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Last chance to nominate candidates for IFLA committees!

IFLA - ორშ, 12/04/2021 - 09:00

Use the next 24 hours well; IFLA’s future is in your hands.

In just over 24 hours, the period for nominating candidates for IFLA’s different committees – our Governing Board, Professional and Regional Councils, Division Committees, Section Standing Committees, Advisory Committees, Special Interest Groups and Review Groups – will close.

Our Members, Affiliates and members of our Professional Section Standing Committees have the right to nominate great candidates, who, through their energy and expertise, will drive forwards the work of our Federation. By using this right, they also give colleagues the opportunity to join IFLA’s vibrant volunteer community, and help us achieve the strongest, most diverse slate of candidates ever for an IFLA election.

If you have not yet completed the process – either as a nominator or a nominee – make sure you do so by 12pm CEST tomorrow (13 April 2021). You can find further information on our nominations and elections webpage, and direct any question you have to elections@ifla.org
 
We are IFLA!

Kind regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
12 April 2021

Nicaraguan libraries + IFLA Strategy: all aboard for a national strategic plan

IFLA - პარ, 09/04/2021 - 17:10

Closely aligned to the IFLA Key Initiative 1.2 “Build a strong presence in international organizations and meetings as a valued partner”, the Nicaraguan Association of Librarians and Related Professionals (Asociación Nicaragüense de Bibliotecarios y Profesionales Afines - ANIBIPA) has been strategically planning how to strengthen the library system. They have done this by making strategic alliances at the national and Central American levels, carrying out workshops, and speaking publicly about burning issues, such as the Marrakesh Treaty.

 

Since 2015, ANIBIPA has strengthened collaboration ties with IFLA on relevant issues for professionals in the library sector such as copyright, the SDGs and the UN 2030 Agenda, and the IFLA Global Vision and Strategy. This has allowed ANIBIPA to carry out meetings, forums, and workshops, inspiring participants to join their voices with IFLA, and to strengthen networks and library systems at the country level. In this way, ANIBIPA, with the IFLA Strategy, is contributing to the development of literate, informed and participative societies.

ANIBIPA’s President, Gustavo Alfonso Cruz Mèndez emphasized the importance of ANIBIPA's collaboration with IFLA

Since 2019, we have taken up the challenge of aligning our national strategy to the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024 and implementing it in the actions outlined in our Association's annual operating plan. Our Association's annual operating plan is carried out in conjunction with our strategic allies, networks, institutions, systems of libraries and national and international organizations as valued partners, in the fulfillment of the proposed goals.

We have been addressing this challenge at a Central American level, as I am also President of the Central American Federation of Library Associations (FECEAB). Thus, we have collaborated and participated in virtual and face-to-face meetings, with the aim of identifying and evaluating the challenges that promote thinking to promising future and new approaches for the library sector.

At the national level ANIBIPA promotes public opinion, the values ​​of libraries, including intellectual freedom and free access to information as a human right in Nicaragua.

The strategic plan of the Nicaraguan Association of Librarians

Since the reactivation of ANIBIPA in 2000, the National Meeting of Librarians and Related Professionals is held every year in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, presenting topics of interest for the advancement of the library, archivist, and museum profession.

The last two years have been no different.

  • In November 2019 ANIBIPA held the XIX National Meeting of Information Management Professionals, with the motto "Libraries, Archives and Museums, for inclusive access to information: Agenda 2030". More than 200 librarians participated in person.
  • In November 2020 ANIBIPA organised the XX National Meeting of Information Professionals with the motto: “For the challenges and trends of access to information in Nicaragua: Agenda 2030". 120 information professionals from more than 50 municipalities of Nicaragua took part, with all the appropriate precautions for Covid-19 taken, while the meeting was also broadcasted through ANIBIPA’s Facebook, in order to reach as many librarians as possible.

Both meetings have had a clear focus on the development of ANIBIPA’s strategic plan, drawing inspiration from the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024.

Specifically, in 12-13 December 2020 ANIBIPA’s President, Gustavo Alfonso Cruz Mèndez co-led the workshop “Strategic Planning in Libraries and Archives of Nicaragua”, where strategic planning issues were addressed, such as: the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024, organizational principles, stages of strategic planning, strategic diagnosis, management indices, strategic planning assessment, institutional context, human resources, physical infrastructure, technology infrastructure, financial resources, collections, services, resources, processes and users.

