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Call for Papers - Art Libraries versus Their Users: Who Is Transforming Who?

IFLA - 4 hours 25 min ago

The IFLA Art Libraries Section invites proposals for the Open Session entitled "Art Libraries versus Their Users: Who Is Transforming Who?"

Art libraries today, like any other institution that collects and disseminates knowledge in the information era, are dealing with new challenges brought by changing societies, new technologies and… art library users. How are they coping with all these challenges? Do they simply try to catch up, or are they sometimes a step forward being ready to propose to their users something revolutionary new? Are they able to make a real impact on modern societies with what they have at their disposal — images and texts, art documents and archives, special thematic services and virtual art collections?

See the full Call for Papers on the IFLA WLIC 2018 website.

ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკაში საქართველოში პირველი ებრაული ბიბლიოთეკა გაიხსნა

ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკაში საქართველოში პირველი ებრაული ბიბლიოთეკა გაიხსნა

15 დეკემბერს საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის ორიენტალისტიკის დარბაზში საქართველოში პირველი ებრაული ბიბლიოთეკა გაიხსნა.

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საუკუნის ბიბლიოთეკარი და “ცრუ'' Secret Santa

ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის გენერალურმა დირექტორმა გიორგი კეკელიძემ და ბიბლიოთეკის თანამშრომლებმა ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის უხუცეს და ლეგენდარულ თანამშრომელს ლეილა ზამბახიძეს დაბადების დღე მიულოცეს.

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ალიკანტეს უნივერსიტეტში ქართული წიგნის კუთხე გაიხსნა და მემორანდუმი გაფორმდა

საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის გენერალური დირექტორის მოადგილე მირიან ხოსიტაშვილი ოფიციალური ვიზიტით ესპანეთის ქალაქ ალიკანტეში იმყოფებოდა.

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The IFLA Member and Viewpoints Survey: requesting your feedback

IFLA - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 12:45

IFLA is undertaking its first member and viewpoints survey and invites your input.

IFLA aims to be the international voice of the library and information profession – advocating and supporting the development of the library field, providing opportunities to meet and network with professionals from around the world, and disseminating standards and guidelines for library and information work.

Your feedback is vital in ensuring that we continue to deliver the best possible support to library associations, institutions and librarians. Every IFLA member should have received an invitation to the survey by email. If you have not, use the link below to provide your feedback. IFLA also invites interested associations, institutions and librarians who are not members to provide their views.

We’re undertaking a viewpoints survey to give you the chance to tell us what you think and your expectations of the IFLA.

IFLA has engaged TBI Communications to carry out the survey and analysis.

The survey can be completed in all IFLA languages: English, Español, français, Deutsch, Русский, 中文 and العربية.

To participate, please visit the IFLA viewpoints survey

In appreciation of your input, if you complete the survey before 15 January 2018, you can choose to enter into a competition to win your choice of the following prizes:

  • Two years free individual membership of IFLA;
  • Free personal registration to the 2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur (24-30 August 2018);
  • A selection of four IFLA monographs of your choice from the IFLA Publications or Global Studies in Libraries and Information series.

You will have the chance to enter the competition at the end of the survey – but rest assured that if you choose to enter, your survey responses will remain anonymous.

Many thanks in advance for your time and your ideas.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Winter 2017 Newsletter Now Online!

IFLA - Fri, 15/12/2017 - 05:38

New Publication: Winter 2017 Newsletter released

The latest IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section's Winter 2017 newsletter has been published.

The Section would like to take this opportunity to thank Pam Ryan and her team at Toronto Public Library for preparing this issue of the newsletter.

Shared History, Shared Challenges, Shared Efforts – Preserving Francophone African Heritage

IFLA - Thu, 14/12/2017 - 22:06

The countries of French-speaking Africa have a rich and diverse history. Much of this is recorded not through books or manuscripts, but through a vibrant tradition of oral history and know-how. Yet with preservation practices not always well-suited to these forms of heritage, and limited resources available, the need for cooperation in order to ensure that they are not lost is essential.


Taking advantage of the common language, a group of committed and passionate librarians from across francophone Africa met in Senegal on 17-19 November in order to reflect on how to respond to the challenge. IFLA was represented by Marwa El Sahn, Governing Board Member, who gave an introduction to IFLA’s broader engagement on safeguarding cultural heritage.


