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Call for bids to host the 16th IFLA Interlending and Document Supply Conference (ILDS) 2019

ორშ, 18/12/2017 - 13:41

Call for bids to host the 16th IFLA Interlending and Document Supply Conference (ILDS) 2019

Deadline: 15 February 2018 [PDF]

 

 

Introduction

IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, invites bids from IFLA Members to host the 16th IFLA Interlending and Document Supply (ILDS) Conference to be held in September or October 2019. This conference typically runs 2 to 3 days in length, attracts between 150 and 250 delegates, and operates with a budget of approximately EUR 50,000 - 100,000.

Interlending and document supply is one of the cornerstones of any library's operations. The continuing development of technology and the increasing use of electronic resources make this conference an exciting opportunity for the international community to come together to discuss the delivery of quality services to users. Interlending and document supply is an integral part of IFLA’s strategic plan and Key Initiatives.

Recent conferences have been in:

·       2017 – Paris, France

·       2015 - Istanbul, Turkey

·       2013 - Beijing, China

·       2011 - Chicago, USA

·       2009 - Hannover, Germany

·       2007 - Singapore 

·       2005 - Tallinn, Estonia

·       2003 - Canberra, Australia  

·       2001 - Ljubljana, Slovenia

The ILDS Planning Committee is responsible for all local arrangements, including venue selection, catering, web site development, promotion and marketing, social events, setting the conference budget, registration, fundraising and corporate sponsorship, soliciting and selecting exhibitors, and assisting speakers and delegates with visa or travel questions.

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Standing Committee assumes all responsibility for soliciting and selecting papers to be delivered at the conference.

Organization of the conference is carried out completely by the host organization, which must be willing to commit the amount of time and level of staff required to plan an event of this magnitude. Applicants may use a Professional Conference Organizer if they so desire to assist with conference logistics.

Criteria against which submissions will be considered

Candidates are advised to provide information on all the criteria. Submissions should be made in electronic form (see below).

1. The host

a. IFLA member responsible for the bid and, if successful, is legally and financially able to be contracted by IFLA to host the conference and form the ILDS Planning Committee.  The host organization is responsible for securing all conference funding; IFLA does not provide financial assistance. Please also include names and contact details of the persons responsible for the bid.

b. Opportunities that the conference provides to place an international focus on the local and regional profession, and for the local and regional profession to take an international focus;

c. The types of support offered within the local profession;

2. Local and regional professional activity

a. Professional activity and innovative ideas that would be of interest to delegates;

b. Proposed dates – the conference is ideally held in October.  Please advise if there are any local or national events that might conflict with, or enhance the conference. If there may be a conflict or a more beneficial date, please propose alternative dates for the conference;

c. Other conferences scheduled in your region for 2017 that may also attract ILDS conference delegates, or detract from ILDS conference attendance. If you are proposing that the conference could be held jointly with, or adjacent to, a national or regional conference, please give details including the advantages and disadvantages for IFLA;

3. Levels of wider support

a. Capacity of the ILDS Planning Committee to secure financial support and sponsorship; estimate expected level of financial and other support for the conference;

b. Visa policy and process, and restrictions on any countries for the issuing of visas;

c. Ability to provide assistance with visa questions.

4. The venue

Main Conference Hall including AV equipment (PC with internet connection, a projector and sound system)

+/-250 seats

Free Wi-Fi for delegates

 

Speakers rehearsal room (optional)

with 1 PC

Registration area

 

Exhibition area

with space for +/- 10 - 20 tables

Lounge area for coffee breaks & lunch

 

Baggage storage room

 

5. The location

a. Accessibility via air and rail travel routes.

b. Local sites of interest for pre- or post-conference tourism.

Please submit any further supporting documents, such as official letters to provide evidence of any promised support.

