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10 Ways YOU Can Engage with IFLA!

IFLA - Wed, 23/09/2020 - 14:53

​Through resources, activities, and spaces for discussion, IFLA offers you ways to get involved in international librarianship. 

Explore the 10 ways YOU can do this!

Librarianship is a truly global profession, with millions of members all over the world. This brings with it great opportunities to learn, make links, and work together in support of great library services for all.

IFLA’s own mission is to help realise this potential by inspiring, engaging, enabling and connecting the field.

Explore the 10 ways YOU can do this - from learning more about our global field to sharing your own stories, from ten-minute activities to hone your advocacy skills, to becoming a member, from engaging with the IFLA Strategy to improving library Wikipedia.

Download the 10 ways YOU can engage with IFLA

OCLC and LIBER announce joint discussion series on Open Science

LIBER news - Wed, 23/09/2020 - 13:02

DUBLIN, Ohio, 22 September 2020—OCLC and LIBER announced today the launch of a discussion series on Open Science through webinars and discussion groups from 24 September-5 November. The series, based on the LIBER Open Science Roadmap, will help guide research libraries in envisioning the support infrastructure for Open Science (OS) and their role at local,…

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APrIGF 2020 Virtual Conference

IFLA - Wed, 23/09/2020 - 00:47

The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF) is going to arrange a free virtual conference from September 27-30, hosted by APrIGF MSG and executed by APrIGF Secretariat. The
theme of this conference is Internet Governance for Good: Norms, Standards and Mechanisms. This is a regional conference on public policy issues around Internet governance and the Internet as a platform for library services is critical to our work.

IFLA has great roles at APrIGF by arranging a workshop. This year, the virtual APrIGF seems to be an especially good opportunity for us to attend. The full programme is available at https://ap.rigf.asia/#2020program

You can attend the following sessions and make this conference successful:
 The opening and closing plenaries, with high-level panel discussions;
 The workshop on ‘accessibility’ which follows the opening plenary;
 The IFLA workshop on Access to information: a holistic approach to meaningful digital inclusion, Wednesday 30 September, 05.15 06.15 UTC.
  The ‘town hall’ sessions which are opportunities for all participants to reflect on the matters discussed each day and summarize them to make contributions to the ‘Synthesis document’, the official outcomes document from APrIGF which is then submitted to the global IGF.

New Formats, New Opportunities at the World Library and Information Congress

IFLA - Tue, 22/09/2020 - 11:41

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, 22 September 2020

In a first for IFLA, the 2021 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) will be held online, as part of an accelerated drive to develop a new, more inclusive format for the most international event in the library calendar.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused, and continues to cause, major disruption to societies and economies around the world.

Faced with this, libraries have shown extraordinary resilience and inventiveness in order to continue to serve users. IFLA is working to do the same, with enhanced online support to our Members and volunteers.

The pandemic also challenges us to think again about how we work, both individually and collectively, into the future.

This is particularly true in our planning for the World Library and Information Congress – the most international event in the library calendar. Faced with continued uncertainty about the health, economic and travel situation into 2021, it already seems clear that business-as-usual is not an option.

This is not, however, a reason to stop, but rather to accelerate our work to create a new model for our Congress, in line with the IFLA Strategy.

In doing so, we can also address the increasingly pressing issues of the carbon footprint associated with Congress participation, and the difficulty we know that many face in attending in person, even in normal times.

As a result, we are happy to announce that our 2021 Congress will take place virtually, with the welcome support of the Dutch National Committee.

The physical conference previously planned in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will move to 2023, and take place in a hybrid online/in-person format. We continue to plan for an in-person conference in Dublin, Ireland in 2022, with a strengthened online element.

These are exciting times – we are building a new type of WLIC, following the same principles of transformation and inclusion that have shaped our Vision and Strategy, and are shaping our Governance Review.   

Our goal is to develop a programme and format that combines the best aspects of our traditional conferences with the possibilities that digital tools bring to include all members of our field, all around the world, meaningfully.

Achieving success will require the best of our creativity and experience. We look forward to working with Members, volunteers and participants to deliver this.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

IFLA CLM mid-term meeting

EIFL news and events - Mon, 21/09/2020 - 19:15

EIFL will join the meeting of the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committee for its mid-term meeting. The online meeting will provide an opportunity to share updates on copyright reforms around the world, as well as the impact of copyright laws on the provision of libraries services in COVID-19 times.

Science is Wonderful! 2020

EIFL news and events - Mon, 21/09/2020 - 16:57

Iryna Kuchma, Manager of the EIFL Open Access Programme, will take part in Science is Wonderful! 2020, an online science exhibition that is part of the European Research & Innovation Days.

African Digital Storytelling Symposium

EIFL news and events - Mon, 21/09/2020 - 16:10

Iryna Kuchma, Manager of the EIFL Open Access Programme, will give the closing address at the African Digital Storytelling Symposium.

Coming next week: WIPO General Assembly

IFLA - Fri, 18/09/2020 - 18:30

The WIPO General Assembly will take place on 21st to 29th September 2020. IFLA will participate in order to make the case for libraries.

The World Intellectual Property Organization is the United Nations agency responsible for issues such as copyright. It works to promote cooperation, build capacity, and develop agreements on intellectual property among its members.

Its work on copyright takes place through the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). IFLA has engaged in this forum for some years in support of international action that will give libraries globally the laws they need to carry out their missions, including across borders, in a digital world.

The WIPO Assemblies will provide opportunities for Member States and observers to discuss all WIPO topics including those on the agenda at SCCR, as well as the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled.

IFLA will participate in order to encourage progress towards real outcomes from the work at SCCR and to support full implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty.

The draft agenda of the Assemblies is available here.

IFLA ARL Hot Topics 2020

IFLA - Fri, 18/09/2020 - 08:47

Recording

Slides

Hot Topics presentation details can be viewed here

GIOPS 2020 Virtual Business Meeting, September 22

IFLA - Fri, 18/09/2020 - 03:14

Agenda

  • Introductions 
  • Review and approve Minutes from Athens
  • New member recruitment
  • Call for papers 2021 (Keeping the 2020 Theme)
  • 2020 Updates
    • Survey of Government Information Librarians, Summary & Outcomes
    • GIOPS Newsletter - interest? Need contributors & commitment
    • GIOPS Professional Report
  • Action Plan 2021
  • Additional Business

Connection details coming soon!

GIOPS 2020 Virtual Business Meeting, September 22

IFLA - Fri, 18/09/2020 - 03:14

Agenda

  • Introductions 
  • Review and approve Minutes from Athens
  • New member recruitment
  • Call for papers 2021 (Keeping the 2020 Theme)
  • 2020 Updates
    • Survey of Government Information Librarians, Summary & Outcomes
    • GIOPS Newsletter - interest? Need contributors & commitment
    • GIOPS Professional Report
  • Action Plan 2021
  • Additional Business

Connect via WebEx:

Meeting number: 145 978 3467 https://stanford.webex.com/stanford/j.php?MTID=m2f24f07b97198c9329c3dfa459fd05a6   Join by video system Dial 1459783467@stanford.webex.com You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.   Join by phone 1-650-227-4712 US Toll

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Survey on Open Access and Collection Development

IFLA - Thu, 17/09/2020 - 05:35

Dear colleagues,

Although WLIC 2020 has been canceled, IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development Section (ACD) is proceeding with its work virtually. One of the Section's priorities is to focus on the Open Access movement. The ACD Section is launching a survey to collect information on Open Access content and help us understand the following question: "How is the transition to Open Access impacting library collection, content development and management, including the scholarly communication infrastructure and the traditional supply chain of scholarly information?"

While the concept of Open Access to scholarly literature is not new, the realization of it is a moving target. During the last few years, libraries have taken a very strong advocacy position regarding the Open Access movement, even though it produces challenges in traditional collection development relationships that libraries had with publishers, content providers, acquisition workflows, and any materials routinely added to library collections. The Acquisition and Collection Development Section is interested in exploring the challenges that the increase in the availability of open access resources (articles, books, data, and other types of open content) is currently posing to collection, content development and management in libraries. Our objective is to create a robust information resource that will help librarians in their collection development work.

The questionnaire will be available until 31st October 2020 and will take ten minutes or less to complete. It includes closed and open-ended questions. We are especially interested in your answers to open-ended questions. Your responses will help us understand the current Open Access-related challenges in libraries around the globe and enable us to develop relevant information resources.

All collected information and your answers to the questions will be anonymized. Any personal or potentially identifying information will be removed or changed before outcomes are shared in a report, and results are made public. The Section members leading this work may contact individual respondents if they have follow up questions. The Section will present the results of the survey at the next IFLA Congress.

You may contact the co-leads of the ACD Action Plan for Open Access, Dr. Franziska Wein at Franziska.Wein@uni-erfurt.de or Karin Byström at karin.bystrom@ub.uu.se with any queries. Please click here to start the survey.

Thank you very much for your time and support.

 


Sincerely,
IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development Section

SSHOC Workshop: Putting Data Protection Into Practice: The GDPR and the DARIAH ELDAH Consent Form Wizard 13 Oct. 2020

LIBER news - Wed, 16/09/2020 - 17:36

13 October, 10 AM CET. There are a number of data protection issues that humanities’ and social sciences’ researchers encounter in their work. Examples of these include scientific events where photos and videos are taken, but also surveys and other research activities involving human participants. For many of these activities, researchers have to obtain legal…

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SSHOC Webinar: Introducing the newly launched EMM Survey Registry 26 Oct. 2020

LIBER news - Wed, 16/09/2020 - 17:28

26 October, 2PM CET. In June 2020, SSHOC and the COST Action ETHMIGSURVEYDATA launched the beta version of the EMM Survey Registry: a free online tool that will display survey-level metadata for over 800 surveys on ethnic and migrant minorities’ (EMMs’) integration from over 30 European countries. This webinar will discuss the development of the…

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SSHOC Webinar: Sharing Datasets of Pathological Speech 14 Oct. 2020

LIBER news - Wed, 16/09/2020 - 17:21

14 October, 2PM CET. Corpora and datasets of pathological speech are hard to get simply because they are hard to share. In this webinar we will present and explore several alternatives for sharing such sensitive data. The webinar is interesting for all who struggle with sharing and obtaining similar types of data. Registration: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EF54DB87884C3C   

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LIBER webinar: Copyright and Open Licensing – What have we learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic? 30 Sept. 2020

LIBER news - Wed, 16/09/2020 - 16:59

30 September, 11AM CET. Online Discussion: In March 2020,at the height of the global lockdown, UNESCO estimated that more than 1.5 billion students in 193 countries were affected by closures in schools and universities. Teaching and learning had to  move off-campus and online overnight.  With libraries suddenly closed in many countries, access to many physical…

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Users’ Rights Cannot be Collateral Damage: IFLA Submits Comments on European Commission Guidance on Upload Filter Provisions of Copyright Directive

IFLA - Wed, 16/09/2020 - 16:22

IFLA has submitted a response to a consultation by the European Commission on guidance to Member States on how to implement the controversial new provisions on internet platforms introduced by the 2019 Copyright Directive.

In the face of efforts by rightholder organisations to wish away the protections offered for user rights – including the enjoyment of exceptions and limitations to copyright – IFLA has joined other groups working to safeguard these guarantees as part of a balanced overall regime.

General background of article 17


In 2000, the European Directive on e-Commerce decreed that Online Content-Sharing Service Providers (OCSSPs) are fundamental to enable citizens to exercise their fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and freedom of access to information.

In order to deliver this, the Directive established that OCSSPs were not a priori responsible for content posted by third parties within their platforms that they did not know about.

In 2015, the French High Council for Literary and Artistic Property (CSPLA) established a report to the French Ministry of Culture to develop a new liability regime for such platforms – known as Online Content-Sharing Service Platforms (OCSSPs) – regarding hosted content.

This raised the question of whether there needed to be reflection on the articulation to be achieved between the European directives on e-commerce and on copyright of 2001 at the European level.

It was in this context that in 2019, The EU Directive on the Digital Single Market was passed, including an Article addressing this subject – Article 17.

The content of article 17


Article 17 aims to prevent unauthorized access to works subject to copyright on platforms (such as YouTube or Facebook) hosting content uploaded by users.

The goal as set out was to force such platforms to take additional steps to prevent such uploads, or to ensure that they pay licence fees in order to host this material. However, this pressure risks upsetting the balance found in 2001, and putting pressure on platforms to remove content which is legal, including that using in-copyright material under an exception or limitation.

Already in the text of the Directive, there are some helpful provisions. First of all, not-for-profit scientific and educational repositories are clearly excluded from its scope, protecting scientific and open educational resources repositories.

Furthermore, the Directive makes clear that non-infringing content should not be taken down, and that fundamental rights – including those relying on limitations and exceptions to copyright – need to be protected.

The Stakeholder Dialogue

The complexity of the provisions means that in the Directive itself, there was an engagement to continue the discussion in order to define guidelines for implementation. For example, how to distinguish content subject to copyright on platforms receiving thousands of videos every day?

Tools such as upload filters have been suggested as means to carry out this mass work of identifying content subject to copyright and which, without the agreement of the legitimate rights holders, constitutes a violation of copyright. However, the Directive also underlines that there should be no obligation on platforms to monitor uploads.

Moreover, while these tools can analyse content subject to copyright, they are not able to identify context, which can be key in working out whether an exception or limitation to copyright is in play. If we rely only on filters to do the job, all content identified as corresponding to a copyrighted work could potentially be removed from the platform.

What then happens to content subject to copyright but benefiting from an exception or limitation to copyright to allow freedom of expression, for example journalistic information, reviews, parodies and pastiches?

To address these issues, the European Commission has been bringing together different actors since October 2019 in order to prepare guidance for EU Member States on how to facilitate a fair and balanced implementation between all the actors. IFLA has represented the library field in these discussions.

While the COVID19 crisis has meant that discussions could not be completed, a set of ideas were shared with stakeholders in the form of a consultation.

The Commission’s document makes promising steps here, although leaves a number of open questions, notably around how to define situations where there is a high chance of an uploaded work being infringing, and what to do in situations of disagreement.

IFLA's input to the Consultation 

In its response, IFLA calls on the Commission to put in place a technical and legal framework respecting freedom of expression, notably including that drawing on exceptions and limitations of copyright.

IFLA also supported calls by partner organisations to encourage the development of public databases containing all works, authorisations and claims made on the platform to promote transparency in the process of exchanging data between platforms, rights holders and users.

No matter your age: New Professionals - an open global network eager to meet you

IFLA - Wed, 16/09/2020 - 13:55

Perfectly aligned with the IFLA’s Strategy Key Initiative 3.2, the IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) is proving its significance every single day!

NPSIG is an open global network for library and information science new professionals and supporters. No matter how old you are, new professionals are eager to know, meet and cooperate with colleagues from all over the world.

The NPSIG has been a leader in hosting virtual events. What are they are up to? Well, this can be expressed in three words: strengthening, inspiring and connecting the library field.

1. Strengthening the global voice by connecting new professionals

NPSIG is always looking for new and interesting ways to build awareness around the work of new librarians across the globe, so the library and information sector can sense their presence everywhere and know they are here to support. For this reason, an online Map of New Professionals is being developed, with new professional associations continuously added.

By filling in their online survey, you can submit the names of the young professional library groups in your own country. All information will be presented on the interactive map on the NPSIG blog soon.

2. Inspiring professional practice by music

Is it possible to talk about music and play songs at the IFLA Congress? Yes, it is and New Professionals SIG would like to encourage all librarians to take part in the Music in the Library World session which will be held at WLIC 2021. Preparations for this session will continue a few months more as NPSIG is organising the first WLIC-hosted Music Contest for librarians! The task is simple: if you prepare a song and send it to NSPIG, there is a good chance you could win and be famous! 

Celebrating the topic “music in libraries and by librarians” will begin at the SIG’s webinar to be held on 29 September at 16:00 pm (CEST). NPSIG, in cooperation with the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML), has organised an online webinar, “Five Perspectives On Music Librarianship.”

Five experts will present different aspects of the use of music in the library world. Find out more on NPSIG Blog; a website dedicated to the contest is coming soon.

3. Connecting the field through online meetings

It is a tradition that NPSIG members organize happy hours and business meetings during the IFLA Congress. This year there was not just one NPSIG meeting but four separate virtual meetings in four different languages: English, French, Spanish and Slovak.

NPSIG representatives take part in national online conferences. Most recently, they are helping to organise Occupy Library 2020.

Stay connected with IFLA NPSIG via FacebookTwitterInstagram, and the NPSIG Blog.

You’ll always find interesting news and get connected!

UNESCO Regional Consultation on Open Science for Eastern Europe

EIFL news and events - Tue, 15/09/2020 - 14:31

Iryna Kuchma, Manager of the EIFL Open Access Programme and a member of UNESCO’s Open Science Advisory Committee, will participate in a panel discussion on Open Science in Eastern Europe: Implications for Policy, Science and Society.    

Five ways to show how libraries support the SDGs

IFLA - Fri, 11/09/2020 - 15:39

A week today, SDG Action Week begins with an ‘SDG Moment’ at the United Nations General Assembly. Leaders of countries around the world will underline their commitment to delivery and set out their plans.

​The Sustainable Development Goals are the highest profile element of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, which sets out a roadmap to a stronger, fairer, more sustainable world by 2030.

With just a year to go, the United Nations is calling for implementation efforts to move up a gear, engaging all key stakeholders. There is a strong focus on ‘acceleration’ actions – investments, initiatives and activities that can unlock progress across a number of SDGs.

For IFLA, a strong and empowered library field providing equitable access to information is just such an acceleration action. As a result, libraries should be part of any wider effort to implement the SDGs, and supported as such.

So a week out from the beginning of SDG Action Week, here are five ways in which you can help show this contribution:

  1. Use our poster on websites and social media! You can download this from our website, and of course translate it (contact us if you need editable files) or even design your own, as the Australian Library and Information Association has done. As  part of the work of the American Library Association’s SDG Task Force, Los Angeles Public Library has produced its own poster, including explanations of how libraries contribute to each goal.
  2. Think of a story you can contribute to the Library Map of the World! If you have examples of how libraries have made a demonstrable difference towards achieving one or more SDGs, share it! It won’t only mean greater profile for your work, but will also help IFLA and libraries around the world in their advocacy.
  3. Organise and present your own advocacy resources: when making the case for libraries, it’s powerful to be able to provide examples of how libraries contribute to progress across the SDGs. That way, you can be ready to convince decision-makers from different departments or ministries. There are already great examples from around the world available on the IFLA website, or you can simply present your examples one by one on social media or through other means.
  4. Take the message to the decision-makers and influencers: with almost all events around the SDGs now taking place online, there is more opportunity than ever to get involved and speak up in support of libraries. SDG Action Week itself is a great chance to do this, helping politicians, UN officials, and wider stakeholders understand what libraries can contribute. We have updated our guide on how to get involved. If you have an event planned, make sure it’s featured on the Action Week map – there’s already one library activity there!
  5. Assess your capacity to advocate around the SDGs: ensuring that everyone understands the difference that libraries can make cannot be taken for granted. It’s important to organise – at the national, regional and local levels – in order to spread the word. Our advocacy capacities grid provides a tool for thinking about where you stand now, and identifying areas where you can be stronger. On this basis, you can look out for some of the great advocacy resources already out there.
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