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IFLA President’s Message

სამ, 22/10/2019 - 13:05

Message from Ms Christine Mackenzie, IFLA President

 

Hello everyone,

I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself. I am based in Melbourne, Australia where I have lived most of my life. I have worked in public libraries for over 40 years and managed three different library systems. My involvement with IFLA started in the early 2000s, when I was a member and later chair of the Metropolitan Libraries Section. I was a member of the 2011 -13 IFLA Governing Board, and then 2015-17 as Treasurer and 2017-19 as President elect.

Since I have been President elect, I have been able to visit a number of countries in the Asia Oceania region – Singapore, Myanmar, India, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Fiji, and this time last year I was in Turkey. It has been a wonderful opportunity to meet so many passionate and dedicated librarians and I am continually inspired and energised by your work.

The role that librarians and libraries play in achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals is vital, there is nothing more important than working for a sustainable future. Climate change, poverty, hunger, inequalities such as the digital divide, with 40% of the world’s population still having no internet access, gender inequality, and the need to improve education – there is a lot to be fixed in our world. Through the work that we are doing in libraries we are making a difference to people’s lives. Let’s work together, we are IFLA!

 

Christine Mackenzie, FALIA

President, IFLA

 

 

The 39th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at WIPO

ორშ, 21/10/2019 - 14:48

From 18-19 October 2019, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) hosted an international conference on issues of copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives and museums.

Discussions with experts and professionals from the heritage sector, education and research came from around the world to discuss the need for exceptions and limitations to copyright.

We welcome the recognition by Member States of the urgency of a concrete plan of action to help libraries, archives and museums to preserve the heritage of humanity which has never been so threatened by conflict, the lack of means and global warming (floods, fire).

Following this meeting, WIPO today opens the 39th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) where Member States will meet to discuss various topics including copyright exceptions and limitations for LAMs.

The members of the IFLA team continue to make the voices of the libraries heard and to call for balanced legal instruments for both our institutions, and our partners in archives and museums.

Follow the discussions through the live webcast or our team on Twitter: Stephen Wyber and Camille Françoise. Read our note from the international conference as a pdf.

The 39th Standard Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at WIPO

ორშ, 21/10/2019 - 14:48

From 18-19 October 2019, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) hosted an international conference on issues of copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives and museums.

Discussions with experts and professionals from the heritage sector, education and research came from around the world to discuss the need for exceptions and limitations to copyright.

We welcome the recognition by Member States of the urgency of a concrete plan of action to help libraries, archives and museums to preserve the heritage of humanity which has never been so threatened by conflict, the lack of means and global warming (floods, fire).

Following this meeting, WIPO today opens the 39th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) where Member States will meet to discuss various topics including copyright exceptions and limitations for LAMs.

The members of the IFLA team continue to make the voices of the libraries heard and to call for balanced legal instruments for both our institutions, and our partners in archives and museums.

Follow the discussions through the live webcast or our team on Twitter: Stephen Wyber and Camille Françoise

Job opportunity at IFLA Headquarters: Web & IT Technician

ორშ, 21/10/2019 - 13:48

There is a vacancy at IFLA Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands for the position of:

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

At IFLA Headquarters an international staff of over 20 people manages and develops programmes for members and the library and information sector worldwide. IFLA’s strategic priorities include access to information, digital content, cultural heritage, the contribution of libraries to national development, and professional practice.

IFLA Headquarters
21 October 2019

Job opportunity at IFLA Headquarters: Web & IT Technician

ორშ, 21/10/2019 - 13:48

There is a vacancy at IFLA Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands for the position of:

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

At IFLA Headquarters an international staff of over 20 people manages and develops programmes for members and the library and information sector worldwide. IFLA’s strategic priorities include access to information, digital content, cultural heritage, the contribution of libraries to national development, and professional practice.

IFLA Headquarters
21 October 2019

Web & IT Technician

ორშ, 21/10/2019 - 13:42

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Headquarters is looking for a Web & IT Technician to join a dynamic international team working with volunteers worldwide.