Deadline

Submissions should be sent to pcoll@upenn.edu
by 15 February 2018

Selection Process

Call for submissions opens

December 2017

Submissions due

15 February 2018

Submissions considered by the IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section for recommendation to the IFLA Governing Board

March 2018

Governing Board decision

April 2018

IFLA enters into a formal agreement with the successful bidder

TBD

Successful bidder announced

April 2018

The Announcement will be made via IFLA.org and IFLA-L mailing list

Contacts

For more information, please contact:

Manager, Conferences and Business Relations
Christine.Graham@ifla.org

For more information on the professional programme, please contact:
Peter Collins,
Chair of the Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section pcoll@upenn.edu

 

 

Accessible, Open, Empowering, Lasting: IFLA Engages on Internet Governance

კვი, 17/12/2017 - 09:19

IFLA will be attending this year’s annual Internet Governance Forum – the 12th edition – in Geneva, Switzerland. This is an important opportunity both to make the case for an Internet that works for libraries, but also to show how libraries can build a better Internet.  

 

Why Engage?

It is increasingly impossible – and unimaginable – for libraries to be able to serve their users without effective Internet access. From viewing journal articles on third-party servers to helping users create their own content, and from library access to document supply services to users’ access to the tools which help them connect with their families.

 

Libraries do not just need to be connected to the Internet, but also for it to work effectively. When access is subject to interference, restrictions or blocking, connections can be meaningless. And when relevant information for library users is unavailable – because of censorship, copyright restrictions, or just because it doesn’t exist – there is little value in going online.

 

IFLA, as the global voice of libraries, is therefore active in discussions on Internet governance. We are making the case both for the necessary infrastructure investment to bringing connectivity to all libraries, but also for the laws and regulations that keep the Internet open.

 

In doing so, we are underlining the positives – how access in libraries gives everyone the chance to connect, how they offer the skills, knowledge and competence necessary to make everyone an effective user, how they can help ensure that the creativity of today is not lost for tomorrow.

 

In attending the Internet Governance Forum, IFLA has the possibility to share this message with non-governmental organisations, businesses, and governments. As potential partners and supporters of libraries, they can be invaluable in ensuring our institutions achieve their potential.

 

You can find out more about why IFLA engages by listening to the recording of our webinar, in English and in Spanish.

 

What are the Issues at IGF 2017?

Access remains a priority. With the Internet, and the access to information it offers, such an important driver of development, it is unacceptable that half of the world’s population remains offline. IFLA will be promoting public access through libraries, and exploring the policy changes that can make this a reality in a session on Tuesday 19 December. We’ll also be looking forward to engaging with sessions on how new technologies and techniques can boost access.

 

2017 has shown that fake news and the actions – or inaction – of Internet platforms are not going away as issues. Under pressure from governments, major Internet companies are now making efforts to identify and even delist information labelled as deliberately misleading. This raises important questions as to how they are doing this – and how they can be held to account if they go too far. With the launch of a European Union consultation on the subject, the possibility of direct action by governments is not yet off the table.  

 

The importance of digital literacy is ever clearer. As economic, social and civic life shifts to the Internet, it is clear that for development to be democratic, everyone should have the ability to engage. The argument also holds in the face of fake news, cybercrime and some of the negatives of online life – the most effective way to keep people safe online is to ensure that they can spot lies, frauds and threats for themselves. IFLA will be talking about libraries’ contribution to delivering digital literacy in an event on Sunday 17 December.

 

Internet shutdowns are becoming increasingly common. IFLA’s own statement, in August 2017, underlined that these are a bad way of achieving policy goals – by preventing access to information, they do more harm than good. As we argued, the long term costs – a loss of confidence and so of investment in the Internet in countries that use shutdowns – are yet to be seen, but could be highly damaging. IFLA will attend sessions organised by partners such as Access Now and the Internet Society.

 

Gratifyingly for libraries, the need to preserve born-digital content is also becoming a more mainstream issue. On 30 December, the first International Digital Preservation Day took place, with libraries and archives around the world highlighting the importance of this work. We’ll be organising a lightning session on the issue on Tuesday 19 December at 2:40pm.