 

Going back to 2019, ANIBIPA organised workshops that were a replica of the IFLA workshop “Strategies for Stronger Libraries” that took place in May 2019, in Buenos Aires. The workshops were focused on the creation of ANIBIPA’s strategic plan in alignment with the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024. More than 200 librarians from different kind of libraries, as well as archivists, museologists and other related information professionals took part in the workshop, enriching Nicaragua’s strategic plan with their innovative ideas. All this group work resulted into the creation of ANIBIPA’s strategic plan aligned to the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024.

The objective of the workshop was to highlight the implementation of strategies based on the guidelines of the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024; to strengthen the library, archives, and professional information systems to reinforce the articulation of information management. All these issues are related to cultural policy, which is why the workshops were organized in collaboration with the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture, in order to acquire strengths, skills, experiences, and abilities among in human talent that librarians have.

The following specific objectives were defined: to reflect, dialogue and generate new learning that will make it possible to strengthen Nicaraguan libraries, as inclusive information scenarios to implement the Nicaraguan national strategic plan based on the guidelines mentioned in the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024; analyze the situation of Libraries, Archives and Museums as cultural entities as an important input for the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024, with a view to strengthen the country's Information and Documentation System and build a national movement of Libraries, Archives and Museums; analyze the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, incorporating it into the work of the Libraries, Archives and Museums of Nicaragua.

Here are a few results of the group work that was developed during the workshops in Nicaragua. Information professionals were split into six groups and discussed their main strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and actions, in alignment to the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024.

 

In particular, ANIBIPA’s President, Gustavo Alfonso Cruz Mèndez underlined the importance of co-creating a strategic plan together with Nicaraguan information professionals

“We wanted to prepare a proposal for the creation of a National Information System in Nicaragua. It is a challenge that we have raised from as an association.

With the initiative of the aforementioned system, it would be possible to provide access to information and promote reading throughout the country, by sharing experiences, exchanging ideas, communicating knowledge and debating different points of view and concerns. This will allow us to develop collaborative work with the different information sectors and networks in Nicaragua.”

 

ANIBIPA's 2020 National Meeting attracted National Media Coverage:

  The Marrakesh Treaty in Nicaragua

In alignment with the IFLA Key Initiative 1.2, ANIBIPA has looked to bring global advocacy priorities to the national level.

In ANIBIPA’s 2019 National Meeting an important panel took place to talk about the Marrakesh Treaty in Nicaragua, with the participation of Maritza Espinales, the Deputy National Librarian, David López, president of the Federation of the Blind in Nicaragua "Maricela Toledo" FECONORI and Gustavo Alfonso Cruz Mèndez, ANIBIPA’s President. 

Maritza Espinales highlighted that the Marrakesh Treaty opens the doors to all those people of the Nicaraguan society with different disabilities to access reading and learning.

Gustavo Alfonso Cruz Mèndez presented the challenges of ANIBIPA in the face of compliance with the SDGs and of the actions for the Marrakesh treaty.

“We need to create initiatives and alliances between the sectors to create a national committee that will be responsible to prepare the Marrakesh Treaty regulations. Emphasis should be also placed on the challenges for libraries to provide services and give solutions how they can overcome those challenges.”

 

  International Presence

Additionally, in alignment with the IFLA Key Initiative 3.3 “Empower the field at the national and regional levels”, Gustavo Alfonso Cruz Mèndez, ANIBIPA’s President and also President of the Central American Federation of Library Associations and Colleges (FECEAB) participated in several webinars:

  • the webinar "Searching for Immunity for Libraries" (May 15, 2020)
  • the Librarian Conference of Honduras with the theme "Create Strategic Alliances for the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030" (October 25, 2020)
  • the IFLA LAC webinar: "Latin American libraries in times of pandemic" which focused on how libraries in the Latin American region face the reopening of services, staff safety and the treatment of collections during the COVID-19 pandemic (September 17, 2020)

 

Read more about the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024

How is your library or library association engaging with the IFLA Strategy? Let us know! Post on your social media, using the hashtag #IFLAStrategy and #WeAreIFLA or send an email to Despina Gerasimidou, IFLA’s Strategic Development Officer at despina.gerasimidou@ifla.org.

 

      

Libraries for Digital Inclusion: Charting the Course for 2021

IFLA - პარ, 09/04/2021 - 14:42

Public access in libraries can be a powerful tool to bring more people online - particualrly as the world is working to meet the global connectivity goals and ambitions in the next few years. But how to realise its potential? You can join the discussion and help shape the agenda of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries for 2021!

Towards equitable and affordable connectivity for all

Over the next few years, deadlines are fast approaching to deliver on global connectivity and digital inclusion ambitions and goals. The ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission targets set out the objective of broadband use reaching 75% of the world’s population, including 65% of people in developing countries and 35% in LDCs (right now, these figures are estimated to stand at 53.6%, 47% and 19.1%, respectively).

Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation urges the world to achieve universal connectivity by 2030 – for everyone to have affordable and safe access to the internet.

Over the past years, we have seen valuable progress achieved in these areas– with more people going online for the first time, increasing device ownership, and more policy measures to expand connectivity and affordability. But as persistent digital inequalities remain within and between countries, urgent action is needed to deliver on these ambitions and expand affordable and equitable connectivity.

Libraries stand for digital inclusion

Libraries worldwide are, of course, working to help realise these goals and ambitions. Last year, hundreds of members of the global library field signed up to the Library Pledge for Digital Inclusion – committing to action and highlighting the key ways libraries can support meaningful connectivity.

The unique experiences of different libraries with public access and digital inclusion initiatives help highlight good practices, ways to overcome common pitfalls, and maximise this potential. This lies at the heart of the work of IFLA and our partners within the Internet Governance Forum community, in particular through the Dynamic Coalition for Public Access in Libraries (DC-PAL).

Are public access, digital skills training or other connectivity initiatives a part of your library’s work? Or are you interested in finding out more about what libraries can do to support digital inclusion? 2021 offers new opportunities to get involved with the work of DC-PAL, join the discission and share your experiences and insights!

DC-PAL – getting involved with the Internet Governance Forum community

DC-PAL is an open ongoing collaboration within the IGF to facilitate policy dialogue and action around public access in libraries as a valuable tool to support digital inclusion. The work of DC-PAL over the past few years includes:

  • preparing a Public Access Policy Toolkit, to helps libraries understand how their policy environment impacts their ability to support digital inclusion - and identify key areas for advocacy;
  • contributing to the Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion initiative (see our contribution from 2019);
  • exploring the role of libraries in broadband policies and plans;
  • bringing together experts from the policy, tech, civil society and library fields - to foster dialogue on the role of libraries in supporting digital inclusion.

Now, the Coalition has launched a collaborative agenda-setting initiative. The goal is to understand better what key trends and issues in the field of public access are at play in 2021, and to define the priorities for the Coalition’s work this year.

Both current members and all stakeholders interested in public access are welcome to contribute!  Are you interested in innovative ways for libraries to expand their connectivity offer beyond their walls? Or would you like to see more dialogue about effective ways for libraries to offer digital skills learning opportunities – and better understand what skills are crucial for users today? Have you encountered challenges with providing access to key digital content? Are there other key trends or issues you would like to highlight?

  • You can also join one of the open consultation calls organised by DC-PAL – to find out more about the work of the Coalition this year, key tends and priorities for 2021, and ways to get involved!
    • Meeting 1: Apr 22, 07:00-07:40 UTC (for participants from Asia and Oceania, MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe)
    • Meeting 2: Apr 22, 17:00-17:40 UTC (for participants from LAC and North America)

If you would like to get in find out more or join a consultation meeting, don’t hesitate to send us a note. We look forward to defining the agenda for the role of libraries in championing digital inclusion in 2021 together!

Register Now! Virtual Event: Libraries Inspire Engagement in Cultural Heritage

IFLA - პარ, 09/04/2021 - 11:30

Culture is a basic need.  A community thrives through its cultural heritage, it dies without it.

Libraries of course have an essential role in safeguarding this heritage, but their work doesn’t need to stop there!

The work in cultural heritage can go beyond preservation, enabling communities actively to experience and celebrate culture through access, learning, and storytelling.

Keen to find out how to do more? If you would like to learn about how libraries are finding dynamic ways to connect their communities to cultural heritage, join us for our upcoming virtual event: Libraries Inspire Engagement in Cultural Heritage.

Panelists will share their experience and inspire participants to action! Topics discussed will include connecting both local communities and wider audiences with local culture, integrating community needs with conservation practice, Indigenous heritage perspectives, and inspiring (virtual) engagement with family, local, and national heritage.