Over the next ten years, IFLA aims to transform the library field and itself through concerted and coordinated efforts at the global, regional, and national level. The ultimate benefit of this work will be seen at the local level through better library services helping more people gain literacy, improve their education, find employment, improve their health, etc. IFLA has outlined a number of activities to initiate this transformation and a key to their success will be communication with members and others through a new IFLA website and other web related channels. Your contribution to a secure and stable IT environment within IFLA headquarters is an important enabler for this transformation.

Location

IFLA Headquarters is located in The Hague (next to The Hague Central Station) in The Netherlands.

Key areas of Responsibility

This position is part of the Communications Team. The Web & IT Technician will provide first/second line support for internal office users and diagnose and fix general computer issues. They will help support, on a day to day level, with the administration and maintenance of Windows servers, Linux servers, Office 365 and Windows 10 laptops. The Web & IT Technician will aid with testing of IT solutions and web developments as well as assist in web administration tasks such as uploading files, solving minor issues, and applying updates. The Web & IT Technician will assist with website developments, particularly from a front-end perspective, and the processing/reformatting of data used in website projects.

Qualifications and Experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher diploma in a relevant field, or equivalent experience;
  • Good written & verbal communications skills in English (with the ability to convey technical information clearly and effectively);
  • Basic knowledge of PC hardware setup and configuration, Windows and Linux Server administration and Active Directory;
  • Experience with Windows 10 and Office 365;
  • Experience with HTML, CSS, and PHP;
  • JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX (Desirable);
  • Experience with WordPress (Desirable);
  • Familiarity with databases – MySQL, MSSQL (Desirable);
  • Experience in working within an international NGO (Desirable).
Salary

The gross monthly salary offered will be commensurate with skills and experience, on a scale of EUR 2668 per month up to EUR 3147 for an ideal candidate. You will also receive a holiday allowance (8% of your annual salary), an end of year bonus and enjoy 25 days of holidays per year. You will also participate in IFLA’s group pension scheme.

Closing date

The closing date is 8 November 2019. Due to the high volume of applications we are expecting to receive, interested candidates are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

How to apply

Please send your CV including a motivation letter addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the position in English to vacancies@ifla.org. Only candidates with valid documentation to work in The Netherlands will be considered.

Web & IT Technician

ორშ, 21/10/2019 - 13:42

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Headquarters is looking for a Web & IT Technician to join a dynamic international team working with volunteers worldwide.

Over the next ten years, IFLA aims to transform the library field and itself through concerted and coordinated efforts at the global, regional, and national level. The ultimate benefit of this work will be seen at the local level through better library services helping more people gain literacy, improve their education, find employment, improve their health, etc. IFLA has outlined a number of activities to initiate this transformation and a key to their success will be communication with members and others through a new IFLA website and other web related channels. Your contribution to a secure and stable IT environment within IFLA headquarters is an important enabler for this transformation.

Location

IFLA Headquarters is located in The Hague (next to The Hague Central Station) in The Netherlands.

Key areas of Responsibility

This position is part of the Communications Team. The Web & IT Technician will provide first/second line support for internal office users and diagnose and fix general computer issues. They will help support, on a day to day level, with the administration and maintenance of Windows servers, Linux servers, Office 365 and Windows 10 laptops. The Web & IT Technician will aid with testing of IT solutions and web developments as well as assist in web administration tasks such as uploading files, solving minor issues, and applying updates. The Web & IT Technician will assist with website developments, particularly from a front-end perspective, and the processing/reformatting of data used in website projects.

Qualifications and Experience
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher diploma in a relevant field, or equivalent experience;
  • Good written & verbal communications skills in English (with the ability to convey technical information clearly and effectively);
  • Basic knowledge of PC hardware setup and configuration, Windows and Linux Server administration and Active Directory;
  • Experience with Windows 10 and Office 365;
  • Experience with HTML, CSS, and PHP;
  • JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX (Desirable);
  • Experience with WordPress (Desirable);
  • Familiarity with databases – MySQL, MSSQL (Desirable);
  • Experience in working within an international NGO (Desirable).
Salary

The gross monthly salary offered will be commensurate with skills and experience, on a scale of EUR 2668 per month up to EUR 3147 for an ideal candidate. You will also receive a holiday allowance (8% of your annual salary), an end of year bonus and enjoy 25 days of holidays per year. You will also participate in IFLA’s group pension scheme.

