the declaration shortly, once the final version is published.

IFLA Secretary-General noted in his speech to the ministers present:

Through the declaration coming from this meeting, through the actions you take when you get home, through the positions you take at the UN, at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, you can leave a legacy that will make the world a better place.

In her closing remarks, IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón said :

I cannot imagine anywhere else in the world where so many ministers would come together to talk libraries. It is evidence of the leadership of South Africa, […] and it is evidence of your collective commitment.

I want the story of Africa to be a story of bridging the divide. Of inclusion, of participation, of empowerment, of success. I believe it will be. That you can get there.

Once the Durban Declaration is published, IFLA will produce a brief for members. You can already download the speeches of the IFLA President (PDF) and Secretary General (PDF).

New membership in the NOIR SIG

კვი, 08/07/2018 - 12:43

Since the WLIC in 2017 we have seen some changes in the membership of the steering group for the NOIR SIG. We've said farewell to Winston Roberts from the National Library of New Zealand who has moved on to convene the National Library and Information Policy SIG. Meanwhile we've welcomed Sonto Moleme from the National Library of South Africa, and Ekaterina Fedorova, from the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg. This means the SIG now has representatives from the Netherlands, Canada, South Africa and Russia.

The current steering group for the SIG consists of:

• Katharina Beberweil (Manager of the Library and Information Centre of IBFD, The Netherlands), convener since May 2016
• Francesco Manganiello (Acting Director, Stakeholder Relations and International Affairs, Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada)
• Sonto Moleme (Director, Information Access & Cape Town Campus Coordinator, National Library of South Africa)
• Ekaterina Fedorova (Specialist, Division of International Activities The National Library of Russia)
 

Now available: IFLA Annual Report 2017

პარ, 06/07/2018 - 13:47

Read all about what IFLA achieved in 2017!

Each year, IFLA Headquarters compiles its Annual Report which provides a comprehensive overview on our activities throughout the preceding year.

The report gives IFLA Members and other interested parties full and transparent details on our activities, achievements and financial performance.

Download/view the full report:

New Opportunities: European Parliament Opens Way to Plenary Debate about EU Copyright Directive

ხუთ, 05/07/2018 - 17:08

The European Parliament today voted to reject the version of the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market proposed by its Legal Affairs Committee. This decision will lead to a debate in September in plenary, with all 751 Members of the European Parliament able to propose amendments.

 

For IFLA, it will be important to preserve those elements where the Committee made progress, and make improvements in others.

 

The vote, which followed an intense period of communication from all parties involved in the discussions, focused extensively on two issues – new proposed rights for press publishers, and new obligations on Internet platforms to prevent copyrighted content being uploaded to the Internet without licensing agreements.

 

On both of these issues, despite efforts to protect libraries and their users from any immediate effects on core services, there remained serious concerns about their impacts on library values and broader free expression and access to information. See IFLA’s briefing on Article 13 and blog on filters in particular for more.

 

The proposed text also contained dangerous amendments which would have undermined the effectiveness of all new exceptions, and locked away heritage, as set out in our blog on Article 6.

 

Yet there were positives – a proposed exception allowing libraries to give access to works which are not available on the market, a broader exception on text and data mining, and steps towards giving libraries the possibility to make use of education exceptions.

 

Now, more than ever, it is important for libraries across Europe to engage their Members of the European Parliament, in support of progress, and against backwards steps. We need to ensure that today’s vote proves to be a step towards better copyright laws for libraries.

 

For more information, see the collection of resources on the Directive co-created by IFLA.

A Bright Future for Libraries in Australia’s Copyright Modernisation Review

ხუთ, 05/07/2018 - 14:22

Australia is looking at reviewing its Copyright Act of 1968 with the aim of bringing its copyright framework up to date with the digital world.

After earlier reviews such as the safe harbour extension, this time the government is consulting on a few specific aspects of Australia’s copyright. The Government sought to understand whether there is general support for several provisions, namely flexible exceptions to copyright, access to orphan works and contracting out of copyright exceptions.

In the submission, IFLA underlined the need for flexible exceptions and thus welcomed the introduction of a fair use exception, and alternatively an extended fair dealing exception that among its purposes recognised “library and archive use”, “certain educational uses” and “text and data mining”, among others.

IFLA also welcomes the introduction of an orphan works exception that relies on a mandatory diligent search of rightsholders, with no specific sources to be consulted to avoid putting in place burdensome requirements.