 

Join Us!

You can register as an online participant to the IGF, and follow the discussions live. We’ll be on social media throughout the week, so keep an eye on @ifla, and at the hashtag #IFLAatIGF, for more. We’ll be blogging every day too on the Library Policy and Advocacy blog. See also our infographic about how libraries build a better Internet.

Call for Papers: "Art Libraries versus Their Users: Who Is Transforming Who?"

კვი, 17/12/2017 - 01:45

The IFLA Art Libraries Section invites proposals for the Open Session entitled "Art Libraries versus Their Users: Who Is Transforming Who?"

Art libraries today, like any other institution that collects and disseminates knowledge in the information era, are dealing with new challenges brought by changing societies, new technologies and… art library users. How are they coping with all these challenges? Do they simply try to catch up, or are they sometimes a step forward being ready to propose to their users something revolutionary new? Are they able to make a real impact on modern societies with what they have at their disposal — images and texts, art documents and archives, special thematic services and virtual art collections?

See the full Call for Papers on the IFLA WLIC 2018 website.

The IFLA Member and Viewpoints Survey: requesting your feedback

პარ, 15/12/2017 - 12:45

IFLA is undertaking its first member and viewpoints survey and invites your input.

IFLA aims to be the international voice of the library and information profession – advocating and supporting the development of the library field, providing opportunities to meet and network with professionals from around the world, and disseminating standards and guidelines for library and information work.

Your feedback is vital in ensuring that we continue to deliver the best possible support to library associations, institutions and librarians. Every IFLA member should have received an invitation to the survey by email. If you have not, use the link below to provide your feedback. IFLA also invites interested associations, institutions and librarians who are not members to provide their views.

We’re undertaking a viewpoints survey to give you the chance to tell us what you think and your expectations of the IFLA.

IFLA has engaged TBI Communications to carry out the survey and analysis.

The survey can be completed in all IFLA languages: English, Español, français, Deutsch, Русский, 中文 and العربية.

To participate, please visit the IFLA viewpoints survey

In appreciation of your input, if you complete the survey before 15 January 2018, you can choose to enter into a competition to win your choice of the following prizes:

  • Two years free individual membership of IFLA;
  • Free personal registration to the 2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur (24-30 August 2018);
  • A selection of four IFLA monographs of your choice from the IFLA Publications or Global Studies in Libraries and Information series.

You will have the chance to enter the competition at the end of the survey – but rest assured that if you choose to enter, your survey responses will remain anonymous.

Many thanks in advance for your time and your ideas.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Winter 2017 Newsletter Now Online!

პარ, 15/12/2017 - 05:38

New Publication: Winter 2017 Newsletter released

The latest IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section's Winter 2017 newsletter has been published.

The Section would like to take this opportunity to thank Pam Ryan and her team at Toronto Public Library for preparing this issue of the newsletter.

Shared History, Shared Challenges, Shared Efforts – Preserving Francophone African Heritage

ხუთ, 14/12/2017 - 22:06

The countries of French-speaking Africa have a rich and diverse history. Much of this is recorded not through books or manuscripts, but through a vibrant tradition of oral history and know-how. Yet with preservation practices not always well-suited to these forms of heritage, and limited resources available, the need for cooperation in order to ensure that they are not lost is essential.

 

Taking advantage of the common language, a group of committed and passionate librarians from across francophone Africa met in Senegal on 17-19 November in order to reflect on how to respond to the challenge. IFLA was represented by Marwa El Sahn, Governing Board Member, who gave an introduction to IFLA’s broader engagement on safeguarding cultural heritage.

 

Building on the work of the Francophone Africa Preservation and Conservation Centre, and in particular Sophie Madiba, the conference looked at particular at how to help Africans take a more active role in defining their own documentary heritage. In order to take steps to preserve, it is important that everyone sees the cultural value of what they are doing.

