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VIVO Updates July 15 – Leadership Group, Internationalization, Version 1.10, Fall Camp, Decentralization

DSpace news - Tue, 17/07/2018 - 18:32

From Mike Conlon, VIVO Project Director

Welcome New LG members! Please help me welcome Christian Hauschke, Violeta Ilik and Alex Viggio as new community members of the Leadership Group. Each has been actively shaping the VIVO project. They are all wonderful to work with.

Leadership Group elections are now complete for the year. The Leadership Group meets monthly to review progress and set direction for the project. The Leadership Group will soon name a Steering Group to help it with its work.

I18n meeting Interested in helping VIVO improve its multi-lingual capabilities? The Internationalization Task Force is back in business after a hiatus. The group will be setting goals wand working toward making VIVO a truly international application. The first meeting of the task force will be held this week.

VIVO 1.10 VIVO 1.10 was released this week. Special thanks to Ralph O’Flinn of the University of Alabama, Birmingham, who served as the release manager! Here are the links:

Release Announcement
Release Notes
Full source release available for download here (82.4MB)

VIVO 1.10 was led by the VIVO Committers and Developers with major support from Andrew Woods .

The following individuals provided code, documentation and/or testing for the release:

Qazi Azim Ijaz Ahmad, Sabih Ali, Martin Barber, Jim Blake, Mike Conlon, Don Elsborg, Kitio Fofack, Ken Geis, Benjamin Gross, Huda Khan, Ted Lawless, Jacob Levernier, Brian Lowe, Jose Luis Martin, Christian Hauschke, Violeta Ilik, Steve McKay, Javed Muhammed, Simon Porter, Ralph O’Flinn, Graham Triggs, Tatiana Walther, Marijane White, Stefan Wolff, Andrew Woods, and Rebecca Younes

Thank you all!

New York, New York! VIVO Camp is coming to the Big Apple, October 18-20, 2018 at Columbia University! Join instructors Violeta Ilik, Huda Khan, Benjamin Gross, and Mike Conlon for 2.5 days of VIVO, including implementation, data sources, ontology, Karma, and new features in 1.10! Stay tuned for news about registration!

The Delicate Dance of Decentralization Professor Ruben Verborgh, a 2016 VIVO Conference invited speaker, presents paradigm shifts related to the decentralization of data via linked open data.

Verbogh, R “The delicate dance of decentralization and aggregation,” http://slides.verborgh.org/ELAG-2018/ Presented at the International Conference of the European Library Automation Group, 5 June 2018.

VIVO 1.10 introduces three new features for making data available for decentralized, distributed access, and for aggregation:

Direct2Experts. VIVO 1.10 sites include a Direct2Experts API that can participate in http://direct2experts.org See the Direct2Experts API in the VIVO 1.10.x Technical Documentation
The Data Distribution API. Available for VIVO 1.8, 1.9 and 1.10, the Data Distribution API supports the configuration of new APIs for VIVO providing data on demand. See the Data Distribution API in the VIVO 1.10.x Technical Documentation
The Triple Pattern Fragments API. New in 1.10 is the Triple Pattern Fragments (TPF) API. The API has been available in OpenVIVO for more than a year. TPF supports applications consuming data by providing a very fast, very light weight, stable endpoint for retrieving data from a VIVO site. Try it at http://openvivo.org/tpf/core You can read more about TPF here: Triple Pattern Fragments in the VIVO 1.10.x Technical Documentation
VIVO shares its data naturally. These new capabilities open new possibilities for building distributed applications using VIVO. Let us know when you’ve upgraded to 1.10. We’d like to build distributed applications.


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Registration for this summer's IFLA Art Libraries Section Satellite Meeting is open until 15 August 2018!

IFLA - Tue, 17/07/2018 - 15:00

The Art Libraries Section of IFLA, in collaboration with the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, is organizing a one-day conference that focuses on the documentation of global Islamic arts. The meeting will be held on August 23rd 2018. Attendance at the meeting is free and is dependent on registration that closes on 15 August 2018. Visit the conference website to learn more and to register!

