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Qatar National Library and UNESCO support Arab Documentary Heritage Preservation

IFLA - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 11:49
Qatar National Library (QNL) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have signed an agreement to implement a joint project entitled ‘Supporting Documentary Heritage Libraries in the Arab Region’.

The agreement will strengthen the role of QNL and UNESCO in preserving the rich cultural heritage present in libraries across the Arab region, which is of critical importance worldwide. The project aims to protect the Arab region’s history, identity, and knowledge through the preservation of documentary heritage, which currently runs the risk of being lost due to neglect, natural decay, outdated technology, inadequate housing, or deliberate destruction.

Taking place over an 18-month period, the extensive project will ensure that the documentary heritage of all countries in the Arab region is mapped, and that specific areas which require capacity-building and additional support are identified. An important outcome will be the provision of capacity-building training sessions and workshops for documentary heritage preservation practitioners based in countries in crisis, providing guidance on the preventive conservation of documentary heritage in emergency situations.

The project will also strengthen the existing cooperation between QNL and UNESCO, and build on both organizations’ achievements in preserving and promoting documentary heritage in the Arab region.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Stuart Hamilton, Deputy Executive Director for International Relations and Communications, QNL, said:

“Archival and library materials are of vital importance to a nation’s legacy. We are proud to be working with UNESCO to support heritage libraries in the Arab region, and to raise awareness of their significance.”

Anna Paolini, UNESCO Representative in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen, and Director of the UNESCO Doha Office, added:

“The Middle East is home to extraordinary cultural heritage. The manuscripts, books, maps, videos and archives of the region are a contribution to the history of humanity, and it is therefore essential to protect and promote them to foster a dialogue between cultures; and that’s what we hope to achieve through this project. With the support of Qatar National Library, we aim to gain a good understanding of the challenges and needs of heritage institutions in the region in order to better assist them in conserving and bringing to light the region’s most valuable documents.” 

The joint project supports QNL’s ongoing role as the regional Preservation and Conservation Centre (PAC) for Arab countries and the Middle East. QNL was selected as the regional PAC in 2015 by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Read more about the IFLA Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation here.



عبر اتفاقية تستمر 18 شهراً وتحظى بأهمية عالمية كبرى
مكتبة قطر الوطنية تتعاون مع اليونسكو في حفظ التراث الوثائقي للعالم العربي

الدوحة، قطر،  17يوليو 2018 – وقعت مكتبة قطر الوطنية ومنظمة الأمم المتحدة للتربية والعلم والثقافة (اليونسكو) اتفاقية للتعاون المشترك في تنفيذ مشروع بعنوان "دعم مكتبات التراث الوثائقي في المنطقة العربية"، الذي يعزز دور كل من المكتبة واليونسكو في الحفاظ على التراث الثقافي الغني الموجود في المكتبات في شتى أنحاء المنطقة العربية ويحظى بأهمية كبرى على مستوى العالم.

ويهدف هذا المشروع إلى حماية تاريخ المنطقة العربية وهويتها وأنواع المعارف فيها من خلال حفظ تراثها الوثائقي المهدد حاليًا بخطر الاندثار والضياع نتيجةً للإهمال، أو التدهور الطبيعي، أو استخدام تقنيات غير حديثة في حفظ التراث الوثائقي، أو حفظه في أماكن غير مناسبة، أو بسبب الإتلاف والتدمير العمدي.

ويتضمن هذا المشروع المكثف، الذي يستمر 18 شهرًا، حصر التراث الوثائقي في كل الدول العربية، وتحديد المناطق التي تحتاج إلى الدعم أو بناء القدرات. ومن النتائج المهمة التي سيسفر عنها هذا المشروع، توفير الورش التدريبية حول كيفية حفظ التراث الوثائقي بهدف صقل مهارات المتخصصين والعاملين في هذا المجال في الدول المتضررة والارتقاء بكفاءتهم وقدراتهم.

وبقدر ما يعكس هذا المشروع المشترك إدراك كل من مكتبة قطر الوطنية ومنظمة اليونسكو للأهمية البالغة التي يحظى بها، فإنه أيضًا يعزز من أواصر التعاون القائمة بين المكتبة واليونسكو ويستكمل جهودهما في مجال صون التراث الوثائقي للعالم العربي والحفاظ عليه.

