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Call for nominations to the IFLAPARL Standing Committee

IFLA - ორშ, 03/12/2018 - 16:52

Nomination forms for elections to the Standing Committee will have been mailed out by IFLA to all paid-up libraries, institutions and members, using the contact names & adresses supplied on the membership form.  Please note:

  • You can nominate anyone - they do not have to be members of the section or even IFLA.  But they do need to be individuals who will actively contribute to the work of the Section and attend Standing Committee meetings at the IFLA Congress.
  • You can nominate yourself.
  • You have to use the form that was sent to your institution or library.
  • You have to obtain the consent of the person you are nominating and they have to complete the online Nominee Consent Form.
  • Nomination forms can be sent to IFLA by email, fax or post.  They must be submitted to IFLA HQ by 3rd January 2019.

​In our current Standing Committee:

  • Lillian Gassie, Eduardo Goldstein and Dianne Heriot have all served the maximum of two consecutive terms on the Standing Committee and therefore are not eligible for re-election this year.

  • Karin Finer, Cecilia Izquierdo, Ida Kelemen, Adama Kone, Paola Mandillo, Chama Mfula, Hiroyuki Okuyama, Iain Watt and Steve Wise come to the end of their first term on the Standing Committee this year.  They are all eligible for re-election if nominated. 

Further information on the nomination and election process can be found on the main IFLA website.

Editor's Note

IFLA - ორშ, 03/12/2018 - 13:39

Hello everyone,
Welcome to the third issue of IFLA Asia & Oceania electronic newsletters. 
In this issue, we feature the exciting happenings at the 2018 WLIC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as other events in the Asia & Oceania region. 
With the year coming to an end, do spend some time catching up with friends and your loved ones too.
Cheers and enjoy reading.

Soh Lin Li
IFLA Regional Office for Asia and Oceania  


Asia Oceania at IFLA WLIC 2018

IFLA - ორშ, 03/12/2018 - 13:36

IFLA WLIC 2018 with the theme “Transform Libraries, Transform Societies”, jointly organised by IFLA, Librarians Association of Malaysia (PPM) and the National Library of Malaysia was successfully held from 24 to 30 August 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). The Congress was strongly supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia and Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).  

WLIC 2018 attracted 3,520 attendees from 102 countries with seven of the top ten represented countries from the Asia Oceania region that is Singapore (160), China (155), Australia (86), Korea, Republic of (76), Indonesia (74), Japan (68) and Malaysia (1,241).  For the first time in the history of WLIC, Bangladesh sent 23 delegates to the Congress. There were 2 plenary sessions, 249 sessions and 220 papers presented during the entire Congress. 


In conjunction with IFLA WLIC 2018, Satellite Meetings were successfully held throughout Malaysia and neighbouring countries either before or after the Congress. A total of 17 satellite Meetings were held with 15 in Malaysia and a satellite Meeting each in Singapore and Calcutta, India. 

The ASEAN CAUCUS, jointly organised by the National Library of Malaysia and the National Library Board, Singapore, was successfully held on 25 August 2018 at the KLCC. 475 participants attended the session that went very well. Some of the feedback from IFLA and attendees as a testimony of the best IFLA WLIC ever held.

IFLA WLIC 2018 was deemed as an “outstanding” success and the “very best that I have ever seen in my 25 years in IFLA.”
Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, IFLA President

Attending an IFLA Conference for the second time was a great experience for me on the personal and professional level. Malaysia offered us an incomparable Convention Centre, hospitality, conference quality and a great opportunity to familiarise us with the culture and history of the country."
Iro Tzorpatzaki, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki

Although I have attended many IFLA Congresses, each one is special to me and is linked to the city, the culture and the people.  Kuala Lumpur had a wonderful conference venue, a friendly atmosphere, a surreal skyline, great food and very good conference sessions. The organising committee had done a great job."
Alexandra Papazoglou

It was my first visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia although it was my 10th time attending an IFLA WLIC. Year by Year, my belief that the IFLA conference is a lifelong learning course for me becomes stronger. The WLIC 2018 added a new dimension to my experiences from attending the WLIC."
Eva Semertzaki

Report on ASEAN Caucus held during the 84th IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 24 – 30 August 2018.