2018 IFLA World Library and Information Congress - HBS News Updates

IFLA - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 20:58
  •  2018 Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (HBS) papers available - All  2018 papers are now linked to the HBS session on the programme (session 219) and added to the IFLA Library. See the 6 papers via this link 
  •  Malaysian Medical Libraries - The monthly IFLA newsletters have been featuring a series of profiles of Malaysian libraries. The June issue included a number of Medical Libraries



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IFLAPARL Pre-Conference 2018 Agenda

IFLA - Fri, 13/07/2018 - 21:13

The 2018 IFLAPARL pre-conference will be held in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 24th August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The theme will be ‘Transforming parliamentary libraries and research services to meet changing clients’ needs’. 

The provisional agenda for the pre-conference is now available on the Section's Events pages.

I look forward to seeing you all there.


ახალი წიგნი ჩვენს ბიბლიოთეკაში

ტაო-კლარჯეთის მწიგნობრული მემკვიდრეობა (გამოკვლევა, ტექსტები) = Manuscript Heritage of Tao-Tlarjeti (Research, Texts) / მ. სურგულაძე, ნ. ჩხიკვაძე, ლ. შათირიშვილი, მ. კარანაძე, ნ. ჟღენტი, ე. ედიშერაშვილი; კ. კეკელიძის სახ. საქართველოს ხელნაწერთა ეროვნული ცენტრი. - თბ., 2018. - 318. გვ.: ილ.

ISBN 978-9941-9564-0-9

გამოცემა ეძღვნება იმ ხელნაწერების მიმოხილვას, რომელიც ტაო-კლარჯეთმა შემოგვინახა, მათ შორისაა: ძველი ქართული საეკლესიო და საისტორიო მწერლობის ნიმუშები და სამოქალაქო და სამართლებრივი დოკუმენტები. 

წიგნი ასახავს მთლიანი კუთხის ისტორიულ გზასა და კულტურულ პროცესებს. აქ თავმოყრილი და განზოგადებულია დღეისათვის არსებული ცოდნა ტაო-კლარჯეთის ისტორიული მემკვიდრეობის შესახებ. განხილულია ეპოქის პოლიტიკური თუ სოციალური წანამძღვრები „ბერმონაზვნული“ კულტურის შემდგომი განვითარებისათვის.

წიგნში  წარმოდგენილია ასევე მოკლე ინგლისურენოვანი ტექსტი,

იხ. ვრცლად

Open Consultation on FAIR Data Action Plan

LIBER news - Fri, 13/07/2018 - 14:39

LIBER invites community contribution to the Open Consultation on the FAIR Data Action Plan, launched on 11 June 2018 during the second EOSC Summit in Brussels. The FAIR Data Action Plan was produced by the Horizon 2020 Commission Expert Group on Turning FAIR Data into Reality (E03464) with the aim to provide recommendations, indicators and input…

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RETRONEWS: Guiding and Enabling Discovery for All Audiences

LIBER news - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 17:15

LIBER sponsor RetroNews recently published an article on the LIBER blog, explaining how RetroNews was created and what it offers to researchers. Now, in the second part of this article, RetroNews explains how they use editorial content to highlight the collections found within the RetroNews collections. While the digitisation, selection, research and development workstreams are essential stages…

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Let’s Build The Skills! LIBER & FOSTER Plus Workshop at LIBER 2018

LIBER news - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 16:59

Open science is gaining momentum, and research librarians are starting to invent new digital models, to implement new techniques and to spread a more open culture. In this light, what digital skills do librarians still need to develop? How can we do this, and which materials can help us to train, advocate and practice open…

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ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკაში ვაჟა-ფშაველას სამკითხველო დარბაზი გაიხსნება

ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკაში ვაჟა-ფშაველას სამკითხველო დარბაზი გაიხსნება

13 ივლისს 13:00 საათზე საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის მეორე კორპუსში კომპანია „m2 უძრავი ქონების“ მხარდაჭერით „ვაჟა-ფშაველას სამკითხველო დარბაზი და ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის ახალი სარეგისტრაციო სივრცე გაიხსნება. ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის მკითხველად დარეგისტრირება სწორედ ამ განახლებულ, კომფორტულ და მყუდრო გარემოში იქნება შესაძლებელი.