Finally, IFLA insisted on the need to protect all exceptions and limitations to copyright from contract override, to guarantee that private contractual provisions cannot go before what is established by law, especially in times where libraries rely strongly on licenses to give access to materials.

Overall, IFLA has expressed support for the copyright modernisation process, and the acknowledgement that an effective, efficient, accountable and especially adaptable system is needed.

Read IFLA's full submission.

Read the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee’s submission.

For more information, find all submissions to the Copyright modernisation consultation on the Department of Communications and the Arts' webpage (scroll down to the section below ‘Participate’ at the bottom of the page).

SET Programs at WLIC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ოთხ, 04/07/2018 - 22:34
SET Programs for WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Saturday, August 25, 2018 13:45 p.m. – 15:45 p.m. Ballroom 2 Session 076
Title: Teaching methodologies and curriculum development in LIS schools: best practices around the globe
Sponsors:  Education and Training Section (SET) 

 

Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 16:00 – 18:00 p.m. Ballroom 2 Session 168
Title: Collaboration in LIS education in developing countries using social media
Sponsors:  LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG

 

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Ballroom 2 Session 220
Title: IFLA’s role in building strong LIS education: an international approach to quality assessment and qualifications in the Library and Information profession. 
Sponsors: Section on Library Theory and Research (LTR) , LIS Education in Developing Countries SIGEducation and Training Section (SET)

 

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Plenary Hall Session 229
Title: Win – Win, Building strong education, training and professional development together with strong library associations
Sponsors: Education and Training Section (SET), Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section, Management of Library Associations.

 

SET Business Meetings at WLIC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ოთხ, 04/07/2018 - 21:45

Education and Training Section Business Meetings I & II

SET Business Meeting 1 – Session 006 will meet in Room 403 on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 from 11:15 a.m.- 11:15 a.m.- 13:15 p.m.  Agenda coming soon.

SET Business Meeting II – Session 192 in Room 305 Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 from 10:45 a.m. – 13:15 p.m. Agenda coming soon.

An Open Invitation: UN, Government Officials Welcome Library Engagement in the 2030 Agenda

სამ, 03/07/2018 - 16:49

The IFLA International Advocacy Programme (IAP) Global Convening took place in New York on 28-29 June 2018. Nearly 40 participants, invited by IFLA, met at the Brooklyn Public Library, the United Nations Headquarters, and The New York Public Library to review two years’ work and take library advocacy around the Sustainable Development Goals to the next level.

IFLA launched its new International Advocacy Programme in October 2016 with a series of workshops around the world. These taught library representatives from 70 countries about the UN’s 2030 Agenda, and the opportunities it offered to make the case for libraries. 

It aimed to start a movement – a network of library advocates around the world working to tell the story of libraries and development, and gain our institutions recognition and support. 

After a full phase of meetings, workshops and projects, IFLA organised a meeting of many of the participants from around the world in New York, the home of the UN. The goal: to review what had been achieved, to learn lessons, and to plan for the coming year. 

Looking Back to Move Forward – Getting Ready to Move Up a Gear

Brooklyn Public Library hosted the first day of the Global Convening on 28 June. Following opening words by Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General, to set the tone for the day, Nick Higgins, Director and Chief Librarian of the Brooklyn Public Library addressed the meeting.

Mr. Higgins welcomed IFLA and IAP participants to the library, underlining:

“The responsibility of anyone here at this library is to give access to information. Libraries are also convening spaces, and so we are very happy to be hosts for this important meeting”. 

Loida Garcia-Febo offered greetings from the American Library Association in her first official presentation after becoming the Association’s president. She highlighted the deep connection between her theme “Libraries = Strong Communities” and the work of the IAP.

IFLA President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, gave a keynote speech, stressing:

You who are here today are leaders of a movement. Because this is a movement. A first wave of library advocates around the world, calling for libraries to be recognised and supported as drivers of development. Showing the way. And bringing others with you.”

The Secretary General of IFLA, Gerald Leitner, set out plans for the day, noting:

This is the first time we’ve brought IAP participants together globally. By connecting people, we also connect answers to questions. Solutions to challenges. And we grow stronger, more effective. This is what a united library field looks like.”

The first day’s sessions, under the guidance of the Secretary General, offered the opportunity for IAP participants to reflect and share on what has worked for them in the past two years and what is limiting them in their advocacy work. 

They also learned about the opportunities coming up in the next year in the context of the UN 2030 Agenda, and how and where to get involved. The participants closed the first day’s workshop with a session focusing on ideas for action to deliver results in their country, and how to work together with IFLA to move to the next level. 

