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Libraries Defending and Delivering on Fundamental Rights in Croatia and the United States

IFLA - სამ, 08/10/2019 - 12:51

IFLA has worked with FAIFE committee members from Croatia and the United States to prepare submissions for the Universal Periodic Reviews organised by the UN Human Rights Council.

Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) evaluate the human rights situation in UN Member States every 5 years, track changes and issue recommendations based on these assessments.

Stakeholder input plays a crucial role in this process, and interested parties can get involved by sending in information about important human rights developments in their fields. Their contributions are summarised in a stakeholder report - one of the key outcome documents of a UPR.

IFLA submissions to the UPRs in Croatia and the United States outline the experiences of libraries protecting and promoting human rights in their countries. They mark their achievements, discuss the opportunities and highlight the challenges that libraries face.

We sincerely thank Davorka Pšenica and Laurie Bridges for their work in collecting information and developing these submissions.

Croatia

IFLA’s submission for Croatia highlights the work of libraries to ensure better access to information – an integral part of intellectual freedom rights – for persons with disabilities and children in vulnerable situations; from bibliobuses to publishing books in accessible formats.

They also help to realise the educational and cultural rights of ethnic and linguistic minorities – for example, through a network of Central Minority Libraries, or by organising informal learning opportunities for Roma youth.

Read IFLA’s submission for the Universal Periodic Review in Croatia: [PDF - English]

United States of America

In its contribution focusing on the United States, IFLA highlights the work of American libraries to come up with new ways to bridge the digital divide, helping people realise their rights to education and access to information. Furthermore, a growing number of libraries have decided to abolish or limit overdue fees to expand access to knowledge and information, given the evidence of their potential negative effect on some groups.

Libraries are also taking on many roles which help promote people’s rights to health and access to public services: helping their users find medical or insurance information online, offering tax help, or collaborating with social workers to protect their most vulnerable users.

Read IFLA’s submission for the Universal Periodic Review in the United States of America: [PDF - English]

Read our blog to find out more about the UPR, why it matters to libraries, and how they can get involved!
You can also read a joint submission prepared by the Italian Library Association and IFLA for the Italian UPR review in April 2019.

Guidelines in Vietnamese

IFLA - ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 17:44

The School Libraries Guidelines are now available in Vietnamese. It's the 18th translation. 

Guidelines in Vietnamese

IFLA - ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 17:44

The School Libraries Guidelines are now available in Vietnamese. It's the 18th translation. 

Promoting Access to Knowledge and Information: WIPO Members Affirm Role in Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals

IFLA - ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 16:29

 

 

From 30 September to 9 October 2019, the General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization took place in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO is the United Nations agency responsible for copyright, as well as other intellectual property issues.

This event provided an overview of the Organization’s achievements, strategies and plans for the coming year. IFLA was present to support the needs and priorities of libraries around the world. 

The Marrakesh Treaty

Member States welcomed progress on the Marrakesh Treaty, which now has 88 states parties. This international instrument has enabled the creation and exchange of books in accessible formats for people with visual impairments.

IFLA welcomed the work already done on the exchange platforms and the support of the Accessible Book Consortium, but noted the ongoing need to ensure that the Treaty is implemented properly. 

Preparation of the international conference on exceptions and limitations

For several years, WIPO has been working on the issue of exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives, and museums, as well as education and research.

From 18 to 19 October 2019, an international conference on exceptions and limitations to copyright will be held with a view to discussing how best to meet the needs of these institutions. We hope to enable the development of international action to enable libraries to continue their public service missions on heritage conservation, access to research and information and dissemination.

The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) will follow the conference on exceptions and limitations. This committee examines questions of substantive law in the field of copyright and related rights, and will take decisions about next steps.

IFLA is committed to representing its members to member states, particularly on copyright laws for libraries, by promoting the importance of sustainable access to information in achieving development objectives.

Promoting Access to Knowledge and Information: WIPO Members Affirm Role in Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals

IFLA - ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 16:29

 

 

From 30 September to 9 October 2019, the General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization took place in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO is the United Nations agency responsible for copyright, as well as other intellectual property issues.

This event provided an overview of the Organization’s achievements, strategies and plans for the coming year. IFLA was present to support the needs and priorities of libraries around the world. 

The Marrakesh Treaty

Member States welcomed progress on the Marrakesh Treaty, which now has 88 states parties. This international instrument has enabled the creation and exchange of books in accessible formats for people with visual impairments.

IFLA welcomed the work already done on the exchange platforms and the support of the Accessible Book Consortium, but noted the ongoing need to ensure that the Treaty is implemented properly. 

Preparation of the international conference on exceptions and limitations

For several years, WIPO has been working on the issue of exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives, and museums, as well as education and research.

From 18 to 19 October 2019, an international conference on exceptions and limitations to copyright will be held with a view to discussing how best to meet the needs of these institutions. We hope to enable the development of international action to enable libraries to continue their public service missions on heritage conservation, access to research and information and dissemination.

The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) will follow the conference on exceptions and limitations. This committee examines questions of substantive law in the field of copyright and related rights, and will take decisions about next steps.

