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IFLA Statement on UNESCO: Education, Science and Culture: Shared Objectives Need Shared Efforts

ორშ, 16/10/2017 - 14:00

On 16 October 2017, following the announcement by the governments of the United States and Israel of their intention to leave UNESCO, IFLA released the following statement: 

 

Education, Science and Culture: Shared Objectives Need Shared Effort


The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) regrets the announcement by the US and Israel of their withdrawal from UNESCO, and encourages all parties to work together to find a positive solution.
 
Libraries play a vital role in promoting education, advancing science, and preserving and celebrating culture. IFLA, as a global network, is built on the basis that our institutions, and our activities, gain from discussion, and cooperation, across borders. We advance faster and in a more sustainable way towards these objectives - as institutions and as societies - when we do it together.
 
IFLA, as the global voice of libraries, therefore affirms the value of UNESCO as a global intergovernmental organisation in the field of education, science and culture, working with libraries to achieve our common goals. We encourage all governments to join us in this.  

This statement has also been endorsed by the African Library and Information Association, and the Cuban Association of Librarians (as of 19 October 2017)
 

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2017

ხუთ, 12/10/2017 - 19:17

27th October is the UNESCO´s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2017

This year’s theme is "Discover, remember and share"

UNESCO and their World Day for Audiovisual Heritage Partner Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) encourage you to register your event at CCAAA site.

You can also follow the Day on twitter #AudiovisualHeritage

You are welcome to join us at our Facebook group and our Twitter to share events at this day or your library´s work with audiovisual collections.

 

More information from UNESCO can be found at http://en.unesco.org/wdah2017

International Solutions for Safeguarding Documentary Heritage in Latin America

სამ, 10/10/2017 - 17:16

The importance of preserving cultural heritage is global. All cultures and groups create works that tell the story of their past and present in ways which can both inspire and inform future generations. By acting globally – bringing together experts from different countries and with different specialisations – IFLA can help national actors achieve their goals more effectively.

 

On 27 and 28 September 2017, IFLA’s Rare Books and Special Collections Section sponsored, alongside the Mariano Moreno National Library, a conference on ‘Cultural Heritage in Latin American and Caribbean Libraries’. IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón offered a welcome message to all participants, underlining the importance of the work being done.  

 

With speakers from eight different countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as representatives of the National Library of Brazil and UNESCO’s Memory of the World, participants benefitted from a wide range of experiences. The region itself has a long history of research and conferences focused on special collections and rare books, but the international nature of the event marks a useful step forwards in IFLA’s work in the region.

 

Topics addressed included the management of bibliographic heritage, research into bibliographic heritage, and legislation linked to the protection of this heritage. There was strong interest in work around the illicit trafficking of rare books, and the potential to develop cross-border collections in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Presentations will be available shortly on the pages of the IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section.

World Mental Health Day 2017: Libraries Playing their Part

სამ, 10/10/2017 - 16:44

Mental health difficulties affect, or will affect, a major share of the population. While they may not be visible to the eye, their effects can be devastating. In order to promote wellbeing for all, societies need to support those suffering from mental health difficulties.

 

Libraries have their part to play. It is clear, in the case of physical health, that access to information is essential both in preventing illness – by helping people make better choices about how they live – but also by driving forwards medical innovation.

 

In the case of mental health, libraries provide a safe, secure place where people of all ages can seek calm and time to reflect. Research in the UK earlier this year highlighted the risk that library cuts pose to the mental wellbeing of young people.

 

They give access to collections which provide explanations, examples and reassurance. Increasingly, doctors are prescribing not medicines, but books as a means of helping people to overcome their situation. The Shelf Help initiative run by the UK’s Reading Agency has seen loans of relevant books quadruple in just a year.

 

Librarians themselves can provide vital advice and support to users, as set out in research by the Brookings Institute in March, with specific training starting to be offered in the United States. They are also hosting services especially tailored to the needs of people with mental health difficulties, for example in San Francisco where a dedicated staff member responds to the needs of homeless users, and in London, Canada, where a drop-in mental health information centre has been over-subscribed.

 

With a mission to support all community members through access to information, libraries are proud to do their bit to help all who need it.

 

For more information, see the work of the section on Libraries Services to People with Special Needs.

Reform Copyright, Drive Development: IFLA Speaks for Libraries in Geneva

სამ, 10/10/2017 - 15:41

IFLA attended the 49thGeneral Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), from 2-5 October 2017, taking the opportunity to underline the need for action to help libraries guarantee meaningful access to information for their users.

