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Research Libraries: How You Can Support Text and Data Mining

LIBER news - ხუთ, 07/05/2020 - 09:29

Europe’s incoming Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market contains two new exceptions allowing text and data mining (TDM). The Directive is currently being implemented by all member states and must come into force no later than June 2021. Article 3 grants universities, educational establishments and libraries the right to mine in-copyright works to…

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WIPO's General Assembly: Fifty-second session

IFLA - ხუთ, 07/05/2020 - 09:00

Today and tomorrow, the World Intellectual Property Organization will hold an extraordinary General Assembly, thorugh a written procedure in order to confirm the appointment of a new Director General, Mr Daren Tang of Singapore.

The World Intellectual Property Organization is the agency of the United Nations that oversees policies and decisions concerning intellectual property and in particular copyright and related rights, through its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR).

The fifty-second General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization is taking place on 7th and 8th May 2020.

This Extraordinary General Assembly (the 28th) will see the appointment of the new Director-General, Daren Tang, currently CEO of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.

IFLA has already welcomed Mr.Tang's nomination, appreciating his strong role in the Singapore office and the implementation of its copyright reform, which demonstrates the use of solid legal and economic evidence to promote the development of a balance between the interests of users and rights holders.

IFLA has also noted contributions of Mr Tang during his time as chair of the SCCR, especially his underlining of the need to find digital-ready, cross-border solutions for cultural heritage, education and other uses.

IFLA has submitted a statement to WIPO as contribution, prepared by Winston Tabb (Head of IFLA's delegation) and Camille Françoise, Policy and Research Officer.

The statement is available: English version.

IFLA Responds to UN Consultation on Cultural Rights and Climate Change

IFLA - ოთხ, 06/05/2020 - 15:04

The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights invited stakeholders, including IFLA, to provide input for a report on the threat of climate change to culture, heritage and cultural rights.

These include the right to take part in cultural life without discrimination, scientific and artistic freedom, and the preservation of and access to cultural heritage. Beyond this, the report seeks to explore the positive potential of culture, heritage, and traditional knowledge on counteracting the effect of climate change and adapting to its impacts.

Climate action is a topic that transcends areas of study. Its intersection with cultural heritage is a priority for IFLA, from our participation as a founding member of the Climate Heritage Network to the important work being done in our Professional Units, such as the ENSULIB Special Interest Group.

To assist the Special Rapporteur in preparing her report, IFLA provided input on multiple questions within the following areas:

  • Negative impacts of climate change on culture and cultural rights
  • Positive potential of culture and cultural rights to enhance responses to climate change
  • Measures taken and recommendations
The Threat to Documentary Heritage

Documentary heritage gives us access to information, such as climate records and descriptions of traditional practices. This heritage, as well as the professionals that preserve and share it, are assets for climate action

We highlighted the threat to delicate documentary heritage collections posed by flooding, power-loss, smoke damage and other climate-related risks. In doing so, we also stressed the need to address gaps in capacity for disaster risk reduction and recovery in least developed and developing nations, including small island states.

Furthermore, the institutions that safeguard it, and in particular libraries, also have key roles in promoting, literacy, both traditional and digital, which is key to informed, participatory societies, which necessary for action on all SDGs.

In our response, it was therefore our goal to ensure that documentary heritage continues to be included in this discussion, both in terms of the negative impact climate change can have on its preservation and accessibility, as well as its potential to aid climate action.

Building Capacity

We also emphasized work already completed or underway at IFLA that could help build this capacity, including the IFLA Register for Documentary Heritage at Risk, the 2015 Recommendation Checklist, and guidelines concerning digital unification, disaster risk reduction, and library services to refugees.

Furthermore, we touched on the need to address the remaining digital divide to promote equitable participation in cultural life through online platforms.

Copyright for Heritage Preservation 

Finally, we voiced our concern for the lack of international legal provisions for heritage preservation, which leaves collections – and the cultural rights they help deliver – highly vulnerable to threats from climate change. For immediate action, we recommend stakeholders request an international copyright legal instrument with clear rules allowing the preservation copying of collections using all relevant technologies, including through cross-border collaboration.

We closed with a strong recommendation:

Start documenting threatened heritage sites and collections now, invest in disaster risk reduction measures and enable the digitisation of documentary heritage, or else they could be at risk for being lost forever.

The input provided by IFLA and other stakeholders will be included in a report and presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council in October 2020.

 

April-May IFLA Governing Board Meetings: Update from the IFLA President

IFLA - ოთხ, 06/05/2020 - 11:33

Dear colleagues,

I hope that you are well, despite all that is happening in the world at the moment. So many of you are facing tough restrictions alongside the communities you serve, and yet you are finding innovative and effective ways to continue to provide access to information and culture.

I know also that many of us have faced disappointments, with projects and events cancelled, not least our own World Library and Information Congress in August. However, we are lucky to have more options than ever before to meet remotely, and continue the work of IFLA, even in these extraordinary times.

This is exactly what we did with IFLA’s Governing Board meetings, held over the last week and a half. Despite having members from eight different time zones covering a total of 17 hours, we managed to get our business done and discuss our ongoing projects. Hooray Zoom!

Here is an overview of what we discussed at the GB meeting:

The Governance Review, which aims to give IFLA the structures it needs in order to make IFLA more transparent, effective, and open to all. The working groups have continued to meet and we will hold a virtual workshop next week to move towards finalising the draft proposal that will be circulated for consultation with members and professional units in June. We also discussed the timeframe for the amendments to the IFLA Statutes and Rules of Procedure and nominations and voting for 2021-23.

The General Assembly, which clearly cannot take place as planned in August. Given the uncertainty we face around the lifting of travel restrictions, the Governing Board agreed to leave taking a decision on the date and modalities of the Assembly until the first half of July. The business of the General Assembly includes the presentation of the Annual Report and awarding of IFLA honours as well as the amendments to the Statutes.

We discussed future World Library and Information Congresses, including the kindness of our Irish hosts in welcoming WLIC in 2022 and updates on the preparations for Rotterdam in 2021. We also agreed that we will delay a call for candidates to host the 2023 congress until later in the year because response to the COVID-19 pandemic is clearly the priority for most at this time.

This year’s President’s Meeting cannot be held as it has before. But we have some exciting plans developing, so that we can share useful and interesting perspectives on key issues relevant to the work of libraries now in the future.  

The new edition of the Trend Report has been impacted significantly because of COVID-19. We are exploring ways to produce this now that face to face meetings are not possible. The Governing Board agreed that we are still committed to having it completed by the end of the year.

Other meetings were also held during the week – the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee, the Congress Advisory Committee and the Professional Committee. The Professional committee discussed the imminent launch of new tools for IFLA webinars, which we hope will be particularly useful for Professional Units to share information and knowledge in a year without WLIC.

And here’s a video where I talk about the meeting.

In the meanwhile, please do keep an eye on our website and social media, where you’ll find plenty of news and resources to help you in your work and advocacy.

Warm wishes to you all,

Christine Mackenzie
IFLA President 2019-2021

Getting Ready to Lift Restrictions: IFLA Surveys Library Associations, Agencies and Networks

IFLA - სამ, 05/05/2020 - 20:19

With more and more countries moving to loosen restrictions linked to the COVID-19 Pandemic, libraries are facing hard choices about how to re-open their doors safely. To support these, IFLA Headquarters and the IFLA Management of Library Associations Section are gathering examples of plans being developed and implemented.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen libraries in countries around the world forced to close their doors as part of efforts to stop the spread of the disease. This has caused major disruption to the services our institutions offer to the communities they support.

Faced with this, the library field has proven its capacity for innovation and resourcefulness, finding new ways to reach users and enable education, research and access to culture.

Moves to re-open libraries promise to make this work much easier again, but at the same time, can also bring queries and concens about how to ensure the safety of users and staff.

With similar questions being asked around the world, by libraries facing similar situations, there is much to be gained from sharing both responses and uncertainties, in order to learn from each other.

For this reason, IFLA Headquarters is working with IFLA’s Management of Library Associations Section to collect examples of how library associations, agencies and networks are planning for a safe re-opening of institutions, for the sake of users and staff alike.

IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner said: ‘The re-opening of libraries will be an both an important symbolic moment, and a practical opportunity for people to make use of vital services again. However, doing this safely requires careful planning and cannot come at the expense of safety. Thanks to its global membership, IFLA is able to draw together and share practical information from around the world to help its members do so’.

The results will be available to members of the section directly, and will feed into ongoing updates of IFLA’s COVID-19 resource page.

Are you a library association, agency or network and have not received the link? Send an email to updates@ifla.org and we will share relevant details. Examples of plans (translated where needed) from Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland the United States are already featured on our COVID-19 resource page.

Placemaking, purposing and partnerships - Presentations now available

IFLA - სამ, 05/05/2020 - 16:13
The presentations from our fantastic mid-year seminar in Montreal in March are now publicly available on slideshare. They provide a wonderful insight from global experts into libraries' placemaking, purposing and partnerships and how they influence library design. Enjoy!  

Webinar on 'Information literacy: Knowing the right news in the digital age' on 8 May 2020, 3-4 pm (IST)

IFLA - კვი, 03/05/2020 - 18:45

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) invite you to attend a live and interactive information literacy webinar focussing on present days misinformation at 3:00-4:00 PM (IST). Webinar sessions of ‘Knowing the Right News’ is a response to the problem of disinformation. As the public faces renewed concerns about misleading contents amid COVID-19 pandemic, TERI and IFLA have tailored this webinar to provide timely examples and activities to help strengthen information literacy, impact of misinformation in different digital media, legal implications, and skills to choose selected information in such time. Read more.

Webinar on 'Information literacy: Knowing the right news in the digital age'

IFLA - კვი, 03/05/2020 - 18:45

TERI and IFLA (International Federation of Library Association) invite you to attend a live and interactive information literacy webinar focussing on present days misinformation at 3:00-4:00 PM (IST). Webinar sessions of ‘Knowing the Right News’ is a response to the problem of disinformation. As the public faces renewed concerns about misleading contents amid COVID-19 pandemic, IFLA and TERI has tailored this webinar to provide timely examples and activities to help strengthen information literacy, impact of misinformation in different digital media, legal implications, and skills to choose selected information in such time. Read more.

IFLA ARL Joint Session with IFLA SES Postponed

IFLA - კვი, 03/05/2020 - 14:35

Owing to the cancellation of the IFLA WLIC 2020 in Dublin, the IFLA ARL Joint Session planned with the Statistics and Evaluation Section with the theme, "Alignment with Research:  Providing, Communicating and Assessing the Value of Research Support", has been postponed for a year. The Joint programme will be carried forward to IFLA WLIC 2021 in Rotterdam.

The keynote speakers and the authors of the selected abstracts have been informed, and will be contacted at the beginning of 2021 to confirm they are still able to present at IFLA WLIC 2021.

The original call for papers can be viewed here: https://www.ifla.org/node/92854?og=43

Update to IFLA ARL Attendance Grants 2020

IFLA - კვი, 03/05/2020 - 03:11

We are pleased to announce that both EX LIBRIS and SAGE, the sponsors of the IFLA ARL Attendance Grants, have agreed to allow us to carry the grant funding for IFLA 2020 over to 2021. This means that there will be two sets of regional grant winners able to attend IFLA WLIC 2021 seeing as IFLA WLIC 2020 was cancelled.

The winners of the 2020 grants will be announced on 15 July 2020.

Details of the grants can be viewed here: https://www.ifla.org/node/10787. Original call for applications is here: https://www.ifla.org/node/92765

Update to IFLA ARL Attendance Grants 2020

IFLA - კვი, 03/05/2020 - 03:11

We are pleased to announce that both EX LIBRIS and SAGE, the sponsors of the IFLA ARL Attendance Grants, have agreed to allow us to carry the grant funding for IFLA 2020 over to 2021. This means that there will be two sets of regional grant winners able to attend IFLA WLIC 2021 seeing as IFLA WLIC 2020 was cancelled.

The winners of the 2020 grants will be announced on 15 July 2020.

Details of the grants can be viewed here: https://www.ifla.org/node/10787. Original call for applications is here: https://www.ifla.org/node/92765

IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 Cancelled

IFLA - პარ, 01/05/2020 - 18:38

The IFLA Governing Board and Irish National Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC). Dublin will instead welcome the 2022 Congress, following confirmation that the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland – the previous planned venue – is unlikely to be ready on time. Read more.

IFLA WLIC 2020 Congress Cancelled

IFLA - ოთხ, 29/04/2020 - 17:02

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 WLIC in Dublin, the Art Libraries Section is expected to convene only for virtual business meetings in August. All of the expressed anticipated activities and confirmed speakers are considered in place for the 2021 WLIC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Please contact the Art Libraries Section Standing Committee for more information or with any questions.

SSH Open Marketplace: How and When Libraries Can Contribute

LIBER news - ოთხ, 29/04/2020 - 10:55

A main outcome of the SSHOC Project, in which LIBER is a partner, is the creation of a SSH Open Marketplace: a first-class research environment offering tools, services, training materials, research papers and other useful resources for digital researchers, particularly those working in the social sciences and humanities. To ensure the SSH Open Marketplace matches…

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Call for newsletter submissions: 'Connecting with multicultural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic'

IFLA - სამ, 28/04/2020 - 15:13

In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for libraries around the world in the way that they deliver services. To help share stories of best practice, innovation, and challenging experiences, the IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section will be focusing much of the upcoming issue of its newsletter on the impact of COVID-19 on libraries that work with multicultural communities.

We are calling for stories that might include (for example):

  • Innovative ways that libraries have adapted services to connect with multicultural communities in the online environment.
  • Challenges in managing social isolation and connecting with communities when the physical doors are closed
  • Issues for library staff from minority backgrounds, regarding employment and financial security during library closures.
  • How library workers from minority backgrounds are supporting one another in managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, or working from home.
  • Changes in the demand for linguistically diverse collection material during the pandemic - particularly online collections.
  • Successes and challenges connecting with communities as libraries experiment with new approaches and technologies.

We also welcome ‘non-COVID-19’ stories, and would love to hear other news stories from the International library sector that are of interest to our Section members.

Stories should have a word length of 400-600 words, with accompanying images (300dpi, JPEG format). Please send your submissions to our editor, Pam Ryan (PRyan@tpl.ca) by Thursday 21 May, using the subject line “MCULTP Newsletter submission”.

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If you don’t wish to write an article, but still have a news story to share, we are also looking for stories to feature through our social media channels. Please send them to us anytime by email (ifla.mcultp@gmail.com), and we’ll add it to our social media schedule.

You can’t keep a good public library (locked) down

EIFL-OA news and events - სამ, 28/04/2020 - 11:12

“The library is closed to the public until further notice.” Messages like this have been posted on the doors and gates of public libraries across the world as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, and public librarians have joined the millions of people forced to stay at home by lockdown measures. 

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

You can’t keep a good public library (locked) down

EIFL - FOSS news - სამ, 28/04/2020 - 11:12

“The library is closed to the public until further notice.” Messages like this have been posted on the doors and gates of public libraries across the world as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, and public librarians have joined the millions of people forced to stay at home by lockdown measures. 

You can’t keep a good public library (locked) down

EIFL news and events - სამ, 28/04/2020 - 11:12

“The library is closed to the public until further notice.” Messages like this have been posted on the doors and gates of public libraries across the world as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, and public librarians have joined the millions of people forced to stay at home by lockdown measures. 

RDA COVID-19 Guidelines and Recommendations

EIFL-OA news and events - ორშ, 27/04/2020 - 18:50

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) COVID-19 Working Group has released draft guidelines and recommendations (rd-alliance.org/group/rda-covid19-rda-covid19-omics-rda-covid19-epidemiology-rda-covid19-clinical-rda-covid19-0) for sharing research data in ways that support scientific research and policy making during public health emergencies. 

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