Speakers:
  • Lara Haggerty, Keeper of Books at the Innerpeffray Library (Scotland)
  • Heidi Swierenga, Senior Conservator and Head of Collections Care and Access, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Camille Callison, Indigenous Strategies Librarian, University of Manitoba Libraries Canada / chair IFLA Indigenous Matters Section
  • Maria Soledad Abarca de la Fuente, IFLA Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centre, National Library of Chile

When: Thursday, 22 April - 20:00-21:00 CEST

Where: virtual event

Who: All library and information professionals working in any type of library, archive, or memory institution – no previous professional work in cultural heritage is required!

Join us! Register now.

This event is being presented by the IFLA Cultural Heritage Programme Advisory Committee.

Ugandan libraries building digital skills for the future

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 07/04/2021 - 12:54

In Soroti Public Library, 300 miles north of Kampala, excitement is growing about a new ‘Digital Skills @ Your Public Library’ project, offering training to women and unemployed youth through public and community libraries.  Soroti is one of 25 libraries in Uganda taking action to reduce the digital divide in a country where less than half the population use the internet.

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

Ugandan libraries building digital skills for the future

EIFL - FOSS news - ოთხ, 07/04/2021 - 12:54

In Soroti Public Library, 300 miles north of Kampala, excitement is growing about a new ‘Digital Skills @ Your Public Library’ project, offering training to women and unemployed youth through public and community libraries.  Soroti is one of 25 libraries in Uganda taking action to reduce the digital divide in a country where less than half the population use the internet.

Ugandan libraries building digital skills for the future

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 07/04/2021 - 12:54

In Soroti Public Library, 300 miles north of Kampala, excitement is growing about a new ‘Digital Skills @ Your Public Library’ project, offering training to women and unemployed youth through public and community libraries.  Soroti is one of 25 libraries in Uganda taking action to reduce the digital divide in a country where less than half the population use the internet.

Act Now: Last Days to Nominate Candidates for IFLA Volunteer Positions

IFLA - ოთხ, 07/04/2021 - 11:44

We’re into the final week of IFLA’s nominations process!

You have just over six days left to complete your nomination and nominee consent forms for IFLA’s elections and appointments 2021.

This is your key opportunity to give a colleague – or yourself – the chance both to benefit from the unique learning experience of being part of an IFLA committee, as well as to contribute to the library field as a whole.

There is still time to see what positions are available, find great candidates – or nominators – and get everything submitted. In doing so, you can help us achieve IFLA’s strongest, most diverse range of candidates ever. Find out more on our elections page.

The deadline is 12pm CEST on 13 April 2021 (see what time this is for you). 

What will happen after that?

Once nominations close, the team at IFLA Headquarters will prepare lists of all of the candidates who have enough nominations to be able to stand.

Electronic elections will be prepared. For most positions, these will start on 26 April, but for our Professional Council Chair and Professional Division Committee Chairs, it will be on 3 May.

Those Members, Affiliates and volunteers eligible to vote will then have four weeks to shape the committees that drive IFLA’s work forward.

In line with IFLA’s values, and the goals of our governance review, we will be encouraging voters to select candidates who can best represent the full diversity of the library field, and give us the best possible basis to continue to support the profession globally into the future. 

So use the next six days to make sure that you don’t miss out and take the opportunity to be part of IFLA’s future.

We are IFLA!

Kind regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
7 April 2021

Promise, progress... and persistent problems: catching up on the situation for eLending in the United States

IFLA - სამ, 06/04/2021 - 12:58

The past year has underlined how essential it is for libraries to be able to offer access to content digitally. With major expansion in demand from users, there have been both welcome moves from publishers to facilitate access, but also increasingly clear evidence of underlying challenges in the eBook market that need addressing.

Following interviews with Sari Feldman, Senior Fellow at the American Library Association in October 2019 and April 2020, we caught up with her and Alan Inouye at ALA's Washington Office to find out about latest developments in the United States.

IFLA: It’s been almost a year since our last interview focused on the eLending situation in the US. Can you give a quick update on the key developments over the last eleven months.