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The ASEAN CAUCUS, jointly organised by the National Library of Malaysia and National Library Board, Singapore, was held on 25 August 2018. The session took place at The Plenary Theatre of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia. 
The session had a full house attendance Mr Hasbollah Atan from the Perdana University and the President of the IPI Aceh Branch opened the session and shared the development of libraries in Aceh after the Tsunami. The libraries required a lot of help to re-build from what was left after the disaster. Libraries are not only places where people turn to for books, but it is also a place where the communities gathered to build faith and goodwill together after a calamity. Libraries are places which are dearly needed in developing countries to improve literacy, especially in ASEAN, due to the education level and economic conditions in the region. 


Full house attendance for ASEAN Caucus with 475 participants

After the sharing session on ACEH libraries, Mr Chopra Singh, Managing Director of Civica Singapore gave a talk on the services provided by them. 

The session ended with IFLA Regional Office Manager, sharing about how libraries can contribute to the IFLA Library Mao of the World that demonstrate the contribution of libraries in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The attendees were treated with lunch sponsored by Civica Singapore. 
Overall, the ASEAN CAUCAS was very well received by the participants. 


Asia and Oceania Open Session at the 84th IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), 24 – 30 August 2018

IFLA - ორშ, 03/12/2018 - 13:09

Nearly 100 abstracts were received from the authors in Asia and Oceania region and beyond for the Open Session of the Asia and Oceania Section at IFLA 2018 in Kuala Lumpur in response to the theme "Libraries Transformed to Transform Their Communities (Society)". After a long and vigorous review process, the Programme Committee finalized six papers for presentation and confirmed Dr B Shadrach, a Public Library Consultant in India, as the keynote speaker.

The much anticipated Open Session was held on 28 August 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The number of attendees reached a new high of around 300 delegates.

Dr. B Sadrach in his thoughtful and inspiring keynote talk introduced an overall approach to transforming libraries to transform societies. The other five presentations showcased the different ways in which different types of libraries in various parts of Asia and Oceania re-positioned themselves to contribute to the social, educational and economic development of the communities they serve. Details can be seen from the list of topics below:

Keynote Talk:

Transforming Libraries to transform societies: Where do we begin?

B Sadrach, Public Library Consultant, India

Presentation/paper title:

1.  Full STEAM ahead: Empowering and catalyzing creative thinking and social entrepreneurial skills of the community through library makerspace

Donna Lyn G. Labangon, Libraries, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. Randolf D. Mariano, American Spaces, U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

2.  The SolarSPELL Offline Digital library

Kristen Linzy & Laura Hosman, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA.

3.  Community Library Spaces for Promoting Reading for Pleasure in Thailand -

Chommanaad Boonaree, Anne Goulding & Philip Calvert, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

4.  Identifying the role of open access information in attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals -

Jayshree Mamtora, Research Services Coordinator & Prashant Pandey, Acting Director, Office of Library Services, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory 0909, Australia

5.  New Styles of “Reading Space” as the Way to expand Public Library Service in China and Japan.

Xiaofang Zhang; Ph.D Candidate, Department of Information Management, Peking University.  Dr. Takashi Nagatsuka, Professor Emeritus, Tsurumi University, Japan.


Following the presentations, the floor was opened to the audience. Participants and presenters had a warm discussion and the session concluded in good time with success and joy.

Dil Ruksana Basunia’s Experience at her First IFLA Congress 2018 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

IFLA - ორშ, 03/12/2018 - 13:01

One of my biggest professional dreams came true when I was awarded the “IFLA, ARL Grant Winner 2018” to attend the IFLA WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 24 to 30 August 2018. I have always desired to attend the IFLA Congress. Being selected for this grant was like a dream comes true for me.  I had the opportunity to meet other library professionals around the world. I am keen to put into practice everything that I had learnt through the program. 

My IFLA WLIC 2018 experience
Newcomers Session: At the Newcomer Session, Gloria Perez-Salmeron (IFLA President), Christine Mackenzie (IFLA President-elect) and Gerald Leitner (IFLA Secretary-General) welcomed the new comers.   The new comers were encouraged to attend a mixture of sessions. With this, I made a conscious decision to explore as many different conference tracks as possible.                        

