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Join the Movement: IFLA Shares Plans, Invites Engagement in Delivering the Global Vision at ALA Annual

სამ, 25/06/2019 - 10:17

IFLA’s President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary General Gerald Leitner are participating in the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference, held in Washington DC.

In preparation for the launch of a new IFLA Strategy, they are inviting American library and information workers to engage in IFLA’s effort to build a strong and united global library field.

The upcoming Strategy is the result of a uniquely inclusive process, with over 30 000 people contributing their ideas. This is leading to a new type of strategy for IFLA, focusing on inspiring, engaging, enabling and connecting the field.

It is not only a framework for the actions of IFLA’s sections and headquarters, but also an offer to libraries and library associations everywhere, allowing for greater alignment and effectiveness in support of the field and the people it serves, and a stronger global voice.  

​The success of the strategy will depend on all library and information workers taking action, and raising their voices. With so many great ideas, initiatives and energy in the United States, the American library field has an indispensable role to play. 

IFLA looks forwards to working with libraries globally to make a reality of the vision of a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participatory societies.

IFLA at EuroDIG 2019

სამ, 25/06/2019 - 04:16

The 2019 edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) took place in The Hague from 19-21 June.

This year, IFLA was involved in organising a panel on the European Copyright Reform (a video recording of the session will be published on the EuroDIG2019 wiki), and attended sessions on a broad range of subjects in order to take stock of the latest developments in the field of internet policies. Below are the key takeaways for the library field:

Artificial Intelligence will play an increasingly large role in internet governance. AI will take on a growing number of tasks - from network operation, to routers using AI technology, to the filtering of online content. This will have an effect on libraries as physical points of access to the internet, as well as on broader matters of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and access to information.

Digital literacy needs are evolving: new skills are needed in order to avoid online harms, participate in public debate  on the regulation of new technologies, find work or understand where automated decision-making is being used, and its impact.

In several discussions, media literacy, news literacy, data literacy and algorithmic literacy were suggested as necessary complements to basic digital literacy.

As new and interactive methods of teaching these skills are developed (for instance, the "Unbias Fairness Toolkit"), libraries can combine them with their traditional expertise on assessing the quality of data and information to offer comprehensive and sophisticated literacy programmes.

The Digital Divide remains: Even though the conversation on access to information has largely shifted towards advanced literacy and media content, several stakeholders pointed out the slow progress in reducing inequalities in physical internet access.

As long as these remain, the role of libraries as public and affordable points of access is important.

The shape of internet governance is rapidly changing. The current non-binding multistakeholder model of internet governance, which leaves a lot of space for self-regulation is being challenged. Governments seem to want to play a growing role, which may mean more binding rules.

As the situation develops, IFLA will support its members to participate in these discussions at the national level in order to express the needs, values and possible contributions of libraries.

For more information on recent and upcoming events in the field of internet governance, please visit the Internet Governance Forum website.

WLIC 2019, Session 259: #marketinggenius - Beg, Borrow, or Steal Great Ideas from Around the World

ხუთ, 20/06/2019 - 00:48

Tue., 27 August 2019, 8:30 - 1:30 at Mitropopulos

Join us for presentations by IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award Winners 2019 and a keynote speech by Bonnie Mager from Invercargill City Libraries and Archives, New Zealand.

Bonnie Mager (keynote), Invercargill City Libraries and Archives, New Zealand: Werk. Slay. Yas Queen! Embracing the confusing world of social media.

IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award Winners 2019:
3rd Place Winner: Story Seat - 10 seats, 10 stories, 10 parks, Sunshinecoast Libraries, Australia
2nd Place Winner: Taskukirjasto tutuksi / Bring Pocket Library to Light, Vantaa City Library, Finland
1st Place Winner: UBC Library Digital Colouring Books Campaign, University of British Columbia, Canada

True Marketing Workshop, Christie Koontz, Florida State University, United States

WLIC 2019, Session 259: #marketinggenius - Beg, Borrow, or Steal Great Ideas from Around the World

ხუთ, 20/06/2019 - 00:48

Tue., 27 August 2019, 8:30 - 1:30 at Mitropopulos

Join us for presentations by IFLA PressReader International Marketing Award Winners 2019 and a keynote speech by Bonnie Mager from Invercargill City Libraries and Archives, New Zealand.

Bonnie Mager (keynote), Invercargill City Libraries and Archives, New Zealand: Werk. Slay. Yas Queen! Embracing the confusing world of social media.

