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IFLA at EuroDIG 2020

Thu, 18/06/2020 - 19:19

The 2020 European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) took place online on June 11-12. IFLA joined the conference to get more insights on what recent trends in European internet policy and governance could be relevant and interesting for the library field.

Drawing on the sessions, keynote speeches and panel discussions of the 2020 EuroDIG, below are some of the key messages and trends relevant for libraries in Europe (and beyond):

Digital transformation: here to stay? Naturally, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the European information society was an important part of the discussion. Many participants weighted in on the question whether the rapid digitisation of work, education, and many other areas of economy and society (and related changes) are here to stay – or if we can expect some degree of “returning to normal” in the future.

Several speakers concluded that the former is more likely – and, in fact, the path to recovery could be a turning point towards a fundamental green digital transformation. It could therefore be worthwhile for libraries to reflect on their roles in a recovering society which puts more focus on digital – both libraries’ work to support meaningful digital inclusion, and the digitisation of libraries’ traditional services. A recording of the full discussion on the lessons learned during the pandemic and possible future changes can be found on EuroDIG’s channel.

Pandemic: multiplying vulnerabilities. It is often emphasised that the rapid digitisation has put an ever-sharper focus on the inequalities in digital inclusion and internet access. There is an urgent need to enable the remaining billions to make use of connectivity.

The rise in cyber-threats and vulnerabilities is another important impact of this digitisation. The lockdown period saw a substantial increase in cyberattacks and vulnerabilities. During a panel discussion dedicated to this issue, one of the speakers pointed out that it is crucial to make sure that people who are less confident with their ICT skills – for example older users – are well-prepared to participate in an increasingly digitalised society and know how to do so safely.

More broadly, several speakers highlighted that media literacy and ICT skills are crucial to build user confidence, trust and security: awareness of safe practices and possible threats, critical thinking skills towards information on social media. These conclusions are of course relevant for many libraries that deliver various forms of digital literacy training.

The session also introduced the Digital Skills Assessment Guidebook, recently released by the ITU – a tool for digital skills assessments at a national level. The guidebook points out that libraries have experience delivering digital skills- and other types of training to adults and to people outside the formal education system or the workforce. They are among the stakeholders that states could engage to help prepare such an assessment. This may therefore be of interest for libraries in countries that intend to initiate the evaluation process this Guidebook sets out.

Going forward with Open Science. Rapid digital communication among experts in the spirit of Open Science has been a crucial lever in the global response to COVID-19. It powered scientific cooperation and helped achieve crucial results in record times. As one of the keynote speakers pointed out, a move towards Open Science would help all relevant stakeholders to engage with and benefit from scientific progress and discussions.

To this end, UNESCO is continuing their work to develop a Recommendation on Open Science. It aims to define key principles and values and suggest concrete measures that stakeholders can take to promote Open Data and Open Access. The consultative process is ongoing (see IFLA's response to the initial questionnaire on this), and UNESCO is organising a series of regional consultations to further engage key stakeholders over the coming months.

UN Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. And finally, an important announcement at the end of the conference introduced a follow-up to the 2019 UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel Report on Digital Cooperation. Building on this report, the Secretary General has released a new “Roadmap for Digital Cooperation”, which outlines a set of actions to achieve a more inclusive, fair and safe digital world. The roadmap covers several areas which are relevant to the work of libraries - these include, among others,

  • The call to “promote new and potentially transformative models to accelerate connectivity”. The report also cites large-scale regional infrastructure initiatives – i.e. GIGA, a partnership aiming to connect all schools to the Internet – as a possible inspiration.
  • The importance of promoting and making available more digital public goods, including open data, open content, open access software.
  • The intent to establish a “multi-stakeholder digital inclusion coalition” and carry out more work to assess and measure digital inclusion and literacy.
  • A plan to undertake a “mapping exercise of digital inclusion initiatives” (the work to map out digital inclusion solutions is already started by ITU and UNDP, and will be expanded).

These are some of the key Internet Governance developmentsin Europe that may impact or be of interest for libraries. More information on the 2020 EuroDIG sessions can be found on the EuroDIG wiki, and summaries of the key messages are available on the Geneva Internet Platform/Digital Watch Observatory website.

IFLA Strategy and IFLA Professional Units

Thu, 18/06/2020 - 11:59

IFLA’s five-year Strategy 2019-2024 was built on the Global Vision discussion - the largest and most inclusive conversation ever in the history of our field. With implementation underway, how are IFLA’s over sixty Professional Units contributing to delivering on the IFLA Strategy?

Discover IFLA’s behind-the-scenes innovators
What do the IFLA Professional Units do?

IFLA’s Professional Units are at the heart of our work. These expert groups work to identify the needs of their community and plan their areas of focus. They produce annual plans, outlining the detail of their work, with a mission to complete and offer products to the global library community that will move the profession forward throughout the year.

How does this relate to the IFLA Strategy?

The 2019-2024 IFLA Strategy is the roadmap for IFLA’s future, and provides the framework for the action of IFLA’s Professional Units. To highlight how each expert group plays a role in building the future of the global library field, we are launching an initiative to celebrate the work of the Units.

Here we will feature a selection of completed or ongoing projects from the Professional Units, aligned to the IFLA Strategy, which make a contribution to the advancement of our profession.

How it Works

The first round of IFLA Professional Unit projects to be celebrated come from across a range of areas of expertise and types of product, and cover all four 2019-2024 IFLA Strategic Directions. We will showcase these activities through news pieces on IFLA’s website, social networks, mailing lists and the #IFLAfromHome initiative.

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

     

Update on IFLA's Work on Sustainable Development - June 2020

Tue, 16/06/2020 - 14:44

IFLA is continuing in its work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both in direct engagement, and in supporting members at the national levels.

The below update, distributed to participants in IFLA's International Advocacy Programme, provides an overview of activities and resources in the past weeks.

 

1. VOLUNTARY NATIONAL REVIEWS

The key messages from the 47 countries carrying out Voluntary National Reviews this year have now been published on the UN website (on this page, scroll down and select ‘2020’), with a number also publishing their official reports as well. Congratulations to Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, India, Liberia and Nigeria for the fact that libraries are referenced in your countries’ reports. As more final reports are published, we hope to see more!

