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Just Launched: Library Buildings In Europe Website

LIBER news - ორშ, 22/06/2020 - 13:43

Are you planning a new library building project?  Are you looking for inspiration? Help? Advice? LIBER and the LIBER Architecture Group (LAG) have today launched Library buildings in Europe, a website dedicated to inspiring and supporting anyone working on a library building project – a new building, an extension, a renovation, or a reworking of…

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Why Do Measures Fluctuate? Metrics Report – Guidelines for Talking to Management

LIBER news - შაბ, 20/06/2020 - 22:44

LIBER’s Innovative Metrics Working Group has published a new report for those based in libraries who are trying to address challenges of metrics in relation to research with senior management. The report highlights common pitfalls when discussing metrics as well as new approaches — DORA, the Leiden Manifesto, the Metric Tide —being adopted by certain…

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Welcome Iris Buunk, LIBER’s Newest Team Member!

LIBER news - შაბ, 20/06/2020 - 22:11

LIBER is pleased to welcome Iris Buunk as the newest member of the team. As a Community Engagement and Communications Officer, Iris will be responsible for stakeholder engagement activities related to European projects SSHOC, INOS and reCreating Europe, and will support the communications and outreach activities of LIBER. Iris has extensive experience in knowledge sharing…

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IFLA celebrates World Refugee Day

IFLA - პარ, 19/06/2020 - 15:42

20 June is World Refugee Day, designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. This year’s theme is ‘Every Action Counts’.

IFLA is proud to support World Refugee Day not only as part of its ongoing support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, but also as part of its ongoing advocacy and deep commitment to the enduring value and role of libraries. Read IFLA’s recent statement, condemning all forms of racism and discrimination.

At the global level, the IFLA Section on Library services to people with Special Needs (LSN) is working on its International Guidelines for Library Services to Refugees, Immigrants, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers.

The proposed Guidelines will provide libraries worldwide with effective methods of serving refugees. While these standards are currently under development, a number of interesting milestones have already been achieved.

The Guidelines are being collaboratively developed by Goethe Institute with the support of IFLA’s Sections on Public Libraries, Library Services to Multicultural Populations, and Library Services to People with Print Disabilities, with Despina Gerasimidou as editor-in-chief. These guidelines represent an example of action taken for the advancement of the global library community, closely aligned with IFLA’s Strategy, specifically Key Initiatives 1.4 and 2.3.

With work on the Guidelines making substantial progress, it is already possible to share some highlights, in order to start to illustrate what libraries can deliver, both globally and locally.

The Global Picture: Initial Results from the Survey of Library Perspectives

At the end of 2019, the IFLA working committee on the international guidelines for Library Services to refugees conducted a global survey to gather effective practices. The group is now conducting in-depth interviews with a selection of libraries who completed the survey. Let’s have a closer look to some first findings.

Refugees, along with immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers are forced to flee their home country under extreme stress or violence to escape conflict, persecution or the consequences of climate change, as set out by the World Bank. Upon arrival in a new country they face a range of obstacles and need information about their legal status, food, housing, navigation in the new country, education, and employment. To locate this information, they may need access to the internet, computers and sometimes technology training. As they try to become familiar with a new culture and language, they may also face discrimination from the government and/or residents in their new countries.

Libraries can help refugees feel welcome by both providing the same quality of service to them as to other patrons, providing services that meet their specific needs, and by helping to remove or address barriers that refugees face in making a new country their home.

The survey results in a nutshell:

  • 353 responses from 32 countries
  • 75% of responding libraries offer library cards
  • Services most offered include: access to the Internet (93.2%); access to resources (83.5%); access to news (79.7%); computer classes (60.3%); language practice (56.1%); community referrals (53.6%); and story times for children (53.2%).
  • 68% have offered these services for more than 5 years
  • Over 50% cooperate with other organizations in the community
  • Besides the 38.6% of respondents who reported having no immigrants in their community, barriers to serving this population include lack of resources (26.3%); and other agencies providing this service (24.6%)
The Local Picture: The Case of Denver Public Library

In order to prepare the Guidelines, the team leading the work has been carrying out interviews with teams in those libraries already working to help refugees, immigrants, migrants and asylum seekers.

