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Showing libraries' contribution to development: How public libraries contribute to the STEM agenda

ხუთ, 22/06/2017 - 13:42

by Sue McKerracher, CEO, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

 

The STEAM into Sydney conference took place on 16 and 17 March 2017, alongside the IFLA Public Libraries Section mid-term meeting. Organised by Section Chair Marian Morgan-Bindon and Secretary/Information Coordinator Jan Richards, the event was booked out within a couple of hours, demonstrating the strength of interest in the Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEM) agenda across the globe.

Determined to make the most of the stories generated through the conference presentations, Jan and Marian worked with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to produce a summary of these: How public libraries contribute to the STEM agenda. As an easy to read, highly illustrated document, this report has already proved to be a valuable advocacy tool, helping library managers explain to local, state and territory governments what can be achieved by investing in makerspaces and technology programs. For some politicians and their advisers, it is difficult to understand the link between libraries and STEM. This report not only makes that connection, but also provides examples of inspirational activities, from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.

The report is the first Australian publication specifically designed to show the impact of libraries in contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda. This particular document relates to Sustainable Development Goal 5 "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls" - Target B: "Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women". The report has been shared with the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of the Arts. Further reports are planned over the coming months along with advice to library managers about how they can use them as conversation starters with local councils and their communities.

 

International Advocacy Programme (IAP): Ten projects now under way

ხუთ, 22/06/2017 - 11:37

Earlier this year, IFLA launched a worldwide call for proposals to request funding for the implementation of regional or national awareness-raising and capacity building activities for 2017-2018, as part of the International Advocacy Programme (IAP).

A record number of proposals were submitted (115 from all regions in the world) showing the great commitment of the library and information community to ensure libraries are involved in the United Nations 2030 Agenda planning and implementation at the local, regional and global level.

All proposals were carefully analysed by the IFLA IAP Steering Committee, with the support of IFLA’s Manager for Development Programmes.

Preference was given to proposals from library associations, national libraries, and the public library sector. Regional proposals involving countries that hadn't take part in any of the IAP Regional Workshops organised by IFLA in 2016-2017 were also preferred.

The ten funding proposals selected aim to continue showing libraries’ contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda, and to advocate for libraries to be recognised as government partners to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by their inclusion in National Development Plans.

A regional distribution of the selected proposals is as follows:

Africa Americas Asia Oceania Europe Global

West Africa 
(Regional)

Including:
Benin
Burkina Faso
Cote D’Ivoire
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Liberia
Mali
Niger
Nigeria
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Togo

Brazil

Asia Pacific (Regional)

Including:
Australia (ALIA)
New Zealand (LIANZA)
Singapore

East Europe (Regional)

Including:
Czech Republic
Hungary
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Ukraine

International Leaders Programme (ILP) 2nd Cohort Associates 

Countries involved:
Colombia
China
Egypt
Mexico
Philippines
Senegal
Serbia
United States of America

East Africa (Regional)

Including:
Kenya
Rwanda
Tanzania
Uganda

Central America (Regional)

Including:
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Central Asia (Regional)

Including:
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan

DACHS (Regional – German speaking countries)

Including:
Austria
Germany
Italy/ South Tirol
Switzerland

    Costa Rica         Trinidad and Tobago      

The IFLA IAP will launch a second call for proposals towards the end of 2017. Stay tuned to learn more and don’t miss the opportunity to take action!

About the International Advocacy Programme (IAP)

The IFLA IAP is a capacity-building programme designed to promote and support the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through the IAP, IFLA aims to establish an engaged community of advocates who will clearly articulate the significant opportunities to increase the profile and highlight the positive impact of library and information professionals in the achievement of the SDGs.

IFLA marks World Refugee Day

სამ, 20/06/2017 - 19:47

On World Refugee Day, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions wishes to highlight the richness and vibrancy of an inclusive and open society by reminding how libraries play an integral role in democratization and integration. IFLA believes that open societies are healthy societies and that libraries guarantee basic human rights by enabling access to information and knowledge for all.

Today, therefore, we wish to celebrate the work of libraries engaged in working with one of the most vulnerable segment of our societies: refugees and immigrants. As cultural institutions with a long history of inclusion, libraries are well-positioned to perform activities to support integration and multicultural practices. Libraries provide free access to computers and wi-fi, a safe and welcoming space to use to learn about the new host country and the immediate community, activities for children and families and a host of other services pivotal to the well-being of refugees.

Human emergencies such as conflicts and economic distress have caused tremendous mass movements. Tens of millions of individuals have fled war and persecution and they need our support to find a stable place they can call home. Children are uniquely vulnerable to the dangers caused by dislocation and migration. Unjustified barriers to the movement of people are cruel and contrary to human rights. These children and their families need guidance and support. Libraries represent safe-havens where they can start the process of integration.

IFLA believes that by giving people the access to information and support they need, we will have healthier society and stronger democracies. 

IFLA marks World Refugee Day

სამ, 20/06/2017 - 19:47

On World Refugee Day, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions wishes to highlight the richness and vibrancy of an inclusive and open society by reminding how libraries play an integral role in democratization and integration. IFLA believes that open societies are healthy societies and that libraries guarantee basic human rights by enabling access to information and knowledge for all.

Today, therefore, we wish to celebrate the work of libraries engaged in working with one of the most vulnerable segment of our societies: refugees and immigrants. As cultural institutions with a long history of inclusion, libraries are well-positioned to perform activities to support integration and multicultural practices. Libraries provide free access to computers and wi-fi, a safe and welcoming space to use to learn about the new host country and the immediate community, activities for children and families and a host of other services pivotal to the well-being of refugees.

Human emergencies such as conflicts and economic distress have caused tremendous mass movements. Tens of millions of individuals have fled war and persecution and they need our support to find a stable place they can call home. Children are uniquely vulnerable to the dangers caused by dislocation and migration. Unjustified barriers to the movement of people are cruel and contrary to human rights. These children and their families need guidance and support. Libraries represent safe-havens where they can start the process of integration.

IFLA believes that by giving people the access to information and support they need, we will have healthier society and stronger democracies. 

Check out these IFLA WLIC sessions of interest in Poland!

სამ, 20/06/2017 - 19:46

Thanks to Sandy Hirsh for preparing a great annotated list of interesting sessions at WLIC in Poland.

Check out these IFLA WLIC sessions of interest in Poland!

სამ, 20/06/2017 - 19:46

Thanks to Sandy Hirsh for preparing a great annotated list of interesting sessions at WLIC in Poland.

A new CPDWL newsletter is now available

სამ, 20/06/2017 - 19:15

The June 2017 newsletter of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) is now available.

A new CPDWL newsletter is now available

სამ, 20/06/2017 - 19:15

The June 2017 newsletter of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) is now available.

Congratulations to our new ARL Standing Committee Members

სამ, 20/06/2017 - 01:35

Name

Institute

Country

Marga Koelen

University of Twente, Library & Archive

Netherlands

Lorraine J. Haricombe

University of Texas at Austin Libraries

United States

Ursula Arning

ZB Med

Germany

Jayshree Mantora

Charles Darwin University

Australia

Tiiu Tarkpea

Tartu University Library

Estonia

Melita Ambrozic

National and University Library

Slovenia

Xin Li

Cornell University Library

United States

Ramesh C. Gaur

Central Library, Jawaharlal Nehru University

India

Jonas Fursy Ake

Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l'Action Culturelle (INSAAC)

Cote D'ivoire

Damiana Kiilu

United States International University, The Library

Kenya

Silvia Stasselová

Slovak Librarians Association

Slovakia

Invitation to attend IFLA 2017 Satellite meetings

ორშ, 19/06/2017 - 19:21

This is a call for participants to register and attend below Satellite meetings held 16 & 17 Aug 2017.

Open Access, Public Access, Meaningful Access: Libraries heard at WSIS Forum and Human Rights Council

ორშ, 19/06/2017 - 11:52

Article 19 of the Universal Convention on Human Rights offers freedom of access to information for all. This freedom has long been at the heart of the work of libraries.

 

IFLA’s presence at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2017 and the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council allowed delegates to hear the library perspective on three aspects of access – open (free for users), public (Internet access in libraries) and meaningful (ensuring that people have the skills necessary to make information useful).

 

Promoting Open Access

 

IFLA has advocated for open access to research publications since the early 2000s, arguing that this is key to ensuring that the benefits of science and innovation can spread to the largest possible number of people. When work is produced by public institutions, or using public money, the argument for open access is all the stronger.

 

This is the point IFLA made in a panel looking at the adoption of open access by intergovernmental organisations, alongside the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), UNESCO, the World Health Organisation, CERN, the European Space Agency, and the Asian Development Bank. UNESCO and WIPO have been particularly active in this field, a point underlined by IFLA in calling for further progress across the board.

 

Promoting Public Access

 

The role of libraries and other community spaces in giving free public access to the Internet will be important for as long as there are people who do not have the money or inclination to get Internet access at home. In a session focusing on the situation of Small Island Developing States, IFLA stressed that libraries can play a vital role in places where an Internet connection can cost as much as the average wage. In addition, by providing a trusted public space, they can bring together other services, and contribute to community building.

 

For public access to work, it is important that there are no unnecessary barriers. IFLA joined a consultation at the Human Rights Council, underlining concerns about the use of filtering technologies and algorithms in controlling Internet access – how can people know whether what they are seeing or posting is being blocked or manipulated?

 

IFLA also highlighted the risk that contract terms and technological protection measures can undermine the rights given to uses through exceptions and limitations to copyright.

 

Promoting Meaningful Access

 

Finally, IFLA highlighted the importance of ensuring that access to information comes with the skills that allow people to use it. With the current concern about fake news, IFLA suggested that the only effective response was to help people of all ages develop the skills necessary to spot lies online. Given the speed at which stories can travel, no regulation could be fast enough.

 

On the positive side, developing skills and attitudes online could help everyone take advantage of the opportunities created by the Internet. There are countless examples of libraries doing this, drawing on their unique, trusted place in the community, and the skills and motivation of their staff.

 

As our societies and the ways in which we access information changes, the role of libraries is changing also. Far from diminishing, libraries are as important as ever, not only in terms of their practical work in bridging the digital divide, but also in bringing their values and working methods to the governance of the Internet.

 

 

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum is an annual event bringing together governments, business and civil society, from around the world. This year’s theme was how Information and Communications Technologies can help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. The Human Rights Council meets at least three times a year, and discusses both country specific reports and broader themes, for example freedom of expression or cultural rights. 

Results of election of IFLA Governing Board 2017-2019

პარ, 16/06/2017 - 17:18

I am pleased to announce that following the recent IFLA Governing Board elections the 2017-2019 Governing Board to be led by incoming President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón will comprise:

President-elect:

Christine Mackenzie (Australia)

Elected Members:
Name Number of votes 1.   Barbara Lison (Germany) 1197 2.   Victoria Okojie (Nigeria) 2nd term 985 3.   Victoria Owen (Canada) 2nd term 965 4.   Knud Schulz (Denmark) 936 5.   Viviana Quiñones (France) 2nd term 919 6.   Torbjörn Nilsson (Sweden) 888 7.   Ágnes Hajdu Barát (Hungary) 2nd term 803 8.   Marwa El Sahn (Egypt) 748 9.   Patrick Losinski (United States of America) 723 10. Cheng Huanwen (China) 687     Frederick Zarndt (United States of America) 676 Alim Garga (Cameroon) 602 Vadim Duda (Russia) 361

The total number of valid ballot papers received for the vacancies on the Governing Board were 428, a return rate of 40%.  This represents 1647 votes, 56% of the possible total.

Drs. J.J.M. Bos and Drs. T. de Boer, the scrutineers appointed by the Governing Board, are satisfied that the above result is correct, following an accurate count of the ballot papers.

Ex-officio members of the Board will be:
  • Chair Professional Committee: Raissa Teodori, Italy
  • Chair Division I: Vicki McDonald, Australia
  • Chair Division II: Ann Okerson, United States of America
  • Chair Division III: Maja Žumer, Slovenia
  • Chair Division IV: Antonia Arahova, Greece
  • Chair Division V: Sueli Mara Soares Pinto Ferreira, Brazil

The Chair of the Management of Library Associations Section will be elected in August at its standing committee meeting in Wrocław, Poland.

Board members will take office on 25 August 2017. 

My congratulations to those elected and I would like to thank all candidates for their commitment to IFLA and willingness to participate in this way.

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
16 June 2017

Documents online presenting the “Relindial Cartonera” project

ხუთ, 15/06/2017 - 19:14

Since 2015, the Relindial staff has been working on the “Relindial Cartonera” project. It is a collaborative project whose objective is to help people of different origins to work together and to better know each other. Several documents (poster, flyer, bookmark and guidelines) have been created to present the project. You can find them on a special page dedicated to this theme:

Relindial Cartonera

Se realizó el Taller Regional de la Visión Global de la IFLA para América Latina y el Caribe

ხუთ, 15/06/2017 - 18:22

La Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Bibliotecarios e Instituciones (IFLA) realizó el Taller Regional de la Visión Global de la IFLA, los días 8 y 9 de junio de 2017 en la Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación Argentina, sede de la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe de la IFLA.

El acto de apertura contó con la presencia de la Vicepresidenta de la República Argentina, Lic. Gabriela Michetti, quien inauguró el evento dando la bienvenida a los participantes y destacando el papel clave de las bibliotecas -especialmente las bibliotecas públicas- en brindar acceso libre y democrático a la información, fomentando el desarrollo económico y social.

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Presidenta electa de la IFLA, remarcó: "Hoy comenzaremos un taller de debate sobre la visión global de IFLA, que no es un proyecto, es un proceso. Porque creemos que el futuro está en nuestras manos y que las bibliotecas pueden cambiar la forma en que las cosas están en la sociedad, para mejor”.

El Secretario General de la IFLA Gerald Leitner, enfatizó: "Para la realización de nuestras ideas necesitaremos el apoyo de políticos visionarios. Hoy hemos escuchado un fuerte compromiso de representantes políticos de alto nivel con el papel central de las bibliotecas para el desarrollo de las sociedades".

El Taller Regional para América Latina y el Caribe reunió a representantes de asociaciones bibliotecarias y bibliotecas nacionales de 27 países de América Latina y el Caribe para discutir cómo un campo de bibliotecario unido y conectado puede abordar los desafíos del futuro.

Este es el cuarto taller de una serie de seis talleres regionales que tendrán lugar en todo el mundo. Se celebrarán otros dos talleres en Singapur (del 28 al 29 de junio de 2017) y en Madrid, España (del 5 al 6 de julio de 2017).

 

Acerca de la Visión Global de la IFLA

IFLA está facilitando una discusión de la Visión Global a través de una serie de reuniones y talleres de alto nivel en diferentes partes del mundo a continuación del evento de lanzamiento en Atenas, Grecia, el 4 de abril de 2017. Conversaciones cara a cara y en línea, orientadas al futuro, se llevarán a cabo a lo largo del año. Acceda el sitio web de la Discusión de la Visión Global de IFLA: globalvision.ifla.org para más detalles y súmese a la conversación en Twitter e Instagram usando el hashtag #iflaGlobalVision.

Juntos creamos el futuro: ¡Únete a nosotros!

It was held the IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean

ხუთ, 15/06/2017 - 18:19

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) held its IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on 8 and 9 June 2017 at the Library of the National Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Headquarter of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Vice President of the Argentine Republic, Lic. Gabriela Michetti, opened the event welcoming participants and highlighting the key role of libraries–especially public libraries–in providing free and democratic access to information fostering economic and social development.

IFLA President-elect Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, remarked: “Today we will start a workshop of the IFLA Global Vision Discussion, which is not a project, it is a process. Because we believe that the future is in our hands and that libraries can change how things are in society—for the better.”

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner, emphasized: “For the realization of our ideas we will need the support of visionary policy makers. Today we heard a strong commitment of high political representatives to the central role of libraries for the development of societies.”

The Latin American Regional Workshop gathers senior representatives of library associations and national libraries of 27 Latin American and Caribbean countries to discuss how a united and connected library field can tackle the challenges of the future.

This is the fourth in a series of six regional workshops taking place around the world. Two more workshops will be held in Singapore (28 – 29 June 2017) and in Madrid, Spain (5 – 6 July 2017).

 

About the IFLA Global Vision

IFLA is facilitating a Global Vision discussion through a series of high-level meetings and workshops in different parts of the world following our kick-off event in Athens, Greece on 4 April 2017.  Face-to-face and online, future-oriented conversations will be taking place throughout the year. See the Global Vision discussion website: globalvision.ifla.org for more details, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the #iflaGlobalVision hashtag.

Together we create the future: Join us!

Free IFLA/ALA Webinar, 6 July at 18 UTC

ოთხ, 14/06/2017 - 20:16

Design Thinking: The Role of Library Staff in Participatory Design

How can libraries adopt “design thinking” to improve their library services, programming and spaces?   What do libraries need to do to prepare staff for the change? According to Tim Brown, president and CEO of IDEO, “Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.”  This webinar explores design thinking principles, showcases how design thinking can be used to improve what libraries do and how libraries address user needs, and identifies strategies that libraries can use to adopt design thinking into their own work.

Keynote Rolf Hapel, Director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark

“New Ways of Working – a Danish approach to Design Thinking and other participatory methods in the libraries”

 

Rolf Hapel has been since 2006 director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark. He is librarian by education and holds a master degree in Digitization and Public Administration. He has served as librarian, deputy manager, city librarian and di-rector in four Danish cities.

He has been chair of numerous steering groups, committees and advisory boards nationally and internationally. E.g. he is currently member of advisory board for EU project Public Libraries 2020, he was member of advisory board for the Global Libraries initiative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2008-2013, member of the jury in the competition for the new main library in Oslo in 2009 and advisor to Helsinki competition for new city library 2012. Member of PubliCA consortium 1997-99 and member of the Bertelsmann Foundation International Network of Public Libraries (INPL) 1999-2003. Member of the Danish Ministry of Culture Committee, forming the Danish act on public libraries, 2003.

Rolf has written many articles and he is an international renowned speaker on issues like library development and transformation. Among recent tasks on national level was heading the Danish Digital Library coordinating body. Internationally, the Next Library biannual conferences and the cooperation with Chicago Public Library and the design company IDEO supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Design Thinking for Libraries have mapped Aarhus as one of the hot spots for public library development in the world. The biggest challenge for Rolf has been the realization of the stunning main library, Dokk1, that opened in June 2015 in Aarhus. It is a 30.000 m2 building reflecting a new concept of the physical library in the networked society and Dokk1 attracts 1,3 mill. visitors per year in a city of 330.000 inhabitants.

Steven J. Bell, Associate University Librarian - Temple University, Philadephia, USA

“To Adopt Change Be the Change: Opportunities for Staff Engagement with Design Challenges”

 

 

Steven J. Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, library leadership, higher education, design thinking and user experience. Steven is a past-president of ACRL and a co-founder of the Blended Librarian’s Online Learning Community on the Learning Times Network. He currently writes at Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. He authors weekly columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, "From the Bell Tower" and "Leading From the Library". He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design” and editor of the book “Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership”. For additional information about Steven J. Bell or links to his projects, point your browser to http://stevenbell.info

Sara Chiessi, Librarian at Paderno Dugnano, Milan metropolitan area (Italy)

“The NewLib project: learning, testing and disseminating Design Thinking for libraries throughout Europe”

 

Sara Chiessi works for the consortium/special agency CSBNO – Cultures, Sociability and Libraries Operational Network – in the public library of Paderno Dugnano, located in Milan metropolitan area (Italy). She is also a reseacher on topics such as information literacy, impact evaluation of public libraries and library social value. She has worked for the Italian Library Association (AIB) and is currently a member of AIB's Study Group on Information Literacy. As a librarian, she is a member of one of the Italian library teams involved in the European project NewLib–New Challenges for Public Libraries, mentored by Dokk1 library Denmark) and aimed at studying, applying and disseminating Design Thinking for libraries in European countries such as Italy, Portugal and Romania.

Before becoming a librarian, she worked for several years in Film and TV Production as story editor.

Moderator: Matilde Fontanin – IFLA CPDWL and AIB (Italian Librarians’ association) – please contact mfontanin@gmail.com for registration information.

The series "New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations" is organised jointly by IFLA New Professionals Special Interest group and IFLA SC Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning with the support of the American Library Association.

For more information about the 2012-2017 series and to listen to a number of webinars, visit the following link http://npsig.wordpress.com/webinars/

Questions and requests for information about the series:

Loida Garcia-Febo
Series Coordinator
loidagarciafebo@gmail.com

 

Satellite conference - Registration open

ოთხ, 14/06/2017 - 18:55

Theme:From Refugee to Citizen-Integration: Policies and Actions of Cultural Institutions

Booking is now open - Invitation to Satellite conference

The Section invites you to a two day satellite conference in Berlin, Germany prior to the next IFLA General Conference in August 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland

This session focuses on the issues of refugee and immigrant communities and the ways that libraries and other cultural institutions serve to incorporate new immigrants into their new home cultures and societies. While some countries have found success in integrating new citizens, other locations have struggled to provide services.

Subjects of interest include:

  • How do libraries and other cultural institutions support refugees?
  • Journey from a refugee to a citizen
  • Best practices and knowledge sharing of inclusion, multicultural practices
  • What services has your institution provided that have been successful?
  • Has your library provided leadership in the area of service to immigrants?
  • Promotion of cultural competencies to library professionals and their staff
  • Promotion of cultural competencies to politicians and decision makers

Early Bird Registration fees (€14.95) increase at 11:59 p.m. CET on June 30, 2017.
Normal Registration fees (€20) are in effect 1 - 16 July, 2017 after which registration will close

Bring the Persecution of Librarians to an End: IFLA President Donna Scheeder on the Judgement in the Case of Natalya Sharina

სამ, 13/06/2017 - 12:23

Ever since her arrest in October 2015, IFLA has followed closely the case of Natalya Sharina, the former librarian of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow. Natalya was accused of inciting hatred or animosity toward a social group, and subsequently of misappropriation of funds. IFLA made statements in November 2015, May 2016, September 2016 and December 2016.

In light of the judgement in the case of Natalya Sharina, IFLA President Donna Scheeder has made a statement, underlining IFLA's disappointment with the judgement, and calling on Russia, and on governments everywhere, to bring the banning of books and the persecution of librarians to an end.

Read the full statement. The story has also been covered in The Times (UK), the New York Times, the BBC, and ABC news.   

IFLA Global Vision materials for self-facilitated discussions now available in Spanish

ორშ, 12/06/2017 - 10:21

See Also:

We are pleased to announce the availability of a Spanish version of our resource package for self-facilitated discussions under IFLA’s Global Vision. This will help bring together even more representatives of the library field worldwide to explore how a connected library field can meet the challenges of the future. Now it’s your turn! ¡Únete!

Become a part of the global brainstorm: host a self-organised discussion!

Now available in Spanish:

  • Guidelines for Facilitators
  • Guidelines for Organizers
  • Communications materials

Implement or experiment with the discussion format. Engage the audience in vibrant discussion about the future of the united library field.

You’ll also find examples of draft communications to use in your own campaigns, but you are encouraged to be creative and adaptive to better meet the needs of your specific regional community.

Visit the Global Vision resources webpage

This material will soon be available in all official IFLA languages.

About the IFLA Global Vision

IFLA is facilitating a Global Vision discussion through a series of high-level meetings and workshops in different parts of the world following our kick-off event in Athens, Greece on 4 April 2017.  Face-to-face and online, future-oriented conversations will be taking place throughout the year. See the Global Vision discussion website: globalvision.ifla.org for more details, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the #iflaGlobalVision hashtag.

Together we create the future: Join us!

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Libraries, Human Rights and the Internet: IFLA Engages in Geneva

ორშ, 12/06/2017 - 09:49

 

Libraries have a major practical role in giving their users access to knowledge and protecting their intellectual freedom. As well as public access to Internet connections, they offer both the hard technology and softer skills necessary to use and make the most of it. They also give the opportunity for people to undertake research, or read for pleasure, in a way that protects privacy as far as possible.

 

Yet they also bring a series of core values, which are as applicable in an Internet-enabled modern information society as they were in a pre-digital age.

 

Free access to information and free expression, transparency about controls or limits in place, a focus on public service, especially to the most vulnerable – all are already at the heart of librarianship. And as Vint Cerf underlined at a recent event in Washington, the values of libraries should also underpin the development of the Internet.

 

In the coming week, IFLA will participate in both the 2017 Conference of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and the Human Rights Council.

 

WSIS covers a wide range of subjects connected to the Internet, from access in villages to global regulation and processes. IFLA will be speaking in sessions on open access in intergovernmental organisations, the role of libraries in supporting development in small island developing states, and on the role of digital literacy skills in empowering Internet users.

 

The Human Rights Council will include sessions by the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Professor David Kaye. Professor Kaye will talk about access to information in intergovernmental organisations, freedom of expression questions linked to the fact that more and more of our communication is digital, and responses to the issue of ‘fake news’. 

 

IFLA looks forwards to engaging – follow us on Twitter, and look out for blogs about where we’re engaging!

 

For more information, see the Principles for Public Access, the statement on Privacy in the Library Environment and the IFLA Code of Ethics, and our infographic on fake news