The need for rules around the protection and sharing of ideas to promote development is widely shared – WIPO’s Director General, Francis Gurry, set the tone in his introductory speech by underlining his Organisation’s  willingness to contribute to the fulfilment of all of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Many other countries echoed his words about the difference that decisions taken in Geneva can make around the world, across the board.

Daren Tang, current Chair of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), where IFLA is working to make effective progress on copyright exceptions and limitations, reminded the attendees that copyright, unlike patents or trademarks, is a topic that touches the lives of all citizens, and that changes in this regard are meaningful and challenging.

In the same discussions, Sylvie Forbin, WIPO’s Deputy Director-General, noted efforts to give new momentum to work on exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives, underlined that museums are also part of the picture, and observed positive steps on other issues on the committee’s agenda.

She looked forward to the next meeting of the Committee, where there would be an updated version of the Crews study, which gives an exhaustive overview of copyright rules for libraries around the world, as well as other studies.

A number of other issues relevant to the work of libraries emerged as potential future points for discussion. Mr Gurry cited the internet of things, big data and artificial intelligence as examples, noting that while these were not just intellectual property (IP) issues, it was important to ensure that IP rules could make appositive contribution.

IFLA delivered several statements, making the case for libraries, their contribution to development, and the need for an adequate copyright framework that allows them to do better fulfil their public service mission. We welcomed progress with ratifications of the Marrakesh Treaty, but urged countries to ensure that in doing so, they did not create or maintain unnecessary barriers to access to information.

IFLA will be participating at the 35thStanding Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, which will take place in November 13 to 17.

The statements delivered by IFLA are available to download as pdfs: General Statement, Statement on the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, Statement on the Marrakesh Assembly.

You can also listen into IFLA's General Statement, at 19:07 in the recording (available in Spanish and English) on the WIPO website – please scroll down the videos to “Tues 3 – English, Afternoon Session” (for English) or “Tues 3 – Floor, Afternoon Session” (in Spanish).

Job opportunity at IFLA Headquarters: Administrative Assistant – Data Processing & Analysis

სამ, 10/10/2017 - 11:17

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

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

At IFLA Headquarters an international staff of 25+ people manages and develops programmes for members and the library and information sector worldwide. IFLA’s strategic priorities include access to information, digital content, cultural heritage, the contribution of libraries to national development, and professional practice.

IFLA Headquarters
10 October 2017

Administrative Assistant – Data Processing & Analysis

სამ, 10/10/2017 - 10:31

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Headquarters is looking for an Administrative Assistant - Data Processing & Analysis (a full-time position, 36 hr/week) to join a dynamic team of 25+ people that manages and develops programmes for members and the library and information sector worldwide. The Administrative Assistant supports the work of the Member Services team with an emphasis on data processing and analysis. The work is done under direction but requires some interpretation and judgement.

Location

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

Key areas of Responsibility

This role will be responsible for:

Data
  • To assist in the compilation and maintenance of relevant data for the Library Map of the World
  • To correspond with contacts regarding data for the Library Map of the World
  • To assist with the implementation of new developments within the Library Map of the World
Membership
  • To maintain accurate and up-to-date membership details in IFLA’s membership management system
  • To assist in the administration of IFLA membership, including annual renewals, signing up new members and answering queries from members. Includes the raising of invoices and monitoring of payments
Professional Units
  • Assisting with the processing and compilation of documentation for the Professional Committee;
  • Updating mailing lists and assisting Officers with the use of relevant tools;
  • Organising and maintaining a range of records, statistics and documentation;
  • Other administrative tasks, as required by the Manager, Member Services and/or the Secretary-General
  • To assist with other data projects as required
Qualifications and Experience
  • A-levels or equivalent / MBO (Dutch)
  • Diploma in Business Administration/Secretarial studies or equivalent
  • Min. 3 years related working experience in a small international office
  • Excellent administrative skills, attention to detail and works accurately
  • Strong analytical and numeracy skills
  • Ability to use relevant software packages, including Microsoft Office
  • Experienced/Advanced Excel skills
  • Experience working with membership management and reporting systems
  • Experience with membership or relational databases
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Show the ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision while providing support where necessary in a team environment
  • Excellent command of English
Salary

The gross monthly salary will depend on your skills and experience. You will also receive a holiday allowance (8% of your annual salary), an end of year bonus and enjoy 25 days of holidays per year. You will also participate in IFLA’s group pension scheme.