Opening Session: The Opening Ceremony reflected the IFLA’s WLIC 2018 theme “Transform libraries: Transform Societies” in the context of Malaysia. IFLA President, Secretary General and Government. officials of Malaysia gave speeches. There was a special message from the Honourable Tun Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohammad, The Prime Minister of Malaysia.   

IFLA Highlights: The IFLA Highlights Session was the quickest way to find out all about the IFLA’S main projects and initiatives. The IFLA WLIC 2018 was attended by more than 3500 participants from over 112 different countries. IFLA’s two initiated projects on Global Vision and Library Map of the World were also discussed during this session.  

Exhibition: There were an estimated 70 booths in the exhibition hall. Some of the exhibitors included Digital Books, American Library Association (ALA), Bibliotheca, EBSCO, Elsevier, IEEE Explore Digital Library, IFLA and IFLA WLIC 2019 Athens, OCLC, Oxford University Press, ProQuest, SAGE Publishing, Taylor and Francis Groups, Wiley, etc.        

Poster Presentation: Posters were an idea festival. There were approximately 122 unique poster presentations. The IFLA conference participants had the opportunity to learn from Poster Presenters on the new ideas, service concepts and programs during the Poster Sessions. 

Establish Networking with International Librarians and Professional Bodies:  During the congress time, I have met with many librarians from all over the world. I also had the opportunity to network with colleagues from the professional bodies such as IFLA, American Library Association (ALA), OCLC, and Library Associations of different countries: Russia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the National Library Board Singapore etc. 

Photos with International Library Professionals and Professional Body Members


Twin Tower Sky Bridge visit and Cultural Program at MaTiC

IFLA WLIC 2018 was one of the highlights of my career.  I had a great experience for the duration of the conference. By meeting with library professionals around the world, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and have been inspired by many of them. I plan to put some of my IFLA WLIC 2018 experience in my current role as Deputy University Librarian. My attendance at the IFLA Congress has helped boost my professional confidence which would always have a great impact in my future career endeavor. 


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In conjunction with the recent IFLA WLIC 2018 held in Kuala Lumpur, Satellite Meetings (SMs) were held throughout Malaysia and neighbouring countries either before or after the Congress. These Meetings were organized by the various IFLA Sections/Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in partnership with local host organizations. Through these SMs, the IFLA Sections/SIGs had more time to focus their discussions on specific topics. It also provided an opportunity for them to engage with the locals who were not be able to attend the Congress or are involved in other IFLA-related activities. Most of the SMs took place within Kuala Lumpur or at most, within 3 hours’ flight travel time or 6 hours' over-land travel time to Kuala Lumpur.  

Even though IFLA has 44 Sections and 17 SIGs, not every Section/SIG holds a SM every year. For this year’s Congress, 17 SMs were held. Of these, 4 SMs were jointly organized by 2 professional units. One SM each was held in Calcutta, India and Singapore. Of the15 held in Malaysia, 10 were in Kuala Lumpur, and 1 each in Bangi, Salak Tinggi, Shah Alam, Georgetown and Kuching. Each SM has its own theme which reflects the theme of this year’s Congress – Transform Libraries, Transform Societies. All the SMs were held before the Congress except that of the Indigenous Matters Section which was held after the Congress. 

Participants of the References and Information Services Section (+ Information Technology Section) SM hosted by the University of Malaya Library       Courtesy of PPM

Presentation by the team from the New Professionals Special Interest Group at the SM hosted by the Selangor Public Library Corporation
Courtesy of PPM

One of several speakers at the Genealogy and Local History Section (+ Asia and Oceania Section) SM hosted by Areca Books/Think City in cooperation with Penang Heritage Trust, Wawasan Open University and Penang State Public Library Corporation 
Courtesy of PPM

Participants of the Management of Library Associations Section SM hosted by the National Library of Malaysia & Persatuan Pustakawan Malaysia
Courtesy of PPM

An end to the Social Science Libraries Section SM hosted by Tun Seri Lanang Library, (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Courtesy of PPM



All the SMs were well attended by both the local and international participants.


26th CDNLAO Meeting held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 2 May 2018

IFLA - ორშ, 03/12/2018 - 04:56

The 26th CDNLAO Meeting was successfully held at Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 2 May 2018. The meeting was organized by the Department of Historical Research and National Library under the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture. 