We will have an opportunity to shape the statements made by civil society organisations on each of the VNR reports, and so have been in contact with libraries in all VNR countries where we have contacts in order to ask for potential inputs. If you have not been contacted, and should have been, please let me know!

In the meanwhile, we have also continued to publish new parts of our guide on how to engage in VNRs, highlighting the value of working with partners, communicating messages to the public, and preparing for the High-Level Political Forum itself (see below). We hope that these will be useful for everyone in due course in promoting your messages.

 

2. HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM

Clearly the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a significant impact on planning for the High-Level Political Forum, which will now not only be mostly virtual, but also focus strongly on responding to the pandemic. Nonetheless, the focus on transformative actions across the SDGs remains, and stakeholders have been invited to focus on identifying what they can do to unlock development across the board. If you are interested in following the discussion, the overall programme is available on the UN website. To note that Voluntary National Reviews will take place on 14-16 July, according to the schedule on page 2 of this document.

While there will not be the opportunity to interact directly with ministers, officials and other contacts this year, IFLA has already ensured that libraries, information and knowledge feature in the submissions made by the NGO Major Group. As set out above, we can also shape statements made on Voluntary National Reviews. There will also be side events, with many likely offering the possibility to ask questions online – as the final programme is released, we will share more information.

Finally, we will also be in touch shortly with a template letter to ambassadors and delegations to the High Level Political Forum encouraging them to see access to information as an accelerator of development, and a precondition of progress.  

 

3. IDENTIFYING DEVELOPMENT ACCELERATORS

A key way in which you can draw attention to the role of libraries in delivering the SDGs is to share stories about the work that you are currently doing on one or more of the SDGs. There is an open call for ‘acceleration actions’ (see more in our blog from last year), where you can share information, and ensure that the work of libraries is more widely recognised.

 

4. UN75

Work is continuing on the United Nations 75th birthday programme, with a draft political direction currently being discussed among Member States. This will focus on the changes that need to be made to the multilateral system to help it deal better with the challenges the world faces. You can still get involved in the conversation, by filling in the survey directly, reading more news on the UN’s dedicated website (which has lots of helpful briefs and materials), and using our guide: Get into UN75.

 

5. CULTURE, COVID-19 AND THE SDGS – STATEMENT OPEN FOR SIGNATURE

The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a huge impact on lives and livelihoods around the world. At times of uncertainty, as libraries have witnessed through the surge in demand for digital content, there is a need for culture in order to promote wellbeing and resilience. However, both now – with many in the cultural sector finding it difficult to work – and in the future – where pressure on budgets seems inevitable – this cannot be taken for granted. IFLA therefore joined other members of the #Culture2030Goal campaign in preparing a Statement on Culture and COVID-19. You can sign up to the statement using this form.

 

6. NEW LIBRARY MAP OF THE WORLD RESOURCES AND LIBRARY STAT OF THE WEEK

There is more and more information on IFLA’s Library Map of the World! With monthly updates to the IFLA-L mailing list, many of you will have seen information about new data, stories and country pages. In particular, there are new stories from Argentina (on gender equality, inclusion of Roma populations, and building technology skills while bridging the generational divide), Canada (on support to refugees), and country profiles for Namibia, St Lucia, Suriname

We have also now got over 20 posts in our Library Stat of the Week series, which includes analysis not only of differences in the populations and areas that libraries serve, but also deeper looks at how numbers of public and community libraries and libraries correlate with levels of economic, education and gender equality. While it is not possible to show causality, it becomes clear that societies with more libraries and librarians tend to be fairer, with more social mobility, fewer low-skilled adults, and smaller gaps between women and men.

 

7. UN COMMISSION ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The days of physical meetings may seem a long way away now, but one of the last major UN meetings before restrictions were introduced was the Commission on Social Development, which focused for the first time on homelessness, and what can be done to help those experiencing it. IFLA was represented, underlining the role of libraries not just as a place of refuge, but also as a key actor in helping people to re-integrate into society. You can read the report of the meeting in our news story.  

 

8. ACCESS TO JUSTICE

While much of our work around SDG16 focuses on its call for access to information, libraries are also major players in delivering other targets under this Goal. One example is Access to Justice, which is mentioned in the long title for the SDG, and in SDG 16.3. Drawing on papers presented at previous WLICs, we have published a report highlighting the contributions that libraries make to ensuring access to legal information as a key pre-condition for access to justice.

 

9. OPEN GOVERNMENT

Also connected to SDG16 is the need for governments to be transparent and accountable, and to promote participation by all citizens. The Open Government movement has been leading efforts to make this happen for a number of years now, with members committing to produce action plans highlighting what they plan to do. IFLA has reviewed the action plans in place in order to highlight how governments globally have sought to engage libraries, providing useful examples for library associations and libraries elsewhere to draw on in your own advocacy. Download the report to find out more.

 

10. OTHER NEWS

We have also been active in other areas! We have released an article on how libraries and library associations can engage with foreign embassies in order to support their activities (SDG17), a briefing on how libraries can be involved in community internet networks (SDG9.c), an interview on library engagement in digital inclusion strategies, a checklist on compliance with the 2015 UNESCO Recommendation on safeguarding documentary heritage (SDG11.4), and a submission to the United Nations on libraries, climate change and cultural rights (SDG13).

We have also released blogs on libraries and climate action (SDG13), diversity and multiculturalism (SDG10), the role of health libraries in tackling COVID-19 (SDG3), as well as broader advocacy pieces focusing on trends for libraries post-COVID-19, what a future advocacy agenda may look like, suggested ways to include libraries in economic stimulus packages, the importance of guaranteed public funding for libraries, and tips on how to increase advocacy capacity from home.

We have also seen great engagement around the world, including the database on good library practices linked to the SDGs from Argentina, a webinar (including IFLA's President Elect, Barbara Lison) and resources from EBLIDA in Europe, the setting up of an SDGs Task Force by the American Library Association. We welcome any further news about what you are doing!

 

National Library of Chile celebrates Día del Patrimonio Cultural at Home

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 17:28

Día del Patrimonio Cultural (National Cultural Heritage Day) is celebrated in Chile on the last Sunday of May. Usually, national monuments and institutions across the country are open for visits and guided tours. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebrations had to find a different way of reaching the public.

"Día del Patrimonio Cultural en Casa" (National Cultural Heritage Day at Home) focussed on bringing people in touch with cultural heritage through sharing digital content of all kinds. 

IFLA’s Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centre at the National Library of Chile reported that the National library offered an online programme on the theme Chilean Memory and National Digital Library.

Some examples of their online programming included:

  • Virtual tour of the documents and images in the National Library’s collection.
  • A “Journey through Chile” with a selection of images, manuscripts, books, magazines and other materials from the Territorial Libraries of the National Digital Library.
  • A special issue of the monthly bulletin of the National Digital Library, titled Chilean Memory and Chile for Children
  • An online lecture series on "Books and traditional knowledge", featuring discussions on the books "Chilean Wine Heritage" and "Canto a lo Poeta: Pedagogical notebook of intangible cultural heritage", which discusses traditional musical expression of the countryside of Chile. 

You can find more information on the National Library of Chile's Programmes here: Día del Patrimonio Cultural en Casa

The PAC Centre director also noted that there were many initiatives inviting people to share their personal archives and documents from home.

For example, Gabriela Mistral Regional Library, Chile’s largest regional library, organised a joint project with the Regional Coordination of Public Libraries and the National Council of Monuments, "My memories with books: Reading trajectories in the Coquimbo Region". This call to share photographs of family memories with books is meant to record how one's relationship with literature from childhood accompanies them throughout life. 

Engagement exceeded expectation. The Chilean National Service of Cultural Heritage reports over 1,900 online activities total, and several million visitors both to the event's website and interacting on social media with the hashtag #DíadelPatrimonioEnCasa. Also of note, many of these activities included inclusion and accessibility tools.

"Día del Patrimonio Cultural en Casa" is an example of successfully engaging audiences with cultural heritage sites, institutions and collections through virtual means. Many of the weekend’s event also show the importance of digitised collections, and the profound potential they have for increased engagement with cultural heritage.

Thanks to the PAC Centre at the National Library of Chile for sharing!  

You can see all the activities for the day at the Día del Patrimonio Cultural website.

Guidelines in Russian

Wed, 10/06/2020 - 15:46

With the translation of the Guidelines into Russian, they are now available in 23 languages.

Latest CPDWL Newsletter Now Available!

Tue, 09/06/2020 - 01:00

Greetings to you all:

You can now access our June Newsletter at https://www.ifla.org/publications/cpdwl-section-newsletter

You will find a totally new design, thanks to our most recent Newsletter team member Sara Ulloa.

Besides the regular columns and information about the CPDWL Section activities, two main topics dominate the content.

The first topic provides updated information on the WLIC 2021 programme that is being prepared by the various working groups. The second topic is an international report of the support provided library staff in times of COVID-19 in six countries around the world, compiled by Ulrike Lang. This report is complemented by an in-depth article about Italy written by Matilde Fontanin,

I hope you’ll enjoy reading this issue and will find its information relevant, inviting, and worth sharing with your networks.

Please continue taking good care of yourselves. All the best,

Juanita

Juanita Jara de Súmar
Liaison Librarian (retired)
McGill University Library

National Libraries Section Annual Report 2018-2019 is now available!

Mon, 08/06/2020 - 19:52

The National Libraries Section's Annual Report for 2018-2019 contains an overview of WLIC Sessions for 2019, as well as projects on digital reunification, communications activities, and cooperation with CDNL.

Anniversary of the EU-DSM directive!

Mon, 08/06/2020 - 12:12

The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market entered into force on 7 June 2019, with Member States having two years to transpose it (i.e. to implement it into national law). This directive aims to ensure better functioning of copyright rules across borders, allowing for a more integrated single market due to greater legal homogeneity across the bloc.

Now, in June 2020, we are therefore at the mid-point of the implementation process. Countries still have one year to meet their commitments.

The Directive contains several articles that concern libraries. These do, however, leave many choices to the interpretation and decision of national governments , and so an opportunity for stakeholders to influence implementation in order to ensure that this is most favourable.

We encourage European Union library associations and institutions therefore to continue engaging in this process, as their presence and input is essential to ensure new legal provisions suitable for libraries.

These articles cover several topics:

  • Text and Data Mining
  • Use of Works in Teaching Activities
  • Preservation of Cultural Heritage
  • Contract Override and Technological Protection Measures
  • Out-of Commerce Works
  • Works of Visual Art in the Public Domain
  • Press Publishers Right
  • Use of protected content by online content-sharing service providers.

You can find more information here, here and here

 

Global evolution of the implementation

Over the past year, we have seen countries move more or less quickly to implement the provisions. The process of discussion with stakeholders takes various forms: public consultations, meetings with stakeholders, questionnaires or a combination of these. Some countries like France have chosen to implement the Directive more or less behind closed doors.

The current health crisis has shifted the timeline of some of the consultations or changed the form they take. We can cite the case of Slovakia, for example, which postponed meetings originally planned for May 2020.

This is also the case for the stakeholder meetings concerning article 17 on the use of protected content by online service providers at the European level. These meetings were to produce recommendations for implementation for all countries. Marcel Kojala, a Green Member of the European Parliament from Czechia, has recently invited the European Commission to complete its recommendations so that countries can benefit from the guidelines during their implementation.

 

National implementations

Several countries have made draft legislative proposals available (Belgium, Croatia, Germany and Hungary), while others have already submitted their proposals to parliaments such as France (Articles 15 and 17) and the Netherlands.

Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Romania, and Sweden have already launched this process by releasing recommendations or holding stakeholder meetings.

Other countries have not yet entered the process, such as Portugal, Poland, Malta and Luxembourg.

This implementation will no doubt be followed by an update of the legislation in Iceland and Norway, countries in the European Economic Area.

 

Steps for Libraries

If you have already submitted recommendations to the ministry in charge or the intellectual property office of your country, we invite you to continue to follow the procedure on the subject.