Closing date

The closing date is 8 November 2019. Due to the high volume of applications we are expecting to receive, interested candidates are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

How to apply

Please send your CV including a motivation letter addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the position in English to vacancies@ifla.org. Only candidates with valid documentation to work in The Netherlands will be considered.

IFLA at the International Conference on Exceptions and Limitations at WIPO

ხუთ, 17/10/2019 - 22:40

This Friday 18th October, the International Conference on Exceptions and Limitations at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) begins.

It will be an opportunity to deliver on the mandate given by Member States "to consider the opportunities and challenges provided by various international solutions including soft law, contractual/licensing and normative approaches, as appropriate".

IFLA will be there, encouraging stakeholders to deliver a concrete action plan that improves the situation for libraries.

This conference is a unique moment and a potential turning point for libraries, archives, and museums, which need the support of Member States in order to benefit from the legal means to continue their public service mission across borders.

By welcoming many experts from all over the world to specific thematic panels (libraries, archives, museums, education and research), the conference will hear about the experience and needs of a variety of cultural heritage institutions.

IFLA and its partners, Electronic Information for Libraries, the International Council on Archives, Society of American Archivists, International Council on Museums and Library Copyright Alliance will be present to support and promote the legal needs of libraries, archives, museums, education and research by highlighting the needs for international action, particularly on preservation issues.

You can view the conference programme online, and follow the webcasting and the IFLA team on Twitter: Stephen Wyber and Camille Francoise

 

Former IFLA Secretary General Peter Lor shares insights from his new book

ხუთ, 17/10/2019 - 16:21

During the 85th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2019 in Athens, Greece, several recent and forthcoming IFLA publications were presented by their authors and editors at the IFLA / De Gruyter Publication Series session. One of the books presented was Peter Lor’s International and Comparative Librarianship: Concepts and Methods for Global Studies. We sat down with him for a short interview on his work.

Peter Lor has been active in the LIS field since the 1960s and served as South Africa's first National Librarian, as well as IFLA Secretary General from 2005 – 2008.

His new book, the result of years of research, has a number of aims, including: to provide the first systematic overview of the field of international and comparative librarianship, to raise awareness of theory in other disciplines that can be applied in international and comparative librarianship, and to improve research in the field.  But also a more personal one:

   

My interest in international and comparative librarianship has a moral dimension. I believe that libraries and information agencies have a role in promoting international understanding, tolerance, and peace. I hope that this book can contribute to that.

The book also includes a conceptual framework and methodological guidelines for the field and covers the full range of international relations among libraries and information services. Particular attention is given to the international political economy of information, the international diffusion of innovations and policy in library and information services, and LIS development and international aid.  

Lor’s new book is part of the IFLA Global Studies in Libraries and Information Series, published in partnership with De Gruyter.

E-Lending, Embargoes and Equitable Access: Interview with Sari Feldman

ოთხ, 16/10/2019 - 13:34

The rules around library eLending are on the agenda again in the United States, following the decision by one publisher to impose limits on libraries' ability to give access to new books.

We interviewed Sari Feldman, past President of the American Library Association and currently a Senior Policy Fellow focusing on eBooks, about the situation.

1. Can you briefly explain the change in how Macmillan is working that has triggered this effort?

Many of the major publishers, referred to in the US as the Big 5, have changed or altered the terms of their eBook pricing and license agreement.  Macmillan is proposing that beginning November 1 they will decrease the price to $30 for a single initial copy of an eBook, which comes with perpetual access. But it will be ONLY after an eight-week embargo period that a library can purchase additional copies.  Those additional copies will be available for $60 per copy for a two year license.  Libraries are objecting to the embargo that denies equitable access to and use of eBooks.