وبهذه المناسبة، علق الدكتور ستيوارت هاميلتون، نائب المدير التنفيذي لشؤون العلاقات الدولية والإتصال في مكتبة قطر الوطنية، بقوله: "تمثل المواد الأرشيفية والوثائقية الموجودة في المكتبات جزءًا بالغ الأهمية من تراث أي أمة وتاريخها. وإننا لنعتز بتعاوننا مع منظمة اليونسكو في دعم الحفاظ على المكتبات التراثية بالدول العربية وتعزيز الوعي بأهميتها الثقافية الرفيعة".

ومن جانبها علقت الدكتورة آنا باوليني، ممثل اليونسكو لدى الدول العربية في الخليج واليمن ومدير مكتب اليونسكو في الدوحة، على هذه الشراكة بقولها: "تضم منطقة الشرق الأوسط كنوزًا ثمينة من التراث الثقافي الزاخر بالمخطوطات والكتب والخرائط ومقاطع الفيديو والسجلات الأرشيفية التي تمثل إسهامًا رفيع المستوى في تاريخ البشرية، ومن ثم، فإن حماية هذا التراث والحفاظ عليه يُعدّ ركيزة أساسية لإثراء الحوار بين الثقافات، وهو ما نسعى إلى تحقيقه من خلال هذا المشروع."

وأضافت: "وبدعم من مكتبة قطر الوطنية، نهدف إلى أن نلم بالتحديات التي تواجه المؤسسات التراثية في المنطقة وإحتياجاتها حتى نستطيع أن نمد لها يد العون والمساعدة في الحفاظ على أهم الوثائق التاريخية في المنطقة وتسليط الضوء عليها".

ويعزز المشروع كذلك دور مكتبة قطر الوطنية بوصفها المركز الإقليمي لصيانة مواد المكتبات والمحافظة عليها في الدول العربية ومنطقة الشرق الأوسط، وهو الدور الذي تولته منذ عام 2015 بناءً على قرار من الاتحاد الدولي لجمعيات ومؤسسات المكتبات (الإفلا).

Provide Access, Protect Rights, Promote Development – IFLA at WIPO General Assembly 2018

IFLA - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 08:29

The annual general assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organisation – WIPO – offers a chance to take a strategic look at the Organisation’s work across the board. For IFLA, it is an opportunity to highlight the priorities of libraries, and make the connection with the broader objectives of WIPO, and the UN system as a whole.

As the United Nations agency responsible for questions around intellectual property, and in particular copyright, the World Intellectual Property Organisation is a vital partner for IFLA.

With ongoing discussions about exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives and museums, its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is a key focus for our international advocacy work.

IFLA therefore works hard to engage with WIPO and its Member States, underlining the need for a minimum set of exceptions and limitations to copyright, as well as for provisions that allow libraries to work across borders.

General Assembly: Global Issues, National Action

The General Assembly, held from 24 September to 2 October, is the key high-level event in the WIPO calendar. It sees Member States take a strategic look at all of the organisation’s work.

This includes making recommendations to committees, determining whether to launch diplomatic conferences (where Treaties are agreed) and dealing with a number of administrative questions.

Particular issues this year include the placement of regional WIPO offices, and potential progress on a new treaty on design rights.

For IFLA, it is an opportunity to continue engagement with Member States, and underlining the need for the right copyright laws for libraries around the world.

IFLA will also stress the need, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the need for intellectual property policies to do their part to deliver human rights and development.  

You can follow IFLA’s engagement on Twitter. Read more about IFLA’s work with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and about how you can get involved. IFLA’s interventions will be published here shortly.

Communications Officer

IFLA - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 04:00

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Headquarters is looking for an experienced Communications Officer to join a dynamic international team undertaking global projects.