სრული ტექსტი

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VIDEO: June DSpace Developer Show & Tell; July Show & Tell on July 31

DSpace news - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 20:28

From Terry Brady, Georgetown University Library

The video from the June Developer Show and Tell (OR 2018 Recap) has been posted.

The July Developer Show and Tell scheduled for July 31 at 15:00 – 16:30 UTC (11AM ET – 12:30PM ET) will focus on Tools for working with a REST API. The meeting agenda topics apply to the REST API for DSpace 5, 6, and 7.

• Art Lowell will share how he uses Postman to query the DSpace SOLR repositories.
• Terry Brady will demonstrate how to authenticate to the DSpace 7 REST API in Postman.
• James Creel will Share the Texas A&M MAGPIE (Metadata Assignment GUI Providing Ingest and Export) Tool

Meeting Logistics

Ideas for future Developer Show and Tell Meetings are always welcome.

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Libraries Leading the Transformation to Sustainable, Resilient Societies: IFLA returns to the United Nations High Level Political Forum

IFLA - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 17:52

The UN High Level Political Forum takes place on 9-18 July 2018 in New York, discussing global challenges and defining a path to sustainable development. IFLA is there, raising awareness among ministers, officials, experts and civil society of how libraries are leading in this effort as essential partners for development.

The 2018 edition of the United Nations (UN) High Level Political Forum (HLPF) opened in New York on 9 July with a welcome from UN Economic and Social Council Chair Marie Chatardová. She underlined the importance of the forum as a hub for assembling and sharing best practice, and for taking stock.

Importantly, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it provides a space to look back at progress made over the past year, to look forward to the work still needing to be done, and look out at the processes taking place at the regional and national levels. A key moment will be the voluntary national reviews, which will be discussed by ministers on 16-18 July.

For IFLA, it is a key moment to raise awareness among decision-makers and influencers about the work of our members – libraries around the world – and form new partnerships. It provides a further opportunity, after the successful Global Convening of the IFLA International Advocacy Programme, to put libraries on the map at the highest level.

We are therefore once again present, advocating for libraries’ role in the UN 2030 Agenda. The focus on SDGs 6 (water and sanitation), 7 (energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (sustainable consumption), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the goals) offers many opportunities to do this.

SDG 11 – “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” – is particularly relevant. IFLA is bringing the “Smart cities need smart citizens” message to New York by taking part in official meetings and the numerous side events offered, taking the floor whenever possible, and connecting with key stakeholders and potential partners.

We will also be working across civil society in order to maintain the pressure for progress in New York and around the world. Inequalities – not least in terms of access to information – remain serious. Governments will need to maintain their commitment if we are to achieve success. To this end, IFLA has signed onto a joint letter underlining these points.

In preparation for this key annual event for governments, development practitioners, private sector and civil society, IFLA has ensured active participation of librarians at all regional preparatory meetings in 2018: Europe (1-2 March, Geneva, ECE), Asia-Pacific (28-30 March, Bangkok, ESCAP), Latin America and the Caribbean (18-20 April, Santiago, ECLAC), Western Asia (24-26 April, Lebanon, ESCWA) and Africa (2-4 May, Dakar, ECAECA).

Interested in following the HLPF? Watch the livestreaming through the UN Web TV, and use the hashtags: #HLPF and #HLPF2018 in social media.

We will be producing regular blogs from the event, reporting on key reflections and announcements for libraries throughout the week and a half.

Follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter @IFLA@IFLA_Lib4Dev, and stay tuned by using the #Lib4Dev and #DA2I hashtags.

Core Attributes of Fedora Repository Enable Complex Modeling of Data and Objects For Re-use in a Wide Variety of Instances

DSpace news - Tue, 10/07/2018 - 23:48

The name Fedora is an acronym for the Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture. The Fedora Repository is very flexible; it is capable of serving as a digital content repository for a wide variety of use cases. Among these are digital asset management, institutional repositories, data repositories, digital archives, content management systems, scholarly publishing enterprises, and digital libraries. The Fedora Repository is able to store any sort of digital resource such as documents, videos, datasets, computer files, and images, plus it can store metadata about the content items in any format. In addition, the relationships between content items can be stored–which is often as important as the content items themselves. You can choose to store just the metadata and relationships for content which is held by another organization or system such as cloud storage, archival tape storage, databases etc.

