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Syrian experts attend workshop at the PAC Regional Centre for Asia

Wed, 20/06/2018 - 14:04

The PAC Regional Centre for Asia at the National Diet Library (NDL) of Japan is one of the sixteen IFLA PAC Centres that are spread all over the globe. The PAC Centres have a wide range of expertise concerning preservation and conservation as well as safeguarding cultural heritage. The PAC Regional Centre for Asia is specialised in paper conservation and digitization, it was this expertise that was shared with experts from Syria.

Two experts from the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums, Ms. Razan al Jundi and Ms. Fatat Kamel Jadid were invited to the PAC Regional Centre for Asia in Japan for two weeks to participate in a Training Workshop for Preservation of Paper Cultural Heritage organized as a part of the Silk Road Friendship Project funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The four-day workshop from May 22 to 25, 2018 was spent on learning the techniques for preserving paper documents and books. During the workshop, Ms. al Jundi and Ms. Jadid learned basic repair techniques for mending torn or damaged pages using Japanese paper as well as how to make protective enclosures.

The workshop was very successful and the PAC Regional Centre for Asia hope to be able invite and work with more experts from around the world.

You can read more about the workshop here.

Another translation of the Guidelines.

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 17:22

Another translation of the Guidelines is available now: in Telugu. So far only in pdf format.

Telugu is the primary language in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and the union territory of Puducherry in India with 75 million native speakers at the 2001 census. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telugu_language

Nominate an extraordinary educator

Mon, 18/06/2018 - 02:37

The International Literacy Association are looking for educators who are making an extraordinary impact in the lives of their students, as well as advocates of all kinds who are invested in our mission to advance literacy for all. Click here to nominate yourself or a fellow literacy leader.

Internet for People: IFLA signs onto joint letter to G20 Presidency

Sun, 17/06/2018 - 13:38

IFLA has added its name to a letter to Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina and host of the G20 – a gathering of the governments of the world’s biggest economies. The letter sets out a number of areas where policy-makers should act to ensure the Internet works, first and foremost, for its users.

Over the past three decades, the Internet has become ever more central to the way we learn, research, create and communicate. As such, the importance of ensuring that it develops in a way that helps users achieve their goals grows. Libraries, with their long expertise in managing and giving access to information, and well-established values of service to users, can help.

IFLA has therefore long engaged in making the case for giving everyone access to the Internet – notably through public access schemes. We have also called for laws and practices that make this access as full and meaningful as possible.

It is welcome that this year’s G20 is looking at digital and Internet policy issues. Bringing together the biggest global players is important, given that individual national approaches run counter to the global nature of the net. It is a chance to commit to an Internet that works for people.

To make the most of this opportunity, IFLA and other like-minded organisations have signed a joint letter to Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina (the 2018 host of the G20). This establishes five areas where governments can act:

  • Meaningful Access: investment in affordable access and digital literacy programmes
  • Privacy and Data Protection: ensuring citizens have greater control over their own data
  • Freedom of Expression: promote and maintain an open Internet for everyone
  • Cybersecurity: develop cybersecurity tools that respect human rights
  • Increased competition: allow for innovation and protect consumers

IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner said:

“As the Internet becomes ever more essential to the creation and sharing of information, we need to ensure that it works in a way that protects rights and promotes development. IFLA is proud to join the other signatories to this letter in setting out the way forwards”

IFLA encourages its members to use this letter in their own advocacy work, in order to make the case at all levels for an Internet that is truly focused on improving people’s lives.

 

 You can read the letter here. Find out more about what IFLA is doing on questions around the Information Society.

Internet for People: IFLA signs onto joint letter to G20 Presidency

Sun, 17/06/2018 - 13:38

IFLA has added its name to a letter to Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina and host of the G20 – a gathering of the governments of the world’s biggest economies. The letter sets out a number of areas where policy-makers should act to ensure the Internet works, first and foremost, for its users.

Over the past three decades, the Internet has become ever more central to the way we learn, research, create and communicate. As such, the importance of ensuring that it develops in a way that helps users achieve their goals grows. Libraries, with their long expertise in managing and giving access to information, and well-established values of service to users, can help.

IFLA has therefore long engaged in making the case for giving everyone access to the Internet – notably through public access schemes. We have also called for laws and practices that make this access as full and meaningful as possible.

It is welcome that this year’s G20 is looking at digital and Internet policy issues. Bringing together the biggest global players is important, given that individual national approaches run counter to the global nature of the net. It is a chance to commit to an Internet that works for people.

To make the most of this opportunity, IFLA and other like-minded organisations have signed a joint letter to Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina (the 2018 host of the G20). This establishes five areas where governments can act:

  • Meaningful Access: investment in affordable access and digital literacy programmes
  • Privacy and Data Protection: ensuring citizens have greater control over their own data
  • Freedom of Expression: promote and maintain an open Internet for everyone
  • Cybersecurity: develop cybersecurity tools that respect human rights
  • Increased competition: allow for innovation and protect consumers

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:

“As the Internet becomes ever more essential to the creation and sharing of information, we need to ensure that it works in a way that protects rights and promotes development. IFLA is proud to join the other signatories to this letter in setting out the way forwards”

IFLA encourages its members to use this letter in their own advocacy work, in order to make the case at all levels for an Internet that is truly focused on improving people’s lives.

 

You can read the letter here. Find out more about what IFLA is doing on questions around the Information Society.

On Track or Off the Rails? IFLA publishes an update current status of transposition of the Marrakesh Directive in Europe

Thu, 14/06/2018 - 17:22

As States which have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities meet in New York, IFLA is today publishing an update on what EU governments are doing to make the Marrakesh Treaty a reality in Europe.

The Marrakesh Treaty, signed in 2013, removes unnecessary barriers to the creation and sharing of books in formats that are accessible to people with print disabilities. Previously, copyright rules often forced libraries and users to seek permission or pay fees, and made cross-border exchanges of works almost impossible.

The European Union passed key legislation - Directive 2017/1564 and Regulation 2017/1563 – in September 2017, with a deadline for Member States to update their own laws of 11 October 2018. Ratification in Europe will mean that 28 more countries are covered by the Marrakesh Treaty, opening up access to collections in major world languages to people in other countries which have ratified.

Less than four months from this date, IFLA’s research shows where things stand in most Member States. We look in particular at whether Member States are trying to make libraries pay for the copying and sharing of physical and audiobooks, whether they face additional obligations, and whether people with dyslexia and other disabilities can benefit.

Overall, we see that relatively few states are taking up the possibility to provide for compensation payments. This is good news, given both the financial and bureaucratic burden this can represent.

However, more are demanding that libraries register as ‘authorised entities’, despite this being illegal under the Treaty, or demanding that they provide more paperwork than necessary. Moreover, not enough are taking advantage of reform to ensure that all people with disabilities benefit from Marrakesh provisions.

IFLA will continue to monitor national legislation over the coming months. We welcome questions.

You can read the full report in a word document (also in large print) and in a pdf.

See also our guide on Marrakesh transposition in Europe,  our pages on the Marrakesh Treaty, and keep up to date with the latest on what IFLA is doing on copyright issues.

 

IFLA at EuroDIG 2018

Thu, 14/06/2018 - 12:03

The European Dialogue for Internet Governance, EuroDIG, took place in Tbilisi, Georgia on the 5th and 6th of June 2018. The event is an open multi stakeholder platform to share views about the internet and how it is governed. This year IFLA helped organize one of the workshops held at the event.

Your Freedom of Expression vs. mine? Who is in control? looked at the various issues discussed at EuroDIG 2018 through the prism of freedom of expression. The panel discussed if the limits to freedom of expression are getting wider or narrower, what specifically has been the impact of the huge changes brought about by technical development and if they been beneficial of detrimental, and who are the agents setting limits and controlling our ability to express ourselves freely online. 