FLA PressReader International Marketing Award Winners 2019:
3rd Place Winner: Story Seat - 10 seats, 10 stories, 10 parks, Sunshinecoast Libraries, Australia
2nd Place Winner: Taskukirjasto tutuksi / Bring Pocket Library to Light, Vantaa City Library, Finland
1st Place Winner: UBC Library Digital Colouring Books Campaign, University of British Columbia, Canada

True Marketing Workshop, Christie Koontz, Florida State University, United States

2019 IFLAPARL Pre-Conference

ოთხ, 19/06/2019 - 22:25

Please note that registration for the 2019 pre-conference has now closed, as we have reached the maximum number of participants.  If you have any queries regarding your registration for the pre-conference please email Steve Wise (at flaparl.chair@gmail.com).

If you have not already registered but would still like to attend, if possible, there will be a waiting list if places should become available.  Please email Steve (at iflaparl.chair@gmail.com) if you would like to join the waiting list. 

The details and programme for the pre-conference will continue to be updated on our events pages over the next few weeks.

Supporting Sustainable Development Globally: Libraries at the UN Regional Forums

სამ, 18/06/2019 - 20:53

In preparation for global meetings on the SDGs in July and September, IFLA has been active at the regional level. The message: that at all levels, and across the 2030 Agenda, libraries and access to information are indispensable for progress.

The process that leads to the High level Political Forum in July in New York each year passes through a series of meetings organised by each of the United Nations’ regional commissions.

These are opportunities to focus on progress – and challenges – at a continental level, and share the ideas that can help countries accelerate towards delivering the SDGs.

Libraries in all regions have much to contribute to success. IFLA has been happy to support them in showing this.

Africa

For the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, over 1100 met in Marrakesh, Morroco on 16-18 April. They focused on the theme of empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

With just 11 years remaining to the 2030 Agenda, Africa is still far behind in the implementation of the SDGs – a major concern for participants at the Forum.

Damilare Oyedele, Co-founder & Chief Executive: Library and You represented International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA), underlining that libraries were ready to do their part.

Through a presentation at the side event organised by the NGO Major Group Africa, he explained to participants that access to information was a prerequisite for achieving the SDGs and Agenda 2063.

At other side events, he was able to reinforce the point that there is no access to information without functional and efficient libraries. This allowed for further discussion on how to realise the promise of libraries as drivers of development and motors of change. Ongoing work to explore and set out the impact of libraries would help reinforce the case.

Arab Region

Countries from the United Nations Western Asia region came together in Beirut on 9-11 April 2019. With a focus on some of the key SDG themes for this year – education, equality and political engagement – it was a strong opportunity to highlight what libraries can contribute.

The importance of information for governments was key. When decisions are taken that affect millions of people, there is a pressing need for them to be based on the best evidence, and properly implemented. But this is often lacking in a region that remains off-track on several essential goals.

Dr Fawz Abdullah and Randa Chidiac represented IFLA, participating in sessions on the engagement of adolescents and youth, rethinking inequality, and the need to find ways to support groups at greatest risk of exclusion. They intervened in each session, underlining the need to engage and empower people through information.

They also noted the work that libraries in Lebanon are already doing to promote inclusion, how IFLA helped in this, and encouraged all participants to go home and contact their library associations in order to realise this promise.

Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean

Libraries also took part in the meetings in Geneva and Santiago de Chile, once again setting out the importance of access to information for development.

In Geneva, representatives used the opportunity to engage with national delegates in order to ensure the inclusion of libraries in national development strategies.

In Santiago, the library at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) held a workshop on the role of big data in development.

With the power – and potential risks – of this technology becoming clearer, the importance of the action, skills and values of libraries becomes more important. The contribution both of the ECLAC library, and local Chilean libraries, made for a successful event with some powerful messages.

Building on this contribution, IFLA looks forward to the High-Level Political Forum next month, and new opportunities to show how libraries are indispensable partners for development.

European Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market: what it is about and why libraries should care

სამ, 18/06/2019 - 15:16

On 17 May 2019, after several years of discussion, the European Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was published in the official journal of the European Union. It enters into force on 20 June 2019, which marks the beginning of a two-year period for member states to change their laws in order to meet the objectives of the directive.

The text is the first comprehensive review of copyright in the European Union since the Infosoc Directive of 2001, and may well be the last for another fifteen years. It aims to harmonise copyright in the EU, and to update the copyright framework to the digital world.

The content of the Directive in a nutshell

The Directive contains several provisions that impact cultural heritage institutions directly, namely:

Text and data mining

The directive gives legal clarity for text and data mining activities. Member states will have to adopt an exception applicable to research organisations, with no possibility for rightsholders to reserve this right. All other organisations or individuals, for any purpose, will also benefit from an exception to copyright for text and data mining of legally accessed works, although in this case rightsholders will have the possibility to reserve this right.

