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Enhancing open science in West, Central Africa

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 08/04/2019 - 12:25

Libraries and regional and national Research and Education Networks (RENs) in West and Central Africa have endorsed a template for a Terms of Reference (ToR) for joint activities through which the library and REN communities can advance open science and open access in the region.

Training skills workshop for public librarians from Uganda and Zambia

EIFL - FOSS news - Mon, 08/04/2019 - 11:39

Fifteen public librarians from Zambia (11) and Uganda (4) will attend an EIFL training-of-trainers workshop to enable them to train their fellow librarians.

In addition to learning practical training and facilitation skills, the librarians will receive guidance in adapting training resources developed by the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) to suit their local contexts. The resources cover a variety of topics related to public library service innovation.

Training skills workshop for public librarians from Uganda and Zambia

EIFL news and events - Mon, 08/04/2019 - 11:39

Fifteen public librarians from Zambia (11) and Uganda (4) will attend an EIFL training-of-trainers workshop to enable them to train their fellow librarians.

In addition to learning practical training and facilitation skills, the librarians will receive guidance in adapting training resources developed by the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) to suit their local contexts. The resources cover a variety of topics related to public library service innovation.

Training skills workshop for public librarians from Uganda and Zambia

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 08/04/2019 - 11:39

Fifteen public librarians from Zambia (11) and Uganda (4) will attend an EIFL training-of-trainers workshop to enable them to train their fellow librarians.

In addition to learning practical training and facilitation skills, the librarians will receive guidance in adapting training resources developed by the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) to suit their local contexts. The resources cover a variety of topics related to public library service innovation.

Training skills workshop for public librarians from Uganda and Zambia

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 08/04/2019 - 11:39

Fifteen public librarians from Zambia (11) and Uganda (4) will attend an EIFL training-of-trainers workshop to enable them to train their fellow librarians.

In addition to learning practical training and facilitation skills, the librarians will receive guidance in adapting training resources developed by the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) to suit their local contexts. The resources cover a variety of topics related to public library service innovation.

AVAILABLE: The 2018 DuraSpace Annual Report

DSpace news - Fri, 05/04/2019 - 18:03

The 2018 DuraSpace Annual Report is now available with an overview of accomplishments, finances, and global membership. Download the Annual Report here.

With your support our organization took significant steps forward in 2018.

DuraSpace and the communities it serves are alive with ideas and innovation. Our team strives to meet the needs of the ever-expanding scholarly ecosystem that connects us all. Our international community of practitioners, strategic partners, and service providers continued to contribute to the growth, advances and adoption rate of DSpace, Fedora and VIVO in 2018. In addition, DuraSpace hosted services growth is lowering the barrier of entry for organizations who want to deploy open source technologies with the assistance of a not-for-profit. We are grateful for our community’s financial support, and for their engagement in the enterprise we share as we work together to provide enduring access to the world’s digital heritage.

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Libraries for Human Rights: IFLA Contributes to Italian UN Human Rights Review

IFLA - Fri, 05/04/2019 - 12:16

IFLA, working with the Italian Library Association, has provided input to the Universal Periodic Review of Italy at the Human Rights Council. The submission highlights the importance of access to information and education, as well as the rights of children, people with disabilities, refugees and migrants.

The United Nations’ Human Rights Council has a mission to monitor and encourage the respect of human rights around the world. As well as thematic reports, it also runs ‘Universal Periodic Reviews’ (UPRs).

These serve to look, in depth, at how countries are doing in respecting the conventions and declarations that make up human rights law. On the basis of a report, compiled based on contributions by countries, stakeholders and experts, a hearing takes place and recommendations are made.

You can read more about the UPR process in our blog.

It will be Italy’s turn to have a review later this year. IFLA has therefore worked with the Association of Italian Libraries, to prepare a contribution. Particular thanks go to Enrica Manenti, member of the IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression.

The comments highlight the importance of the presence of libraries in all parts of the country in order to support access to information and education.

It highlights challenges around censorship, notably the Todi case where a librarian resisted efforts to move books discussing gender ambiguity from the children’s to the adults’ section of the library. She was forced to change jobs because of her actions.

It also underlines concern about efforts to reduce funding for organisations which help refugees and migrants, which may well hit libraries.

At the same time, there are many positive examples of Italian libraries helping to deliver human rights through dedicated programmes and actions.

IFLA looks forward to next steps, and will continue to engage on Universal Periodic Reviews where possible.

Read the submission.

LIBER Webinar: Library Carpentry – Teaching Data Science Skills & Upcoming Instructor Training

LIBER news - Fri, 05/04/2019 - 09:42

Nearly all academics use research software and 69% say their research wouldn’t be practical without it. As the use of technology in research increases, libraries have a new and essential role to play. With appropriate training, libraries can effectively support the data science needs of their researchers. This is critical for the development of Open…

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ARLIS UK & Ireland - Conference 2019

IFLA - Fri, 05/04/2019 - 00:54

ARLIS UK & Ireland 50th Anniversary Conference
University of Glasgow
15-17 July 2019

In 1969 a group of committed art librarians founded the Art Libraries Society UK & Ireland. 50 years later ARLIS continues to advocate and innovate for arts libraries and their users. Celebrate 50 pioneering years, and discover how art libraries continue to innovate, by joining us at the ARLIS UK & Ireland Conference 2019 in the dynamic city of Glasgow. 

Key conference themes will include:

  • Critical librarianship and decolonising the curriculum
  • Digital librarianship and engaging with new audiences
  • Information skills training and development

To learn more you are welcome to visit the conference website, that includes the draft conference programme, booking links, travel and accommodation information, and a guide to Glasgow, one of Time Out's Top 10 Cities in the World 2019.

IFLA Releases Statement on Open Access in Intergovernmental Organisations

IFLA - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 21:37

Intergovernmental Organisations both shape the policies and priorities of governments, and inform the international debate. By going making their publications freely – and meaningfully – available to all, they can support participation and set an example to all.

Intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs) exist in almost all policy areas, not least those which matter most to libraries, such as education, culture, science, copyright and development.

Alongside key treaties, declarations and programmes, they produce key research reports and data which both supports their own decision-making, and that of their members. This work is of course paid for, primarily, by public money.

When these publications are behind paywalls, or only available in a very restricted form (for example, view-only, and without search functionality), they cannot contribute fully to public debate.

This means not only that library users are unable to use works produced with their money in their own research and advocacy (unless their library is in a position to purchase it), but also that it is not possible to view the evidence used to come to important policy decisions.

Furthermore, it is a missed opportunity to set a good example to individual governments and other actors producing research which could benefit society.

IFLA’s new statement on Open Access in Intergovernmental Organisations underlines the case for making publications by IGOs truly Open Access. To achieve this, it calls on the Member States of these Organisations to recognise the importance of effective dissemination, and to support it effectively.

It also underlines the need for the IGOs themselves to use simple and consistent licensing practices in order to facilitate the work of librarians working to give access to their works.

Read the statement.

AVAILABLE: The 2018 Fedora Annual Report

DSpace news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:29

The 2018 Fedora Annual Report is now available with an overview of accomplishments, achievements, members, progress, and events. Download the Annual Report here.

2018 was a year of accomplishments as the Fedora community delivered on key technical goals while expanding international membership and working together to design and execute a strategic plan.

The technical roadmap for 2018 included two primary goals: finalize the Fedora API specification and release Fedora 5.0, which represents the alignment of the software application with the API specification. Thanks to the support of the Fedora community, we were able to accomplish both of these goals by the end of the year.

We achieved tremendous international membership growth in 2018, with seven new DuraSpace members in support of Fedora from outside the United States. These new international memberships are the result of strategic outreach and engagement efforts, including support for international Fedora user group meetings, workshops and training camps, and representation for Fedora at international conferences and events.

While we accomplished great things in 2018, there is still plenty of work to do in 2019 and beyond. According to Robin Ruggaber, incoming Chair of the Fedora Leadership Group, “In 2019, the LG will focus initially on completion of a comprehensive roadmap which will support the completion of the Fedora API framework and tested implementations but will also chart the course for other aspects of the community of vital importance to the product. This work is essential to achieving objectives in communication, marketing, fundraising, and community expansion.”

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2019 EIFL General Assembly

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:40

Representatives of EIFL partner consortia and EIFL staff will travel to Biskek capital of Kyrgyzstan for the 2019 EIFL General Assembly (GA), EIFL’s major knowledge-sharing event of the year.

This year’s GA is hosted by the American University of Central Asia, a non-profit non-profit higher education institution also known as AUCA.

During the three-day event, representatives of EIFL partner consortia will share their achievements, challenges and hear updates from EIFL programme managers on developments in their specialist areas.

2019 EIFL General Assembly

EIFL - FOSS news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:40

Representatives of EIFL partner consortia and EIFL staff will travel to Biskek capital of Kyrgyzstan for the 2019 EIFL General Assembly (GA), EIFL’s major knowledge-sharing event of the year.

This year’s GA is hosted by the American University of Central Asia, a non-profit non-profit higher education institution also known as AUCA.

During the three-day event, representatives of EIFL partner consortia will share their achievements, challenges and hear updates from EIFL programme managers on developments in their specialist areas.

2019 EIFL General Assembly

EIFL news and events - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:40

Representatives of EIFL partner consortia and EIFL staff will travel to Biskek capital of Kyrgyzstan for the 2019 EIFL General Assembly (GA), EIFL’s major knowledge-sharing event of the year.

This year’s GA is hosted by the American University of Central Asia, a non-profit non-profit higher education institution also known as AUCA.

During the three-day event, representatives of EIFL partner consortia will share their achievements, challenges and hear updates from EIFL programme managers on developments in their specialist areas.

Electronic Information for Science and Progress

EIFL - FOSS news - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:16

Rima Kupryte, EIFL Director, is to attend the international Electronic Information for Science and Progress conference.

The conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of ‘Martynas Mažvydas’ National Library of Lithuania, which is also the conference venue.

Electronic Information for Science and Progress

EIFL news and events - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:16

Rima Kupryte, EIFL Director, is to attend the international Electronic Information for Science and Progress conference.

The conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of ‘Martynas Mažvydas’ National Library of Lithuania, which is also the conference venue.

Electronic Information for Science and Progress

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:16

Rima Kupryte, EIFL Director, is to attend the international Electronic Information for Science and Progress conference.

The conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of ‘Martynas Mažvydas’ National Library of Lithuania, which is also the conference venue.

Electronic Information for Science and Progress

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:16

Rima Kupryte, EIFL Director, is to attend the international Electronic Information for Science and Progress conference.

The conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of ‘Martynas Mažvydas’ National Library of Lithuania, which is also the conference venue.

First SDG Book Club Selection Available

IFLA - Tue, 02/04/2019 - 22:36

The first selection from the SDG Book Club, in all official UN languages, is now online. This offers an excellent starting point to get discussions going around SDG 1 – No Poverty.

Libraries are excellent places to engage people with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), even from a young age. Indeed, it is important that the leaders of the future grow up with an awareness of the issues facing our world, and the motivation to tackle them.

This is the mission of the SDG Book Club, launched by the United Nations, in partnership with IFLA, the International Publishers Association, the European and International Booksellers Federation, the International Board on Books for Youth and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The Book Club provides a short list of books in each of the UN’s official languages as a starting point for getting children aged 6-12 to think about the themes included in the SDGs.

The first selection focuses on SDG 1 – No Poverty.

IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón said:

Books have been at the heart of so many major developments, and I believe they can be at the heart of the fundamental change necessary to achieve the SDGs. The SDG Book Club is not only an opportunity to celebrate great and inspiring stories, but also to reflect on the importance of books – and the access to them that libraries provide – in making progress for all mankind.

Getting Involved

This is just the first selection – each SDG will be covered in turn, one a month.

We encourage libraries to get involved by organising their own book clubs, making displays or in other ways. The books in the selection are only an indication, and libraries (and their users!) should feel free to use the books they want in order to tackle the issues.

More information and materials are available on the SDG Book Club website.

A Unique Role - A Real Need: Libraries, Archives, Museums and Exceptions to Copyright

IFLA - Tue, 02/04/2019 - 16:59

Through two events at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, IFLA helped explore the indispensable – and undisputed – role of exceptions and limitations in achieving the public interest mission of libraries.

Copyright is often highly politicised, with discussions risking being reduced to a conflict between ‘big tech’ and ‘big content’.

Yet behind this, there is general consensus on the importance of exceptions and limitations, with the only contention being around their extent and form.

Two events, in the margin of the 38th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, offered scope to explore these issues.

 

Beyond Clichés: Building a Realistic View of the Role of Copyright Exceptions

A balanced copyright system requires both rights, and exceptions to rights in order to work.

This implies, importantly, that while licences are essential for gaining access and some uses of works, especially in a digital age, they are not suitable for certain materials and certain uses.  

Presenters underlined both the role that exceptions play in allowing for non-commercial uses of works, such as preservation or lending, and the limits of licensing as an answer to copyright issues.

They also explored the value of work at WIPO in response to the growing need for solutions to cross-border uses of works.

 

A Unique Situation: The Case of Archival Collections

Archival works often consist of documents and other materials which were never created for commercial purposes, where, often, it is not even clear who the rightholder is, and where collections can be spread across borders.

This creates significant problems, given the obligations that copyright places on anyone wanting to preserve or use such works (subject to ethical considerations), despite the lack of harm that this would cause.

Speakers highlighted the need for exceptions and limitations with cross-border effect as the only viable solution. Extended collective licensing, while it can work in certain circumstances, is not appropriate for archival material.

In the meanwhile, discussions about exceptions and limitations in formal session at WIPO will start tomorrow.

Read about IFLA’s plans for SCCR.

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