The first day concluded with a visit to the UN Library, and an impressive tour of the United Nations Headquarters for IAP Global Convening participants.

Showcasing Libraries as Partners for Development

The main objective of coming to New York for the IAP Global Convening was successfully achieved in the morning of 29 June. A showcase “Libraries as Partners for Development” took place at The New York Public Library, and was honoured by the presence of Ambassadors, UN and national government officials. 

Mr. Anthony Marx, President and CEO of The New York Public Library (NYPL), impressed the audience with an engaging speech and message of welcome to the library. In line with IFLA’s theme “Smart cities need smart libraries”, he stressed:

We need to keep libraries as key civic centres, as citizenship centres”. As one of the world’s leading libraries, the NYPL shows that this can be achieved.

Next, United Nations Under-Secretary General for Public Information, Alison Smale, shared her priorities with the audience. She highlighted the role of public information and libraries in empowering societies and stated:

Libraries have been champions of inclusion for centuries”.

The showcase continued with an address “Motors of Change: Libraries, Access to Information and Development” by the IFLA President, and a presentation “Building a Movement: the IFLA International Advocacy Programme and the SDGs” by IFLA Secretary General. 

These interventions provided an opportunity to explain the cascade process IFLA has been implementing over the past two years to get libraries included in the 2030 Agenda. By giving the library community the tools and a framework to explain how their work is improving lives and societies in a language that policy makers understand, the IAP helps them to gain the visibility and recognition they deserve as partners for development.

IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, addressed a distinguished audience of Ambassadors, UN and national government officials directly, and stressed:

We want the work and engagement of libraries to feed into the process at the regional and global level. We want libraries to be contributing to voluntary national reviews, to regional fora on sustainable development, to the UN’s own reflection and evidence-gathering. This is where you come in.” 

The showcase was organised in three panels, each featuring a moderator, two IAP participants as presenters, and a discussant.  

The first panel, “Celebrating successes in raising awareness”, was moderated by Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, and included presentations by Raphaëlle Bats (France) and Elvira Lapuz (Philippines), and a discussion with Thanos Giannakopoulos, Chief UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library.

Gerald Leitner moderated the second panel, “Celebrating successes in engaging in national policy planning”, with presentations by Vicki McDonald (Australia) and Nicholas Graham (Jamaica), and a discussion with Irena Zubcevic from the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs.

Finally, a third panel focused on “Celebrating successes in developing partnerships”, with moderation from Stephen Wyber, and saw presentations by Elizabeth Matheus (Namibia) and Zoubeida Bouallagui (Tunisia), as well as a discussion with Ola Göransson from the UN Partnerships Team.

The many UN and Permanent Mission representatives present were impressed by the work carried out by IFLA and IAP participants around the world to promote the SDGs and the role of libraries. 

They also looked forward to more. As Irena Zubcevic emphasised:

You must engage at all levels. The real work is in the countries. It would be great to bring a librarian as part of a national delegation for a voluntary national review.”

Libraries: Telling the Story – Showing the Impact

The afternoon of the second day was dedicated to a workshop: “SDGs Storytelling for Showing the Impact of Libraries”. This was the first ever workshop on SDG Storytelling applying our recently launched publication: “Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Storytelling Manual”, facilitated by IFLA Membership Engagement Officer, Kristine Paberza.

The IAP Global Convening participants had a chance to go through the key elements of a good story, and reviewed stories created by them and by others, to improve them drawing on tips offered by IFLA. This was a very engaging session, and a key step to ensure more, and better quality, stories are added to IFLA’s Library Map of the World to support advocacy work at all levels. 

The Global Convening exceeded expectations as IFLA President  Glòria Pérez-Salmerón said:

The energy and insight of the participants not only made an impact on those learning about the project for the first time, but created a strong sense of momentum."

IFLA Secretary General stated: 

IFLA is proud of the successes achieved by all members of the global library field who have contributed to the IAP so far. The Global Convening – through the ideas shared, the contacts made, and the momentum created – is a step towards building a movement on libraries, development and advocacy."

Yet the work has only just begun. The coming year offers key opportunities for advocacy, engagement, and impact. IFLA will share materials from the event with IAP participants and others in due course and encourages librarians everywhere to get in contact and get involved."

See our Flickr albums with pictures of the two days.

Stay tuned for updates about the International Advocacy Programme, the Library Map of the World SDG Stories and IFLA's work on Development and the UN 2030 Agenda: