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Tearing down myths around the South African Copyright Amendment Bill

8 საათი 51 წუთი წინ

Ahead of further debate around the South African Copyright Amendment Bill, IFLA would like to share views on a number of issues raised by some stakeholders around the proposed legislation.

It would be highly regrettable if the Bill was delayed because of renewed confusion around points which have already been settled. The Bill was voted on and approved in the Trade and Industry Committee on the evening of 15 November 2018, with some objections noted by members of the Democratic Alliance. However, IFLA hopes that the following information will provide guidance, as the Bill continues along its legislative path, and that it will be enacted as soon as possible. 

In particular, we would like to highlight and respond to the following points:

The need for reforms that address exceptions and limitations for libraries, education and research is well known, and has long been recognised by the government

It has been forty years since South Africa’s copyright law regarding libraries, education and research was last updated, and twenty since the library sector has been calling for modernisation. While the original statement by the government may have been focused on artists and publishers, the inclusion of libraries, education and research in the bill constitutes firm recognition of the need to support learning and innovation and to positively address the UN sustainable development goals. 

Supporting libraries contributes to the health of the overall book sector

Libraries play an essential role not just in bringing books and other documents to the attention of the public, but also in developing the writers and researchers of the future. As such, in addition to the money paid to acquire content, libraries make a major contribution to marketing and discovery, as well as to the sustainability – and inclusiveness – of the book economy.  Many authors are librarians and many librarians are authors too. The strong support by many authors for libraries around the world bears testament to this.  

The proposed reform is compatible with the Three-Step Test

As highlighted in legal advice formally provided by Dr Tobias Schonwetter to the committee recently, the fair use clauses proposed in the bill are consistent with the Berne Convention. This opinion has also been confirmed by the State Legal Advisor. The fact that a growing number of countries internationally have implemented such provisions without facing challenges under the Dispute Settlement Mechanism at the WTO only confirms this. 

The proposed reform is compatible with the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty

Despite claims to the contrary, the Bill complies fully with the Marrakesh Treaty, notably as regards the need for those helping people with print disabilities to be prescribed, the need to carry out such activities on a non-profit basis. Indeed, this bill will enable South Africa to ratify the Treaty and provide a model for implementation of the Treaty to other countries.

Fair use is fair

There are many claims about the impact of fair use which unfortunately ignore the fact that it is based on a careful assessment of the impact on the rightholder. In particular, it is clear that such uses cannot cause unjustified prejudice to the interests of authors and publishers by limiting their ability to commercialise their works. Suggestions that it will lead to the systematic copying and making available of commercially available works are misleading and a distraction. The fact that rightholders frequently win cases in Fair Use jurisdictions shows that it provides adequate protections against prejudicial uses of works.  

Tackling the challenge of author incomes requires a holistic look at how revenues are earned

The situation faced by authors – in particular those who do not benefit from tenured positions in universities – is certainly a concern, not least to libraries. However, meaningful action to increase author incomes depends on taking a wider view at all of the factors at play, not least contracts (already the subject of legislation in the European Union), and other revenue streams (on which WIPO is launching work, and which is the subject of a major new research project in Australia).

Acknowledging that the publication of the government’s impact assessment would certainly help offer clarity, we believe that on most of the questions currently being raised by international and local rightsholder organisations as a reason for delaying progress on this essential legislation, there is already clarity, and so no need to hesitate further.

 

Green Library Awards Reflections Published

პარ, 16/11/2018 - 17:34

ENSULIB is pleased to share that papers presented from 2016 to 2018 and Green Library Award reflections are cumulated as an article: “Exemplars, Educators, Enablers: Libraries and Sustainability: How libraries contribute to sustainability” by Stephen Wyber, Manager, Policy and Advocacy, IFLA.

This article draws together examples of how libraries are using this commitment – and this potential – to deliver on sustainability in three key ways by:

·       showcasing sustainable building techniques and services;

·       promoting understanding and action around sustainability in their communities; and

·       supporting new research into sustainability.

Read the full article here

Prochaine réunion sur le droit d'auteur à l'organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle : impliquez-vous !

ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 18:13

Le droit d'auteur est un élément central dans le travail des bibliothèques, et c’est pourquoi l’IFLA est un défenseur actif de meilleures lois du droit d’auteur. Notre engagement auprès de l'Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle (OMPI) en est un élément essentiel.

Le comité du droit d'auteur de l'OMPI (le SCCR) se réunit deux fois par an et a la capacité de légiférer sur plusieurs aspects. Le sujet des exceptions et limitations au droit d'auteur en faveur des bibliothèques, archives et musées est à l'ordre du jour. La prochaine réunion est en approche : elle aura lieu du 26 au 30 novembre.

Pourquoi c'est important ?

Lors de la dernière réunion du SCCR, un plan d'action visant à organiser le travail autour des exceptions et limitations au droit d'auteur en faveur des bibliothèques, archives, musées, de la recherche et de l'éducation a été adopté. L'IFLA demandera que tous les éléments de ce plan, tels que les réunions régionales et la conférence finale, fournissent des éléments de preuve nécessaires pour définir comment l'OMPI peut générer des progrès concrets pour nos institutions, notamment grâce à un potentiel instrument international.

Pourquoi l'IFLA a besoin de votre aide ?

Le SCCR est composé de représentants de tous les états membres des Nations Unies. Une partie importante de notre travail de plaidoyer doit donc avoir lieu au niveau national, où les états définissent leur position. Vos représentants doivent savoir que leurs bibliothèques et citoyens souhaitent qu’ils s’engagent activement pour faire avancer ce dossier.

Notre succès au niveau mondial dépend en grande partie des efforts déployés au niveau national.

Passez à l’action !

C'est pourquoi nous vous encourageons à agir. Commencez par contacter vos représentants pour leur faire savoir que vous soutenez la position de l’IFLA. Les personnes responsables sont soit dans le Ministère de la Culture, soit dans le bureau du droit d'auteur ou de la propriété intellectuelle. Envoyez une lettre pour expliquer pourquoi ce sujet est important pour vous. Faites-nous savoir si vous avez besoin d'un brouillon.
Ce serait formidable si vous pouviez essayer d’envoyer ceci dans la semaine du 19 au 23 novembre. N’hésitez pas de nous contacter si vous avez besoin de conseils ou d'aide.

Pour en savoir plus sur l’OMPI, consultez notre guide «Découvrir l’OMPI» et regardez notre webinaire sur le sujet.

Si vous suivez régulièrement les droits d’auteur, vous voudrez peut-être aussi vous inscrire à la liste mail du réseau du comité de droit d’auteur de l’IFLA. L'IFLA utilise cette liste pour partager des informations sur les réformes du droit d'auteur et contribuer à plaider en faveur de meilleures lois aux niveaux national et régional, comme nous l'avons fait en Colombie ou en Afrique du Sud, entre autres. Nous encourageons les participants à partager des questions, des mises à jour et des nouvelles de leurs pays.

Próxima reunión del comité de derechos de autor de la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual: ¡participa!

ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 18:11

El derecho de autor es un elemento central del trabajo de las bibliotecas, y esta es la razón por la que la IFLA es un defensor activo de mejores leyes de derecho de autor. Nuestro compromiso con la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI) es una parte clave de esto.

El comité de derechos de autor de la OMPI (SCCR) se reúne dos veces al año y tiene capacidad para legislar en varios asuntos. El tema de las excepciones y limitaciones al derecho de autor para bibliotecas, archivos y museos está actualmente sobre la mesa para discusión. La próxima reunión se acerca: del 26 al 30 de noviembre.

¿Por qué es importante?

En la última reunión del SCCR, se adoptó un plan de acción para organizar el trabajo en torno a las excepciones y limitaciones al derecho de autor para bibliotecas, archivos, museos, investigación y educación. La IFLA solicitará que todos los elementos de este plan, como las reuniones regionales y la conferencia final, se centren en proporcionar la evidencia necesaria para definir cómo la OMPI puede impulsar progreso concreto para nuestras instituciones, en particular a través de un instrumento internacional.

¿Por qué la IFLA necesita su ayuda?

El SCCR está compuesto por representantes de todos los estados miembros de las Naciones Unidas. Por lo tanto, una parte importante de nuestro trabajo de incidencia tiene que ocurrir a nivel nacional, donde cada estado define su posición.

Sus representantes deben saber que las bibliotecas y ciudadanos de su país desean que el gobierno apoye progreso en la OMPI en el tema de excepciones y limitaciones.

Nuestro éxito a nivel global depende en gran medida de los esfuerzos a nivel nacional.

¡Pase a la acción!

Por eso le animamos a que pase a la acción. Comience por ponerse en contacto con sus representantes para informarles de que su organización apoya la posición de IFLA. Las personas responsables del tema están probablemente en el Ministerio de Cultura o en la Oficina de Derechos de Autor o de Propiedad Intelectual. Envíe una carta para explicar por qué este tema es importante para el sector. Háganos saber si necesita un borrador de carta.

Sería genial si pudiera contactar sus representantes en la semana del 19 al 23 de noviembre, justo antes de la reunión del SCCR. No dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros si necesita asesoramiento o ayuda.

Puede encontrar más información sobre lo que está en juego en la OMPI en nuestra guía "Descubrir la OMPI" o a través de nuestro webinar sobre el tema disponible en la página web.

Si le interesa especialmente el tema de los derechos de autor, le recomendamos suscribirse a la lista de email de la red del comité de derecho de autor de la ILFA. La IFLA utiliza esta lista para compartir noticias sobre reformas de derechos de autor y para ayuda a abogar para mejores leyes a nivel nacional y regional, como hicimos en Colombia o Sudáfrica, entre otros. Animamos a los miembros a compartir preguntas, actualizaciones y noticias de sus países con el resto de los participantes.

Next Copyright meeting at the World Intellectual Property Organisation: get involved!

ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 18:08

Copyright is a core element of libraries’ work, and this is why IFLA is an active advocate for better copyright laws. Our engagement at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is a key part of this.

WIPO’s copyright committee (SCCR) meets twice a year and has capacity to legislate on several matters. The topic of exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives and museums are on the table for discussion. The next meeting is getting closer: 26-30 November.

Why is it important?

At the last SCCR meeting, an action plan to organise work around exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives, museums, research and education was adopted. IFLA will be asking for all of the elements of this plan, such as the regional meetings and the final conference, to focus on providing the evidence necessary to define how WIPO can drive concrete progress for our institutions, notably through an international instrument.

Why IFLA needs your help

SCCR is composed of representatives from all United Nations member states. An important part of our advocacy work therefore has to happen at the national level, where they define their position. Your representatives need to know that local libraries want them to be active in support of progress on that dossier.

Our success at the global level depends very much on efforts at the national level. 

Take action!

That is why we encourage you to take action. Start by reaching out to your representatives to let them know that you are supportive of IFLA’s position. The people in charge are either in the Ministry of Culture or Copyright or Intellectual Property Office. Send a letter to explain why this topic is important to you. Let us know if you need a draft.

It would be great if you could try to send this in the week of 19-23 November. Please get in touch if you need any advice or help.  

You can find out more about what is at stake at WIPO in our “Get into WIPO” guide and by watching our webinar on the matter.

If you follow copyright regularly, you may also want to think about getting in IFLA’s Copyright and other Legal Matters Network. IFLA uses this list to share news about copyright reforms, and help in advocating for better laws nationally and regionally, as we did in Colombia or South Africa, among others. We encourage members to share questions, updates and news from their countries.  

Call for nominations: IFLA International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) Review Group

ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 15:08

Dear colleagues

The IFLA Governing Board seeks nominations for new members of the IFLA ISBD Review Group by Friday, 15 February 2019. The term served by new members will be from August 2019 to August 2023. Please share this message with others who might be interested to ensure as wide a call as possible.

The IFLA ISBD Review Group oversees the production, management and promotion of IFLA’s International Standard Bibliographic description and provides a central coordinating body to which any IFLA ISBD-related issues can be directed. The ISBD RG reports to the IFLA Committee on Standards and is linked with the IFLA Cataloguing Section.

The International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) is intended to serve as a principal standard to promote universal bibliographic control, that is, to make universally and promptly available, in a form that is internationally acceptable, basic bibliographic data for all published and unpublished* bibliographic resources in all countries. From the beginning, the main goal of the ISBD has been to provide consistency when sharing bibliographic information.

The ISBD is the only freely accessible and open standard maintained by IFLA that determines the data elements to be transcribed and recorded as the basis of the description of the resource being catalogued. Its existence corresponds to the IFLA objective of providing accessible and open standards and tools for all, including communities that need simple and easy to use rules for describing resources. In addition, it employs prescribed punctuation and a specific sequence of recording information as a means of identifying and displaying data elements and making them understandable independently of the language of the description.

Read more about the responsibilities of the Review Group.

Who is eligible to be nominated?

The IFLA Governing Board will be appointing new members who will be selected mainly on the basis of their expertise. They will also seek to have geographical representation and a mix of skills among the Review Group members according to the requirements of the Group. The Governing Board will base its selection of members on evidence presented as to the nominee’s:

  • previous experience connected with the ISBD or with one or more other IFLA standards (drafting, managing, or contributing to an IFLA standard), or knowledge about and experience with the development of library standards and quality of data control in general which might be applicable in the IFLA context;
  • expertise in cataloguing, knowledge of cataloguing rules or guidelines, metadata management and library-related conceptual models;
  • ability and willingness to contribute regularly, collaboratively, and actively to the work of the ISBD Review Group both during meetings and virtually, during the year, between meetings. Members should also recognise the importance of multiple cultures and diversity, prioritising user needs, and acting with a spirit of negotiation to reach consensus.

Nominees must also have:

  • a reasonable expectation of being able to attend (without cost to IFLA) the business and professional meetings of the Review Group. The meetings are usually held during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress which for the terms of the nominee will be in:
    • Athens, Greece, August 2019;
    • Auckland, New Zealand, August 2020;
    • Location not yet known, August 2021;
    • Location not yet known, August 2022;
    • Location not yet known, August 2023.
  • an existing affiliation to IFLA through membership of an IFLA Professional Unit Standing Committee, or IFLA Membership affiliation through being an employee of an Association or Institutional Member, or a member of an Association Member, or a Personal Affiliate;
  • a working knowledge of at least one of the working languages of IFLA (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish). Since the business meetings of IFLA are generally conducted in English, reasonable fluency in this language is necessary to be able to fully participate as a member of an IFLA Review Group. Considering the specific needs of internationalisation of the ISBD, nominations are encouraged from people who are also fluent or a native speaker in a language other than English, especially a language using a non-Latin alphabet.

Members are appointed initially for four years. The Chair will be elected by the newly formed committee (consisting of the new and continuing members).

How to nominate someone

Please send nominations for this Review Group by 15 February 2019 using the nominee consent form

Candidates may nominate themselves. If you are nominating another person, please ensure you have their consent and signature on the nomination form.

Selection of new members

The details of nominees may be shared with the IFLA Professional Committee, the IFLA Committee on Standards, current Review Group Chairs, and the IFLA Governing Board members.

Persons selected for the Review Group will be informed in April 2019. This timing will enable them to take advantage of the early registration discount for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress where the first meeting of the new Review Group members will take place.

Further questions?

If you have further questions about the Review Group and its responsibilities, please contact the current Chair of the Review Group or the IFLA Nominations Coordinator, Lidia Putziger.

I look forward to receiving your nominations by 15 February 2019.

Best regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General

*The extension of the ISBD to the description of unpublished resources was decided by the ISBD Review Group in 2012, the revision of the ISBD as an application of IFLA LRM was decided in 2017.

Call for nominations: IFLA Bibliographic Conceptual Models (BCM) Review Group

ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 13:43

Dear colleagues

The IFLA Governing Board seeks nominations for new members of the IFLA BCM Review Group by Friday, 15 February 2019. The term served by new members will be from August 2019 to August 2023. Please share this message with others who might be interested to ensure as wide a call as possible.

The IFLA BCM Review Group provides ongoing support for the maintenance and development of the IFLA bibliographic conceptual models.

The terms of reference are:

  • Maintain and revise IFLA's bibliographic conceptual models on an ongoing basis;
  • Develop and make available guidelines and interpretative documents to assist those applying the models;
  • Promote the models and encourage their use in all appropriate information organising communities;
  • Maintain links with relevant groups both within IFLA and in other communities, including formal relationships such as named liaisons.

Read more about the responsibilities of the Review Group.

Who is eligible to be nominated?

The IFLA Governing Board will be appointing new members who will be selected mainly on the basis of their expertise. They will also seek to have geographical representation and a mix of skills among the Review Group members according to the requirements of the Group. The Governing Board will base its selection of members on evidence presented as to the nominee’s:

  • expertise in areas relevant to conceptual modelling of bibliographic data
  • demonstrated knowledge of or experience working with the IFLA family of bibliographic conceptual models
  • interest in the development and revision of IFLA’s bibliographic conceptual models and in the promotion of these models
  • ability and willingness to contribute regularly and actively to the work of the Review Group both during meetings and virtually, during the year, between meetings.

Nominees must also have:

  • a reasonable expectation of being able to attend (without cost to IFLA) the business and professional meetings of the Review Group. The meetings are usually held during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress which for the terms of the nominee will be in:
    • Athens, Greece, August 2019;
    • Auckland, New Zealand, August 2020;
    • Location not yet known, August 2021;
    • Location not yet known, August 2022;
    • Location not yet known, August 2023.
  • an existing affiliation to IFLA through membership of an IFLA Professional Unit Standing Committee, or IFLA Membership affiliation through being an employee of an Association or Institutional Member, or a member of an Association Member, or a Personal Affiliate;
  • a working knowledge of at least one of the working languages of IFLA (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish). Since the business meetings of IFLA are generally conducted in English, reasonable fluency in this language is necessary to be able to fully participate as a member of an IFLA Review Group.

Members are appointed initially for four years. The Chair will be elected by the newly formed committee (consisting of the new and continuing members).

How to nominate someone

Please send nominations for this Review Group by 15 February 2019 using the nominee consent form

Candidates may nominate themselves. If you are nominating another person, please ensure you have their consent and signature on the nomination form.

Selection of new members

The details of nominees may be shared with the IFLA Professional Committee, the IFLA Committee on Standards, current Review Group Chairs, and the IFLA Governing Board members.

Persons selected for the Review Group will be informed in April 2019. This timing will enable them to take advantage of the early registration discount for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress where the first meeting of the new Review Group members will take place.

Further questions?

If you have further questions about the Review Group and its responsibilities, please contact the current Chair of the Review Group or the IFLA Nominations Coordinator, Lidia Putziger.

I look forward to receiving your nominations by 15 February 2019.

Best regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General

IFLA at the Internet Governance Forum 2018: Libraries Central to Building a Trusted Internet

ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 13:10

The need to preserve the benefits of an open internet while finding means to address concerns about the way it works was high on the agenda at the 13th Internet Governance Forum, held in Paris from 12-14 November. IFLA was active, underlining how libraries do not only bring connectivity and training, but also essential values and skills to the discussion.

The Internet Governance Forum offers an opportunity for all stakeholders involved in the way the internet works – governments, business, civil society – to identify opportunities and challenges, and how these can be tackled. Libraries have a major interest in an open and affordable internet, to which everyone has access. Esmeralda Moscatelli and Stephen Wyber from IFLA Headquarters attended, alongside Maia Simonishvili from the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia.

 

An Internet for People

French President Emmanuel Macron set the tone on the first day, underlining the sense of concern that just as a state-controlled internet was not desirable, neither too was one purely controlled by the private sector.

At a side event organised by IFLA, alongside the Internet Society, Facebook, and Libraries without Borders, the President of the National Library of France, Laurence Engel, underlined this point. Public institutions needed to do online what they do offline – act where necessary to promote the public good – while promoting liberty online.

The need for a third way between state control and the dominance of big companies was clear in the meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries. Indeed, this approach needed to focus on the bottom-up, reflecting the needs and preferences of local communities as to whether, and how, to connect.  

 
The Role of Libraries

Libraries, as accessible, community-based institutions with an experience of information management and a public service mission, were a logical partner. Speakers from other NGOs, as well as technical experts, underlined the power of this combination of factors.

Libraries were well placed to help communities to get into action. They could offer solutions to practical problems, a space for coordination between community members, leadership in new initiatives, and training in how to take advantage of new possibilities.

As Maia Simonishvili underlined, drawing on her own experience from Georgia, by becoming hubs for internet engagement, libraries had gone from being seen as out of date to taking on a more important role than ever in their communities.

Policies for Public Access

The open session of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries (DC-PAL) – a group of NGOs and experts interested in delivering the potential of libraries as internet access points – focused on the policies necessary to make public access work.

Interventions focused on questions around finance, connectivity, law, regulation and education, and will feed in to the Toolkit on Public Access which IFLA has led on behalf of DC-PAL. This is currently out for consultation until mid-December.

Early next year, this toolkit will be published as a support to library associations worldwide in their advocacy around public access.

Find out more about how to get involved in the IGF, and comment on the draft toolkit.

Calls for Nominations for Section Standing Committees, GB & President-elect, CLM, FAIFE, and Standards Committees, ISBD and BCM Review Groups

ხუთ, 15/11/2018 - 02:00

IFLA invites nominations for candidates to serve as President-elect and Members of the Governing Board, on Standing Committees, the Committee on Standards, the CLM and FAIFE Advisory Committees and on the ISBD and BCM Review Groups

 

  • Section Standing Committees
    ​Nominations for candidates to serve on IFLA Standing Committees for the period from August 2019 to August 2023
    [deadline: 03 January 2019]
  • IFLA Committee on Standards
    ​Term of office August 2019 – August 2021. ​The IFLA Committee on Standards oversees the production, management and promotion of IFLA’s own standards (including guidelines), and provides a central coordinating body to which any IFLA standards-related issues can be directed
    [deadline: 15 February 2019]
  • ​IFLA Bibliographic Conceptual Models (BCM) 
    ​Term of office August 2019 – August 2023. The IFLA BCM Review Group provides ongoing support for the maintenance and development of the IFLA bibliographic conceptual models.
    [deadline: 15 February 2019]​
  • IFLA International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) Review Group
    ​Term of office August 2019 – August 2023. The IFLA ISBD Review Group oversees the production, management and promotion of IFLA’s International Standard Bibliographic description and provides a central coordinating body to which any IFLA ISBD-related issues can be directed.
    [deadline: 15 February 2019]​​

Call for Papers: IFLA Journal special issue on Knowledge Management

ოთხ, 14/11/2018 - 15:23

Submission Deadline: 19 April 2019

IFLA Journal and IFLA’s Knowledge Management Section are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue focused on Knowledge Management (KM). 

Managing institutional knowledge is increasingly recognized as a crucial element in improving competitiveness, innovation, and creativity. Libraries seeking to be resilient organizations in a quickly and unpredictably changing world know that KM is essential to their internal management strategy, and librarians in particular have the necessary skills and competencies to put it into action. Libraries contribute to their parent institutions by helping them to develop their own approach to KM, providing them with methods and tools to address their own development, and transform themselves in a transforming world.

As the number of knowledge workers increases in all sectors, practicing effective KM requires attention to human resources, a mature use of technologies and the ability to deploy effective processes.

IFLA Journal invites papers for a special issue focused on Knowledge Management across all continents. We intend to gather the latest theories, research, and practices from libraries and information professions to further the discourse on the current state of Knowledge Management in libraries and other information-rich institutions. We are particularly interested in articles employing quantitative or qualitative research methods in their approach to knowledge management. 

Guest Editors:

Leda Bultrini
Operating Systems and Knowledge Management, Director
ARPA Lazio (Regional Agency for Environment Prot.)
Italy

Wilda Newman
Information Resources Manager
Knowledge Resources Associates, LLC
United States

Mary Augusta Thomas
Deputy Director
Smithsonian Libraries
United States

Jennifer A. Bartlett
Interim Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning, & Research Division
University of Kentucky Libraries
United States

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • The role of Knowledge Management and knowledge managers in organizational change management and fostering innovation
  • Connections between KM, open access, intellectual property, privacy, and institutional integrity
  • The implementation and use of social media, blogs, intranet, and other platforms to share knowledge, improve collaboration and team spirit, and involve colleagues and communities
  • Methods of teaching, coaching and mentoring knowledge workers, including job-shadowing programs
  • KM in academic curricula, and continuing training for knowledge managers
  • KM approaches in multicultural environments; diverse KM approaches in different socio-cultural environments
  • KM and digital scholarship: a possible alliance to face new challenges (new forms of publications, content curation, big data, research data services…)
  • Success and failures in KM
Submission Deadline:

Articles for the special issue should be submitted to IFLA Journal for peer review before 19 April 2019.

How to Submit a Manuscript

IFLA Journal is hosted on ScholarOne™ Manuscripts, a web based online submission and peer review system SAGE Track. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines, and then simply visit the IFLA Journal Manuscript submission webpage to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is possible that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact Steven Witt, Editor of IFLA Journal: swwitt@illinois.edu or Guest Editor, Leda Bultrini: leda.bultrini@gmail.com

For instructions on formatting your manuscript please consult the submission guidelines.

About IFLA Journal

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. All articles are subject to peer review. Articles are published in English. Abstracts will be translated by IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) into the other working languages of IFLA—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish—for publication.

IFLA Journal is published by Sage Publications and is the official journal of IFLA, and has an international readership consisting of academic institutions, professional organizations, and IFLA members who all receive a free subscription to the journal.

Each issue of IFLA Journal is made available Open Access upon publication on IFLA’s website.  Authors are also encouraged to make the accepted version of their manuscripts available in their personal or institutional repositories.

IFLA Journal is indexed by the following databases: 

  • Abi/inform 
  • Academic Search Premier 
  • Business Source Corporate 
  • Compendex 
  • Current Awareness Abstracts 
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature 
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • Information Science and Technology Abstracts 
  • Inspec 
  • Library Information Science Abstracts 
  • Library Literature & Information Science 
  • SciVal 
  • Scopus 
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Web of Science

Récit des sessions du congrès 2018 sur le blog de Légothèque

ოთხ, 14/11/2018 - 15:01

La commission Légothèque de l’Association des bibliothécaires de France (ABF) a invité le groupe Femmes, information et bibliothèques sur son blog pour un récit des deux sessions du congrès d'août 2018.

À lire ici : https://legothequeabf.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/femmes-informations-et-bibliotheques-au-congres-de-lifla-2018 !

A Unique Role: Libraries' Contribution to Internet Connectivity

ოთხ, 14/11/2018 - 13:40

With half the world's population still offline, the need for meaningful solutions to ensure that everyone has the possibility to connect is  as high as ever. While traditional commercial provision will have a role, alternatives must also be mobilised, not least libraries. This was the message of an event co-organised by IFLA in the margins of the Internet Governance Forum in Paris on 13 November.

At the event, participants heard about how offline internet, community networks, and public access in libraries can, together, build a more inclusive internet. We were also honoured to hear from the President of the National Library of France, Laurence Engel.

These approaches provide not only connections for those who do not have the resources or practical possibility to get online, but also alternatives for those who are not fully served by commercial provision.

Offline internet works in areas which have no connection at all. This can be the case for rural and remote areas, but also for people suffering disasters, either natural or human. Muy-Cheng Peich from Libraries Without Borders underlined efforts not only to deliver the benefits of the internet to these communities, but also to work with them to create their own content and make their voice heard.

Community networks – owned and managed by members of the community – offer an alternative to traditional internet service providers. This concept is spreading around the world, with the support of organisations like the Internet Society. As Jac Sm Kee of the Association of Progressive Communications underlined, there’s a particular need for spaces where communities can come together and organise. Libraries are ideal for this purpose.

Maia Simonishvili of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia talked about the role of libraries in combatting the isolation of rural areas. She noted the efforts of her Library to build and connect libraries, and the possibility through this to promote reading, as well as teach media literacy.

Finally, Laurence Engel, President of the National Library of France, underlined the role of public institutions, especially with it now clear that the private sector alone could not deliver on the promise of the internet. She noted that libraries’ focus on quality and diversity, and on international collaboration made them particular important actors in this field.

With IFLA in the process of developing a toolkit on the policy issues linked to public access in libraries, this event both provided valuable insights, and underlined the key role of libraries in building a genuinely inclusive internet.

Read our draft toolkit, and find out more about how you can get involved in the Internet Governance Forum.

Call for Papers: 16th Interlending and Document Supply Conference, October 2019

სამ, 13/11/2018 - 12:08

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The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing (DDRS) Standing Committee invites papers for the 16th ILDS (Interlending and Document Supply) Conference, hosted by the National Library of Technology (NTK) in Prague, Czech Republic. The Conference will be held on 9-11 October 2019

See: conference website

With the Conference, entitled Beyond the Paywall: Resource Sharing in a Disruptive Ecosystem, the DDRS Standing Committee would like to challenge the interlending and document supply community to consider strategies for contending with an increasingly complex global information environment.

Key questions we wish to examine in the Conference include:

How should we, members of the global DDRS community, provide a strategic response to a rapidly shifting ecosystem in which publishers, libraries, and users are dealing with new open access mandates, possible “big flips”, new options for document search and delivery (beyond P2P, including direct publisher-to-user delivery), cost impediments, and other challenges?

Is it possible to leverage our already-existing global infrastructure to keep the library relevant as the ecosystem continues to evolve? How can we contribute to the development of global delivery solutions which are innovative, stable, and resistant to the whims of the marketplace and accessible to all? What might be our roles in the next stages of development of global academic research support (including publishing) infrastructures? In the advancement of trusted public information infrastructures? In relation to regional copyright regimes and in relation to various content format types?

We welcome thought-provoking papers from libraries, publishers, and end users which discuss these challenges from a strategic perspective.

Suggested Topical Areas may include but not limited to

Beyond the Paywall: Coming to terms with, thinking strategically about P2P, open access, e-only content, grey literature, and beyond

Power Shift: Strategies for staying relevant in the publisher-to-user delivery era

The Digital Divide: Pressing issues for improving access to resources for all members of our community

Copyright: Approaches to ILL for various format types not under public domain from the perspective of different legal traditions

Collaboration: Interacting with current and planned regional storage projects (e.g., ReCAP, British Library, Kooperative Speicherbibliothek Schweiz)

Assessment: Demonstrating value and impact of resource sharing on scholarship, research, and student success

Selected papers from the conference will be published in Information Discovery & Delivery Journal (IDD), and authors are encouraged to submit their conference papers with some extension to IDD; for example, papers about possible strategies for improving “the digital information supply chain, i.e., conception, flows, adaptation, exchange and sharing.”

Proposals for papers should be sent to Peter D. Collins, (pcoll@pobox.upenn.edu) no later than 31 March 2019 and should include the following details:

• Author(s) name, title, institution, and contact information

• Brief biographical sketch

• Title of paper

• Abstract (200 to 300 words)

Selected paper will be notified by: 30 April 2019

Deadline for paper submissions: 30 July 2019

Registration details: Coming soon! https://ilds2019.org/

We look forward to seeing you in Prague.


 

 

 

Brief on the 2015 UNESCO Recommendation on Safeguarding Documentary Heritage

ხუთ, 08/11/2018 - 16:33

The UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) Programme was established in 1992 in the light of the growing awareness of the importance of the preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage. Around the world collections were suffering a variety of fates: illegal trading, destruction, natural disasters and loss of interest, leaving many at risk of being lost.

Much has happened since the establishment of MoW, but our documentary cultural heritage is still in danger. In 2015 the Recommendation concerning the preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage including in digital form was adopted by UNESCO, giving new momentum to the programme.

The 2015 Recommendation serves as an important tool for advocating for the work of libraries by recognising their role and the need to provide them with the laws and resources necessary to do their j jobs. It can be used as an instrument for putting pressure on Member States to initiate appropriate steps in order to comply with its instructions, and to facilitate its implementation.

Read the IFLA Briefing on the 2015 UNESCO Recommendation on Safeguarding Documentary Cultural Heritage here and learn how to use the Recommendation to advocate for preservation.


 

 

Ideas Store submissions help define the future direction of IFLA

ოთხ, 07/11/2018 - 18:41

Launched this past August during IFLA WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, our first call for contributions to the Ideas Store has yielded a great and diverse set of ideas for actions that will help define the future direction of IFLA.  Thus far, over 8.500 ideas have been submitted from 160 countries around the world. Thank you and keep sharing your ideas!

Submissions were made in all seven IFLA languages, both online and in print. They clearly show some distinct global patterns and trends that will also open opportunities for different communities around the world to connect as a united library field and help tackle the challenges of the future. Your high level of engagement shows a commitment to IFLA’s Global Vision, as co-creators working towards a united library field.

We received submissions from across the library field—from individual librarians of all library types, associations, institutions, library supporters and others. By using your own unique perspectives on how to realise the Global Vision ten opportunities, contributors have given us some truly inspirational ideas for action that highlight our profession’s creativity, diversity and commitment to innovation.

Our in-house team of experts is currently busy analysing all ideas submitted before 31 October in order to present a comprehensive report to the Governing Board in December. The ideas themselves will help inform the new IFLA Strategy and Actions for 2019-2024.

Co-create the future: keep sharing your ideas!

The thousands of ideas comprise a vast body of material that will enable us to engage and co-create with the global library community. This initial compilation of thousands of ideas reflects multiple contexts, in terms of library experience, library types, regions and countries.

way.

We've just begun.  Go on to inspire and get inspired from the Ideas Store and send us your ideas!
Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General

In 2019, we will make the ideas available on the Ideas Store website —creating a unique storehouse of inspirational ideas available to all librarians around the world. But we don’t stop there! We are still seeking your continued input, and everyone is welcome to contribute ideas.  Our platform is translated into and accepts submissions in all seven IFLA languages. Wherever you are, we want to hear your voice!

Have an idea? Let’s hear from you! Visit ideas.ifla.org and submit yours today!

IFLA submission for upcoming UN report: 10th anniversary of the mandate in cultural rights

ოთხ, 07/11/2018 - 18:25

Next year, 2019, will mark as the 10th anniversary of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. To celebrate, the current Special Rapporteur – Karima Bennoune – has decided to devote her next thematic report to taking stock of the impact of the work of the cultural rights remit, inviting relevant actors to send contributions to inform her study.

How can we ensure that culture is accessible to all?

By its resolution 10/23 of 26 March 2009, the Human Rights Council decided to establish, for a period of three years, a new post of “independent expert in the field of cultural rights” to explore realities and trends in respect of cultural rights as set out in the relevant UN human rights instruments. This mandate was further extended for a period of three years in 2015 and again in 2018. The Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights acts as an independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council and reports every year to both the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly.

The Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights focuses on the three Ps: The need to protect public space, promote arts and culture and the need too participate in cultural life. Cultural rights are a critical tool for advancing to meet human rights goals.  These are three aspects of life, that people and governments in every region around the world should promote in order to ensure cultural rights.

 

 

Cultural rights and the joy of participating in culture belongs to all of us

Karima Bennoune, UN Special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

 

 

International cooperation is crucial to foster the adoption of measures at the local, national, regional and international levels aimed at the promotion and protection of cultural rights. The Special Rapporteur is requested to work in close coordination with experts, academics, practitioners and civil society organisations, as well as with other relevant actors.

The Special Rapporteur has announced the 10th anniversary as being an important opportunity to make an assessment of what has been achieved through her work, and that of her predecessors.

It is also an opportunity to highlight the various ways in which the fuller realisation of cultural rights can further contribute to strengthening, enhancing and defending the human rights system as a whole.

The Special Rapporteur therefore invited all civil society organisations relevant to UN Agencies, to contribute to a consultation. This is aimed at taking stock of the impact of the work of the cultural rights mandate since its creation, and at identifying issues relating to cultural rights, which stakeholders consider to be priorities for the mandate’s work in the coming years.

Contributions pointing out significant progress, good practices or areas of outstanding challenge would be considered for the mandate’s work in the coming years.

Libraries promoting cultural rights

Though the library field is most often associated with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and to access and share information and ideas), libraries also protect human rights by promoting participation in the cultural life of the community (Article 27).

Libraries and human rights are deeply linked as libraries worldwide are serving its communities, and resisting against censorship and discrimination, providing access to information, and supporting the rights of immigrants, minorities, people with disabilities, women, children, adolescents and others.

Libraries are the primary institutions in any society for safeguarding documentary cultural heritage, as well as ensuring that everyone has the possibility to benefit from it. Libraries are increasingly aware of their role in encouraging creativity, in addition to supporting access to culture, and in promoting understanding and tolerance.

IFLA has contributed to the call by the Special Rapporteur highlighting how libraries are adding to the mandate’s work, as well as the challenges that they face. IFLA is committed to supporting libraries, and to identifying and overcoming barriers.

Find the Call for Contribution here, and read the IFLA contribution to the Special Rapporteur on cultural rights here.

Throughout 2018, the UN and civil society have been celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Find out more about how you can get involved in the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in our Get Into guide.

IFLA at Mozfest, London 2018

ოთხ, 07/11/2018 - 18:20

Mozfest is the annual gathering of supporters of a healthy Internet: accessible to all, decentralized, creative and safe. This year there were many interesting talks and events for IFLA to be part of such as those on privacy, digital rights, privacy in oppressive regimes and inclusion and literacy.