Closing date

The closing date is 31 October 2017.

How to apply

Please send your CV including a brief motivation letter in English, highlighting/summarising your relevant experience and skills to vacancies@ifla.org. Only candidates with valid documentation to work in The Netherlands will be considered.

IFLA Award short films are available for library events

ხუთ, 05/10/2017 - 16:25

The 17 short films selected to participate to the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award are available on the YouTube Channel acortodilibri.

They were projected in Montréal (Canada) in May - on that occasion the participants voted for the winner - and in Wrocław (Poland) in August during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.

The 17 short films, all with English audio or subtitles (except one in German), are available as a unique file with the length of about 70 minutes, including the following titles:

- Laboratorio abierto (Buenos Aires)
- Welcome to the Learning Space (Canada Bay, Sydney)
- Fumo Family Library Community Poem (Philadelphia)
- Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library (Yarra, Melbourne)
- La ruta de les paraules (Barcelona)
- Profumo di latte, di musica e parole (Rome)
- Knihovníkův Den (Prague)
- Central Library 2017 (Helsinki)
- BiblioCurts (Barcelona)
- Roald Dahl Magic Night (Scandicci, Florence)
- The Free Library in a Day (Philadelfia)
- Bremen City Library - Bremen Diversity Award (Bremen)
- The Library on the Move (Zagreb)
- I'll be a While (Brno)
- Booka's Yarra Yarns (Yarra, Melbourne)
- HelMet goes Ropecon (Helsinki)
- Halifax Public Libraries (Halifax)

The short videos, although in different formats (i.e. documentary or advertisement), show what a public library is today in many regions of the world, so they are suitable for a target audience of librarians, but also for a general public.

If you are interested in organizing an event in your library write to Corrado Di Tillio.

 

IFLA Award short films are available for library events

ხუთ, 05/10/2017 - 16:25

The 17 short films selected to participate to the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award are available on the YouTube Channel acortodilibri.

They were projected in Montréal (Canada) in May - on that occasion the participants voted for the winner - and in Wrocław (Poland) in August during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.

The 17 short films, all with English audio or subtitles (except one in German), are available as a unique file with the length of about 70 minutes, including the following titles:

- Laboratorio abierto (Buenos Aires)
- Welcome to the Learning Space (Canada Bay, Sydney)
- Fumo Family Library Community Poem (Philadelphia)
- Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library (Yarra, Melbourne)
- La ruta de les paraules (Barcelona)
- Profumo di latte, di musica e parole (Rome)
- Knihovníkův Den (Prague)
- Central Library 2017 (Helsinki)
- BiblioCurts (Barcelona)
- Roald Dahl Magic Night (Scandicci, Florence)
- The Free Library in a Day (Philadelfia)
- Bremen City Library - Bremen Diversity Award (Bremen)
- The Library on the Move (Zagreb)
- I'll be a While (Brno)
- Booka's Yarra Yarns (Yarra, Melbourne)
- HelMet goes Ropecon (Helsinki)
- Halifax Public Libraries (Halifax)

The short videos, although in different formats (i.e. documentary or advertisement), show what a public library is today in many regions of the world, so they are suitable for a target audience of librarians, but also for a general public.

If you are interested in organizing an event in your library write to Corrado Di Tillio.

 

Getting It Right: At Second Marrakesh Assembly, IFLA Launches Guide to Implementing the Treaty in Europe

ხუთ, 05/10/2017 - 10:29

Following agreement in the European Union on legislation to implement the Marrakesh Treaty, Member States now have a year to comply. By 11 October 2018, all 28 countries need to give people who are blind, have visual impairments or other print disabilities, as well as the institutions that serve them, the possibility to make and share accessible format copies of books.

 

This will likely involve passing laws and regulations which will have a significant impact on efforts by libraries to end the book famine. Having worked hard, alongside partner organisations EBLIDA and EIFL, to ensure the best possible European laws, now is the time to get it right nationally.

 

To support libraries and library associations, as well as inform decision-makers involved in this process, IFLA has therefore worked, with support from EBLIDA, to produce a Europe-focused version of the Guide the Marrakesh Treaty produced by EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries). This explains the legislation, step by step, and then offers recommendations on what should – and shouldn’t – be included in laws.

 

Different versions – in pdf and word, as well as small and large print, are available here. We welcome comments and suggestions.   

Día del Bibliotecario, entrega de diplomas y videoconferencia con la Presidenta de IFLA

ოთხ, 04/10/2017 - 16:42

El día 20 de septiembre del corriente, tuvo lugar en la Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación Argentina, un encuentro de la comunidad bibliotecaria nacional, con motivo del festejo del día del Bibliotecario.

En el mismo, se procedió a la entrega de distinciones a los egresados de la carrera de bibliotecología de todo el país, que han obtenido los mejores promedios en sus respectivos espacios educativos.

También, la Presidenta de la Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Bibliotecarios y Bibliotecas (IFLA) para el período 2017-2019 Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, mediante el sistema de videoconferencia, remitió su saludo a todos los presentes y les pidió que continúen trabajando para profundizar y afianzar los vínculos entre los profesionales que se desempeñan en Bibliotecas de América Latina y el Caribe.  

Library Workers' Day, diploma award ceremony and videoconference with the IFLA President

ოთხ, 04/10/2017 - 16:39

On September 20, a meeting of the national library community took place in the Library of the National Congress, on the occasion of the celebration of the Library Workers' Day.

In this meeting, the graduates of the Bibliotecology career of the whole country, who have obtained the best averages in their respective educational spaces, were awarded.

 In addition to this, the President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for the period 2017-2019 Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, sent her greetings to all the people present by videoconference and asked them to continue working to deepen and strengthen the bonds between professionals working in Latin American and Caribbean Libraries.

New IFLA Standard: IFLA Library Reference Model: A Conceptual Model for Bibliographic Information

სამ, 03/10/2017 - 18:20

The Committee on Standards is please to announce the publication of the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM): A Conceptual Model for Bibliographic Information, which was endorsed by the IFLA Professional Committee in August 2017.

IFLA LRM is a high-level conceptual reference model developed within an entity-relationship modelling framework. It is the consolidation of the separately developed IFLA conceptual models: FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD.

IFLA LRM was developed to resolve inconsistencies between the three separate models. Every user task, entity, attribute and relationship from the original three models was examined, definitions had to be revised, but also some remodeling was required in order to develop a meaningful consolidation.

The result is a single, streamlined, and logically consistent model that covers all aspects of bibliographic data and that at the same time brings the modelling up-to-date with current conceptual modelling practices.

IFLA LRM was designed to be used in linked data environments and to support and promote the use of bibliographic data in linked data environments.

IASL / IFLA Joint Committee

ორშ, 02/10/2017 - 17:15

The new list of the  IASL / IFLA Joint Committee Members, terms, and contact information.is available now.

 

IFLA celebrates its 90th birthday

ორშ, 02/10/2017 - 17:13

It was a weekend of celebrations here at IFLA as we reached our 90th birthday!

From our beginnings in Edinburgh back in 1927 to where we find ourselves today, it has been an incredible journey -  which continues to go full steam ahead.

We are the global voice and the biggest brain trust of the library and information services profession, supporting the library field through our 60 Professional Units and six Strategic Programmes as well as through our extensive policy work. More recent projects to unite the library field in our Global Vision, our expanding International Advocacy Programme (IAP), and the Library Map of the World—which is collecting crucial data and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) stories—demonstrate that IFLA is strong and has an exciting future.

Above all, however, we are a member organisation and we would like to thank our members and Professional Units for their support and activity.

Here’s to the next 90 years!

IFLA represents libraries at the World Intellectual Property Organisation's Fifty-Seventh General Assembly

ორშ, 02/10/2017 - 14:32

From the 2nd to the 7th October, IFLA attends the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Forty-Ninth General Assembly at its headquarters, in Geneva.

Libraries have been following the work at WIPO for many years, especially at the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related rights (SCCR), whose agenda currently focuses, among other topics, on exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives.

This week, the General Assembly will go through the work done in its committees during the last months. Through statements, IFLA will be able to welcome the work done by the delegates and the secretariat, and remind of the need to move towards effective progress on exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives and museums.

BREAKING NEWS! Global Vision online voting extended until 16 October

ორშ, 02/10/2017 - 11:51

We have extended the deadline of the Global Vision online voting until Monday 16 October.

As many of you have asked for more time to vote and mobilise your communities, we have decided to extend the deadline!

This is really the last chance to vote and have your say!

Go to the Global Vision website and vote now!

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General 

International Day for Universal Access to Information 2017: A Day to Celebrate the Essential Work of Libraries

ხუთ, 28/09/2017 - 12:51

For libraries, the contribution of access to information to building stronger, fairer and better societies is obvious. They are a place whith no barriers to getting hold of the knowledge needed to learn, innovate and create, or simply take the right decisions. 

