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Librarians, Your Profession Needs You to Advocate for Libraries & Research!

LIBER news - სამ, 30/07/2019 - 13:38

Are you a research librarian working in Europe? If so, you have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape your national copyright legislation. Speak up for libraries and research so that your library benefits from new activities and services. If you don’t, your library’s ability to serve users could be unnecessarily restricted. This unique situation stems…

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

IFLA - ორშ, 29/07/2019 - 16:11

Dear friends,

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

Hope you have enjoyed it so far.

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

Thank you and have a great week ahead!

Happy Reading! 

With warmest regards,

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

Upcoming E4GDH webinar: Librarians are Essential - Advocating for a Seat at the Table

IFLA - კვი, 28/07/2019 - 18:08

In our next E4GDH webinar (Thursday 8 August with 9.00 – 9.50 a.m. EDT), Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Dr. Lenny Rhine will be discussing practical examples from across the globe of what library and information specialists are doing in the areas of advocacy, and in particular how these examples can be modelled for advocacy of libraries’ roles in disaster situations.

Please see our Events page for more information, including the webinar time where you are and how to register. 

Open Access Books in Academic Libraries: How Can We Adapt Workflows & Cost Management to an Open Scholarly Communications Landscape?

LIBER news - პარ, 26/07/2019 - 12:49

It is an exciting time for those working with the publishing of academic books. The topic of Open Access (OA) books is being widely discussed in many workshops and conferences, and there is growing recognition that scholarly output formats beyond academic journal articles must be included when discussing OA policies, funding and workflows. Building on…

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OA Monographs in Europe’s Research Libraries: Best-Practices, Opportunities & Challenges

LIBER news - პარ, 26/07/2019 - 12:49

Over 80% of surveyed LIBER libraries say they distribute Open Access (OA) books via a repository and include them in discovery services or catalogues. A further 40% publish OA books, or plan to do so, and a quarter provides library funding to pay author fees related to OA book publishing. These are among the insights…

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IFLA World Library and Information Congress host city for 2020 – Dublin

IFLA - პარ, 26/07/2019 - 05:00

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, 26 July 2019—

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Library Association of Ireland announce that the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2020 will be held in Dublin, Ireland from 15 – 21 August 2020.

Following the decision in April to postpone Auckland as a WLIC host city to 2022, IFLA undertook a process to identify a new location. The IFLA Governing Board deeply appreciates the efforts of the library associations and cities who quickly investigated possible venues and sponsorship opportunities in order to submit bids.

Given the exceptional circumstances and short timeframe, Dublin’s bid offered an appealing experience for delegates in an outstanding venue.

“We look forward to welcoming IFLA and international delegates to Ireland for the first time” said President of the Library Association of Ireland, Marian Higgins. IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner, said “Dublin is a historic and literary city and with the enthusiasm of the National Committee, all signs point to an excellent congress in an exciting location.”

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Koha Community Announcement - Kohacon20

IFLA - ხუთ, 25/07/2019 - 09:16

Kia ora koutou katoa

We are thrilled to announce that in 2020, and to celebrate the 21st birthday of Koha Library Management Software, Kohacon20 will be held in Wellington, New Zealand. Kohacon is the annual conference of the global Koha community of librarians, libraries, developers and support companies. All are welcome.

The main conference days are booked in at the beautiful new NZ National Library auditorium, Kaiwhanga Kauhau, with following workshop days at held at Catalyst IT. Please see the website here https://2020.kohacon.org/ and follow @nzkoha or the Koha mail list for updates https://koha-community.org/support/koha-mailing-lists/. There is no conference fee, your presence is present enough.

Any initial conference enquiries can be sent to: kohacon2020@catalyst.net.nz

For those who are new to Koha, it is an open source library management system, first developed in New Zealand for the Horowhenua Library Trust. Now used by all kinds of libraries large and small around the world, Koha is a global success story for international library collaboration. It is translated into 40+ languages, and supported by dozens of vendors. Koha is believed to be the most installed library management system in the world.  For further information visit https://koha-community.org/

Kia pai tō ra

Kathryn, on behalf of the NZ Koha community and Catalyst IT.

Kathryn Tyree // Project and Account Manager - Libraries Catalyst IT  Limited https://www.catalyst.net.nz/

DDI // +64 4 803 2414

kathryn@catalyst.net.nz

Message from Sanjay K Bihani, Chair IFLA-RSCAO (2017-2019)

IFLA - ხუთ, 25/07/2019 - 09:04

Dear colleagues,

It gives me immense pleasure to address you through our section e-newsletter once again.