Over the next ten years, IFLA aims to transform the library field and itself through concerted and coordinated efforts at the global, regional, and national level. The ultimate benefit of this work will be seen at the local level through better library services helping more people gain literacy, improve their education, find employment, improve their health, etc. IFLA has outlined a number of activities to initiate this transformation and a key to their success will be the ability to enhance communications and connections between IFLA, its organisational members and individual librarians around the world. The activities will contribute to strengthening the IFLA brand. By enhancing the impact of its communication actions, IFLA also seeks to widen its audience beyond library and information professionals, attracting international organisations, government, and business


IFLA Headquarters is located in The Hague (next to The Hague Central Station) in The Netherlands.

Key areas of Responsibility

This position is part of the Communications Team and will be responsible for increasing IFLA’s effectiveness in communicating with internal and external stakeholders regarding project activities and overall IFLA initiatives. A key goal will be to support the implementation of IFLA’s communication strategy by providing creative ideas and achieving them in the most effective way

Qualifications and Experience
  • At least 5 years of experience covering various aspects of communications activities
  • Excellent written & verbal communications and presentation skills in English (native speaker desirable)
  • Sound knowledge of software, processes and procedures needed for communications and PR
  • Digital communication skills, including social media and website development, writing, editing and delivering web content
  • Ability to think and write creatively, approach communication from new angles, and put the ideas into practice
  • Strong teamwork skills
Additionally, the candidate will have:
  • Experience with the use of CMS (e.g. WordPress, Drupal)
  • Ability to script, shoot, edit and publish original digital media—requiring experience with video equipment and Adobe Premiere, etc. (in house)
  • Experience with animated video platforms/applications
  • Experience with scripting videos for outsourced video production
  • Analytical skills, with the ability to interpret and visualise data
  • Experience in working within an international NGO organisation
  • Knowledge / awareness of issues in the information environment / the library profession

The gross monthly salary offered will be EUR 3,605 per month in line with the Collective Agreement of Public Libraries in The Netherlands. You will also receive a holiday allowance (8% of your annual salary), an end of year bonus and enjoy 25 days of holidays per year. You will also participate in IFLA’s group pension scheme.

Closing date

The closing date is 19 October 2018. Due to the high volume of applications we are expecting to receive, interested candidates are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

How to apply

Please send your CV including a motivation letter addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the position in English to vacancies@ifla.org. Only candidates with valid documentation to work in The Netherlands will be considered.

Job opportunity at IFLA Headquarters: Communications Officer

IFLA - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 04:00

There is a vacancy at IFLA Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands for the position of:

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

At IFLA Headquarters an international staff of over 20 people manages and develops programmes for members and the library and information sector worldwide. IFLA’s strategic priorities include access to information, digital content, cultural heritage, the contribution of libraries to national development, and professional practice.

IFLA Headquarters
24 September 2018

VIVO Updates, September 23, 2018 — sprint in progress, camp coming up, service providers ready to help

DSpace news - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 01:22

Sprint in progress  Join the sprint!  Developers, documenters, testers needed.  The sprint is working on documentation, bug fixes, internationalization, and configurable support of ElasticSearch and Solr 7 for improved search.  Join here:  2018-09 Sprint

VIVO Camp October 18-20, Butler Library, Columbia University, New York City  Fall is here and the fall VIVO Camp will be held at Columbia University, October 18-20.  Campers will learn the ins and outs of VIVO – data sources, information representation, project management for VIVO, tools to use to load VIVO data, and much, much more.  We hope to see you at Columbia.  Register here: https://conta.cc/2v93x4x

Need help with your VIVO?   Several firms are available to assist with your VIVO implementation and customizations.  These firms participate in the Duraspace Service Provider program and some proceeds from their work provide financial support for the VIVO Project.  We deeply appreciate the expertise of these firms and their willingness to support the VIVO Project through the Duraspace Service Provider Program.  And special thanks to Erin Tripp at Duraspace who manages the program.  You can find the VIVO Service Providers here:  https://duraspace.org/vivo/community/service-providers/

Want to become a service provider?  That’s easy.  Contact Erin Tripp



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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21 სექტემბერს საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნულმა ბიბლიოთეკამ საქართველოს პარლამენტში გამართა მის ფონდებში დაცული უნიკალური ექსპონატების გამოფენა.

