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Call for Candidates for World Book Capital 2022 Open

IFLA - Tue, 28/01/2020 - 00:54

Interested cities and towns have until 25 June 2020 in order to submit their candidacies to be UNESCO World Book Capital 2020. IFLA encourages libraries to approach their local authorities to explore whether they can support a bid.

The World Book Capital programme provides an opportunity to promote and celebrate cities and town which are making an exceptional commitment to promoting books and reading.

Run by UNESCO, it has already seen 21 cities awarded the title, which they hold for a year at a time. Cities from around the world have used the opportunity to hold events and run programmes around literacy, authors, and access to books.

Traditionally, libraries have been key players in World Book Capitals, acting as windows onto programming, venues for activities, and even benefitting from new support. The programme overall highlights how writers, publishers, libraries and others in the sector can work together successfully.  

IFLA itself is a member of the advisory committee that helps to select holders of the title, with the UNESCO Director General taking the final decision.

The competition for the 2022 holder – from April 2022 to April 2023 – is open to all, with the exception of cities in Europe, given that a European city will hold the title from 2021 to 2022.

Similarly, cities from Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Korea, Nigeria, or Thailand are also not eligible given that cities from these countries have been successfully nominated in the last ten years.

IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner said: ‘A successful book sector is built on a strong reading culture. Libraries are key players in cities, towns and villages across the world in promoting literacy and a love of the written word. I encourage libraries to reach out to their local authorities to create bids which will not only highlight good practice, but also lead to a new focus on the importance of effective libraries in a thriving book sector’.

You can find out more about how to apply on the UNESCO World Book Capital webpage.

IFLA WLIC 2020 Dublin: GIOPS Call for Papers

IFLA - Mon, 27/01/2020 - 21:09

The Government Information and Official Publications Section (GIOPS) of IFLA invites interested individuals to submit proposals for the open session at the World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland from 15-21, August 2020. GIOPS solicits submissions around the theme of “Navigating the Government Information and Official Publications Landscape: Authority, Reproducibility and Accessibility”

For more information about the CFP Theme and Submission information visit the IFLA WLIC 2020 Call for Papers website.

Congratulations to EIFL Innovation Award winners!

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 27/01/2020 - 15:36

Public libraries are playing a vital role in helping people get online by providing access to computers and workspaces, teaching ICT skills and creating information services focused on local needs. Innovation and creativity are essential to ensure that access is meaningful and that people develop the skills needed to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the digital world. 

We are delighted to name the winners of the 13th EIFL Public Library Innovation Award, for public libraries that are teaching digital skills in innovative ways.

Congratulations to –

Congratulations to EIFL Innovation Award winners!

EIFL - FOSS news - Mon, 27/01/2020 - 15:36

Public libraries are playing a vital role in helping people get online by providing access to computers and workspaces, teaching ICT skills and creating information services focused on local needs. Innovation and creativity are essential to ensure that access is meaningful and that people develop the skills needed to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the digital world. 

We are delighted to name the winners of the 13th EIFL Public Library Innovation Award, for public libraries that are teaching digital skills in innovative ways.

Congratulations to –

Congratulations to EIFL Innovation Award winners!

EIFL news and events - Mon, 27/01/2020 - 15:36

Public libraries are playing a vital role in helping people get online by providing access to computers and workspaces, teaching ICT skills and creating information services focused on local needs. Innovation and creativity are essential to ensure that access is meaningful and that people develop the skills needed to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the digital world. 

We are delighted to name the winners of the 13th EIFL Public Library Innovation Award, for public libraries that are teaching digital skills in innovative ways.

Congratulations to –

LIBER Argues For Strong Research Library Role in the EOSC

LIBER news - Mon, 27/01/2020 - 15:01

Research libraries have an essential role to play in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC): as channels for knowledge and data, as promotors of the new portal and as providers of training. The critical role of libraries in the EOSC will be discussed in two meetings today between LIBER and European Commission officials. The meetings…

The post LIBER Argues For Strong Research Library Role in the EOSC appeared first on LIBER.

"ელექტრონული ბიბლიოთეკა" პრეზენტაცია

25 იანვარს, საბავშვო ბიბლიოთეკაში "ნაკადული", ახალი საგანმანათლებლო პროექტის "ელექტრონული ბიბლიოთეკა" პრეზენტაცია მოეწყო.პროექტის იდეა ახალგაზრდა ინიციატორთა ჯგუფს ეკუთვნის და ორბელიანის საზოგადოების მიერაა დაფინანსებული.