Time flies and my tenure as Chair of IFLA-RSCAO come to an end by August 2019. I served the section in different capacities as Member, Sub Regional Convener for South Asia, Secretary and Chair during 2007-2019. However, I will be continuing as a member of RSCAO till 2023 and working with you all for the section.

We had a very fruitful mid-term meeting in Manila during March 2019. Thereafter, we had elections for SC membership as well as elections for new Chair and Secretary for the section. Several new members will be joining us in RSCAO.  I welcome them all. I also congratulate the new Chair and Secretary of RSCAO which will be announced during our first SC meeting at Athens, Greece.

I have the privilege to participate in a workshop “Introducing IFLA’s new Strategic Framework, and collaborating on action plans in support of the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024” on 12-13 June 2019 at The Hague, Netherlands as the incoming Chair of IFLA-Division V. It was very fruitful gathering.

I would like to thank Tina, RSCAO Secretary, Lin Li, Regional Manager and all colleagues of RSCAO and Regional Office for their invaluable support for the section. I will be joining IFLA Governing Board during WLIC IFLA 2019 at Athens and continue serving you all  in my new role as Chair of IFLA –Division V (Regions) which also includes Asia and Oceania Section. Therefore, I will need your continued support and contributions.

Wish you all the best and see you all in Athens.

Sanjay K Bihani

Chair, IFLA-RSCAO (2017-2019)

SANJAY K. BIHANI, CHAIR OF IFLA-RSCAO IS APPOINTED AS A MEMBER OF NEXT IFLA GOVERNING BOARD (2019-2021)

IFLA - ხუთ, 25/07/2019 - 08:56

Sanjay Kumar Bihani is recently elected and appointed as Chair of IFLA-Division V (Regions) covering regions of Africa, Asia & Oceania and Latin America and Caribbean and a Member of IFLA Governing Board and IFLA Professional Committee for 2019-2021. He will take up his new role during World Library and Information Congress of IFLA 2019 at Athens, Greece during 24-30 August 2019. He is currently serving as Chair of IFLA - Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania (RSCAO) and Secretary of IFLA - Division V (Regions) for 2017-2019.

Sanjay’s involvements in international librarianship and leadership roles are associated with IFLA for more than 15 years having participated in almost all IFLA Conferences since 2005. He earlier served as Secretary of IFLA-RSCAO (2015-2017) as well as Secretary and Chair of IFLA-Government Libraries Section (2011-2015). He is also a SC Member of IFLA-Government Information and Official Publications Section and Asia and Oceania Section for 2015-2023. He took part in IFLA’s Global Vision Project and workshops as an IFLA Officer during April 2017 in Athens, Greece and during March 2018 in Barcelona (Spain). In June 2019, he participated in the first ever IFLA professional units Action Planning Workshop at The Hague, Netherlands as the incoming Chair of IFLA – Division V.

He also served as Member of IFLA-Copyrights and Legal Matters (CLM) Committee during 2007-2011 and participated as a Member of Expert Group in an IFLA-FAIFE International Workshop in Dubai during 2007.  He was a Member of IFLA Delegation at Internet Governance Forum (IGF) during 2008 and a Member of the Working Group of IFLA Committee on Standards for developing Standards Manual during 2013-2015. He was a Keynote Speaker at the Government Librarians’ conference in Athens, Greece during June 2014 and 2nd Lebanese Library Association Conference during May 2018. He was Editorial Committee (EC) Member of IFLA Journal for 5 years during 2008-2013.

During the last 30 years, he worked with the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India and served in New Delhi as well as on diplomatic assignments at Indian Diplomatic Missions in Bangladesh, Nepal and United Kingdom.  He also served with the High Commission of India in Dhaka (1994-1997), Embassy of India in Kathmandu (2000-2003) and High Commission of India in London (2010-2013).

He travelled widely and has visited Canada, Japan, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Seychelles, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA on various professional assignments.

Note from IFLA Regional Office

IFLA - ხუთ, 25/07/2019 - 08:50

Dear friends and colleagues,

We have already passed half of 2019 and many events have taken place. Colleagues have come and left. It is the end of the current term but new friends have joined us in the coming term.

We would like to appreciate our friends who had contributed much of their time, efforts and professionalism. We look forward to you continuing to send us more news and updates.

Cheers and have a great time reading!

