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Call for Papers — Satellite Meetings Local History and Genealogy joint with Asia and Oceania

IFLA - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:14

Theme: "Challenges and Opportunities for Genealogy, Local History and Regional Memory Fields in Libraries and Other Memory Institutions in a Highly Mobile Society"

Date

12-13 August 2020

Venue

The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Organizer

Local History and Genealogy Section joint with Asia and Oceania Section

Topic

Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions are moving from a reactive to a productive and participatory role. Though they continue to collect, preserve and support the use of historical documents and records, they also engage and participate in the production, publication, and active dissemination of new resources based on their collections serving as sites of knowledge retrieval. They have become centers of knowledge production, both in the material and the virtual world.

At the satellite meeting, we will focus on papers that discuss:

  • Innovative use of historical and genealogical collections
  • Collaborative work with historical and genealogical societies
  • Local History, Local Community and use of social technologies
  • Genetic genealogy and the promise of DNA
  • Responses to new demands from the well-informed users
  • Multi-ethnicity in local history and culture, avoiding more traditional nationalistic and regional perspectives

We encourage evidence-based practice and invite presentations and analyses of projects which can be of practical value to others.

Submissions in other formats than academic papers (such as reports, multimedia presentations and essays) are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (up to 250 words) and full author details is 31 March 2020.

Proposals should be sent to:

Laila Hussein Moustafa
Email: lhoussei@illinois.edu

Cherie Bush
Email: BushCD@familysearch.org

and

Takashi Nagatsuka
Email: nagatsuka-t@tsurumi-u.ac.jp

Important dates

31 March 2020: Deadline for submissions
15 April 2020: Notification of submitters
15 June 2020: The full paper due

The full paper is due on 15 June 2020. It should be an original submission not published elsewhere.

Call for papers and session complete description: https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/local-history-and-genealogy-joint-with-asia-and-oceania/

Library Services to People with Special Needs Call for Papers for WLIC in Dublin

IFLA - Sun, 23/02/2020 - 19:35

LSN is now inviting presenters:

  • from a variety of libraries and organizations and from a wide range of countries
  • to speak on how library services, programs, projects, and activities
  • support refugees,  immigrants, migrants and asylum seekers.  

 

Under this topic, presentations might cover but are not limited to:

  • Services to a specific group of refugees, immigrants, migrants, or asylum seekers
  • Services to adults, families, or unaccompanied minors in the target population
  • Description of different services offered to the target population
  • How staff are trained to best serve the target population
  • Methods of cooperation with other agencies serving the target population
  • Method of evaluation of the services and results
  • Legal and ethical perspectives of serving the target population

Proposals dealing with multiple topics above and other approaches to serving this population will receive higher priority.

 

Please submit an abstract of your presentation to nancybolt@earthlink.net by April 3.  The abstract should be no more than 300 words and include: your library’s name and country; speaker contact information and title; your presentation title; a brief description of your services to this target population, and indicate that can be in Dublin to make the presentation.

Final selection will be made by May and the full paper due on June 1.

Please note:  We do not have funds to support travel to Dublin. Please be reasonably confident that you have funding for the Dublin conference if you are selected to make a presentation and state this in your proposal.

https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/library-services-to-people-with-special-needs/

 

Parliamentary Research & Library Service Ethics Checklist Updated

IFLA - Sun, 23/02/2020 - 04:22
Since 2017, the Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section has been developing a Parliamentary Research & Library Service Ethics Checklist. The Section's Standing Committee approved the working group’s final draft of the checklists at our 2019 Pre-Conference in Athens.The latest (February 2020) version of the checklist is available in English Parliamentary Research & Library Service Ethics  [PDF], Spanish Lista de criterios referenciales IFLAPARL [PDF] and French Listes de vérification en matière d’éthique de l’IFLAPARL [PDF]. Comments and queries are welcomed. Please see the detailed information about the Ethics checklist project.

Call for Papers and Presentations for the 2020 Annual WLIC and IFLAPARL Pre-conference

IFLA - Sun, 23/02/2020 - 03:58
Call for Papers and Presentations for the 2020 WLIC and 36th Pre-Conference of the Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section

The World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) and 86th IFLA General Conference and Assembly will be held in Dublin, Ireland 15-21 August 2020. The meeting is organized under general theme ‘’Inspire, Engage, Enable, Connect."  The Standing Committee of IFLAPARL is pleased to invite proposals for presentations at its open session for this year's WLIC.  Deadline for submissions is March 6, 2020.

The Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section (IFLAPARL) will hold the 36th Pre-Conference to be hosted by the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament), Dublin, Ireland, from 12 – 13 August, 2020. The Standing Committee invites proposals for short and inspiring presentations. For details, please see the Call for Papers. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2020.

EIFL shortlisted for international award

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 21/02/2020 - 14:08

EIFL is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2020 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing, which recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books and other digital publications for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled.

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is a public–private partnership led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). 

EIFL shortlisted for international award

EIFL - FOSS news - Fri, 21/02/2020 - 14:08

EIFL is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2020 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing, which recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books and other digital publications for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled.

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is a public–private partnership led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). 

EIFL shortlisted for international award

EIFL news and events - Fri, 21/02/2020 - 14:08

EIFL is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2020 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing, which recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books and other digital publications for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled.

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is a public–private partnership led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). 

Into Action: UN Regional Sustainable Development Forums Start Next Week

IFLA - Thu, 20/02/2020 - 12:14

With a meeting in Victoria Falls Town, Zimbabwe, Africa will host the first of five regional meetings focused on the Sustainable Development Goals. Across these forums, IFLA will be working to make sure that governments, UN officials, experts and civil society groups hear about how libraries and access to information can play a transformative role in the Decade of Action.

The Sustainable Development Goals offer not only a roadmap for governments, but also an opportunity for libraries to engage in decision-making about development.

With 20 references – explicitly or implicitly – to the importance of access to information and the skills to use it across the 17 goals and 169 targets, the SDGs offer a strong affirmation of the need for the work that libraries do. IFLA has placed them at the heart of its Strategy, and in particular of its work to strengthen the global voice of libraries.

 

Strengthening the Voice of Libraries Regionally

Through the implementation process – both the annual High-Level Political Forum and in the work that takes place at the national and regional level in between – there are many opportunities to engage.

One of these are the five regional forums on sustainable development organised by each of the UN’s regional economic and social commissions, for Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Asia. The first of these takes place next week, on 24-27 February, in Victoria Falls Town, Zimbabwe.

At each of these, IFLA will be either holding side events, or using other opportunities to build understanding of how libraries can make the difference.  

In particular, the regional forums also provide a chance to engage with governments doing Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) this year. These see each country make a presentation on its work to deliver on the SDGs, and should be based on discussion with a wide range of stakeholders.

IFLA is working with members in almost all countries doing VNRs, encouraging them to use tools such as the Library Map of the World and Development and Access to Information Reports to ensure that the work – and needs – of libraries are mentioned.

 

 

Libraries Transform

Another reason why 2020 offers a particular opportunity comes in the fact that rather than focusing on specific SDGs, both the High Level Political Forum and the regional forums these meetings will look at all of them.

With only ten years left to achieve the SDGs, the UN has declared that there needs to be a Decade of Action, build on transformative actions and development accelerators. This makes it possible to underline the importance of cross-cutting drivers of development such as access to information.

Thanks to the work already carried out through the Development and Access to Information Report, and the stories featured on the Library Map of the World, libraries globally already have a strong evidence base for advocacy in this area.

Good luck in your advocacy!

 

Follow the IFLA website for more opportunities, and contact da2i@ifla.org for more information.

Extended Deadline — Satellite Meeting of IFLA Special Interest Group Environment, Sustainability and Libraries with Preservation and Conservation Section

IFLA - Thu, 20/02/2020 - 04:02

ENSULIB SIG and Preservation and Conservation are honoured to invite proposals for papers for satellite meeting in Cork, Ireland. The meeting takes place before the 2020 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Dublin, Ireland

Theme: "Environmentally inspiring and engaging buildings, research, education and library services"

Date: 12-13 August 2020

Venue: University College Cork, Ireland

Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group (ENSULIB) with Preservation and Conservation (P&C) Section invites LIS professionals and students to submit proposals for two-day satellite meeting to be held in Boole Library in University College of Cork, Ireland 12-13 August 2020. The theme for the meeting is “Environmentally inspiring and engaging buildings, research, education and library services”. IFLA WLIC 2020 will be held in Dublin, Ireland 15 - 21 August.