Online and cross-border teaching

The Directive establishes that use of copyrighted work in online and cross-border teaching in the European Union will be covered by an exception, unless the conditions are fulfilled for licences to be used.

Preservation of cultural heritage

While many EU member states have an exception for preservation, this now becomes mandatory in the whole Union. The new provision also gives legal clarity for cross-border preservation networks and allows for certain internal copying related to preservation to be carried out under the exception.

Digitization and making available of out-of-commerce works

After the rather unsuccessful efforts to increase access to orphan works, out of commerce works are approached differently in this Directive: an exception to copyright will apply, unless collective management organisations representative of creators in a particular category of work can give licenses. In this case, they will be able to give licenses to cultural heritage institutions for the digitisation and making available of works not only by their members, but also by non-members.  

Protection of the public domain

The directive mandates that faithful copies of works of visual art that are in the public domain shall remain in the public domain.

Some other good news beyond these specific articles is that for most exceptions and limitations to copyright, technological protection measures that stop beneficiaries from enjoying them can now be circumvented. Contractual conditions that also stop cultural heritage institutions from benefitting from exceptions and limitations can be overridden.

It is worth noting that the directive has other focuses beyond these cultural heritage-specific articles, which can still have an impact to access to information. This is the case for Article 15 (former article 11) on the protection of press publications concerning online uses, and article 17 (former article 13), on the use of protected content by online content-sharing service providers. In this case, care will be needed to ensure that the safeguards for libraries in the Directive are also present in national implementation.

Next steps

Libraries in Europe have engaged strongly in shaping this important piece of legislation to ensure that it fulfils its promise of harmonising Europe’s copyright law and updating it to the digital environment. Yet discussions are far from over. Work at the national level will be essential if Europe’s libraries are to get the best of what this text has to offer.

IFLA, working alongside partner library and research organisations, will assist its members in this task. We have established a discussion list for those involved in lobbying on the implementation of this Directive at national level, that we encourage you to join. We will also share guidance on the advocacy process that you can undertake at the national level, and an article-by-article analysis of the Directive’s provisions.

For more information, check the resources page on the EU copyright reform.

Don't hesitate to get in touch for any questions.

IFLA 2019 Athens: Library History SIG Business Meeting and Library History Papers

ორშ, 17/06/2019 - 21:02

For those of you coming to Athens, please join us at our SIG business meeting: Sunday 25 August 2019 from 13.45 – 15.45 in Business Room 4 of the conference venue. 

The IFLA Library History Special Interest Group (SIG) decided to partner with the IFLA Section on Local History and Genealogy for a session at the IFLA 2019 conference in Athens:

Session 271, Local History Collections, Genealogy and Oral History as Critical Information Services in Libraries - Local History and Genealogy with Asia & Oceania Section and Library History (SI)

The programme for this session, on Thursday 29 August 2019  from 13:45 - 15:45 in the Trianti room is now on the conference website:

In assisting with the review of the abstracts received, I felt that  4 had a "library history" theme and two* have been listed in the session programme:

  • Safeguarding the local history and tracing the genealogical history of Balifrom generation to generation | Ari Kurnia (Airlangga University, Java, Indonesia)
  • Inheritance and Innovation: Local History Collections in the Academy Library | Shunqing Wang (Fudan University Library, Shanghai, China)
  • *Archival research project. The unknown story of the Athens Municipal Library as part of the city’s history | Georgia Antonopoulou (Athens, Athens, Greece)Vasiliki Sfika (Athens, Athens, Greece)
  • Oral Histories in Africa: Preserving Critical Knowledge | Cherie Bush (FamilySearch International, United States, United States) Russell Lynch (FamilySearch International, United States, United States)
  • *The Manila American Library exhibit at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition | Brendan Luyt (Nanyang Technological University, Jurong West, Singapore) Karryl Kim Sagun (Nanyang Technological University, Jurong West, Singapore

 

Dr Kerry Smith, FALIA, AM

Convenor IFLA Library History SIG

Out Now: June 2019 issue of IFLA Journal

ხუთ, 13/06/2019 - 04:55

​​IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries.

The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally.

Volume 45, No.2 (June 2019)

Contents:
Articles

Changing Greek libraries: A continuous dialogue 69
Georgios Glossiotis, Evgenia Vassilakaki and Eva Semertzaki

Impact of tailor-made information literacy provision on rural dwellers’ participation in sustainable development targets in Nigeria: Implications for public library services to oral societies 81
Chimezie P. Uzuegbu

Usage and impact metrics for Parliamentary libraries 104
Tarek Al Baghal

Evolving practices and professional identity: How the new ways we work can reshape us as professionals and a profession 114
Melissa Ann Fraser-Arnott

Factors for adoption of OSILS in university libraries of Bangladesh 127
Md. Jahangir Alam and Muhammad Mezbah-ul-Islam

Information-seeking behaviour of undergraduate students: A developing country perspective 140
Ahmadul Islam Howlader and Md Anwarul Islam

Status of secondary school libraries and librarians in Bangladesh 157
Zakir Hossain

Abstracts 168

 

IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally. IFLA Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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Toolkit for developing national literacy and reading strategies

ოთხ, 12/06/2019 - 23:07

At the IFLA WLIC in Athens in August our section will hold a workshop. This interactive session is led by our section members. /files/assets/literacy-and-reading/literacy_toolkit_.pdf

IFLA Satellite Meeting in Piraeus 2019: Registration Now Open

ორშ, 10/06/2019 - 13:18

The Statistics and Evaluation Section of IFLA  in partnership with University of Piraeus Library are organizing a satellite meeting in Piraeus, Greece will be held 22 - 23 August 2019. 

The Conference will explore and discuss compilation and use of statistics both in the successful management and operation of libraries and in the demonstration of the value of libraries outside the profession.

Great presenters will share their knowledge, skills and experience implementing innovative assessment methodologies in a workshop or presentation style that can translate into successful applications for any Library type.

The Satellite meeting is addressed to both professionals and researchers, decision makers and ICTs, trainers and trainees, to every stakeholder of the libraries, archives and museums.

The event will precede the annual World Library and Information Congress: 85th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Athens 24 - 30 August (IFLA WLIC 2019).

For more information and registration please visit the link below  https://sites.google.com/view/ifla-2019-unipi/registrations

IFLA Green Library Award 2019 Winners Announced

კვი, 09/06/2019 - 16:11

IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) is pleased to announce the winner of the IFLA Green Library Award 2019. The IFLA Green Library Award was established in 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, 34 submissions were received from around the world, including Austria (Assling and Sitzenberg-Reidling), Botswana, Bulgaria (Bratanitsa village, Burgas, Haskovo, Shumen, and Trud), Colombia (Bogotá, Cali, and Medellín), Egypt, France/Reunion, Hungary, India, Iran (Kermanshah, Rasht, and Tehran), Ireland, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa (Johannesburg and Pretoria), USA (MA, Athol and NY, New York)

When the call for reviewers went out, 18 people stepped up to help with the process. The reviewers were as diverse as those who submitted. Coming from Australia, Danmark, Finland, France, Galapagos, India, Iran, Italy, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and United States of America. They were a blend of LIS students, library professionals (from public and academic libraries) and an architect as well.

Press Release

See full details about this year's award in the Press Release: [English – PDF]

The award will be presented at the 2019 World Library and Information Congress in Athens, Greece, Session 156: ENSULIB's Open Session and Special Presentation of Awards

Winner of the 4th IFLA Green Library Award 2019

Colombia, Cali, Biblioteca Pública Municipal Daniel Guillard: “Gaia- En mi biblioteca la tierra también es de todos”

The reviewers outlined: This initiative involves all ages and all the community in generating awareness on sustainability and green practice with visible impact. Thus, the library has innovative projects for all ages, from babies to seniors, including vulnerable people, and these projects combine information literacy, eco-literacy and reading. The library is focused on empowering their community that faces many social and economic problems to help rebuild the neighbourhood to make it eco-friendlier, while also improving social and economic conditions – without great economic means. More..

Five Runners Up

Hungary, Kiskunfélegyháza: Sándor Petöfi Town Library’s Green Road in Art-Relic's Environment”

 

This initiative covered many of the different areas and the library is doing significant work at a level that is appropriate to their community and resources. The library has settled many projects from architectural initiatives to librarians’ participation and several activities are offered also to stakeholders. Thus, the library has been remodelled to bring it closer to environmental standards and various projects have been offered to librarians, stakeholders and users. The library has also created an Eco-Work Team to plan and coordinate future work. More..

 

Ireland, Cork: University College Cork Library - “Love Our Library”

 

For this project, the University College Cork Library receives a special recognition of excellence! The Boole Library at University College Cork has made real and provable “green” changes to their organisation, i.e., sparked real changes in the behaviour of people using and working in the library – over 1 0000 students signed a pledge to support the changes at the very beginning. Thus, this initiative offered practical solutions to pervasive waste problems and generating a major impact that can be scaled and shared by libraries around the world. The library has developed an excellent road map for other organizations to follow. An additional feature of the project is its strong and consistent communications strategy that keeps all stakeholders updated and involved. More..

 

France, ReunionMedia Library of Saint‐Joseph – Reunion Island”

An excellent example of sustainable architectural design: an innovatively designed bioclimatic building in a tropical environment that is open to the elements and mirrors the local lifestyle. Thus, this initiative consisted on an amazing sustainable building that transcends the notion of inside/outside and has nature and green practice at the heart of all their efforts. At the same time, the architecture combines traditional architecture, the functionality of modern architecture and the incorporation of important sustainable and environmental measures. More..

 

Slovenia, Ljubljana: “Šentvid Library - the Green Library, Ljubljana City Library

 

This initiative included environmental management and social engagement: green library building; green collections, etc. Thus, the library covers all of the areas of green libraries in their activities and in their building. The library presents a large range of regular projects that invite the whole community to examine and understand the importance of conserving natural resources and the respect of the natural environment. In addition, the projects help people to understand the importance of acting as environmentally responsible citizens. One reviewer said: “I was impressed by their connections to the local community in developing environmental programming for all ages, staff also follow green practices in their work and in the maintenance/cleaning of the building.” More..

 

USA, New York, New York: “Sustainability Initiative of the New York Library Association

 

This initiative’s strengths are relevance, visibility and global impressiveness on going green as it brings out the emphasis of green libraries as practical contributors to environmental sustainability. The initiative showed also political courage. Many aspects of the project will serve many libraries and can be emulated by many libraries Sustainability Initiative of the New York Library Association. More..

WLIC 2019, Session 259: Library Love Stories

პარ, 07/06/2019 - 23:15

Thu., 29 August 2019, 10:45 - 12:45 at Lambrakis

Have you ever fallen in love in a library - whether it be with the building, with the books and stories within, with the thrill of the eternal quest for information, or with the other people you meet? Can a place of culture, knowledge and information be a place of passion? 

This 2-hour session will explore this theme from a range of different angles - from the ways that libraries can tap into ideas of love and passion as a way of celebrating libraries, to representations and reinterpretations of traditional love stories, to managing relationships whilst maintaining professional conduct, and more!

Last year’s session on Librarian Fashion was a hit at the IFLA congress in Kuala Lumpur, and this year is looking to be yet another entertaining, sometimes-surprising session that will explore this topic that, on one level, sounds like a fun theme, but as human relationships can be complicated, we also want to address these topics professionally and respectfully.

More announcements on keynote speakers and presentations will be revealed as we come closer to the day!

Reunión de la Presidenta de la IFLA 2019: Nuevas perspectivas, nuevas posibilidades y un llamado a la acción para las bibliotecas como motores de cambio

სამ, 04/06/2019 - 16:59

Con la aprobación de la Agenda 2030 de las Naciones Unidas para 2015, los gobiernos subrayaron la importancia del acceso a la información como motor del desarrollo. La Reunión de la Presidenta de la IFLA de 2019, celebrada en Buenos Aires, Argentina, el 23 de mayo, exploró cómo las bibliotecas, como garantes de este acceso, pueden ser motores de cambio, y fue un llamado a la acción para todos los participantes, en persona y en línea.

La información nunca ha desempeñado un papel tan importante en nuestras sociedades. Aquellos que tienen acceso y las habilidades para utilizarlo son capaces de aprovechar las oportunidades, tomar mejores decisiones e innovar. Los que no se arriesgan a quedarse atrás.

Las bibliotecas tienen un papel esencial para evitar que esto suceda, asegurando el acceso a la información para todos. La Reunión de la Presidenta de la IFLA, la segunda del mandato de Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Presidenta de la IFLA 2017-2019, compartió ejemplos de cómo las bibliotecas logran esto, y las cuestiones clave a las que se enfrentan al hacerlo, bajo el título Motores de Cambio: Bibliotecas y Desarrollo Sostenible.

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón inauguró el acto, subrayando:

Para cambiar las actitudes y acciones de otros necesitamos ser inteligentes. Entender los problemas que enfrentan nuestras instituciones, los que enfrentan las comunidades a las que servimos. Cambiar nuestras propias mentalidades, y tener confianza en nuestras apreciaciones, ser innovadores en nuestra planificación y estar unidos en nuestra acción. Y explicar esto en un lenguaje que los responsables de la toma de decisiones entiendan.

El Secretario General de la IFLA, Gerald Leitner, supervisó el programa. Dando la bienvenida a los participantes, señaló que:

Esta reunión llega en un momento de cambio en la propia IFLA, cuando buscamos construir un sector bibliotecario más fuerte y unido. Mejor capacidad para servir a los usuarios con necesidades cambiantes, en un mundo cambiante. Mayor capacidad para apoyar la búsqueda de soluciones a los desafíos globales. Más capaz no sólo de sobrevivir, sino de prosperar en el futuro.

Más verde, más justo y mejor informado

En la sesión de apertura, el Coordinador Residente de las Naciones Unidas en Argentina, René Mauricio Valdés, compartió sus puntos de vista sobre la Agenda 2030 de las Naciones Unidas y la urgencia de acelerar los esfuerzos para lograrla. Señaló el papel que las bibliotecas podrían desempeñar en el cambio de comportamientos y en la sensibilización sobre los ODS.

El profesor Tim Unwin, uno de los autores invitados del Informe Desarrollo y Acceso a la Información de 2019, subrayó que, paralelamente a los esfuerzos para asegurar el crecimiento y la sostenibilidad a nivel macro, era vital pensar en la igualdad. De hecho, esto a menudo se pasaba por alto, pero era fundamental para conseguir el mundo que deseamos para el 2030. Las bibliotecas, subrayó, podrían ser campeonas de esto ayudando a superar las brechas digitales y de información.

Por último, IFLA y el Grupo de Tecnología y Cambio Social de la Universidad de Washington presentaron el informe Desarrollo y Acceso a la Información (DA2I) de 2019, haciendo hincapié tanto en la necesidad de avanzar en las distintas áreas de políticas como en la ayuda que las bibliotecas podrían proporcionar en este sentido. Lea más sobre el DA2I en nuestro anuncio.

De lo global a lo local

En tres paneles por la tarde, la audiencia escuchó a todos los demás autores invitados del informe DA2I, así como a otros expertos de la región.

El primer panel, moderado por Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Presidenta de la IFLA, se centró en el ámbito global. Karl Falkenberg, ex Director General de Medio Ambiente de la Comisión Europea, expuso cómo los flujos globales de información han ayudado a los responsables políticos a comprender las cuestiones relacionadas con el cambio climático. Sin embargo, para ir más lejos, es vital que la información viaje a través de las disciplinas.

Patricia Muñoz, ex presidenta de La Referencia, subrayó que América Latina es líder en la difusión de la investigación, dando pasos importantes hacia el acceso abierto a toda la investigación. Wouter Schallier, Jefe de la Biblioteca de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe de las Naciones Unidas, subrayó la necesidad de adoptar nuevas medidas para favorecer el intercambio de información.


La Presidenta electa de la IFLA, Christine Mackenzie, moderó el segundo panel, que se centró en el ámbito nacional. La Dra. Katarina Popovic, Secretaria General del Consejo Internacional de Educación de Adultos, se centró en la necesidad de dar a todos la oportunidad de desarrollar nuevas habilidades a lo largo de la vida. Las bibliotecas ayudan tanto al proporcionar información sobre oportunidades, como al proporcionar un espacio amigable y acogedor para que las personas aprendan de manera efectiva.

Stefania Lapolla Cantoni señaló que el acceso a la información también es importante para preparar a las personas para las ofertas de trabajo. Convinieron en que, si bien las tecnologías digitales podían resolver muchos problemas, estaba más claro que nunca que el apoyo y los espacios proporcionados por las bibliotecas seguían siendo esenciales para lograr un cambio en el mundo real. Finalmente, Jeimy Hernández, del CERLALC, compartió su experiencia de cómo las bibliotecas están marcando la diferencia en la vida de los colombianos.

Un último panel, moderado por Stephen Wyber de IFLA, se centró en la relación entre el acceso a la información y el gobierno. Fabiola Rosales, de la Biblioteca de la Cámara de Diputados de México, subrayó el compromiso de su biblioteca de apoyar el acceso a la información gubernamental, como condición previa para la rendición de cuentas y un mejor desempeño.

Guilherme Canela, de la oficina de la UNESCO en Montevideo, a su vez, planteó la necesidad de trabajar con los ciudadanos para asegurar que se apropien de su derecho a la información y la utilicen. Por último, Dorothy Gordon, autora del DA2I, advirtió que, además del impacto de la información en la forma en que somos gobernados, también necesitamos pensar en la forma en que los gobiernos influyen en la información que la gente ve, por ejemplo, a través de la regulación de Internet.

Un llamado a la acción

Para cerrar la tarde, el Secretario General de la IFLA, Gerald Leitner, pidió a los participantes que continuaran con el espíritu de la reunión manteniendo sus mentes abiertas, que siguieran hablando, que siguieran aprendiendo, que siguieran abogando por las bibliotecas y que siguieran trabajando juntos. Esto será clave para el trabajo en curso de la IFLA de crear un sector bibliotecario fuerte y unido.

​Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Presidenta de la IFLA, pronunció las palabras finales, alentando a todos los participantes, tanto en la sala como en línea, a salir a difundir el mensaje de que "la información no debe ser un divisor, sino un puente". A su vez, las bibliotecas no deben considerarse como un coste, sino como una inversión. No como algo del pasado, sino como un socio esencial para cualquier país que se tome en serio la consecución de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible".

La IFLA agradece a la Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación Argentina por su indispensable ayuda en la organización del evento. También estamos muy agradecidos a nuestros socios por su apoyo. La lista completa de socios está disponible en el sitio web de la Reunión de la Presidenta. 

La Reunión de la Presidenta 2019 fue transmitida en vivo y pronto estará disponible una grabación completa del evento. Consulte el canal de la Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación en YouTube. Un álbum de fotos está disponible en la cuenta de Flickr de la IFLA.

Primeros pasos hacia Estrategias para Fortalecer las Bibliotecas en América Latina y el Caribe

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Representantes de bibliotecas de 28 países de América Latina y el Caribe se reunieron el 24 de mayo en Buenos Aires para dar el primer paso en una nueva fase del trabajo de la IFLA para construir un sector bibliotecario más fuerte y más unido.

Desde 2017, el debate sobre la Visión Global de la IFLA ha dado respuesta a la necesidad de garantizar que las bibliotecas no sólo sobrevivan, sino que prosperen en un mundo cambiante.

Al unir el sector bibliotecario a través de una conversación sin precedentes por su amplitud e inclusión, más que nunca los trabajadores de las bibliotecas y de la información han compartido sus puntos de vista y sus ideas. El resultado de esto ha sido el panorama más completo de los retos y oportunidades a los que se enfrentan las bibliotecas, y miles de ideas sobre cómo se puede mejorar.

Para completar el proceso, la IFLA ha puesto en marcha una serie de talleres regionales con el objetivo de promover una planificación estratégica coordinada y alineada en todos los niveles del ámbito de las bibliotecas.

La Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de la Argentina, sede de la Oficina Regional de la IFLA para América Latina y el Caribe, fue la anfitriona de la primera de ellas, que reunió a presidentes de asociaciones nacionales de bibliotecas y bibliotecarios, directores de bibliotecas nacionales y otros representantes de alto nivel de 28 países de la región.

​Centrándose en particular en la importancia de los esfuerzos de promoción y defensa que involucran a todos los miembros del sector, los participantes compartieron ideas sobre cómo podemos hacer que se escuchen mejor nuestras voces y garantizar el reconocimiento y el apoyo a la contribución de nuestro sector al desarrollo. Desde el nivel global hasta el local, quedó claro que existe un gran potencial para trabajar en colaboración con el fin de trabajar de manera eficaz.

El Secretario General de la IFLA, Gerald Leitner, alentó a todos los presentes a llevar el mensaje a sus países de la necesidad de pasar de la visión a la estrategia y a la acción. No sólo los presentes en la reunión, sino todos los que trabajan en bibliotecas y se preocupan por ellas, deben comprender que ellos también son la IFLA y que tienen un papel que desempeñar en la construcción de un sector bibliotecario más fuerte y unido que impulse a sociedades alfabetizadas, informadas y participativas.

Conozca más sobre la discusión de la Visión Global de la IFLA.

First Steps Towards Strategies for Stronger Libraries in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Library representatives from 28 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean came together on 24 May in Buenos Aires for the first step in a new phase in IFLA’s work to build a stronger and more united library field.

Since 2017, IFLA’s Global Vision discussion has provided a response to the need to ensure that libraries do not just survive, but thrive in a changing world.

By bringing the library field together through an conversation unprecedented in its breadth and inclusiveness, more library and information workers than ever before have shared their views and their ideas. The result of this has been the most complete ever overview of the challenges and opportunities facing libraries, and thousands of ideas for how to do things better.

In order to complete the process, IFLA has launched a series of regional workshops, with the goal of promoting coordinated and aligned strategic planning at all levels of the library field.

The Library of the National Congress of Argentina, host of IFLA’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, provided the venue for the first of these, which brought together presidents of national library associations, national librarians and other senior representatives from 28 countries across the region.