Soh Lin Li

Manager, IFLA Regional Office for

Asia and Oceania

 

Call for Participation: Survey on “How to Get our Voices Heard at IFLA”

IFLA - ხუთ, 25/07/2019 - 08:41

Dear colleagues from Asia, Oceania,

            We invite you to participate in the research titled "How to Get our Voice Heard at IFLA?", which is being conducted by members of IFLA Regional Division V including Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Africa, Asia and Oceania (A&O) Sections with the objective of identifying strategies to increase the number of members from our region at IFLA decision making position and in its activities and congresses.

Specifically, we seek to investigate the perception that professionals in the regions involved have so much about the needs, problems and difficulties they face to participate in IFLA, as well as their suggestions, ideas and contributions that can subsidize future actions and strategies that may be created by them.

The data collected are confidential. No individual responses or name of the participant will be disclosed.

Your participation is critical to the development and success of our research.

We, the researchers responsible for this study, commit ourselves to clarifying any questions that the participant may have before, during and after the research, through the following contacts:

Sueli Mara Ferreira, Division V

sueli.ferreira@gmail.com

Sanjay K. Bihani, A&O Section

sanjaykbihani@gmail.com

Rosemary Shafack, Africa Section

roshafack@gmail.com

Ana Maria Talavera,  LAC Section 

anatalavera215@gmail.com

The link to answer the questionnaire is  http://bit.ly/2JDyzdC.

The survey is open until July 30, 2019.

We would appreciate your attention and contributions.

SUELI MARA SOARES PINTO FERREIRA, PhD

Full Professor Senior, Graduate Program in Information Science - University of São Paulo, Brasil 

IFLA Governing Board Member

IFLA Regional Division V Chair (África, Ásia and Oceania, América Latina and the Caribbean)

IFLA Professional Committee Member

IFLA Library Development Advisory Committee Member 

FEBAB, Copyright and Open Access Brazilian Committee Chair

Email: sueli.ferreira@gmail.com  

Cel: +55-11-971005819

 

The 1st Executive Board Meeting of CONSAL XVIII, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 – 22 June 2019

IFLA - ხუთ, 25/07/2019 - 08:36

Cambodia is very pleased to become the host of the 18th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL). It is the first time that the country hosted CONSAL since its interception in 1970. The leadership team of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MCFA) strongly supports the National Library of Cambodia and the Cambodian Library Association in hosting this important regional library event.  

On 21-22 June 2019, Cambodia held the 1st Executive Board Meeting of CONSAL XVIII. There were around 80 participants, including the Executive Board members of the 10 ASEN countries, prominent librarians in the country and leadership members of MCFA, attended the meeting. The meeting was opened by the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts.

The meeting aimed to prepare for the organization of the CONSAL XVIII conference, to share the progress of libraries and librarianship in each country and to find ways to promote better collaboration among libraries in the region. It was a productive meeting. The participants were very engaging. As a result of the meeting, the board members chose “Libraries for all: Opportunities for Change” as the theme of the CONSAL XVIII. They also decided to pick Siem Reap as the conference site in 2021. One of the important agenda’s items discussed was whether or not CONSAL should be under the umbrella of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The board members agreed that it will be a good idea to make CONSAL be part of ASEAN. But before doing that, the board members planned to strengthen CONSAL by reviewing its constitution and commit to comply with it. On another important agenda’s item, the board members also planned to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of CONSAL by organizing various activities as an individual country and as the region. The celebration will begin at the beginning of 2020 and end at the CONSAL XVIII Conference in middle of 2021.

The Future of Libraries Conference held at IIM Bangalore from 26 - 28 February 2019

IFLA - ხუთ, 25/07/2019 - 07:09

Never in the history of librarianship has the future of libraries been discussed as it is in the current era. Premature obituaries were nothing new in every period on the demise of libraries ever since technology permeated into our lives. Adding to this narrative, the literature, and discourses replete with ideas and frameworks on how libraries are repositioning or negotiating their space within institutions to reclaim the central position to attract funds to strengthen their infrastructure and resources.  

This conference was organized to address some of the fundamental issues about the redefinition of the role of libraries in the digital domain and attempt to narrow down the narratives on how libraries are transforming themselves to be relevant to the journey of learning, evolving cultures and improving human lives. As libraries are representatives of culture and advancement of society, this conference included public library systems.

“Technology, and abundance of information, and ubiquity of the internet have a  substantial impact on contemporary libraries everywhere in the world. Response to these challenges is critical for the survival of libraries and to the profession of librarianship. The theme of the conference was crafted to collapse these narratives on extinction, rebranding, and repositioning of the libraries holistically and highlight their contribution to the journey of learning, research and improving human lives,” said Dr. Rama Patnaik, Conference Chair and Librarian, IIM Bangalore.  The conference had 13 invited lectures, two panel discussions, two workshops and 17 contributors’ presentations.

A video message of Prof G Raghuram (Director, IIMB) was played where he welcomed all the participants and hoped the invited speakers, delegates, publishers and the library professionals would have a fruitful discussion on the ubiquity of digital content and declining footfalls in the library.  Prof. Abhay K Ojha, Dean of Academic Programmes in his inaugural speech called for quick transformation of libraries. As he foresees the dominance of IT professional in facilitating access to the content and in an increasingly digitally dominated libraries, access to eBooks, journals and data is no more exclusive to the physical premises of the library.

Dr. Kishor Chandra Satpathy, Chief Librarian, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and co-host of the conference proposed the vote of thanks.

A panel discussion on the future of academic and research libraries with panelist drawn from the spectrum of stakeholders in the information landscape discussed some critical issues confronting the academic and research libraries. Technologies, Open access, repositioning, and rebranding the nature of activities that appeal to the stakeholders and other opportunities are identified as core issues that mandate the immediate attention of the professionals.  The panel discussion was moderated by N V Sathyanarayana Chairman and  Managing Director of Informatics Pvt Ltd. The other panelists in the discussion comprised Prof. Shalini Urs, Dr. Marshall Breeding, Dr. Nishtha Anil Kumar, Dr. B M Meera, and Dr. Naveen Bharathi.  In his opening remarks, he navigated through various stages /phases of the profession and library development. He focused on certain burning issues of A&RL, especially on the digital chit, repositioning to bridge the gap in recruiting new roles and functions, open access movement and entity as convenience space provider to rebrand it given the changing roles.  

Libraries must absorb the challenges of IT to maintain identity. It is a manifested statement of whether libraries become subordinate to IT centers/departments raised earlier on the inaugural speech. Like in the case of banks, IT center should exist to serve within libraries. What probably required is IT embedded libraries wherever necessary and embedded IT professionals. On the question of re-positioning and rebranding challenges, Dr. Marshall felt that branding is not critical, and it takes a lot of time. The brand libraries books and the perception gap between users and librarians about libraries are more transitory as libraries are preserved better than classrooms and teachers in mindshare. Libraries are even more trusted world over for their information than many others. Prof Shalini Urs are critical on the restraining role of Institutional Repositories as compared to the article sharing sites.  IRs are unable to foster research collaboration and restricted itself to fulfilling the archival objectives and consolidation of the internal intellectual output of the institution.

Interestingly, IRs are not librarians’ initiatives but thrust on them as no takers (including IT center) in the Institutions. From a researcher perspective, Dr. Naveen Kumar endorsed the role of IR in archiving rather than discovering potential collaborators, and unlike IRs, article sharing sited enhance visibility in terms of digital footfalls.  He also mentioned about the diminished role of libraries driven by the pedagogy of academics, especially when students are flooded with course packs and reading lists.  On the issue of LIS education system, she said, that to meet the needs of future libraries LIS schools should be merged with other disciplines such as computer science, and management departments, and a national level common LIS curriculum is much needed.

Archiving, curation, and management of data are gaining traction in recent times in scholarly communication.  As research is extensively getting data-intensive in several areas of science, science, a term used for data-intensive research and discovery is becoming popular as the fourth paradigm in Science.  The culture of sharing data needs to be initiated at an Institutional level as misconceptions on curating research data still prevail in social science and humanities. As data is not traditionally curated by libraries and largely done by the researchers themselves. Both the research librarians in the panel asserted that the emergence of new roles and responsibilities in research libraries with the absence of any formal course offered by the LIS schools.  And Librarians are learning skills on the job and managing the ever-changing roles.

The 9th International Conference on Information Capital, Property & Ethics (ICPE 2019) held in the Zhuhai Campus of Beijing Normal University

IFLA - ხუთ, 25/07/2019 - 06:58

The 9th International Conference on Information Capital, Property & Ethics (ICPE 2019) held in the Zhuhai Campus of Beijing Normal University is co-sponsored by School of Government, Beijing Normal University and Southern Big Data Exchange Center. The focus was on “Frontier and current hot topics of information policy, information rights and information ethics concerning new practical theoretical issues”.

With the development of big data, cloud computing, block chains, Internet of things and Wisdom, these original innovative concepts have been integrated into human life. Likewise, issues such as information security, data rights, and privacy protection have created more awareness and attracted more attention.

The ICPE 2019 aimed to promote international academic exchange in the fields of information policy, government data and personal information. The participants of ICPE 2019 came from many famous China mainland research institutes and international universities, including North Carolina Central University, Southern Connecticut University, University of South Florida, Tsurumi University, Taiwan University, Shih Shin University, Taiwan Chengchi University, Peking university, Wuhan University, Nankai University, Nanjing University, Renmin University of China, China Agricultural University, and Tianjin Normal University Hebai University, etc.

I was invited as a keynote speaker on the ICPE 2019 and delivered a talk on the New Advancements in LIS Education through the Mutual International Exchanges of Students. All the participants got together to conduct in-depth academic discussion and deep academic exchanges during the ICPE conference.

The ICPE 2019 Conference saw the active participation from a large number of researchers and students and its success is largely attributed to the invaluable contributions of faculty members and graduate students of Beijing Normal University in the success conference.

 

The National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan Center of Preservation National Documentary and World Scientific Heritage

IFLA - ხუთ, 25/07/2019 - 05:44

The National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the temple of the spiritual riches, manuscripts and books with world cultural and historical value. The opening of the library dates back to as early as 31 December 1910 according to the decision of the Vernensky City Council. The unique library stock is considered as a part of global documentary heritage of mankind which has to be transferred to future generations in all its completeness. The country’s main library has about 7 million units of storage of printing, graphic, audiovisual materials, electronic documents in 122 different languages. The library is a custodian of unique documents containing about 30 thousand copies of rare and especially valuable editions having scientific, historical, cultural, art and bibliographic value which are of special interest for scientists from all over the world.

There is an expression "All states write history equally, and people do it unique", and in the developed century history of library, there are people opening the pages of history in a new way. Uraz Dzhandosov, the first Director of library, the eminent state and public figure of Kazakhstan, laid the foundation for the formation of the state national book-depository which collects and stores written documentary heritage of the Kazakhs and other nations of Kazakhstan. I will highlight that collecting, preserving and granting the use of national documentary heritage of Kazakhstan to society was one of the primary activities of all heads of the National library. Since 1992, the library has been a member of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Conferences of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL), since 1993 – a Non-profit partner of the Library Assembly of Eurasia (LAE). Since 2002, it has headed the Kazakhstan National Committee "Memory of the World" of UNESCO.

I was appointed the Director of National Library since March 2019 according to the order of the Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan. For more than 32 years, I have worked in the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan, first as an ordinary librarian after obtaining my professional education and then working all my way to become its Director. For me, the librarian's profession is more than just a profession, it is a special state of mind.

As the head of one of the largest libraries in Central Asia and Kazakhstan, I continue to work on the transformation of National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan into a multilevel, multipurpose and sociocultural institute of society. My goal is for the institute to be a place where each reader will be able to gain exhaustive knowledge and access to the best sources of traditions and the culture of our country. They demand high standards and these provided fresh impetus and stimulate us to keep abreast of new development and constantly introduce improvement. Our main priority is to care for the readers so that they become our good friends and also to attract new visitors to the library. This will help to further enhance the positive image and advancement of the library. It will also create a reliable base for its successful development and strengthened its image work and Public Relations (PR) activity. Our library adheres to policy of availability and transparency, and seek to inform the audience widely on current socio-cultural events, exhibitions and important events that took place actions. It is very important to understand that nowadays, people are frequently exposed to fake news and lacks access to real-life information. Therefore, libraries can bridge this gap by distinguishing itself from online resources.

The role and activities undertaken by the library in helping to implement information technologies, and rendering assistance in the Digital Kazakhstan — 2030 program execution are significant. New technologies and programs are being implemented to optimise satisfaction and information needs of users.

The National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the coordinator and methodical center for all libraries of the country: taking part in the introducing new acts concerning culture at the state level; carrying out professional development of experts including "training staff on preservation and restoration of documents", running the “School of a cataloguer", "School of the methodologist"; organize Master Degree classes, organizing training courses and seminars in the regions of the country.

The staff of the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan is capable of carrying out the most ambitious tasks especially with a team of amazing and unique professionals working together. I respect and appreciate working with them every day.

“From Behind the Bars - To an Enriched World": Prison Library Development Project in Sri Lanka

IFLA - ხუთ, 25/07/2019 - 05:36

Prison Library service is a neglected area in Sri Lanka which needs more attention, resources and planned development. Though there are thousands of inmates from all strata of society in prisons in Sri Lanka, providing them with quality library and information service remains a distant dream. The main purpose of these institutions is to rehabilitate these people and send them back to society as quality citizen.

Through a Prison Library Development Project (i.e. Development of a ‘model’ prison library at the Welikada Prison), the Special Committee on Prison Libraries of Sri Lanka Library Association and the Friends of the National Library of Sri Lanka, laid the foundation for a quality library and information services for the prisons in Sri Lanka.

We believe that having a proper library service in place would be ‘the need of the hour’ to reduce the high level of recidivism which is currently at 57%.

What are Our Goals?

The goals for a quality library and information services for the prisons in Sri Lanka are to:

  • prepare inmates for re-entry into society as law abiding quality citizens - i.e. for a Re-entry as a Better Person
  • reduce recidivism - by improving prisoners’ knowledge, skills and attitudes
  • increase inmates’ use of time in an effective manner

How do we do this?

  • Initiation of a ‘Prison Library Development Project’ with Friends of Sri Lanka National Library:
    • collection and other resources development
    • conduct of programmes and workshops to improve literacy and artistic and literary skills
    • provide a network of volunteer librarians to serve in Prison libraries
    • translation of relevant literature such as IFLA Prison Library Guidelines and ALA’s Library Standards for Correctional Institutes
  • Appointment of a ‘Special Committee on Prison Library Services’ – Sri Lanka Library Association to:
    • formulate guidelines for prison libraries
    • set up a model prison library at the main prison
    • formulate of Standards for prison Libraries

What have we done?

  • Collected more than 5,000 books through two ‘book drives’
  • Translated IFLA Prison Library Guidelines into Sinhala
  • Arranged author visits to discuss on books
  • Conducted workshops to enhance creative writing skills of inmates
  • Allowed inmates to showcase their musical/dancing talents at programmes and workshops

 What’s next

  • Introduce mobile library services and inter library loans through partnerships
  • Market the guidelines through all possible means and seek endorsement by an appropriate prison authority
  • Develop a model library at the Welikada prison for female inmates
  • Translate ALA Library Standards for Correctional Institutes
  • Formulate standards for prison libraries and obtain the endorsement

What are our challenges?

  • Approach tackling the rigid/regimental attitude of prison officers and higher authorities towards making changes
  • Lack of funds
  • Dependence on volunteers
  • Unstable political situation and unhealthy economic situation in the country

Dr Premila Gamage and Padma Bandaranayake made a poster presentation on the project during the Global Solutions Poster Session at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The poster displayed the work carried out and services offered so far, how it has impacted on inmates, challenges faced and future plans.

We appreciate any assistance towards the development of prison libraries in Sri Lanka. If you would like to become a part of this valuable project, please contact - Premila Gamage - premilagamage@gmail.com.

Open science included in new Serbian law

EIFL-OA news and events - ოთხ, 24/07/2019 - 16:15

The Serbian government has passed a new law on science and research that recognizes open science as a fundamental principle of science and research.

The new Law on Science and Research, passed on 8 July 2019, confirms Serbia’s commitment to open science. It comes just a year after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD), the main national funder of research in Serbia, adopted a national open science policy, the Platform for Open Science, mandating open science to all publicly funded research.

კატეგორიები: თავისუფალი წვდომა

Open science included in new Serbian law

EIFL - FOSS news - ოთხ, 24/07/2019 - 16:15

The Serbian government has passed a new law on science and research that recognizes open science as a fundamental principle of science and research.

The new Law on Science and Research, passed on 8 July 2019, confirms Serbia’s commitment to open science. It comes just a year after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD), the main national funder of research in Serbia, adopted a national open science policy, the Platform for Open Science, mandating open science to all publicly funded research.

Open science included in new Serbian law

EIFL news and events - ოთხ, 24/07/2019 - 16:15

The Serbian government has passed a new law on science and research that recognizes open science as a fundamental principle of science and research.

The new Law on Science and Research, passed on 8 July 2019, confirms Serbia’s commitment to open science. It comes just a year after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD), the main national funder of research in Serbia, adopted a national open science policy, the Platform for Open Science, mandating open science to all publicly funded research.

ინფოარხების ცნობების შეკრება