 

Other sessions focused on the treasures that administrative archives may contain, how effectively to build partnerships between institutions and countries, and the urgent need to act to save audiovisual heritage, often recorded on media that are decaying or obsolete.

 

Despite the challenges, the conference ended on a note of optimism. Participants explored how to collect information on available resources, to concentrate scarce funding to support this work, and to find ways of continuing the discussion.

 

The conference may have been the first such attempt to bring together librarians involved in safeguarding cultural heritage in Francophone Africa, but will hopefully not be the last!

Getting Copyright Right in Viet Nam: IFLA Speaks at WIPO Event

ხუთ, 14/12/2017 - 19:53

Like all aspects of government policy, copyright laws should serve to promote the long-term public interest. It is essential to ensure that creators receive fair compensation. But it is also essential that everyone, now and in the future, can access and use these works in order to generate new ideas and knowledge.

 

As the way in which people create and access information changes, copyright needs to evolve to reflect this. IFLA, represented by Sue Warren (Gold Coast, Australia), underlined this message at a conference in Viet Nam, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

 

As the Vietnamese government reflects on the shape of a future copyright law, there is a real opportunity. The preservation of damaged documents, public lending, and fair uses of copyrighted works are all key for achieving libraries’ public interest objectives. In a digital age in particular, we need to be able to digitise documents, and get around contract terms and technological protection measures and contract terms that prevent the enjoyment of exception and limitations to copyright.

 

Librarians should not have to carry out these activities without certainty about whether they are acting legally.

 

Sue drew on the Australian experience, where libraries have successfully put forward-looking reforms on the agenda. Participants at the Viet Nam workshop were keen to learn more about these efforts, in order to inspire their own work. 

 

Read more about IFLA's work on copyright here.

IFLA is Coming to Greece: World Library and Information Congress 2019 to be held in Athens

ხუთ, 14/12/2017 - 13:00

IFLA today announced that the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2019 will take place in Athens, Greece. Following the opening of a new national library building, and its designation as 2018 World Book Capital, the city will in two years’ time play host to the biggest truly international gathering of the library field.

President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón said, ‘Libraries are motors of change, and WLIC is the biggest single opportunity each year to refuel. By exchanging with colleagues across the world, hearing about how others are providing excellent library services, and discussing the challenges we face, we can create an unstoppable momentum in favour of better libraries, and a better society’.

Secretary General Gerald Leitner added, ‘I am thrilled that we are returning to Athens, where we started the IFLA Global Vision process earlier this year. We are building a united library field, one that is empowered not just to react to change, but to shape it. We can only do this when we meet, talk, and build together’.

With thousands of library and information professionals, from all corners of the world, all types of library, and all career stages coming together, WLIC provides a unique opportunity to learn and grow, both for individuals, and the library field as a whole.

Hundreds of formal sessions, as well as countless opportunities for discussion make WLIC the ideal place to get a global perspective on how the library field is meeting the challenges of today, and ensuring that libraries make an ever greater contribution to growth, education, innovation and social cohesion. Through streaming and social media, many thousands more will benefit.

Echoing the Athenian agora of over two thousand years ago, we look forward to a Congress that will bring the latest ideas and innovations to bear in the service of better library services and a strong library field. See you there!

ИФЛА едет в Грецию - Всемирный библиотечный и информационный конгресс WLIC 2019 пройдет в Афинах

ხუთ, 14/12/2017 - 12:26

14 декабря ИФЛА официально объявила, что Всемирный библиотечный и информационный конгресс (WLIC) 2019 состоится в Афинах, Греция. После открытия нового здания национальной библиотеки и объявления Афин Всемирной книжной столицей 2018 года, через два года город примет у себя крупнейший международный библиотечный форум.