Participants of 26th CDNLAO

Director General(s) and Director(s) from 14 national libraries in Asia and Oceania including Bhutan, Cambodia, Peoples’ Republic of China, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam attended the meeting. The National Library of India and National Library of Mongolia apologise for not being to attend. 

Mr. Aung Myint, Director General of the Department of Historical Research and National Library, the Chair extended a warm welcome and greetings to the Director General(s) and Director(s) from the national libraries in Asia and Oceania.to the first CNDLAO held in Myanmar. 

 The 26th CDNLAO theme of “Preserving Culture by the National Libraries” was aligned to the role of National libraries as important institutions for preserving the cultural heritage of the country. He emphasized the importance of digital preservation, the connection and collaboration among national libraries in Asia and Oceania as the rationale behind the choice of the theme. 

On the establishment of CDNLAO Secretariat, Ms. Tay Ai Cheng from National Library Board Singapore explained that said the draft policies formulated by CDNLAO would be presented to IFLA during the IFLA WLIC 2018 in August.

The meeting witnessed interesting presentations on the theme: “Preserving Culture by National Libraries” conducted by Dr. Kaythi Aye (Myanmar), Ms. Jaesun Lee (R. O. Korea), Mr. Sun Boyang (P. R. China), Ms. Tay Ai Cheng (Singapore) and Mr. Walimunige Sunil (Sri Lanka) respectively. They shared the activities and programmes of cultural preservation by their national libraries. 

Presentation of ‘Preserving Cultural Heritage’ by National Library of Korea 

In his presentation, D. Kaythi Aye focused on the digital preservation of documentary heritage for future generation. She mentioned the digitization project of National Library of Myanmar and its challenges. Ms. Jaesun Lee shared the comparison of past and present preservation functions of National Library of Korea which was now applying the mass de-acidification system and rare collection restoration. Website www.nl.go.ke/iflapac. 

Mr. Sun Boyang provided an overview of cultural heritage preservation and conservation of the National Library of China. NLC has been doing the National Strategic Depository of Document Preservation Project, Literature Preservation and Conservation Nationwide project, China Memory Project, etc. NLC has established the IFLA Preservation and Conservation Center since 1984.

Ms. Tan Huism highlighted the twin mission of build and preserve the national collection; and build and support national reference. She said that since 2005, National Library, Singapore has been providing online content as part of the digital content strategy. 

The Chair announced that the 27th CDNLAO will be hosted by National Library Board Singapore in 2019. We need to seek the host country for 28th CDNLAO in 2020.

Welcoming to Singapore, next host of 27th CDNLAO

The delegates of the 26th CDNLAO delegates, except Bhutan, Fiji and Sri Lanka participated at the 17th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL XVII) event on 3-5 May 2018. The opening ceremony of CONSAL XVII was held at Myanmar International Convention Center 2 in Naypyitaw. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi graced the ceremony and delivered the Opening Remarks. This was followed by a photo-taking by CDNLAO delegates with State Counsellor.

CDNLAO delegates visited the Parliament, National Library, National Museum and National Archives on 5 may 2018. They were given a new experience of presentation on parliament session, visits to superior exhibits and showrooms at the National Museum (Naypyitaw) and National Archives (Naypyitaw), and large collection of traditional manuscripts at the National Library (Naypyitaw).

Copyright (C) 2018 National Library of Myanmar

VIVO Updates for December 2, 2018 — Sprint this week, January architecture fly-in, David Wilcox, Books for VIVO, Open Repository CFP

DSpace news - ორშ, 03/12/2018 - 02:10

Sprint this week!  VIVO will be holding a one week sprint to introduce new developers to the project.  The print will focus on maintenance tasks.  If you’d like to learn about VIVO, how it is developed, and pitch in, this is a great opportunity.  You will want to be on VIVO Slack if you are not already.  Details regarding the sprint are available here:  2018-12 Sprint

January Architectural Fly-in The VIVO Project is planning an invited architectural fly-in to develop architectural approaches to addressing the statement of direction for 2019. The fly-in will bring together technical leaders to create documents that can be used to organized development sprints moving us in our desired direction. The fly-in will meet at the University of Florida Academic Research Center in Lake Nona Florida, and will be facilitated by Andrew Woods. You can read more about the fly-in here 2019 Architectural Fly-in The results of the fly-in will help orient technical work for 2019.

David Wilcox joins Membership Task Force David Wilcox of Duraspace is joining the VIVO Membership Task Force. David is well known in the Fedora community as the Fedora project manager. David has significant experience building and maintaining Fedora project membership. The Membership Task Force looks forward to working with David over the course of the coming year in its efforts to strengthen and grow VIVO membership.

Please welcome David to the VIVO community!

Books for VIVO Each month, we consider a book of value to the VIVO community. This month the book is “Basic Formal Ontology” by Robert Arp, Barry Smith and Andrew Spear. Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) is a top level ontology that provides the framework for the VIVO ontology, and many other ontologies, particularly ontologies used in the natural sciences. BFO is rooted in the philosophical concept of realism. BFO tries to define things that exist in the natural world, and tries to avoid defining classes and properties of convenience. This approach leads naturally to creative tension with those who might take a more expedient approach — identifying elements that appear to have value and letting utility determine the value of the representation. Professor Barry Smith, the originator of BFO, has been called “the most famous philosopher in America.” His ideas can be controversial, but BFO forms the foundation for the Information Artifacts Ontology (also used by VIVO), the Gene Ontology, ontologies used in industry and government, and the Open Biomedical Ontology Foundry ontologies. If you would like to know more about the foundational roots of the VIVO ontology, and of ontology in general, you can’t do better that Arp, Smith, and Spear. The VIVO ontology is mentioned in the book, as are many other ontologies based on BFO.

Robert Arp, Barry Smith, and Andrew D. Spear. 2015. Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology. The MIT Press. ISBN-13 9780262527811.

Open Repositories Call for Proposals Open  Open Repositories will be held in Hamburg Germany, June 10-13, 2019. The call for proposal is currently open and closes January 9, 2019. You can find the call for proposals here: https://or2019.blogs.uni-hamburg.de/cfp/

Giving a presentation or poster about VIVO?  Know of an event of interest to the VIVO community?  We’d love to hear from you!  Please add the event to Conferences Attended and to Attend



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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25th Anniversary Year of the IFLA-UNESCO Public Library Manifesto

IFLA - ხუთ, 29/11/2018 - 16:58

The UNESCO-IFLA Public Library Manifesto was last updated and finalised on 29 November 1994. 29 November 2018 therefore marks the start of the Manifesto’s 25th year!

First created in 1949, the Manifesto in its current edition establishes a set of missions and principles for public libraries, agreed by UNESCO’s Member States.

It highlights the key role of public libraries in education, social development and the preservation of heritage, as well as how they can promote freedom of expression and creativity.  

As a new article released by IFLA today indicates, the Manifesto has not only provided an inspiration to lawmakers and libraries alike around the world, but forms the basis of legislation and library strategies. There are also interesting examples of its use in assessing and measuring libraries and their services.

To celebrate, IFLA is working, in particular with its Public Libraries Section, to raise awareness of the document, encourage discussion about its implementation, and reflect on its relevance today.

How can you get involved?
  • Join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #PublicLibraryManifesto. Tell the world what means most to you in the Public Library Manifesto, and share photos of this.
  • Add a frame to your Facebook profile by clicking here, or following these instructions:
    • Go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes
    • Select a frame from the menu or search for the frame you want to use (search using the “25 Years Public Library Manifesto” or just “IFLA”)
    • Set for how long you want to have this frame
    • Click Use as Profile Picture to save
  • Watch out for further announcements in the coming months!

Next Library Festival 2019

EIFL-OA news and events - ხუთ, 29/11/2018 - 12:36

Ramune Petuchovaite, EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Manager, and Edvaldas Baltrunas, EIFL-PLIP Coordinator, will participate in the Next Library Festival 2019, which takes place in Aarhus’s award-winning Dokk1 library building.

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Help children in Ghana pass exams!

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 28/11/2018 - 18:28

We’ve chosen the Hands-on computers for 1,800 Ghana children project for our year-end fundraising campaign. Here’s why –              

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“DSpace Konsortium Deutschland” Set Up to Develop Open Source Software

DSpace news - ოთხ, 28/11/2018 - 18:13

Open access to scientific findings is essential. This conviction is shared by both the Executive Board of TU Berlin and the University Library. To this end, the Technische Universität Berlin approved an open access policy at the start of this year, thus lending its explicit support to its academics and researchers wishing to publish their papers as open access documents. Open access ensures that publications are freely accessible, while maintaining the highest academic standards. TU Berlin is also one of approximately 200 academic institutions in Germany actively engaged in the DEAL project, which seeks to prevent the big academic publishing houses from establishing a monopoly. In a further step, the TU Berlin University Library is now initiating the founding of a consortium for the development of the “DSpace” open source software. The consortium consists of 25 academic institutions.

“We wish to ensure the development of the ‘DSpace’ software through the consortium, while also helping to shape the strategic focus of this software,” says Jürgen Christof, executive director of the TU Berlin University Library. “DSpace” is the most used software for operating open access repositories. Such repositories serve to make publications, research data and documents available to everybody, free of charge and on a permanent basis. As such, “DSpace” is not only the software behind TU Berlin’s “DepositOnce“ repository, it also forms one of the technical bases for open access publishing in general.

“DSpace“ open source software

“DSpace” is supported by the US non-profit organization DuraSpace, under whose aegis the “DSpace” community is organized. The new “DSpace Konsortium Deutschland” raises funds for the development of the software, forwards the funds to DuraSpace and in return is given a say in the administration of the project. The founding of the new consortium in Germany makes the focus of the project much more international. Previously, 50 percent of “DSpace” members were from the USA. Currently 28 members are from the USA, 25 from Germany and 34 from the rest of the world – including Finland, the United Kingdom, Peru, Portugal and Switzerland. In addition to TU Berlin, the Berlin “DSpace” membership also includes FU Berlin, HU Berlin and the Medical Library of the Charité.

“The founding of the consortium is another important step for us towards achieving open access,” says Jürgen Christof. “It enables us to make a significant contribution to the financing and development of the open source community. This reflects the commitment to contribute actively to open source projects which the TU Berlin University Library made in its open access policy.”

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New IFLA Publication: Global Action on School Library Education and Training

IFLA - ოთხ, 28/11/2018 - 12:35

Just off the press in the IFLA Publications Series…​

Global Action on School Library Education and Training
Edited by Barbara Schultz-Jones and Dianne Oberg
Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2018
ISBN 978-3-11-0613124
(IFLA Publications; Nr 178)
Euro 89,95 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 103.99

Read all about it

Introducing Open Source Project Leadership and Priorities

DSpace news - სამ, 27/11/2018 - 22:50

From Salwa Ismail, DSpace Leadership Group Chair, Head of Library Information Technology (LIT)
Georgetown University Library

As a community-based open source project, the DSpace digital platform is guided by the project Steering and Leadership Groups, which represent the needs of more than 2,000 stakeholder institutions around the world who use DSpace. Last year, the Leadership Group was infused with energy as elections were held and a new membership model was chosen for governance. Twenty new members were elected to the Leadership Group, and priorities were set forth to align with existing work, and to lead DSpace into a brighter future with a refreshed roadmap.

There are many exciting developments planned for the release of DSpace 7, which is a complete overhaul of the current DSpace infrastructure. The new version is a significant break from past versions, in that it features a new user interface built on current technology and support for data entities in the data model (aligning with research information systems) to ensure that DSpace stays current and competitive with other repository solutions while being interoperable with existing research information systems.

The Leadership Group is developing plans to involve more community feedback, by creating working groups that have representation from the community as requirements for the projects are developed and implemented. Another important goal that the Leadership Group is excited to implement is to ensure a broader and more inclusive communication with and feedback from the larger DSpace community about these new features and developments, so the project governance can engage with DSpace members and non-members in the adoption of and migration to DSpace. The Leadership Group works closely with the Steering Group which is responsible for implementing these priorities and coordinating with the various Working Groups. The working groups are incubators for many features and improvements to DSpace, and one of our priorities as the DSpace Leadership Group for the year 2018-2019 is to continue that community engagement in the form of our working groups, which will help us ensure a robust platform and an engaged community.

