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Libraries Champion Children’s Online Wellbeing: Getting Ready for Safer Internet Day

Thu, 21/01/2021 - 17:05

Every February, Safer Internet Day brings together diverse stakeholders to empower young internet users, raise awareness and support skills-building to ensure their safety online. This is a unique opportunity to highlight and build on the crucial work libraries are doing to support digital literacy, safety and wellbeing of children and youth online.

In 2021, the annual Safer Internet Day (SID) campaign takes place on 9 February. First launched in Europe in 2004, SID has long since become a much more global initiative, with engaged stakeholders celebrating and organising dedicated events in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

For countless libraries around the world, digital skills learning and support – including questions around the fundamentals of online privacy and wellbeing – are a key part of their offering. The need and demand for such library initiatives is especially urgent at the moment, with the “leap to digital” so many countries saw during the pandemic.

Safer Internet Day offers libraries a valuable platform to highlight their work, build new partnership, catch up on new discussions around internet safety of young users – and expand their offering. The new IFLA Get Into Safer Internet Day Guide offers a short introduction to this campaign:

  • what SID is,
  • how it works and is organised,
  • how libraries can benefit from getting involved,
  • and ideas on how you can take part.

For more inspiration, you can also read more about libraries’ experiences with SID 2020, 2018 and 2017.

You can access the “Get Into Safer Internet Day” Guide on this publication page, and celebrate SID on 9 February alongside many other libraries around the world!

Information Sustainability: Interview with Genilson Geraldo, Brazil

Wed, 20/01/2021 - 18:21

Throughout its advocacy around the Sustainable Development Goals, IFLA underlines the importance of information - and libraries as the institutions that provide meaningful access to it - in driving progress. We interviewed Genilson Geraldo, Federal University of Santa Catarina, to find out about work in Brazil to build understanding of the interaction between information and development.

 

1) How would you define the concept of information sustainability?

The term “Informational Sustainability” is still under construction, but we can see it as a way for Information Science to provide informational support for global environmental and socioeconomic objectives. In other words, it refers to information resources that facilitate the integration and awareness of, and participation in, efforts to strengthen the process of society’s transformation, according to the dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, economic and social.

2) For you, what is the role of information in changing behavior among individuals?

The role of information in changing behaviour among individuals and the collective has always been present in the daily lives of humanity. We use, search and produce information on a daily basis, which makes it a fundamental element to guide people, organizations and governments. Thus, the access and use of information directly influences behavior among individuals, either through access to reliable information, or even by sharing disinformation. In this scenario, professionals who work directly with information, such as librarians, have great responsibility in the challenges that humanity currently faces, in the face of the phenomenon of the dissemination of disinformation and the post-truth.

This way, access to information in society becomes important for transformation, awareness, monitoring and education in all aspects of humanity. Directly and indirectly influencing improvement of lives, opportunities for access to new knowledge bring a perspective of significant advances, offering encouragement for constant learning and change.

3) What impact can this have on our ability to achieve the SDGs?

This perspective on the use and access of information as a stimulus for the improvement of, and learning in, society, as well as for transformation, awareness, and mobilization for global environmental, social and economical objectives, directly impacts the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

In order to mobilize and realize the potential of society, organizations and governments to support the SDGs, it is necessary and essential to use and access information as a key element for the implementation and achievement of these objectives. In this perspective, it can be seen that information professionals, in our specific case librarians, in line with the responsibility assumed by IFLA with the 2030 Agenda, face the challenge of giving visibility to the work of their institutions, and assuming their share of commitment to future generations.

Finally, access to information disseminated with precision by the competent channels is what will make it possible to drive the transformation of society directly and indirectly to improve the quality of life, providing significant advances for individual and collective perspectives, offering the stimulus for constant learning and change.

4) What about the impact of information – in particular reporting and transparency obligations – on companies and governments?

We are experiencing a historic era through news in the press and television media and on social networks, with demonstrations by society protesting against administrative acts considered as non-legal or abusive by some public managers.

Consequently, important actions for strengthening democracy and safeguarding citizenship are urgent, such as the implementation of public transparency and fiscal responsibility laws. These allow society access to government acts, demonstrating the expenses disbursed by the public sector, as well as the performance of environmental, social and economic management, through government reports.

In particular, it is necessary for the population to know the budget and expenses at the federal, state and municipal levels, as well as in public policy projects that include the dimensions of Sustainable Development (social, economical and environmental).

These reports and the provision of access to transparent, validated and reliable governmental information directly impact the power citizens have in the form of knowledge, and consequently make it possible to carry out an assessment of those in government.

5) How do libraries fit into this?

Libraries, as bodies that provide access to and use of information in a safe, inclusive, reliable and accessible way, have the potential to make public access to governmental information a reality, either directly through their own collections or by helping citizens in the search for public information.

In this perspective, access to information is seen as a fundamental way for the citizen to become an active agent and disseminator of this process. In other words, access to government information, through libraries, can provide information reliability and, consequently, enable the elaboration, implementation and evaluation of government public policies, aiming at the effectiveness and efficiency of such policies. Libraries are significant spaces for social inclusion and transformation, as well as being essential in guaranteeing the full exercise of the rights of individuals within society.

6)    What are the goals of the Information Sustainability programme that you are running?

The Informational Sustainability project is part of a scientific research project of the Graduate Program in Information Science at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (PGCIN-UFSC, acronym in Portuguese), coordinated by Professor Marli Dias de Souza Pinto.

This project, which started in 2018, entitled “UN 2030 Agenda in the IFLA / Federation of Brazilian Library Associations (FEBAB) vision: Advocacy with libraries and librarians”, develops articles in scientific journals in the area in the national and international scene on the subject, as well as producing content in social media, to publicize the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations (UN), across the library and information field. It draws on the work of the International Advocacy Program (IAP) of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

With this, in 2018, a feed was created on the social media Instagram, @sustentabilidadeinformacional, publishing daily posts on the theme of sustainability, with a central focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN 2030 Agenda.

In 2020, this profile accelerated the dissemination of sustainable information by promoting videos on the SDGs, with special guests such as the current IFLA president, Ms. Christine Mackenzie, Dr. Victoria Okojie from the University of Abuja (Nigeria), Dr. Christine Meschede from the University of Düssendorf (Germany), and Dr. Jorge do Prado, current president of the Brazilian Federation of Library Associations (FEBAB, acronym in portuguese) among others. In other words, the objective of the “Informational Sustainability” profile on social media is to provide sustainable information, specifically, aimed at informing, raising awareness and transforming followers.