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Are you passionate about reading and libraries? Proposals sought for exciting meeting Satellite in Oxford, UK

IFLA - Mon, 27/01/2020 - 12:11

IFLA’s Literacy and Reading, Public Libraries, Metropolitan Libraries and Libraries for Children’s and Young Adults Professional Units invite proposals for their Joint Satellite Meeting to be held at the Said Business School, Oxford on the 12th and 13th August 2020 prior to the  IFLA WLIC in Dublin.

What role does the library have in supporting an individual’s Reading Journey? This is the question we will address through our exciting programme which will comprise a combination of keynote speakers and targeted papers. The four IFLA Professional Units who are hosting this Satellite meeting are deeply committed to reading, literacy and learning, to supporting IFLA’s Global Vision for Libraries and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We also recognise that libraries need to update their roles in this digital age. To foster this we are seeking innovative examples of wide-ranging reading and literacy initiatives in libraries with transferrable outcomes.

Preference will be given to presentations that will equip participants with ideas and skills that can be applied in their workplace. You can discover more about our Call for Proposals on the WLIC website. The deadline for proposals is 28 February. 

IFLA Governing Board Member Receives Major National Honour

IFLA - Mon, 27/01/2020 - 11:37

IFLA congratulates Vicki McDonald, member of the IFLA Governing Board and Chair of the Professional Committee, on her receipt of the Membership of the Order of Australia, as part of the Australia Day Honours.

In recognition of her years of work both within libraries, and for the Australian Library and Information Association, Vicki McDonald has received the Membership of the General Division of the Order of Australia.

The honour helps to highlight the important contribution that librarians and librarianship can make to public life.

Those active in IFLA will know Vicki well, not only from her time on the Governing Board, where she is in her second term, including currently working as Chair of the Professional Committee, but also from her work with the Academic and Research Libraries Section.

IFLA is lucky to be able to count on the commitment of Vicki, as well as so many others, in building a strong and united library field.

IFLA President Christine Mackenzie and IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner congratulated Vicki, underlining: ‘this is a richly deserved award, given all that Vicki has done for libraries nationally and internationally. We look forward to continuing to benefit from her energy and expertise into the future’.

Share Your SDG Stories!

IFLA - Sun, 26/01/2020 - 15:34
Share Your SDG Stories!   To Libraries in Asia and Oceania   The Asia and Oceania Section invites you to share your SDG stories which will be collated and published in a booklet to showcase how libraries in our region support the UN SDGs.   We welcome stories from our six sub-regions of Asia and Oceania: West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, North East Asia and Oceania.   Submit your stories by 31 March 2020 at the link here: http://bit.ly/2RgRFtP, for inclusion in the booklet to be published in August 2020.   We look forward to hearing from you!​

Call for Papers 2020 — Open Sessions of IFLA Special Interest Group Environment, Sustainability and Libraries (ENSULIB) with Library Buildings and Equipment Section (LBES)

IFLA - Sun, 26/01/2020 - 15:04

IFLA’s Library Buildings and Equipment Section (LBES) and the Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) invite you to submit a proposal for its Open Session at the 86th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 in Dublin, Ireland, 15-21 August.

Theme: "Something old – something new. Transforming an existing building into a new library"

Abstracts due: 21 February 2020

Topic

Many new libraries are being built to serve the growing needs of users. A new library, however, does not necessarily mean that it must be a new building. This programme will focus on libraries created from the existing building and on requirements and opportunities for revitalization of an old, derelict or abandoned building into a new library. We are looking for experiences with the transformation of a building with a different purpose into a library. The Programme will focus on the challenges and opportunities of this kind of transformation and the compromises which must be made for these transformations. The re-use of a building can also be an opportunity for sustainability. We are looking for best practice examples and lessons learned from all types of libraries in historic urban environment or in rural areas. Sustainability and the libraries impact on the environment is a key focus.

The LBES and ENSULIB are looking for proposals that are inspiring, thoughtful and high-quality. Specifically, we are looking to build on the goals of the 2020 conference: Inspire, Engage, Enable and Connect by:

  • Inspire: Get inspired by a heritage building or a building in a historic environment
  • Engage the community to preserve, value and reinvent public spaces and buildings for libraries
  • Enable: Best practices how to enable a transformation of an existing building into a library
  • Enable: Building sustainable libraries through repurposing buildings and services
  • Connect an existing building with the requirements of the library users of today and tomorrow

Proposals must be in English, see full details here

Proposal abstracts must be submitted via email to:

Janet Fletcher: janet.fletcher@vuw.ac.nz

 

WLIC 2020 Open Session Call for Papers

IFLA - Sun, 26/01/2020 - 10:08

Theme: "Sharing our stories: libraries in Asia and Oceania supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)"

 

Many projects and activities have been carried out by libraries throughout the world to help achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. In line with this year’s WLIC theme of Inspire, Engage, Enable, Connect, the IFLA Regional Section for Asia Oceania invites proposals for presentations on how libraries in Asia and Oceania are supporting the SDGs. Author(s) are invited to share case studies, research projects or activities implemented by libraries or in partnership with libraries, addressing community needs and making significant impact on community life at local, regional or national level.