To give just one example, the Denver Public Library (DPL) has been focusing on providing dedicated services to refugees, immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers since 2005 with their Plaza Program. The mission of DPL’s Department of Cultural Inclusivity is to collaborate with Denver’s multicultural community to create equitable opportunities for learning, discovery, and connection.

Since 2005 the program has grown substantially, and now provides online and in-person services in 11 branches with 40 staff paid by a combination of city funds and a Denver Foundation Grant. Paid staff represent many of the cultural populations residing in the Denver area. The Plaza Program in the branches is free and open to all with no registration required. It is a place where immigrants from all over the world can connect with resources and meet new people. These programs are designed to be free, open, and very welcoming, with as few barriers as possible. They are “drop-in sites open to adults, families, and children – people of all ages”. No personal information is collected from users to protect their privacy.

Nicanor Diaz, the Immigrant Services Manager and Virginia Vassar Aggrey who runs the Plaza Program, identify the program’s needs-based approach: “The Plaza Program is focused on providing spaces and services for newcomers to Denver and services are based on needs expressed by users”.

Services currently offered include:

  • Free library registration and library cards
  • English language classes and discussion practice
  • Citizenship classes
  • Free use of computers, computer training, printers, and copiers
  • Connection with community resources for housing, health, employment, sporting, and leisure services
  • Assistance in finding a job, starting a business, and homework help
  • Use of tools such as sewing machines, audio, and video recording equipment, 3D printers, and coding classes
  • Stories, songs, rhymes, arts, and crafts, and more for babies, young children, and their parents, offered in English and Spanish
  • Legal advice on immigration and assistance from social workers
  • Cultural celebrations such as Dia del Nino, Lunar New Year, Welcoming Week, and World Refugee Day
  • Staff who speak 13 languages of people in the Denver metropolitan area
  • Guides for newcomers in 13 languages that give an overview of library services and jargon to new users of a library.

In addition, a special part of the website, Mementos from Home, features immigrants recording stories about items they brought with them to the United States and what those objects mean to them.

The library distributed a quarterly newsletter, Conexiones which highlights Spanish programming at the library and is developing a website, Facebook page, and a core resource collection in Spanish and other languages. These services are highlighted in the branches where there is a larger number of Spanish-speaking users.

Nicanor and Virginia describe how the team working to support refugees and other newcomers continued to support its users when the COVID-19 Pandemic struck:

"The Denver Public Library closed physically, as did most libraries in the state. We quickly began to plan how we could continue to offer services in an online and remote environment. Amongst the solutions we found, people can now schedule a one-on-one appointment with a library staff member to discuss any topic of interest or need, aka questions about citizenship, homework help, and help with technology. One user wanted help in preparing for a driving test. The Library also offers Online English Conversation Groups 5 days a week and an online Citizenship Study Group 1 day a week. These are free and people are encouraged to sign up and participate. But, the two major barriers in providing service during the pandemic are access to technology and how to use the technology. Many people rely on the library for internet access. With the library closed, this access is limited as are computer classes.”

The Denver Public Library will observe World Refugee Day 2020 with a series of virtual events and is just one example of how libraries continuously meet the needs of refugees, immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers.

This highlight is just one example of the content from the upcoming International Guidelines of Library Services to refugees.

Conclusion

World Refugee Day is an opportunity to build empathy and recognize the strength and resilience of refugees in rebuilding their lives, as underlined by the UN High Commission for Refugees.

While it falls every year on 20 June, this year the need to raise awareness of the rights and needs of refugees is clearer than ever before.

As the United Nations itself underlines, “the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent anti-racism protests have shown us how desperately we need to fight in order to bring about change.”

Libraries, as key drivers in social change play a key role in creating an all-inclusive and equitable world: a world where no one is left behind.

In line with this year’s World Refugee Day theme and the year-round commitment of libraries to providing equal service to every community member, we can all make every action count!

Contact the authors

Want to learn more about the International Guidelines of Library Services to Refugees, Immigrants, Migrants and Asylum Seekers? 

Contact us:

Nancy Bolt
Chair, IFLA Section on Library Service to People with Special Needs (LSN)
nancybolt@earthlink.net 

or

Despina Gerasimidou
Editor-in-chief, International Guidelines of Library Services to Refugees, Immigrants, Migrants and Asylum Seekers
despina.gerasimidou@ifla.org

IFLA Governance Draft Proposal: No Decision About You Without You

IFLA - პარ, 19/06/2020 - 04:00

Following almost a year of discussions involving IFLA’s Governing Board, members and volunteers, this document sets out a draft proposal for a new governance structure as the basis of a more inclusive, transparent and effective IFLA. We are again calling on IFLA’s members and volunteers to contribute their ideas and insights, to come to the best possible governance framework for the global library field.

IFLA’s transformation continues!

Following the development of the Global Vision and IFLA Strategy 2019-2024, the next step is to ensure that we have the best possible structures and processes to deliver on our ambitions.

The document, released today, presents the Governing Board’s draft proposal for a new governance structure.  It builds on the key themes that have emerged through the Global Vision and Strategy discussions, as well as a survey of members and volunteers in October 2019. Your contributions have already had a decisive impact.

The draft proposal reflects your desire for more transparency, efficiency and collaboration, stronger regional representation, greater financial and organisational sustainability, more varied opportunities for participation, and better support for volunteers.

SEE: IFLA Governance Review Draft Proposal

As set out in the principles agreed by the Governing Board in December 2019, we are continuing the conversation. We will not take decisions about you – the members and volunteers who make IFLA what it is – without your engagement.

The document is the basis for further consultation.  A survey will be open from Monday 22 June to Tuesday 14 July, and there will be a number of virtual open forums in August. Your contribution will be vital in improving these proposals for a more inclusive, more transparent and more effective IFLA.

In the document you will find an overview, a set of highlights of how the proposed governance reforms respond to the priorities you have identified, and specific proposals about changes to our Governing Board, Professional Committee, Strategic Committees, and the establishment of a new Regional Council. 

Members and volunteers engaged in our Standing Committees, Special Interest Groups and other structures will receive a personalised link to the survey. Further details will be posted about virtual open forums, to be held in August, on our engagement webpage. 

See IFLA President Christine Mackenzie's short presentation of the first Draft Governance Review Proposal: https://bit.ly/37G1N5V

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

IFLA at EuroDIG 2020

IFLA - ხუთ, 18/06/2020 - 19:19

The 2020 European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) took place online on June 11-12. IFLA joined the conference to get more insights on what recent trends in European internet policy and governance could be relevant and interesting for the library field.

Drawing on the sessions, keynote speeches and panel discussions of the 2020 EuroDIG, below are some of the key messages and trends relevant for libraries in Europe (and beyond):

Digital transformation: here to stay? Naturally, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the European information society was an important part of the discussion. Many participants weighted in on the question whether the rapid digitisation of work, education, and many other areas of economy and society (and related changes) are here to stay – or if we can expect some degree of “returning to normal” in the future.

Several speakers concluded that the former is more likely – and, in fact, the path to recovery could be a turning point towards a fundamental green digital transformation. It could therefore be worthwhile for libraries to reflect on their roles in a recovering society which puts more focus on digital – both libraries’ work to support meaningful digital inclusion, and the digitisation of libraries’ traditional services. A recording of the full discussion on the lessons learned during the pandemic and possible future changes can be found on EuroDIG’s channel.

Pandemic: multiplying vulnerabilities. It is often emphasised that the rapid digitisation has put an ever-sharper focus on the inequalities in digital inclusion and internet access. There is an urgent need to enable the remaining billions to make use of connectivity.

The rise in cyber-threats and vulnerabilities is another important impact of this digitisation. The lockdown period saw a substantial increase in cyberattacks and vulnerabilities. During a panel discussion dedicated to this issue, one of the speakers pointed out that it is crucial to make sure that people who are less confident with their ICT skills – for example older users – are well-prepared to participate in an increasingly digitalised society and know how to do so safely.

More broadly, several speakers highlighted that media literacy and ICT skills are crucial to build user confidence, trust and security: awareness of safe practices and possible threats, critical thinking skills towards information on social media. These conclusions are of course relevant for many libraries that deliver various forms of digital literacy training.

The session also introduced the Digital Skills Assessment Guidebook, recently released by the ITU – a tool for digital skills assessments at a national level. The guidebook points out that libraries have experience delivering digital skills- and other types of training to adults and to people outside the formal education system or the workforce. They are among the stakeholders that states could engage to help prepare such an assessment. This may therefore be of interest for libraries in countries that intend to initiate the evaluation process this Guidebook sets out.

Going forward with Open Science. Rapid digital communication among experts in the spirit of Open Science has been a crucial lever in the global response to COVID-19. It powered scientific cooperation and helped achieve crucial results in record times. As one of the keynote speakers pointed out, a move towards Open Science would help all relevant stakeholders to engage with and benefit from scientific progress and discussions.

To this end, UNESCO is continuing their work to develop a Recommendation on Open Science. It aims to define key principles and values and suggest concrete measures that stakeholders can take to promote Open Data and Open Access. The consultative process is ongoing (see IFLA's response to the initial questionnaire on this), and UNESCO is organising a series of regional consultations to further engage key stakeholders over the coming months.

UN Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. And finally, an important announcement at the end of the conference introduced a follow-up to the 2019 UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel Report on Digital Cooperation. Building on this report, the Secretary General has released a new “Roadmap for Digital Cooperation”, which outlines a set of actions to achieve a more inclusive, fair and safe digital world. The roadmap covers several areas which are relevant to the work of libraries - these include, among others,

  • The call to “promote new and potentially transformative models to accelerate connectivity”. The report also cites large-scale regional infrastructure initiatives – i.e. GIGA, a partnership aiming to connect all schools to the Internet – as a possible inspiration.
  • The importance of promoting and making available more digital public goods, including open data, open content, open access software.
  • The intent to establish a “multi-stakeholder digital inclusion coalition” and carry out more work to assess and measure digital inclusion and literacy.
  • A plan to undertake a “mapping exercise of digital inclusion initiatives” (the work to map out digital inclusion solutions is already started by ITU and UNDP, and will be expanded).

These are some of the key Internet Governance developmentsin Europe that may impact or be of interest for libraries. More information on the 2020 EuroDIG sessions can be found on the EuroDIG wiki, and summaries of the key messages are available on the Geneva Internet Platform/Digital Watch Observatory website.

DIY Wireless and ICT Challenges Worldwide

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 18/06/2020 - 19:04

Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Manager, is one of two presenters at this Gibabit Libraries Network (GLN) online event exploring internet access, digital services, physical materials and social infrastructure in libraries. 

The theme of the event, which is one of a series organized by GLN, is ‘DIY Wireless and ICT Challenges Worldwide’.

DIY Wireless and ICT Challenges Worldwide

EIFL news and events - ხუთ, 18/06/2020 - 19:04

Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Manager, is one of two presenters at this Gibabit Libraries Network (GLN) online event exploring internet access, digital services, physical materials and social infrastructure in libraries. 

The theme of the event, which is one of a series organized by GLN, is ‘DIY Wireless and ICT Challenges Worldwide’.

DIY Wireless and ICT Challenges Worldwide

EIFL-OA news and events - ხუთ, 18/06/2020 - 19:04

Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Manager, is one of two presenters at this Gibabit Libraries Network (GLN) online event exploring internet access, digital services, physical materials and social infrastructure in libraries. 

The theme of the event, which is one of a series organized by GLN, is ‘DIY Wireless and ICT Challenges Worldwide’.

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IFLA Strategy and IFLA Professional Units

IFLA - ხუთ, 18/06/2020 - 11:59

IFLA’s five-year Strategy 2019-2024 was built on the Global Vision discussion - the largest and most inclusive conversation ever in the history of our field. With implementation underway, how are IFLA’s over sixty Professional Units contributing to delivering on the IFLA Strategy?

Discover IFLA’s behind-the-scenes innovators
What do the IFLA Professional Units do?

IFLA’s Professional Units are at the heart of our work. These expert groups work to identify the needs of their community and plan their areas of focus. They produce annual plans, outlining the detail of their work, with a mission to complete and offer products to the global library community that will move the profession forward throughout the year.

How does this relate to the IFLA Strategy?

The 2019-2024 IFLA Strategy is the roadmap for IFLA’s future, and provides the framework for the action of IFLA’s Professional Units. To highlight how each expert group plays a role in building the future of the global library field, we are launching an initiative to celebrate the work of the Units.

Here we will feature a selection of completed or ongoing projects from the Professional Units, aligned to the IFLA Strategy, which make a contribution to the advancement of our profession.

How it Works

The first round of IFLA Professional Unit projects to be celebrated come from across a range of areas of expertise and types of product, and cover all four 2019-2024 IFLA Strategic Directions. We will showcase these activities through news pieces on IFLA’s website, social networks, mailing lists and the #IFLAfromHome initiative.

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

     

Webinar: OpenAIRE Citizen Science activities in Education

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 17/06/2020 - 17:33

People engaged in citizen science, librarians, educators, and others working with school students are invited to join this OpenAIRE webinar, hosted by EIFL, about the OpenAIRE Citizen Science initiatives and activities

Specific topics to be addressed are - 

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Webinar: OpenAIRE Citizen Science activities in Education

EIFL - FOSS news - ოთხ, 17/06/2020 - 17:33

People engaged in citizen science, librarians, educators, and others working with school students are invited to join this OpenAIRE webinar, hosted by EIFL, about the OpenAIRE Citizen Science initiatives and activities

Specific topics to be addressed are - 

Webinar: OpenAIRE Citizen Science activities in Education

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 17/06/2020 - 17:33

People engaged in citizen science, librarians, educators, and others working with school students are invited to join this OpenAIRE webinar, hosted by EIFL, about the OpenAIRE Citizen Science initiatives and activities

Specific topics to be addressed are - 

OpenAIRE virtual coffee break

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 17/06/2020 - 17:23

Involved in open science training and looking for ways to optimize your online training delivery? Join this virtual coffee break discussion, hosted by EIFL. No presentations, just an informal experience sharing discussion - as you would during your coffee break. 

  • Date and time: 29 June, 11:00 CEST
  • To register: Please register in advance. Click here to register.

We will use Zoom meeting - please make sure that your video is on. 

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OpenAIRE virtual coffee break

EIFL - FOSS news - ოთხ, 17/06/2020 - 17:23

Involved in open science training and looking for ways to optimize your online training delivery? Join this virtual coffee break discussion, hosted by EIFL. No presentations, just an informal experience sharing discussion - as you would during your coffee break. 

  • Date and time: 29 June, 11:00 CEST
  • To register: Please register in advance. Click here to register.

We will use Zoom meeting - please make sure that your video is on. 

OpenAIRE virtual coffee break

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 17/06/2020 - 17:23

Involved in open science training and looking for ways to optimize your online training delivery? Join this virtual coffee break discussion, hosted by EIFL. No presentations, just an informal experience sharing discussion - as you would during your coffee break. 

  • Date and time: 29 June, 11:00 CEST
  • To register: Please register in advance. Click here to register.

We will use Zoom meeting - please make sure that your video is on. 

Update on IFLA's Work on Sustainable Development - June 2020

IFLA - სამ, 16/06/2020 - 14:44

IFLA is continuing in its work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both in direct engagement, and in supporting members at the national levels.

The below update, distributed to participants in IFLA's International Advocacy Programme, provides an overview of activities and resources in the past weeks.