 

2. Is Macmillan alone in doing this?

Macmillan is the only one of the Big 5 publishers with an embargo. Blackstone Audio, a distributer of digital audio, has embargoed selected new release audiobooks  for 90 days and Amazon has a permanent embargo on all original eBooks and Audible audio content.

 

3. Do you expect other publishers to follow suit?

We believe that it is important to have a clear and strong message opposing embargoes.  We do not believe, however, that other Big 5 publishers are considering a business model that includes an embargo.

 

4. What impact does this have on readers?

Limiting access to new titles for libraries means limiting access for readers most dependent on libraries, including people with the fewest resources to purchase new eBoooks on demand, people with disabilities, students and researchers needing easy access to review content from a variety of sources, and readers with limited access to library locations.  Macmillan is restricting equitable access and suppressing the ability of readers to discover new titles and authors through the library.

 

5. Where is the evidence of eLending harming sales or otherwise?

We have not seen data that supports Macmillan’s position.  Libraries pay for books and we do not believe that we suppress business growth for publishers or authors.  Public libraries alone spend more than $1.3 billion on their collection.  Ebook prices are extremely high for libraries and libraries often pay up to five times the retail price per title. Moreover, there is much less discussion about how libraries increase sales through many activities that are effectively free marketing for authors and their works.

 

6. Why does it matter so much that there is no embargo?

Libraries are critical to building readership at a time when reading is on the decline in the US.  Libraries promote literacy and reading for all ages.  Readers are attracted to eBooks and if libraries cannot get the content in the quantity needed to satisfy readers, excessive wait time will supress discovery and interest in eBooks.

 

7. How well does the licensing offer from publishers work for libraries?

Libraries are concerned about many aspects of publisher business models.  While limited term licensing is growing in popularity among the Big 5 publishers, libraries recognize that this model impacts affordability of content and the cost of managing collections when titles must be repurchased to maintain a backlist of author works.  Limited term licensing also impacts the preservation and archiving of digital content and the ability of libraries to maintain rich retrospective collections.

 

8. Is the current model of eBook lending in general sustainable?

We believe that the current models could be refined and result in a business plan that is more sustainable and more satisfying to all parties; publishers, authors and libraries.

We hope that there is an opportunity to come to the table and to design a better approach to eBook collections and the reading ecosystem.

 

9. What role do you see libraries playing in the eBook chain? Does this differ from the role they play in the traditional book chain?

Public libraries represent more than 16,000 essential outlets in communities across the nation.  While book stores are also important to building readership in communities and libraries work collaboratively with community bookstores, bookstores do not have nearly the penetration in the US and many communities do not have any bookstores. 

Libraries are critical to building and sustaining readership, creating discovery of new and midlist authors, and providing equitable access to readers most dependent on libraries.  Readers in remote locations,  those with the fewest resources and those with disabilities as mentioned previously rely on libraries for reading material.  Librarians are trained to provide readers advisory services and to support readers of all ages.  Equitable access is one of the core values of public libraries and must be preserved in the digital age.

 

10. What scenarios do you see for library eBook lending in 10 years? What will this mean for readers?

I believe that there is so much good will between libraries and publishers that we will weather this current challenge with Macmillan.  Publishers and libraries have the common goal of building and sustaining readers and authors are extremely supportive of and interested in having their books in libraries and receiving promotion through librarians, library social media and library programs. I truly believe that these efforts will help us to achieve new business models that will balance the cost-benefit between libraries and publishers and will help to not only sustain but to build the eBook industry.

 

Click in the image below for more details about ALA's #eBooksForAll campaign and how you can get involved:

Read more about IFLA's work around eLending.

Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019, Worldwide, 24-31 October

ორშ, 14/10/2019 - 19:09

Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week, commemorated annually, is a major occasion for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress achieved towards “MIL for All”.

UNESCO and GAPMIL are calling partners all over the world to promote Global MIL Week. Together with its Feature Events (International MIL and Intercultural Dialogue Conference and Youth Agenda Forum), Global MIL Week calls for local events around the world to promote MIL connections across disciplines and professions. 

