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New project to close the digital divide in Uganda

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 06/08/2020 - 17:01

EIFL and partners have received a grant for a project that will enable 25 public and community libraries to provide digital literacy training to thousands of women and unemployed youth and connect them to free online learning opportunities.

New project to close the digital divide in Uganda

EIFL - FOSS news - Thu, 06/08/2020 - 17:01

EIFL and partners have received a grant for a project that will enable 25 public and community libraries to provide digital literacy training to thousands of women and unemployed youth and connect them to free online learning opportunities.

New project to close the digital divide in Uganda

EIFL news and events - Thu, 06/08/2020 - 17:01

EIFL and partners have received a grant for a project that will enable 25 public and community libraries to provide digital literacy training to thousands of women and unemployed youth and connect them to free online learning opportunities.

Suriname’s libraries align with the IFLA Strategy

IFLA - Thu, 06/08/2020 - 12:28

IFLA is organising a series of regional workshops on Strategies for Stronger Libraries in order to bring the IFLA Strategy to libraries worldwide. A key focus is on using the Strategy to identify priorities and high-impact actions that can be taken, including coordination with IFLA.

As a result of its participation at the regional workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Foundation Nationale Database Suriname (NDS)–which acts as a Suriname’s Library Association–decided to focus on library education in the country.

This work relates to IFLA’s Strategic Direction 2: Inspire and Enhance Professional Practice of the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024.

The Foundation recognised that Suriname has a structural lack of qualified active librarians. Most libraries are managed by trained library assistants. Librarians were trained in the Netherlands and they then trained qualified library assistants.

The Foundation had organized the last training in 2010. However, with the last active librarian due to retire in 2021, the need to train new qualified library managers is urgent.

In 2019 the Foundation received a grant from the GO Fonds Foundation (Netherlands) to execute a Project: “The Library School Suriname: expertise for Surinamese libraries”. With this project they want to overcome the shortage of qualified library staff in Suriname. Besides setting up a library school they decided to organise two library programmes, one for library managers and one for library assistants. The instructors will be local, regional and international library experts.

The curriculum of the ‘Training Library managers’ course consists primarily of various management skills and important information about the library sector.

However, there is a specific module, entitled ‘Introduction to Librarianship’ which will focus on global, regional and local librarianship, collection development, information services, information 

processing and consortia. There is also a dedicated subject titled “Global Librarianship” that will deal with IFLA, the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024 and the IFLA Library Map of the World.

Jane W.F. Smith, director of the University Library of Suriname and President of the Foundation NDS said:

Librarianship in Suriname can really benefit from the IFLA Strategy. The value of getting engaged in IFLA and planning actions aligned to the IFLA Strategy is about our national library success planning. It means making evident to the next Surinamese library leaders that being active internationally and belonging in the global library field, where you can discuss, exchange, reflect and always improve, is more important than ever before. Therefore, this year in the Library University of Suriname, which is the coordinator for the Foundation NDS, we started a library school, where the IFLA Strategy is part of the curriculum at the training of Library Managers. Sharing this information is not only a way to inform, but to also create awareness about IFLA.”

The program is ready to kick-off, as soon as the situation with COVID-19 allows it. We’re looking forward to following how it goes!

Read more about the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024

How is your library or library association engaging with the IFLA Strategy? Let us know! Post on your social media, using the hashtag #IFLAStrategy and #WeAreIFLA or send an email to Despina Gerasimidou, IFLA’s Strategic Development Officer at despina.gerasimidou@ifla.org.

 

     

Convening Notice for IFLA General Assembly 2020 in The Hague, The Netherlands

IFLA - Wed, 05/08/2020 - 11:07

IFLA’s General Assembly – the primary opportunity for our Members to take decisions about our Federation – will take place on 5 November 2020 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The formal Convening Notice, published today, sets out details about the topics for discussions, and opportunities for participation.

2020 has been a year of significant disruption, including the cancellation of the planned World Library and Information Congress.

While it is sad not to be meeting in person and sharing the ideas and energy that power our field, IFLA’s work continues, including planning for our General Assembly – the key moment for our Members to make decisions about our Federation.

As announced two weeks ago, this meeting will take place on 5 November 2020, at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague, The Netherlands. IFLA is, today, publishing the official Convening Notice.

It is clear that many of IFLA’s Members will not be able to be physically present, and so we will maximise possibilities for remote participation. Further information will be provided subsequently.

All IFLA Members that have paid their membership fees for 2020 are eligible to vote. Details of voting arrangements, including more information on the process for proxy voting will be distributed by 5 September 2020.

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General

Skills Profile Development Workshop

EIFL-OA news and events - Tue, 04/08/2020 - 19:15

Librarians from institutions of higher education in Africa are invited to join this LIBSENSE online workshop to discuss the current and future skills and roles of librarians in open science.

Guest Speaker John Willinsky, Stanford University, USA, will initiate discussion with a presentation titled, ‘What I’ve Learned from Librarians: Becoming Partners in Sharing Knowledge’. Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will facilitate a breakout session.

Skills Profile Development Workshop

EIFL - FOSS news - Tue, 04/08/2020 - 19:15

Librarians from institutions of higher education in Africa are invited to join this LIBSENSE online workshop to discuss the current and future skills and roles of librarians in open science.

Guest Speaker John Willinsky, Stanford University, USA, will initiate discussion with a presentation titled, ‘What I’ve Learned from Librarians: Becoming Partners in Sharing Knowledge’. Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will facilitate a breakout session.

Skills Profile Development Workshop

EIFL news and events - Tue, 04/08/2020 - 19:15

Librarians from institutions of higher education in Africa are invited to join this LIBSENSE online workshop to discuss the current and future skills and roles of librarians in open science.

Guest Speaker John Willinsky, Stanford University, USA, will initiate discussion with a presentation titled, ‘What I’ve Learned from Librarians: Becoming Partners in Sharing Knowledge’. Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will facilitate a breakout session.

Webinar Video: Open Science Skilling & Training Programmes Across Europe

LIBER news - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 17:01

From 2018-2020, LIBER’s Working Group on Digital Skills surveyed and interviewed colleagues across Europe to identify examples of good practice in Open Science skilling and training programmes. The case reviews have been gathered and published on Zenodo and highlight the many different approaches taken to Open Science upskilling across Europe. The case studies describe the…

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Webinar Video: Citizen Science At Universities: Trends, Guidelines and Recommendations

LIBER news - Mon, 03/08/2020 - 16:27

A number of European recommendations – including the LERU’s advice paper “Citizen Science at Universities: Trends, Guidelines and Recommendations” – highlight the importance of creating a single point of contact for citizen science within the institution. In this webinar, organised by LIBER`s Citizen Science Working Group, four speakers share what they are doing to devise…

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How can I get access to the article I need?

eifl licensing news - Thu, 30/07/2020 - 13:33

In order to help researchers retrieve legal copies of full-text articles that they can’t find in their library, EIFL has created a poster with useful links to other places where they can look for an article they need, such as open access search engines or browser extensions.

We are encouraging librarians to share the poster widely with faculty and students through their university and institutional websites, newsletters and social media. EIFL can help libraries customize the poster, for example, by adding the library’s logo and links to the library’s subscribed e-resources. 

How can I get access to the article I need?

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 30/07/2020 - 13:33

In order to help researchers retrieve legal copies of full-text articles that they can’t find in their library, EIFL has created a poster with useful links to other places where they can look for an article they need, such as open access search engines or browser extensions.

We are encouraging librarians to share the poster widely with faculty and students through their university and institutional websites, newsletters and social media. EIFL can help libraries customize the poster, for example, by adding the library’s logo and links to the library’s subscribed e-resources. 

How can I get access to the article I need?

EIFL - FOSS news - Thu, 30/07/2020 - 13:33

In order to help researchers retrieve legal copies of full-text articles that they can’t find in their library, EIFL has created a poster with useful links to other places where they can look for an article they need, such as open access search engines or browser extensions.

We are encouraging librarians to share the poster widely with faculty and students through their university and institutional websites, newsletters and social media. EIFL can help libraries customize the poster, for example, by adding the library’s logo and links to the library’s subscribed e-resources. 

How can I get access to the article I need?

EIFL news and events - Thu, 30/07/2020 - 13:33

In order to help researchers retrieve legal copies of full-text articles that they can’t find in their library, EIFL has created a poster with useful links to other places where they can look for an article they need, such as open access search engines or browser extensions.

We are encouraging librarians to share the poster widely with faculty and students through their university and institutional websites, newsletters and social media. EIFL can help libraries customize the poster, for example, by adding the library’s logo and links to the library’s subscribed e-resources. 

EIFL urges Brazil to maximize Marrakesh

EIFL-OA news and events - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 17:57

EIFL welcomed the opportunity to submit comments on Brazil’s implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. The comments focused on Article 4(4) of the treaty, an optional provision that allows a country to confine exceptions to works that are not available on the commercial market under reasonable terms, the so-called ‘commercial availability test’.

EIFL urges Brazil to maximize Marrakesh

EIFL - FOSS news - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 17:57

EIFL welcomed the opportunity to submit comments on Brazil’s implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. The comments focused on Article 4(4) of the treaty, an optional provision that allows a country to confine exceptions to works that are not available on the commercial market under reasonable terms, the so-called ‘commercial availability test’.

EIFL urges Brazil to maximize Marrakesh

EIFL news and events - Tue, 28/07/2020 - 17:57

EIFL welcomed the opportunity to submit comments on Brazil’s implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. The comments focused on Article 4(4) of the treaty, an optional provision that allows a country to confine exceptions to works that are not available on the commercial market under reasonable terms, the so-called ‘commercial availability test’.

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