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Recording Available: ArchivesDirect Overview Webinar

DSpace news - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 17:42

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018 DuraSpace hosted a community webinar, “ArchivesDirect Overview: Standards-Based Preservation with Hosted Archivematica.”  Sarah Romkey, Archivematica Program Manager from Artefactual Systems and Heather Greer Klein, Services Coordinator from DuraSpace presented an overview of ArchivesDirect, a hosted instance of Archivematica that includes DuraCloud preservation storage and is provided by DuraSpace in partnership with Artefactual Systems.  The webinar highlighted what hosted Archivematica can do for your organization; how it integrates with other systems and services; and the training and support provided with an ArchivesDirect subscription.  The presenters answered questions from the audience at the end of the presentation.

The webinar recording and presentation slides are available at https://duraspace.org/webinar/

Archivematica is an integrated suite of open-source software tools that allows users to process digital objects from ingest to access in alignment with the OAIS reference model. Together, Archivematica and DuraCloud provide a powerful, fully-hosted digital preservation software and storage solution. ArchivesDirect also includes onboarding and training by digital preservation experts to support your digital preservation goals and processes.

Learn more about DuraSpace services, including ArchivesDirect and DuraCloud at https://duraspace.org/services/.

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Celebrating Books, Celebrating Access: Kuala Lumpur Announced as World Book Capital 2020

IFLA - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 18:49

UNESCO has announced that Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be World Book Capital 2020. Taking up the status on 23 April 2020, it will, for a year, be the focus of efforts and activities to promote books and reading for all. Following a successful World Library and Information Congress, it will be a further opportunity for Malaysia’s libraries to show their ability to reach out to the hard to reach.

Kuala Lumpur will be the 20th holder of the title of World Book Capital. The programme was established in 2001 as a means of encouraging innovative efforts to boost production of, and access to, books.

Libraries have a key role to play in delivering the objectives of the programme. Through their work, they bring books to a wider readership, and by doing so, help build the writers, creators and innovators of the future.

Kuala Lumpur will be no different, with plans to create open-air libraries around the city, new digital services for libraries in poorer areas, and programmes by the National Library to deliver greater accessibility to people with disabilities.

This focus – a key theme of the successful World Library and Information Congress held in Kuala Lumpur less than a month ago – on reaching the hard to reach, is also at the heart of IFLA’s advocacy around libraries and the UN’s 2030 Agenda.

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:

Books safeguard the past, fire the imagination, and drive development. Libraries are essential to making them accessible to all.

I am very glad that Kuala Lumpur, which hosted such a great World Library and Information Congress only last month, will be World Book Capital 2020. It is a great opportunity for the city’s libraries to show again how, by making books accessible to all, they can build more sustainable and successful societies.  

IFLA, alongside UNESCO and the International Publishers’ Association, is a member of the Advisory Committee on the World Book Capital, and encourages successful bids to give a full role to libraries. See also the UNESCO press release on the announcement.

Coming Soon: An Open Cloud for Social Sciences and Humanities

LIBER news - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 18:26

LIBER is one of 19 partners starting work in January 2019 on SSHOC: a new project to create a European open cloud ecosystem for social sciences and humanities (SSH). Funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, SSHOC will make data, tools and training available and accessible for users of SSH data. It will encourage secure…

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ექსპონატები ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის განახლებული ფონდიდან პარლამენტში გამოიფინება

21 სექტემბერს 11:00 საათზე საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკა საქართველოს პარლამენტში გამართავს მის ფონდებში დაცული უნიკალური ექსპონატების გამოფენას.

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DuraCloud 5.0 Release Integrates HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)

DSpace news - Wed, 19/09/2018 - 19:40

DuraCloud customers can now select HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) as an option for streaming files. HLS is widely supported by browsers and mobile devices and allows for non-Flash video and audio players. HLS is supported by HTML5 video and audio tags. Both open and secure streaming options are available for HLS through DuraCloud, allowing your institution to stream audio and video content to the public or to authorized users directly from DuraCloud preservation storage.

Development work for this new feature was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon foundation grant awarded to UNC Libraries, titled Extending the Reach of Southern Audiovisual Sources: Implementation.

Detailed release and deployment notes can be found on the DuraCloud GitHub repository. To learn more about contributing to DuraCloud or to subscribe to the DuraCloud hosted service, please contact info@duracloud.org.

About DuraCloud
DuraCloud is an open source, hosted service that makes it easy to control where and how your organization preserves content in the cloud. DuraCloud enables your institution to store content with expert cloud storage providers while adding lightweight features that enable digital preservation, data access, and data sharing. The service is also available from 4Science via DuraCloud Europe.

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Librarians in Portuguese speaking Africa gathered in workshop: Awareness Creation, Advocacy and relevant Data Collection Strategies for UN 2030 Agenda.

IFLA - Wed, 19/09/2018 - 11:17

What were your goals?   

The project had two main goals, namely:

  • to build the capacity of librarians in Portuguese speaking African countries to enable them to advocate for librarians and libraries to be effectively included in the plans and activities of governments at the national level;
  • to build the skills of Portuguese speaking African librarians for the collection and showcasing of their stories relating to their contributions to the UN 2030 Agenda.

How did you plan to make this happen?

The goals of the project were achieved through a train-the-trainer workshop which was organized in Durban, South Africa from 1-2 July 2018 for 3 National Library Directors and 3 senior library persons, 2 each from 3 Portuguese speaking African countries – Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The training methodology was a participatory approach of short presentations by resource persons, intensive discussions, group activities and role plays.

How did it work?

The participatory training methodology adopted worked effectively as the capacity of the participants were built on how to advocate for libraries and librarians to be included in national development plans, how to showcase their stories relating to their contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda.

How did you use communications during the project?

Before the implementation of the project, advertisements were placed on all the platforms available to Portuguese speaking African librarians (AfLIA website, Africa-L). The advertisements were also sent to National Library Association Presidents, National Libraries of Portuguese speaking African countries for circulation to their members and also to post them on their websites. The July 2018 edition of the AfLIA newsletter featured the project.

What did you learn in the process?

One key lesson that was learnt during the implementation of the project was the realization by participants of the need to build strong national library associations to be able to participate and contribute effectively to the development of the library and information landscape regionally and globally.  

What are your next steps?

To sustain and maintain the enthusiasm that was generated during the project implementation, AfLIA will follow-up on quarterly basis on how well the participants are implementing the action plans agreed and report back through publication in AfLIA newsletter, website and sharing on Facebook. AfLIA will also provide periodic advice on how to carry out the action plans in case there are any implementation challenges.

Make a coffee, sit back and read the PLS Minutes from Kuala Lumpur!

IFLA - Mon, 17/09/2018 - 09:50


It was standing room only at both of the Public Libraries Standing Committee's Buisness Meetings in beautiful Kuala Lumpur last month. In addition to the 17 SC members who were able to attend, we were joined by 45 observers from 15 countries. A truly international mix!

The Minutes of our meetings are now available on-line including links to the presentations given by SC members and guests. 

We finished with the now traditional photo shoot.

VIVO Updates September 16, 2018 — updated web site, Ontocale is a VIVO service provider, new site registry, camp is coming up, and see you in Germany!

DSpace news - Mon, 17/09/2018 - 00:06

Web site  The VIVO web site has been updated.  See http://vivoweb.org.  Everything looks a bit better, the membership page and the site registry (see below) are much better.  Some things moved around, to improve navigation and simplify the site.  A “Features” page describing VIVO’s features has been added, along with “Join the Community” and “Governance”.  All the pages on the site have been updated.  We hope you like this update to the VIVO web site.

New service provider  Ontocale, headquartered in Bucharest Romania, and led by Brian Lowe, has become a service provider for VIVO.  Brian was one of the originators of VIVO and has deep knowledge of the software and the ontology.  He has helped many sites with the implementations and customizations.  Ontocale joins Clarivate and Symplectic as service providers for VIVO.

Sites  VIVO has a new registry of its sites.  The new registry is much easier to use, more attractive, and easier to update than the old registry.  Do you have a VIVO site?  Not sure if your site is in the registry?  You can visit the new registry here:  https://duraspace.org/registry/?filter_10=VIVO Click on your site and check the information. You can submit changes to update the information.  Do you have a site that’s not in the registry?  You can add easily your site.  We regularly learn of new sites.  Please add your site to the site registry!