ENSULIB and P&C are proud to invite presentations that address any one or more of the following topics related to sustainability:

  • Research and education concerning environmentally sustainable libraries
  • Environmentally sustainable libraries and library services
  • Sustainable library and LIS projects, library programs or educational programs.
  • Libraries giving possibilities for users and citizens to create their own sustainable projects (user or citizen engagement)
  • Sustainable technologies for (digital and physical) library materials preservation and conservation. 

To keep the session vibrant and exciting two alternative styles of presentations are accepted: a presentation (15 minutes delivery) or the PechaKucha format (20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each for a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds).

Proposals must be submitted by 2nd March 2020 and selected presenters will be notified by 20th March 2020.

Proposals should be sent to:  

Harri Sahavirta, secretary, Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group
Email: harri.sahavirta@hel.fi

More information on the conference web page: https://libguides.ucc.ie/IFLA

Call for Papers — Satellite Meetings Local History and Genealogy joint with Asia and Oceania

IFLA - Wed, 19/02/2020 - 17:34

Theme: "Challenges and Opportunities for Genealogy, Local History and Regional Memory Fields in Libraries and Other Memory Institutions in a Highly Mobile Society"

Date

12-13 August 2020

Venue

The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Organizer

Local History and Genealogy Section joint with Asia and Oceania Section

Topic

Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions are moving from a reactive to a productive and participatory role. Though they continue to collect, preserve and support the use of historical documents and records, they also engage and participate in the production, publication, and active dissemination of new resources based on their collections serving as sites of knowledge retrieval. They have become centers of knowledge production, both in the material and the virtual world.

At the satellite meeting, we will focus on papers that discuss:

  • Innovative use of historical and genealogical collections
  • Collaborative work with historical and genealogical societies
  • Local History, Local Community and use of social technologies
  • Genetic genealogy and the promise of DNA
  • Responses to new demands from the well-informed users
  • Multi-ethnicity in local history and culture, avoiding more traditional nationalistic and regional perspectives

We encourage evidence-based practice and invite presentations and analyses of projects which can be of practical value to others.

Submissions in other formats than academic papers (such as reports, multimedia presentations and essays) are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (up to 250 words) and full author details is 31 March 2020.

Proposals should be sent to:

Laila Hussein Moustafa
Email: lhoussei@illinois.edu

Cherie Bush
Email: BushCD@familysearch.org

and

Takashi Nagatsuka
Email: nagatsuka-t@tsurumi-u.ac.jp

Important dates

31 March 2020: Deadline for submissions
15 April 2020: Notification of submitters
15 June 2020: The full paper due

The full paper is due on 15 June 2020. It should be an original submission not published elsewhere.

Call for papers and session complete description:  https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/local-history-and-genealogy-joint-with-asia-and-oceania/

 

 

Call for Papers — Open Sessions Public Libraries

IFLA - Tue, 18/02/2020 - 12:35

Public Libraries have been evolving to take their place as key community anchors to tackle the big issues in their local communities.  The core role of delivery of access to information, learning and story is still a vibrant one with the statistics showing that communities still visit their libraries in the thousands.  This evolving role also demands new skills and new directions from library staff, library managers and library programs.  Libraries now need to navigate areas of social work, community development, Youth development, and Public Health as well as supporting people to have some tough conversations to become more tolerant and supportive communities.  We want to have an in-depth conversation with library staff on this developing demand for libraries in their local communities and are seeking seven (7) minute lightning talks from libraries who are currently working through this role.

Libraries as community builders – what is your public library doing to develop staff to really build communities and connect them?

Libraries as inclusive community spaces for diverse populations – how is your library ensuring that it is welcoming and inclusive for all?  Decolonising the collection? Culturally diverse staff?  We want to hear what changes and skills building you are implementing.