The discussion was engaging, and the participants represented a varied group of experts ranging from academia, institutional organizations and civil society. The panellists included: Cristian Urse, Head of Council of Europe Office in Georgia, Giacomo Mazzone from the European Broadcasting Union, Irina Drexler of the No Hate Speech Movement, Professor Wolfgang Benedek from the University of Graz , Natalia Mileszyk of Communia Association , Pearse O ‘Donohue from the European Commission and Giorgi Gvimradze of the Georgian Broadcasting Corporation.

IFLA closed the workshop highlighting the remedies the panellists identified and stressing the link between freedom of expression and human rights. 

EuroDIG was also the right venue to present informally libraries’ work in public access and digital media literacy.

IFLA participated in seminars and workshop stressing the added value created by libraries engagement at the local and community level. Digital Media literacy was again reiterated in the contest of misinformation, fake news and hate speech. A fruitful discussion with representatives from the European commission shed light on the role libraries have in preparing and engaging citizen to be critical consumers of information.

Georgian librarians were also present at the event and IFLA was able to visit the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia and its amazing collection and staff. The tour emphasized the central role libraries have as hub for public access to the Internet as many patrons used the facility to access the Internet to connect with friends and family but also to do homework. 

Maia Simonishvili, Curator of the Anglo-American Reading Hall, Leading Specialist of the PR & Cultural Programs Division, was proud to show an incredible collection of old and new materials, the German and French language centers in the library and an impressive museum on the history of modern Georgia. 

The event presented incredible networking opportunities in a friendly and relaxed environment.

EuroDIG 2019 will be hosted in Amsterdam and we are already looking forward to it.

Getting to Grips with Information in a Digital Age: IFLA Joins Reflections at UNESCO Conference

Wed, 13/06/2018 - 17:45

The first UNESCO-IFAP conference on ‘Tangible and Intangible Impacts of Information and Communications in the Digital Age’ on 3-8 June 2018 brought together representatives of government, academia and libraries to discuss the way digital technologies are changing how we learn, share and communicate. Speaking on behalf of IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmeron and Secretary General Gerald Leitner, Maria-Carme Torres Calvo offered words of welcome.

It is becoming more and more common to hear criticism of the Internet, and the type of society and economy that it has brought into existence. Governments, businesses, and many civil society actors are calling for action, often in immediate reaction to the latest scare or scandal.

However, to realise and safeguard the benefits the digital age has brought, and find real solutions to those problems that do exist, deeper reflection is necessary. This was the objective of the UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP) conference, which brought officials, experts, activists and librarians together to build a shared understanding of the issues.

A Unique Contribution

The programme offered rich opportunities to highlight the contribution that libraries and their experience can make to the debate. Maria-Carme Torres Calvo, in delivering opening words on behalf of IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmeron and Secretary-General Gerald Leitner, underlined this unique perspective.

Libraries could provide ‘social’ Internet access, allowing people to cooperate in making the most of access to information. They are public-focused, often with a mission to reach out to the marginalised.

They are long-time experts in finding, evaluating and applying information. And they offer a positive answer to many of the concerns we face today about the volume and veracity of information, by helping individuals to take more critical attitudes and realise where to take care.

​Media and Information Literacy in a Digital Age

Media and Information Literacy was also high on the agenda, with a strong awareness both of the importance of developing skills, but also of the need to change the way this is taught. Libraries are first-hand witnesses of evolving information flows, and can contribute to this work.

IFLA is already closely involved in UNESCO's Global Alliance of Partnerships for Media and Information Literacy, and looks forward to further helping to shape the agenda. Thanks not only to the expertise of librarians, but also the vital role played by libraries in life-long learning and with vulnerable groups, there is much to offer.

You can download the programme of the event here, and see IFLA's comments in the opening session. Read more about IFLA’s work on libraries and the information society here, and find out about how you can get involved in UNESCO work on media and information literacy in our guide.

Designing Inclusive Libraries. Our WLIC 2018 Open Session is now a little over 2 months away!

