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Celebrating 10 years of EIFL-PLIP

EIFL news and events - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:36

Deborah Jacobs, former director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative celebrates 10 years of the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) in this guest blog for EIFL.

Webinar Video: Digital Preservation Opportunities & Challenges Ahead

LIBER news - Fri, 08/11/2019 - 17:23

There has been tremendous growth in the amount of digital content created by libraries, publishers, cultural institutions and the general public. While there are great benefits to having content available in digital form, digital objects can be extremely short-lived unless proper attention is paid to preservation.  In this webinar, taking place on World Digital Preservation Day,…

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Webinar Video: Generating Metadata With AI – Experience of the National Library of the Netherlands

LIBER news - Fri, 08/11/2019 - 17:17

While librarians have been describing books manually for decades, several libraries are now experimenting with methods to automatically create metadata.  Thanks to the growing volume of publications in electronic format, and the increase of artificial intelligence (AI) applications such as machine learning, there is a growing possibility for computers to interpret electronic texts and assist…

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European Copyright Directive Implementation Advances: How Can You Get Involved?

IFLA - Wed, 06/11/2019 - 21:13

In June 2019, the European Union’s new Copyright Directive entered into force. Member States must implement this Directive into their national laws by 7 June 2021. 

Some countries such as the Netherlands and Germany have already held public consultations to collect the recommendations of the various stakeholders, including libraries. Library professionals from Finland, Hungary and Ireland are entering into consultations with their governments.

IFLA is committed to supporting libraries and library associations achieve the best possible implementation and thus support the achievement of their mission, working with our partners EBLIDA, LIBER and SPARC Europe.

Below we answer some key questions: what is in the Directive, why it is important to get involved, and what steps to follow to get do so.

What's in the Directive?

As set out in our news story when the Directive was adopted, there are new possibilities for libraries to support text and data mining, education, preservation, and access to out-of-commerce works.

There are also of course concerns about the impact of new rules for platforms and news aggregators on free expression and access to information.

There are many other materials about the different parts of the Directive on our resources page.

Why it important to get involved in implementation?

The potential of the Directive can only be fully realised if the voices of library professionals are heard – they are the most relevant people to discuss the problems of the profession and the legal needs related to their mission.

There is enough flexibility in the Directive to mean that many of its provisions will be useless if poorly applied. However, good library engagement can make a real difference

What are the first steps to get involved in the follow-up of this implementation?
  1. Identify who will be responsible for the legislation or regulation to implement the Directive in your government.
  2. Let this person (or these people) know that libraries are key stakeholders for the implementation of the Directive. You could potentially look to set up a meeting.
  3. Identify where information about the legislation or regulation is available.
  4. Identify which committee in your Parliament will be responsible for reviewing the legislation or regulation to implement the Directive.
  5. Identify members of parliament who could be favourable to the interests of libraries. Set up meetings with them.
  6. Identify other stakeholders with whom you could work to influence the implementation (Archives, Museums, research and education organisations, users’ rights organisations for example).
  7. Understand the government’s timeline for the process (deadline for consultations, dates of the workshops)
  8. Understand where your current law may need to change, and what else you want to obtain

If you are interested to find out more, don’t hesitate to contact us in order to discuss how you could get involved in the process, and what tools and other materials could be useful for you!

Invitation from the Mexican DSpace Users Group: “Installation, Configuration and Customization DSpace 6.3

DSpace news - Wed, 06/11/2019 - 18:26

The Mexican DSpace Users Group is pleased to offer the community the opportunity to register for a virtual course on “Installation, Configuration and Customization DSpace 6.3” with Sheyla Salazar Waldo y Julian Timal Tlachi from the Mexican DSpace Users Group.

The objective of this course is to explain how DSpace software (version 6.3) is installed on an operating system,  in this case Windows. The user will be able to configure and personalize DSpace, as well as have control of testing and seeing the complete installation process.

The course will begin on Friday, November 8, please to register: https://wiki.duraspace.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=176490109

En español

El Grupo Mexicano de Usuarios de DSpace se complace en ofrecer a la comunidad la oportunidad de registrarse para un curso virtual sobre “Instalación, Configuración y Personalización de DSpace 6.3” con Sheyla Salazar Waldo y Julian Timal Tlachi del Grupo Mexicano de Usuarios de DSpace.

El objetivo de este curso es explicar cómo se instala el software DSpace (versión 6.3) en un sistema operativo, en este caso Windows. El usuario podrá configurar y personalizar DSpace, así como tener el control de las pruebas y ver el proceso completo de instalación.

El curso comenzará el viernes 8 de noviembre, por favor regístrese: https://wiki.duraspace.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=176490109

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Announcing the First International DSpace-CRIS User Group Meeting

DSpace news - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 22:40

From Susanna Mornati, 4Science

4Science, together with The Library Code and other organizations in the DSpace-CRIS community, such as the Hamburg University of Technology, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Georg-August-University Goettingen, the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg, the University of Bern, the University of Trieste, invite all  institutions interested in DSpace-CRIS, the free open-source Research Information Management System (aka CRIS/RIMS), to join in the first International DSpace-CRIS User Group Meeting to be held in Muenster (Germany, EU) on November 18, 2019.

The event is free and is organized in the framework of the euroCRIS Membership Meeting that will be held on November 18-20, 2019 at the University of Münster, Germany, EU. At https://eurocris.uni-muenster.de there are details about the euroCRIS registration, program, venue, transport, and accommodation. Participation also in the euroCRIS event is strongly encouraged.

The DSpace-CRIS User Group Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 18 from 14h to 17h, at: Johannisstr. 8-10, room KTh IV, Muenster (click here for the map), with thanks to the generous hospitality of the University of Muenster.

14:00 – 14:10 Introduction
14:10 – 14:30 DSpace-CRIS roadmap
14:30 – 15:30 Experiences from participants
15:30 – 15:40 Break
15:40 – 16:40 Discussion with participants
16:40 – 17:00 Future plans and conclusions


• Introduction and DSpace-CRIS roadmap, future plans and conclusions: Susanna Mornati and Andrea Bollini, 4Science (Italy), Pascal Becker, The Library Code (Germany)

• Experiences from participants and discussion:

Beate Rajski and Oliver Goldschmidt, Hamburg University of Technology (Germany)
Daniel Beucke, Georg-August University of Goettingen (Germany)
Michael Erndt and Dirk Eisengräber-Pabst, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Germany)
Steffen Illig, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg (Germany)
Anna Keller, University of Bern (Switzerland)
Jordan Piščanc, University of Trieste (Italy)

Other participants are invited to share their experiences and wish-list (open discussion)

Registration and details at:


Looking forward to meeting you at the DSpace-CRIS User Group Meeting!

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Now available: 2019 IFLA ILDS Conference Proceedings

IFLA - Mon, 04/11/2019 - 13:31

The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section (DDRS) proudly announces release of the 16th IFLA ILDS (Interlending and Document Supply) Conference Proceedings.  

Proceedings of the 16th IFLA ILDS conference: Beyond the paywall - Resource sharing in a disruptive ecosystem
held at National Library of Technology in Prague, Czech Republic
9-11 October 2019

The impulse came from the 2018 Kuala Lumpur DDRS Committee Business Meeting. The initial idea was to encourage more so-called “quality authors” to submit their research papers and to prevent their disappearance into the thin air of the elusive IFLA ILDS conference web sites—as well as their lockout from the vast majority of the IFLA DDRS audience “beyond the paywall” in commercially-published journals.

We believe that we all in DDRS have created and published a focused, accurate, and freely-accessible testimonial reflecting the state-of-the-art in the areas of thinking through, reacting to and proactively engaging in the most emergent challenges of todays' global resource sharing and document delivery movement. This is our legacy and a proof of our involvement.    


IFLA Strategy 2019-2024 now available in Portuguese and Urdu

IFLA - Mon, 04/11/2019 - 08:33


Without a strong commitment to multilingualism underpinning our core work, IFLA would not be able to bridge the cultural differences across the library community and wider environment in which libraries operate. Two new translations of the IFLA Strategy help expand our reach by more than 400,000,000 people.

Engagement by the global library field is key to the development of the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024 and this is manifesting itself in a fundamental way: language.  Besides being already available in all seven official IFLA languages, two new translations of the IFLA Strategy into Portuguese and Urdu are now online.

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:


Having the IFLA Strategy available in more languages is crucial to bettering our reach and understanding, and we applaud the grassroots effort to bring the Strategy to a wider audience. We are so excited to see such an enthusiastic response from across our global community.  Keep them coming!

Together, we are building a strong and united library field, powering literate, informed and participatory societies. What can you do to share its message—and to inspire and engage others—just as you have been inspired and engaged? One step is to help us make a strong starting point for those outside our official languages so we can become more inclusive reach even more people. Everyone has a role in building our future, no matter the location or language.

If you would like to translate the Strategy into another language, please contact communications@ifla.org and we will provide you with a template and instructions. We will add your translation to our website so that more people can develop actions to strengthen our field and achieve our vision.

December 2019 Mid-Term Conference now open for registration

IFLA - Sun, 03/11/2019 - 15:46

The Government Libraries Mid-Term Conference in London is now open for registrations.

See the Events webpage for further details. 

Keeping Cultural Heritage at the Heart of Europe

IFLA - Sat, 02/11/2019 - 17:42

This European Policy Debate was organised by Europa Nostra in partnership with the Fondation du Patrimoine and the Collège des Bernardins, with the support of the European Commission and the French Ministry of Culture. It was part of the European Heritage Summit, which celebrated cultural heritage projects from across Europe. 

Speakers included French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin, and other high-level representatives of EU Institutions and French Government, as well as heritage experts from across Europe.

The Role of Cultural Heritage 

The sentiment was clear: in the face of rising Euroscepticism and intolerance across Europe, cultural heritage has a vital role to play in reviving the European project.  

Projects big and small demonstrate the emergence of an open, participatory society that allows people to exchange knowledge and celebrate the cultures of others without fearing for the conservations of one’s own.

IFLA was there to ensure that the dialogue reflected an inclusive definition of cultural heritage, and that the vital roles of libraries, archives and documentary heritage practitioners were acknowledged.  


Mobilising for Climate Action 

Beyond this, the Policy Debate featured a lively discussion on the responsibility for cultural heritage institutions to mobilise for climate action within their professional practice.

Acknowledging that climate change is the most critical threat to our cultural heritage, the message was clear: there is no time to wait for climate action. Speakers agreed that we have enough knowledge, case studies and experts; the time for research is over and the time for action has come.

We were proud to see IFLA named among the founding members of the Climate Heritage Network. We are committed to continue working alongside our partners in this network to enact real change. Advocating projects that help educate, create sustainable communities and encourage knowledge sharing is vital to showing policymakers the vital role of cultural institutions.

We urge all members of IFLA to explore how they can contribute to climate action in their professional practice.

The main outcome of the Policy Debate was a unified urging of European politicians to prioritise cultural heritage. We emphasise the importance of establishing legal framework at the international level to ensure the provision for cultural heritage preservation is upheld within Europe and beyond.

See the European Policy Debate event page for the full programme of speakers and topics discussed. 


Ethiopian universities welcome national OA policy

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 17:34

Article title: Universities welcome new national open access policy

Publication/media outlet: Universities World News / Africa Edition

Date published: 31 October 2019

EIFL project/programme: EIFL Open Access Programme

Language of article: English

Read now: Click here to read the article as published by Universities World News

Ethiopian universities welcome national OA policy

EIFL - FOSS news - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 17:34

Article title: Universities welcome new national open access policy

Publication/media outlet: Universities World News / Africa Edition

Date published: 31 October 2019

EIFL project/programme: EIFL Open Access Programme

Language of article: English

Read now: Click here to read the article as published by Universities World News

Ethiopian universities welcome national OA policy

EIFL news and events - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 17:34

Article title: Universities welcome new national open access policy

Publication/media outlet: Universities World News / Africa Edition

Date published: 31 October 2019

EIFL project/programme: EIFL Open Access Programme

Language of article: English

Read now: Click here to read the article as published by Universities World News

IFLA Input to 2019 WSIS Review

IFLA - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 16:13

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a UN-based initiative to bridge the digital divide, foster an inclusive information society and promote the use of ICT for development. Libraries have an important role to play in achieving these goals, and IFLA has been actively involved with the WSIS process since its first phase in Geneva in 2003. This includes contributing to annual reports to take stock of the progress made towards the WSIS Action Lines and Targets – and the 2019 IFLA submission is now available!

The annual contribution is an opportunity to assess the progress made in connecting libraries, ensuring access to information, and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity online.

The 2019 IFLA contribution highlights some of the key trends which affect libraries’ role in the Information Society, from the slowing growth rate of internet connectivity to changes in library sector’s understanding of what digital and information literacy efforts they need to extend to their users. It also summarizes key IFLA activities to promote public internet access, digital skills and access to culture.

Read the full text of IFLA’s submission below:

[PDF - English]

You can also download the IFLA submission from 2018, and read more about IFLA’s work on libraries and the information society.

Maintenir la pression pour des lois adaptées aux besoins des bibliothèques : L'IFLA continue de participer aux travaux de l'OMPI

IFLA - Thu, 31/10/2019 - 17:51

La 39ème réunion du Comité permanent du droit d'auteur et des droits connexes de l'Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle a vu l'émergence d'un accord possible sur la préservation, mais aussi l'opposition permanente des pays à nier la réalité de la collaboration transfrontalière entre bibliothèques.

Du 21 au 25 octobre 2019, le Comité permanent du droit d'auteur et des droits connexes (SCCR) de l'Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle (OMPI) a tenu sa 39ème réunion à Genève.

L'objectif de ce comité est de promouvoir un régime du droit d'auteur équilibré, en adoptant des règles et des recommandations internationales en matière de droit d'auteur.

Lors de la 39ème session du SCCR, l'IFLA a engagé des discussions avec les États membres sur les exceptions et limitations au droit d'auteur pour les bibliothèques, archives, musées, éducation et recherche. Ce sont les dispositions de la loi qui permettent aux bibliothèques d'exercer des activités telles que la préservation, le prêt ou la prise de copies à des fins de recherche.

Faire entendre la voix des bibliothèques

En collaboration avec nos partenaires, l'IFLA a fait entendre la voix des bibliothèques, soulignant la nécessité d'un instrument juridique international pour permettre aux institutions du patrimoine de poursuivre leur mission de préservation du patrimoine, d'éducation et d'accès à la recherche.

Nous avons souligné que les bibliothèques ont une mission unique et sans but lucratif afin de permettre à la société d'accéder à leur patrimoine et de soutenir l'éducation et la recherche.

Cependant, de nombreux pays ne disposent pas du cadre juridique nécessaire pour permettre la numérisation des collections patrimoniales afin de les préserver de la détérioration, des catastrophes liées au changement climatique ou des conflits.

En outre, l'absence de règles internationales signifie que les collaborations transfrontalières - par exemple les projets d'unification numérique ou les réseaux de préservation - font face à l'incertitude et risquent d'être abandonnées.

Un accord naissant rencontre encore des résistances

Les trois séminaires régionaux organisés par l'OMPI ont permis de dégager un consensus croissant sur la nécessité d'agir pour assurer la préservation et, en particulier, d'adopter des règles qui permettraient aux bibliothèques de travailler au-delà des frontières.

Même les Etats membres qui avaient des réserves sur des mesures plus ambitieuses semblaient s'accorder sur la valeur de la préservation en tant que première étape. Ceux qui se sont traditionnellement concentrés sur l'aide aux bibliothèques et à leurs utilisateurs ont continué à s'exprimer.

Toutefois, un certain nombre d'États membres - principalement les plus riches de l'Union européenne (UE) - ont continué à prétendre qu'aucune action significative n'était nécessaire.

Ils ont été aidés en cela par l'importance accordée à la promotion des solutions de licence dans la conception du programme de la conférence internationale qui s'est tenue à la fin de la semaine précédente.

Bien que l'octroi de licences joue un rôle important dans l'accès aux œuvres, il n'est tout simplement pas approprié dans toutes les situations. Même lorsqu'elles peuvent jouer un rôle, les solutions peuvent être inefficaces, non transparentes ou tout simplement ne pas bien fonctionner pour les bibliothèques.

La résistance à l'action risque de faire reculer d'année en année les efforts visant à faire en sorte que les bibliothèques de tous les pays aient les lois dont elles ont besoin pour pouvoir préserver leur patrimoine.

C'est particulièrement difficile à comprendre lorsque l'UE elle-même a récemment adopté ses propres lois qui font entrer les règles du droit d'auteur pour la préservation dans l'ère numérique.

Prochaines étapes

Face au déni de la nécessité d'agir, l'IFLA a dû travailler d'arrache-pied pour maintenir l'accent sur le mandat initial du Comité - s'entendre sur un instrument international - comme convenu par l'Assemblée générale en 2012.

Avec nos remerciements à tou·te·s celles et ceux qui se sont engagé·e·s, ces efforts ont porté fruit, et nous avons encore sept mois pour plaider en faveur d'une action internationale auprès des gouvernements nationaux.

L'IFLA sera en contact avec ses membres et encourage tou·te·s celles et ceux qui pensent que les bibliothèques devraient être en mesure de remplir leur mission dans un monde numérique et globalisé à porter ce message à l'attention de leurs services de propriété intellectuelle.

Nous vous invitons à consulter les documents (en anglais) produits dans ce contexte :

Notre compte-rendu de la Conférence Internationale

Rapports sur les séminaires réginaux à Singapore, Nairobi et Santo Domingo.

Nos infographies sur les exceptions et limitations dans le monde et notre analyse récapitulative

Notre guide "Découvrir l'OMPI"

Now Available: IFLA Asia and Oceania Regional Quarterly News - October 2019 Issue

IFLA - Thu, 31/10/2019 - 07:56

Dear Friends,

We present to you the October 2019 issue of our IFLA Asia and Oceania Regional Quarterly Newsletter.

Hope you have enjoyed it so far.

~Please open the PDF newsletter to access the links.~

Thank you.

Happy Reading! 

With warmest regards,

Soh Lin Li
Regional Manager
IFLA Regional Office for Asia and Oceania

Ask Me Anything webinar on DSpace

EIFL - FOSS news - Wed, 30/10/2019 - 19:36

Thinking about setting up your open access repository with DSpace and don’t know how to get started and install and configure the software? Already using DSpace and have some questions about customization, back-up procedures, troubleshooting and other repository maintenance issues? Thinking about upgrading to a newer version and need some advice? Not sure whether you’re filling in metadata correctly? Have questions about content submission workflows?  Any other questions about handling DSpace?

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