This profile completed a year on Instagram in August 2020, with an average of more than 5,000 followers engaged in the cause of sustainability, sustainable development and global goals. The publications are daily and diverse, exploring the universe of sustainability, seeking to point out the importance of the quality of human life on a sustainable planet, in an inclusive way and with equal rights for all.

7)  What sort of activities are you carrying out? What are your plans for 2021?

As previously mentioned, the objective of the @sustentabilidadeinformacional feed is to raise awareness, sensitize and mobilize followers on global causes in the environmental, economic and social dimensions of Sustainable Development.

This year, we will continue with the work of disseminating informational posts on the theme and continue the series of videos on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, with more special guests. However, the research project is not just a virtual thing! In 2020, in the postgraduate course in Information Science at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil), the discipline “Informational Sustainability” was taught by professor Marli Dias de Souza Pinto for master's and doctoral students. This will be offered again in 2021.

Also, in 2021, face-to-face actions will be carried out in undergraduate librarianship courses in the State of Santa Catarina (southern region of Brazil), in partnership with the Catarinense Association of Librarians (ACB, acronym in Portuguese), in order to mobilize students and the entire librarian category of the State to join IFLA's International Advocacy Program on the UN 2030 Agenda.

8) How do you see IFLA helping in this?

The research project we carried out had its genesis in 2016, with Professor Marli Dias de Souza Pinto carrying out a project on sustainability in libraries. In the same year, IFLA started its work to promote actions on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs at a global level and. In the Brazilian context, FEBAB promoted a national congress whose main theme was the 2030 Agenda.

With this, our project expanded its scientific actions on this topic. And, continuing this, in 2018, Professor Marli Dias, when creating a new research project, focused scientific studies and practical and informational actions directly on the International Advocacy Program (IAP), promoted by IFLA.

In this context, IFLA is the main informational driver for all the work we are doing. It provides all informational support for carrying out our scientific and practical activities. It also provided me with the fantastic experience and opportunity to represent IFLA at the 58th session of the UN Social Development Commission, in February 2020, at the UN headquarters in New York.

It was a unique experience to be present at an event of international importance at the United Nations headquarters, with 10 days of immersion in this universe, in addition to being a satisfaction and the fulfilment of a great dream. It was also an opportunity to meet other people interested in related areas, exchange contacts and update information and data.

9)  What recommendations would you share for libraries in other countries?

Together we can dedicate our efforts, as library professionals, to carry out social and informational actions, whether in our libraries, information units, documentation and information centres, in scientific studies or on social networks, with the aim of informing, raising awareness, and mobilizing people in searching a dignified, humanized, inclusive and plural life. We can embrace the actions promoted by our International Federation to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and thus, contribute to build a better life for all people, everywhere, today and for future generations, without leaving anyone behind.

 

Genilson Geraldo has a batchelors in Library Science from the Federal University of Santa Catarina. He is specialized in Legal Document Management, and acted as representative of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) at the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Social Development. He is the creator and content manager of the @sustentabilidadeinformacional feed on Instagram. He is currently a Master's student of Information Science in the Graduate Program in Information Science by the Federal University of Santa Catarina-UFSC. Research lines: Sustainability; Sustainable Development; Informational Sustainability; Legal Information; Information management; Sustainable Development Goals; Green Marketing; Informational Quality in Sustainability reports.

Contact:

Email: genilsongeraldo.biblio@gmail.com / marli.dias@ufsc.br

Instagram:

@sustentabilidadeinformacional https://www.instagram.com/sustentabilidadeinformacional/

Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrKLyZ5PgAbHlf4D5aOTE-A

 

 

 

General Assembly: Designating Your Proxies

Wed, 20/01/2021 - 15:34

To IFLA’s voting Members: With just three weeks to go until IFLA’s extraordinary General Assembly, it’s time for IFLA’s Members to designate proxies who can vote on your behalf.

IFLA’s extraordinary General Assembly 2021 takes place in Melbourne, Australia, on 12 February 2021.

We are aware that attending in person currently is only a possibility for a small share of IFLA’s overall membership. However, this does not mean that you cannot make your voice heard! Through choosing someone who can vote for you, following your instructions, you can shape IFLA’s future. 

All of IFLA’s Members have received proxy forms (also available on the page setting out the agenda for our meeting). You will need to return these by 10 February, at 12pm CET (see what time this is for you). I can only encourage those who have yet to return these to us to do so as soon as you can.

Your action here is important. While you will be able to watch the extraordinary General Assembly online, the meeting can only take binding decisions if it achieves a quorum, calculated according to the number of Members present or represented by proxies. 

And of course, with a key decision on the agenda – the approval of IFLA’s new draft Statutes – you have the possibility to choose whether IFLA chooses the path towards becoming a more inclusive, effective, transparent organisation.

I look forward to receiving your proxy forms, and to seeing you – online – in February.

Kind regards,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
20 January 2021

IFLA's looking ahead on Copyright

Wed, 20/01/2021 - 12:00

2021 has begun and IFLA is already on the way to being a busy year. While all libraries are facing information access problems because of COVID19, we are committed to continuing efforts to build better opportunities for users through improved legal frameworks for copyright. Find out what our plans and expectations are for 2021.

 

WIPO developments

IFLA will continue to engage within WIPO, ensuring that the interests of libraries are heard in discussions within the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights.

The crisis related to COVID19 has highlighted many issues around access to information and in particular the need for an appropriate framework for digital uses.

IFLA has encouraged WIPO to take steps to support the dissemination of knowledge in difficult times through developments in response to COVID19, and any future health crises.

IFLA also remains ready to engage on the issue of heritage preservation to enable libraries, archives and museums to make preservation copies to protect them from the degradation caused by time, fire, floods and other disasters.

The mobilisation of librarians from around the world to ensure coordination between WIPO Member States and library representatives is essential. Therefore, we are preparing two meetings to help you get started with work with WIPO.

Copyright Reforms around the world

IFLA remains very active on copyright reforms around the world. This  work can only be done with the support and dedication of IFLA Members.