Wed, 13/06/2018 - 01:30


There are just over 2 months to our exciting open session at WLIC 2018.

Come along on 26 August at 16.00 to hear from experts from Africa, Europe and North America about a range of topics addressing the key area of libraries and inclusiveness from design to service delivery. Over the coming weeks we will be showcasing our open session speakers so check back to learn more about them.

Our open sessions are consistently the best attended and always inform, inspire and excite delegates.

We look forward to seeing you on 26 August!

A free Workshop on Text Mining and the HathiTrust Research Center at the IFLA in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.

Tue, 12/06/2018 - 22:51

Are you attending the IFLA 2018 World Library and Information Congress?

JOIN US ON:  August 23, 2018, for a day-long text mining workshop for librarians hosted by the IFLA Social Science Libraries Satellite Meeting. Come and Learn more about digital humanities methods and text mining?

Here are some of the exciting things you can expect to learn and become familiar with during this session:

  • Building a corpus of texts in a HTRC Workset, and using it to conduct text analysis on your collection of works;
  • Gathering data through web scraping;
  • Cleaning data, dirty OCR, and clean OCR;
  • Using Python for text mining;
  • Topic modeling and other approaches for text analysis.

Date & Time: August 23,  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a break for lunch. All are encouraged to attend, and no experience is necessary!

Location: Dr. Abdul Latiff Library at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)

Registration
Seating will be limited, so please register at: https://htrc-ddrf-ifla.eventbrite.com  

Updates and room directions will be sent to registrants just prior to the event date, and you can visit http://teach.htrc.illinois.edu for information about the workshops. 

Questions: Please contact htrc_workshop@library.illinois.edu with any questions. 

 

Celebrating IT innovations in libraries

Sat, 09/06/2018 - 11:10

The IT Section celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2018! Created in 1963 as library automation and information technology first emerged as important to libraries, it has remained a strong force within IFLA for promoting and advancing IT in all libraries and information services. IT affects all aspects of today's library, regardless of type or geographic location. Through its position in organisations, it is critical not only to the library but also to society as a whole. 

This open session celebrates technologies and innovations over the last 55 years that still transform libraries today, and explores emerging and innovative technologies shaping libraries in the future. The session will present:

1.  ILMS & digital libraries, Open Source, OER, Open Access, the Open Movement (Edmund Balnaves, Prosentient Systems, Australia)

2.  MARC and beyond: our three Linked Data choices (Richard Wallis, Data Liberate, UK)

3.  Embedded from the start: IT in the world’s newest national library building (Sohair Wastawy and of the QNL, Stuart Hamilton, Qatar National Library, Qatar)

4.  IT integration into LIS education: an academic librarian's perspective (Lynn Kleinveldt, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa)

5.  Emerging and innovative technologies: IE University Library reinventing higher education (Amada Marcos, IE University & IE Business School, Spain)

6.  Achieving ongoing technical innovations in libraries (Frank Seeliger, Technical University of Applied Sciences, Germany)

Join our invited speakers and reflect with us on the progress of library technology as well as developments that are still unfolding! 

See you at IFLA WLIC2018, Sunday 26 Aug, 13.45-15.45, Ballroom 1

 

Celebrating IT innovations in libraries

Sat, 09/06/2018 - 11:10

The IT Section celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2018! Created in 1963 as library automation and information technology first emerged as important to libraries, it has remained a strong force within IFLA for promoting and advancing IT in all libraries and information services. IT affects all aspects of today's library, regardless of type or geographic location. Through its position in organisations, it is critical not only to the library but also to society as a whole. 

This open session celebrates technologies and innovations over the last 55 years that still transform libraries today, and explores emerging and innovative technologies shaping libraries in the future. The session will present:

1.  ILMS & digital libraries, Open Source, OER, Open Access, the Open Movement (Edmund Balnaves, Prosentient Systems, Australia)

2.  MARC and beyond: our three Linked Data choices (Richard Wallis, Data Liberate, UK)

3.  Embedded from the start: IT in the world’s newest national library building (Sohair Wastawy and of the QNL, Stuart Hamilton, Qatar National Library, Qatar)

4.  IT integration into LIS education: an academic librarian's perspective (Lynn Kleinveldt, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa)

5.  Emerging and innovative technologies: IE University Library reinventing higher education (Amada Marcos, IE University & IE Business School, Spain)

6.  Achieving ongoing technical innovations in libraries (Frank Seeliger, Technical University of Applied Sciences, Germany)

Join our invited speakers and reflect with us on the progress of library technology as well as developments that are still unfolding! 

 

Transforming the World Together: IFLA President and Secretary General Meet with China’s Librarians

Fri, 08/06/2018 - 19:21

The Library Society of China’s 2018 Conference, held on 31 May – 1 June in Langfang, China, provided a rich opportunity to engage librarians from across the country in building IFLA’s Global Vision. IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary General Gerald Leitner attended, speaking and meeting with the thousands of participants.

As the world’s most populous country and second biggest economy, China has an undeniable role in global politics and economics. Similarly, through their engagement in IFLA, China’s librarians are both learning from, and making a major contribution to building a truly united library field.

This message was at the heart of the IFLA President’s words to the whole conference, where she underlined IFLA’s ambition to ensure all librarians are involved and all voices heard. No single plan or action could make this happen.

Instead, contributions at all levels, from the individual to the global, were necessary. We needed new ways of thinking, and new ways of working together to realise the potential of libraries. She highlighted the IFLA Global Vision as central to this, providing the framework for individuals and institutions at all levels to share the ideas and make the connections necessary for success.

Looking Ahead to Kuala Lumpur

The Secretary General also met with the team responsible for translating IFLA materials into Chinese. Our translators play an essential role in making the World Library and Information Congress a truly global, inclusive event.

As the premier global event for libraries, WLIC offers a great opportunity to share ideas and strengthen our values and expertise. We look forward to seeing many participants from China, and around the world, this year in Kuala Lumpur this August.

Action for Libraries at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (SCCR/36)

Thu, 07/06/2018 - 13:48

IFLA was in Geneva from 28 May to 1 June to advocate for better exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries. The occasion was the 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). This SCCR meets twice a year for a week of discussions on copyright. 

In the wider world, librarians are working hard to keep up with technological changes, in order to be able to fulfil their public interest mission. Legal frameworks, however, have not adapted to the digital age in many countries.

As research, education and cultural heritage become more and more global, libraries can no longer work in silos. Cross-border exchange of works needs an adequate legal framework. WIPO is the main international forum with the potential to contribute to solve this.

On the Agenda

Exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives shared a packed agenda with the protection of broadcast organisations, exceptions and limitations for educational and research institutions, a proposal for analysis of copyright in the digital environment, a proposal on the Resale “royalty” right (or droit de suite) and a proposal to strengthen the Protection of Theatre Directors’ Rights.

Nonetheless, a full day was spent on discussions around libraries, archives and museums. We are happy to say that we achieved the goals we had for the week.

The very good outcome for libraries would not have been possible without work of many IFLA members who urged their representatives to give a positive turn to the discussions at SCCR. We are also grateful to the many non-governmental organisations which collaborated with IFLA during the session.

The Action Plans

During the previous SCCR meeting, the committee Chair, Daren Tang from Singapore, together with the Secretariat, had introduced the idea of a draft action plan on exceptions and limitations to guide the work of the committee on the topic of exceptions and limitations.

This plan was the main subject of discussion on libraries this time around. Member states engaged in fruitful discussions and adopted a version covering the period between now and the end of 2019. It contains the following:

1. Analysing the information gathered: the so-called “typology”

A classification or typology will be made of the various existing legislative and other mechanisms related to the application of exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives and museums.

This work will draw upon previous documents produced by the committee, such as the Chair’s chart and the Crews studies (link to 2017 edition). It will offer libraries around the world a tool for understanding where they stand relative to other countries. It should also help them identify where reform could be needed.

2. Updates on archives

A scoping study on archives will be commissioned and will complement the information gathered already by Kenneth Crews in his studies. This will strengthen the case for enabling libraries’ archival activities.

3. Scoping study on museums

The secretariat has commissioned a study on museums to Prof. Yaniv Benhamou, which they hope to present during next SCCR. After a first study setting out the general framework of copyright limitations and exceptions for museums from 2015, this new work will complement the task conducted by Professor Crews on the analysis of legislation around the world for libraries and archives.

4. Brainstorming on libraries and archives and museums

A brainstorming exercise on libraries, archives and museums will be undertaken, with institutions and associations invited. It will draw on existing and upcoming work and offer ideas on future work at the international level. It will take place during the second half of 2018 and reported back to the committee.

5. Regional seminars

Instead of the initially planned 2 regional seminars, the number was increased to 3. These meetings will facilitate the analysis of the situation of libraries, archives and museums as well as educational and research institutions in different parts of the world and provide ideas on areas for action from WIPO. They will take place during the second half of 2018 and first half of 2019.

6. WIPO Conference on limitations and exceptions

An international conference will focus on the opportunities and challenges provided by various international solutions, including soft law, contractual/licensing and normative approaches, as appropriate. It will cover limitations and exceptions to copyright for libraries, archives, museums as well as educational and research institutions. Member states and stakeholders will be invited. The outcome will be reported back to SCCR at its 39th meeting.

Libraries, archives and museums together

The draft action plans initially presented by the Secretariat foresaw different working paths for libraries, archives and museums. IFLA, ICOM and ICA made the case for these three institutions to be treated together in the work of the committee and insisted on the cost of fragmentation. Libraries, archives and museums share the main goals of acquiring, preserving and giving access to our cultural heritage, and policies at an international level should reflect this principle.

The Broadcasting Treaty

After several years of discussion on the protection of broadcasting organisations, a treaty is on the table. However, the 36th meeting failed to close discussion on holding a diplomatic conference to finalise it.  for its adoption.

Libraries, together with several other civil society organisations, argued for the inclusion of exceptions and limitations in the text. The treaty protects the broadcast signals by giving broadcasters “post fixation rights” for a 50-year term (although it is still under discussion). Without robust exceptions for reporting on news, quotation, preservation, archiving, personal use and educational and training purposes, this new layer of rights risks undermining uses of works currently allowed under exceptions and limitations. 

IFLA therefore co-signed a joint NGO letter to delegates to WIPO SCCR on the proposed WIPO treaty of on broadcasting, voicing several concerns and urging the adoption of appropriate measures to “avoid unintended consequences to impede access to and use of works, or harm copyright holders”.

WIPO consultation on collective management of copyright

During the SCCR week, IFLA participated in a consultation meeting on the Draft Good Practice Toolkit for Collective Management Organizations, to which we had already submitted comments.

In both occasions, IFLA underlined the importance of clarifying the relationship between collecting societies and governments, of addressing the situation of openly licensed works and of acknowledging the role of exceptions and limitations.

The WIPO Secretariat took the comments on board, and another draft will be shared in a few months’ time. The result will be a non-normative document with relevant background information on the functioning of collective management around the world, and will hopefully guide government policies on the topic.  

What next?

One of the main outcomes of SCCR36 is that libraries, archives and museums will remain on the agenda for SCCR at least through 2019, with the next meeting taking place in six months’ time, around November 2018.

But IFLA will be active in the meanwhile. We will keep providing feedback when needed to member states to increase awareness of the problems faced by cultural heritage institutions in the digital world, and solutions that can be achieved at WIPO.

We encourage you to do the same. Ahead of SCCR36, many library associations and individual libraries reached out to their representatives to urge them to support libraries at WIPO. Over 20 letters were sent in more than 15 countries around the world. This contribution was key and facilitated IFLA’s work in getting member states to express their support during the meeting, where we heard very positive messages. We have collected some of the comments made by member states during the meeting in this document.

Ahead of next meeting, we encourage you to keep working at a national level to raise awareness for the need of work on the topic of exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives at WIPO.

You can watch the 36th SCCR through the WIPO web stream.

See what member states said about libraries.

All session-related documents (agenda, action plans, studies, etc.) are available online.

For more information on how WIPO works, why it is important and on how to get involved, read our GET INTO WIPO guide.

IFLA made the following statements during the meetings:

Read the joint NGO letter to delegates at WIPO SCCR on the proposed WIPO Broadcasting Treaty.

For more information, please contact ariadna.matas@ifla.org.

Inclusive Smart Cities: Not Without Libraries!

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:32

Digital technologies have opened up exciting new ways of making the cities and communities where we live cleaner, easier and more efficient. Smart cities have seen better organisation of traffic, new business opportunities, better adapted services, and new ways of holding local governments to account.

However, the full impact of smarter cities will only come when all members of society can seize the opportunities on offer, from better connectivity to new digital services and chances to get involved in decision-making.

Libraries in the Mix

The UN STI Forum brings together governments, technology firms, NGOs and experts to discuss how best to use technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SDG11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) saw the UN’s Member States recognises this, making a number of references to the importance of inclusion. It underlines the need both for universal basic services, and specific efforts to ensure that everyone can feel welcome and comfortable.

Libraries offer this universal service and a safe trusted space for all. Moreover, through training and informal support, they can make the difference in giving people the skills and confidence to get the most out of the Internet. In her presentation, Donna Scheeder used examples from Australia, France, Chile and Colombia to explain the difference made by making full use of libraries in smart cities policies.

You can find the text of Donna’s intervention as a pdf.

MetLib 2018 - Thank you for being with us!

Tue, 05/06/2018 - 18:39

Thanks to those who attended the 50th IFLA MetLib Conference, May 13-18, in Belgrade, Serbia: good practices from 10 cities, keynote speakers, exchange of ideas, library, museum and archeological visits, and the pleasure to meet old and new colleagues.

All the presentations are available here in the official Conference website.

If you wish to view the photos from the Conference please visit Belgrade City Library's Facebook page

On May 17, the participants of the Conference watched a selection of videos submitted to the contest "A Corto di Libri" and voted the following one for the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award 2018:

Books in the Cloud

produced by Beit Ariela "Shaar Zion" Library (Tel Aviv, Israel)

The ceremony will take place on August 27, during the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, and the selected short films will be screened in two events (to be confirmed).

Congratulations to our IFLA WLIC 2018 Attendance Grant winners!

Tue, 05/06/2018 - 13:10
Our Grant winners to attend IFLA Congress in KL in August 2018, have been selected.

Africa:  

  1. Ms Adaora Chigozie Obuezie - Anambra State College of Health Technology, Obosi, Anambra State, Nigeria
  2. Ms Kelemwork Agafari Kassahun/Madibela - Botho University, Botswana

Asia/Pacific

  1. Ms Dil Ruksana Basunia - University of Chittagong, Bangladesh
  2. Ms Attya Shahid - National University of Computers and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan

Thank you to our sponsors: Sage and ExLibris

Out Now: June 2018 issue of IFLA Journal

Tue, 05/06/2018 - 10:25

​​IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries.

The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally.

Volume 44, No.2 (June 2018)

Contents:
Editorial

Three Days to the Future: An invitation to reflect upon IFLA’s Global Vision project 87
Lynne M. Rudasill

Articles

Transformation strategies in community engagement: Selected initiatives by Malaysian libraries 90
Zawiyah Baba and A. Abrizah

An investigation of the experiences of Nicaraguan Costeño librarians 106
Ana Ndumu and Lorraine Mon

Predictors of knowledge sharing behaviour on Sustainable Development Goals among library personnel in Nigeria 119
Magnus Osahon Igbinovia and Ngozi P. Osuchukwu

Open access repositories of Bangladesh: An analysis of the present status 132
Md. Hasinul Elahi and Muhammad Mezbah-ul-Islam

The Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive: Harnessing an open-source platform to host digitized collections online 143
Jeffrey A. Knapp, Andrew Gearhart, L. Suzanne Kellerman and Linda Klimczyk

Abstracts 154

 

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IFLA Responds to Consultation on Open Educational Resources

Mon, 04/06/2018 - 18:32

UNESCO is preparing a Draft Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER), as the next step forwards in its work in the area. Given the strong role of libraries in many countries in promoting such works, as well as the contribution they can make to library objectives, IFLA has submitted written comments.