Building on the work of the Francophone Africa Preservation and Conservation Centre, and in particular Sophie Madiba, the conference looked at particular at how to help Africans take a more active role in defining their own documentary heritage. In order to take steps to preserve, it is important that everyone sees the cultural value of what they are doing.


Other sessions focused on the treasures that administrative archives may contain, how effectively to build partnerships between institutions and countries, and the urgent need to act to save audiovisual heritage, often recorded on media that are decaying or obsolete.


Despite the challenges, the conference ended on a note of optimism. Participants explored how to collect information on available resources, to concentrate scarce funding to support this work, and to find ways of continuing the discussion.


The conference may have been the first such attempt to bring together librarians involved in safeguarding cultural heritage in Francophone Africa, but will hopefully not be the last!

Getting Copyright Right in Viet Nam: IFLA Speaks at WIPO Event

IFLA - Thu, 14/12/2017 - 19:53

Like all aspects of government policy, copyright laws should serve to promote the long-term public interest. It is essential to ensure that creators receive fair compensation. But it is also essential that everyone, now and in the future, can access and use these works in order to generate new ideas and knowledge.


As the way in which people create and access information changes, copyright needs to evolve to reflect this. IFLA, represented by Sue Warren (Gold Coast, Australia), underlined this message at a conference in Viet Nam, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.


As the Vietnamese government reflects on the shape of a future copyright law, there is a real opportunity. The preservation of damaged documents, public lending, and fair uses of copyrighted works are all key for achieving libraries’ public interest objectives. In a digital age in particular, we need to be able to digitise documents, and get around contract terms and technological protection measures and contract terms that prevent the enjoyment of exception and limitations to copyright.


Librarians should not have to carry out these activities without certainty about whether they are acting legally.


Sue drew on the Australian experience, where libraries have successfully put forward-looking reforms on the agenda. Participants at the Viet Nam workshop were keen to learn more about these efforts, in order to inspire their own work. 


Read more about IFLA's work on copyright here.

Great exam results! Support our project in Ghana!

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 14/12/2017 - 19:03

The EIFL-supported ‘Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children’ project has contributed to an 81% pass rate in the information and communications technology (ICT) exam pass rate at 17 schools in poor and rural areas of Ghana.

Webinar Video: Supporting Data Literacy

LIBER news - Thu, 14/12/2017 - 16:20

Research libraries are increasingly focusing on providing better support and training for data literacy, both to their staff and to their community of users.  Two experts in this area are data librarians Robin Rice of the University of Edinburgh and John Southall, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford — authors of the Data Librarian’s Handbook. They…

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IFLA is Coming to Greece: World Library and Information Congress 2019 to be held in Athens

IFLA - Thu, 14/12/2017 - 13:00

IFLA today announced that the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2019 will take place in Athens, Greece. Following the opening of a new national library building, and its designation as 2018 World Book Capital, the city will in two years’ time play host to the biggest truly international gathering of the library field.

President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón said, ‘Libraries are motors of change, and WLIC is the biggest single opportunity each year to refuel. By exchanging with colleagues across the world, hearing about how others are providing excellent library services, and discussing the challenges we face, we can create an unstoppable momentum in favour of better libraries, and a better society’.

Secretary General Gerald Leitner added, ‘I am thrilled that we are returning to Athens, where we started the IFLA Global Vision process earlier this year. We are building a united library field, one that is empowered not just to react to change, but to shape it. We can only do this when we meet, talk, and build together’.

With thousands of library and information professionals, from all corners of the world, all types of library, and all career stages coming together, WLIC provides a unique opportunity to learn and grow, both for individuals, and the library field as a whole.

Hundreds of formal sessions, as well as countless opportunities for discussion make WLIC the ideal place to get a global perspective on how the library field is meeting the challenges of today, and ensuring that libraries make an ever greater contribution to growth, education, innovation and social cohesion. Through streaming and social media, many thousands more will benefit.

Echoing the Athenian agora of over two thousand years ago, we look forward to a Congress that will bring the latest ideas and innovations to bear in the service of better library services and a strong library field. See you there!

ИФЛА едет в Грецию - Всемирный библиотечный и информационный конгресс WLIC 2019 пройдет в Афинах

IFLA - Thu, 14/12/2017 - 12:26

14 декабря ИФЛА официально объявила, что Всемирный библиотечный и информационный конгресс (WLIC) 2019 состоится в Афинах, Греция. После открытия нового здания национальной библиотеки и объявления Афин Всемирной книжной столицей 2018 года, через два года город примет у себя крупнейший международный библиотечный форум.