 

1. VOLUNTARY NATIONAL REVIEWS

The key messages from the 47 countries carrying out Voluntary National Reviews this year have now been published on the UN website (on this page, scroll down and select ‘2020’), with a number also publishing their official reports as well. Congratulations to Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, India, Liberia and Nigeria for the fact that libraries are referenced in your countries’ reports. As more final reports are published, we hope to see more!

We will have an opportunity to shape the statements made by civil society organisations on each of the VNR reports, and so have been in contact with libraries in all VNR countries where we have contacts in order to ask for potential inputs. If you have not been contacted, and should have been, please let me know!

In the meanwhile, we have also continued to publish new parts of our guide on how to engage in VNRs, highlighting the value of working with partners, communicating messages to the public, and preparing for the High-Level Political Forum itself (see below). We hope that these will be useful for everyone in due course in promoting your messages.

 

2. HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM

Clearly the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a significant impact on planning for the High-Level Political Forum, which will now not only be mostly virtual, but also focus strongly on responding to the pandemic. Nonetheless, the focus on transformative actions across the SDGs remains, and stakeholders have been invited to focus on identifying what they can do to unlock development across the board. If you are interested in following the discussion, the overall programme is available on the UN website. To note that Voluntary National Reviews will take place on 14-16 July, according to the schedule on page 2 of this document.

While there will not be the opportunity to interact directly with ministers, officials and other contacts this year, IFLA has already ensured that libraries, information and knowledge feature in the submissions made by the NGO Major Group. As set out above, we can also shape statements made on Voluntary National Reviews. There will also be side events, with many likely offering the possibility to ask questions online – as the final programme is released, we will share more information.

Finally, we will also be in touch shortly with a template letter to ambassadors and delegations to the High Level Political Forum encouraging them to see access to information as an accelerator of development, and a precondition of progress.  

 

3. IDENTIFYING DEVELOPMENT ACCELERATORS

A key way in which you can draw attention to the role of libraries in delivering the SDGs is to share stories about the work that you are currently doing on one or more of the SDGs. There is an open call for ‘acceleration actions’ (see more in our blog from last year), where you can share information, and ensure that the work of libraries is more widely recognised.

 

4. UN75

Work is continuing on the United Nations 75th birthday programme, with a draft political direction currently being discussed among Member States. This will focus on the changes that need to be made to the multilateral system to help it deal better with the challenges the world faces. You can still get involved in the conversation, by filling in the survey directly, reading more news on the UN’s dedicated website (which has lots of helpful briefs and materials), and using our guide: Get into UN75.

 

5. CULTURE, COVID-19 AND THE SDGS – STATEMENT OPEN FOR SIGNATURE

The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a huge impact on lives and livelihoods around the world. At times of uncertainty, as libraries have witnessed through the surge in demand for digital content, there is a need for culture in order to promote wellbeing and resilience. However, both now – with many in the cultural sector finding it difficult to work – and in the future – where pressure on budgets seems inevitable – this cannot be taken for granted. IFLA therefore joined other members of the #Culture2030Goal campaign in preparing a Statement on Culture and COVID-19. You can sign up to the statement using this form.

 

6. NEW LIBRARY MAP OF THE WORLD RESOURCES AND LIBRARY STAT OF THE WEEK

There is more and more information on IFLA’s Library Map of the World! With monthly updates to the IFLA-L mailing list, many of you will have seen information about new data, stories and country pages. In particular, there are new stories from Argentina (on gender equality, inclusion of Roma populations, and building technology skills while bridging the generational divide), Canada (on support to refugees), and country profiles for Namibia, St Lucia, Suriname

We have also now got over 20 posts in our Library Stat of the Week series, which includes analysis not only of differences in the populations and areas that libraries serve, but also deeper looks at how numbers of public and community libraries and libraries correlate with levels of economic, education and gender equality. While it is not possible to show causality, it becomes clear that societies with more libraries and librarians tend to be fairer, with more social mobility, fewer low-skilled adults, and smaller gaps between women and men.

 

7. UN COMMISSION ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The days of physical meetings may seem a long way away now, but one of the last major UN meetings before restrictions were introduced was the Commission on Social Development, which focused for the first time on homelessness, and what can be done to help those experiencing it. IFLA was represented, underlining the role of libraries not just as a place of refuge, but also as a key actor in helping people to re-integrate into society. You can read the report of the meeting in our news story.  

 

8. ACCESS TO JUSTICE

While much of our work around SDG16 focuses on its call for access to information, libraries are also major players in delivering other targets under this Goal. One example is Access to Justice, which is mentioned in the long title for the SDG, and in SDG 16.3. Drawing on papers presented at previous WLICs, we have published a report highlighting the contributions that libraries make to ensuring access to legal information as a key pre-condition for access to justice.

 

9. OPEN GOVERNMENT

Also connected to SDG16 is the need for governments to be transparent and accountable, and to promote participation by all citizens. The Open Government movement has been leading efforts to make this happen for a number of years now, with members committing to produce action plans highlighting what they plan to do. IFLA has reviewed the action plans in place in order to highlight how governments globally have sought to engage libraries, providing useful examples for library associations and libraries elsewhere to draw on in your own advocacy. Download the report to find out more.

 

10. OTHER NEWS

We have also been active in other areas! We have released an article on how libraries and library associations can engage with foreign embassies in order to support their activities (SDG17), a briefing on how libraries can be involved in community internet networks (SDG9.c), an interview on library engagement in digital inclusion strategies, a checklist on compliance with the 2015 UNESCO Recommendation on safeguarding documentary heritage (SDG11.4), and a submission to the United Nations on libraries, climate change and cultural rights (SDG13).

We have also released blogs on libraries and climate action (SDG13), diversity and multiculturalism (SDG10), the role of health libraries in tackling COVID-19 (SDG3), as well as broader advocacy pieces focusing on trends for libraries post-COVID-19, what a future advocacy agenda may look like, suggested ways to include libraries in economic stimulus packages, the importance of guaranteed public funding for libraries, and tips on how to increase advocacy capacity from home.

We have also seen great engagement around the world, including the database on good library practices linked to the SDGs from Argentina, a webinar (including IFLA's President Elect, Barbara Lison) and resources from EBLIDA in Europe, the setting up of an SDGs Task Force by the American Library Association. We welcome any further news about what you are doing!

 

WIPO Conversation on IP and AI

EIFL-OA news and events - ორშ, 15/06/2020 - 17:59

EIFL will attend the second session of the WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence to be held over three days from 7 - 9 July 2020 as a virtual meeting. To allow the broadest possible global audience to attend, there are three daily sessions from 13:00 to 15:00 CEST, and the virtual meeting is open to all interested parties.

In addition to patents, designs and trade secrets, the meeting will discuss general policy issues for copyright, copyright authorship and ownership, and copyright infringement and exceptions. 

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

WIPO Conversation on IP and AI

EIFL - FOSS news - ორშ, 15/06/2020 - 17:59

EIFL will attend the second session of the WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence to be held over three days from 7 - 9 July 2020 as a virtual meeting. To allow the broadest possible global audience to attend, there are three daily sessions from 13:00 to 15:00 CEST, and the virtual meeting is open to all interested parties.

In addition to patents, designs and trade secrets, the meeting will discuss general policy issues for copyright, copyright authorship and ownership, and copyright infringement and exceptions. 

WIPO Conversation on IP and AI

EIFL news and events - ორშ, 15/06/2020 - 17:59

EIFL will attend the second session of the WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence to be held over three days from 7 - 9 July 2020 as a virtual meeting. To allow the broadest possible global audience to attend, there are three daily sessions from 13:00 to 15:00 CEST, and the virtual meeting is open to all interested parties.

In addition to patents, designs and trade secrets, the meeting will discuss general policy issues for copyright, copyright authorship and ownership, and copyright infringement and exceptions. 

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