If your library is in a country that has not yet started its consultation (Portugal, Poland, Malta, Luxembourg, Slovakia) or whose deadline for submitting recommendations on the best legal provisions is still upcoming such as Hungary or Bulgaria, we encourage libraries members to contact Camille Francoise.

 

Anniversary of the EU-DSM directive!

Mon, 08/06/2020 - 12:12

The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market entered into force on 7 June 2019, with Member States having two years to transpose it (i.e. to implement it into national law). This directive aims to ensure better functioning of copyright rules across borders, allowing for a more integrated single market due to greater legal homogeneity across the bloc.

Now, in June 2020, we are therefore at the mid-point of the implementation process. Countries still have one year to meet their commitments.

The Directive contains several articles that concern libraries. These do, however, leave many choices to the interpretation and decision of national governments , and so an opportunity for stakeholders to influence implementation in order to ensure that this is most favourable.

We encourage European Union library associations and institutions therefore to continue engaging in this process, as their presence and input is essential to ensure new legal provisions suitable for libraries.

These articles cover several topics:

  • Text and Data Mining
  • Use of Works in Teaching Activities
  • Preservation of Cultural Heritage
  • Contract Override and Technological Protection Measures
  • Out-of Commerce Works
  • Works of Visual Art in the Public Domain
  • Press Publishers Right
  • Use of protected content by online content-sharing service providers.

You can find more information here, here and here

 

Global evolution of the implementation

Over the past year, we have seen countries move more or less quickly to implement the provisions. The process of discussion with stakeholders takes various forms: public consultations, meetings with stakeholders, questionnaires or a combination of these. Some countries like France have chosen to implement the Directive more or less behind closed doors.

The current health crisis has shifted the timeline of some of the consultations or changed the form they take. We can cite the case of Slovakia, for example, which postponed meetings originally planned for May 2020.

This is also the case for the stakeholder meetings concerning article 17 on the use of protected content by online service providers at the European level. These meetings were to produce recommendations for implementation for all countries. Marcel Kojala, a Green Member of the European Parliament from Czechia, has recently invited the European Commission to complete its recommendations so that countries can benefit from the guidelines during their implementation.

 

National implementations

Several countries have made draft legislative proposals available (Belgium, Croatia, Germany and Hungary), while others have already submitted their proposals to parliaments such as France (Articles 15 and 17) and the Netherlands.

Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Romania, and Sweden have already launched this process by releasing recommendations or holding stakeholder meetings.

Other countries have not yet entered the process, such as Portugal, Poland, Malta and Luxembourg.

This implementation will no doubt be followed by an update of the legislation in Iceland and Norway, countries in the European Economic Area.

 

Steps for Libraries

If you have already submitted recommendations to the ministry in charge or the intellectual property office of your country, we invite you to continue to follow the procedure on the subject.

If your library is in a country that has not yet started its consultation (Portugal, Poland, Malta, Luxembourg, Slovakia) or whose deadline for submitting recommendations on the best legal provisions is still upcoming such as Hungary or Bulgaria, we encourage libraries members to contact Camille Francoise.

 

Declaración de la Presidenta y el Secretario General de la IFLA: El racismo no tiene lugar en la sociedad que las bibliotecas están construyendo

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 17:37

En respuesta a la muerte de George Floyd y de otras personas en el mundo, la Presidenta de la IFLA, Christine Mackenzie, y el Secretario General, Gerald Leitner, han realizado la siguiente declaración.

La IFLA condena toda forma de racismo por ser esencialmente contraria tanto a los derechos humanos como a los valores de nuestra profesión.

Las bibliotecas son instituciones cuya misión es mejorar la vida de las personas y las comunidades a las que prestan servicios. Lo hacen no solo rechazando la discriminación, sino también promoviendo activamente la inclusión y brindando a todas las personas una oportunidad significativa de ejercer sus derechos a la información, la cultura y la ciencia. La discriminación racial y la violencia basada en la raza —como en el caso reciente de George Floyd, pero también en otros casos en el mundo— no tienen lugar en la sociedad que deseamos construir.

La IFLA, como organización global, se compromete a garantizar que todas las personas participen en nuestras actividades y se beneficien de ellas, sin distinción de ciudadanía, discapacidad, origen étnico, género, ubicación geográfica, idioma, filosofía política, raza o religión.

A través del Manifiesto de la IFLA/UNESCO sobre la biblioteca pública, del Manifiesto de la IFLA/UNESCO sobre la biblioteca escolar, y de la Declaración de la IFLA sobre las bibliotecas y la libertad  intelectual estos mismos valores se aplican al trabajo de nuestras instituciones. Como se destacó en el Manifiesto de la IFLA/UNESCO por la biblioteca multicultural, esto requiere un esfuerzo consciente y significativo para conocer, comprender y analizar las necesidades de todos los miembros de las comunidades a las que prestamos servicios en lo referido a nuestras colecciones, prácticas y personal. Además, el Manifiesto establece la obligación de promover la inclusión de manera proactiva.

Junto con nuestros colegas de la Asociación de Bibliotecas de Estados Unidos, la Asociación Australiana de Bibliotecas e Información y otras asociaciones, nos solidarizamos con todos aquellos que sean víctimas de discriminación racial dentro y fuera del sector bibliotecario. En este sentido, seguiremos trabajando para promover servicios bibliotecarios y de información que hagan realidad el deseo de una sociedad mejor para todos.

Christine Mackenzie
Presidenta de la IFLA 2019-2021

Gerald Leitner
Secretario General de la IFLA

 

5 de junio de 2020

Erklärung der IFLA-Präsidentin und des Generalsekretärs: Rassismus hat keinen Platz in der Gesellschaft, an deren Aufbau Bibliotheken arbeiten

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 15:52

Als Reaktion auf den Tod von George Floyd und anderen weltweit haben IFLA-Präsidentin Christine Mackenzie und Generalsekretär Gerald Leitner die folgende Erklärung abgegeben.

IFLA verurteilt alle Formen des Rassismus als grundlegend gegen die Menschenrechte und die Werte unseres Berufsstandes verstoßend.