IFLA is committed to representing its members to member states, particularly on copyright laws for libraries, by promoting the importance of sustainable access to information in achieving development objectives.

Looking back at 20 years of EIFL

EIFL news and events - ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 15:45

“In an unprecedented initiative called ‘Electronic Information for Libraries’ (EIFL Direct), libraries in 39 countries will have access to a wealth of electronic full-text scholarly journals.” This announcement, by press release, marked the birth of EIFL 20 years ago, on 5 October 1999. 

Now available: papers and presentations from WLIC 2019 satellite meeting

IFLA - ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 15:45

Papers submitted to the Big Data satellite meeting in Frankfurt, 22 & 23 August 2019, are now availabe in the IFLA Library. The presentation slides of those, and other papers from the satellite meeting, are also available on the satellite meeting webpage. Please follow the Program link on https://sites.google.com/view/wlic2019-big-data.

Now available: papers and presentations from WLIC 2019 satellite meeting

IFLA - ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 15:45

Papers submitted to the Big Data satellite meeting in Frankfurt, 22 & 23 August 2019, are now availabe in the IFLA Library. The presentation slides of those, and other papers from the satellite meeting, are also available on the satellite meeting webpage. Please follow the Program link on https://sites.google.com/view/wlic2019-big-data.

Ethiopia adopts a national open access policy

EIFL news and events - პარ, 04/10/2019 - 17:31

In September, Ethiopia adopted a national open access policy for higher education institutions. EIFL guest blogger, Dr Solomon Mekonnen Tekle, librarian at Addis Ababa University Library, and EIFL Open Access Coordinator in Ethiopia, celebrates the adoption of the policy.

EIFL-OA features in report on Mexico event

EIFL news and events - პარ, 04/10/2019 - 14:44

Article title: Open Talk in Mexico Explores Strategies for Strengthening Universal Access to Research

Publication/media outlet: Mirage News

Date published: 4 October 2019

EIFL project/programme: EIFL Open Access Programme

Language of article: English

And the Winner is Oodi!

IFLA - პარ, 04/10/2019 - 04:16

There was a huge buzz in the room as  finalists in the 2019 IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year presented their stories. In addition to learning more about the inspirational short listed finalists we were also traeted to some displays of national pride.

Thw winner, Oodi  Helsinki Central Library was a popular winner and met all of the judging criteria to a very high degree. You can read more about it from the judges comments.  

The other finalists were also highly prasied, each contributing significantly to the list of libraries that have been nominated for this Award since its inception in 2014.

The other finalists were:

Congratulations to our IFLA WLIC 2019 Attendance Grant winners!

IFLA - ხუთ, 03/10/2019 - 12:06

Africa:  

Adetomiwa Basiru - Nigeria

Asia/Pacific

Fazelrabani Qazizai - Afghanistan

Latin America

Humberto Martinez Camacho - Mexico

Thank you to our sponsors: Sage and ExLibris

Recognising and Promoting Indigenous Languages in New Brunswick, Canada

IFLA - სამ, 01/10/2019 - 17:51

Our latest profile of a library offering dedicated services around indigenous languages and the communities that speak them comes from Patricia Knockwood, Indigenous Services Librarian at New Brunswick Public Library Service, Canada.

New Brunswick Public Library Service (NBPLS) provides library services within the traditional territories of the Peskotomuhkati, Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik. It consists of a network of 64 public libraries, an online branch and a provincial library services-by-mail. 

New Brunswick (NB) public libraries are unique in Canada as library services are free to all residents of the province, which includes First Nations. In addition, of the 15 First Nation communities, only one is more than 20 kilometres from an existing public library.

​The Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey-Peskotomuhkati languages are part of the Algonquian language family. As of the 2016 Census, there are 8,870 Mi’kmaq and 350 Wolastoqey-Peskotomuhkati speakers. Within the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, language revitalization efforts are being carried out done via methods like immersion programs, books published in the languages, and applications.

With the aid of our Indigenous Services librarian, NB public libraries have been incorporating Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati-Wolastoqey languages into library spaces, collections and services. For example:

  • Every public library entrance has a “Kulahsikulpon Pjila’si Welcome Bienvenue” sign that features artwork by Wolastoqiyik artist Samaqani Cocahq (Natalie Sappier).
  • Public library communications respect local Indigenous peoples and languages by using their words for their people and language rather than using the colonialized names.
  • The provincial online catalogue provides a featured search to easily find materials written in Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati- Wolastoqey.
  • Every public library provides access to Indigenous language materials for loan with a strong focus on Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati-Wolastoqey languages. These include titles published by New Brunswick First Nation education groups.
  • Public libraries promote Indigenous language materials via social media.
  • Some public libraries have worked with their municipalities to include the local indigenous language term for welcome on the library’s exterior signage.
  • Indigenous languages are incorporated into public library programs.  Recently, the provincial Summer Reading Club program featured a main character of a lobster whose name was Jakej (pronounced ja-getch), the Mi’kmaq word for Lobster.  Other examples include:  bilingual story times, word matching games, film screenings, and basic language learning sessions for the general public.   
  • NB public libraries offer a printed brochure in Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati-Wolastoqey, English and French languages.
  • Library staff have a glossary of key words (i.e. welcome, library, read, and book) in Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati-Wolastoqey languages that they can use when planning activities and events.
  • Public libraries are promoting International Year of Indigenous Languages through such activities as  multilingual story times, collection displays, guest speakers, and film screenings.