Как заявила Президент ИФЛА Глория Перес-Сальмерон: «Библиотеки - это двигатели перемен, и Всемирный библиотечный и информационный конгресс - оптимальная общая возможность для всех нас каждый год "подзаправиться". Обмениваясь опытом и идеями со своими коллегами со всего мира мира, узнавая о примерах высококачественного библиотечного обслуживания и обсуждая новые вызовы, стоящие перед библиотеками, мы можем создать непреодолимый импульс к новым библиотекам и лучшему обществу".

"Я очень взволнован, что мы возвращаемся в Афины, где ранее в этом году дали старт проекту "Глобальное видение. Мы формируем объединенное библиотечное сообщество, которое может не только реагировать на перемены, но и создавать их. Мы можем добиться этого только в том случае, если будем встречаться, говорить и действовать вместе", - добавил Генеральный секретарь ИФЛА Джеральд Ляйтнер.

Будучи местом встречи тысяч специалистов разного уровня в области библиотечной и информационной науки, представляющих все типы библиотек, Конгресс дает уникальные возможности для роста и развития как отдельных специалистов, так и библиотечного сообщества в целом.

Сотни заседаний и бесчисленные возможности для дискуссий делают Конгресс идеальным местом для получения представления о том, как глобальное библиотечное сообщество встречает вызовы современности и вносит еще больший вклад в развитие, образование, инновации и социальное единство. Благодаря социальным сетям и прямой трансляции заседаний, тысячи наших коллег могут воспользоваться возможностями Конгресса.

Вспоминая афинскую Агору, существовавшую еще более двух тысяч лет назад, мы с нетерпением ждем Конгресса, который принесет с собой новые идеи и инновации для более качественного обслуживания пользователей и усиления библиотечного сообщества. Увидимся в Афинах!

 

Call for Papers / Genealogy and Local History Section joint with the Asia and Oceania Section

ოთხ, 13/12/2017 - 17:58

Theme
"Local Histories and Genealogies in Multicultural Asia"

Date
22-23 August 2018

Venue
George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Bangunan UAB, Event Hall (ground floor), No 21-25 Gat Lebuh China, George Town World Heritage Site, 10300 Penang

Organizer
Genealogy and Local History Section joint with the Asia and Oceania Section

Host organization
Areca Books/Think City  in  cooperation with the following institutions/organizations: Penang Heritage Trust, Wawasan Open University and Penang State Public Library Corporation

Persons responsible for the pre-conference
Chihfeng P. Lin, Takashi Nagatsuka, Rashidah Begum and Khoo Salma

The main session welcomes papers that discuss:

  • saving and promoting historical and cultural memories
  • supporting contacts and understandingbetween different local and regional communities
  • therole of libraries, museums and archives in participatory projects based on multi-ethnic and multi-generational collaboration

Participants are encouraged to discuss both successes and failures in their papers.

We encourage evidence based practice and invite presentations and analysis of projects which can be of practical value to others. Submission in other formats than academic papers *such as reports and essays are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed summary (up to 250 words) and full author details is 15 February. Proposals should be submitted using the following web address.

If this web site is unavailable, please contact Section Chair

Chihfeng P. Lin
Email: chihfeng@mail.shu.edu.tw

Bozena Rasmussen
Email: bozennara@gmail.com

With Strong Libraries, Everyone Can Learn: Cameroonian Librarians Engage at WIPO Conference

სამ, 12/12/2017 - 23:25

Around the world, libraries are at the heart of education institutions, giving access to the materials students and teachers need. This role is as crucial in Africa as elsewhere, given that for many, access to books and other materials may otherwise be impossible. In order to fulfil this mission, Africa’s libraries need balanced intellectual property rules.

 

On 21-22 November in Yaoundé, Cameroon, a team of librarians from the Cameroonian Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists took this message to a meeting of culture ministers from across Africa, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Led by the President of the Association, Alim Garga, they engaged in discussions, and made the case for libraries to ministers.