Как заявила Президент ИФЛА Глория Перес-Сальмерон: «Библиотеки - это двигатели перемен, и Всемирный библиотечный и информационный конгресс - оптимальная общая возможность для всех нас каждый год "подзаправиться". Обмениваясь опытом и идеями со своими коллегами со всего мира мира, узнавая о примерах высококачественного библиотечного обслуживания и обсуждая новые вызовы, стоящие перед библиотеками, мы можем создать непреодолимый импульс к новым библиотекам и лучшему обществу".

"Я очень взволнован, что мы возвращаемся в Афины, где ранее в этом году дали старт проекту "Глобальное видение. Мы формируем объединенное библиотечное сообщество, которое может не только реагировать на перемены, но и создавать их. Мы можем добиться этого только в том случае, если будем встречаться, говорить и действовать вместе", - добавил Генеральный секретарь ИФЛА Джеральд Ляйтнер.

Будучи местом встречи тысяч специалистов разного уровня в области библиотечной и информационной науки, представляющих все типы библиотек, Конгресс дает уникальные возможности для роста и развития как отдельных специалистов, так и библиотечного сообщества в целом.

Сотни заседаний и бесчисленные возможности для дискуссий делают Конгресс идеальным местом для получения представления о том, как глобальное библиотечное сообщество встречает вызовы современности и вносит еще больший вклад в развитие, образование, инновации и социальное единство. Благодаря социальным сетям и прямой трансляции заседаний, тысячи наших коллег могут воспользоваться возможностями Конгресса.

Вспоминая афинскую Агору, существовавшую еще более двух тысяч лет назад, мы с нетерпением ждем Конгресса, который принесет с собой новые идеи и инновации для более качественного обслуживания пользователей и усиления библиотечного сообщества. Увидимся в Афинах!


Call for Papers / Genealogy and Local History Section joint with the Asia and Oceania Section

IFLA - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 17:58

"Local Histories and Genealogies in Multicultural Asia"

22-23 August 2018

George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Bangunan UAB, Event Hall (ground floor), No 21-25 Gat Lebuh China, George Town World Heritage Site, 10300 Penang

Genealogy and Local History Section joint with the Asia and Oceania Section

Host organization
Areca Books/Think City  in  cooperation with the following institutions/organizations: Penang Heritage Trust, Wawasan Open University and Penang State Public Library Corporation

Persons responsible for the pre-conference
Chihfeng P. Lin, Takashi Nagatsuka, Rashidah Begum and Khoo Salma

The main session welcomes papers that discuss:

  • saving and promoting historical and cultural memories
  • supporting contacts and understandingbetween different local and regional communities
  • therole of libraries, museums and archives in participatory projects based on multi-ethnic and multi-generational collaboration

Participants are encouraged to discuss both successes and failures in their papers.

We encourage evidence based practice and invite presentations and analysis of projects which can be of practical value to others. Submission in other formats than academic papers *such as reports and essays are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed summary (up to 250 words) and full author details is 15 February. Proposals should be submitted using the following web address.

If this web site is unavailable, please contact Section Chair

Chihfeng P. Lin
Email: chihfeng@mail.shu.edu.tw

Bozena Rasmussen
Email: bozennara@gmail.com

With Strong Libraries, Everyone Can Learn: Cameroonian Librarians Engage at WIPO Conference

IFLA - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 23:25

Around the world, libraries are at the heart of education institutions, giving access to the materials students and teachers need. This role is as crucial in Africa as elsewhere, given that for many, access to books and other materials may otherwise be impossible. In order to fulfil this mission, Africa’s libraries need balanced intellectual property rules.


On 21-22 November in Yaoundé, Cameroon, a team of librarians from the Cameroonian Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists took this message to a meeting of culture ministers from across Africa, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Led by the President of the Association, Alim Garga, they engaged in discussions, and made the case for libraries to ministers.


While supporting the importance of developing truly local content, they stressed that focusing purely on creating markets or licences would come at the expense of learning. Education and research in Africa would, in the long run, benefit more from universal literacy and giving more people the chance to study and innovate. Libraries are an essential part of the chain, but cannot do their job if materials are unaffordable, or if there are excessively strict rules on their use.


Thanks to their work, the final conclusions of the meeting underlined the need to improve legislation for libraries, and given them a full role in discussions around promoting books and reading nationally. As a highlight, the Chadian Minister used his closing speech to underline his own support for libraries, and to encourage others to do the same. 

