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Webinar Video: Open Science Skilling & Training Programmes Across Europe

LIBER news - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 17:01

From 2018-2020, LIBER’s Working Group on Digital Skills surveyed and interviewed colleagues across Europe to identify examples of good practice in Open Science skilling and training programmes. The case reviews have been gathered and published on Zenodo and highlight the many different approaches taken to Open Science upskilling across Europe. The case studies describe the…

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Webinar Video: Citizen Science At Universities: Trends, Guidelines and Recommendations

LIBER news - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 16:27

A number of European recommendations – including the LERU’s advice paper “Citizen Science at Universities: Trends, Guidelines and Recommendations” – highlight the importance of creating a single point of contact for citizen science within the institution. In this webinar, organised by LIBER`s Citizen Science Working Group, four speakers share what they are doing to devise…

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How can I get access to the article I need?

eifl licensing news - Thu, 30/07/2020 - 13:33

In order to help researchers retrieve legal copies of full-text articles that they can’t find in their library, EIFL has created a poster with useful links to other places where they can look for an article they need, such as open access search engines or browser extensions.

We are encouraging librarians to share the poster widely with faculty and students through their university and institutional websites, newsletters and social media. EIFL can help libraries customize the poster, for example, by adding the library’s logo and links to the library’s subscribed e-resources. 

How can I get access to the article I need?

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 30/07/2020 - 13:33

In order to help researchers retrieve legal copies of full-text articles that they can’t find in their library, EIFL has created a poster with useful links to other places where they can look for an article they need, such as open access search engines or browser extensions.

We are encouraging librarians to share the poster widely with faculty and students through their university and institutional websites, newsletters and social media. EIFL can help libraries customize the poster, for example, by adding the library’s logo and links to the library’s subscribed e-resources. 

How can I get access to the article I need?

EIFL - FOSS news - Thu, 30/07/2020 - 13:33

In order to help researchers retrieve legal copies of full-text articles that they can’t find in their library, EIFL has created a poster with useful links to other places where they can look for an article they need, such as open access search engines or browser extensions.

We are encouraging librarians to share the poster widely with faculty and students through their university and institutional websites, newsletters and social media. EIFL can help libraries customize the poster, for example, by adding the library’s logo and links to the library’s subscribed e-resources. 

How can I get access to the article I need?

EIFL news and events - Thu, 30/07/2020 - 13:33

In order to help researchers retrieve legal copies of full-text articles that they can’t find in their library, EIFL has created a poster with useful links to other places where they can look for an article they need, such as open access search engines or browser extensions.

We are encouraging librarians to share the poster widely with faculty and students through their university and institutional websites, newsletters and social media. EIFL can help libraries customize the poster, for example, by adding the library’s logo and links to the library’s subscribed e-resources. 

EIFL urges Brazil to maximize Marrakesh

EIFL-OA news and events - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 17:57

EIFL welcomed the opportunity to submit comments on Brazil’s implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. The comments focused on Article 4(4) of the treaty, an optional provision that allows a country to confine exceptions to works that are not available on the commercial market under reasonable terms, the so-called ‘commercial availability test’.

EIFL urges Brazil to maximize Marrakesh

EIFL - FOSS news - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 17:57

EIFL welcomed the opportunity to submit comments on Brazil’s implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. The comments focused on Article 4(4) of the treaty, an optional provision that allows a country to confine exceptions to works that are not available on the commercial market under reasonable terms, the so-called ‘commercial availability test’.

EIFL urges Brazil to maximize Marrakesh

EIFL news and events - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 17:57

EIFL welcomed the opportunity to submit comments on Brazil’s implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. The comments focused on Article 4(4) of the treaty, an optional provision that allows a country to confine exceptions to works that are not available on the commercial market under reasonable terms, the so-called ‘commercial availability test’.

Digital skills and inclusion through libraries in Uganda

EIFL-OA news and events - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 17:41
Community need

Just 48% of people in Uganda are using the internet, according to the Uganda Communications Commission (2019). The three main obstacles to internet use are lack of free or affordable access to technology, a lack of computer and online literacy skills, and limited awareness about the wealth of information, education, employment, communication and other opportunities the internet has to offer.

Digital skills and inclusion through libraries in Uganda

EIFL - FOSS news - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 17:41
Community need

Just 48% of people in Uganda are using the internet, according to the Uganda Communications Commission (2019). The three main obstacles to internet use are lack of free or affordable access to technology, a lack of computer and online literacy skills, and limited awareness about the wealth of information, education, employment, communication and other opportunities the internet has to offer.

Digital skills and inclusion through libraries in Uganda

EIFL news and events - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 17:41
Community need

Just 48% of people in Uganda are using the internet, according to the Uganda Communications Commission (2019). The three main obstacles to internet use are lack of free or affordable access to technology, a lack of computer and online literacy skills, and limited awareness about the wealth of information, education, employment, communication and other opportunities the internet has to offer.