VIVO Camp  VIVO Camp is coming up, October 18-20 at the Butler Library at Columbia University.  Camp is a great opportunity to learn more about VIVO, the VIVO ontology, and what it takes to do a VIVO project.  You can learn more and register here:  https://conta.cc/2v93x4x

German VIVO workshop  I’m writing from Hannover, Germany where I will taking part in the third annual German VIVO workshop, organized by TIB.  I look forward to meeting everyone and learning more about VIVO in Germany!



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Don't miss the webinar on 24 September to find out whether new librarians can have a voice...

IFLA - Sun, 16/09/2018 - 07:14

Can new librarians have a voice? Training and professional development vs workplace reality.

Join presenters Christine Mackenzie, Catharina Isberg, Elham Sayyad-Abdi and Antoine Torrens as they share their perspectives on this all-important topic.

Monday, 24 September 2018 (Chicago 7am, Paris 2pm, Melbourne 10pm). Visit the World Clock to check the relevant time in your own location. 

The recording of the event will be made available.

Open Science Trainer Bootcamp

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 14/09/2018 - 19:39

Are you keen to learn how to be an open science trainer, or to improve your open science training skills? EIFL, the European Union-funded FOSTER (Facilitating Open Science Training in Europe) project and Riga Technical University (RTU) are inviting early career researchers, research support staff and other stakeholders in Europe to apply to attend an intensive one-day open science training bootcamp in Riga on 1 November 2018.

Apply now! FOSTER Open Science Trainer Bootcamp

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 14/09/2018 - 18:47

EIFL, the FOSTER project and Riga Technical University (RTU) in Latvia are inviting early career researchers, research support staff and others who are currently conducting open science training in Europe, or are keen to do so, to apply to attend an intensive open science trainer bootcamp.

Webinar Video: TU Delft’s Data Stewardship Project

LIBER news - Fri, 14/09/2018 - 16:42

Helping researchers to effectively manage, archive and share their data can be challenging. TU Delft believes that in data management there tend to be very few (if any) one-size fit all solutions. In addition, centralised support does not always find its way to all the departments and faculties. Therefore, there is a need to offer…

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European Copyright Reform: How Did We Get Here & What Happens Next?

LIBER news - Fri, 14/09/2018 - 16:30

There has been significant media coverage of the vote in the European Parliament last week on a revised Copyright Directive. Off the back of the mixed results, we (LIBER’s Copyright & Legal Matters Working Group) thought it appropriate to summarise where we stand in the process leading up to a new European Directive on copyright…

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BSLA Project Report: Senegal 2018

IFLA - Thu, 13/09/2018 - 13:53

What were your goals?

Association Sénégalaise des Bibliothécaires, Archivistes et Documentalistes (ASBAD) mainly aimed at three objectives through this project:

  1. Build capacity of current and emerging leaders in Senegalese library sector on governance and management of library association.
  2. Sensitize and train members of the Association on the role and impact of librarian profession in society and national development through cascade workshops in Association branches, interest groups and other frameworks of commitment.
  3. Develop a strong and sustainable professional association in Senegal.

The national workshop was opened to current and emerging library sector leaders from Mali, Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast.

How did you plan to make this happen?

The program of the project was spread over four workshops between October 2017 and February 2018. Three zonal workshops were organized at the level of the regional sections throughout the national territory. A national workshop open to the sister associations of the countries of the sub-region came to close this series of training.

Each workshop was the subject of Terms of Reference to establish the roadmap. The selection of participants was based on a call for applications with criteria established at the start.

The national documentary institutions, the institutional members of the Association and the partners have always been invited to the official ceremonies of the various workshops.

Each workshop was facilitated by five trainers. The participatory approach was favored. For the animation of the zonal workshops the experts of the libraries (Director and heads of institutions) at the local level were involved.

Concerning the national workshop, the Chair of IFLA's Africa Section came to strengthen the trainers' body as an international expert.

With a well-established communication plan, the workshops were mostly covered by the national press. The various communication and information channels of the Association have been used to support all the actions of the process.

How did it work?

Three zonal workshops of two days each in different parts of the country with members of the Association at the base were organized.  A critical mass of colleagues who are able to carry the projects of the association and its animation were selected.