Even as information has become abundant, it is clear not only that libraries are trusted, but that they are particularly essential for the groups most in need of a hand-up. This is because access is about more than just having the book, the journal, the computer or the mobile in front of you, but it is also about being able to find relevant content, to understand and apply it, and to have the skills and freedom to create your own. 

This access cannot be taken for granted. There are still great challenges associated with getting the remaining four billion people online. To give them the skills and confidence necessary to take advantage of the opportunities, to ensure the availability of local content, and to guarantee to all that they can exercise the right to free expression will take further efforts. But they will be worth it.

Beyond Government Information

The International Day for the Universal Access to Information originally focused on access to government information – how was money being spent, how were decisions being taken. This contributes strongly to ensuring that public authorities are genuinely focused on serving the public. Libraries play a significant role here, as centres where people can access government information, as trusted repositories of historic and current documents, and as catalysts for civic engagement. 

In its Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report, IFLA has taken a broader view. It has argued that access to all types of information – government documents, academic research, news, market data, educational content, social media – needs to be taken into account if individuals are to benefit fully, and the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved. 

This is both about information on those who govern – in order to improve policies and their implementation – but also on crucial everyday matters, such as health, agriculture, job opportunities and training. 

You can find out more about the report in our recorded webinar – this is available in English, French and Spanish. In addition, IFLA’s community will be sharing what development and access to information means to them today on social media, under the hashtags #DA2I#Lib4Dev and #AccessToInfoDay.

All Can Contribute to Providing Access for All

IFLA therefore encourages governments, businesses and civil society to work together to promote access – inclusive and meaningful access, to all types of information – as a driver of development. In libraries, they will find both strong supporters and willing partners. IFLA’s Development and Access to Information report, developed in partnership with TASCHA, offers both evidence of initiatives that work, and baselines which will allow all partners to measure progress. We encourage all to use this and the associated materials, and look forward to hearing your ideas. 

To take part and tell others what development and access to information means to you, simply download the template (in English, French and Spanish), print it out, write in your own answer, and post it onto social media with the hashtags #DA2I, #Lib4Dev and #AccessToInfoDay.

For more information and to download the DA2I report, please access the DA2I website: DA2I.ifla.org

Help Libraries Rebuild, Help Communities Recover

ოთხ, 27/09/2017 - 09:47

The below is a statement from IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner:

 

"The hurricanes and storms which have caused such devastation in the Caribbean, as well as the earthquakes in Mexico, offer a reminder of the threat that natural disasters pose to towns, villages and the people who live there.

 

Libraries, alongside schools, hospitals and other buildings which drive community life, have suffered physical damage, as well as losing power and communications. The staff who work there have seen not only their workplaces become unusable, but also their homes made uninhabitable. While we are not aware of any deaths among librarians, our colleagues in the region face major challenges.

 

Clearly the first priority must be to save lives and ensure people have enough to eat and to drink.

 

Yet libraries cannot be an afterthought. There is extensive evidence of how our institutions help rebuild communities, from offering Internet connections to providing spaces full of learning materials when schools are closed. They can be both a refuge, but also a means of accessing the information needed to reconstruct. To do so, they will themselves need support both from local governments, and international donors.

 

As the global voice of libraries, IFLA’s thoughts go out to our colleagues in the Caribbean, as well as our wishes for a speedy reconstruction. IFLA is monitoring the situation closely, and is in touch with donors about options for supporting libraries in the affected region. We have raised awareness of the challenges faced in the context of the Blue Shield General Assembly, and will continue to work with others to support the rebuilding of libraries as a means of accelerating the recovery of communities. 

 

Elsewhere, the crucial work of IFLA in sharing standards and best practice continues in order to mitigate the impact of risks. Resources produced by IFLA and its members, sharing their own expertise and experience, will help libraries of all sizes stand ready for the challenges of the future."

 

Anyone looking to contribute to supporting the recovery of libraries across the Caribbean may wish to consider the campaign coordinated by the American Library Association.

Milnerton Satellite Meeting Papers Now Published!

სამ, 26/09/2017 - 19:16

The full papers presented at the Satellite Meeting 2015 in Milnerton, Cape Town are now published!

The collection of the papers is in the IFLA Library at: http://library.ifla.org/view/conferences/2015/2015-08-12/831.html. There will be a few more papers added to the collection.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort.