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Units + IFLA Strategy: looking back, looking forward

პარ, 22/01/2021 - 15:03

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​It is safe to say that 2020 was not what any of us expected, many having overcome great difficulties. 2021 is a time to look forward and put our planned goals for the year into action!

The IFLA Strategy 2019-2024, a roadmap for IFLA’s future, guides us now more than ever, providing the framework for the actions of IFLA’s Professional Units. To show how each expert group is playing a role in building the future of the global library field, in June 2020 we began a new initiative to celebrate the work of the Units, also known as Units + Strategy. Highlights of these achievements were shared through IFLA From Home, also launched in 2020.

Seven months into this initiative we have celebrated a first round of eleven Professional Units and their completed or ongoing projects. These were identified through the Units’ 2020 Action Plans and come from across areas of expertise. The projects cover all four IFLA Strategic Directions and are making a global contribution to the advancement of our profession.

Let’s look back at the excellent work found in Units + Strategy publications for 2020:

IFLA celebrates World Refugee Day: The IFLA Section on Library Service to People with Special Needs (LSN) is developing international guidelines for library services to refugees, immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers.

 

IFLA Coaching Initiative: a dynamic IFLA Professional Unit programme: The IFLA Section on Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (IFLA CPDWL Section) developed the IFLA Coaching Initiative with great success.

 

Interlibrary loaning across the globe: a gap turned into a successful new global service by an IFLA Professional Unit: IFLA's Document and Resource-Sharing Professional Unit (IFLA DDRS) engaged with the IFLA Strategy, by creating a new global service for interlibrary lending during Covid-19.

 

Can old buildings be turned into libraries? A sneak peek into ENSULIB’s upcoming open access book: IFLA's Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB) engaged with the IFLA Strategy, taking sustainability and environmental awareness one step further.

 

 

IFLA PARL: Parliaments. Partnerships. Professional guidance: The IFLA Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section (IFLAPARL) showed amazing collaborative spirit across sectors and regions leading to notable outputs regionally and internationally. 

 

No matter your age: New Professionals - an open global network eager to meet you: The IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) strengthened its network, inspired professional practice with music and connected the field together through multilingual online meetings.

Evidence for Global and Disaster Health: IFLA celebrates World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day: The IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (HBS) and its sponsored Special Interest Group showed their commitment to working with partners and advocating for the critical roles that healthcare librarians play, highlighting the impact of poor health literacy, which seriously hampers global healthcare efforts.

 

Inspiring library buildings: a new Instagram account you will love! The IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section (LBES) embarked on a new initiative, inviting us to reimagine libraries through cool design and inspiring architecture.

 

Uniting libraries in Latin America & the Caribbean: The IFLA LAC Section took the lead in connecting library associations in Latin America and the Caribbean, illustrating the importance of teamwork in the promotion of the library profession and the value of the LAC region’s commitment to IFLA and the IFLA Strategy.

 

 

IFLA ARL Section + IFLA Strategy: Acting locally, Reaching Globally: The IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section (IFLA ARL) enhanced their online presence, through webinars on their YouTube channel and their social media content, engaging hundreds of librarians around the world.

 

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IFLA SET + IFLA Strategy: celebrating collaboration: The IFLA Section Education and Training (IFLA SET) worked “outside of silos” resulting in outputs, such as a white paper on building strong LIS education, webinars on emerging LIS competencies and the student spotlight project.

 

 

IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner highlights the importance of the Professional Units in their contributions: 

The work planned and produced by the above IFLA Professional Units is excellent, especially in such challenging times as in 2020.

Each of the 11 Units has solidified its role in the field demonstrating the value of aligning in a common direction, the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024. I am looking forward to celebrating all the IFLA Professional Units that will follow their lead. This work shows what it means to be a strong and united global library field!”  

 

 

Stay tuned to discover the innovative work of Units + Strategy. Which IFLA Strategic Direction are you interested in?

 

Read more about the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024

      

Your IFLA, Your Say: Act Now to be Heard

ხუთ, 14/01/2021 - 16:34

To IFLA’s voting Members: There are just four weeks to go until IFLA’s extraordinary General Assembly.

You will have received an email inviting you to be part of this important decision making process - now is the time to make sure your vote counts.

The extraordinary General Assembly, to be held in Melbourne, Australia at 08:00 AEDT on 12 February (21:00 UTC on 11 February), will focus on a key decision for the future of our Federation – an update to our Statutes to implement the results of our Governance Review. See full details in the Convening Notice

The changes proposed reflect the feedback we have received from you through surveys, consultations, letters and beyond. For them to become reality, you – our Members – will need to approve them through your votes.

Just as with our General Assembly in November, it is clear that it is still advisable not to meet in person. This is why it is vital to ensure that you have appointed a proxy who can vote on your behalf.

If you have not done so already, please complete the proxy form and return it to IFLA Headquarters as soon as possible.  

It’s your federation.

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
14 January 2021

Taller: Mapa Mundial de Bibliotecas. Presencia LAC

ოთხ, 13/01/2021 - 20:44

Quienes asistan al Taller deben firmar una carta de compromiso -firmada a su vez por el representante de la Asociación nacional- donde se comprometen a:

1. Replicar en su país el taller, a lo menos uno;

2. Documentar (en un formato que distribuiremos), en su totalidad, los talleres. Su contenido será considerado en el Informe Final del Proyecto (agosto de 2021);

3. Presentar los resultados de los Talleres y participación del Proyecto en su encuentro/conferencia anual o de otra forma que lo considere.

Todas las Asociaciones de LAC son bienvenidas a participar para visibilizar la presencia de las bibliotecas de su país.

Si desea más información puede escribir a:

iflalac.infocoordinator@gmail.com

Documentos del taller: 

Más información: 

https://www.ifla.org/node/93579  

 

Media Literacy Pop-Up Interventions in Lithuanian Libraries - Interview

ოთხ, 13/01/2021 - 20:11

Libraries are well-positioned to deliver equitable media and information literacy learning opportunities for their communities. As part of a project curated by Tactical Tech and implemented jointly with IFLA and Save the Children Italia, three libraries in Lithuania hosted pop-up media literacy interventions – and now share their experiences.

Photo by courtesy of the National Library of Lithuania/Lietuvos nacionalinė Martyno Mažvydo biblioteka

The past months saw new developments, concerns and policy dialogue around online misinformation take on an even greater sense of urgency. As information professionals with deep ties to the communities they serve, libraries are well-positioned to deliver equitable media literacy learning opportunities to help address these concerns.

As highlighted earlier this year, IFLA is working with our partners in several European countries on a project within the framework of the EU 'Preparatory Action on Media Literacy for All', curated by Tactical Tech. The project brought together a group of librarians from Ireland, Lithuania, Slovenia and the Netherlands who hosted media literacy interventions in their communities using newly developed engaging materials and exhibits.

In the last week of October, three libraries in Lithuania piloted Media Literacy interventions and hybrid exhibitions to raise awareness and offer skills-building opportunities for their users. The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, the Klaipeda I. Simonaitytės Public Library and the Utena A. and M. Miskiniai Public Library launched a mixed virtual and physical media literacy event programme.

Their experiences offer valuable insights on how this format and type of interventions can be successfully delivered through libraries. So we asked them to tell us a bit more about the work they have done!

What kind of intervention did you organise?

For one week, the three libraries hosted walk-in exhibitions where our communities could learn more about misinformation and the skills to tackle it. The exhibitions themselves included the Glass Room posters and videos examining the online information environment.

Another part of the exhibition were tablets pre-loaded with engaging quizzes and games that offered visitors an opportunity to test their skills and learn more about misinformation.

In addition, the National Library prepared a selection of thematic books to display in its exhibition venue for users who wanted to find out more background information and dig deeper.

In each library, a trained media literacy champion – a member of the library staff – was available to tell visitors more about the exhibition themes and materials, offer advice and answer questions.

In the meantime, our libraries jointly hosted a series of online workshops to explore these questions further. Some webinars focused on helping visitors hone their skills in spotting misinformation and protecting their privacy online, while others offered a virtual walkthrough of the exhibition.

What were the impacts of your ‘hybrid’ exhibitions?

During the week of the exhibition, we organised ten virtual workshops accompanying the events; nearly a hundred people attended these. Feedback from participants suggested that some things they heard and saw during these events – for example around covert advertising – were completely new to them – something they have never considered before. Participants also mentioned that it was an important realisation for them – understanding just how strongly social media and the web are affecting their daily lives.

We think and hope that visiting this exhibition and participating in the virtual seminars encouraged people to take a deeper interest in different forms of misinformation, and continue to seek out learning opportunities. On a practical level, we hope that they will be more aware of potential pitfalls when sharing information online.

Naturally, the pandemic impacts what channels and media are at a library’s disposal to support media and information literacy learning. How have the three libraires adapted their intervention plans?

This period is not easy for everyone. It means that libraries too have to change some things, and try not to stop all activities. All three libraries worked to find a big space for the exhibition in order to follow recommended safety measures, and make it possible for visitors to safely look around and explore.

On the one hand, unfortunately, the number of people at the opening events of the exhibitions was limited - to avoid large gatherings. Throughout the week, our solution was to apply the same rules as for wider library visits – limiting group sizes and instructing visitors to wear masks.

On the other hand, the virtual elements of the exhibition helped us reach more people. For example, the workshops and learning activities were held fully online. We also emphasised the virtual exhibition and online activities when promoting and publicising our programming.

Did this experience offer you any new insights about library-based media literacy training or interventions at large? For example, what works well, what practices could be worth replicating?

Overall, the interest from visitors and their feedback has once again showed that it is important to speak about information, misinformation, digital design tricks – the topics this exhibition addressed. People should get reliable information, and the library is a good source. This experience has only confirmed the fact that libraries are ready to be actively involved in raising public competences in the field of media and information literacy.

A very useful and proven solution in these circumstances was to organise a combined exhibition – matching a physical with a virtual exhibition.

It was also helpful that the format of the physical exhibition was flexible and easily adaptable to different rooms. So we hope that the exhibition will travel further to Lithuanian libraries, reaching more and more people.

 

Alma Masevičienė,

Academic secretary of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

 

You can start your own The Glass Room: Misinformation Edition experience on the website of the exhibition.

CPDWL Newsletter January 2021 Issue Out!

სამ, 12/01/2021 - 21:40

Please read our latest newletter here

Topics include:

  • Letter from the Co-Chairs 
  • We Chat 
  • “Get to Know You” Meet Ups. 
  • Building our CPDWL Community 
  • Webinars 
  • Report of the Coaching working group 
  • Social media channels and updates  
  • First library meme contest 
  • Covid and CPD. How CPDWL SC members managed their own personal PD in times of the pandemic 
  • Global Playlist to Kick Off 2021 
  • And Now For Something Completely Different 
  • CPD & WL activities around the world 

Associations + IFLA Strategy: looking back, looking forward

სამ, 12/01/2021 - 15:48

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2020 will be remembered as a year of challenges and hardship for libraries and their users, but also of resilience and innovation. Now, having already stepped into 2021, more than ever, the mission set out in the IFLA Strategy; inspire, engage, enable and connect, matters.

Through its Strategy, IFLA inspires, guides and provides tools to libraries and associations so they may continue to find solutions to challenges, seize opportunities, and provide excellent services and effective advocacy.

To highlight how libraries everywhere have done their bit to build a strong and united global library field, in 2020 we launched an initiative to celebrate the work of library associations which have drawn on the IFLA Strategy 2019-24 in different regions of the world.

Here are just nine examples:

#IFLAFromHome in Latvia: An Innovative National Conference in Line with the IFLA Strategy: the Library Association of Latvia focused their national conference and its themes on the IFLA Strategy.

 

Suriname’s libraries align with the IFLA Strategy: Surinamese libraries integrated the IFLA Strategy into a new curriculum for library managers.

 

Interviewing Nick Poole: a discussion about the IFLA Strategy: The UK Library Association decided to use the IFLA Strategy as a framework for the next five-year Association’s strategy.

 

 

Paraguayan libraries align with the IFLA StrategyParaguayan libraries organised an IFLA Strategy workshop to celebrate the "Day of the Paraguayan Librarian".

 

 

Brazilian libraries: places of affective listeningBrazil’s library association that organised a panel discussion “IFLA Strategy and alignments” using the motto: ‘Together We Are Stronger’. 

 

Fiji Library Association + IFLA Strategy: Reflections and Moving forwardFiji’s library association hosted virtual lunchtime hourly presentations, on the theme “Reflections and Moving Forward”.

Guyana Library Association + IFLA Strategy: resilient now and in the futureGuyanese libraries plan to partner with the Ministry of Education to host a virtual workshop in line with the IFLA Strategy.

 

Costa Rica Library Association + IFLA Strategy: allies in achieving the SDGsCosta Rica’s librarians’ association hosted an IFLA Strategy workshop which led to the creation of the Costa Rica National Library Strategy Plan for the implementation of the SDGs.

 

Iraqi Library Association + IFLA Strategy: where education and planning meetIraq’s library association supported education in the field on a national level, through establishing a national electronic portal and offering training workshops

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IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner highlighted the importance of putting the IFLA Strategy into action around the world:

I could not be prouder of our colleagues in Latvia, Suriname, UK, Paraguay, Brazil, Fiji, Guyana, Costa Rica and Iraq!

2020 has been a difficult year for all and yet librarians in these countries have shown the importance of the IFLA Strategy as a driver of a strong and united field through their actions. As we go into 2021, I invite librarians in more countries to follow their lead. We are IFLA!”  

 

 

How is your library or library association engaging with the IFLA Strategy? Let us know! Post on your social media, using the hashtag #IFLAStrategy and #WeAreIFLA or send an email to Despina Gerasimidou, IFLA’s Strategic Development Officer at despina.gerasimidou@ifla.org.

Read more about the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024

      

 

Understanding Infodiversity: An Interview

სამ, 12/01/2021 - 12:39

A commitment to promoting access to information is a unifying factor across the global library field. In a changing information space, there is therefore value in trying to build understanding of what information is and how it affects us.

One approach comes through the concept of infodiversity, adopted by many, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, as a tool for exploring and explaining trends and developments. We interviewed Jonathan Hernández-Pérez, IFLA Governing Board member and Associate Researcher at the Institute for Library and Information Research (IIBI) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to find out more. 

 

​1. How do you define the concept of infodiversity?

I would like to start by pointing out that as human societies became more complex there is a stronger need to understand the impact of information on society. Over the last decades, we have seen a number of terms trying to address all the dynamics around information, the trend at the moment is the so called "infodemic".

With this brief context, infodiversity refers to all the variety of types, forms, and formats in which information is produced and consumed.  It also encompasses and acknowledges all expressions produced by different social groups over time, within a geographic area, through media (television, radio, internet, etc.), or historical periods. It is a way to understand and see a larger picture of what and how we produce, consume, and share information.

2. Where does the idea come from, and what makes it interesting as an area of study?

The idea of "infodiversity" comes from 30 years now, mostly from an academic perspective. During the early nineties, there was an interesting reflection about the inequalities in the demand and supply of information for the underdeveloped countries, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

One of the first approaches of this term was from a library perspective. During the nineties, LIS researchers like Morales Campos reflected on the way monopolies and big information companies had created one-sided and loaded flows of information, hindering access to all the diversity of information produced particularly by the multiple cultures and ethnic groups with a strong involvement in social, economic, and political matters. They tried to mould society to consume only one source, format, or type of information. Of course, this is now a hot topic with the rise of digital technologies like algorithms or filter bubbles.

There are other perspectives on infodiversity, some of them involve the different ways of structuring the variety of information particularly the differences that exist between museums and libraries. Others relate to digital rights and access to information, and there is an interesting one where the diversity of information is seen as being as essential to social development and human survival as biodiversity and cultural diversity. And there are other ideas related or complementary to infodiversity, such as the infosphere, information geographics, among others.

What makes it interesting as an area of study is that infodiversity takes us beyond thinking about traditional ways in which information is produced, consumed, shared and preserved, to thinking about information through an evolutionary approach. As digital life continues to develop, I think there is a necessity to consider divergent views of the term infodiversity.

3. What makes it particularly relevant in Mexico and the wider Latin America and Caribbean region?

Even though this concept has been addressed in other parts of the world, in Mexico it is a formal research area at the Library and Information Research Institute at UNAM. Outside of Mexico, there was a journal from the Library Research Society in Argentina called "Infodiversity", and many discussions on this matter have been addressed in Cuba, Colombia, Peru, and Costa Rica. I would like to highlight that the 2007 International Library Colloquium at the Guadalajara Book Fair was titled "Infodiversity : the library as a multicultural center" and this was precisely to think the library as the heart of diversity.

4. Could it also be applicable elsewhere in the world?

Sure, I think that we can agree that our world is diverse in terms of cultures, ethnic groups, biological species, and so on. So our information landscape should reflect this plurality and diversity not only from one region but of the world we live in.

5. How does it relate to the idea of bibliodiversity?

This is very interesting because even that both terms have the same "essence" on the recognition of a variety and multiplicity of perspectives and ideas, bibliodiversity is applied to the publishing sphere, this idea was coined mainly by the independent publishing world as a consequence of the predominance of the big publishing groups.

On the other hand, infodiversity refers to information in every format, from ancient scrolls to tweets, from printed books to sounds recorded, from musical score to memes, every piece of information recorded in every format, and the way this diversity coexists. At a content level, infodiversity implies the sum of ideas that humanity has produced over time, from religious beliefs to scientific knowledge, and so on, with all the complexity that implies the information flows.

It is also important to mention that one of the biggest coincidences between these two ideas is that both of them advocate for availability and access to all the variety of information they promote

6. What are the main topics that infodiversity researchers are currently trying to address?

Over the last years, we have linked the infodiversity with topics such as access to information, open access, copyright, and ethical use of information, we take infodiversity as an umbrella concept for all these complex matters on information. Since 2017 to date we have focused our research on the understanding of misinformation and its impacts on libraries, social media, and citizen participation.

7. How does it relate to wider questions, such as open access and open science?

In all societies, information has been a driver for development, and the digital moment we're living in came to highlight this, particularly with the rise of the open movements. Open access and open science face important challenges in terms of infodiversity, such as the gap between languages - the prevalence of a single language suggest that all important information is in one language - an increasing oligopolistic market, and the rise of policies that may exacerbate existing inequalities. As the world realizes the high importance of open movements (we had an experience in 2020 on how open science can save lives) these will have to improve their dynamics in terms of diversity and inclusion.

8. What are the main policy challenges – and opportunities – for infodiversity today?

One of the core characteristics of infodiversity at the moment of its conception was that the recognition of a diversity of information is not enough for the public good, it must be accompanied by information policies that make sure of an equitable access to this information. That's probably the main challenge because it involves aspects on privacy, censorship, the constant tensions between stakeholders in the digital environment, and many others. I'm confident that technology can bring us more opportunities to advocate for a well-designed and well-applied information policies than could embrace an infodiversity perspective in society.

9. What can libraries and library professionals themselves do in this regard?

This is a good point, libraries and librarians have always been advocates for diversity, I think this is one of the library field strengths. We have several examples of this, from multiculturalism and linguistic perspective which is addressed at the IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto pointing that "cultural and linguistic diversity is the common heritage of humankind and should be cherished and preserved for the benefit of all", that's where information diversity plays an important role. We can see other forms of recognizing and analyzing the diversity in the library field, as the diversity of library users', sexual diversity (in 2013, IFLA approved the LGBTQ+ Special Interest Group), in an organizational way with the bibliographic universe, and many others.

There are many ways in which libraries and librarians can involve and promote infodiversity, I would like to point out four dimensions for this.

First of all, it is important to recognize all varieties of forms in which information is created and used it, always with open and critical thinking, this reminds me of the long-standing controversies around Wikipedia as a trustworthy source.

A second perspective should be based on skills, as we are increasingly socially and ideologically isolated as a consequence of algorithms and other technologies. Yet he need for a diversity of sources is more important now than ever before, so information skills are crucial to get the right information that may have a critical impact in our opinions, decisions and lives.

A third dimension lies in preservation, as many formats and media have been born digitally and they are evolving rapidly, there is an urgent need to preserve these materials, I'm glad to see many libraries with an internet archive, sound archive, and even providing and preserving local content which enriches the global infodiversity.

Finally, none of these dimensions could have success if we don't advocate for an equitable availability and access to information diversity, so a last point should be an equitable access to information.

Terry L Weech, PhD retired Dec. 31, 2021

კვი, 10/01/2021 - 03:29

After forty years of service to the iSchool, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, Associate Professor Terry L. Weech (MS '65, PhD '72) retired at the end of December.

He has made extensive contributions to both IFLA Sections on Education and Training and Library Theory and Research.

He served as a Treasurer of IFLA Section on Education and Training in 2001-2007; a Chair of the IFLA Division VII, Research and Education, 2001-2005; a Chair of IFLA Section on Education and Training, 2003-2005, 2005-2007; a member of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section Standing Committee (Executive Committee), 2007-2011, 2011-2015.

In 2017, Weech was honored with a Scroll of Appreciation from IFLA for his distinguished contribution to IFLA and the library profession, especially in the internationalization of LIS education.

See Weech's CV: http://cpanel.ischool.illinois.edu/~weech/CV/TW-CV-19.pdf

CPDWL Newsletter January 2021 Issue Out!

შაბ, 09/01/2021 - 23:13

Please read our latest newletter here

Topics include:

  • Letter from the Co-Chairs 
  • We Chat 
  • “Get to Know You” Meet Ups. 
  • Building our CPDWL Community 
  • Webinars 
  • Report of the Coaching working group 
  • Social media channels and updates  
  • First library meme contest 
  • Covid and CPD. How CPDWL SC members managed their own personal PD in times of the pandemic 
  • Global Playlist to Kick Off 2021 
  • And Now For Something Completely Different 
  • CPD & WL activities around the world 

IFLA’s Management of Library Associations Section Launches Webinar Series

პარ, 08/01/2021 - 21:50
In order to keep members engaged and informed during #IFLAFromHome, MLAS is launching a webinar series that will feature topics of interest for library associations and members in general. We are very excited to present our first webinar series!
  The webinars will be presented from January to July 2021. The first webinar entitled “Library Map of the World: Engagement for Advocacy” will be presented together with IFLA Headquarters on January 14 at 14:00 CET. We invite you to join us and Halo Locher, Chair of the Management of Library Associations Section, Kristine Paberza-Ramirez, IFLA’s Member Engagement Officer, and Stephen Wyber, IFLA’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, as they discuss:
   · The importance of being well presented on the IFLA’s Library Map of the World (LMW) · Engagement scenarios for library associations · Processes behind keeping the LMW data up to date, preparing and curating country profiles · The 2021 priorities for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stories · Using the LMW content and resources in library advocacy
  The event will be moderated by Randa Chidiac, MLAS SC member. More information about this webinar here: bit.ly/2XiEZoh
  The next date in our series is March 16 at 4:00 CET for a forum organized by MLAS with the candidates for IFLA President-Elect. 

 The other webinars will feature topics such as:

·    Library Associations in COVID-19 Times ·    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Library Associations ·    Social Media for Library Associations
  Stay tuned to our future announcements with more information. #IFLAFromHome  

2021 IFLA ILDS Conference Location Announced

ხუთ, 07/01/2021 - 22:06

The Governing Board of IFLA has accepted the recommendation of the Document Delivery and Resource Sharing standing committee in which the committee has recommended the Qatar National Library (QNL) in Doha to host the 17th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Interlending and Document Supply (ILDS) Conference from 4 to 7 October 2021.

The DDRS Standing Committee will work closely with the local host to organize the conference. 

Topics to be discussed include resource sharing, copyrights, open science, pandemic effects on ILL services, the importance of digitization on collection sharing, and ways to enhance cooperation among lending institutions. 

Read more (QNL press release)

Bibliographic Control in the Digital Ecosystem, 8-12 Feb. 2021

ხუთ, 07/01/2021 - 14:40

The Conference aims to explore the new boundaries of Universal Bibliographic Control, which are widening in the digital ecosystem. Bibliographic control is radically changing because the bibliographic universe is radically changing: resources, actors, technologies, standards, and practices. As a "non-commercial public space" (IFLA Global Vision) – not only in a literal sense – libraries reaffirm a fundamental role also in the digital ecosystem.

Participation is free, but registration is required.

The programme and the registration form are available at the Conference web address https://www.bc2021.unifi.it.

The speakers have been selected from among the leading experts in the field. Papers will be presented in English or in Italian with slides in English and published on JLIS.it, issue 1, 2022.


The conference is organized by the University of Florence, Italy (SAGAS Dept., and University Library System), in cooperation with the IFLA Bibliography Section, the Italian Library Association (Associazione Italiana Biblioteche), and other institutions.

From Global Goals to Local Practice: Interview with Evi Tramantza, OCLC Global Council Program Committee

სამ, 05/01/2021 - 19:11

In a survey out now, OCLC is exploring how libraries are working with the SDGs. IFLA interviewed Evi Tramantza, Chair of the OCLC Global Council Program Committee, to find out more.

With growing understanding of the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as both a framework for advocacy, and a tool that can be applied in library planning, there is more and more evidence on how to do this most effectively.

To gather this, OCLC’s Global Council has chosen to focus on the SDGs this year, and is running both a survey to gather information about practice, and a series of webinars.

We interviewed Evi Tramanza, Chair of the OCLC Global Council Program Committee, to hear more.

 

Can you let us know a little more about yourself?

Hello! My name is Evi Tramantza, and I’m the Director of Libraries and Archives at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece. I also serve as Chair of the Program Committee for OCLC’s Global Council and as a delegate for the Global Council’s EMEA region. I’m excited to discuss the work OCLC Global Council is doing in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with IFLA and colleagues around the world.

How did Global Council come to work with the SDGs?

Every year OCLC Global Council selects an area of focus that is important to libraries worldwide. This year we chose to focus our work on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We’re pleased that we can take this work in new directions, and also support activities that are aligned with IFLA’s existing work with the SDGs.

OCLC Global Council is comprised of library leaders from all over the world who recognize the importance and value of the SDGs to the communities we serve. We understand how crucial libraries are to accomplishing these goals. We want to do our part as a unique, global library organization to raise awareness, adoption and support of the SDGs.

For you, what difference can working with the SDGs make at the level of individual libraries and library systems?

The 17 SDGs address global issues such as poverty, inequality, and peace and justice. They provide our libraries an actionable framework to help improve the communities we serve. Many libraries are already engaged in work that supports the SDGs such as providing programs and services to address social justice or provide quality education to underrepresented groups. By starting with our individual libraries, we can build stronger community partnerships that can lead to real change.

What activities do you have planned around this, and what have you learnt already?

OCLC Global Council currently has two main activities supporting the SDGs. First, we are partnering with OCLC Research to conduct a global library survey on the SDGs, with a focus on the five goals that we feel libraries can impact the most:

  • SDG 4: Quality education
  • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

The purpose of the survey is to understand better how libraries around the world are working to use and support the SDGs. The survey is open now through 31 January 2021 so that all library types and sizes can participate. I’d like to invite all IFLA colleagues to take the survey and share your perspectives on the SDGs using the link below, and of course to encourage your own colleagues to respond and pass on their perspectives.  A published report of findings will be made available in June 2021.

SURVEY:  Global Libraries and SDGs
Deadline: 31 January 2021

OCLC Global Council is also hosting a series of online webinars, Sustainable development and libraries: Global goals, collective action, focused on how libraries around the world are thinking about or using the SDGs to inform their libraries strategic plans. The series consists of five thought-leadership conversations, with the next one taking place on 9 February 2021.

Through these activities, we are learning how much libraries can do to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. While we may be separated by geography or culture, we know that we share challenges, ideas, energy and solutions. When we work together using tools like the SDGs, we can go further to making shared progress together.

What impact do you hope that it will have within libraries? Do you anticipate any advocacy dividends from this work?

I hope that more libraries see the value of incorporating the SDGs into their strategic plans and the rewards that come from working together to advocate for global sustainability.  Increased participation from libraries at local, regional and national levels will help raise awareness of the SDGs and lead to real change for our communities.

Every individual library worker and each library can participate. I hope you will join us in supporting the SDGs in your libraries and lend your thoughts and expertise to this important work.

 

About the interviewee

Evi Tramantza is the Director of Libraries and Archives at Anatolia College, Thessaloniki, Greece and serves as the Program Committee Chair for OCLC’s Global Council.  

As the Director of Libraries, she is responsible for the oversight of the Elementary Library, the Eleftheriades Library (High School and IB) and also Bissell Library (American College of Thessaloniki) as well as the Historical Archives of Anatolia.

She holds an MSc Econ in Information and Library Studies from the University of Wales and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a teaching qualification (TEFL). She is a Chartered librarian (MCLIP, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, CILIP, UK) and a member and mentor of CILIP.

Evi has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Information Literacy and is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the AMICAL Consortium. She is currently pursuing a PhD with the University of Sheffield in Information literacy perceptions and needs.

Her work in Education spans the last 30 years, with a long career in teaching and a strong interest in learning.

 

Making the Decisions that Matter Better: IFLA Releases Statement on Open and Good Governance

სამ, 05/01/2021 - 15:20

IFLA has published a new statement on the role of library and information services in improving the way societies are governed, both through optimal decision-making within government, and effective scrutiny and engagement by parliaments and wider populations.

Effective, transparent and inclusive governance is a pre-condition for success in any policy designed to improve lives and communities, as recognised in Sustainable Development Goal 16.

Information has a central role to play in this. It helps those in power take the best possible decisions on behalf of those they rule. It ensures that parliaments can hold governments to account and participate in the legislative process. And it gives citizens the a key tool for engaging civic and political life.

Where information matters, libraries matter. Through providing core services, our institutions help ensure that people get the information they need, in the form they need it.

IFLA’s new statement on libraries and open and good governance underlines this role,  and makes recommendations to governments and others on how to realise this potential.

In particular, the statement:

  • Highlights the value of library and information services to governments and parliaments, as well as properly supported government information collections in other libraries
  • Calls for open access to public data and information through the placement of such information in the public domain, as well as comprehensive management, retention, preservation and archival policies
  • Recommends effective freedom-of-information laws, and calls for public and other libraries to be engaged in their implementation
  • Argues for easier access to legal education and support for libraries to help everyone enforce their rights

IFLA encourages its Members and others to draw on this statement in their own advocacy. IFLA itself will deploy the statement in its work at the global level in support of access to information and the library services that make this a reality.

Read the statement on our publications page.

Second Call for Papers: IFLA Journal Special Issues on Preservation storage and curation strategies: Best Practices for physical and digital storage

ორშ, 28/12/2020 - 05:40

IFLA Journal, IFLA's Preservation and Conservation Section, and the PAC centres are extending a call for papers for a special issue focused on storage as a strategic long-term function of libraries, including practices for physical and digital collections based on risk, value, and cost in terms of institutional mission and resources. The first call returned several compelling field reports on storage challenges and solutions from regions that are substantially under-represented in the research literature.

This second call offers additional opportunities for short reports from the field to represent the breadth of issues of concern for the diverse, global audience of IFLA Journal.

Submission Deadline: 20.01.2021

For the details, please read IFLA Journal Special Issue on storage 2nd Call [doc]
 

Viviana Quiñones

ოთხ, 23/12/2020 - 17:03
Viviana was a true star with the unique ability to make everyone feel special and important. She had an inclusive attitude and a spririt that could reach even to the farthest end of a big hall. Viviana had a sense for the beauty and goodness in life. Her knowlege of different languages was a big asset for her.     Always très chic, she was a brillliant professional who always gave her full potentional and also added something extra - a warm smile. Though petite, she had strong willpower and the ability to make things happen. With the magic of a fairy godmother she could bring an idea to life, realize it and also succesfully finalize it.  She had the ability to combine big visions with small details. Viviana was ambitious and hard-working, well prepared, generous and willing to explain everything in detail so that everyone felt embraced.   She was passionate in the belief that children's literature could make a difference and that library services are necessary tools for individual development and education. No matter where in the world, the aims are similar but the circumstances are different.  Viviana held different positions in the IFLA section 'Libraries for Children and Young Adults' and in IFLA's organisation.   As the IFLA section 'Libraries for Children and Young Adults' we send our deepest condolences to her family and friends around the world, joining Gerald Leitner, Secretary General of IFLA, in his message from December 18: "Originally from Argentina, Viviana lived much of her life in France. She was passionate about services for children and young adults and an advocate for libraries. Her work as International Officer at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and particularly in the National Centre for Children's Literature, where she first started working in 1987, put her in contact with children's librarians throughout the French-speaking world.
She was deeply convinced of the importance of access to information and libraries as a means of human development. She will be remembered for her dedication to cooperation with African librarians serving young people. Her many activities included a professional journal, training and seminars in many countries, and projects like the "World through Picture Books" publication and exhibition.
She was involved with IFLA for over 16 years, particularly in the Children and Young Adults Section where she held positions as Secretary and Chair of the Section. She brought her interests in capacity building to IFLA's Library Development Committee which focussed on advocacy and development. Viviana was a member of the IFLA Governing Board from 2015 - 2017 as Chair of Division III and was then elected to the Board for a second term from 2017 - 2019. She will be remembered for her vivacity, concern for others and fighting spirit.
On behalf of the IFLA Governing Board and IFLA family, I send our condolences to her family, friends and many colleagues around the world."
Gerald Leitner, Secretary General IFLA  

 

   

Holiday Greetings from SET Chair Kendra Albright

სამ, 22/12/2020 - 18:42

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year 2021!  As the saying goes, “it is always darkest before the dawn.”  That pretty well sums up the situation in parts of the world still struggling with COVID-19 as we enter this new year.  For others, the worst is now past, but together, we look to a brighter new year and continuing our global collaboration.

Despite the many challenges we have faced in our own countries and communities, SET has found itself in a highly successful position of leadership for LIS education!  We have been able to accomplish many successful webinars that have been well attended, reflecting the excellent work by our SET organizers. The most recent webinar was in December entitled, “Moodle for Education,” hosted by SET colleague Dr. Jennifer Branch-Mueller. Our next webinar is planned for January 8 entitled, “Digital libraries and Learning” with Dr. Anna Maria Tammaro.

Our student spotlights have also been very well-received and answer such questions as, how does LIS education vary from one country to another? How does the student experience compare across institutions and countries? What is currently working for LIS students?  Our colleagues at IFLA headquarters have remarked on our good work and spotlighted SET to share our many accomplishments with the rest of the global LIS community!

It’s impressive that we’ve been able to accomplish so much together during some of the darkest days.  Imagine what we’ll be like as it gets “lighter!”  So here’s to a brighter 2021 and another year of successful collaboration in our global community!

Best wishes from the U.S.,

Kendra Albright

Iraqi Library Association + IFLA Strategy: where education and planning meet

სამ, 22/12/2020 - 15:54

Closely aligned to the IFLA Key Initiative 3.4 “Provide targeted learning and professional development” the Iraqi Association for Information, Libraries and Documentation Specialists has made significant progress in supporting education in the field on a national level.

Within the framework of supporting the IFLA Strategy and inspired by IFLA guidance on national planning and implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the Iraqi Association for Information, Libraries and Documentation Specialists stepped up.

   

In December 2019, the Association set up a workshop at the Al-Mustansyria University in Baghdad. This workshop was for all librarians in Iraq who work in university libraries, ministry libraries, other institutions and those working in the library sector in general.

The aim of the workshop was to provide targeted learning and professional development, by familiarising librarians with the UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals and to raise awareness of the IFLA Strategy.

Many academic librarians working in library and information departments at Iraqi universities, as well as a large number of librarians in other governmental institutions participated at this workshop.  During this workshop, drawing on what they had learned, the 55 participants worked together to propose activities and initiatives for implementation and integration in Iraqi National Library Plan.

Here are two more examples that show the way of working closely aligned to the IFLA Key Initiative 3.4, through providing a variety of learning opportunities that update current practices in the library field.

  • In May 2020, the Iraqi Library Association for Information, Libraries and Documentation Specialists presented a webinar to introduce the Iraqi Electronic Union Library to librarians from all parts of Iraq. The Iraqi Electronic Union Library is an electronic platform for knowledge services and is being implemented within the framework of a project managed by the Arabic Union Catalogue Centre located at the King Abdul-Aziz University in Saudi Arabia which consists a large database of many Arabic libraries’ content. The project is based on cooperation and sharing of information resources, therefore later on the Iraqi national plan will be linked to the Arabic Union Catalogue.

  

Dr. Faiza Al-Bayati, President of the Iraqi Association for Information, Libraries and Documentation Specialists underlined:

 

In order for all Iraqi university central libraries to be linked with the Arabic Union Catalogue, our association established a national electronic portal, called the Iraqi Electronic Union Library. This national portal includes the collections of all central university libraries in Iraq. Our association in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, gave 8 training workshops to 250 cataloguers from all university central libraries, who after the training uploaded their library contents to this national portal. Currently, this portal contains approximately 250,000 book records, and it has been made available on the network for feedback purposes. 

We, as an association, are always aiming to support education and free access to information, and so get inspiration from the IFLA Strategy and will continue our efforts to support it in the coming years.” 

  • On another very interesting front, the Library and House of Manuscripts of Al-Abbas Holy Shrine in Iraq took on their responsibility to lead the development process and communicate with national institutions as a partner to achieve the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The did this through launching programmes in the field of supporting Iraqi libraries and developing their human resources, thus contributing to the support of the academic education movement in the field of information and libraries.

 

Actions taken to achieve this included:

  • The Cataloguing and Information Systems Center at the Abbasid Holy Shrine Manuscripts Library and House updated the study curricula at the Department of Information and Libraries at the College of Arts, Al-Mustansiriya University as a first step to introduce the rules of modern cataloguing (RDA) according to modern automatic systems and programmes.  
  • They trained Iraqi library professionals on modern cataloguing systems, qualifying them to work to rehabilitate Iraqi libraries, which have begun to recover from the effects of years of crisis. 30 training courses, both theoretical and practical, have been held so far and more than 270 employees from various Iraqi libraries have been trained.

The training course on cataloguing and classifying information sources according to MARC21 system, using RDA rules

The training course on the electronic archive and D Space system

Read more about the Iraqi library sector

 

Read more about the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024

How is your library or library association engaging with the IFLA Strategy? Let us know! Post on your social media, using the hashtag #IFLAStrategy and #WeAreIFLA or send an email to Despina Gerasimidou, IFLA’s Strategic Development Officer at despina.gerasimidou@ifla.org.

 

      

The IFLA Metadata Newsletter December 2020 issue is published

ორშ, 21/12/2020 - 19:02

The IFLA Metadata Newsletter brings you information about metadata in libraries all over the world. The December 2020 issue is now published.

IFLA Green Library Award 2021

ორშ, 21/12/2020 - 15:24

“IFLA Green Library Award 2021”
 
Objectives of the IFLA Green Library Award

 

  • To reward green library / green library projects that best communicate their commitment to environmental sustainability
  • To create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education
  • To support the worldwide green library movement, concerned with
  1. environmentally sustainable buildings
  2. environmentally sustainable services, activities, programming, information resources, collections and projects
  3. conservation of resources and energy
  • To promote the development of green library initiatives locally, regionally and worldwide 
  • To encourage all types of libraries to actively present their green activities to an international audience

Following the IFLA Key Initiative 4.1: Promoting libraries within the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the award will help to advance the profession through illuminating the role of libraries and librarians in the advancement of sustainability standards and the promotion of specialized knowledge within professional practice.

Guidelines for submissions

Any type of green library or any outstanding green library project, initiative or idea may apply for the IFLA Green Library Award. Libraries with a small budget but a great impact are explicitly invited to participate in the competition!
The green library, project, initiative or idea may be presented in various ways (e.g. essay, video, poster, article, set of slides):

  • Applications must be written in one of the seven IFLA languages.
  • Applications in languages other than English must have an English abstract.
  • Film and video materials in languages other than English must have English subtitles.
  • Applications should be max. 10 MB in size, unless a video is also published on YouTube.

The presentation of the project, initiative or idea should be submitted to the international ENSULIB Award Reviewing Committee.
The quality and relevance of the project, initiative or idea will be evaluated by the ENSULIB Award Reviewing Committee in terms of:

  • Applicability to the goals and the scope of ENSULIB
  • Contribution of libraries to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Quality of the overall presentation, public visualization via website etc.
  • Relevance to IFLA’s goals and values (Key Initiative 4.1)

Download the application form: [English – MS Word]

Submit applications before 28 February 2021 to:

Dr. Petra Hauke, ENSULIB Secretary, E-mail: petra.hauke@hu-berlin.de

Notification of the winners and runners-up will be sent in May 2021.
Finalists will be presented at the virtual 87th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2021.