NB public libraries have a strategic plan for Indigenous library services that can be accessed here. Future initiatives include promotion of language learning apps and exploring ways of further incorporating Indigenous languages into library space.

Find out more about what libraries are doing to support indigenous languages and the communities that speak them. 

Copyright Webinar Series: Participate in National Implementation of the New Directive

LIBER news - სამ, 01/10/2019 - 11:41

Are you a librarian or academic? Want to make sure your country has copyright laws which benefit research? If so, join our webinar series on the Digital Single Market Directive. During three sessions on 22 October, 4 and 19 November, our Copyright & Legal Matters Working Group will share knowledge on the new Directive so…

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Libraries Act for the SDGs

IFLA - ორშ, 30/09/2019 - 17:40

​The Global Week of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comes to an end today. The week falls around the time of the anniversary of the agreement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda on 25 September 2015.

The 2019 edition has also coincided with the first United Nations General Assembly session focused on the SDGs since their agreement four years ago, as well as some relevant major international days for libraries, notably on peace (21 September) and access to information (28 September).

Libraries around the world have answered the call to show what they are doing for development.

In France, the French Libraries and the 2030 Agenda group engaged libraries across the country in an awareness raising drive. Producing cubes with each of the SDGs as a talking point, over 1300 libraries nationwide organised discussions, events and displays on the connection between libraries and the SDGs, including a visit from the Minister for Ecological and Social Transition.  

In Australia, libraries have worked from the local to the national level, succeeding in building understanding in government of their potential to deliver change. With the Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Summit last year, they took this message to the wider region. SDG Action Week was the opportunity for a round table of senior library leaders, in order to look at how the SDGs can be integrated in strategic planning for libraries.

In Canada, a community book distributor – GoodMinds.com – focused on the work it is carrying out to support the development of indigenous libraries as a key means of promoting education and equality in communities which are often at risk of disadvantage. In Egypt, the Egyptian Programme for Libraries, Information and Instructional Technology has been working to promote awareness of the SDGs in general.

These initiatives join the many others taken by libraries over the past years in order to raise awareness of the SDGs and the role of libraries in delivering them. You can find more examples on the SDG Stories page of IFLA’s Library Map of the World, as well as in the updates provided by participants in IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme.

We look forward to seeing more into the future!

See our blogs for Peace Day, the International Day for the Universal Access to Information, and the launch of the Global Sustainable Development Report.

Open Access Week 2019

EIFL news and events - ორშ, 30/09/2019 - 17:01

EIFL will celebrate Open Access Week 2019 by sharing stories about the impact of open access (OA) on the work of researchers and scholars in our partner countries. We are also sharing information about the many campaigns, workshops, exhibitions and seminars being organized in our partner countries to celebrate the week. OA Week is an annual, global event established by SPARC to raise awareness about OA and to call for OA to be the norm in scholarship and research. The theme of OA week 2019 is ‘Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge’. 

Join our Open Access Week 2019 celebrations!

EIFL news and events - ორშ, 30/09/2019 - 16:31

Open Access Week 2019 takes place from 21 to 27 October. EIFL will celebrate by sharing stories about the impact of open access (OA) on the work of researchers and scholars in our partner countries. We’ll also share information about the many campaigns, workshops, exhibitions and seminars that our partners are organizing to celebrate the week.

IFLA Strategy 2019-2024 now available in seven languages

IFLA - ორშ, 30/09/2019 - 15:15

Engagement by the global library field has been key to the development of the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024.  Continued and expanded contributions from the global library field will be key to its success.

IFLA bridges cultural differences across the library community and wider environment in which libraries operate in part through its commitment to multilingualism.  In this spirt, after its successful launch this past August in Athens, the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024 is now available in all seven official languages of IFLA: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

The Strategy gives new direction to the work of IFLA’s Professional Units and Headquarters. It also provides a reference point for anyone who cares about libraries and the people they serve to reflect on their own actions and look for possibilities for alignment.

Everyone has a role in building our future, no matter the location or language. The Strategy is not only a document to be read, but to be used.  Its success will be our success, but it depends on each of us to play our part. 

Share your actions, build your connections, and spread the word!

During October 2019 we will launch a dedicated platform for submitting your actions.

We need you to reflect on what actions you’re already taking or plan on taking that contribute to the goals of the Strategy, both individually and collectively. What can you do to share its message—and to inspire and engage others—just as you have been inspired and engaged?

Together, we can build a strong and united library field, powering literate, informed and participatory societies.

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

Stay tuned for the actions platform launch in October!

#WeAreIFLA

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Copyright podcast features EIFL’s Teresa Hackett

EIFL news and events - კვი, 29/09/2019 - 13:21

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, is the guest on the latest episode of Copyright Waffle, a podcast from the team at UK Copyright Literacy who aim to make learning about copyright fun and empowering. .

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