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Save the Date – Global Media & Information Literacy Week 2020

IFLA - ხუთ, 27/08/2020 - 14:18

IFLA is excited to partner with UNESCO on Global Media & Information Literacy Week 2020!

This year, Global Media & Information Literacy Week will be celebrated through interactive, virtual events hosted by the Republic of Korea.

Save the date: 24-31 October 2020

Click here to have a look at the preliminary programme.

 

As the world navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to develop media and information literacy skills is more critical than ever.

This year’s theme: Resisting Disinfodemic: Media & Information Literacy for everyone, by everyone will explore the importance of resisting disinformation and discuss the roles that many different actors can have in championing information literacy.

Get Involved

As library and information professionals, we can have a huge impact on growing these skills in our communities. There will be many ways for you to have an active role in Global Media & Information Literacy Week – wherever in the world you are!

Libraries can promote their critical role in growing media and information literacy through virtual/live events or activities to take place alongside the main conference as part of Global MIL Week Around the World.

IFLA is ready to support you in putting library events on the Global MIL Week map.

Stay tuned for more information on how libraries can get involved!  

Want to get started now? Click here for 10 ways you can celebrate Global MIL Week. You can also look at our Get into GAPMIL guide for more background!

Call for a reinforcement of the European cultural and educational dimension

LIBER news - ოთხ, 26/08/2020 - 18:49

Together with EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations), IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), NAPLE (National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe), PL 2030 (Public Libraries 2030) and SPARC Europe (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), LIBER has signed a call for stronger financial support for culture, education, research and…

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Participation, Partnerships, Progress - Libraries Engaged in the SDGs in Costa Rica

IFLA - ოთხ, 26/08/2020 - 17:41

Working with the Sustianable Development Goals opens up new possibilities for libraries and library associations to demonstrate the contributions they can make to societies. They can also help bring together the library field itself around shared objectives and help with forward planning. 

The experience of libraries in Costa Rica, led by the national librarians' assocaition, COPROBI, provides a great example of this potential being realised. We interviewed COPROBI's President, Lidiette Quirós Ruiz, to find out more.

 

1. Where did you hear first about the SDGs?

It was through a news board that published the fact that Costa Rica would be the first country in the world to prepare a National Pact for the implementation of the SDGs. This National Pact was signed on 9 September 2016 by the then President of the Republic of Costa Rica (Ana Helena Chacón) and the Chairs of the Legislative Assembly, the Supreme Court of Justice, and representatives of local governments, the private sector, social and religious organisations, and academia.

2. Why do you think that this is such an important subject for libraries in Costa Rica?

Because libraries are the seedbed from which success in the SDGs can be harvested in a country.

3. How easy was it to explain the SDGs – and why they matter – to colleagues?

In accordance with the National Pact for the implementation of the SDGs, all (public and private) institutions need to include actions to implement the SDGs in their workplans, which made it easier to explain the SDGs. There needed to be a citizen commitment to disseminating, building capacity and taking actions around the SDGs. 

4. What possibilities has your work around the SDGs created for working with the government?

The coordination of joint work between the Presidency of COPROBI (the Costa Rican librarians' association) and the Technical Secretariat on the SDGs (the government office responsible for gathering indicators and developing the Voluntary National Review, and which belongs to the Ministry of Planning and economic Policy) made it possible to raise awareness in COPROBI and Libraries in general of their role as spaces for working on the SDGs, and of librarians as agents of social change. It was possible to secure the engagement of the Secretariat in building capacity among Libraries around the SDGs, and for COPROBI to share information with the Secretariat about the actions carried out by Libraries in Costa Rica.

5. What other partnerships have been made possible?

Firstly, we created a national network of directors of library systems, the heads of the main libraries in the country and librarians known for their work around the SDGs through a workshop on IFLA’s Strategic Directions and Key Initiatives, information gathering and the preparation of a Strategic Plan for the implementation of the SDGs in libraries in Costa Rica.

Secondly, we secured the engagement and motivation of participants in implementing SDG actions in their libraries and library sectors, and alliances between libraries to do the same.

6. What have been your biggest successes so far?

Creating a national network of directors, heads and other people responsible for library systems at the national level with a shared objective – the SDGs

Creating a Strategic Plan for the implementation of the SDGs in libraries in Costa Rica (as a documentary contribution).

Raising the awareness at the Technical Secretariat on the SDGs for Costa Rica about the role of libraries in implementing the SDGs in Costa Rica.

Creating materials so that libraries can collect data for the Voluntary National Review report.

7. Why is your new Strategy so important?

Because we have a real and updated document with guidelines, strategies and materials for acting on the SDGs, and have mainstreamed these through the indicators prepared for our Voluntary National Review.

8. What are the next steps?

Once we return to our new normal, we Will coordinate with the Technical Secretariat on the SDGs in Costa Rica around work to build capacity among libraries around the SDGs.

Constant communication with the coordinators of library departments who are engaged in the design of the plan, in order to define mechanisms for the gathering of information and SDG indicators sent by libraries in their sector.

Continue to organise the information sent by libraries and library departments in order to create a database which can be sent in time for the next Voluntary National Review.

9. What lessons can you share with libraries in other countries?

With alliances between sectors and libraries, we can achieve great things around the SDGs.

Libraries are the seedbeds from which we will harvest SDG success.

Libraries are one of the few spaces in society in which all 17 of the SDGs can be achieved effectively and tangibly.

Library associations should be the guides for librarians and libraries in acting on the SDGs.

EIFL renews agreement with Eclat Engineering

eifl licensing news - სამ, 25/08/2020 - 18:23

EIFL has renewed its agreement with the software and services company Eclat Engineering for a further three years. Through the agreement, libraries and consortia in 37 EIFL partner countries are eligible for discounted pricing to Eclat Engineering’s two products, RemoteXs and MyLOFT, which facilitate a seamless anywhere-anytime access to a library’s subscribed e-resources.

EIFL renews agreement with Eclat Engineering

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 25/08/2020 - 18:23

EIFL has renewed its agreement with the software and services company Eclat Engineering for a further three years. Through the agreement, libraries and consortia in 37 EIFL partner countries are eligible for discounted pricing to Eclat Engineering’s two products, RemoteXs and MyLOFT, which facilitate a seamless anywhere-anytime access to a library’s subscribed e-resources.

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EIFL renews agreement with Eclat Engineering

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 25/08/2020 - 18:23

EIFL has renewed its agreement with the software and services company Eclat Engineering for a further three years. Through the agreement, libraries and consortia in 37 EIFL partner countries are eligible for discounted pricing to Eclat Engineering’s two products, RemoteXs and MyLOFT, which facilitate a seamless anywhere-anytime access to a library’s subscribed e-resources.

EIFL renews agreement with Eclat Engineering

EIFL news and events - სამ, 25/08/2020 - 18:23

EIFL has renewed its agreement with the software and services company Eclat Engineering for a further three years. Through the agreement, libraries and consortia in 37 EIFL partner countries are eligible for discounted pricing to Eclat Engineering’s two products, RemoteXs and MyLOFT, which facilitate a seamless anywhere-anytime access to a library’s subscribed e-resources.

Occupy Library 2020

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 25/08/2020 - 16:34

The EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme team will conduct a workshop titled ‘Creating magical innovation in our libraries, with a little help from our peers’ at the Occupy Library 2020 conference. 

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Occupy Library 2020

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 25/08/2020 - 16:34

The EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme team will conduct a workshop titled ‘Creating magical innovation in our libraries, with a little help from our peers’ at the Occupy Library 2020 conference. 

Occupy Library 2020

EIFL news and events - სამ, 25/08/2020 - 16:34

The EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme team will conduct a workshop titled ‘Creating magical innovation in our libraries, with a little help from our peers’ at the Occupy Library 2020 conference. 

Asia Open Access Meeting 2020

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 25/08/2020 - 14:18

Members of the EIFL network will participate in the Asia Open Access Meeting 2020, which takes place virtually this year, under the theme ‘Building a Sustainable, Asian Knowledge Commons for Open Science Era’.

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) are the meeting hosts. 

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Asia Open Access Meeting 2020

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 25/08/2020 - 14:18

Members of the EIFL network will participate in the Asia Open Access Meeting 2020, which takes place virtually this year, under the theme ‘Building a Sustainable, Asian Knowledge Commons for Open Science Era’.

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) are the meeting hosts. 

Asia Open Access Meeting 2020

EIFL news and events - სამ, 25/08/2020 - 14:18

Members of the EIFL network will participate in the Asia Open Access Meeting 2020, which takes place virtually this year, under the theme ‘Building a Sustainable, Asian Knowledge Commons for Open Science Era’.

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) are the meeting hosts. 

Minutes from Genre/Form WG 15 July 2020

IFLA - ხუთ, 20/08/2020 - 15:14

The Genre/Form working group had a web meeting on 15 July 2020. Minutes from the meeting is now available.

IFLA Metadata Newsletter June 2020 issue

IFLA - ხუთ, 20/08/2020 - 15:05

We miss meeting you all in Dublin at the WLIC 2020. Anyway,  the IFLA Metadata Newsletter is a good way of keeping updated with news from a safe distance. This issue contains cataloguing news from countries all over the world, news from standards development, and a report from our Twitter account about performing metadata tasks in lockdown time. Check the nuew issue here.

Workshop: MERAL Portal

EIFL - FOSS news - ხუთ, 20/08/2020 - 14:54

EIFL has organized and will present at this workshop about the Myanmar Education, Research and Learning Portal (MERAL) for Mandalay University of Distance Education (MUDE). There are two joining options for participants - in-person, at MUDE in Mandalay, and online. 

Workshop: MERAL Portal

EIFL news and events - ხუთ, 20/08/2020 - 14:54

EIFL has organized and will present at this workshop about the Myanmar Education, Research and Learning Portal (MERAL) for Mandalay University of Distance Education (MUDE). There are two joining options for participants - in-person, at MUDE in Mandalay, and online. 

Workshop: MERAL Portal

EIFL-OA news and events - ხუთ, 20/08/2020 - 14:54

EIFL has organized and will present at this workshop about the Myanmar Education, Research and Learning Portal (MERAL) for Mandalay University of Distance Education (MUDE). There are two joining options for participants - in-person, at MUDE in Mandalay, and online. 

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The Conversation Continues: IFLA’s Governance Review Round Tables Gather Vital Insights and Feedback

IFLA - ხუთ, 20/08/2020 - 12:48

We are at the mid-point of our series of virtual round tables on our Governance Review, and have already received great feedback and useful questions. The next week will offer further opportunities to share your ideas – we encourage Members and volunteers to join us!

The success of IFLA’s governance review depends on our Members and volunteers.

This is not just because it will be our Members who will vote on the relevant changes to our Statutes at the end of the year. More fundamentally, it is because we cannot design structures that work best for our Members and volunteers without your ideas and inputs. 

This has been key to IFLA’s transformation. You have already given IFLA its Vision – through our Global Vision process – and built its Strategy for 2019-24.

Through your responses to our survey in October 2019, you also set out the challenges you felt our Governance Review needed to address: more transparency, efficiency and collaboration, stronger regional representation, greater financial and organisational sustainability, more varied opportunities for participation, and better support for volunteers.

We are now at a crucial stage of sharing, debating and developing our ideas. We have already run a survey which saw over 760 responses, as well as additional letters, demonstrating broad support for the plans, while sharing valuable new ideas.

Today marks the half-way point in a series of virtual round tables with IFLA Members and volunteers from around the world.

Led by IFLA’s President, Chair of the Professional Committee and members of the Governing Board, these have seen representatives of all types of IFLA Member – associations, institutions, individuals – from all regions already take part. Some have joined more than one call!

In doing so, participants have asked important questions and brought new clarity. They have drawn on their own experience to suggest how IFLA’s new structures could work best in reality. And they have shared insights that will help the Governing Board work towards a final draft.

The next coming week will therefore bring new opportunities for engagement by Members and volunteers. We therefore encourage any of our Members and volunteers who have received invitations to register, if you have not done so already.

To support preparations – or simply in order to find out more about the proposals – our working paper for the round tables is now available in Chinese, Russian and Spanish. This contains the key ideas, with some improvements already made, as well as highlights from your responses to our survey.

Together, we are building a more inclusive, effective and transparent IFLA! 

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

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