IFLA participated in the events and engaged in panel discussions about privacy and ethics, digital inclusion exercises where we imagined a world without access to the Internet, and web literacy meetings to harness the power of the web. IFLA also met with Tactical Tech and discuss a possible collaboration for a data detox tool kit for librarians.

Every year Mozfest gathers a community of Internet enthusiasts. With a packed week of activities and a weekend of interesting and engaging discussions, Mozfest reminds us that the Internet is a community open to all where respect and cooperation are essential elements of a healthy online experience.

MozFest brings together people who are open, friendly and eager to help. Mozfest 2018 was held in London and gathered a large group of participants of all ages and skill levels. The premise of any Mozfest is that everyone has something to contribute. Youth especially are encouraged to come and lead sessions and their contribution this year was truly incredible.

For a summary of all that happened and the panel discussions, you can watch videos from the event

Directorio de Escuelas de Bibliotecología América Latina y el Caribe

სამ, 06/11/2018 - 04:19

El trabajo de realización del Directorio de Escuelas de Bibliotecología de América Latina y El Caribe constituye una de las actividades desarrollados en el plan de acción de la Sección para América Latina y El Caribe de IFLA.  Una vez aprobado su ejecución por los miembros permanentes del Comité, se procedió a realizar una revisión documental y exploración vía red de los directorios existentes y posteriormente se estableció contacto con las diferentes escuelas y colegas de los países latinoamericanos con el fin de recopilar los datos sobre los centros de enseñanza de la disciplina en cada uno de los países de la región.

Para tal fin se diseñó una herramienta virtual, que una vez validada, se compartió con los colegas, cuyos datos se estarían sistematizando posteriormente. El trabajo de recopilación significó un esfuerzo conjunto de manera tal, que se solicitó colaboración a los miembros del Comité para su verificación y apoyo cuando se tenía que completar alguna información que aparecía incompleta. Por la dinámica de las instituciones de educación en cuanto a los periodos de nombramientos de las autoridades de las unidades académicas, la práctica de revisión de este primer esfuerzo queda abierta para los colegas que deseen actualizar la información que consideren pertinente.

El número de instituciones que integran este primer acercamiento es de 76 escuelas de bibliotecología.  La información se presenta tal y como fue ingresada en el formulario y en orden alfabético por país. Los datos considerados para cada una se detallan a continuación: nombre de la institución a la que pertenece la escuela de bibliotecología, tipo de institución, año de inicio, nombre del contacto, cargo, país, ciudad, dirección, número telefónico, fax, móvil, email, redes sociales (página web, facebook), título que otorga y duración del plan de estudios.

Esperamos que este directorio sea de utilidad para cuantos requieran obtener datos y establecer contacto con las instituciones de educación superior que, entre sus unidades académicas, contemplan el área de bibliotecología.

Al térmico de este trabajo quisiera agradecer a la estudiante Aurora Bustos, quien colaboró con la recopilación de la información y seguimiento a diferentes contactos a fin de integrar la mayor cantidad posible de instituciones.

Si se requiere actualizar o mejorar los datos que aparecen de cada uno de los países, agradezco enviarlos a la siguiente dirección electrónica: karla.rodriguez.salas@gmail.com

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Identificación de la legislación y políticas públicas en materia de bibliotecas de América Latina y Caribe

სამ, 06/11/2018 - 04:00

Dentro del Plan Estratégico de IFLA para el período 2016-2021, ha sido fijada la dirección estratégica 1, con respecto al rol de las bibliotecas en la sociedad. La Sección LAC he establecido como uno de sus objetivos para alcanzar el plan identificar la legislación y las políticas públicas en materia de bibliotecas en la región LAC.

Para cumplir con este objetivo, en octubre de 2017 el Comité Permanente de la Sección propuso una acción de diagnóstico de legislación de los países de la región, teniendo como meta para Junio de 2019 la publicación de un e-book que registre y difunda la situación de los 33 países de la región LAC en materia de legislación bibliotecaria.

Como metodologia, el grupo asignado para la tarea de compilar la legislación propuso indagar, en la constitución de cada país, los artículos que tengan que ver, directa o indirectamente, con: la información (incluyendo la local), la lectura, el libro, el conocimiento, la cultura, la participación ciudadana, las bibliotecas, los centros de documentación, los archivos y la reglamentación de la profesión. Asimismo se indagarán las leyes de carácter nacional relacionadas con los mismos temas.

En la reunión de medio término del Comité, ocurrida en Abril de 2018 en Buenos Aires, el grupo fue reducido a tres personas, con la coordinación de Luciana Grings (Fundación Biblioteca Nacional - Brasil). Hasta el mes de Agosto de 2018, 19 países han sido investigados - casi 60% de la región -, compilando un total de 179 documentos como actas, leyes, decretos, reglamentos y resoluciones, a saber:

Antigua y Barbuda 2 Argentina 26 Bahamas 3 Belize 3 Brasil 37 Chile 15 Colombia 10 Costa Rica 13 Cuba 3 Dominica 3 El Salvador 4 Granada 1 México 6 Panamá 3 Paraguay 10 Perú 23 St. Vicente 1 Trinidad 4 Uruguay 12 TOTAL 179

Ya se identificaon leyes con respecto a temas como: archivos, derecho a información, direferentes tipos de bibliotecas (nacionales/centrales, escolares, infantiles, parlamentarias, de prisiones, públicas, etc.), depósito legal, derechos culturales, derechos de autor, lectura, libro, reglamentación de la profesión bibliotecaria, sistemas de bibliotecas.