Thanks to the mobilisation of European library associations and national libraries, IFLA has been closely following the implementation of the EU Digital Single Market Directive. This implementation is due to be completed by June 2021.

While many countries such as Spain, Belgium, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia and Bulgaria are well on their way to complete the implementation, some have still a long way to go such as Portugal, Luxembourg or countries in the European Economic Area such as Norway and Iceland.

On a global level, many countries have also launched copyright reforms, and IFLA is keeping abreast of developments in permanent collaboration with our local colleagues and Members.

Library users in Mexico are facing attacks on user rights (freedom of expression and access to information) on online platforms through unbalanced copyright laws, and South Africa continues to delay in its efforts to update its copyright laws after more than 42 years, leaving these provisions inadequate to the needs of libraries. India and Brazil have launched consultations, but it remains to be seen where these will go.

Concerning the issue of intermediary liability, the European Commission has launched proposals for a Digital Services Act on the regulation of major online platforms and the Digital Markets Act on technological competition and its impacts. There are also growing debates in the US and Australia about how to regulate major internet platforms. These all raise key legal questions – often copyright also – that affect how information is shared and discovered.

 

Copyright Education

Another crucial theme for 2021 will also be copyright education.Copyright is an area where there is a need for librarians to be able to work with knowledge and confidence in order to be able to support users. Many professionals have expressed their interest in training and guidance. IFLA is therefore working with copyright and literacy professionals to develop guidelines for training librarians at the international level.

These guidelines, which will cover key copyright issues in libraries, will support the training of librarians who are members of library associations at the national level.

IFLA School Library Manifesto (2021) open for comments

Mon, 18/01/2021 - 17:24

After extensive discussions and consultations the work on the ‘IFLA School Library Manifesto (2021)’ is about to be finalized.

We invite you to read the updated ‘Manifesto’ and give your final remarks before 26th February 2021.

Libraries Preserving and Providing Access to Culture and Heritage in 2021

Mon, 18/01/2021 - 13:43

Memory, traditions, and creative expressions allow people to share their ideas and values with others. They create a rich world, fostering mutual respect, informing innovation, and connecting people to one another, to the past, and to generations to come.  

As information professionals, memory institutions, champions of freedom of expression, and community spaces, libraries and their staff have a key role in preserving and providing the widest possible access to heritage and culture. IFLA works to help our Members enhance their capacity to carry out this work and empower their advocacy to ensure recognition of, and support for, its value.

Here are some key areas where we plan to have an impact in 2021.

Focus on: Risk Management  

In the face of climate change, natural disasters, armed conflict, and the ongoing challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, finding ways to manage risk through preparedness, and ensure recovery where necessary, is vital. IFLA works with our Members, our networks of experts, and international partners to help provide resources for risk reduction and recovery.  

Risk Register     

IFLA’s Register for Documentary Heritage at Risk has existed since 2015 but is now being revitalised and reframed as part of a holistic approach to risk management. This year we will continue developing the accompanying tools on the Register and helping our Members engage with it.

When disaster or conflict strikes, information-sharing is extremely critical, but of course can be challenging. Registering a collection on the confidential Risk Register will help IFLA know what collections or institutions could be affected if disaster strikes. It allows us to swiftly share vital information with partners like Blue Shield and UNESCO to aid in recovery.

 However, risk management is more than about just registering a collection. The Risk Register aggregates tools created by IFLA’s networks of experts and our partners to assist in recognising risk, creating a disaster plan, and carrying out interventions that can help safeguard your collection.

Find out more online here:IFLA RIsk Register 

Trafficking

The illicit theft and trafficking of cultural property is a major concern that often comes in conjunction with natural disaster and conflict. Although international partners like UNESCO and ICOM (The International Council of Museums) are active in this area, there is scope to improve the capacity to prevent theft and trafficking of documentary cultural heritage.

The Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centre hosted at Qatar National Library is moving forward with the Himaya Project to support efforts to counter the trafficking and illegal circulation of documentary heritage in the Middle East and North Africa region.

One goal of this project is to build strong engagement with international agencies and regional organisations to counter trafficking of documentary heritage items.

Simultaneously, IFLA’s Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) Section is continuing to develop their relationship with the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) to coordinate efforts to prevent the theft and trafficking of rare books.

 At IFLA Headquarters, our goal is to support these groups in their work and facilitate potential scaling-up of lessons-learned to be applied more broadly across the library and cultural heritage sectors. We have started by developing an introductory guide to help outline the unique challenges of fighting the illicit trafficking and theft of library collections.

Partnerships

The Blue Shield will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021. As one of the founding organisations, IFLA will mark the occasion by highlighting past successes and helping libraries engage both with Blue Shield international and its national committees. We continue working with our fellow founding organisations and the national committees to improve the protection of all forms of cultural property.

Meanwhile, November 2021 will see the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), to be hosted in Glasgow, UK. IFLA is working with the Climate Heritage Network – made up of government agencies, associations, institutions and experts – to highlight the role of culture in climate action and engage with high-level stakeholders during, and in the months leading up to, this event.

Focus on: Cultural Diversity

The UN has designated 2021 as the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. The goal of this year is to help showcase how creativity and cultural expressions can lead to economic growth and innovation, providing opportunities and empowerment for all people.

UNESCO works towards these goals through the framework of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

This year is an excellent opportunity to highlight how libraires contribute to protecting and promoting cultural diversity, championing access to culture, and helping create conditions in which a creative economy can thrive. 

Throughout 2021, we will focus on helping our members understand international frameworks, highlighting stories from the library field, and helping empower library advocacy on this theme.  

Focus on: Building Regional Connections

Although IFLA works on an international scale, an important aspect of our work is to facilitate meaningful connections on the national and regional level. In the field of cultural heritage preservation and conservation, IFLA’s PAC Centres play an important role in building regional connections to share knowledge, carry out trainings, and impact on issues of regional importance. See our blog for a look at what the PAC Centres are planning in 2021.  

IFLA works closely with UNESCO in multiple areas of competency relating to education, culture, communication, and information. In 2021, we plan to focus on facilitating connections between library associations and UNESCO national commissions. This will help encourage increased cooperation on the national level and ensure library impact on shared goals is acknowledged and amplified.

This will be an ongoing effort throughout this year, so stay tuned for more.

Professional Units 

IFLA could not achieve our goals without the help of our professional units and network of volunteers. The work of groups like the Preservation and Conservation Section is instrumental for exchanging, developing, and sharing knowledge relating to the preservation of cultural heritage to benefit the library field.

In 2021, we look forward to working with the committees and sections who lend their time and expertise to helping IFLA achieve our mission. 

To stay up to date on projects, news, and opportunities, follow IFLA on social media and subscribe to our Preservation and Conservation PAC mailing list.

Units + IFLA Strategy: looking back, looking forward

Fri, 15/01/2021 - 15:03

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​It is safe to say that 2020 was not what any of us expected, many having overcome great difficulties. 2021 is a time to look forward and put our planned goals for the year into action!

The IFLA Strategy 2019-2024, a roadmap for IFLA’s future, guides us now more than ever, providing the framework for the actions of IFLA’s Professional Units. To show how each expert group is playing a role in building the future of the global library field, in June 2020 we began a new initiative to celebrate the work of the Units, also known as Units + Strategy. Highlights of these achievements were shared through IFLA From Home, also launched in 2020.

Seven months into this initiative we have celebrated a first round of eleven Professional Units and their completed or ongoing projects. These were identified through the Units’ 2020 Action Plans and come from across areas of expertise. The projects cover all four IFLA Strategic Directions and are making a global contribution to the advancement of our profession.

Let’s look back at the excellent work found in Units + Strategy publications for 2020:

IFLA celebrates World Refugee Day: The IFLA Section on Library Service to People with Special Needs (LSN) is developing international guidelines for library services to refugees, immigrants, migrants, and asylum seekers.

 

IFLA Coaching Initiative: a dynamic IFLA Professional Unit programme: The IFLA Section on Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (IFLA CPDWL Section) developed the IFLA Coaching Initiative with great success.

 

Interlibrary loaning across the globe: a gap turned into a successful new global service by an IFLA Professional Unit: IFLA's Document and Resource-Sharing Professional Unit (IFLA DDRS) engaged with the IFLA Strategy, by creating a new global service for interlibrary lending during Covid-19.

 

Can old buildings be turned into libraries? A sneak peek into ENSULIB’s upcoming open access book: IFLA's Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB) engaged with the IFLA Strategy, taking sustainability and environmental awareness one step further.

 

 

IFLA PARL: Parliaments. Partnerships. Professional guidance: The IFLA Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section (IFLAPARL) showed amazing collaborative spirit across sectors and regions leading to notable outputs regionally and internationally. 

 

No matter your age: New Professionals - an open global network eager to meet you: The IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) strengthened its network, inspired professional practice with music and connected the field together through multilingual online meetings.

Evidence for Global and Disaster Health: IFLA celebrates World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day: The IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (HBS) and its sponsored Special Interest Group showed their commitment to working with partners and advocating for the critical roles that healthcare librarians play, highlighting the impact of poor health literacy, which seriously hampers global healthcare efforts.

 

Inspiring library buildings: a new Instagram account you will love! The IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section (LBES) embarked on a new initiative, inviting us to reimagine libraries through cool design and inspiring architecture.

 

Uniting libraries in Latin America & the Caribbean: The IFLA LAC Section took the lead in connecting library associations in Latin America and the Caribbean, illustrating the importance of teamwork in the promotion of the library profession and the value of the LAC region’s commitment to IFLA and the IFLA Strategy.

 

 

IFLA ARL Section + IFLA Strategy: Acting locally, Reaching Globally: The IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section (IFLA ARL) enhanced their online presence, through webinars on their YouTube channel and their social media content, engaging hundreds of librarians around the world.

 

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IFLA SET + IFLA Strategy: celebrating collaboration: The IFLA Section Education and Training (IFLA SET) worked “outside of silos” resulting in outputs, such as a white paper on building strong LIS education, webinars on emerging LIS competencies and the student spotlight project.

 

 

IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner highlights the importance of the Professional Units in their contributions: 

The work planned and produced by the above IFLA Professional Units is excellent, especially in such challenging times as in 2020.

Each of the 11 Units has solidified its role in the field demonstrating the value of aligning in a common direction, the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024. I am looking forward to celebrating all the IFLA Professional Units that will follow their lead. This work shows what it means to be a strong and united global library field!”  

 

 

Stay tuned to discover the innovative work of Units + Strategy. Which IFLA Strategic Direction are you interested in?

 

Read more about the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024

      

Your IFLA, Your Say: Act Now to be Heard

Thu, 14/01/2021 - 16:34

To IFLA’s voting Members: There are just four weeks to go until IFLA’s extraordinary General Assembly.

You will have received an email inviting you to be part of this important decision making process - now is the time to make sure your vote counts.

The extraordinary General Assembly, to be held in Melbourne, Australia at 08:00 AEDT on 12 February (21:00 UTC on 11 February), will focus on a key decision for the future of our Federation – an update to our Statutes to implement the results of our Governance Review. See full details in the Convening Notice

The changes proposed reflect the feedback we have received from you through surveys, consultations, letters and beyond. For them to become reality, you – our Members – will need to approve them through your votes.

Just as with our General Assembly in November, it is clear that it is still advisable not to meet in person. This is why it is vital to ensure that you have appointed a proxy who can vote on your behalf.

If you have not done so already, please complete the proxy form and return it to IFLA Headquarters as soon as possible.  

It’s your federation.

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
14 January 2021

Taller: Mapa Mundial de Bibliotecas. Presencia LAC

Wed, 13/01/2021 - 20:44

Quienes asistan al Taller deben firmar una carta de compromiso -firmada a su vez por el representante de la Asociación nacional- donde se comprometen a:

1. Replicar en su país el más alto, a lo menos uno;

2. Documentar (en un formato que distribuiremos), en su totalidad, los talleres. Su contenido será considerado en el Informe Final del Proyecto (agosto de 2021);

3. Presentar los resultados de los Talleres y participación del Proyecto en su encuentro / conferencia anual o de otra forma que lo considera.

Todas las Asociaciones de LAC son bienvenidas a participar para visibilizar la presencia de las bibliotecas de su país.

Si desea más información puede escribir a:

iflalac.infocoordinator@gmail.com

Documentos del taller: 

Más información: 

https://www.ifla.org/node/93579  

 

Media Literacy Pop-Up Interventions in Lithuanian Libraries - Interview

Wed, 13/01/2021 - 20:11

Libraries are well-positioned to deliver equitable media and information literacy learning opportunities for their communities. As part of a project curated by Tactical Tech and implemented jointly with IFLA and Save the Children Italia, three libraries in Lithuania hosted pop-up media literacy interventions – and now share their experiences.

Photo by courtesy of the National Library of Lithuania/Lietuvos nacionalinė Martyno Mažvydo biblioteka

The past months saw new developments, concerns and policy dialogue around online misinformation take on an even greater sense of urgency. As information professionals with deep ties to the communities they serve, libraries are well-positioned to deliver equitable media literacy learning opportunities to help address these concerns.

As highlighted earlier this year, IFLA is working with our partners in several European countries on a project within the framework of the EU 'Preparatory Action on Media Literacy for All', curated by Tactical Tech. The project brought together a group of librarians from Ireland, Lithuania, Slovenia and the Netherlands who hosted media literacy interventions in their communities using newly developed engaging materials and exhibits.

In the last week of October, three libraries in Lithuania piloted Media Literacy interventions and hybrid exhibitions to raise awareness and offer skills-building opportunities for their users. The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, the Klaipeda I. Simonaitytės Public Library and the Utena A. and M. Miskiniai Public Library launched a mixed virtual and physical media literacy event programme.

Their experiences offer valuable insights on how this format and type of interventions can be successfully delivered through libraries. So we asked them to tell us a bit more about the work they have done!

What kind of intervention did you organise?

For one week, the three libraries hosted walk-in exhibitions where our communities could learn more about misinformation and the skills to tackle it. The exhibitions themselves included the Glass Room posters and videos examining the online information environment.

Another part of the exhibition were tablets pre-loaded with engaging quizzes and games that offered visitors an opportunity to test their skills and learn more about misinformation.

In addition, the National Library prepared a selection of thematic books to display in its exhibition venue for users who wanted to find out more background information and dig deeper.

In each library, a trained media literacy champion – a member of the library staff – was available to tell visitors more about the exhibition themes and materials, offer advice and answer questions.

In the meantime, our libraries jointly hosted a series of online workshops to explore these questions further. Some webinars focused on helping visitors hone their skills in spotting misinformation and protecting their privacy online, while others offered a virtual walkthrough of the exhibition.

What were the impacts of your ‘hybrid’ exhibitions?

During the week of the exhibition, we organised ten virtual workshops accompanying the events; nearly a hundred people attended these. Feedback from participants suggested that some things they heard and saw during these events – for example around covert advertising – were completely new to them – something they have never considered before. Participants also mentioned that it was an important realisation for them – understanding just how strongly social media and the web are affecting their daily lives.

We think and hope that visiting this exhibition and participating in the virtual seminars encouraged people to take a deeper interest in different forms of misinformation, and continue to seek out learning opportunities. On a practical level, we hope that they will be more aware of potential pitfalls when sharing information online.

Naturally, the pandemic impacts what channels and media are at a library’s disposal to support media and information literacy learning. How have the three libraires adapted their intervention plans?

This period is not easy for everyone. It means that libraries too have to change some things, and try not to stop all activities. All three libraries worked to find a big space for the exhibition in order to follow recommended safety measures, and make it possible for visitors to safely look around and explore.

On the one hand, unfortunately, the number of people at the opening events of the exhibitions was limited - to avoid large gatherings. Throughout the week, our solution was to apply the same rules as for wider library visits – limiting group sizes and instructing visitors to wear masks.

On the other hand, the virtual elements of the exhibition helped us reach more people. For example, the workshops and learning activities were held fully online. We also emphasised the virtual exhibition and online activities when promoting and publicising our programming.

Did this experience offer you any new insights about library-based media literacy training or interventions at large? For example, what works well, what practices could be worth replicating?

Overall, the interest from visitors and their feedback has once again showed that it is important to speak about information, misinformation, digital design tricks – the topics this exhibition addressed. People should get reliable information, and the library is a good source. This experience has only confirmed the fact that libraries are ready to be actively involved in raising public competences in the field of media and information literacy.

A very useful and proven solution in these circumstances was to organise a combined exhibition – matching a physical with a virtual exhibition.

It was also helpful that the format of the physical exhibition was flexible and easily adaptable to different rooms. So we hope that the exhibition will travel further to Lithuanian libraries, reaching more and more people.

 

Alma Masevičienė,

Academic secretary of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

 

You can start your own The Glass Room: Misinformation Edition experience on the website of the exhibition.

CPDWL Newsletter January 2021 Issue Out!

Tue, 12/01/2021 - 21:40

Please read our latest newletter here

Topics include:

  • Letter from the Co-Chairs 
  • We Chat 
  • “Get to Know You” Meet Ups. 
  • Building our CPDWL Community 
  • Webinars 
  • Report of the Coaching working group 
  • Social media channels and updates  
  • First library meme contest 
  • Covid and CPD. How CPDWL SC members managed their own personal PD in times of the pandemic 
  • Global Playlist to Kick Off 2021 
  • And Now For Something Completely Different 
  • CPD & WL activities around the world 

Associations + IFLA Strategy: looking back, looking forward

Tue, 12/01/2021 - 15:48

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2020 will be remembered as a year of challenges and hardship for libraries and their users, but also of resilience and innovation. Now, having already stepped into 2021, more than ever, the mission set out in the IFLA Strategy; inspire, engage, enable and connect, matters.

Through its Strategy, IFLA inspires, guides and provides tools to libraries and associations so they may continue to find solutions to challenges, seize opportunities, and provide excellent services and effective advocacy.

To highlight how libraries everywhere have done their bit to build a strong and united global library field, in 2020 we launched an initiative to celebrate the work of library associations which have drawn on the IFLA Strategy 2019-24 in different regions of the world.

Here are just nine examples:

#IFLAFromHome in Latvia: An Innovative National Conference in Line with the IFLA Strategy: the Library Association of Latvia focused their national conference and its themes on the IFLA Strategy.

 

Suriname’s libraries align with the IFLA Strategy: Surinamese libraries integrated the IFLA Strategy into a new curriculum for library managers.

 

Interviewing Nick Poole: a discussion about the IFLA Strategy: The UK Library Association decided to use the IFLA Strategy as a framework for the next five-year Association’s strategy.

 

 

Paraguayan libraries align with the IFLA StrategyParaguayan libraries organised an IFLA Strategy workshop to celebrate the "Day of the Paraguayan Librarian".

 

 

Brazilian libraries: places of affective listeningBrazil’s library association that organised a panel discussion “IFLA Strategy and alignments” using the motto: ‘Together We Are Stronger’. 

 

Fiji Library Association + IFLA Strategy: Reflections and Moving forwardFiji’s library association hosted virtual lunchtime hourly presentations, on the theme “Reflections and Moving Forward”.

Guyana Library Association + IFLA Strategy: resilient now and in the futureGuyanese libraries plan to partner with the Ministry of Education to host a virtual workshop in line with the IFLA Strategy.

 

Costa Rica Library Association + IFLA Strategy: allies in achieving the SDGsCosta Rica’s librarians’ association hosted an IFLA Strategy workshop which led to the creation of the Costa Rica National Library Strategy Plan for the implementation of the SDGs.

 

Iraqi Library Association + IFLA Strategy: where education and planning meetIraq’s library association supported education in the field on a national level, through establishing a national electronic portal and offering training workshops

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IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner highlighted the importance of putting the IFLA Strategy into action around the world:

I could not be prouder of our colleagues in Latvia, Suriname, UK, Paraguay, Brazil, Fiji, Guyana, Costa Rica and Iraq!

2020 has been a difficult year for all and yet librarians in these countries have shown the importance of the IFLA Strategy as a driver of a strong and united field through their actions. As we go into 2021, I invite librarians in more countries to follow their lead. We are IFLA!”  

 

 

How is your library or library association engaging with the IFLA Strategy? Let us know! Post on your social media, using the hashtag #IFLAStrategy and #WeAreIFLA or send an email to Despina Gerasimidou, IFLA’s Strategic Development Officer at despina.gerasimidou@ifla.org.

Read more about the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024

      

 

Understanding Infodiversity: An Interview

Tue, 12/01/2021 - 12:39

A commitment to promoting access to information is a unifying factor across the global library field. In a changing information space, there is therefore value in trying to build understanding of what information is and how it affects us.

One approach comes through the concept of infodiversity, adopted by many, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, as a tool for exploring and explaining trends and developments. We interviewed Jonathan Hernández-Pérez, IFLA Governing Board member and Associate Researcher at the Institute for Library and Information Research (IIBI) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to find out more. 

 

​1. How do you define the concept of infodiversity?

I would like to start by pointing out that as human societies became more complex there is a stronger need to understand the impact of information on society. Over the last decades, we have seen a number of terms trying to address all the dynamics around information, the trend at the moment is the so called "infodemic".

With this brief context, infodiversity refers to all the variety of types, forms, and formats in which information is produced and consumed.  It also encompasses and acknowledges all expressions produced by different social groups over time, within a geographic area, through media (television, radio, internet, etc.), or historical periods. It is a way to understand and see a larger picture of what and how we produce, consume, and share information.

2. Where does the idea come from, and what makes it interesting as an area of study?

The idea of "infodiversity" comes from 30 years now, mostly from an academic perspective. During the early nineties, there was an interesting reflection about the inequalities in the demand and supply of information for the underdeveloped countries, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean region.

One of the first approaches of this term was from a library perspective. During the nineties, LIS researchers like Morales Campos reflected on the way monopolies and big information companies had created one-sided and loaded flows of information, hindering access to all the diversity of information produced particularly by the multiple cultures and ethnic groups with a strong involvement in social, economic, and political matters. They tried to mould society to consume only one source, format, or type of information. Of course, this is now a hot topic with the rise of digital technologies like algorithms or filter bubbles.

There are other perspectives on infodiversity, some of them involve the different ways of structuring the variety of information particularly the differences that exist between museums and libraries. Others relate to digital rights and access to information, and there is an interesting one where the diversity of information is seen as being as essential to social development and human survival as biodiversity and cultural diversity. And there are other ideas related or complementary to infodiversity, such as the infosphere, information geographics, among others.

What makes it interesting as an area of study is that infodiversity takes us beyond thinking about traditional ways in which information is produced, consumed, shared and preserved, to thinking about information through an evolutionary approach. As digital life continues to develop, I think there is a necessity to consider divergent views of the term infodiversity.

3. What makes it particularly relevant in Mexico and the wider Latin America and Caribbean region?

Even though this concept has been addressed in other parts of the world, in Mexico it is a formal research area at the Library and Information Research Institute at UNAM. Outside of Mexico, there was a journal from the Library Research Society in Argentina called "Infodiversity", and many discussions on this matter have been addressed in Cuba, Colombia, Peru, and Costa Rica. I would like to highlight that the 2007 International Library Colloquium at the Guadalajara Book Fair was titled "Infodiversity : the library as a multicultural center" and this was precisely to think the library as the heart of diversity.

4. Could it also be applicable elsewhere in the world?

Sure, I think that we can agree that our world is diverse in terms of cultures, ethnic groups, biological species, and so on. So our information landscape should reflect this plurality and diversity not only from one region but of the world we live in.

5. How does it relate to the idea of bibliodiversity?

This is very interesting because even that both terms have the same "essence" on the recognition of a variety and multiplicity of perspectives and ideas, bibliodiversity is applied to the publishing sphere, this idea was coined mainly by the independent publishing world as a consequence of the predominance of the big publishing groups.

On the other hand, infodiversity refers to information in every format, from ancient scrolls to tweets, from printed books to sounds recorded, from musical score to memes, every piece of information recorded in every format, and the way this diversity coexists. At a content level, infodiversity implies the sum of ideas that humanity has produced over time, from religious beliefs to scientific knowledge, and so on, with all the complexity that implies the information flows.

It is also important to mention that one of the biggest coincidences between these two ideas is that both of them advocate for availability and access to all the variety of information they promote

6. What are the main topics that infodiversity researchers are currently trying to address?

Over the last years, we have linked the infodiversity with topics such as access to information, open access, copyright, and ethical use of information, we take infodiversity as an umbrella concept for all these complex matters on information. Since 2017 to date we have focused our research on the understanding of misinformation and its impacts on libraries, social media, and citizen participation.

7. How does it relate to wider questions, such as open access and open science?

In all societies, information has been a driver for development, and the digital moment we're living in came to highlight this, particularly with the rise of the open movements. Open access and open science face important challenges in terms of infodiversity, such as the gap between languages - the prevalence of a single language suggest that all important information is in one language - an increasing oligopolistic market, and the rise of policies that may exacerbate existing inequalities. As the world realizes the high importance of open movements (we had an experience in 2020 on how open science can save lives) these will have to improve their dynamics in terms of diversity and inclusion.

8. What are the main policy challenges – and opportunities – for infodiversity today?

One of the core characteristics of infodiversity at the moment of its conception was that the recognition of a diversity of information is not enough for the public good, it must be accompanied by information policies that make sure of an equitable access to this information. That's probably the main challenge because it involves aspects on privacy, censorship, the constant tensions between stakeholders in the digital environment, and many others. I'm confident that technology can bring us more opportunities to advocate for a well-designed and well-applied information policies than could embrace an infodiversity perspective in society.

9. What can libraries and library professionals themselves do in this regard?

This is a good point, libraries and librarians have always been advocates for diversity, I think this is one of the library field strengths. We have several examples of this, from multiculturalism and linguistic perspective which is addressed at the IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto pointing that "cultural and linguistic diversity is the common heritage of humankind and should be cherished and preserved for the benefit of all", that's where information diversity plays an important role. We can see other forms of recognizing and analyzing the diversity in the library field, as the diversity of library users', sexual diversity (in 2013, IFLA approved the LGBTQ+ Special Interest Group), in an organizational way with the bibliographic universe, and many others.

There are many ways in which libraries and librarians can involve and promote infodiversity, I would like to point out four dimensions for this.

First of all, it is important to recognize all varieties of forms in which information is created and used it, always with open and critical thinking, this reminds me of the long-standing controversies around Wikipedia as a trustworthy source.

A second perspective should be based on skills, as we are increasingly socially and ideologically isolated as a consequence of algorithms and other technologies. Yet he need for a diversity of sources is more important now than ever before, so information skills are crucial to get the right information that may have a critical impact in our opinions, decisions and lives.

A third dimension lies in preservation, as many formats and media have been born digitally and they are evolving rapidly, there is an urgent need to preserve these materials, I'm glad to see many libraries with an internet archive, sound archive, and even providing and preserving local content which enriches the global infodiversity.

Finally, none of these dimensions could have success if we don't advocate for an equitable availability and access to information diversity, so a last point should be an equitable access to information.

Terry L Weech, PhD retired Dec. 31, 2021

Sun, 10/01/2021 - 03:29

After forty years of service to the iSchool, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, Associate Professor Terry L. Weech (MS '65, PhD '72) retired at the end of December.

He has made extensive contributions to both IFLA Sections on Education and Training and Library Theory and Research.

He served as a Treasurer of IFLA Section on Education and Training in 2001-2007; a Chair of the IFLA Division VII, Research and Education, 2001-2005; a Chair of IFLA Section on Education and Training, 2003-2005, 2005-2007; a member of the IFLA Library Theory and Research Section Standing Committee (Executive Committee), 2007-2011, 2011-2015.

In 2017, Weech was honored with a Scroll of Appreciation from IFLA for his distinguished contribution to IFLA and the library profession, especially in the internationalization of LIS education.

See Weech's CV: http://cpanel.ischool.illinois.edu/~weech/CV/TW-CV-19.pdf

CPDWL Newsletter January 2021 Issue Out!

Sat, 09/01/2021 - 23:13

Please read our latest newletter here

Topics include:

  • Letter from the Co-Chairs 
  • We Chat 
  • “Get to Know You” Meet Ups. 
  • Building our CPDWL Community 
  • Webinars 
  • Report of the Coaching working group 
  • Social media channels and updates  
  • First library meme contest 
  • Covid and CPD. How CPDWL SC members managed their own personal PD in times of the pandemic 
  • Global Playlist to Kick Off 2021 
  • And Now For Something Completely Different 
  • CPD & WL activities around the world 

IFLA’s Management of Library Associations Section Launches Webinar Series

Fri, 08/01/2021 - 21:50
In order to keep members engaged and informed during #IFLAFromHome, MLAS is launching a webinar series that will feature topics of interest for library associations and members in general. We are very excited to present our first webinar series!
  The webinars will be presented from January to July 2021. The first webinar entitled “Library Map of the World: Engagement for Advocacy” will be presented together with IFLA Headquarters on January 14 at 14:00 CET. We invite you to join us and Halo Locher, Chair of the Management of Library Associations Section, Kristine Paberza-Ramirez, IFLA’s Member Engagement Officer, and Stephen Wyber, IFLA’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, as they discuss:
   · The importance of being well presented on the IFLA’s Library Map of the World (LMW) · Engagement scenarios for library associations · Processes behind keeping the LMW data up to date, preparing and curating country profiles · The 2021 priorities for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stories · Using the LMW content and resources in library advocacy
  The event will be moderated by Randa Chidiac, MLAS SC member. More information about this webinar here: bit.ly/2XiEZoh
  The next date in our series is March 16 at 4:00 CET for a forum organized by MLAS with the candidates for IFLA President-Elect. 

 The other webinars will feature topics such as:

·    Library Associations in COVID-19 Times ·    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Library Associations ·    Social Media for Library Associations
  Stay tuned to our future announcements with more information. #IFLAFromHome  

2021 IFLA ILDS Conference Location Announced

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 22:06

The Governing Board of IFLA has accepted the recommendation of the Document Delivery and Resource Sharing standing committee in which the committee has recommended the Qatar National Library (QNL) in Doha to host the 17th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Interlending and Document Supply (ILDS) Conference from 4 to 7 October 2021.

The DDRS Standing Committee will work closely with the local host to organize the conference. 

Topics to be discussed include resource sharing, copyrights, open science, pandemic effects on ILL services, the importance of digitization on collection sharing, and ways to enhance cooperation among lending institutions. 

Read more (QNL press release)

Bibliographic Control in the Digital Ecosystem, 8-12 Feb. 2021

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 14:40

The Conference aims to explore the new boundaries of Universal Bibliographic Control, which are widening in the digital ecosystem. Bibliographic control is radically changing because the bibliographic universe is radically changing: resources, actors, technologies, standards, and practices. As a "non-commercial public space" (IFLA Global Vision) – not only in a literal sense – libraries reaffirm a fundamental role also in the digital ecosystem.

Participation is free, but registration is required.

The programme and the registration form are available at the Conference web address https://www.bc2021.unifi.it.