Read more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) here:

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs
https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/envision2030.html

Submission

1. Title of proposed presentation.

2. All submissions must be written in the English language.

3. The proposal must be the original work of the author(s).

4. Papers must be original submissions not presented or published elsewhere (IFLA rule).

5. Abstract of not more than 500 words with 3 to 4 keywords and with full author(s) details:

– Name
– Institution
– Email
– Brief biographical note

6. The full paper should not be more than 4,000 words, single-spaced in Times New Roman 12 point.

7. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MSWord file through EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iflawlic2020

Note: You need to have an EasyChair account to submit a paper. Sign up for an EasyChair account here: https://easychair.org/account/signup.

Content of Abstracts

Informative abstracts (500 words) should be prepared following the template provided below. Abbreviated abstracts or late submissions will not be considered. Members of the Asia & Oceania Programme Sub-Committee will blind review each abstract against criteria which include innovative content, topical relevance, regional interest, clarity of exposition, originality and overall quality.

Purpose of this paper What are the reason(s) for writing the paper (or the aims of the research)? Theme How does it relate to the theme of the session? Design, methodology, approach How are the objectives achieved? Include the main method(s) used for the study. What is the approach to the topic, and what is the theoretical or subject scope of the paper? Findings What was found in the course of the work? This will refer to analysis, discussion, results or impact. Research limitations and implications

 

(if applicable)

If the paper reports on research, this section must be completed. It should include suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process. Practical implications

 

(if applicable)

What outcomes and implications for practice, applications and consequences are identified? All papers should have practical applications. What changes to practice might be made as a result of this research/paper? Originality What is new in the paper? State the value of the paper and to whom. Presentation of Accepted Papers
  • There will be five presentations of 10 minutes each for the Open Session.
  • The presenter (who need not be the author) must be fluent in English.
  • Presenters should not read their full written paper.
  • A 50-minute discussion will be held using the banquet style after the presentations.
Important Deadlines

28 February 2020: Deadline for submission of abstracts

15 April 2020: Notification of acceptance

(Due to the large number of submissions that are received; only the successful presenters will be notified)

15 June 2020: Submission of full paper

Contact

Please email all questions regarding submission to: aoopensession2020@gmail.com

Please note:

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Dublin. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

The paper must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2020 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & Awards webpage.

Call for Papers: KM Section and DH/DS SIG Satellite Meeting at Trinity College, Dublin

IFLA - Sun, 26/01/2020 - 03:21

The Knowledge Management Section and Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group will jointly convene a Satellite Meeting on Friday, 14 August 2020 at Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Centre for Digital Humanities.

The theme is "Human-Centered Knowledge Management: Connecting, Inspiring & Engaging."

Call for Papers has now been released at: https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/knowledge-management-with-digital-humanities-digital-scholarship/

We invite you to share, tweet, and post the CfP to your colleagues, professional networks, and communities of practice.

EIFL to testify at USTR hearing on South Africa

EIFL-OA news and events - Sat, 25/01/2020 - 14:24

On 31 January 2020, EIFL will testify at the Office of the US Trade Representative at a public hearing to review South Africa’s place in its largest preferential trade scheme for developing countries, known as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). GSP provides duty-free access to US markets of goods from designated developing countries, including South Africa, and is a gateway for participation in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), worth an estimated $2.38 billion to the South African economy.

EIFL to testify at USTR hearing on South Africa

EIFL - FOSS news - Sat, 25/01/2020 - 14:24

On 31 January 2020, EIFL will testify at the Office of the US Trade Representative at a public hearing to review South Africa’s place in its largest preferential trade scheme for developing countries, known as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). GSP provides duty-free access to US markets of goods from designated developing countries, including South Africa, and is a gateway for participation in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), worth an estimated $2.38 billion to the South African economy.

EIFL to testify at USTR hearing on South Africa

EIFL news and events - Sat, 25/01/2020 - 14:24

On 31 January 2020, EIFL will testify at the Office of the US Trade Representative at a public hearing to review South Africa’s place in its largest preferential trade scheme for developing countries, known as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). GSP provides duty-free access to US markets of goods from designated developing countries, including South Africa, and is a gateway for participation in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), worth an estimated $2.38 billion to the South African economy.