 

While supporting the importance of developing truly local content, they stressed that focusing purely on creating markets or licences would come at the expense of learning. Education and research in Africa would, in the long run, benefit more from universal literacy and giving more people the chance to study and innovate. Libraries are an essential part of the chain, but cannot do their job if materials are unaffordable, or if there are excessively strict rules on their use.

 

Thanks to their work, the final conclusions of the meeting underlined the need to improve legislation for libraries, and given them a full role in discussions around promoting books and reading nationally. As a highlight, the Chadian Minister used his closing speech to underline his own support for libraries, and to encourage others to do the same. 

Propager les valeurs de la bibliothèque à travers un dialogue mondial - Le Congrès mondial des bibliothèques et de l'information de l'IFLA

ორშ, 11/12/2017 - 21:50

L'IFLA est là pour renforcer les bibliothèques.

Au sein de notre communauté,  elle encourage la discussion et le débat, et fournit des outils et des conseils pour aider les bibliothèques et les associations de bibliothèques. EIle promeut également le travail des bibliothèques auprès des décideurs et plaide en faveur de lois, des valeurs et des financements  qui permettront  à ses membres de répondre au mieux  aux besoins des usagers. 

Pourtant, il reste beaucoup de régions du monde où l'accès à l'information pour tous, sans discrimination, par le canal de services de bibliothèque bien développés et financièrement soutenus, n'est pas encore une réalité. Le Congrès mondial des bibliothèques et de l'information (WLIC) peut aider. 

Au cours des dix dernières années, des congrès se sont tenus dans cinq continents différents, donnant la chance à des milliers de membres de notre communauté à y participer. Cela a également donné aux villes et aux régions hôtes une idée claire de l'enthousiasme et du pouvoir de transformation des bibliothèques.

En favorisant l'inclusivité, à la fois en rapprochant la congrès au plus grand nombre possible de membres  et en maximisant la participation de ceux qui habitent d'ailleurs au monde, le WLIC peut être le début d'un dialogue qui  aide à mettre en exergue les valeurs des bibliothèques, et l'importance des services qu'elles fournissent. Mais ce dialogue n'est clairement possible que lorsque tout un chacun peut s'exprimer librement. 

C'est pour cette raison que, dans une déclaration publiée le 11 décembre, l'IFLA a souligné son engagement à organiser le Congrès mondial des bibliothèques et de l'information dans le plus grand nombre de pays possible. Cependant, pour cela,  il est impératif que des sessions puissent être organisées, et les opinions exprimées, sans aucune restriction. 

Lire la déclaration complète : [Français - PDF]

通过全球对话传播图书馆的价值—国际图联世界图书馆和信息大会

ორშ, 11/12/2017 - 21:50

国际图联存在的意义是为了增强图书馆界的力量。

国际图联支持研讨和辩论,并为各图书馆、图书馆协会提供业务指导。此外,它还通过宣传推广使决策者更深入地了解图书馆的工作,倡导图书馆立法,弘扬图书馆的价值,完善图书馆资金来源框架,从而使图书馆能够更好地为用户服务。

然而,世界上仍有太多的地方,人们无法实现通过完善的图书馆服务在没有任何歧视的条件下获取信息的愿望。世界图书馆和信息大会(WLIC)可以为解决这个问题提供帮助。

在过去的十年中,大会在五个不同的大洲举行,为我们图书馆界成千上万的成员提供了参与的机会。同时,也给予了主办城市和地区对图书馆的积极性和变革力的清晰认识。

通过更加包容的会议理念,使会议尽可能吸引更多的会员参与,实现参会地区的最大化。世界图书馆和信息大会可以成为对话的开始,这种对话有助于强调图书馆的价值,提升其服务的重要意义。但是这种对话显然只有在每个人都能自由表达的时候才能实现。

正因如此,国际图联在今天发表的一项声明中强调,国际图联致力于使世界图书馆和信息大会尽可能地覆盖世界的每一个角落。为了实现这一目标,在会议组织、参会人员表达观点时不应有过度的限制,这一原则非常重要。

声明全文: [中文 – PDF]

Spreading Library Values through Global Dialogue – IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)

ორშ, 11/12/2017 - 21:50

IFLA exists in order to empower the library field.