DSpace as a platform benefits from the fact that the Leadership Group has international representation from South America and Europe that helps ensure a truly global and rich set of factors are encompassed to make DSpace a very competitive platform. GDPR compliance and integration with other platforms, applications, and guidelines such as ORCID, OpenAire, CRIS data model is a current priority. The Leadership Group meets monthly and the meeting notes and decisions are posted online for the community to access.

About the DSpace Leadership Group: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/DSpace+Leadership+Group

From Robin Ruggaber, Fedora Leadership Group Chair, Library CTO &. Senior Director IT, University of Virginia

Fedora has established itself as a mature, community-supported, open source project, with growing membership and active participation from a wide variety of stakeholders. The leadership group is aiming for steady growth and progress towards fulfilling key priorities, along with a renewed focus on the long-term vision and the roadmap for Fedora.

In 2019, the LG will focus initially on completion of a comprehensive roadmap which will support the completion of the Fedora API framework and tested implementations but will also chart the course for other aspects of the community of vital importance to the product. This work is essential to achieving objectives in communication, marketing, fundraising, and community expansion.

The roadmap is a critical foundation for prioritizing and aligning work across the community. Collaboration and participation in the communities that leverage Fedora generates valuable use cases necessary to evolve Fedora. A prime example is the current API framework affording flexible options for competing demands- high availability vs performance.

About the Fedora Leadership Group: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/FF/Roles+and+Responsibilities#RolesandResponsibilities-LeadershipGroup

From Julia Trimmer, VIVO Leadership Group Chair, Manager of Faculty Data Systems and Analysis, Duke University

It’s a big year for VIVO! We welcome for two new members, SIGMA, an academic IT non-profit based in Barcelona, Spain, and Cineca, an Italian consortium of universities and the Italian Ministry of Education. Anna Guillaumet from SIGMA and Federico Ferrario from Cineca have joined other esteemed members on the VIVO Leadership Group, including three members of the DuraSpace Board of Directors.

Made up of new and seasoned VIVO community members, the Leadership Group meets every four weeks and provides strategic direction for the more operational Steering Group, which meets every two weeks. Both groups are critical to the success of VIVO.

This summer, we thanked Dean Krafft at Cornell for serving as the VIVO Leadership Group Chair for an incredible seven years. We crafted new terms for the Leadership and Steering Groups members, including the chair, that are much less heroic. We held elections for community and bronze members this summer and formed new meeting processes—resulting in somewhat re-tooled governance groups and policies for VIVO.

Our biggest priority this year is to engage our Leadership Group in committing development resources for sprints. With the help of Andrew Woods, we’ve identified development priorities for the year and we’re moving towards a sprint schedule that will map out this development work. Hopefully, this schedule will help VIVO members plan ahead to commit developer resources.

DuraSpace staff and other projects have provided tremendous help to VIVO this year for governance, technical leadership, membership guidance and all kinds of administrative and organizational support, and we’ll continue to lean on them in the coming months.

VIVO is lucky to have an incredible community of talented, committed users, developers, and supporters, and we’re hearing a lot of exciting ideas about new directions that VIVO might take. We’re looking forward to bringing that energy and innovation together to move VIVO forward in 2019 and beyond!

About the VIVO Leadership Group: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/VIVO/VIVO+Leadership+Group

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New information on IASL / IFLA Joint Committee

IFLA - სამ, 27/11/2018 - 22:17

The information on the IASL / IFLA Joint Committee and Roster is updated. 

Webinar Recording Available: DSpace for Research Data Management: Fordatis – a DSpace Solution

DSpace news - სამ, 27/11/2018 - 20:18

On November 20th Andrea Wuchner and Dirk Eisengräber-Pabst from Fraunhofer and Pascal-Nicolas Becker from The Library Code presented, “DSpace for Research Data Management: Fordatis – a DSpace Solution.”  During this one-hour webinar the presenters discussed the issues of customization and implementation of an open access research data repository drawing from their experiences.  The presentation highlighted their requirements and use cases, why they decided on DSpace, how they customized DSpace to meet their needs, the lessons they learned and their future plans.  

The presentation slides and webinar recording are available at https://duraspace.org/webinar/.

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