Why Fedora?
Technological innovations occur because there is an unanswered need within a community that inspires individuals or groups to develop potential solutions to solve a problem. By 1998 early Internet users, particularly in the scholarly ecosystem, had become more sophisticated at creating and using many varieties of complex digital content. Digital repositories needed to evolve into more sophisticated storage and access containers. As digital collections grew, and were made use of in previously unconsidered ways, repository managers were faced with management tasks of increasing complexity. Collections contained multiple data types, and organizations need to archive and preserve complex objects, as well as web sites and other complex, multi-part documents. And finally, the need to establish relationships between data objects in a repository had become more and more apparent. It was in this era that core attributes of the Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture–Fedora–were developed. But this is no mere anachronism; these core Fedora attributes remain key relevant features because community use cases of today are no less complex than they were 20 years ago.

Fedora development has been focused on whittling down the core to the most valuable kernel of abstraction around digital objects so that users and developers can access a Fedora repository to serve digital objects with even more flexibility in how they integrate surrounding services.

These original goals for Fedora’s development are still important:
• Identifiers: provision of persistent identifiers; unique names for all resources without respect for machine address
• Relationships: support for relationships between objects
• Tame Content: normalization of heterogeneous content and metadata based on an extensible object model
• Integrated Management: efficient management by repository administrators not only of the data and metadata in a repository, but also of the supporting programs, services and tools that make presentation of that data and metadata possible
• Interoperable Access: provision of interoperable access by means of a standard protocol to information about objects and for access to object content; discovery and execution of extensible service operations for digital objects
• Scalability: provision of support for >10 million objects
• Security: provision of flexible authentication and policy enforcement
• Preservation: provision of features to support longevity and archiving, including text-based serialization of objects and content versioning
• Content Recon: reuse of objects including object content being present in any number of contexts within a repository; repurposing of objects allowing dynamic content transformations to fit new presentations requirements

The Fedora digital object model offers the strengths and advantages of:
• Abstraction: The object model is the same whether the object is data, behavior definitions, or other kinds of objects. It also does not matter what kind of data the digital objects is representing—text, images, maps, audio, video, geospatial data are all the same to Fedora.
• Flexibility: Implementers of Fedora can design their content models to best represent their data and the presentation requirements of their specific use case.
• Generic: Metadata and content are tightly linked within the digital object.
• Aggregation: Fedora objects can refer to data that is stored locally or that is stored on any web accessible server.
• Extensibility: Fedora can be extended in a number of ways: event-based messaging workflows, the REST-API, and the API Extension Framework, which provides a mechanism for binding shareable services to repository resources.

Fedora continues to focus on durability as well, though this thinking has evolved over time. Fedora originally focused on XML as a preservation standard, specifically the Fedora Object XML or FOXML. While this had the advantage of making Fedora resources relatively human-readable, the use of a custom XML schema known only to the Fedora community presents its own set of long-term preservation and access challenges. The current version of Fedora focuses on modern, widely-adopted web standards as a means of avoiding the need to maintain custom schemas, and leverages RDF as the primary means of describing Fedora resources in a standardized way. An import/export utility allows Fedora users to export some or all of their resources as serialized RDF, which does not depend on a custom Fedora schema. Current efforts like the Oxford Common File Layout may be implemented in Fedora in the future to support even more preservation use cases.

Fedora repositories offer implementers the option of versioning both container (metadata) and binary resources. Versions can be created on-demand, and previous versions can be restored. The next major release of Fedora will support the Memento standard for retrieving historical versions of repository resources.
Object to Object Relationships: Relationships between objects can be stored via the metadata included in the objects. This allows implementers to link together related objects into parent/child relationships.
Event History: An audit trail can optionally be maintained for every object in a Fedora repository, which preserves a record of every change made to the object.

Fedora remains the best repository platform choice for users who need a flexible, extensible, scalable repository for complex modeling of data and objects that may be re-used in a wide variety of instances. Over 300 organizations in more than 35 countries have registered their Fedora installations. Visit the Fedora Registry to learn more about how Fedora is used by organizations and institutions.

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VIVO 1.10 is Now Available for Download

DSpace news - Tue, 10/07/2018 - 23:37

From Mike Conlon, VIVO Project Director, on behalf of the VIVO Committers

VIVO 1.10 is now available!

VIVO 1.10 contains new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. Some highlights:

• Support for RDF 1.1
• A new Triple Pattern Fragments API
• Support for the Data Distribution API
• Support for Direct2Experts
• Support for ORCiD API 2.0
• Use of Argon2i password hashing
• More than 40 improvements in code, and code used by VIVO
• 15 bug fixes
• Search results render faster if they contain Person results
• Indexing time has been improved
• Full handling of TDB type conversions, preventing isomorphic test failures that result in reloading filegraph on restart
• Graph URIs are now cached for triple stores using a Jena implementation – this is a significant difference for TDB triple stores
• Updating data via the UI is faster

For a complete list of improvements, see the VIVO 1.10 Release Notes

VIVO 1.10 can be downloaded now from https://github.com/vivo-project/VIVO/releases/tag/vivo-1.10.0

Upgrading to VIVO 1.10 requires a triple store unload, use of provided utilities to upgrade, and a reload. See Upgrading VIVO

VIVO 1.10 was led by the VIVO Committers and Developers with major support from Andrew Woods.

The following individuals provided code, documentation and/or testing for the release:

Qazi Azim Ijaz Ahmad, Sabih Ali, Martin Barber, Jim Blake, Mike Conlon, Don Elsborg, Kitio Fofack, Ken Geis, Benjamin Gross, Huda Khan, Ted Lawless, Jacob Levernier, Brian Lowe, Jose Luis Martin, Christian Hauschke, Violeta Ilik, Steve McKay, Javed Muhammed, Simon Porter, Ralph O’Flinn, Graham Triggs, Tatiana Walther, Marijane White, Stefan Wolff, Andrew Woods, and Rebecca Younes

A detailed listing of all known people/institutions who contributed to VIVO 1.10 is available in the Release Notes. If you contributed and were not listed, please let us know so that we can correct it!

As always, we are happy to hear back from the community about VIVO. Please let us know what you think of 1.10!

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Libraries overcome barriers to access to culture

IFLA - Tue, 10/07/2018 - 18:01

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) Article 27a states that “everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits”. This is a principle also held up by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union Article 22 and 25.

In the light of this, and on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Parliament has passed a resolution on analysis on access to culture in the European Union: Structural and financial barriers in the access to culture. This is based on a proposal from the Culture and Education Committee, itself the product of extensive discussions within and between European Parliament committees1, including the High-level conference ‘Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future’, and a European Parliament Research Service report.

IFLA has produced a valuable guideline which offers a number of key quotes and arguments from both the report for libraries and library associations to use in their advocacy around the importance of libraries in overcoming barriers to access to culture.

Download the briefing on how libraries overcome barriers to access to culture here.

VIVO Updates — List of VIVO Sites, Trip to China, and a Great Book

DSpace news - Mon, 09/07/2018 - 21:46

VIVO Site Registry The VIVO Site registry is a list of all the known VIVO sites in the world. I get asked all the time “Is there a list of VIVO sites?” Well, yes, there is. You can find the site registry here: http://bit.ly/vivo-sites

Is your site in the registry? Hint: you don’t need to be in production, we think it’s really cool to hear you have a site in development. To add your site to the registry, click here: http://registry.duraspace.org/register-repository

Association of Data, Information and Society, Nanjing China I had the recent honor to be invited to give a talk on VIVO at the inaugural conference of the Association of Data, Information, and Society at Nanjing University in Nanjng, China. You can find my slides here: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.6790694.

