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EIFL and Royal Society Publishing renew agreement

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 14/06/2017 - 11:30

EIFL has renewed its current agreement with the Royal Society Publishing to provide free and discounted access to the Royal Society Journals Collection for EIFL partner institutions and consortia until 2020.

The Royal Society is the world's oldest scientific academy, dating back to 1660.

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LIBER and OCLC Research Launch Collaborative Information Management Study

LIBER news - სამ, 13/06/2017 - 18:00

LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, and OCLC Research are launching a collaborative project to explore the adoption and integration of persistent identifiers (PIDs) in European research information management (RIM) infrastructures. The project will complement and extend previous research institution-scale implementations of RIM in European institutions. It will provide university and research library leaders with useful…

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Transformation of public libraries in Kenya

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 13/06/2017 - 16:24

In 2010, fewer than five of Kenya's network of 61 public libraries had internet connections or computers for public use.

Today, all 61 have 10 or more computers that are connected to the internet, and which are free for the public to use. The number of people using public libraries, and the diversity of services offered by public libraries, have both increased dramatically with the arrival of computers and the internet.

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Webinar: Creative Commons

eifl licensing news - სამ, 13/06/2017 - 15:23

Gwen Franck, EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator, and former Regional Coordinator/Europe for Creative Commons, and Ilkay Holt, former Creative Commons/Turkey, will lead a webinar on Creative Commons, aimed at librarians. The presenters will answer the questions, What is Creative Commons? How and where are Creative Commons licences used? Where will librarians see them? Why, and what, should librarians know about them? 

Date: 22 June 2017

Time: 09:00 GMT / 10:00 BST/11:00 CEST

Webinar: Creative Commons

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 13/06/2017 - 15:23

Gwen Franck, EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator, and former Regional Coordinator/Europe for Creative Commons, and Ilkay Holt, former Creative Commons/Turkey, will lead a webinar on Creative Commons, aimed at librarians. The presenters will answer the questions, What is Creative Commons? How and where are Creative Commons licences used? Where will librarians see them? Why, and what, should librarians know about them? 

Date: 22 June 2017

Time: 09:00 GMT / 10:00 BST/11:00 CEST

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Transforming Library Leadership: LIBER Journées 2017

LIBER news - სამ, 13/06/2017 - 12:40

From the perspective of the Chair of the LIBER Leadership and Workforce Development Working Group, the second LIBER Journées programme was a successful and enjoyable occasion. Nineteen Library Directors were present from 13 different countries. Seven eminent speakers from Europe, USA and Asia presented and many of them took part in the whole three-day event. The…

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

IFLA - 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.   

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EIFL open science training

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 13/06/2017 - 12:07

EIFL is organizing a train-the-trainers programme for five universities in EIFL partner countries that have committed to integrating open access, open science and open research data into courses for PhD students.

Participants from Addis Ababa University (AAU, Ethiopia), Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT, Zimbabwe), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, Ghana), Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC, Nepal) and University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM, Tanzania) will attend the training, which is being hosted by Addis Ababa University.

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

IFLA - ორშ, 12/06/2017 - 10:21

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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

IFLA - 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

Call for nominations for the Linked Data Technical Sub-committee

IFLA - პარ, 09/06/2017 - 16:17

Do you know something about namespaces? Or does someone in your organization have an interest or knowledge in this technical area? Would you like to help develop the namespaces for IFLA’s standards?

IFLA publishes FRBR, ISBD and UNIMARC; if you believe in supporting these as free resources for the whole world to use, we need you, to help us to make and keep their namespaces available.

The IFLA Committee on Standards is looking for enthusiastic people to work together to develop the provision of IFLA namespaces and their management. The Linked Data Technical Sub-Committee (LIDATEC) will be a group of up to 7 people working together – mainly online – to develop the procedures and support for maintaining IFLA’s namespaces. The Sub-Committee reports to the IFLA Committee on Standards.

Applications to work on the Sub-Committee should be sent to elections@ifla.org by 30 June 2017. The application form is brief – if you are interested in working with us on this topic, simply describe your own expertise and knowledge in a short paragraph. A selection will be made in July and we hope the selected participants will be able to meet with us in Poland in August.

As IFLA is a not-for-profit organisation, funded by library membership, we unfortunately do not have funding to support individual participation. Please, however, consider contributing your (or your organization’s) time and financial support and unite with us to improve the library world for the benefit of all.

Members of the committee try to meet once a year at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress; discounted registration is available for people selected for the LIDATEC committee.

Applications to elections@ifla.org by 30 June 2017:

Name:
Institutional affiliation (if any):
Short (APPROXIMATELY 250 WORDS) explanation of your background and experience *relevant to this committee* (particularly in the area of linked data and RDF publishing):

Please share this message with anyone you think might have an interest in helping.

Thank you.

La Visión Global de IFLA en América Latina y el Caribe abre con un discurso inspirador por la Vicepresidenta de la República Argentina

IFLA - პარ, 09/06/2017 - 15:16

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

La Vicepresidenta de la República Argentina, Lic. Gabriela Michetti, 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. En su discurso de apertura expresó: "Estamos muy contentos de que la Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación haya sido elegida como una de las Oficinas Regionales de la IFLA, lo que demuestra un merecido reconocimiento a la labor y la trayectoria de la biblioteca en el país y en la región ". Acerca del Taller Regional de la Visión Global de IFLA, mencionó: "Es un placer estar aquí hoy, y compartir este momento con ustedes. Espero que tengan una reunión muy productiva y fructífera ".

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 reúne 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).

Lea más sobre la discusión sobre la visión global de IFLA: globalvision.ifla.org

Para más información, contacte a: globalvision@ifla.org

Acerca de IFLA

La Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Bibliotecarios y Bibliotecas (IFLA) es el principal organismo internacional que representa los intereses de los servicios de bibliotecas y de información y sus usuarios. Fundada en una conferencia internacional en Edimburgo, Escocia en 1927, la IFLA cuenta ahora con más de 1.350 miembros en más de 140 países de todo el mundo. Es la voz global de las bibliotecas y los profesionales de la información.

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!

LIBER Executive Board Appointments: 2017 Nominations Closing!

LIBER news - პარ, 09/06/2017 - 10:48

The closing date for nominations for appointments to the LIBER Executive Board at the Meeting of Participants in Patras is Thursday 22 June 2017. Appointments will take place at the LIBER 2017 Annual Conference later this month. Nominations are invited for two vacancies on the LIBER Executive Board. LIBER welcomes nominations from all parts of…

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IFLA Global Vision Latin America and the Caribbean starts with an inspiring address by Vice President of Argentine Republic

IFLA - პარ, 09/06/2017 - 10:44

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 9 June 2017—The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is holding its IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on 8 and 9 June 2017 at the historic Library of the National Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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. During her opening remarks, she stated: “We are very happy that the Library of the National Congress was chosen as one of IFLA’s Regional Offices, this shows a deserved recognition to the work and the trajectory of the library in the country and in the region”. About the Global Vision Regional Workshop, she mentioned: “It is a pleasure to be here today, and to share this moment with you. I hope you have a very productive and fruitful meeting.”

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).

Read more about the IFLA Global Vision Discussion: globalvision.ifla.org

For more information, contact globalvision@ifla.org

About IFLA

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. Founded at an international conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1927, IFLA now has more than 1,350 Members in over 140 countries around the world. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

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!

More than Wires: IFLA Highlights Role of Libraries in Providing Meaningful Internet Access at EuroDIG

IFLA - პარ, 09/06/2017 - 03:26

With long established worries about the digital divide meeting rapidly growing concerns about fake news, it is clear that alongside the immense benefits the Internet brings, there are also challenges. From the most developed countries in the world, to those which are enjoying connectivity for the first time, there is a need to think beyond the hardware such as computers and wifi emitters.

 

More and more people recognise that it is the ‘software’ – the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes of individuals in using the Internet that is crucial. This is also an area where libraries have a major role to play.

 

This is the message that IFLA brought to this year’s EuroDIG – the European Dialogue on Internet Governance, which brought together people from 63 countries, and from across government, intergovernmental organisations, business, academia and civil society, to Tallinn from 5-7 June.

 

Speaking on four different panels, IFLA underlined that their experience, dedication, public service nature, skills, space, and knowledge of community needs make libraries essential to ensure that everyone can find their place and thrive online. From the most basic ICT skills to the deep critical thinking needed to see through fake news and biases, libraries are actively involved.

 

As well as promoting upcoming work on the Library Map of the World and Development and Access to Information, IFLA also joined a discussion on the Right To Be Forgotten. This provided an opportunity to call on decision makers to remember the importance of archiving and preservation. While privacy requirements can justify the removal of links from search results, they should not lead to the irrevocable destruction of materials.

 

IFLA encourages its members to engage in regional and national meetings of the Internet Governance Forum. You can find a list of upcoming meetings here, and more information about IFLA’s work here.

 

Don’t Forget the Library Voice in the Right to Be Forgotten: Libraries Engage in Chile

IFLA - ხუთ, 08/06/2017 - 19:12

The Internet has made information easier to share and access than ever before. As long as links remain live, it also means that age is not a barrier to discovery, with search engines able to sort through billions of pages in order to highlight results.

This possibility makes a major contribution to the usability of the Internet. At the same time, there have been growing concerns about how easy it can be to discover information that people, for a variety of reasons may wish to consign to history. 

With laws and judgements in the European Union and elsewhere emerging from 2013, onwards, IFLA released a statement on the Right to Be Forgotten. In this, IFLA notes that “while the intent of the right to be forgotten is not generally to destroy information or to entirely remove it from availability through the Internet, it makes published information much more difficult to find. In practice, this can, in some cases, have the same effect as removing information”.

As a result, the statement underlines the importance of a careful balance between privacy and access, with transparent and proportionate approach to decision-making. It also stressed that the removal of links from search engine results should not lead to the destruction of the underlying information. And it encouraged IFLA’s members to watch out for similar legislation or judgements in their countries, and to engage in order to protect the principles set out in the statement.

On 29 May 2017, library representatives and other civil society organisations were received at the Senate of Chile. The Comisión de Constitución, Legislación, Justicia y Reglamento of the Senate is currently discussing the Draft Law that regulates the protection and treatment of personal data and creates the Protection of Personal Data Agency (Boletines Nos. 11.144-07 and 11.092-97). The debate is now at a first constitutional stage of the legislative process.

During their speech at the Commission, library representatives referred to the need to defend access to information as well as the importance of the right to be forgotten and the need to find a balance between this two principles. The President of the Commission recognized that the contributions to the process by library representatives would enrich the discussions.

IFLA encourages all of its members to get involved in such discussions, and welcomes questions on the subject.

IFLA Genre/Form Working Group Meeting in Madrid 2017

IFLA - ხუთ, 08/06/2017 - 18:45

The IFLA Genre/Form Working Group has held a meeting in Madrid 20-21 April 2017 to discuss the outcome of the survey on genre/form. Minutes from the meeting is now available.

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