​Focusing in particular on the importance of advocacy efforts that engage all members of the field, participants shared ideas for how we can better make our voices heard, and ensure recognition and support for our sector’s contribution to development. From the global to the local level, it was clear that there is strong potential to work collaboratively in order to work effectively.

IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner encouraged all present to take the message back to their home countries that now was the time to move from vision to strategy to action. Not just those present at the meeting, but all who work in and care about libraries should understand that they are IFLA, and have their part to play in building a stronger and more united library field powering literate, informed and participatory societies.

Find out more about IFLA's Global Vision discussion.

Placing Libraries at the Heart of Connectivity Strategies

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IFLA has submitted comments on two sets of plans to boost internet access in Africa, underlining the importance of including libraries. By doing this, governments not only support affordable internet access, but open up possibilities to develop digital skills and give people a safe place to get online.  

Public internet access in libraries plays an important part in any broader digital strategy. As well as providing a place where people who need to can get online at no cost, they are key centres for developing the skills, knowledge and confidence to make the most of the internet.

They can also complement home access, especially for those who do not have access to the right devices, who do not feel confident, or who simply prefer to go online in company.

Both in countries which already have high levels of connectivity, and those where only a minority are online, connecting and enabling libraries can represent an important part of efforts to achieve digital goals.

Two recent consultations have offered an opportunity to underline this point.

The European Union-Africa Digital Economy Taskforce, in its draft report, places an emphasis on movement towards universal connectivity and education. It recognises that the potential of eCommerce can only be realised if more people are online and able to realise the potential of the internet.

Meanwhile, Somalia’s Information and Communications Technology Policy and Strategy looks to bring online a country which currently only has 10% of its population online. It also underlines the need for universal access and skills.

IFLA’s responses highlight the potential of libraries both as a stepping stone towards, and a complement to home access. They are a cost effective way of brining more people online quickly, reversing the deceleration in the rate of new connections. They are also ideal venues for people of all ages to come and learn about how to make the most of the internet.

Read more in IFLA’s Public Access Policy Toolkit

Justice, Good Governance and Libraries: IFLA Participates in United Nations Expert Meeting on SDG16

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​UN Member States, agencies and civil society representatives met in Rome on 27-29 May to discuss progress towards building peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG16). IFLA participated, highlighting the fundamental role of libraries and access to information in achieving success for all.

When UN Member States meet in New York in July, and again in September in order to discuss the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG16) will be on the agenda.

This is not just because this SDG is in focus this year, but also because success in this area is essential in order to achieve development in other fields. A key target under SDG16 is Access to Information.

In preparation for the meetings later this year, governments, UN agencies and civil society representatives participated in an expert meeting in Rome on 27-29 May 2019. This aimed to assess progress, identify priorities for action, and explore approaches which could help accelerate positive change.

IFLA attended, both alongside UN agencies in a pitching session, and from the floor during other parts of the event.

Access to Information: Essential for Success

Drawing on the 2019 Development and Access to Information report, IFLA underlined that equitable and meaningful access to information was an essential condition for achieving other parts of SDG16.

For example, people cannot enforce their rights if they do not know what these are. Libraries providing access to legal information can help ensure that no-one is left out.

Libraries can also help ensure that people are able to take advantage of open government programmes. Through offering support, helping to design interfaces, and simply raising awareness, they can complement the efforts of central and local governments.

There was a warm welcome for the work libraries do from other participants, as well as recognition of the role they play.

IFLA looks forward to the High Level Political Forum in order to share more, and further build understanding and support for libraries globally.

Read the Development and Access to Information report 2019. Read the text of IFLA's intervention, and IFLA's proposals in the official summary of tools and approaches to delivering SDG16.

Ethics checklist for discussion in Athens

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The project on ethics which began in 2016 has reached its final stage, with the draft ready for discussion in Athens. The project is introduced and the latest draft checklists are linked on this page of the IFLAPARL website: https://www.ifla.org/node/61910.    The draft is the outcome of many contributions over the years, by members of the working group, the Standing Committee, and by the wider IFLAPARL community. As chair of the working group I thank everyone who has helped - but if there are flaws, errors or omissions, they are my responsibility.   Please feel free to ask questions, make suggestions and comment to me before Athens - my email is: iain.watt.iflaparl@use.startmail.com.    Best regards, Iain Watt

Updates to the National Bibliographic Register

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The National Bibliographic Register profiles have recently been updated for:

  • La Bibliografía colombiana (National Library of Colombia)
  • The National Bibliography of Latvia

  • The Lithuanian National Bibliography

  • The Swedish National Bibliography

Updates are welcome at any time!