The association has a goal of increasing contact between information and data scholars in China with those in the rest of the world. The conference had over 200 attendees and included talks by Gary Marchionini of the University of North Carolina, Ying Ding of Indiana University, Mark Musen of Stanford University, Jim Hendler of RPI, Dean Allemang of Working Ontologist (see below), Stefan Decker of RWTH Aachen University, Ahmed Abbis of the University of Virginia, and Barend Mons of Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Next year’s conference is expected to be held in Wuhan China, and will be chaired by Mark Musen of Stanford University.

VIVO Books From time to time, I’ll pass along books I have found to be useful in thinking about VIVO and learning more about its information underpinnings. If you work with VIVO and want to understand more about its information system and its representation of scholarship as linked open data, you won’t do better than “The Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist” by Jim Hendler (two-time VIVO conference keynote speaker) and Dean Allemang, whose consulting company is called “Working Ontologist”. Jim and Dean clearly describe the semantic web, linked data, and ontology. For anyone with a background in data representation, and particularly for anyone who has wondered if relational tables are the only way, this book shows how connected graphs of data work, why they are important, and how, through ontology, they provide the best mechanisms yet found for sharing data. Unlike other information representation systems, linked data includes its semantics, allowing deep processing by machines, and simplified processing and sharing for humans and machines. If the semantic web or ontology seems complex, this book will help. And once you’ve read it, you may find it difficult to understand how other information representation systems scale. Extremely well-written and entertaining, with extensive examples and clear thinking, its hard to imagine a better introduction to the way the semantic web represents information. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Should be required reading for all of us creating open data for scholarship, and all of us working on VIVO.

Allemang, Dean, and Hendler, James Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist, Second Edition: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL 2nd Edition, Morgan-Kaufmann, 384 pages. ISBN 978-0123859655


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Every librarian an advocate! Africa calls for advocates at all levels at IFLA Global Vision regional workshop

IFLA - Mon, 09/07/2018 - 17:10


What a finale! After five inspiring meetings around the world, the 2018 IFLA Global Vision regional workshops came to a climax in Durban, South Africa this weekend. 48 library leaders from 34 African countries came together to share ideas for actions to form a united library field.   

The timing of the workshop was perfect. Coinciding with the 2nd meeting of African Ministers responsible for libraries, IFLA was able to show its support in strengthening the African Library field by attending the minister’s round-table ahead of the Global Vision discussions.

Since the Regional Workshops began in April, a total of 241 librarians from 150 countries have collaborated and contributed to ensure that libraries, together, power literate, informed and participative societies: the ultimate goal of the Vision.

To help reach this goal, IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary General Gerald Leitner guided delegates through a series of engaging activities to draw out ideas for action from the top ten Highlights and Opportunities in the IFLA Global Vision Report Summary

In his words to the participants, IFLA Secretary-General set the bar high:

Global challenges require a global answer from a globally united library field. We can only reach our goals together.  And we need to do this, not for ourselves, but for the people in our countries, to make their lives better.

Every librarian an advocate!

For the African Region, the need for advocates at all levels of the library field (opportunity 5 in the Report Summary) cannot be underestimated. Showcasing the positive impact libraries have on communities is a role every librarian can take on – every librarian can be an advocate!

Opening the workshop, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón said:

I truly believe that universal access to information is key to humanity, and that libraries are essential for this. It makes dreams and plans into reality. And through our discussions today, we are making the Vision reality”.

What’s next for IFLA Global Vision?

Now that the six regional workshops have concluded, it is time to collect as many ideas for actions from every country and create the biggest ideas store which will be a source of inspiration for every librarian around the world. 

The opportunity to contribute ideas will be launched during IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress in August 2018. Stay tuned for further announcements! 

View all the photos from the Africa Global Vision Regional Workshop in our Flickr album

Libraries at the Heart of Lifelong Learning

IFLA - Mon, 09/07/2018 - 02:35

At a time of rapid change in our economies and societies, there has never been a greater need to keep learning throughout life. The 5th conference of the Lifelong Learning Platform provided an opportunity to share stories from the rich experience of libraries in this field, and build relations. Anette Mjöberg, Secretary of the Public Libraries Section attended for IFLA.

​The Lifelong Learning Platform is a European organisation bringing together organisations committed to helping people access education throughout their lives. This opens up possibilities to learn, develop new skills, and take on new jobs. The Platform’s members represent over 50 000 associations and institutions.

Libraries have long been committed to the concept of lifelong learning, through their provision of access to information for all, including those no-longer registered in formal education. 24 million adults a year in Europe benefit from skills and training through libraries. Given their focus on communities, and openness to all sorts of people, they are particularly important for disadvantaged people.

This role has increasingly been recognised in policy documents, although further recognition will help ensure that libraries receive the support they need to maximise their potential. The conference of the Lifelong Learning Platform represented a chance to do this.

Anette Mjöberg, Secretary of the Public Libraries Section represented IFLA at the 5th Annual Conference of the Lifelong Learning Platform, under the theme Lifelong Learning Culture: A Partnership for Rethinking Education. She spoke both in an open session on the overall theme of the conference – creating a culture of lifelong learning – and one on the importance of learning environments.

Under the title ‘Lifelong Learning in Libraries: The People’s University?’, she highlighted how libraries are changing lives, from bookclubs for newcomers to Hässleholm in Sweden, makerspaces in Greenland, cooking lessons in Columbus, United States, and student engagement in protecting the Library of Alexandria during the Arab Spring. Through traditional and digital literacy, as well as other skills, libraries empower people and societies.

Thanks to her words, participants learnt to recognise the work of libraries, and many started to refer to their work in their own interventions. A number of organisations sought to build contacts and understanding of how they too could work with libraries.

Find out more about the work of IFLA’s Public Libraries Section.

Africa Can Lead: IFLA Addresses African Ministers

IFLA - Mon, 09/07/2018 - 00:44

The 2nd meeting of African ministers responsible for libraries took place on 5-6 July in Durban, South Africa. IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary General Gerald Leitner were proud to be there in support of efforts to strengthen the African library field.

At the time of IFLA’s 2015 World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, ministers from across Africa met for an unprecedented meeting focused on libraries.

Coming from ministries for culture and heritage, they represented the key government figures for libraries. At the event, they signed a declaration, underlining their commitment to the values and future of our institutions.

Three years on, an even bigger group of ministers came together, and IFLA was honoured to be invited to address them, as well as representatives of libraries from across Africa.

The meeting included clear updates on what governments across Africa have been doing to implement the commitments they made. The importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the place of IFLA’s Library Map of the World in broader efforts to strengthen the sector was clear.

A new Declaration was agreed, confirming the importance of supporting the work of libraries, and reaffirming the importance of working with our institutions to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. IFLA will share a short brief on the declaration shortly, once the final version is published.

IFLA Secretary-General noted in his speech to the ministers present:

Through the declaration coming from this meeting, through the actions you take when you get home, through the positions you take at the UN, at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, you can leave a legacy that will make the world a better place.

In her closing remarks, IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón said :

I cannot imagine anywhere else in the world where so many ministers would come together to talk libraries. It is evidence of the leadership of South Africa, […] and it is evidence of your collective commitment.

I want the story of Africa to be a story of bridging the divide. Of inclusion, of participation, of empowerment, of success. I believe it will be. That you can get there.

Once the Durban Declaration is published, IFLA will produce a brief for members. You can already download the speeches of the IFLA President (PDF) and Secretary General (PDF).

New membership in the NOIR SIG

IFLA - Sun, 08/07/2018 - 12:43

Since the WLIC in 2017 we have seen some changes in the membership of the steering group for the NOIR SIG. We've said farewell to Winston Roberts from the National Library of New Zealand who has moved on to convene the National Library and Information Policy SIG. Meanwhile we've welcomed Sonto Moleme from the National Library of South Africa, and Ekaterina Fedorova, from the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg. This means the SIG now has representatives from the Netherlands, Canada, South Africa and Russia.

The current steering group for the SIG consists of:

• Katharina Beberweil (Manager of the Library and Information Centre of IBFD, The Netherlands), convener since May 2016
• Francesco Manganiello (Acting Director, Stakeholder Relations and International Affairs, Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada)
• Sonto Moleme (Director, Information Access & Cape Town Campus Coordinator, National Library of South Africa)
• Ekaterina Fedorova (Specialist, Division of International Activities The National Library of Russia)

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