Bibliotheken sind Institutionen mit dem Auftrag, das Leben von Einzelpersonen und Gemeinschaften, denen sie dienen, zu verbessern. Sie tun dies nicht nur durch die Ablehnung von Diskriminierung, sondern auch durch die aktive Förderung der Inklusion, indem sie allen eine sinnvolle Möglichkeit geben, ihre Rechte auf Information, Kultur, Information und Wissenschaft zu verwirklichen. Rassendiskriminierung und rassenbedingte Gewalt - zuletzt im Fall von George Floyd, aber auch weltweit - haben in der Gesellschaft, die wir aufbauen wollen, keinen Platz.

Als globale Organisation setzt sich die IFLA dafür ein, dass sich alle an unseren Aktivitäten beteiligen und davon profitieren können, ohne Rücksicht auf Staatsbürgerschaft, Behinderung, ethnische Herkunft, Geschlecht, geographische Lage, Sprache, politische Philosophie, Rasse oder Religion.

Durch die IFLA-UNESCO-Manifeste für öffentliche Bibliotheken und Schulbibliotheken sowie die Erklärung zum Thema Bibliotheken und geistige Freiheit gelten dieselben Werte auch für die Arbeit unserer Institutionen. Wie in der Erklärung zur multikulturellen Gesellschaft hervorgehoben wird, erfordert dies eine bewusste und sinnvolle Anstrengung, um die Bedürfnisse aller Mitglieder der Gemeinschaften, denen wir dienen, zu erfragen, zu verstehen und in unseren Sammlungen, Praktiken und Personalbesetzungen widerzuspiegeln. Darüber hinaus verpflichtet es dazu, sich proaktiv für die Inklusion in der breiteren Gesellschaft einzusetzen.

Gemeinsam mit unseren Kolleg*innen in der American Library Association, der Australian Library and Information Association und anderswo stehen wir daher in Solidarität mit denjenigen, die sowohl innerhalb als auch außerhalb unseres Fachgebiets rassistischer Diskriminierung ausgesetzt sind. Dabei werden wir uns auch weiterhin für die Förderung von Bibliotheks- und Informationsdiensten einsetzen, die für alle eine bessere Gesellschaft Wirklichkeit werden lassen.

Christine Mackenzie
IFLA Präsidentin 2019-2021

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Generalsekretär

 

5.Juni 2020

IFLA Condemns the Destruction of the Library of the Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 14:30

IFLA has responded with sadness to the destruction of the Central Library of the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela, and calls on the Venezuelan government and others to do more to protect libraries.

The last days have brought the sad news of the apparently deliberate destruction of the central library of the Universidad de Oriente, in Sucre, Venezuela.

Coming in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a period of intense economic difficulty for many, this is an additional blow to the staff, university community and country as a whole.

As set out through UNESCO’s Unite for Heritage campaign, such destruction causes losses not just in material terms, but also lasting social and cultural damage.

It also runs against the spirit of the Safer Schools Declaration, which underlines the need, in any situation, to protect the ability of schools and universities to provide opportunities for learning and development.

Both initiatives make clear that governments, both under international law and as a duty to their own people, have an obligation to act to ensure the safety of libraries faced with the threat of violence.

IFLA President Christine Mackenzie said:

‘It was so sad to hear about the destruction of the library at the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela – my heart goes out to its staff and users, and I wish them courage and strength at such a difficult time. It is so vital that libraries are seen – and protected – as key to the present and futures of the communities they serve. I urge governments to recognise this, and to give the necessary support to make it a reality’

IFLA Secretary Gerald Leitner said:

‘Whenever a community loses access to its library, it loses a key part of its infrastructure for learning, research, and the enjoyment of cultural rights. When this is the result of deliberate action, this is doubly tragic. On behalf of IFLA and the global library community, I send my condolences to the staff and users of the Universidad de Oriente, and call on the government of Venezuela and all other countries to ensure the protection of our institutions and teams’.

Find out more about IFLA's work on cultural heritage.

Statement by the IFLA President and Secretary General: Racism Has No Place in the Society Libraries are Working to Build

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 13:33

In response to the death of George Floyd and others globally, IFLA President Christine Mackenzie and Secretary General Gerald Leitner have made the following statement.

IFLA condemns all forms of racism as fundamentally contrary both to human rights, and to the values of our profession.

Libraries are institutions with a mission to improve the lives of the individuals and communities they serve. They do this not just through rejecting discrimination, but through actively promoting inclusion, giving everyone a meaningful opportunity to realise their rights to information, culture, information and science. Racial discrimination and race-based violence – most recently in the case of George Floyd, but also worldwide – have no place in the society we wish to build.

As a global organisation, IFLA is committed to enabling all to engage in and benefit from our activities, without regard to citizenship, disability, ethnic origin, gender, geographical location, language, political philosophy, race or religion.

Through the IFLA-UNESCO Public and School Library Manifestos, as well as the Statement on Intellectual Freedom, these same values apply to the work of our institutions. As highlighted in the Multicultural Library Manifesto, this requires an conscious and meaningful effort to solicit, understand and reflect the needs of all members of the communities we serve in our collections, practices and staffing. Furthermore, it sets out a duty to advocate proactively for inclusion in wider society.

Alongside our colleagues at the American Library Association, Australian Library and Information Association and elsewhere, we therefore stand in solidarity with those who are subject to racial discrimination both inside and outside of our field. In doing so, we will continue to work to promote library and information services that make a reality of a better society for all.

Christine Mackenzie
IFLA President 2019-2021

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

 

5 June 2020

بيان رئيس الإفلا والأمين العام: لا مكان للعنصرية في المجتمع الذي تعمل المكتبات على بنائه

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 11:46

ردًا على وفاة جورج فلويد وآخرين على الصعيد العالمي ، أدلى رئيس الإفلا كريستين ماكنزي والأمين العام جيرالد ليتنر بالبيان التالي.

تدين الإفلا جميع أشكال العنصرية على أنها تتعارض بشكل أساسي مع حقوق الإنسان وقيم مهنتنا.

المكتبات هي مؤسسات مهمتها تحسين حياة الأفراد والمجتمعات التي تخدمها. إنهم لا يفعلون ذلك من خلال رفض التمييز فحسب ، ولكن من خلال تعزيز الاندماج بفاعلية ، مما يمنح الجميع فرصة حقيقية لمعرفة حقوقهم في المعلومات والثقافة والعلوم. التمييز العنصري والعنف القائم على العرق - وأحدثها قضية جورج فلويد ، ولكن أيضًا في جميع أنحاء العالم - ليس له مكان في المجتمع الذي نرغب في بنائه.

كمنظمة عالمية ، تلتزم الإفلا بتمكين الجميع من المشاركة والاستفادة من أنشطتنا ، بغض النظر عن الجنسية أو الإعاقة أو الأصل العرقي أو الجنس أو الموقع الجغرافي أو اللغة أو الفكر السياسي أو العرق أو الدين.

من خلال بيان الإفلا واليونسكو للمكتبات العامة والمدرسية، وكذلك بيان الحرية الفكرية، تنطبق هذه القيم نفسها على عمل مؤسساتنا. كما هو موضح في بيان مكتبة التعددية الثقافية ، يتطلب هذا وعيًا وجهدًا هادفًا للاستفسار عن، وفهم، وعكس احتياجات جميع أعضاء المجتمعات التي نخدمها وذلك في اختيار مجموعاتنا وممارساتنا وموظفينا. علاوة على ذلك ، فإنه يجب حشد الدعم بشكل استباقي للاندماج في المجتمع الأوسع.

إلى جانب زملائنا في جمعية المكتبات الأمريكية وجمعية المكتبات والمعلومات الأسترالية وأماكن أخرى ، فإننا نقف متضامنين مع أولئك الذين يتعرضون للتمييز العنصري داخل مجالنا وخارجه. خلال القيام بذلك ، سنواصل العمل على تعزيز خدمات المكتبة والمعلومات التي تجعل من واقع المجتمع الأفضل للجميع.

كريستين ماكنزي

رئيس الإفلا 2019-2021

جيرالد ليتنر

أمين عام الإفلا

 

5 يونيو 2020

Совместное заявление президента ИФЛА и генерального секретаря ИФЛА: в обществе, которое библиотеки стремятся создать, нет места расизму

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 11:23

В связи с трагической смертью Джорджа Флойда, а также  гибелью многих  других людей  по всему миру, президент ИФЛА Кристин Маккензи и генеральный секретарь Джеральд Лейтнер сделали следующее заявление.

ИФЛА осуждает все формы расизма как принципиально противоречащие  правам человека и моральным ценностям нашей профессии.

Библиотеки - это учреждения, призванные изменить к лучшему жизнь людей и сообществ, которым они служат. Достижение данной цели предполагает не только борьбу с любыми формами  дискриминации, но и усилия по обеспечению интеграции, предоставляющей каждому человеку реальную возможность реализовать свое право как на доступ к информации и научным достижениям, так и на выражение своей культурной идентичности. Расовой дискриминации и насилию на расовой почве, ярким примером которых послужила гибель Джорджа Флойда, нет места в обществе, которое мы стремимся построить.

В качестве глобальной организации ИФЛА ставит целью предоставить всем и каждому возможности для активного и продуктивного участия в нашей деятельности независимо от гражданства, состояния здоровья, этнического происхождения, пола, географического положения, языка, политических взглядов, расы или религии.

Принципы, ранее утвержденные в Манифесте ИФЛА/ЮНЕСКО о публичной библиотеке, в Манифесте ИФЛА/ЮНЕСКО о школьной библиотеке, а также в Заявлении об интеллектальной свободе, по-прежнему регулируют работу библиотечных учреждений. Как подчеркивается в Манифесте ИФЛА о поликультурной библиотеке, реализация данных принципов осуществляется путем  целенаправленных и действенных мер, направленных на определение, осознание и удовлетворение потребностей всех членов сообществ, которых мы обслуживаем,  а также благодаря продуманной политике и усилиям сотрудников. Кроме того, вышеизложенные принципы накладывают на нас обязательство активно бороться за инклюзивность общества в целом.

В связи со всем вышесказанным мы, вместе с нашими коллегами из Американской библиотечной ассоциации, Австралийской библиотечно-информационной ассоциации и представителями других стран,  выражаем  солидарность с теми, кто подвергается расовой дискриминации как в библиотечной сфере, так и за ее пределами. При этом мы обязуемся продолжить работу по продвижению библиотечных и информационных услуг, призванных сделать наш мир лучше для всех.

Кристин Маккензи, президент ИФЛА 2019–2021 гг.

Джеральд Ляйтнер, генеральный секретарь ИФЛА 

 

5 июня 2020 года

Совместное заявление президента ИФЛА и генерального секретаря ИФЛА: в обществе, которое библиотеки стремятся создать, нет места расизму

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 11:23

В связи с трагической смертью Джорджа Флойда, а также  гибелью многих  других людей  по всему миру, президент ИФЛА Кристин Маккензи и генеральный секретарь Джеральд Лейтнер сделали следующее заявление.

ИФЛА осуждает все формы расизма как принципиально противоречащие  правам человека и моральным ценностям нашей профессии.

Библиотеки - это учреждения, призванные изменить к лучшему жизнь людей и сообществ, которым они служат. Достижение данной цели предполагает не только борьбу с любыми формами  дискриминации, но и усилия по обеспечению интеграции, предоставляющей каждому человеку реальную возможность реализовать свое право как на доступ к информации и научным достижениям, так и на выражение своей культурной идентичности. Расовой дискриминации и насилию на расовой почве, ярким примером которых послужила гибель Джорджа Флойда, нет места в обществе, которое мы стремимся построить.

В качестве глобальной организации ИФЛА ставит целью предоставить всем и каждому возможности для активного и продуктивного участия в нашей деятельности независимо от гражданства, состояния здоровья, этнического происхождения, пола, географического положения, языка, политических взглядов, расы или религии.