62 librarians, old and new members of the Association were trained. The participants were effectively sensitized on the importance of having a strong library sector, the role and impact of the librarian professions in society and in national development, the importance of collecting data on the library sector. They were trained also in data mining, marketing techniques, lobbying and advocacy on behalf of the library sector.

The program wrapped up with a 3-day national workshop that brought current leaders of the association together with leaders of student library associations, interest groups leaders, and other responsible persons of sections and frameworks of commitment such as Corps of volunteers. It was open also to professional groups outside the Association and colleagues holding project in favor of the community. The selection was made on the basis of a call for applications supplemented by invitations to officials and representatives of the sister associations of the sub region (Mali, Guinea Bissau and Ivory Coast).

The workshop addressed the themes of the 6 modules of the IFLA BSLA Program to build a strong library association. In addition sessions on intergenerational conversation, association culture, developing action plans was in the program. Major IFLA projects and involvements have been presented also like library and UN Agenda 2030, IFLA- IAP, IGVP, LMOW, DA2I.

The interactive sessions during all the workshops facilitated a collective brainstorming that produced excellent lines of work for the association and for the regional branches.

At the end of the process, a total of 76 colleagues were trained during these four workshops. All of them committed at the completion of the workshops to be more active in engagement, awareness and action. The first notable results are the renewed interest in the Association, including new applications for membership from different categories of colleagues and the rush toward our virtual and physical information points.

11 training experts were mobilized in the process of the 4 workshops. These include the former Director of the IFLA Francophone Center, three university library directors, two university professors in library science, and current and past Association officials who have participated in at least two international BSLA workshops and the chair of IFLA Africa Section, as international expert guest.

How did you use communications during the project?

To conduct the process adequately and to communicate efficiently, a communication plan was drafted using the Association digital tools and channels (Newsletter, listserv, Facebook page, Twitter profile, Instagram), classical media TV and Newspaper which cover activities, and also shows TV. Many official letters was sent to different stakeholders (Policy makers, institutional members of the Association, partners) etc.

A dynamic digital policy documents all the process based on our digital identity asbadsn, from call for application to the promotion of the events and follow- up of activities.

Links to workshop albums:
What did you learn in the process?

The series of workshops has sparked renewed interest around the Association; interactive discussions have also deconstructed the false image that many colleagues had of the Association.

Such workshops give self-confidence to participants and facilitate their commitment to action on behalf of the community.

The relevance of the participatory approach adopted in the implementation of the program which had facilitated during the process a better understanding between stakeholders in the library sector. The program was an effective way to engage the different institutional and associative actors.

The importance of having decentralized zonal workshops was valuable; it has awakened the feeling of belonging to the same professional community of several colleagues who participated.

Establishing transparent selection criteria from the outset helped to avoid frustrations and challenges in the selection of participants

The challenges of driving such type of program alongside institutional and professional commitments of board members.

Difficulties to adapt the funding model to the realities of the field and the program's funding chapters.

It appears the need to constantly re-adapt the communication policy of the Association by taking into account some parameters as the specificities of the young target.

The openness to sister associations in neighboring countries facilitates the implementation of sub-regional activities.

What are your next steps?
  • Leverage the momentum of engagement of participants from different workshops to have a strong voice around a shared vision.
  • Build a dynamic framework based on the energy that has emerged from the gathering of current and potential leaders of the library sector in Senegal and the sub-region.
  • Implement a synergy of action based on the cohorts of trained colleagues, the institutions involved, the committed partners and the authorities that accompanied the process of workshops.
  • Run a project to a collect and exploit library sector data in Senegal and in the Francophone sub-Saharan region.
  • Engage trained colleagues as a force of contribution and proposition to conduct advocacy campaigns internal and external to the Association.
  • Create a real craze around professional values and go to the development of codes of ethics and deontology of the profession at national level.
  • Implement sectoral animation programs at the branches level of the Association and other remote locations in the country.
  • Rely on the strength that comes from the interactivity of young professionals and experienced professionals around a strong leadership to carry out large-scale actions at zonal, national and sub regional levels.
  • Meet with the national authorities in charge of the sector on the implementation and follow up of conclusions and orientations issued by the workshops.
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