An Alternative Route: Cooperation Leads to Better Conditions for Australian Libraries

ორშ, 14/10/2019 - 12:50

A lot of advocacy work focuses on trying to change laws in order to improve the situation for libraries. However, there can be alterantives to legal reform as a recent example from Australia shows.

IFLA interviewed Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association to find out more.

 

1. You’ve just announced two agreements – what do these cover?

The first addresses the grey area of copyright permission for storytimes held outside the library premises. Lots of libraries take storytime to festivals, community centres, neighbourhood gatherings, shopping centres – it’s a great way to reach out to families who may not have thought of using the library before. It’s the performance of 100% of an artistic work in a public space that’s not a library but authors and illustrators love the fact that their picture books gain this exposure, and publishers welcome the additional promotion, so we are all in agreement that it’s a very positive thing for the book industry.

The second agreement is one we like to call the Jolly Postman agreement, after the 1986 book The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. This agreement allows libraries to photocopy the removable inserts in activity picture books, so when (it’s always ‘when’, not ‘if’) they are lost by a junior member, the library can simply cut out new shapes for the next borrower. Again, there is no issue for creators or publishers. It’s in everyone’s interest that children can find full enjoyment in the picture book.

 

2. What will they mean for libraries in practical terms?

For storytimes, this simply takes away any doubt librarians may have had about whether events outside libraries were covered or not by existing copyright provisions. There will be little effect in practice, as libraries have regularly used storytimes as a fun form of outreach. With the Jolly Postman agreement, it may well mean that libraries which previously avoided purchasing picture books with inserts, these books will now be added to the acquisitions list.

 

3. Is there any precedent for these agreements?

This is the third agreement we have reached with Australian book industry partners. The first was in August 2016 when we agreed that libraries could use book cover images to promote books and authors without seeking special permission each time. Again, it was a commonsense approach to regularise something which benefited everyone.

 

4. Who has been involved, and what brought you together in order try and find a deal?

These initiatives have been made possible through strong and positive relationships between publishers, authors, booksellers and libraries. Our peak bodies have been meeting regularly since 2015 with the aim of finding ways to champion Australian writing, share insights and data, and generally promote books and reading.

 

5. Did you ever consider trying to follow a legal route in order to get results here?

Through the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee, we have achieved legislative reform in other areas, for example the same terms of copyright for published and unpublished works in 2017, and safe harbours in 2018, but when there are opportunities for simple industry agreements that are of mutual benefit to all parties, it’s a quick and easy way to solve relatively minor issues.

 

6. What was the hardest part of the conversations?

The word ‘copyright’. Content creators, publishers and libraries are so used to being adversaries in the copyright arena, that it took a little while for us to work through which areas of copyright we should put to one side, as we have different perspectives, and which ones we could bring to the table.

 

7. Have you seen any changes in attitudes or levels of understanding on each side?

The Australian Publishers Association and Australian Society of Authors were great to work with once we had identified the no-go areas – and I hope they would say the same about us. We meet two or three times a year now, and between us we run the highly success Australian Reading Hour in September each year. Another great example of collaboration for the benefit of all stakeholders.

 

8. How will it be possible to guarantee that the agreements will be followed?

The Australian Publishers Association covers almost all publishers operating in this country – and in any case, these agreements work for everyone, so there is no reason why someone wouldn’t honour them.

 

9. What do you think this means for future cooperation?

These agreements are part of a wider commitment to collaborate. They provide useful practical outcomes that demonstrate this unity of purpose to government and our members.

 

10. To what extent do you think that this experience is replicable in other jurisdictions?

We would urge libraries in any country to talk to their publishers, authors and booksellers, to see if they can work through those minor copyright irritations and come up with a better way forward for everyone. Where there is mutual and equal benefit, why wouldn’t it work?

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

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

ორშ, 07/10/2019 - 17:44

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

Guidelines in Vietnamese

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

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

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.

Now available: papers and presentations from WLIC 2019 satellite meeting

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

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.

And the Winner is Oodi!

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: