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Upcoming LBE webinet — Library Design Matters! Outdoor Spaces as Key Library Assets

IFLA - ოთხ, 31/03/2021 - 02:07

Join us on 6 May 2021 for the second in a series of webinets from IFLA Library Buildings to inspire and stimulate ideas about new approaches to library design in challenging times.

Full details, incuding how to register, can be found on our events page.

Outdoor Spaces are Key Library Assets will showcase the exciting work of two leading architects and library projects from Europe and Asia.

Libraries supporting human rights: good practices and key trends from Eswatini, Greece and Ireland

IFLA - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 19:06

IFLA has submitted contributions for the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Reviews of Eswatini, Greece and Ireland, working with local partners. These demonstrate how libraries are delivering on rights, as well as highlighting overall trends and priorities.

From privacy to the right to culture, from free expression to sharing in scientific advancement – libraries have a strong link to, and help deliver on, many fundamental human rights.

The Universal Periodic Review is a unique UN Human Rights Council mechanism that helps take stock of progress made towards delivering on key human rights obligations at a country level. As part of the process, interested stakeholders are invited to contribute their own inputs and submissions. This offers libraries in countries under review a unique opportunity to reflect on and discuss key trends, successes and room for growth in their work to support and promote human rights.

Over the past two years, we had the opportunity to work together with experts from the library fields in Italy, Croatia, the USA, Australia, Georgia and Myanmar and Belgium to highlight the library perspectives and libraries' work on defending and delivering on human rights.

In a round of UPR inputs, we are thrilled to have cooperated with experts from Eswatini, Greece and Ireland!

Eswatini

A joint submission by the Eswatini Library and Information Association (ESWALA) and IFLA offers insights on how libraries in the country help deliver on a range of fundamental socioeconomic and cultural rights.

From setting up and expanding school libraries to running a mobile library service, and from library-based access to the internet to valuable cultural materials and knowledge, the input highlights examples of good library practices which focus on expanding access to information, education and participation in cultural life.

ESWALA-IFLA submission: [PDF – English]

Greece

Another stakeholder input, developed by Georgios Glossiotis, Dr. Evgenia Vasilakaki and Eva Semertzaki, offers an in-depth look at key trends and good practices within the library sector in Greece.

Expanding access to information for people with disabilities and refugees, championing open access and digital inclusion, and more – the input focuses on rights to culture, education, health, and sharing in scientific advancement, as well as key rights of particular groups of persons.

IFLA submission: [PDF – English]

Ireland

Finally, a joint submission by IFLA and the Library Association of Ireland highlights key recent developments and the work of libraries to help deliver on the right to education - by championing equity and inclusivity, to support literacy, the right to health, science, and the right to participate in cultural life – as well as promote human rights awareness.

IFLA-LAI submission: [PDF- English]

To find out more about the Universal Periodic Review and ways for libraries to get involved, you can also look at the IFLA Policy and Advocacy blog!

Raising SDG Awareness... through Competitions! An Interview with Dr Yakov L Shrayberg, Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology

IFLA - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 17:34

Libraries can have an important role in building understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We interviewed Dr Yakov L Shrayberg, President of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, to find out about the International SDGs Calendar contest, and how to get involved.

IFLA: Can you tell us a little about the SDGs calendar competition and who can take part?

Dr Shrayberg: The Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology (RNPLS&T) and V. I. Vernadsky Nongovernmental Ecological Foundation are the initiators and organizers of the international contest “Sustainable Development Goals Calendar”. We invite the libraries of any country of the world as well as individuals interested in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals to participate.

Applicants can choose from several nominations:

  • «Our achievements in preserving world cultural and natural heritage»
  • «World cultural and natural heritage in Russia».
  • «Llittle-known objects of world cultural and natural heritage».
  • «The calendar to educate».
  • «World cultural and natural heritage. The four seasons»
  • «Science and preservation of world cultural and natural heritage»

Complete applications are accepted by the Contest Organizing Committee until 30 May 2021 (inclusive).

The regulations and detailed information on the Contest are available at our website: https://ecology.gpntb.ru/eng/ecolibworld/Competitions/SustDevCalend21/

What are your goals with the competition?

The contest’s main goal is to build libraries’ awareness of the ideas of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to update libraries’ resources for SDG promotion. The thematic calendar motivates libraries to focus both on the SDGs as a whole, and specifically on the most urgent problems, and at the same time to make their local community aware of these goals and problems.

What motivated your choice of theme for this year's competition?

The task of preserving cultural and natural heritage is outlined within SDG11.4 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. Our vision of libraries’ mission exactly is to contribute to the preservation and development of sustainable local communities, to get communities involved in discussion and problem solving.

What makes the calendar format so interesting as a way of promoting the SDGs?

In terms of the subject, the calendar makes it possible to present the SDGs in a vivid and informative manner and, at the same time, to focus on the issues most important to the creators.   Speaking of the format, it enables contestants to be creative and unique while remaining simple to make and user friendly. Furthermore, it is absolutely practical and will promote the SDGs for the whole year!

In the 2021 Contest Regulations, we have formulated the tasks:

  • to develop and design the digital layout of a desk calendar focused on SDG 11.4 (contestants shall submit to the Organizing Committee the digital layout of their calendar in one of the following types: desk tent calendar; loose-leaf calendar; pyramid calendar);
  • to find ways of achieving SDG 11.4 at municipal, regional and federal levels, and identify specificities of action at each level.
  • to display the creativity of contestants (contestants shall use only original drawings, photos, infographics, etc., of their own authorship, supplied with original text of their authorship, at the discretion of the author)
What are you most proud of from last year's competition?

In the 2020 Contest, libraries of different types took part and many of them expressed their unique understanding of SDGs, for instance, by describing their library activities or analyzing and promoting books focused on SDGs, or promoting users’ research projects on individual SDGs (including projects carried out by schoolchildren).

The jury was particularly impressed by the calendar that presented the SDGs through imaginative interpretation of “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, supplemented by original drawings.

Another contestant submitted the calendar in information format to present the content and findings of a school research project.

This was our first step toward SDGs promotion; at the second stage, through our 2021 Contest, we would like to draw libraries’ attention to the more specific goal.

How well have libraries in Russia embraced the SDGs as a subject?

Seemingly, Russian libraries are mostly focused on ecological education, and are not fully aware of the significance of the SDGs. However, with our competition, we are making progress in encouraging reflection about broader sustainable development.  

What makes them relevant for libraries, in your opinion?

The libraries have to adopt the integrated approach to SDGs, and so become conscious of themselves as players within the global movement to make our future stable and sustainable. For this purpose, libraries have every resource: their ability to orient themselves within information flows, books preserving the best experience of humankind, professionals who retrieve these books and motivate users to read, and of course library patrons.

How is the RNPLS&T in particular working with the SDGs, outside of the calendar competition?

For almost 20 years, within the RNPLS&T, the Ecology and Sustainable Development Projects Groups has been operating. Among other things, one of its tasks is to hold webinars, conferences, contests, etc., for the libraries of the Russian Federation. Detailed information on the Group’s activities can be found at our website (https://ecology.gpntb.ru/eng/). Over 1,500 libraries participate in RNPLS&T’s theme events. The contests on sustainable development issues are held annually.

What recommendations do you have for libraries in other countries?

I would like to draw the attention of the libraries interested in SDG promotion to the potential of our institutions to contribute to raising awareness of their ecological component. Libraries are excellently placed to do this.

And of course, we invite libraries from all over the world to take part in our Contest. We are all interested in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals!

Community call: Researcher engagement and researcher-friendly repository deposit workflows

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 14:59

Wondering how to inspire the faculty to deposit in a repository? Join this community call organized by LIBSENSE, EIFL and our partner consortium, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) and discuss good practices in collaborating with faculty and subject specialists/faculty librarians/reference librarians. 

Community call: Researcher engagement and researcher-friendly repository deposit workflows

EIFL news and events - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 14:59

Wondering how to inspire the faculty to deposit in a repository? Join this community call organized by LIBSENSE, EIFL and our partner consortium, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) and discuss good practices in collaborating with faculty and subject specialists/faculty librarians/reference librarians. 

Community call: Researcher engagement and researcher-friendly repository deposit workflows

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 14:59

Wondering how to inspire the faculty to deposit in a repository? Join this community call organized by LIBSENSE, EIFL and our partner consortium, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) and discuss good practices in collaborating with faculty and subject specialists/faculty librarians/reference librarians. 

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Get into WIPO - Africa

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 14:38

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, will join IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and AfLIA (the African Library & Information Associations and Institutions) in a webinar to deepen the engagement of librarians in Africa in work at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The regional event is a follow-on to ‘Getting started with WIPO’ that introduced library professionals to the world of WIPO.

Get into WIPO - Africa

EIFL news and events - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 14:38

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, will join IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and AfLIA (the African Library & Information Associations and Institutions) in a webinar to deepen the engagement of librarians in Africa in work at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The regional event is a follow-on to ‘Getting started with WIPO’ that introduced library professionals to the world of WIPO.

Get into WIPO - Africa

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 14:38

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, will join IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and AfLIA (the African Library & Information Associations and Institutions) in a webinar to deepen the engagement of librarians in Africa in work at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The regional event is a follow-on to ‘Getting started with WIPO’ that introduced library professionals to the world of WIPO.

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EIFL supports WTO TRIPS waiver for COVID-19

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 14:17

For the first time, library, education and research organizations around the world joined 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. The call is co-sponsored by 57 developing countries, mostly in Africa.

EIFL supports WTO TRIPS waiver for COVID-19

EIFL news and events - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 14:17

For the first time, library, education and research organizations around the world joined 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. The call is co-sponsored by 57 developing countries, mostly in Africa.

EIFL supports WTO TRIPS waiver for COVID-19

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 14:17

For the first time, library, education and research organizations around the world joined 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. The call is co-sponsored by 57 developing countries, mostly in Africa.

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Notice of IFLA 2021 General Assembly and Call for Agenda Items

IFLA - სამ, 30/03/2021 - 11:58

The IFLA 2021 General Assembly will be held on Wednesday 25 August 2021 in The Hague, Netherlands.

IFLA Members may propose items for inclusion in the agenda (Statutes, Art. 9.5). Proposals must reach the IFLA Secretariat by 25 May 2021. Please complete this form and send proposals by email to generalassembly@ifla.org.

The draft Agenda is provided below. The Convening Notice for the Assembly will be forwarded to Members in June 2021.

Agenda
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
  1. Opening by the President, Christine Mackenzie
  2. Appointment of Tellers
  3. Establishment of a Quorum
  4. Adoption of the Agenda
  5. Minutes of the previous meeting, held in Melbourne, Australia 29 January 2021
  6. In memoriam of those members who have died during the past year
  7. Presentation of the Report of the President
  8. Presentation of IFLA’s Annual Report by the Secretary General
  9. Presentation of the Annual Accounts by the Treasurer
  10. Formal announcement of the Results of the Postal Ball for the Election of President-elect and for places on the Governing Board by the Secretary General
  11. Motions and Resolutions
    10.1 Motion to approve the holding of the next General Assembly in August 2022
    (Art 8.2 of the Statutes refers)
    10.2 Motion to approve Membership fees 2022-2024
  12. Address by the President, Christine Mackenzie
  13. Presentation of Awards
  14. Vote of thanks to the outgoing Governing Board
  15. Introduction of incoming Governing Board
  16. Address by incoming President, Barbara Lison
  17. Close of the Assembly

For details on the conduct of the General Assembly, please refer to the IFLA Statutes, Article 9 Convening of General Assemblies.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
30 March 2021

Get ready for IFLA WLIC – 17-19 August 2021

IFLA - პარ, 26/03/2021 - 14:21

We're delighted to announce the dates for IFLA WLIC 2021 and look forward to your participation from 17-19 August 2021.

This year, IFLA is providing a World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) experience like never before.

Join us at our first ever virtual Congress to experience an event open and accessible across continents, time zones, and information sectors. IFLA is organising the most inclusive and accessible event in its history, bringing together professionals from across the globe to inspire best practice and support the wider purpose of the library and information field.

The world has shifted significantly. Be a part of conversations happening at the forefront of library and information innovations: discover, discuss, present, provoke, and solve alongside industry colleagues and contribute to change and progress in the field.

Come on a journey to expand your professional network, retool your skills or reframe your thinking.  Attend events and presentations, participate in workshops, conversations and problem-solving sessions—and leave ready to inspire your sector to innovate sustainable solutions.

WLIC 2021 is the leading international conference focused on our profession's commitment to high quality library and information services and access to information. The first IFLA virtual congress is supported by the Dutch National Committee. 

Registrations open in May – sign up for the WLIC newsletter to stay informed!

Kind regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
26 March 2021

IFLA MLAS + IFLA Strategy: Engaging our membership

IFLA - პარ, 26/03/2021 - 13:11

Closely aligned to the IFLA Key Initiative 4.3 “Increase, diversify and engage our membership" IFLA's Management of Library Associations Section addresses the needs and promotes interests of all types and sizes of library associations, wherever they are, and brings together staff, elected leaders and representatives of these associations to:

  • foster and improve leadership skills; 
  • share experiences; 
  • develop useful publications and to offer workshops, seminars and programmes that address their needs and interests; 
  • support IFLA's Core Programmes; 
  • advocate within IFLA for the promotion and development of effective library and library association practices worldwide

Webinars

In order to promote membership engagement and inclusion of a diverse membership from different regions of the world during #IFLAFromHome, IFLA MLAS has expanded its activities. A new webinar series featuring topics of interest to library associations was launched on 14 January 2021 with the first event entitled “MLAS Online-Seminar Library Map of the World: Engagement for Advocacy”.

The event was moderated by Randa Chidiac, MLAS SC member, and featured Halo Locher, Chair of the Management of Library Associations Section, Kristine Paberza-Ramirez, IFLA’s Member Engagement Officer, and Stephen Wyber, IFLA’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, discussing:

  • The importance of being well presented on the IFLA’s Library Map of the World (LMW)
  • Engagement scenarios for library associations
  • Processes behind keeping the LMW data up to date, preparing and curating country profiles
  • The 2021 priorities for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stories
  • Using the LMW content and resources in library advocacy

 Stay tuned for news about the other webinars featuring topics such as: 

  • Library Associations in COVID-19 Times 
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Library Associations 
  • Social Media for Library Associations

 

Virtual engagement

MLAS meetings have diversified to include, besides the business meetings, an orientation for corresponding members to introduce them to the Section’s activities and how they can support the Section. During the 2020 holidays, the MLAS Chair coordinated a very special group reading session where members of the MLAS read a story and discussed its content. The format «shared reading» was developed by «The Reader» in Liverpool (GB).

Additionally, MLAS joined CPDWL and IFLA New Professionals SIG for their Meme Contest. Members welcomed the meme created and have expressed interest in creating others.

 

A sign of the times and that library associations are increasing engagement on social media is that the MLAS Facebook page gained 1,200 more followers this past year during #IFLAFromHome. Daily, librarians from different regions of the world visit the page to learn about news from libraries and library associations from around the world. A beautiful aspect of this is that posts are in different languages, and come from different regions of the globe.

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.

      

City Leaders’ Call for Green, Just and Local Recovery Offers Opportunities for Libraries

IFLA - პარ, 26/03/2021 - 12:15

With a unique understanding of how our institutions support positive progress, the local government leaders meeting as part of the Urban 20 initiative are well placed to highlight how libraries, and culture more broadly, contribute to sustainable development.

The Urban 20 (U20) initiative brings together the mayors of major cities from across G20 countries and beyond.

This year, under Italy’s presidency of the G20 as a whole, Rome and Milan will share the leadership of the U20 process, including the preparation of a communiqué.

To mark the start of their work, the mayors of the two cities issued a statement calling for a green, just and local recovery.

The statement, directed at the national G20 presidency, underlines the need to use stimulus and recovery funding to bring about change that will favour greater sustainability, equality and resilience.

It highlights in particular the importance of work at the local level, and the importance of public services provided by local governments in responding to the crisis, and building a better future.

Familiar themes, clear promise

For libraries, these are familiar and welcome messages.

Often providing frontline support to members of the community, not only in terms of enabling cultural participation, but also in helping people connect with wider services, our institutions have a clear role to play in the priorities set out by the mayors.

Libraires have a unique combination of the ability to provide information necessary for development, and the spaces, staff and local understanding to turn this into positive results. They can be essential in ensuring the effectiveness of policy at all levels by helping everyone benefit.

They have a particular role as local cultural institutions, not only safeguarding key materials on which communities and identities are built, but also in providing the access and support needed to drive new creativity.

During the pandemic, alongside other cultural actors, they have been busy providing services to boost wellbeing, as well as to support education and research. In the recovery, they can be key players in new forms of development that emphasise the importance of the individual and of culture.

This approach can also be the key to unlocking the behavioural change needed to update attitudes, and normalise greener ways of living and working.

A Chance to Call for Change

IFLA looks forward to following the work of the U20 this year.

With local and regional governments often the most aware of what libraries can contribute to stronger, fairer, more sustainable and more creative communities, they are well placed to underline the importance of integrating our institutions into planning and recommendations.

Similarly, they also see at first hand the positive impact that culture can have on wellbeing, social cohesion and innovation, and will – we hope – call on national governments to do the same, placing culture at the heart of a new development paradigm.

The statement released by Rome and Milan is therefore a highly promising first step, and we have high hopes that this year’s U20 will mark a new high point in the recognition of libraries and culture in wider development strategies.

See IFLA's brief on the New Urban Agenda.

Bibliography Section 2021 mid-year meeting minutes posted

IFLA - პარ, 26/03/2021 - 07:38

The minutes of the Standing Committee mid-year meetings held online February 26 and March 12, 2021 have been posted. The minutes include the draft Communications Plan for 2021.

The current Action Plan and the Annual Report for 2019/2020 are also available.

IFLA joins organisations globally in calling for COVID TRIPS waiver to facilitate research, education and cultural participation

IFLA - პარ, 26/03/2021 - 02:49

IFLA has joined with partners in signing a call for World Trade Organization Members to make it clear that where intellectual property rights make it more difficult to tackle COVID-19 and its consequences, governments should be able to take steps to enable use of protected works.

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised important questions about the appropriateness of existing intellectual property regimes to deliver on key public interest goals.

The value of flexibilities has been made clear by the ways in which they have helped, for example allowing for the text and data mining that helped uncover the spread of the virus, or the ease of running online storytimes in some countries.

The costs of a lack of flexibilities have also been apparent, in questions about which rules should apply to vaccines, and the difficulties faced in switching in person research, education and cultural activities online.

Libraries have not been spared this, with much time and effort taken up to find ways to allow for storytimes in countries with less generous rules, or to provide students, researchers and teachers with materials online. Voluntary measures to provide access have been welcome, but have been inconsistent, and too often have lapsed even as the pandemic has continued.

Faced with the urgency of understanding the pandemic, identifying treatments and cures, and allowing key public interest activities to continue as best possible, the case for a waiver to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) is clear.

To encourage the necessary action by the members of the World Trade Organization, IFLA has joined over 100 other research and education organisations, as well as academics and other individuals in signing onto a statement.

This underlines the inequalities in access exposed by the pandemic, and the significant negative impact this has on the enjoyment of rights. It calls on governments to endorse proposals on the table at the WTO to agree a waiver to international trade rules on intellectual property – including copyright – to allow governments to take the steps needed to overcome the virus.

IFLA will continue to work, alongside its partners, to call for change not only at the WTO, but also at the World Intellectual Property Organization, whose ability to make a positive difference was underlined with the agreement of the Treaty of Marrakesh in 2013.

Find out more about our work on international law and copyright.

Zambia library initiative inspires young creatives

EIFL-OA news and events - ხუთ, 25/03/2021 - 20:33

Choma Provincial Library in Zambia is transforming the lives of young creatives by providing them with training, space and equipment to work together on creative projects. In just one year, the library - 

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Zambia library initiative inspires young creatives

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 25/03/2021 - 20:33

Choma Provincial Library in Zambia is transforming the lives of young creatives by providing them with training, space and equipment to work together on creative projects. In just one year, the library - 

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