Принципы, ранее утвержденные в Манифесте ИФЛА/ЮНЕСКО о публичной библиотеке, в Манифесте ИФЛА/ЮНЕСКО о школьной библиотеке, а также в Заявлении об интеллектальной свободе, по-прежнему регулируют работу библиотечных учреждений. Как подчеркивается в Манифесте ИФЛА о поликультурной библиотеке, реализация данных принципов осуществляется путем  целенаправленных и действенных мер, направленных на определение, осознание и удовлетворение потребностей всех членов сообществ, которых мы обслуживаем,  а также благодаря продуманной политике и усилиям сотрудников. Кроме того, вышеизложенные принципы накладывают на нас обязательство активно бороться за инклюзивность общества в целом.

В связи со всем вышесказанным мы, вместе с нашими коллегами из Американской библиотечной ассоциации, Австралийской библиотечно-информационной ассоциации и представителями других стран,  выражаем  солидарность с теми, кто подвергается расовой дискриминации как в библиотечной сфере, так и за ее пределами. При этом мы обязуемся продолжить работу по продвижению библиотечных и информационных услуг, призванных сделать наш мир лучше для всех.

Кристин Маккензи, президент ИФЛА 2019–2021 гг.

Джеральд Ляйтнер, генеральный секретарь ИФЛА 

 

5 июня 2020 года

国际图联主席和秘书长声明: 在图书馆参与打造的社会中,种族主义没有立足之地

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 10:22

面对乔治·弗洛伊德的去世和其他类似国际事件,国际图联主席克里斯汀·麦肯齐和秘书长杰拉德·莱特纳做出以下声明。

各种形式的种族主义从根本上违反了人权,有悖于我们的职业价值观,国际图联对此表示谴责。图书馆的使命在于完善它所服务的个人和社群的生活。它要做的不仅仅是反对歧视,而是促进包容,让每个人拥有实现信息、文化、科技权利的平等机会。种族歧视和种族暴力—以乔治·弗洛伊德的经历为代表的全球性事件—在我们努力打造的社会中没有立足之地。

作为一家全球机构,国际图联致力于让所有人参与到我们的活动中,并从中受益,无论他们的国籍、健康状况、民族、性别、所处地区、语言、政治理念、种族或宗教如何。

这一价值观通过国际图联/教科文组织联合发布的《公共图书馆宣言》《中小学图书馆宣言》,以及《知识自由宣言》等体现出来,也应用到我们合作机构所开展的工作中。正如《多元文化图书馆宣言》所强调的那样,需要我们开展积极、有效的工作,探知、理解和反映出我们通过馆藏、活动和人员所服务的所有社区成员的需求。此外,它还指出,我们有义务积极打造更加包容的社会。

我们与美国图书馆协会、澳大利亚图书馆与信息协会以及其他各地的同事一道,声援那些遭受种族歧视的人。为此,我们将继续推广图书馆与信息服务,竭力为所有人打造一个更美好的社会。

克里斯汀·麦肯齐

国际图联主席(2019-2021)

杰拉德·莱特纳

国际图联秘书长

2020年6月5日

国际图联主席和秘书长声明: 在图书馆参与打造的社会中,种族主义没有立足之地

Fri, 05/06/2020 - 10:22

面对乔治·弗洛伊德的去世和其他类似国际事件,国际图联主席克里斯汀·麦肯齐和秘书长杰拉德·莱特纳做出以下声明。

各种形式的种族主义从根本上违反了人权,有悖于我们的职业价值观,国际图联对此表示谴责。图书馆的使命在于完善它所服务的个人和社群的生活。它要做的不仅仅是反对歧视,而是促进包容,让每个人拥有实现信息、文化、科技权利的平等机会。种族歧视和种族暴力—以乔治·弗洛伊德的经历为代表的全球性事件—在我们努力打造的社会中没有立足之地。

作为一家全球机构,国际图联致力于让所有人参与到我们的活动中,并从中受益,无论他们的国籍、健康状况、民族、性别、所处地区、语言、政治理念、种族或宗教如何。

这一价值观通过国际图联/教科文组织联合发布的《公共图书馆宣言》《中小学图书馆宣言》,以及《知识自由宣言》等体现出来,也应用到我们合作机构所开展的工作中。正如《多元文化图书馆宣言》所强调的那样,需要我们开展积极、有效的工作,探知、理解和反映出我们通过馆藏、活动和人员所服务的所有社区成员的需求。此外,它还指出,我们有义务积极打造更加包容的社会。

我们与美国图书馆协会、澳大利亚图书馆与信息协会以及其他各地的同事一道,声援那些遭受种族歧视的人。为此,我们将继续推广图书馆与信息服务,竭力为所有人打造一个更美好的社会。

克里斯汀·麦肯齐

国际图联主席(2019-2021)

杰拉德·莱特纳

国际图联秘书长

2020年6月5日

Librarians Have Spoken! Over 750 Responses to the Public Library Manifesto Survey Received

Thu, 04/06/2020 - 13:37

The IFLA/ UNESCO Public Library Manifesto identifies the public library as being central to freedom and equity of access to knowledge and information for all people.

Since it was agreed in 1994, it has proclaimed UNESCO's belief in the public library as a living force for education, culture and information, and as an essential agent for the fostering of peace and spiritual welfare through the minds of men and women.

In order to ensure this Manifesto stays relevant for the global library field, governments and others, the IFLA Public Libraries Section has set out to review the Manifesto in 2020. This process will identify areas that can be updated to ensure the document reflects the missions of public libraries today.

The important first step was to hear from the global library field.

And hear from the field we did!

A survey collecting feedback and suggestions on the usability and effectiveness of the Manifesto was circulated earlier this year. Thanks to the translation work of the Public Library Section and IFLA Translation Centres, we were able to offer the survey in 14 languages.

Following the closing of the survey on 31 May, we are happy to announce that we have received over 750 responses from librarians around the world!

The Results

Librarians have shared stories of using the Manifesto to advocate for improvements in their libraries, to show elected officials and budget-holders the importance of funding public libraries, to defend free access and resist censorship, to cite in research, to develop more impactful library activities for users, and much more.

Some suggestions for ways that the Manifesto can be improved to reflect the mission of public libraries today include:

  • Consider the role of libraries in today’s information society  
  • Reinforce the principle of inclusion
  • Include the role of the library in addressing local needs and access to local culture, as well as collecting and preserving local archives  
  • Focus more on learning and creativity at all ages
Next steps

The Public Library Manifesto, together with IFLA Headquarters and our UNESCO partners, will further analyse the results of this survey. This will form the basis for outlining the updates to the Manifesto.

Stay tuned for more information concerning the update to the Manifesto in the coming months.

#IFLAFromHome in Latvia: An Innovative National Conference in Line with the IFLA Strategy

Wed, 03/06/2020 - 12:56

Last February we spotted the great action being taken by the Library Association of Latvia (LAL) in order to make the IFLA Strategy a reality at the national level. LAL planned to make the Strategy central to this year’s Festival of Latvian Libraries 2020, organised in close collaboration with the National Library of Latvia.

Of course, COVID-19 forced plans to change, but it did not stop them!

The IFLA Strategy continued to inspire them and even during such extraordinary circumstances, LAL found new and innovative ways to strengthen and develop the skills of Latvian librarians.

Take a look at this inspiring story which showcases a great example of engagement by a library association with the IFLA Strategy.

The Online Congress of the Library Association of Latvia: “Inspire, Engage, Enable, Connect!”


The IFLA Strategy proved to be a great inspiration and a unique engagement opportunity for the Association, as they transferred their conference into a virtual one, providing a strong example of how to engage with the IFLA Strategic Directions and Key Initiatives 1.3, 2.4, 3.3 & 4.3

The 13th Congress of Latvian Librarians itself took place on 23 April 2020 with the theme “Inspire, Engage, Enable, Connect!” as the highlight of the country’s Library Week.

For the first time in the history of Association, it was organized online using Zoom.

The event gave a unique and unprecedented experience to Latvian librarians, strengthened LAL’s ability to keep up with the times and use innovative technologies, as well as providing an opportunity to LAL members to test their ICT skills and engage with IFLA activities.

With the incorporation of the IFLA Strategy as the conference’s theme and the many online presentations closely connected to the IFLA Strategy, plus our IFLA President Christine Mackenzie’s keynote to open the Congress, LAL managed to turn a global agenda into local action.

The video of President Mackenzie’s speech is now available on LAL’s YouTube channel.

IFLA President Christine Mackenzie said:

The IFLA Strategy is an offer not just for IFLA HQ or for the GB or for the sections, but for the whole library field. My presidential theme is ‘Let’s Work Together’, and I’m convinced that in this time it’s more important than ever that we do that. So, I’d ask you to work together to make libraries as good as they can be.”

How they did it:

To help Latvian librarians understand the theme of the Library Week, engage with the IFLA Strategy, feel comfortable with their virtual conference participation and provide support for remote library activities to the public, LAL created a number of useful resources.

 

They:

  • Translated the IFLA Membership leaflet into Latvian and shared it with the library community in order to promote IFLA and the importance of the international dimension of the library field
  • Asked their keynote speaker, the IFLA President, to record her speech and created Latvian subtitles before sharing it with the library community
  • Organised an introductory webinar of the online congress

Moderators were available during all the time of the online congress giving participants the opportunity to call in case of confusion or problems connecting to or working in the online platform.

The theme “Inspire, Engage, Enable, Connect” in the emergency situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be particularly strong, as people need inspiration, involvement, opportunities and unity in these circumstances, and libraries are the ones who can help people withstand this hard time.

Although Latvian libraries were limited in their ability to organise Library Week events on site, they took advantage of contemporary technologies to convincingly demonstrate the role and importance of libraries in the society.

In order to provide support for remote library activities to the public, LAL offered free online Zoom space to their members, which strongly connects to the IFLA Strategy Key Initiative 2.4.

This gave libraries the possibility to organise their own online events,  virtual meetings with authors, online conversations and other online creative events—linking them to the IFLA Strategy.

Together with the free use of a platform, LAL also offered moderation and consulting support for webinars, an offer taken up twice in the Library Week, with seven more planned subsequently. This provided a great support for Association members, and it made it possible only to make financial savings but also to acquire new skills, support and motivation to use innovative ICT tools.

More than 250 Library Week activities happened online, from all types of libraries. Some of those campaigns gained great visibility in national magazines, like the campaign “Revive the book – interpret the cover”.

See LAL's detailed report with the examples of what the online Library Week inspired by the IFLA Strategy meant on a local level in Latvia, to give inspiration for the rest of the global library community as well. 

Conclusion

In every situation, you can find both something bad and something good. Thanks to the Library Association of Latvia’s online Congress and online Library Week in these special circumstances, so many interesting and creative events related to the IFLA Strategy took place, demonstrating the courage and skills of librarians and strengthening the contemporary role of libraries as important and modern cultural institutions which are able to inspire, engage, enable and connect Latvian society, and the global library community.

Feedback on LAL’s online congress and library week has been uniformly positive. LAL President and Chief librarian of the Library Development Center at the National Library of Latvia, Māra Jēkabsone said:

 If there was no forbiddance to organize on-site events because of Covid-19, we wouldn’t have dared to organize an online Congress. The IFLA Strategy has given us great inspiration to move this forward and transform our major event into a virtual one. Most importantly, it also set the ground rules for the importance of providing tools and infrastructure that support the work of libraries (Key Initiative 2.2), supporting virtual networking and connections (Key Initiative 2.3), empowering the field at the national and regional levels (Key Initiative 3.3)”.

Make your library association next

Let’s consider this as a precious time to enable organisations to engage with the IFLA Strategy, self-reflect, plan their own strategy and its implementation.

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:

Technology gives us a great opportunity to get not only connected, but also inspired, engaged and enabled, just like our IFLA Strategy states. This is as important now as ever before. I invite other Library Associations around the world to think outside of the box, get inspired, engaged, enabled and connected globally using the IFLA Strategy. I do hope to see more actions like those in the future in other countries globally.”

How is your library or library association engaging with the IFLA Strategy? Let us know! Contact Despina Gerasimidou, IFLA’s Strategic Development Officer at despina.gerasimidou@ifla.org and we’ll figure this out together.

We are IFLA
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