Libraries are playing an increasingly important role in the creation, curation and promotion of open educational resources. For example, they can help through the support they offer in building digital repositories and the indexing and cataloguing this entails. They also support clearing copyright for the use of such resources and help library users through find and benefit from OERs.

UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organisation – has become an important player in this field. At its 39th General Conference in 2017, a resolution sets out a commitment to set out a recommendation to members on promoting OER.

IFLA has provided input to this work, underlining the need to ensure that access is democratic and inclusive, that copyright is not a barrier to use and development of OERs and that policies in place ensure respect for data protection and privacy.

IFLA also refers to the role of libraries as curators in OER, underlines the importance of copyright literacy for all relevant actors to ensure confidence in creating and using OERs, and strongly welcomes the recognition of libraries as having an important role in the sector. 

For any comments on this matter, please contact ariadna.matas@ifla.org or stephen.wyber@ifla.org.

The submission is available in a pdf document, through comments and track changes.

Transforming libraries? The impact of IFLA Standards.

Thu, 31/05/2018 - 13:07

Transformation is one of the big themes at the IFLA 2018 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC). Come along to the Committee on Standards open session to hear more about the impact of recently published IFLA Standards and the issues that challenge our thinking about standards development.

  • The Impact of Recently Approved IFLA Standards, session 74, Saturday August 25th from 13:45 to 15:45 (Ballroom 1).

Also maybe of interest:

  • IFLA Metadata reports, session 195, Tuesday 28 August from 11:45 to 13:15 (Plenary Theatre)
  • Committee on Standards business meetings (observers welcome): 
    24 August, 13:30 – 15:30 (Session 033)
    29 August, 13:30 – 16:00 (Session 238)

The Committee on Standard’s open session for WLIC 2018 is called The Impact of Recently Approved IFLA Standards, session 74, on Saturday August 25th from 13:45 to 15:45 (Ballroom 1).

The programme is divided into three sections or themes, with two papers for each theme:

  1. Impact of IFLA bibliographic standards
  2. Impact of IFLA guidelines
  3. Issues that challenge our thinking about standards development 

The programme intends to focus attention on a wide range of different topics. Each paper would have been worthy of a much longer presentation time. The decision was to present an array of topics during the programme and the audience can refer to the complete papers in the IFLA Library where the details and arguments will be fully elaborated. The presentations will highlight key points.

The papers/presentations will be on the following topics:

  • FRBROO, IFLA LRM (Library Reference Model) and now LRMOO: a circle of development (Pat Riva and Maja Žumer)
  • A model to link them all: IFLA LRM as a driver for harmonization of cataloguing standards related to serials and other continuing resources (Clément Oury and Gordon Dunsire)
  • Impact of the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia: good practices and two examples of impact from Denmark and Sweden (Heidi Carlsson-Asplund, Marie Engberg Eiriksson and Helle Arendrup Mortensen)
  • Use and impact of the Guidelines for Parliamentary Research Services (Lillian Gassie)
  • A tale of two standards: recent developments in standardisation and their impact on MulDiCat and Best Practice for National Bibliographies (Mathilde Koskas and Mélanie Roche)
  • Mutual influence among IFLA standards: the ICP case (Elena Escolano Rodriguez, Agnese Galeffi, Dorothy McGarry)

IFLA, the global voice of the library and information profession, brings together professionals from around the world to develop guidance, standards and best practice that can be used by all. Come along to hear more or share your thoughts and ideas on what IFLA might do, or do better. All welcome!