Within our community, it supports discussion and debate, and provides tools and guidance to help libraries and library associations. It also promotes the work of libraries to decision-makers, and advocates for the laws, values and funding frameworks that will enable its members to do the best for users.

Yet there are still too many parts of the world where access to information for all, without discrimination, through well developed and supported library services, is not a yet reality. The World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) can help.

In just the last ten years, Congresses have been held in five different continents, giving thousands of members of our community the chance to participate. It has also given host cities and regions a clear idea of the enthusiasm, and transformative power of libraries.

By promoting inclusiveness, both in terms of bringing the conference closer to as many of our Members as possible, and in maximising participation from elsewhere, WLIC can be the start of a dialogue which serves to underline the values of libraries, and the importance of the services they provide. But this dialogue is clearly only possible when everyone can express themselves freely.

It is for this reason that in a statement released today, IFLA underlined its commitment to bringing the World Library and Information Congress to as many parts of the world as possible. In doing so, however, it is imperative that sessions can be organised, and opinions expressed, without undue restrictions.

Read the full statement: [English – PDF]

Call for Papers - "Diverse indigenous voices, decolonizing, transforming, centering practices"

ორშ, 11/12/2017 - 16:43

The Indigenous Matters Section invites you to submit a proposal for our session in Kuala Lumpur 2018!  Aligned with the Congress theme "Transform libraries, transform societies."

Deadline for Submissions: 20 February 2018

Full details are available at the Conference Website.

Human Rights Day 2017: IFLA welcomes the start of the 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

კვი, 10/12/2017 - 16:49

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner today wrote to IFLA members to mark the start of the 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

 

Dear all,
 
Today marks the beginning of the 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A response to the Second World War, a low point in human history, it sets a course for all governments, all institutions, and all peoples. As we approach 70 years since its signing, we have not yet reached the destination it sets out. We have to work for it!

Libraries can not only draw strength from the Declaration, but through their work, contribute to achieving its goals.
 
Without the right to privacy, to free thought and association, libraries are unable to do their jobs. Perhaps most significantly, Article 19 of the Declaration, which highlights the freedom ‘to seek receive and impart information and ideas though any media and regardless of frontiers’ – is at the heart of IFLA’s core values. It is also on the wall in our offices in The Hague.
 
Libraries in turn play a key role in making a reality of the right to education, to participation in cultural, artistic and scientific life, and to engagement in public life. On an even more basic level, by guaranteeing meaningful access to information to all, without discrimination, they support equality, health, employment and education.
 
This is not to say that applying and promoting rights is easy. So many of our members work in situations where their own rights, as well as the rights of their communities, are not guaranteed. IFLA will continue to support our colleagues around the world through our words, our friendship, and as far as possible our presence.
 
Moreover, rights may not sit easily together. Privacy and access to information can come into conflict, as in the case of the right to be forgotten. The balance between the rights of the individual and those of others in the community. We need a means of discussing, openly and profoundly, how to find the best possible situation for all.
 
IFLA is lucky to have its Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression. This is celebrating its own anniversary – 20 years of providing inspiration and guidance to the library field. I look forward to working over the coming year to build understanding of how human rights play out in libraries, and what we in turn can do to speed their implementation.
 
As the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has underlined, “we must organize and mobilize in defence of human decency, in defence of a better common future… We must take a robust and determined stand: by resolutely supporting the human rights of others, we also stand up for our own rights and those of generations to come”.
 