Call for papers for an IFLA WLIC 2020 session on Open Science, due Feb. 29

IFLA - Sat, 25/01/2020 - 01:50

The Social Sciences Libraries Section and the Science & Technology Section are co-hosting a session on “Open Science: Roles for Libraries to Promote Collaboration, Access and Advance Public Understanding” to be held at this year's IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland, August 15-21, 2020.

Paper proposals are due February 29. 

Background: Open Science is the extension and sharing of scientific knowledge.  With origins in the publishing of the first scholarly journals and now several centuries later the open movements demonstrate how sharing access, research methods and scientific data by fostering collaboration has become important tenets of open science.  Using computation Open Science is committed to addressing improved scenarios of reproducibility in research results.  Leveraging these goals contributes to creating public goods needed to advance thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship in all scientific outputs and STEM fields.  There are frameworks, tool kits, codes, theory, manifestos and other resources that explain and introduce how Open Science is rapidly maturing.

Libraries are neutral entities in academic institutions, local communities, civic and federal governments, commerce and industry and serve their users to the extent that they can with their collections, resources, staff and skills.  By promoting best practices in scholarly publishing, data literacy and the role of repositories in open access content, this program will highlight the methods and procedures that are key in establishing such functions for Open Science. Open Science extends the reach of conducting science with open tools and then producing the research outputs in the scientific or medical literature so authors can share the publications widely and freely at the time of release.  This broad scope of open science includes the range of actions and initiatives covered by open science projects within a national, institutional or disciplinary agenda.

This session will promote how open science is treated in a variety of libraries and the partnerships between libraries, publishers, professional societies, funders, philanthropists, innovators and other stakeholders.  A multiplicity of approaches relate to Open Science. How they will continue to evolve is what we hope submissions will focus on.  We invite and seek creative services, technologies, products and services that demonstrate how libraries and librarians are part of this new ecosystem of open science that examines key areas of access, collaboration, scale, participation, reproducibility, data management & stewardship.  Introducing some new open products such as open lab notebooks, open educational resources, open source codes, open peer review, open exhibits, and other best practices to promote open science are just examples of tools those committed to open science now consider fundamental to their work.

Important Dates & Deadlines: 

  • 29 February 2020 - Deadline for submission of detailed abstract/proposal of no longer than 400 worlds containing: contact information for first author, all authors & institutional affiliations, language in which presentation will be delivered, confirmation of understanding that presenter is responsible for conference registration and all expenses associated with attendance and that they can meet all future deadlines. 
  • Please submit all abstracts/proposals in MS Word to:  Julia Gelfand (jgelfand@uci.edu)    Receipt of all submissions will be confirmed.
  • 1 April 2020 – Notification to authors about status of submission. 
  • 1 June 2020 – Submission of full text of paper
  • 20 July 2020 – Submission of accompanying powerpoint slides for presentation

Please note:

  • At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Dublin.  Abstracts to be submitted only with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.
  • All papers presented at the WLIC 2019 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
  • All papers must be unpublished and not previously presented. 
  • Authors must disclose whether they are submitting this proposal to another WLIC 2020 session.
  • Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.
  • All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodations, etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters.  No financial support is provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.  List of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & Awards webpage.

Please get your paper proposals in now, or forward this news update to colleagues who may have something to contribute! 

National Libraries Section Action Plan 2019-2020 Now Available!

IFLA - Fri, 24/01/2020 - 19:52

The new 2019-2020 Action Plan for the National Libraries Section has been agreed and is now available through our Publications page. Highlights include proposed work on the sharing of competencies, case studies and insipiring initiatives relating to national libraries - this includes a comprehensive look at national libraries and legal deposit at the 2020 World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland and the development of a web tool to collect, visualise, and deepen national libraries' core functions and share best practicies. There will be continuing work on the development of standards and guidelines, which is a central activity of the section. This area of focus will include fostering the implementation of ISO Standard 21248:2019 which relates to national libraries, enriching a database of case studies on digital unification on the IFLA website, and continuing the development of the Guidelines for Setting up a Digital Unification Project which was released during WLIC 2019. Finally, the section will continue to publishing its monthly roundup of national libraries news - you can subscribe to this newsletter by registering for our mailing list here.

The 2019-2020 Annual Plan, along with plans from previous years, is available on our Publications page.

 

Supporting Education: Innovation Award

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 24/01/2020 - 18:15

Children, moms and dads, grannies and grandpas are all learning together in Utena ‘A. & M. Miskiniai’ Public Library’s Family Digital Activity Centre. 

Opened in 2019, the centre is equipped with advanced digital hardware and software. In the centre, librarians offer free courses in skills like 3D design and printing, computer coding for robotics, operating drones and much more. 

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