Like every other aspect of library activity, the COVID-19 pandemic has a profound impact on the library eBook issue. The year 2020 began with great uncertainty because of the intense debate on the Macmillan Publishers’ embargo, exemplified by CEO John Sargent’s appearance at the ALA 2020 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. With the rise of the pandemic, Macmillan ended the embargo in March and soon after, John Sargent resigned as CEO.

As libraries struggled to provide relevant content online to replace in-person service, questions about fair use and copyright were particularly concerning to story time presenters and live reader services for children in schools and public libraries. Major US publishers extended rights to librarians, teachers, educators, and others providing a learning platform with read-a-loud presentations, blanket permissions to read their books live and to upload recordings to closed education channels.  Penguin Random House (PRH) and Simon & Schuster (S&S) have recently extended permissions to continue this important early childhood programming.

Sharing digital collections between schools and public libraries took on new value during the pandemic.  Many school districts lack rich, curated collections of eBooks required for remote learning.  Follett/Baker and Taylor and OverDrive are among the platforms that have expanded and enhanced the ability of students to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from their local public library’s digital collection in addition to the books from their school library without compromising student privacy. 

Libraries have increasingly shifted collection development dollars to support increased demand in digital collections. Publishers kept pricing stable or increased flexibility in licenses, enabling budget dollars to go further. For example, PRH offers one-year licenses for eBooks and digital audio at a 50% prorated price (from the two-year license).  HarperCollins added frontlist and eBook backlist titles to its cost-per-circulation model and discounted pricing to an additional selection of titles.  OverDrive donated special collections of “Black Lives Matter” titles and other collections of simultaneous use eBooks and audiobooks. 

Despite the many positive notes in publisher and library relations, fundamentally, the challenges with library eBooks remain the same. The library community and publishers do not agree on what constitutes appropriate terms, and libraries lack the baseline access and preservation rights they enjoy with analog content.

Initiatives in public policy took place in several states and nationally.  In New York State, legislation was introduced that would give libraries the right to purchase digital content when it is offered to the general public. Rhode Island introduced similar legislation and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI-1st District) participated in a discussion on library eBook challenges. In the fall, the House Judiciary Committee completed its investigation of competition in digital markets (under the leadership of Rep. Cicilline), setting the stage for legislation for the public interest in the 117th Congress. Connecticut has recently opened an antitrust probe into Amazon over its eBook distribution agreements and California and Washington also have active investigations into Amazon. 

In March 2021, the Maryland legislature became the first state to pass legislation in a chamber that would ensure libraries can license eBooks and other digital reading content available in the retail market.  The House and the Senate in Maryland passed the bill unanimously and it is expected that Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan will sign the bill.  This is a very exciting achievement and will set precedent and a model for other states to follow suit.

And we’ll see the next steps in the lawsuit on controlled digital lending and PRH’s acquisition of S&S. While the purchase of S&S by Bertelsmann, PRH’s parent company, may come with some concern and controversy, it may well go though. There are probably lively discussions at the U.S. Justice Department, but PRH could maintain the relative independence of an S & S imprint. The biggest threat for libraries and consumers really comes from Amazon, the true behemoth in the publishing industry.

Traditionally, it was bookshops and publishers who worried about Amazon. Why are libraries increasingly concerned?

Amazon has increasingly become the exclusive publisher of eBooks from many best-selling authors including Dean Koontz and Mindy Kaling.  Like its exclusive downloadable audio through Audible, Amazon exclusive eBooks are sold to consumers but not to libraries.  As Amazon signs more authors and audio rights deals, library customers will be denied access to the digital works produced by Amazon.  Amazon has created a large digital collection of self-published books as well and those are not available for library sales.  The inability of libraries to negotiate for content with Amazon will only increase as Amazon aggressively pursues content.  Libraries must oppose this inequity of access and seek solutions that support the library values of access to information.  

How big a player in the publishing world is Amazon now?

In the last decade, a major development is Amazon’s growth as a publisher in its own right to supplement its role as the dominant distributor & retailer of books (whether physical or digital)—as well as practically everything else. It was only a handful years ago that few people thought of Amazon as a significant publisher. Currently, data on this question are difficult to come by, but our general assessment now puts them in the top tier, which means there are the Big 6 again in the U.S. with the inclusion of Amazon. More important and concerning is Amazon’s upward trajectory as a publisher, coupled with its dominant distributor and retailer position.

What reasons do they give for not making books available to libraries?

