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An Alternative Route: Cooperation Leads to Better Conditions for Australian Libraries

IFLA - ორშ, 14/10/2019 - 12:50

A lot of advocacy work focuses on trying to change laws in order to improve the situation for libraries. However, there can be alterantives to legal reform as a recent example from Australia shows.

IFLA interviewed Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association to find out more.

 

1. You’ve just announced two agreements – what do these cover?

The first addresses the grey area of copyright permission for storytimes held outside the library premises. Lots of libraries take storytime to festivals, community centres, neighbourhood gatherings, shopping centres – it’s a great way to reach out to families who may not have thought of using the library before. It’s the performance of 100% of an artistic work in a public space that’s not a library but authors and illustrators love the fact that their picture books gain this exposure, and publishers welcome the additional promotion, so we are all in agreement that it’s a very positive thing for the book industry.

The second agreement is one we like to call the Jolly Postman agreement, after the 1986 book The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. This agreement allows libraries to photocopy the removable inserts in activity picture books, so when (it’s always ‘when’, not ‘if’) they are lost by a junior member, the library can simply cut out new shapes for the next borrower. Again, there is no issue for creators or publishers. It’s in everyone’s interest that children can find full enjoyment in the picture book.

 

2. What will they mean for libraries in practical terms?

For storytimes, this simply takes away any doubt librarians may have had about whether events outside libraries were covered or not by existing copyright provisions. There will be little effect in practice, as libraries have regularly used storytimes as a fun form of outreach. With the Jolly Postman agreement, it may well mean that libraries which previously avoided purchasing picture books with inserts, these books will now be added to the acquisitions list.

 

3. Is there any precedent for these agreements?

This is the third agreement we have reached with Australian book industry partners. The first was in August 2016 when we agreed that libraries could use book cover images to promote books and authors without seeking special permission each time. Again, it was a commonsense approach to regularise something which benefited everyone.

 

4. Who has been involved, and what brought you together in order try and find a deal?

These initiatives have been made possible through strong and positive relationships between publishers, authors, booksellers and libraries. Our peak bodies have been meeting regularly since 2015 with the aim of finding ways to champion Australian writing, share insights and data, and generally promote books and reading.

 

5. Did you ever consider trying to follow a legal route in order to get results here?

Through the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee, we have achieved legislative reform in other areas, for example the same terms of copyright for published and unpublished works in 2017, and safe harbours in 2018, but when there are opportunities for simple industry agreements that are of mutual benefit to all parties, it’s a quick and easy way to solve relatively minor issues.

 

6. What was the hardest part of the conversations?

The word ‘copyright’. Content creators, publishers and libraries are so used to being adversaries in the copyright arena, that it took a little while for us to work through which areas of copyright we should put to one side, as we have different perspectives, and which ones we could bring to the table.

 

7. Have you seen any changes in attitudes or levels of understanding on each side?

The Australian Publishers Association and Australian Society of Authors were great to work with once we had identified the no-go areas – and I hope they would say the same about us. We meet two or three times a year now, and between us we run the highly success Australian Reading Hour in September each year. Another great example of collaboration for the benefit of all stakeholders.

 

8. How will it be possible to guarantee that the agreements will be followed?

The Australian Publishers Association covers almost all publishers operating in this country – and in any case, these agreements work for everyone, so there is no reason why someone wouldn’t honour them.

 

9. What do you think this means for future cooperation?

These agreements are part of a wider commitment to collaborate. They provide useful practical outcomes that demonstrate this unity of purpose to government and our members.

 

10. To what extent do you think that this experience is replicable in other jurisdictions?

We would urge libraries in any country to talk to their publishers, authors and booksellers, to see if they can work through those minor copyright irritations and come up with a better way forward for everyone. Where there is mutual and equal benefit, why wouldn’t it work?

Marrakesh Treaty: getting down to business

EIFL - FOSS news - პარ, 11/10/2019 - 18:24

The first international workshop dedicated to operationalizing the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities among a regional group of libraries - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus and Russia - took place at the Lithuanian Library for the Blind (LAB) in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 26-27 September 2019. 

Marrakesh Treaty: getting down to business

EIFL news and events - პარ, 11/10/2019 - 18:24

The first international workshop dedicated to operationalizing the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities among a regional group of libraries - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus and Russia - took place at the Lithuanian Library for the Blind (LAB) in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 26-27 September 2019. 

Marrakesh Treaty: getting down to business

EIFL-OA news and events - პარ, 11/10/2019 - 18:24

The first international workshop dedicated to operationalizing the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities among a regional group of libraries - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus and Russia - took place at the Lithuanian Library for the Blind (LAB) in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 26-27 September 2019. 

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University Development in Myanmar

EIFL-OA news and events - პარ, 11/10/2019 - 15:21

Over 150 rectors from universities across Myanmar will take part in a conference on the topic, University Development in Myanmar. 

The conference is organized by the Rectors’ Committee, and will include papers and discussion on the role of the Myanmar Teachers’ Union in higher education, how universities and industry can work together, and internationalization of Myanmar universities. 

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University Development in Myanmar

EIFL - FOSS news - პარ, 11/10/2019 - 15:21

Over 150 rectors from universities across Myanmar will take part in a conference on the topic, University Development in Myanmar. 

The conference is organized by the Rectors’ Committee, and will include papers and discussion on the role of the Myanmar Teachers’ Union in higher education, how universities and industry can work together, and internationalization of Myanmar universities. 

University Development in Myanmar

EIFL news and events - პარ, 11/10/2019 - 15:21

Over 150 rectors from universities across Myanmar will take part in a conference on the topic, University Development in Myanmar. 

The conference is organized by the Rectors’ Committee, and will include papers and discussion on the role of the Myanmar Teachers’ Union in higher education, how universities and industry can work together, and internationalization of Myanmar universities. 

Job Opening: Training Coordinator

LIBER news - ხუთ, 10/10/2019 - 18:20

LIBER is Europe’s largest research library network. We help our university, national and special libraries to support world-class research. Founded in 1971 and based in The Hague, LIBER is involved in a range of funded projects addressing the barriers on the path towards Open Science. As our new Training Coordinator, you will take the lead…

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Tune in to OA Week “Equity in Open Knowledge” Highlight–Open Data Activism in Search of Algorithmic Transparency

DSpace news - ოთხ, 09/10/2019 - 19:39

From Verletta Kern, Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

Take a break during Open Access Week and join the ACRL Open Research and Digital Collections Discussion Groups on Tuesday, October 22nd from 11:00am-12:00pm Central for “Open Data Activism in Search of Algorithmic Transparency: Algorithmic Awareness in Practice”.  Tying in with this year’s OA Week theme of “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge,” this online learning opportunity will begin with an introduction to algorithms, touching on definitions, implications, and the link to digital transparency initiatives followed by a chance for a simple, hands-on experience with pseudocode (no previous coding knowledge required).   Presenters Jason Clark and Julian Kaptanian (Montana State University Libraries)  will facilitate a discussion on programmer bias, the complexity behind algorithmic decisions, and integrating the concept of algorithmic awareness into teaching and advocacy.

This learning opportunity has grown in part out of the robust research conducted by Clark and Kaptanian as a part of an IMLS grant and the positive reception of a previous collaboration between the ACRL Open Research and Digital Collections Discussion Groups, presented earlier in 2019. Recording available here. We hope to continue the learning here in this hands-on webinar that integrates algorithmic awareness into teaching and advocacy. 

Please register in advance for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. A recording will be available after the event for those who register. We hope you will join us for this Open Access Week event!

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CALL for Archiving 2020 Proposals

DSpace news - ოთხ, 09/10/2019 - 19:24

Join an international community of technical experts, managers, practitioners, and academics from cultural heritage institutions, universities, and commercial enterprises at Archiving 2000 from May 18-21, 2020 to explore and discuss the digitization, preservation, and access of 
2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, and audio-visual materials, including documents, photographs, books, paintings, videos, and born digital works.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts describing original work in technical areas related to 2D, 3D, and AV materials by November 1, 2019. Call for proposals here.

Digitization

  • New developments in digitization technologies and workflows
  • Advanced imaging techniques and image processing, e.g., multispectral imaging, 3D imaging
  • Large scale/mass digitization and workflow management systems
  • Quality assurance and control 
of digitization workflow, e.g., targets, software, automation, integration

Preservation / Archiving

  • Formats, specifications, 
and systems
  • Management of metadata
  • Standards and guidelines
  • Archival models and workflows

Access of 2D, 3D, and AV materials

  • Dissemination and use of digitized 
materials, e.g., rights management, crowdsourcing, data mining, data visualizations
  • Formats for preservation and access
  • Deep learning algorithms to improve search results; AI, machine learning, etc.
  • Open access and open data strategies
  • Integration of linked open [usable] data (LOD/LOUD)/Open source solutions/APIs (automated programming interface, e.g., IIIFs)

Management and Partnerships

  • Policies, strategies, plans, and risk management; repository assessment
  • Business and cost models
  • Collaborations and partnership best practices/lessons learned/case studies

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Open access workshops in Senegal

EIFL - FOSS news - ოთხ, 09/10/2019 - 16:40

EIFL and EIFL’s partner library consortium in Senegal,  the Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal (COBESS), will host a series of workshops on open access policies and repositories as part of Open Access Week 2019 celebrations. Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager will facilitate workshops on the following topics:

Monday, 21 October 

Open access workshops in Senegal

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 09/10/2019 - 16:40

EIFL and EIFL’s partner library consortium in Senegal,  the Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal (COBESS), will host a series of workshops on open access policies and repositories as part of Open Access Week 2019 celebrations. Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager will facilitate workshops on the following topics:

Monday, 21 October 

Open access workshops in Senegal

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 09/10/2019 - 16:40

EIFL and EIFL’s partner library consortium in Senegal,  the Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal (COBESS), will host a series of workshops on open access policies and repositories as part of Open Access Week 2019 celebrations. Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager will facilitate workshops on the following topics:

Monday, 21 October 

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Libraries Defending and Delivering on Fundamental Rights in Croatia and the United States

IFLA - სამ, 08/10/2019 - 12:51

IFLA has worked with FAIFE committee members from Croatia and the United States to prepare submissions for the Universal Periodic Reviews organised by the UN Human Rights Council.

Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) evaluate the human rights situation in UN Member States every 5 years, track changes and issue recommendations based on these assessments.

Stakeholder input plays a crucial role in this process, and interested parties can get involved by sending in information about important human rights developments in their fields. Their contributions are summarised in a stakeholder report - one of the key outcome documents of a UPR.

IFLA submissions to the UPRs in Croatia and the United States outline the experiences of libraries protecting and promoting human rights in their countries. They mark their achievements, discuss the opportunities and highlight the challenges that libraries face.

We sincerely thank Davorka Pšenica and Laurie Bridges for their work in collecting information and developing these submissions.

Croatia

IFLA’s submission for Croatia highlights the work of libraries to ensure better access to information – an integral part of intellectual freedom rights – for persons with disabilities and children in vulnerable situations; from bibliobuses to publishing books in accessible formats.

They also help to realise the educational and cultural rights of ethnic and linguistic minorities – for example, through a network of Central Minority Libraries, or by organising informal learning opportunities for Roma youth.

Read IFLA’s submission for the Universal Periodic Review in Croatia: [PDF - English]

United States of America

In its contribution focusing on the United States, IFLA highlights the work of American libraries to come up with new ways to bridge the digital divide, helping people realise their rights to education and access to information. Furthermore, a growing number of libraries have decided to abolish or limit overdue fees to expand access to knowledge and information, given the evidence of their potential negative effect on some groups.

Libraries are also taking on many roles which help promote people’s rights to health and access to public services: helping their users find medical or insurance information online, offering tax help, or collaborating with social workers to protect their most vulnerable users.

Read IFLA’s submission for the Universal Periodic Review in the United States of America: [PDF - English]

Read our blog to find out more about the UPR, why it matters to libraries, and how they can get involved!
You can also read a joint submission prepared by the Italian Library Association and IFLA for the Italian UPR review in April 2019.

Guidelines in Vietnamese

IFLA - ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 17:44

The School Libraries Guidelines are now available in Vietnamese. It's the 18th translation. 

Guidelines in Vietnamese

IFLA - ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 17:44

The School Libraries Guidelines are now available in Vietnamese. It's the 18th translation. 

Promoting Access to Knowledge and Information: WIPO Members Affirm Role in Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals

IFLA - ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 16:29

 

 

From 30 September to 9 October 2019, the General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization took place in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO is the United Nations agency responsible for copyright, as well as other intellectual property issues.

This event provided an overview of the Organization’s achievements, strategies and plans for the coming year. IFLA was present to support the needs and priorities of libraries around the world. 

The Marrakesh Treaty

Member States welcomed progress on the Marrakesh Treaty, which now has 88 states parties. This international instrument has enabled the creation and exchange of books in accessible formats for people with visual impairments.

IFLA welcomed the work already done on the exchange platforms and the support of the Accessible Book Consortium, but noted the ongoing need to ensure that the Treaty is implemented properly. 

Preparation of the international conference on exceptions and limitations

For several years, WIPO has been working on the issue of exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives, and museums, as well as education and research.

From 18 to 19 October 2019, an international conference on exceptions and limitations to copyright will be held with a view to discussing how best to meet the needs of these institutions. We hope to enable the development of international action to enable libraries to continue their public service missions on heritage conservation, access to research and information and dissemination.

The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) will follow the conference on exceptions and limitations. This committee examines questions of substantive law in the field of copyright and related rights, and will take decisions about next steps.

IFLA is committed to representing its members to member states, particularly on copyright laws for libraries, by promoting the importance of sustainable access to information in achieving development objectives.

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