The speakers have been selected from among the leading experts in the field. Papers will be presented in English or in Italian with slides in English and published on JLIS.it, issue 1, 2022.


The conference is organized by the University of Florence, Italy (SAGAS Dept., and University Library System), in cooperation with the IFLA Bibliography Section, the Italian Library Association (Associazione Italiana Biblioteche), and other institutions.

From Global Goals to Local Practice: Interview with Evi Tramantza, OCLC Global Council Program Committee

Tue, 05/01/2021 - 19:11

In a survey out now, OCLC is exploring how libraries are working with the SDGs. IFLA interviewed Evi Tramantza, Chair of the OCLC Global Council Program Committee, to find out more.

With growing understanding of the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as both a framework for advocacy, and a tool that can be applied in library planning, there is more and more evidence on how to do this most effectively.

To gather this, OCLC’s Global Council has chosen to focus on the SDGs this year, and is running both a survey to gather information about practice, and a series of webinars.

We interviewed Evi Tramanza, Chair of the OCLC Global Council Program Committee, to hear more.

 

Can you let us know a little more about yourself?

Hello! My name is Evi Tramantza, and I’m the Director of Libraries and Archives at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece. I also serve as Chair of the Program Committee for OCLC’s Global Council and as a delegate for the Global Council’s EMEA region. I’m excited to discuss the work OCLC Global Council is doing in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with IFLA and colleagues around the world.

How did Global Council come to work with the SDGs?

Every year OCLC Global Council selects an area of focus that is important to libraries worldwide. This year we chose to focus our work on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We’re pleased that we can take this work in new directions, and also support activities that are aligned with IFLA’s existing work with the SDGs.

OCLC Global Council is comprised of library leaders from all over the world who recognize the importance and value of the SDGs to the communities we serve. We understand how crucial libraries are to accomplishing these goals. We want to do our part as a unique, global library organization to raise awareness, adoption and support of the SDGs.

For you, what difference can working with the SDGs make at the level of individual libraries and library systems?

The 17 SDGs address global issues such as poverty, inequality, and peace and justice. They provide our libraries an actionable framework to help improve the communities we serve. Many libraries are already engaged in work that supports the SDGs such as providing programs and services to address social justice or provide quality education to underrepresented groups. By starting with our individual libraries, we can build stronger community partnerships that can lead to real change.

What activities do you have planned around this, and what have you learnt already?

OCLC Global Council currently has two main activities supporting the SDGs. First, we are partnering with OCLC Research to conduct a global library survey on the SDGs, with a focus on the five goals that we feel libraries can impact the most:

  • SDG 4: Quality education
  • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

The purpose of the survey is to understand better how libraries around the world are working to use and support the SDGs. The survey is open now through 31 January 2021 so that all library types and sizes can participate. I’d like to invite all IFLA colleagues to take the survey and share your perspectives on the SDGs using the link below, and of course to encourage your own colleagues to respond and pass on their perspectives.  A published report of findings will be made available in June 2021.

SURVEY:  Global Libraries and SDGs
Deadline: 31 January 2021

OCLC Global Council is also hosting a series of online webinars, Sustainable development and libraries: Global goals, collective action, focused on how libraries around the world are thinking about or using the SDGs to inform their libraries strategic plans. The series consists of five thought-leadership conversations, with the next one taking place on 9 February 2021.

Through these activities, we are learning how much libraries can do to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. While we may be separated by geography or culture, we know that we share challenges, ideas, energy and solutions. When we work together using tools like the SDGs, we can go further to making shared progress together.

What impact do you hope that it will have within libraries? Do you anticipate any advocacy dividends from this work?

I hope that more libraries see the value of incorporating the SDGs into their strategic plans and the rewards that come from working together to advocate for global sustainability.  Increased participation from libraries at local, regional and national levels will help raise awareness of the SDGs and lead to real change for our communities.

Every individual library worker and each library can participate. I hope you will join us in supporting the SDGs in your libraries and lend your thoughts and expertise to this important work.

 

About the interviewee

Evi Tramantza is the Director of Libraries and Archives at Anatolia College, Thessaloniki, Greece and serves as the Program Committee Chair for OCLC’s Global Council.  

As the Director of Libraries, she is responsible for the oversight of the Elementary Library, the Eleftheriades Library (High School and IB) and also Bissell Library (American College of Thessaloniki) as well as the Historical Archives of Anatolia.

She holds an MSc Econ in Information and Library Studies from the University of Wales and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a teaching qualification (TEFL). She is a Chartered librarian (MCLIP, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, CILIP, UK) and a member and mentor of CILIP.

Evi has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Information Literacy and is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the AMICAL Consortium. She is currently pursuing a PhD with the University of Sheffield in Information literacy perceptions and needs.

Her work in Education spans the last 30 years, with a long career in teaching and a strong interest in learning.

 

Making the Decisions that Matter Better: IFLA Releases Statement on Open and Good Governance

Tue, 05/01/2021 - 15:20

IFLA has published a new statement on the role of library and information services in improving the way societies are governed, both through optimal decision-making within government, and effective scrutiny and engagement by parliaments and wider populations.

Effective, transparent and inclusive governance is a pre-condition for success in any policy designed to improve lives and communities, as recognised in Sustainable Development Goal 16.

Information has a central role to play in this. It helps those in power take the best possible decisions on behalf of those they rule. It ensures that parliaments can hold governments to account and participate in the legislative process. And it gives citizens the a key tool for engaging civic and political life.

Where information matters, libraries matter. Through providing core services, our institutions help ensure that people get the information they need, in the form they need it.

IFLA’s new statement on libraries and open and good governance underlines this role,  and makes recommendations to governments and others on how to realise this potential.

In particular, the statement:

  • Highlights the value of library and information services to governments and parliaments, as well as properly supported government information collections in other libraries
  • Calls for open access to public data and information through the placement of such information in the public domain, as well as comprehensive management, retention, preservation and archival policies
  • Recommends effective freedom-of-information laws, and calls for public and other libraries to be engaged in their implementation
  • Argues for easier access to legal education and support for libraries to help everyone enforce their rights

IFLA encourages its Members and others to draw on this statement in their own advocacy. IFLA itself will deploy the statement in its work at the global level in support of access to information and the library services that make this a reality.

Read the statement on our publications page.