In speaking about its decision to work collaboratively with the Digital Library of America in a recent article, Mikyla Bruder, the publisher at Amazon Publishing sent an emailed statement, “It’s not clear to us that current digital library lending models fairly balance the interests of authors and library patrons. We see this as an opportunity to invent a new approach to help expand readership and serve library patrons, while at the same time safeguarding author interests, including income and royalties.” (Fowler, Washington Post, March 10, 2021)

Do these stand up to closer inspection?

There may be a positive first step in developments with Amazon, which is in talks with the Digital Public Library of America to provide library access to some Amazon-published eBooks. This is the first sign of movement from Amazon.  While a promising start, it is just a start.  The library community must maintain focus and advocate for full access to Amazon published eBooks and digital audio works.

Big tech is facing increased antitrust pressure in Congress and Amazon’s good will gesture may be one attempt to reduce its monopoly on eBook distribution and a growing eBook publishing business.  We will be watching Amazon’s reaction to the Maryland legislation to determine a future advocacy strategy in other states poised to take legal action to gain equal access for libraries to purchase content.

What impact do these claims have on the wider debate about eLending?

In the U.S., the other big publishers make their eBooks available to libraries, albeit through terms the library community doesn’t find satisfactory.  Amazon’s recalcitrance stands out and reinforces the reality and perception that the company is abusing its market position. In the U.S. government, there is an ongoing and intensifying debate and concern about Amazon’s power and evolving consensus that something needs to be done in terms of legislation and public policy.

Of course, this problem of basic access to digital content extends beyond books—it applies to movies, music, and other media. Visibility of the library eBook issue may also be leveraged to other market segments in which libraries and the general public are being disadvantaged.

What benefits could there be for Amazon and its authors in enabling library lending?

We encourage Amazon and its authors to realize the many benefits of library eBook lending—as enjoyed by the Big 5 publishers and their authors. Libraries provide direct revenue—yes, we pay for eBook access when we are permitted to do so. And a recent study from the Panorama Project (https://www.panoramaproject.org/news/2021/2/10/panorama-project-releases-immersive-media-amp-books-2020-research-report) finds that library eBook lending is good for the publishers’ business.

Libraries provide defacto free marketing for publishers’ titles and authors. Books are displayed in libraries or online. Libraries host author talks. Libraries recommend titles. More broadly, libraries sponsor and organize reading events, such as summer reading programs and book clubs. Most fundamentally, libraries provide literacy classes and tutoring and are the strongest promoters for literacy in communities.

Libraries do not showcase titles that it cannot obtain itself.

There are already efforts at State-level to address this situation – could you imagine such laws being adopted elsewhere in the country, or even at federal level?

Yes, we are supportive of other state-level efforts. At the federal level, the effort really began in the fall of 2019 when ALA was invited to submit comments to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. The COVID-19 pandemic and its implications understandably slowed down focus on this issue in Congress. However, there is now an even heightened focus on Amazon and the library eBook issue.  With the new Congress, there is a new champion in the U.S. Senate as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) became the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She is also a strong critic of Amazon’s market power and its abuse in multiple market segments. We are optimistic of further progress through 2021.

You mentioned the law under discussion in Maryland - what should this mean in practice?

We are cautiously optimistic that the Maryland bill will become law this spring. But its passage is only the beginning. There will, no doubt, be differing views for what “reasonable terms” means. How that debate unfolds remains to be seen. It is possible that there will be a legal challenge to the new law, as there is some lobbying against the legislation. Nevertheless, the overwhelming support in the Maryland General Assembly from both Democrats and Republicans is quite reassuring that the bill reflects common sense “Main Street” perspectives.

IFLA's recommendations on the WIPO Good Practice Toolkit for Collective Management Organizations

IFLA - პარ, 02/04/2021 - 12:45

IFLA responds to WIPO's call for recommendations to improve the Good Practice Toolkit for Collective Management Organizations and ensure the transparency, good governance and proper functioning of CMOs.

In 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) called for recommendations on its Good Practice Toolkit for Collective Management Organizations (CMOs). IFLA, EIFL and ICA had already proposed improvements to ensure the proper functioning of CMOs, including reminders of the importance of independence from governments, good governance and transparency in the operations of collective management organisations. We also stressed that the funds collected should not be used for lobbying purposes against libraries, archives and museums and proposed functional clarifications necessary to ensure a balanced copyright ecosystem such as exceptions and limitations to copyright.

In 2021, WIPO reopened a call for contributions to the Good Practice Toolkit for CMO's providing an opportunity for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and its partners Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA), Electronic Information For Libraries  (EIFL), International Council on Archives  (ICA), International Council of Museums  (ICOM) and Society of American Archivists (SAA) to continue to support its positions.

In this letter, we have argued for the importance of transparency and good governance of CMOs as essential to the fair and efficient functioning of libraries, archives, remuneration of authors and the credibility of the copyright system.

You can download our recommendations as a PDF

Amendments to the WIPO Good Practice Toolkit for Collective Management Organizations (2021)

Libraries mean Business: marking World IP Day

EIFL-OA news and events - ხუთ, 01/04/2021 - 19:15

EIFL and IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) are organizing an online event to mark World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April. The theme of this year’s World IP Day, organized each year by the World Intellectual Property Organization, is ‘IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market’.

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

Libraries mean Business: marking World IP Day

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 01/04/2021 - 19:15

EIFL and IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) are organizing an online event to mark World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April. The theme of this year’s World IP Day, organized each year by the World Intellectual Property Organization, is ‘IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market’.

Libraries mean Business: marking World IP Day

EIFL news and events - ხუთ, 01/04/2021 - 19:15

EIFL and IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) are organizing an online event to mark World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April. The theme of this year’s World IP Day, organized each year by the World Intellectual Property Organization, is ‘IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market’.

Launch of statement in support of WTO TRIPS waiver proposal

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 31/03/2021 - 13:23

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager will participate in an online public event and press conference to launch a statement by global civil society joining the call by South Africa and India for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to temporarily suspend its rules on intellectual property necessary to support the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19.

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

Launch of statement in support of WTO TRIPS waiver proposal

EIFL - FOSS news - ოთხ, 31/03/2021 - 13:23

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager will participate in an online public event and press conference to launch a statement by global civil society joining the call by South Africa and India for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to temporarily suspend its rules on intellectual property necessary to support the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19.

Launch of statement in support of WTO TRIPS waiver proposal

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 31/03/2021 - 13:23

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager will participate in an online public event and press conference to launch a statement by global civil society joining the call by South Africa and India for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to temporarily suspend its rules on intellectual property necessary to support the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19.

IFLA CLM mid-term meeting

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 31/03/2021 - 13:12

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager will attend the meeting of the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committee for its mid-term meeting. The online meeting will provide an opportunity to share updates on copyright reforms around the world, as well as the impact of copyright laws on the provision of libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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IFLA CLM mid-term meeting

EIFL - FOSS news - ოთხ, 31/03/2021 - 13:12

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager will attend the meeting of the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committee for its mid-term meeting. The online meeting will provide an opportunity to share updates on copyright reforms around the world, as well as the impact of copyright laws on the provision of libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IFLA CLM mid-term meeting

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 31/03/2021 - 13:12

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager will attend the meeting of the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committee for its mid-term meeting. The online meeting will provide an opportunity to share updates on copyright reforms around the world, as well as the impact of copyright laws on the provision of libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflecting Back & Looking Forward

IFLA - ოთხ, 31/03/2021 - 08:08

Join us to hear about some inspiring stories of how public libraries adapted to service delivery during COVID-19; innovative approaches to literacy and reading during this time; listen to international library leaders contemplate the future; plus meet some of the worlds amazing Children's Laureates and Ambassadors. AND we have a specially curated session in Portuguese.  The Literacy and Reading + Public Libraries mid-term is the place to be!

Join IFLA’s Public Libraries and Literacy and Reading Sections for our Reflecting Back & Thinking Forward online mid-term Seminar 12-15April 2021.

On 12th April  we invite you to ‘meet’ the world’s Children’s Laureates/Ambassadors and hear of their vision for the future - the virtual equivalent of ‘Welcome Drinks’.

On the 13th and 14th we will be look at how public libraries worldwide have responded to COVID and how the lessons learnt will impact the future. We will also explore some of the great initiatives around reading and literacy that have emerged during this time and how we can expand on this. We are also excited to be offering a session in Portuguese which also explores these issues.

Our program will wind up on the 15th with the mid-term meeting of both Standing Committees. Everyone is welcome.

For further information and to register (essential) please visit our website. The event is FREE.

We’re looking forward to catching up with you soon and Spread the Word!

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