Diamond OA Survey Available

LIBER news - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 14:49

cOAlition S is conducting an Open Access Diamond, Diamond OA, survey with the aim to explore new and shared non-commercial publishing models for Open Access. The survey is dedicated to gaining in-depth understanding of open access journals that don’t charge author fees. These journals are also referred to as the diamond model: journals that are free to…

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Governance Survey Results: You Spoke, We Listened, Our Next Steps Together

IFLA - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 12:00

Broad agreement with the directions of the Governance Review Draft Proposal is a key result of the survey which many of you completed. However, there were areas of concern and a hunger for more detail. In our next phase, IFLA’s members and volunteers will have the opportunity to hear more and provide their input.

IFLA’s Governing Board met virtually on 23 July in order to discuss progress so far on IFLA’s Governance Review, and to define next steps. Key to the deliberations were the results of the survey of IFLA’s members and volunteers that took place between 22 June and 14 July.

The meeting marked the half-way point in a crucial round of consultations that will allow the Board to improve the existing proposals for IFLA’s new governance structures.

These consultations – coming after 10 months of hard work by the Governing Board, and building strongly on the results of an earlier survey of members and volunteers – are an essential step towards defining the final proposals that will be put to a vote by IFLA’s Members.

The next step, based on the Board’s conclusions, will be a series of virtual round tables in August which will look to draw on views and expertise from every part of the world, and every area where IFLA is active.

Much Done, but Much Still to Do

As highlighted in our news story following the closure of the survey, we have seen a very strong level of response from IFLA’s Members and volunteers. The 764 responses received represent a 29% response rate, well above what would be expected for such surveys in general. 

Furthermore, a number of IFLA’s professional units and members have shared views via letters, providing additional valuable feedback for the Governing Board, in preparation for the next step of the review.

This underlines the level of commitment to the future of IFLA, and a readiness to share views and ideas. This will be indispensable in order to make a success of the review.

The results, which we are happy to share with you today, demonstrate widespread support for the overall direction of IFLA’s transformation, but also work still to do.

Download the full survey results [PDF – 2MB]

For example, the survey helped underline strong support in particular for steps that will create new opportunities for emerging leaders, as well as in creating structures that will reflect regional diversity. Among respondents, those from library associations, and the Middle East and North Africa were generally most favourable.

At the same time, there is a clear hunger for more information about what the Governance Review may mean for all those who dedicate their time and energy to IFLA.

Clearly, too, there are opportunities for improvements better to achieve the goals set by our Members and volunteers in our survey in October of last year: more transparency, efficiency and collaboration, stronger regional representation, greater financial and organisational sustainability, more varied opportunities for participation, and better support for volunteers.

In some areas, the feedback was sufficiently clear and unambiguous to allow the Governing Board to consider ideas for changes to the proposals. Elsewhere, we are looking forward both to giving a clearer picture of the proposals, and getting a clearer picture of how IFLA’s governance can work better.

Next Steps: Virtual Round Tables

To do this, further engagement with our members and volunteers, with strong opportunities to share perspectives based on their experience of how IFLA works for them, will continue to be indispensable.

The next phase of our consultation will therefore look not only to answer as many of the questions raised as possible, but also to stimulate discussion and debate on key issues.

They will, in particular, provide an opportunity to explore issues such as how the proposed Regional Council and Divisions can achieve the goal of better regional representation, and what action may be needed elsewhere, what can be done to ensure opportunities for new and diverse voices across the Federation, and what IFLA will look like for its volunteers and members.

We look forward to sharing further information about these plans shortly.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto Toolkit now available in Spanish

IFLA - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 05:55

The IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto Toolkit was developed by IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section (MCULTP) for the purpose of giving practical approaches on how libraries can apply the concepts contained in the Manifesto.

Thanks to the work of our American colleagues Kirsten Grünberg, Freda Mosquera, and Alicia K. Long, a Spanish translation of the Toolkit is now available. Kirsten is a librarian and supervisor at Hyattsville Library. Freda is a librarian, writer, and translator, working as the Community Library Manager at Broward County Library. Alicia is a librarian and educator, working as the Library Supervisor at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. 

Since the original English version was launched in 2012, the full Toolkit has been made available of the Toolkit webpage in Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

 

Your input is needed! Please take the GIOPS Member Survey, deadline extended to July 31

IFLA - Mon, 27/07/2020 - 20:26

This week is your last chance to take part in the GIOPS Member Survey!
We need your answers to improve the GIOPS Service for government librarians and librarians in related fields.

​GIOPS wants to better support you in the future. This is why we need to know
your ideas and the challenges you face in your job. It only takes 15 minutes to fill in the questionnaire:
https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5472298/GIOPS-Survey-of-Government-Information-Librarians-2020
Please complete the survey by July 31, 2020.

Thanks in advance for your input!

LIBER’s response to the German consultation on the Digital Single Market Directive

LIBER news - Mon, 27/07/2020 - 19:38

LIBER has submitted its response to the German consultation to adapt copyright law to the requirements of the Digital Single Market. In its proposal focussing on the mass digitisation and making available out-of-commerce works (Art 8-11), LIBER directs its concerns towards two specific items. The first is the lack of clarity in the draft as…

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