"ბლუმსბერის კულტურის ისტორია" ჩვენი მკითხველებისთვის

"ბლუმსბერის კულტურის ისტორია" ჩვენი მკითხველებისთვის

ძვირფასო მკითხველებო, 10 დეკემბრიდან 10 იანვრამდე, საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის შენობებში ჩართულია უახლესი ციფრული რესურსი "ბლუსმბერის კულტურის ისტორია". დამატებითი ინფორმაციისთვის მოგვმართეთ მარჯორი და ოლივერ უორდროპების სახელობის ანგლო-ამერიკულ სამკითხველო დარბაზში

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ბლუმსბერის კულტურის ისტორია ჩვენი მკითხველებისთვის

ძვირფასო მკითხველებო, 10 დეკემბრიდან 10 იანვრამდე, საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის შენობებში ჩართულია უახლესი ციფრული რესურსი "ბლუსმბერის კულტურის ისტორია". დამატებითი ინფორმაციისთვის მოგვმართეთ მარჯორი და ოლივერ უორდროპების სახელობის ანგლო-ამერიკულ სამკითხველო დარბაზში

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Propager les valeurs de la bibliothèque à travers un dialogue mondial - Le Congrès mondial des bibliothèques et de l'information de l'IFLA

IFLA - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 21:50

L'IFLA est là pour renforcer les bibliothèques.

Au sein de notre communauté,  elle encourage la discussion et le débat, et fournit des outils et des conseils pour aider les bibliothèques et les associations de bibliothèques. EIle promeut également le travail des bibliothèques auprès des décideurs et plaide en faveur de lois, des valeurs et des financements  qui permettront  à ses membres de répondre au mieux  aux besoins des usagers. 

Pourtant, il reste beaucoup de régions du monde où l'accès à l'information pour tous, sans discrimination, par le canal de services de bibliothèque bien développés et financièrement soutenus, n'est pas encore une réalité. Le Congrès mondial des bibliothèques et de l'information (WLIC) peut aider. 

Au cours des dix dernières années, des congrès se sont tenus dans cinq continents différents, donnant la chance à des milliers de membres de notre communauté à y participer. Cela a également donné aux villes et aux régions hôtes une idée claire de l'enthousiasme et du pouvoir de transformation des bibliothèques.

En favorisant l'inclusivité, à la fois en rapprochant la congrès au plus grand nombre possible de membres  et en maximisant la participation de ceux qui habitent d'ailleurs au monde, le WLIC peut être le début d'un dialogue qui  aide à mettre en exergue les valeurs des bibliothèques, et l'importance des services qu'elles fournissent. Mais ce dialogue n'est clairement possible que lorsque tout un chacun peut s'exprimer librement. 

C'est pour cette raison que, dans une déclaration publiée le 11 décembre, l'IFLA a souligné son engagement à organiser le Congrès mondial des bibliothèques et de l'information dans le plus grand nombre de pays possible. Cependant, pour cela,  il est impératif que des sessions puissent être organisées, et les opinions exprimées, sans aucune restriction. 

Lire la déclaration complète : [Français - PDF]


IFLA - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 21:50







声明全文: [中文 – PDF]

Spreading Library Values through Global Dialogue – IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)

IFLA - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 21:50

IFLA exists in order to empower the library field.

Within our community, it supports discussion and debate, and provides tools and guidance to help libraries and library associations. It also promotes the work of libraries to decision-makers, and advocates for the laws, values and funding frameworks that will enable its members to do the best for users.

Yet there are still too many parts of the world where access to information for all, without discrimination, through well developed and supported library services, is not a yet reality. The World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) can help.

In just the last ten years, Congresses have been held in five different continents, giving thousands of members of our community the chance to participate. It has also given host cities and regions a clear idea of the enthusiasm, and transformative power of libraries.

By promoting inclusiveness, both in terms of bringing the conference closer to as many of our Members as possible, and in maximising participation from elsewhere, WLIC can be the start of a dialogue which serves to underline the values of libraries, and the importance of the services they provide. But this dialogue is clearly only possible when everyone can express themselves freely.

It is for this reason that in a statement released today, IFLA underlined its commitment to bringing the World Library and Information Congress to as many parts of the world as possible. In doing so, however, it is imperative that sessions can be organised, and opinions expressed, without undue restrictions.

Read the full statement: [English – PDF]

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