Feed aggregator

EU Digital Assembly 2017 – Libraries As Relevant As Ever in the Internet Age

IFLA - Sun, 25/06/2017 - 02:21

This year’s European Digital Assembly took place in Malta, bringing together representatives of the EU, national governments, business and civil society. It focused on the opportunities and challenges raised by the development of the digital economy, and how policy makers should respond. Morgane Gourgand from the University of Malta Library attended.

 

For libraries, digital technologies offer strong potential to further progress towards the goal of access to information for all. They also increase the importance of spaces where people can develop their information literacy skills, receive training throughout their lives, and feel safe.

 

Highlights of this year’s Assembly included discussions about WiFi4EU, a project which will allow local authorities to work with community institutions to bid for money to install public WiFi. Libraries are potentially very strong candidates, given their trusted status and ability to offer other services.

 

Participants also discussed digital skills, and their importance for employability. There are many options out there, from boot camps to MOOCs. Here too, given their position within communities, libraries can make a contribution as resource centres and training venues. They could also serve as workspaces for people working remotely, enabling them better to balance professional and personal lives. 

Kenya library helps children conquer fear of maths

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 17:47

Kenya National Library Service / Nakuru Public Library has shared results of its interactive online learning programme which helped primary school children overcome their fear of maths and improve their grades in maths tests.

The project was launched with a small grant from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) in 2016.

Library’s classes help children conquer their fear of maths

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 16:59
COMMUNITY NEED

During visits to primary schools, librarians from Nakuru Public Library in the busy town of Nakuru in mid-western Kenya were alarmed to find that most of the children they spoke to hated mathematics. The children believed maths was very difficult, many were failing, and some dreaded the subject so much that they wanted to drop out of school.

 THE INNOVATIVE PROJECT

The librarians put their heads together: how could they help change children’s attitudes and boost their performance in mathematics?

LIBER Executive Board Nominations: Voting Process

LIBER news - Fri, 23/06/2017 - 10:36

At LIBER’s 2017 Annual Conference, two new members will be appointed to the Executive Board. Four candidates were nominated. They are: Dr Søren Bertil Fabricius Dorch, University Library of Southern Denmark, Denmark Proposer: Mr Wilhelm Widmark, Stockholm University Library, Sweden (Nomination Form) Dr Anna Maria Wałek, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland Proposer: Professor Janusz Smulko,…

The post LIBER Executive Board Nominations: Voting Process appeared first on LIBER.

ახალი წიგნი ჩვენს ბიბლიოთეკაში

კალანდია, გიორგი. ექვთიმე თაყაიშვილი და ტაო-კლარჯეთი=Ekvtime Takaishvili and Tao-Klarjeti : კრებული ეძღვნება 1917 წელს სამხრეთ საქართველოში მოწყობილი ექსპედიციის 100 წლის იუბილეს / რედ. ჯ. სამუშია, მთარგმნ. ა. ბაკურიძე. - თბ., 2017. – 170 გვ. ISBN 978-9941-27-021-5
წარმოგიდგენთ წიგნი-ალბომს, რითაც ფაქტიურად იწყება ახალი პროექტი სერიით: “ტაო-კლარჯეთი არქივებსა და სიძველეთსაცავებში”. პროექტის მიზანია ერთ გამოცემაში მოაქციოს ტაო-კლარჯეთის შეახებ სხვადასხვა კოლექციებში გაფანტული ვიზუალური მასალა. 
ექვთიმე თაყაიშვილი და მისი სამეცნიერო ექსპედიციები უდავოდ ქმნის იმ ერთ მთლიანობას, რასაც ქარული კულტურული მემკვიდრეობის შესწავლა ეწოდება. ეს არის ხელმეორედ აღმოჩენილი ჩვენი სულიერების დიდებული ძეგლები: ოშკი, იშხანი ხახული და მრავალი სხვა... აქვეა ჩანაწერების, ნახაზებისა და წერილების სიუხვე ფრონტის ხაზიდან, რაც ქარულ ისტორიოგრაფიაში მეორე უმნიშვნელოვანეს კვალს ტოვებს. 
ეთნიკურად ქართული ტაო, ლაპიდარული  წარწერებითა და ტოპონიმებით, დიდმა ექვთიმემ შეძლო მახლობელი გაეხადა საქართველოსათვის.

იხ. ვრცლად

ახალი წიგნი ჩვენს ბიბლიოთეკაში

თანდაშვილი, მ. ზმნის სემანტიკური ანალიზი ქართულში / რედ. ნ. შარაშენიძე. - თბ.: მერიდიანი, 2017. – 178 გვ.

ISBN 978-9941-25-344-7 წიგნი "ზმნის სემანტიკური ანალიზი ქართულში" წარმოადგენს ფრანკფურტის უნივერსიტეტში წაკითხული ლექციების იმ ნაწილს, რომელიც მოიცავდა ქართული ზმნის კლასიფიკაციის საკითხებს. ნაშრომში მოცემული ქართული ზმნის სემანტიკური მოდელი მისთვის დამახასიათებელი მორფო-სინტაქსური თავისებურებების უკეთ აღწერის საშუალებას იძლევა. თეორიულ ღირებულებასთან ერთად, ნაშრომს პრაქტიკული მნიშვნელობაც აქვს, რადგან აქ განხილული ზმნის სემანტიკური კლასიფიკაციის ჩარჩო, მნიშვნელოვნად აადვილებს ქართული ენის ავტომატური თარგმანის პრობლემის ადეკვატურ გადაჭრას.  ნაშრომში ძირითადად გამოყენებულია უცხოურ სამეცნიერო ლიტერატურაში წარმოდგენილი თეორიული დებულებები და მოდელები. წიგნი განკუთვნილია, როგორც ფილოლოგიური ფაკულტეტის სტუდენტებისთვის, ისე საკითხით დაინტერესებულ პირთათვის.

იხ. ვრცლად

Showing libraries' contribution to development: How public libraries contribute to the STEM agenda

IFLA - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 13:42

by Sue McKerracher, CEO, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

 

The STEAM into Sydney conference took place on 16 and 17 March 2017, alongside the IFLA Public Libraries Section mid-term meeting. Organised by Section Chair Marian Morgan-Bindon and Secretary/Information Coordinator Jan Richards, the event was booked out within a couple of hours, demonstrating the strength of interest in the Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEM) agenda across the globe.

Determined to make the most of the stories generated through the conference presentations, Jan and Marian worked with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to produce a summary of these: How public libraries contribute to the STEM agenda. As an easy to read, highly illustrated document, this report has already proved to be a valuable advocacy tool, helping library managers explain to local, state and territory governments what can be achieved by investing in makerspaces and technology programs. For some politicians and their advisers, it is difficult to understand the link between libraries and STEM. This report not only makes that connection, but also provides examples of inspirational activities, from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.

The report is the first Australian publication specifically designed to show the impact of libraries in contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda. This particular document relates to Sustainable Development Goal 5 "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls" - Target B: "Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women". The report has been shared with the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of the Arts. Further reports are planned over the coming months along with advice to library managers about how they can use them as conversation starters with local councils and their communities.

 

International Advocacy Programme (IAP): Ten projects now under way

IFLA - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 11:37

Earlier this year, IFLA launched a worldwide call for proposals to request funding for the implementation of regional or national awareness-raising and capacity building activities for 2017-2018, as part of the International Advocacy Programme (IAP).

A record number of proposals were submitted (115 from all regions in the world) showing the great commitment of the library and information community to ensure libraries are involved in the United Nations 2030 Agenda planning and implementation at the local, regional and global level.

All proposals were carefully analysed by the IFLA IAP Steering Committee, with the support of IFLA’s Manager for Development Programmes.

Preference was given to proposals from library associations, national libraries, and the public library sector. Regional proposals involving countries that hadn't take part in any of the IAP Regional Workshops organised by IFLA in 2016-2017 were also preferred.

The ten funding proposals selected aim to continue showing libraries’ contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda, and to advocate for libraries to be recognised as government partners to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by their inclusion in National Development Plans.

A regional distribution of the selected proposals is as follows:

Africa Americas Asia Oceania Europe Global

West Africa 
(Regional)

Including:
Benin
Burkina Faso
Cote D’Ivoire
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Liberia
Mali
Niger
Nigeria
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Togo

Brazil

Asia Pacific (Regional)

Including:
Australia (ALIA)
New Zealand (LIANZA)
Singapore

East Europe (Regional)

Including:
Czech Republic
Hungary
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Ukraine

International Leaders Programme (ILP) 2nd Cohort Associates 

Countries involved:
Colombia
China
Egypt
Mexico
Philippines
Senegal
Serbia
United States of America

East Africa (Regional)

Including:
Kenya
Rwanda
Tanzania
Uganda

Central America (Regional)

Including:
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Central Asia (Regional)

Including:
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan

DACHS (Regional – German speaking countries)

Including:
Austria
Germany
Italy/ South Tirol
Switzerland

    Costa Rica         Trinidad and Tobago      

The IFLA IAP will launch a second call for proposals towards the end of 2017. Stay tuned to learn more and don’t miss the opportunity to take action!

About the International Advocacy Programme (IAP)

The IFLA IAP is a capacity-building programme designed to promote and support the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Through the IAP, IFLA aims to establish an engaged community of advocates who will clearly articulate the significant opportunities to increase the profile and highlight the positive impact of library and information professionals in the achievement of the SDGs.

Article processing charges - what will you pay?

eifl licensing news - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 16:08

As more and more publishers introduce options for publishing in open access, it can be difficult for researchers to decide where to publish and what they should expect to pay. This blog provides an overview of publishing options and article processing charges (APCs) offered by EIFL’s publishing partners.

Article processing charges - what will you pay?

EIFL-OA news and events - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 16:08

As more and more publishers introduce options for publishing in open access, it can be difficult for researchers to decide where to publish and what they should expect to pay. This blog provides an overview of publishing options and article processing charges (APCs) offered by EIFL’s publishing partners.

ქართული ემიგრაციის დარბაზში ლევან ზურაბიშვილის ხსოვნისადმი მიძღვნილი გამოფენა გაიმართა

ქართული ემიგრაციის დარბაზში ლევან ზურაბიშვილის ხსოვნისადმი მიძღვნილი გამოფენა გაიმართა

19 ივნისს ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის ქართული ემიგრაციის დარბაზში გაიმართა საზოგადო მოღვაწის, საფრანგეთში მცხოვრებ ქართველთა სათვისტომოს თავმჯდომარის, ლევან ზურაბიშვილის ხსოვნისადმი მიძღვნილი გამოფენა და მისი პირადი ბიბლიოთეკის პრეზენტაცია.

სრული ტექსტი

-- Delivered by Feed43 service

IFLA marks World Refugee Day

IFLA - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 19:47

On World Refugee Day, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions wishes to highlight the richness and vibrancy of an inclusive and open society by reminding how libraries play an integral role in democratization and integration. IFLA believes that open societies are healthy societies and that libraries guarantee basic human rights by enabling access to information and knowledge for all.

Today, therefore, we wish to celebrate the work of libraries engaged in working with one of the most vulnerable segment of our societies: refugees and immigrants. As cultural institutions with a long history of inclusion, libraries are well-positioned to perform activities to support integration and multicultural practices. Libraries provide free access to computers and wi-fi, a safe and welcoming space to use to learn about the new host country and the immediate community, activities for children and families and a host of other services pivotal to the well-being of refugees.

Human emergencies such as conflicts and economic distress have caused tremendous mass movements. Tens of millions of individuals have fled war and persecution and they need our support to find a stable place they can call home. Children are uniquely vulnerable to the dangers caused by dislocation and migration. Unjustified barriers to the movement of people are cruel and contrary to human rights. These children and their families need guidance and support. Libraries represent safe-havens where they can start the process of integration.

IFLA believes that by giving people the access to information and support they need, we will have healthier society and stronger democracies. 

IFLA marks World Refugee Day

IFLA - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 19:47

On World Refugee Day, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions wishes to highlight the richness and vibrancy of an inclusive and open society by reminding how libraries play an integral role in democratization and integration. IFLA believes that open societies are healthy societies and that libraries guarantee basic human rights by enabling access to information and knowledge for all.

Today, therefore, we wish to celebrate the work of libraries engaged in working with one of the most vulnerable segment of our societies: refugees and immigrants. As cultural institutions with a long history of inclusion, libraries are well-positioned to perform activities to support integration and multicultural practices. Libraries provide free access to computers and wi-fi, a safe and welcoming space to use to learn about the new host country and the immediate community, activities for children and families and a host of other services pivotal to the well-being of refugees.

Human emergencies such as conflicts and economic distress have caused tremendous mass movements. Tens of millions of individuals have fled war and persecution and they need our support to find a stable place they can call home. Children are uniquely vulnerable to the dangers caused by dislocation and migration. Unjustified barriers to the movement of people are cruel and contrary to human rights. These children and their families need guidance and support. Libraries represent safe-havens where they can start the process of integration.

IFLA believes that by giving people the access to information and support they need, we will have healthier society and stronger democracies. 

Check out these IFLA WLIC sessions of interest in Poland!

IFLA - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 19:46

Thanks to Sandy Hirsh for preparing a great annotated list of interesting sessions at WLIC in Poland.

Check out these IFLA WLIC sessions of interest in Poland!

IFLA - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 19:46

Thanks to Sandy Hirsh for preparing a great annotated list of interesting sessions at WLIC in Poland.

A new CPDWL newsletter is now available

IFLA - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 19:15

The June 2017 newsletter of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) is now available.

A new CPDWL newsletter is now available

IFLA - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 19:15

The June 2017 newsletter of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) is now available.

LIBER’s New Executive Director: Astrid Verheusen

LIBER news - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 18:12

The LIBER Executive Board is very pleased to announce that, following its recent recruitment for a new Executive Director and interviews held in The Hague on 1 June 2017, Ms Astrid Verheusen has been appointed as LIBER Executive Director.  Ms Verheusen was appointed to the post of LIBER Interim Executive Director on 15 March 2017,…

The post LIBER’s New Executive Director: Astrid Verheusen appeared first on LIBER.

Supporting the Practical Adoption of Open Science

LIBER news - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 13:22

The Challenge Open science and its importance are gaining more and more attention. A large part of the conversation however, still focuses on the level of awareness and encouragement. How can we help researchers go from awareness to actual implementation of open science in their own discipline? The Project The FOSTER Plus project builds on…

The post Supporting the Practical Adoption of Open Science appeared first on LIBER.

FOSTER Plus Project on Open Science Training Kicks Off

LIBER news - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 10:06

After the success of the initial FOSTER project on open science training, we are happy to announce that the followup-project, FOSTER Plus, kicked off on the 22nd of May. Twenty people from 11 different institutions came together in Guimarães, Portugal, to discuss a wide range of topics and ensure a smooth start. The main goal…

The post FOSTER Plus Project on Open Science Training Kicks Off appeared first on LIBER.

Syndicate content