Libraries as champions for the marginalised – how is your library approaching sections of your community that are excluded?  The homeless, the addicted, the refugees, the migrants.

Libraries delivering public health outcomes – how are you working across your community and public health partners to improve the public health of your communities?

If your library is positively responding to these issues and has implemented a program that works for the community, a training program that has helped your library staff, a partnership project that has really worked we want to hear from you.

Format

The session format will include a maximum of 7 invited speakers for the first hour.

We are looking for proposals for short presentations of 7 minutes length.  Typically, this means 7 presentation slides of 1minute each.  A longer paper that details the full outline of the library’s response to changing roles can be submitted and will be published.

The second component of the session will be a one-hour workshop to explore the changing roles of libraries and skills of staff needed to meet these new roles.  Presenters are expected to take part in the workshop.

Important Dates

23 March 2020: Proposal abstracts must be submitted

17 April 2020: Selected presenters will be notified

31 May 2020: Authors to submit Authors’ Permission Form

1 June 2020: Written papers due

7 August 2020: Presentation slides due

Submission Guidelines

Proposals must be submitted in English and include the following information:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Style of presentation
  • Abstract of the proposed paper (no more than 300 words)
  • Name(s) of presenters and positions and or titles
  • Employer or affiliated institution
  • Contact information including email address and telephone number
  • Short biographical statement of no more than 100 words
  • Note a willingness to comply with IFLA’s Authors’ Permission

 

Proposal abstracts to be submitted by 23 March 2020 via email to:

Jane Cowell
Email: jcowell@yprl.vic.gov.au

Please note:

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

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

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

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

Congress Participation Grants

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

 

Libraries’ Role as Core Cultural Services Highlighted in UN Text

IFLA - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 20:03

​The Declared Actions from the 10th meeting of the World Urban Forum, focusing on the role of culture and innovation in creating cities of opportunity, have underlined the contribution libraries can make to this goal as basic cultural services.

The World Urban Forum, which met for the 10th time in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 8-13 February with over 13000 people in attendance, is the premier global event for discussing how to create stronger and more sustainable cities and communities.

Organised by the UN Programme for Human Settlements – UN HABITAT – it brings together other UN and intergovernmental organisations, national and local governments, experts and civil society representatives from around the world. IFLA participated actively at the event, speaking in four different sessions.

With a focus this year on ‘Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation’, there was strong awareness at the Forum of the need to identify actions that can accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Culture and heritage are key areas for such actions, helping to build social capital, stimulate creativity, boost resilience in the face of change, and providing a source of experience and expertise. But for everyone to be able to contribute and benefit, everyone needs to have access to basic cultural services.

Crucially, the Declared Actions from the Forum underline that libraries are just such services, enabling local and regional governments to drive social, economic, environmental, political and cultural progress (paragraph 5).

This reference in a document emerging from such a major event is very welcome, and can be used by libraries and library associations in efforts to gain recognition as key players in both urban development and culture policies. Furthermore, it also makes it clear that libraries can be seen as part of the ‘offer’ necessary to achieve SDG1.4 for example – universal access to basic services.

IFLA strongly encourages its members to draw on this reference in your own advocacy, both with local governments and relevant national ministries.

Read more about IFLA's participation in the World Urban Forum.

IFLA Submits Comments on WIPO Artificial Intelligence Issues Paper

IFLA - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 12:59

IFLA has shared its comments on a draft issues paper prepared by the World Intellectual Property Organisation about artificial intelligence. These look to ensure that the case for copyright exceptions, the need for preservation, and the broader impact of new rights are all taken into account.

Artificial intelligence is the subject of more and more political attention around the world. With growing awareness of both its potential applications, and the risks that it can bring, there are calls for government intervention, both at the national and global levels.

While much of the focus on artificial intelligence comes from the ethical perspective – including in the library field – there are also potentially importance implications for intellectual property (IP) policy.

These come up throughout the life-cycle – from the possibilities to use copyrighted works to enable machine learning, to the possibilities to use IP to protect AI and what it produces, to the question of whether AI itself could be deemed a copyright holder, and to the implications of IP rules on people whose lives are affected by AI-powered decision-making.  

At least stage, there is an angle for libraries who have a mission both to help users carry out research, and a broader focus on supporting individual autonomy in an informed society.

The work of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to develop a broad understanding of the policy issues around AI is therefore welcome.

IFLA’s submission on WIPO’s draft issues paper looks to ensure that the final version – which will be the basis of a wider consultation – will provide enough opportunity for libraries, library users, and those who share library values to share their feedback.

We look forward to the next version of the paper.

You can download IFLA’s submission from our publications page.

IFLA Submits Comments on WIPO Artificial Intelligence Issues Paper

IFLA - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 12:59

IFLA has shared its comments on a draft issues paper prepared by the World Intellectual Property Organisation about artificial intelligence. These look to ensure that the case for copyright exceptions, the need for preservation, and the broader impact of new rights are all taken into account.

Artificial intelligence is the subject of more and more political attention around the world. With growing awareness of both its potential applications, and the risks that it can bring, there are calls for government intervention, both at the national and global levels.

While much of the focus on artificial intelligence comes from the ethical perspective – including in the library field – there are also potentially importance implications for intellectual property (IP) policy.

These come up throughout the life-cycle – from the possibilities to use copyrighted works to enable machine learning, to the possibilities to use IP to protect AI and what it produces, to the question of whether AI itself could be deemed a copyright holder, and to the implications of IP rules on people whose lives are affected by AI-powered decision-making.  

At least stage, there is an angle for libraries who have a mission both to help users carry out research, and a broader focus on supporting individual autonomy in an informed society.

The work of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to develop a broad understanding of the policy issues around AI is therefore welcome.

IFLA’s submission on WIPO’s draft issues paper looks to ensure that the final version – which will be the basis of a wider consultation – will provide enough opportunity for libraries, library users, and those who share library values to share their feedback.

We look forward to the next version of the paper.

You can download IFLA’s submission from our publications page.

Co-designing open access publishing infrastructures

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 12:41

WACREN (the West and Central African Research and Education Network), Coko (the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation) and EIFL invite you to join a one-day LIBSENSE workshop, ‘Co-designing collaborative free and open source open access publishing infrastructures’. 

The workshop, on 17 March, is co-located with the 6th Annual WACREN Conference, which takes place on 19 - 20 March 2020.

Co-designing open access publishing infrastructures

EIFL - FOSS news - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 12:41

WACREN (the West and Central African Research and Education Network), Coko (the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation) and EIFL invite you to join a one-day LIBSENSE workshop, ‘Co-designing collaborative free and open source open access publishing infrastructures’. 

The workshop, on 17 March, is co-located with the 6th Annual WACREN Conference, which takes place on 19 - 20 March 2020.

Co-designing open access publishing infrastructures

EIFL news and events - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 12:41

WACREN (the West and Central African Research and Education Network), Coko (the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation) and EIFL invite you to join a one-day LIBSENSE workshop, ‘Co-designing collaborative free and open source open access publishing infrastructures’. 

The workshop, on 17 March, is co-located with the 6th Annual WACREN Conference, which takes place on 19 - 20 March 2020.

Open access in Senegal

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 08:12
BACKGROUND

The EIFL Open Access Programme  began raising awareness about open access (OA) in Senegal in 2010 when, with our partner consortium, COBESS (Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal), we organized the first OA workshop in Dakar. The workshop brought together researchers, students, librarians, ICT staff and legal experts. 

Open access in Senegal

EIFL - FOSS news - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 08:12
BACKGROUND

The EIFL Open Access Programme  began raising awareness about open access (OA) in Senegal in 2010 when, with our partner consortium, COBESS (Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal), we organized the first OA workshop in Dakar. The workshop brought together researchers, students, librarians, ICT staff and legal experts. 

Open access in Senegal

EIFL news and events - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 08:12
BACKGROUND

The EIFL Open Access Programme  began raising awareness about open access (OA) in Senegal in 2010 when, with our partner consortium, COBESS (Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal), we organized the first OA workshop in Dakar. The workshop brought together researchers, students, librarians, ICT staff and legal experts. 

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