Kind regards,

Gerald Leitner

IFLA Secretary General

Emptying Libraries Weakens Democracy – IFLA Statement on the Destruction of Library Books in Turkey

შაბ, 09/12/2017 - 05:41

The below statement was agreed by the IFLA Executive Committee on 5 December 2017:

IFLA is deeply concerned by the announcement of the destruction of 140 000 books held by public-controlled libraries in Turkey1.
 
As established in IFLA’s Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom, decisions on the selection and availability of library materials and services should be governed by professional considerations and not by political, moral and religious views. Such broad and indiscriminate withdrawals of books from libraries risks challenging  the principle that the right of freedom of access to information should be guaranteed in all but the most extreme circumstances. While such freedoms may not be absolute, any restrictions should be applied in a targeted and proportionate manner. This does not seem to be the case in Turkey.
 
IFLA also regrets the exclusion and destitution of librarians working at those establishments of higher education which have been closed. Preventing skilled information professionals from doing their jobs can only impoverish society as a whole, as they are unable to fulfil their mission to meet the human need – and right – to share information
 
Turkey successfully resisted an undemocratic coup attempt in 2016. It is therefore regrettable to see the government weakening, rather than strengthening democracy, by damaging the institutions and services that help uphold and sustain it.
 
1. See, in particular, Hurriyet Daily News (16 October 2017) 140,000 books collected from Turkish libraries over ‘Gülenist propaganda’ (link), Asianews.it (13 October 2017) 139K books removed from 1,142 public libraries since failed coup: ministry (link), dw.com (14 November 2017) Books come under suspicion in post-coup Turkey (link).

Cultural Heritage at Risk: IFLA attends the UNESCO Meeting on Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict

პარ, 08/12/2017 - 19:09

Cultural heritage reflects the life, history and identity of a community, and links the past to the present. If cultural heritage is not preserved and protected, communities will break.

Within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015, cultural heritage has a crucial role. SDG 11 calls for a strengthening of efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural heritage. Libraries worldwide are actively engaged in preserving, protecting and making this heritage accessible.

Cultural heritage is particularly threatened by armed conflicts. The 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict encourages member states to take measures for safeguarding cultural heritage and implement criminal sanctions for violations of the Convention.

During the twelfth meeting of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict, the Secretariat reported on its activities and on the implementation of international assistance granted to Mali and Libya.

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) presented its new report on the situations where cultural property is at risk in the context of an armed conflict, including occupation. UNESCO has commissioned ICOM, on behalf of the Blue Shield, to prepare the report. The report proposes solutions and tools for the Committee in improving the protection of cultural property affected by conflict, including occupation.

You can read the ICOM report here.

IFLA has always had the preservation and protection of cultural heritage as one of its main priorities, and is looking forward to working further together with UNESCO and the International Committee of the Blue Shield to protect and safeguard cultural heritage in libraries.

What Makes a Good Reader: International Findings from PIRLS 2016

პარ, 08/12/2017 - 12:50

Fifty countries from around the world participated in the PIRLS 2016 international assessment of reading comprehension at the fourth grade, and in every country there was a wide range of reading achievement from basic skills to advanced comprehension. The fourth grade students in the Russian Federation and Singapore had the highest reading achievement on average. These two countries also had more than one-fourth of their students reaching the PIRLS Advanced International Benchmark. Students reaching this level interpreted, integrated, and evaluated story plots and information in relatively complex texts. Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Finland, Poland, and Northern Ireland also performed very well, with approximately one-fifth of their students reaching the Advanced Benchmark.

Results Pirls 2016

Innovative Partnerships: a Strategic Imperative 2018 mid-year seminar in Birmingham (UK) 23 February 2018 - Full Programme now available!

პარ, 08/12/2017 - 02:34

The IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section is hosting a free seminar at the Library of Birmingham entitled Innovative Partnerships: a Strategic Imperative. Award winning architects and thought leaders from academic and public libraries will address the challenges and synergies associated with creating library buildings and services in collaboration with others and co-locating with partners. Come and learn about exciting projects in the UK, US and Australia. The full programme is available here.