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Record of a great mid-term in Tampere

Tue, 14/05/2019 - 10:50

The Public Library Standing Committee (PLSC) held its mid-term meeting in Finland  12-13 March. Our packed program included participation  in  a one day seminar, The Marrakesh Treaty in Action: Implementing the treaty and more ideas for accessible digital reading organised by Celia Library, IFLA Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities, and the Finnish Library Association. This gave our members an appreciation of the Treaty and how it impacts on our services.  The seminar was held at the magical Oodi Helsinki Central Library and we were treated to a tour of this wonderful place before we headed north to Tampere for our meeting.

Our host, PLSC member Pirkko Lindberg and her staff made us incredibly welcome in snowy Tampere where we gained an understanding of this historic city. Our meeting at the Tampere Library allowed us to discuss the many projects in which the SC is involved including the IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year; the review of the Public Library Manifesto and our programs fo the WLIC in Athens. The Minutes of the meeting are now available to download.

As a fitting finale we were traeted to a traditional smoke sauna followed by ice-swimming and the (not so traditional) karaoke! Is it any wonder people are fighting to be part of the PLSC!


What is the value of coaching?

Fri, 10/05/2019 - 04:26

Join Catharina Isberg (Sweden), Barbara Wennheden (Sweden) and Bergita Shannon (Australia) as they explore the role of coaching, particularly in terms of its value for developing library and information professionals for the future. This free webinar will be held on 28 May 2019. 

Check the CPDWL webinar page for full details of the speakers and their interest in the topic of coaching.

Stronger Libraries for a Stronger Europe – Celebrating Europe Day 2019

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 18:03

IFLA has welcomed Europe Day 2019 as an opportunity to celebrate the importance of collaboration, and to look forward to the upcoming elections. Based on the Library Manifesto for Europe, a growing number of European and national parties are setting out how they plan to help libraries in the coming five years.

The European Union has set a global standard for cooperation between governments, in the interests of promoting prosperity and peace.

The values it promotes – of collaboration, sharing and discussion – are also those of libraries.

With responsibilities across a wide range of policy areas, it is also an increasingly key interlocutor for libraries.

Decisions about copyright, open access, research funding, heritage policies, education, skills and development are all have a direct impact on our work.

IFLA, alongside its partner organisations, has therefore engaged strongly in order to build up connections and promote our institutions and their values. We have seen important successes.

For the first time, we are also looking to shape the future of the European Union. Working with our partners, we have created a Library Manifesto for Europe, which highlights six areas in which decision-makers can help.

Today, we are publishing a first set of responses from European and national political parties, explaining what they plan to do for our institutions.

These set out actions in the fields of literacy, culture, heritage, open access, development and copyright. They are a promising sign that at both the national and European level, libraries will have many friends in the years to come.

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner said:

The past five years have underlined how important the decisions taken by Members of the European Parliament are, and I am happy to see so many parties recognise the role of libraries now, as the elections approach. I look forward to working with them, throughout the next five years, to build stronger European libraries for a stronger Europe.

Read the first set of responses on our publications page

Protecting Cultural Property - The Hague Convention and its two Protocols

Wed, 08/05/2019 - 16:34

Last week IFLA attended the International Conference on the 20th anniversary of the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention hosted by UNESCO in Geneva, Switzerland. The Conference brought together States representatives, experts, academics and civil society representatives to share achievements and challenges facing the implementation of the Protocol and in protecting cultural heritage against the threats by conflict or disaster.

Before going in too deep about what we learned at the conference and what the outcomes means for IFLA and libraries worldwide, let’s first just summarise, what the 1954 Hague Convention is…

The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two (1954 and 1999 Protocols) was adopted in the wake of the large-scale destruction of cultural heritage carried out during the Second World War. The Hague Convention is the first multilateral treaty to focus exclusively on the protection of cultural heritage during conflicts.

Several conflicts that erupted in the 1990s, particularly those in former Yugoslavia, revealed gaps in the implementation of the Hague Convention. For this reason, Member States and the Secretariat of the Convention initiated a review of the agreement in 1991.

The result of this collaboration was the elaboration and subsequent adoption of the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention at the March 1999 Hague Diplomatic Conference. The Second Protocol advances a number of legal, military and technical aspects in the protection of cultural heritage, it is therefore also known as the enhanced protection protocol by defining a new category of protection by establishing sanctions in case of violations and crime’s against people’s cultural heritage.

What does this means for libraries?

Recent conflicts have shown that many countries are caught unprepared when either armed conflicts or environmental disasters occur. In the cultural heritage field, it is often seen that support, including funding, is easier reached after a conflict or disaster. All panellists throughout the conference expressed the need for pre-conflict support to safeguarding cultural heritage, as well as placing a strong emphasis on the work around rehabilitation.

On this matter, representatives from Member States expressed challenges in mobilising networks both before- and after a conflict, as well as finding proper training for library, archive and museum personnel as well as military groups.

Benjamin Charlier, Legal Advisor and Head of Advisory Service at the International Committee of the Red Cross expressed the need to be aware of the expertise of each actor and how we need to work together – Member States, experts and civil society. This was furthermore underlined by Ernesto Ottone Ramírez, Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO who stated:

“To have a real impact we need to mobilize all resources!”

The importance of cultural heritage to a community, and the significance of preservation of information and knowledge to expanding society’s knowledge base are embedded in IFLA's Strategic Plan.

IFLA provides a list of resources on risk mitigation and preparedness, including the IFLA Disaster Preparedness and Planning Manual. IFLA also assists governments, institutions and other stake holders with capacity building in form of fourteen Preservation & Conservation (PAC) Centres around the globe. The PAC Centres hold expertise knowledge on risk management and are local experts on ground.

IFLA also supports other initiatives on protecting cultural property and is one of the founding four of the Blue Shield International. One area of its engagement is its training work for members of the heritage sector and armed forces, ideally in combination. Blue Shield International offers courses that include approaches to cultural property, cultural property law and risk management techniques.

If you want to know more about the work of Blue Shield and how to get involved, click here.

What do we do now?

Although the primary responsibility of the implementation of the Hague Convention and the 1999 Protocol lies with States that are a party to it, the role of non-governmental actors in supporting those States is vital!

There is no need to discuss the importance of protecting our cultural heritage, but merely how do we do it?

Actors across the sector agreed that there needs to be a focus on both pre- and post-conflict work. Training of institutional personnel as well as military forces is in demand and NGOs have a strong capacity to plan, propose and implement concrete action programmes, including advocacy and awareness-raising, capacity building or legal expertise, based on a high level of expertise that represents a valuable asset for States.

As expressed by Karl von Habsburg-Lotheringen, President of Blue Shield International:

“The work [on protecting cultural property] is not possible if we don’t collaborate with all actors. Collaboration is the key!”

Welcome to IFLA Division V satellite meeting ---Registration Open Now

Wed, 08/05/2019 - 05:24

Welcome to IFLA Division V satellite meeting

"Leadership roles in international librarianship: how can information professionals from Africa, Asia & Oceania, Latin America & Caribe be part of it?"

The IFLA Division V. (Regions) which includes regional sections of Africa – Asia & Oceania – Latin America & Caribbean jointly organizing this satellite meeting as a pre-conference of 85th World Library and Information Congress, in the beautiful and historical Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt on August 20-21, 2019.   IFLA Division V satellite meeting Homepage: https://www.bibalex.org/ifla-division-v/en/home/home.aspx   Registration Open Now: https://www.bibalex.org/ifla-division-v/en/registration/reglogin.aspx  

2019 IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award: Call for nominations

Tue, 07/05/2019 - 10:40

DEADLINE: 7 June 2019

In 2018, the Professional Committee established the IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award to recognise the Professional Units who excel at putting the expectations of a Dynamic Unit into practice. A Dynamic Unit has the greatest impact on IFLA’s global work – engaging members, developing strong leadership and identity, delivering high-quality services with a measurable impact, and communicating activities within IFLA and beyond. This is not a personal award, but rather an opportunity to recogise exceptional teamwork.

The 2019 IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award winner will be announced during the Closing Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in August. 

The Award intends to stimulate outstanding work by Professional Units by:
  • Recognising and promoting excellent examples of Professional Unit work;
  • Highlighting the impact of the work of IFLA's professional groups.
Who Can Enter?

The Award may be presented to one or more IFLA Professional Units:

  1. Divisions
  2. Sections
  3. Special Interest Groups
  4. Strategic Programmes
  5. Core Activities

NOTE: The winning Unit(s) is not eligible to be nominated again in the year immediately following their win. Instead, a representative from that unit will be invited to join the jury that year. They can once again be nominated in subsequent years.

How to apply

Describe how the Professional Unit is fulfilling the criteria of a Dynamic Unit listed below in 300 words or less. Highlight creative approaches and clearly state what the outcomes and impact has been. You may include photos, video (see instructions on the submission form).

Submit your application

Criteria for evaluation

In the previous two years, the winning Unit(s) should have demonstrated the following expectations of a Dynamic Unit at a superior level. The winning Unit(s) must also have shared their Action Plan for 2019 or a summary of the year’s planned objectives and activities on their IFLA webpage in order to be considered.

Criteria 1: Quality and impact of the work, for example:
  • Effectively networking with its community in order to define and develop the Unit’s role in line with IFLA strategy and the general expectations of an IFLA Unit;
  • Synthesizing ideas and suggestions into clearly expressed and communicated objectives for the Unit that reflect IFLA’s strategy and unique position as a global library organisation;
  • Identifying and carrying out a variety of activities that contribute to achieving the objectives of the Unit and are communicated through a well-formulated Action Plan;
  • Thinking about how the results of its work are communicated for maximum impact;
  • Regularly reviewing and updating its activities to ensure they meet the changing demands and changing environment.
Criteria 2: Communications and impact, for example:
  • Implementing a written communication plan
  • Having frequent and regular communication within its own committee, with at least one (possibly online) meeting between Congresses;
  • Frequently and regularly communicating with its Members:
  • Proactively communicating its activities widely and reach out to other IFLA Units or other stakeholders in order to identify synergies;
  • Facilitating ongoing discussion with its community of interest, especially in order to identify ‘hot topics’ and where IFLA might have a role to play; Communicating and discussing progress and challenges with its Division Chair.
  • Increase publication output via IFLA’s publication channels (IFLA Journal, Professional Report series (online, Open Access publications), IFLA Publications series).
Criteria 3: Membership and leadership engagement and development, for example:
  • Attracting new members at each election;
  • Having an inclusive process that involves all members in both planning and execution;
  • Achieving diversity in its membership, and if this is not possible, actively seeking diverse views and input to its work, for example, in relation to geographical representation, gender and age;
  • Having capable leaders that: ensure the Unit has a clear goal and sense of direction and produces quality work; identify roles and responsibilities for others; ensure all members have a voice; communicate progress and problems to the Division Chair.
  • Having succession planning and mentoring in place for both the Officer roles and the member roles;
  • Ensuring there is continuity of activities when membership or responsibilities change, and that the transition to the new Committee in an election year is smooth;
  • Articulating what value a member gains from involvement;
  • Functioning effectively using volunteers, encouraging remote participation either of members who cannot attend physical meetings or people beyond the committee where relevant and appropriate;
  • Having involvement, partnerships and communication with relevant non-IFLA partners;
  • Having an international community that identifies itself as an active supporter of the Unit’s objectives or an active contributor to the Unit’s work and includes individuals who regularly and actively engage with the Unit.
  • 7 June: deadline for nominations
  • Mid-July: shortlist announced
  • 29 August: presentation of award at WLIC Closing Ceremony

Questions? Contact us at professionalsupport@ifla.org

IFLA Headquarters
The Hague, 7 June 2019

    Live stream of the 29th PUC Meeting

    Tue, 07/05/2019 - 10:32

    To join to the live stream of the 29th PUC Meeting in Maribor, Slovenia on 9–10 May 2019, please let us know via the online form until the 8 May 2019.

    Now available: NILP presentations at WLIC 2018 in Kuala Lumpur

    Mon, 06/05/2019 - 12:55

    Powerpoint presentations form NILP's open session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, 84th IFLA General Conference and Assembly on 29 August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are now available.

    The session's theme was Lessons learned from new developments in information and library policy at national level. 

    2019 WLIC Session Program Announced

    Thu, 02/05/2019 - 23:53

    The papers for the IFLA WLIC 2019 open session, Moving Beyond Traditional Collections and Services: Supporting Science in Innovative Ways, co-sponsored by the IFLA Science & Technology Section, Audio Visual & Multimedia Section and the Reference & Information Services Section have been selected and can be found below.

    Thank you so much to everyone who submitted paper proposals and for those speakers coming to share their research, knowledge, and experiences at the congress!


    The date and time for this session will be 08:30-10:30 on the morning of August 29. We look forward to seeing everyone in Athens August 24-30 at the 2019 IFLA World Library and Information Congress! (The early bird registration goes until May 15 – Register Here!)


    Now or never: Innovative tools and services for scientists @ TIB
    Margret Plank, Bastian Drees, Christian Hauschke, Angelina Kraft, Katrin Leinweber: German National Library of Science & Technology
    Hanover, Germany

    Integrating Access to Canadian Science Data: Building Data Reference Services, by Sharing Data Expertise Nationwide
    Peter Webster: Saint Mary's University
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Complementing Bibliometrics with Network Visualization to Support Scientific Spheres
    Nirmal Singh: Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University
    Ludhiana, Punjab, India 


    Conservation science, local community and a library in the Galapagos
    Edgardo Civallero: Charles Darwin Foundation Library
    Galapagos Islands, Ecuador 

    Researching Information in Engineering: Making and Reading as Two Sides of the Same Coin
    Venetia Kogkou: Technical Chamber of Greece
    Costas Bissas: University of the Aegean 


    Building Scienctific Thinking through Inquiry-Designed Research and Practice in School Libraries
    Jen Spisak and Karla Collins: Longwood University
    Farmville, Virginia, USA

    2019 Development and Access to Information Report to be presented at IFLA President’s Meeting

    Thu, 02/05/2019 - 15:03

    Access to information is an accelerator of development, and libraries make this a reality for all. The 2019 Development and Access to Information Report, to be presented on 23 May 2019 in Buenos Aires, will offer new data, examples and arguments for placing libraries at the heart of national development strategies.

    The DA2I Report 2019 will be available for download on 23 May

    In twenty targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is recognition of the importance of access to information, and the skills and attitudes to make use of it.

    The Development and Access to Information (DA2I) Report, produced by IFLA in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington, brings together data and perspectives from across the range of policy areas that fall under the SDGs.

    In doing this, the report provides an overview of global trends in the key pillars of meaningful access – physical connectivity to the internet, skills, social and cultural factors, and legal barriers. It also offers views from external experts on the role of access in development in different areas, and of course evidence about the contribution of libraries. 

    Two years after the launch of the first report, the second DA2I report will be formally launched on 22 May at the Forum of Ministers and Secretaries of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean and presented at the IFLA President’s Meeting 2019 on May 23.

    Today we are happy to launch the new DA2I Report website, and are looking forward to sharing updated data, showing the progress the world is making towards access, and the work of libraries to deliver this. We will also be sharing insights into the contribution of access in achieving SDG 4 (education), SDG 8 (employment and growth), SDG 10 (reducing inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action), and SDG 16 (good governance).  

    For full details, visit the updated DA2I website

    Call for Participation Grant Application for 16th IFLA ILDS Conference (October 9-11, 2019, Prague, Czech Republic)

    Thu, 02/05/2019 - 13:24

    Dear colleagues,

    The IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section has a pleasure to announce the 16th IFLA ILDS Conference (October 9-11, 2019, Prague, Czech Republic) Participation Grant for the librarians who normally cannot attend IFLA events due to financial or other reasons. The grants will include the cost of travel to and from Prague, the registration fee, and hotel accommodation.

    Interested applicants are welcome to submit:

    • A CV
    • An application letter in which the applicant’s professional focus and the benefit of the ILDS Conference for his/her job are clearly stated
    • Estimation of travel costs to Prague from the applicant’s country

    All the application materials need to be in English which is the main language of the Conference. There are a limited number of grants thus the priority will be given to those who apply from the countries in which few librarians have participated in any IFLA event in the past. In addition, those who are currently working on resource sharing activities in their home institutions or organizations will be given preference.

    The grant recipients are required to submit a written report from the conference, which will be published in the Section’s web site and if possible, in local library journals.

    The applications should be sent by email to scholarships@ilds2019.org by 30 June 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 22 July 2019.

    Please see the conference website for full details on the 2019 IFLA Interlending and Document Supply Conference. If you have any additional questions about scholarships, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    We look forward to seeing you in Prague.

    IFLA DDRS Standing Committee

    SOURCE: 16th IFLA ILDS Conference

    IFLA WLIC 2019 early-bird reminder: register by 15 May and benefit!

    Thu, 02/05/2019 - 10:10

    We invite you to join the most international conference in library field!  With more than 250 sessions featuring hundreds of speakers covering all aspects of the field, the IFLA WLIC 2019 promises to be not-to-be-missed event. 

    The full IFLA WLIC 2019 Congress Programme is now available and we encourage all to register for the Congress by 15 May in order to secure your place and take advantage of the early bird rate.

    At this year's event we’ll be taking a closer look at the diverse, innovative and thought-provoking themes from presenters all over the world, such as #marketinggenius – Beg, Borrow or Steal Great Ideas from around the world, Let’s talk about Change: How Libraries and LGBTIQ Communities are Challenging Stereotypes, The Data Dialogue: Metadata collaboration in a changing world, The Uniqueness of Dialogue in Silence: Library Service to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind Community, Library Love Stories and many, many more!

    Explore the Congress Programme and choose from a variety of sessions to start setting up your plans.

    Looking forward to welcoming you all to Athens!

    Call for Applications: IFLA Journal Editor

    Thu, 02/05/2019 - 04:00

    IFLA Journal is an international journal, publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally. The IFLA Journal is published four times per year by SAGE.

    The Journal is seeking expressions of interest for the position of Editor.

    The Editor will:

    • Act as the main editorial contact to the Publisher for the IFLA Journal;
    • Commission and receive articles, and edit issues of the IFLA Journal in collaboration with article authors and IFLA;
    • Submit articles and issues to the Publisher using SAGE Track. Editor will receive training on SAGE Track;
    • Coordinate the peer review process and briefing of reviewers on their responsibilities;
    • Contribute an editorial for each issue;
    • Coordinate translation of abstracts into the official IFLA languages;
    • Provide leadership on the Journal’s purpose and standing, along with the Chair of the Editorial Committee of the Journal;
    • Liaise with the IFLA Journal Editorial Committee and serve as an ex-officio member of this Committee; the IFLA Professional Committee; and the IFLA Governing Board representative; on the content of issues to ensure these are in line with IFLA’s strategic direction for publishing.

    The Editor will be appointed on a five-year contract basis, for approximately 40 hours per month. The Editor may be required to participate in the IFLA Annual Congress and other events where necessary to commission content. Participation will be agreed on a case by case basis.

    Selection criteria

    Candidates for the position of Editor should meet the following selection criteria:

    1. Excellent understanding of the major issues influencing library services and practice in the global environment;
    2. High standing in the Library and Information Science field as a practitioner or researcher;
    3. Vision for the future of the Journal that will serve to increase its standing in the field;
    4. Excellent research and professional writing skills and expertise, and the ability to critique research writing;
    5. Strong understanding of scholarly publishing, including metrics and initiatives such as Open Access;
    6. Possess excellent interpersonal and responsive, accurate written communication skills. As the Journal is published in English, a high standard of written English is required.

    To submit an expression of interest, please submit a statement addressing the selection criteria and a full CV including previous editorial positions, research, and publications.

    Expressions of interest should be submitted by email to professionalsupport@ifla.org. The deadline for applications is 30 May 2019.

    If you have questions about this call for expressions of interest, please contact professionalsupport@ifla.org.

    A Solid Start: Asia-Pacific Government Representatives Stress Need for International Action for Libraries at Singapore Workshop

    Wed, 01/05/2019 - 20:58

    The first of three WIPO regional workshops focusing on the copyright needs of libraries, as well as archives, museums, education and research, took place in Singapore on 29-30 April. The meeting saw broad consensus that business-as-usual was not an option, and international action was necessary.

    The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has a unique role in guiding governments towards optimal copyright laws.

    In too many countries today, laws have not taken account of the needs of libraries and other cultural heritage, education and research institutions. This is often not deliberate, but rather due to the complexity of the issues, and the intense lobbying that can accompany reform processes.

    Debates over the past thirteen years at WIPO have served to underline the valuable work that libraries perform. With a series of three workshops – the first of which was held in Singapore on 29-30 April for countries from the Asia-Pacific region, the focus moved to challenges and solutions.

    A New Perspective

    The opportunity to hold discussions outside of Geneva, where WIPO meetings usually take place, was a welcome one. A greater number of countries could be represented (33 in total), bringing a greater variety and depth of experience.

    IFLA played an active role, with Farli Elnumeri (Indonesian Library Association), Ratna Mohamed Amin (Malaysian Library Association) and Jessica Coates (Australian Libraries Copyright Committee) ensuring that regional voices were heard.

    Alongside representatives from the International Council on Archives, the International Council on Museums, Education International, Communia and others, they underlined the fact that too often, copyright laws simply do not reflect the practice of libraries today.

    Inadequate laws not only fail to give librarians legal certainty when carrying out their missions, but can stand in the way of collaboration in support of better service to users.

    Member states were receptive, recognising a real need for an update to copyright laws. WIPO itself could provide valuable support in this respect.

    The International Dimension

    Theoretically, it may be enough to leave decisions on domestic law up to decision-makers in national capitals. However, the only way to find a solution for international cooperation – document supply, preservation networks, or making works available on the internet – is international action.

    Moreover, with many governments facing multiple challenges and limited capacity, international action also promises to offer key guidance and impetus for national reforms.

    Member states broadly agreed with this perspective, with three of the four groups recommending that an international legal instrument should be part of the package of work to be undertaken by WIPO. The fourth, while not mentioning international work, nonetheless welcomed greater support to national policy making.

    Experts invited along by WIPO welcomed the perspectives offered. While their own recommendations differed, they were also clear about the need for change, and to find ways to enable international cooperation.

    The results of the discussions will be included into a report which, alongside the results of seminars to be held in Nairobi, Kenya (12-13 June) and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (4-5 July) will feed into a global conference in October in Geneva. This will advise WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights on potential next steps.

    IFLA will be attending all of the planned meetings, making the case for action that does the best for libraries.

    Read more about IFLA's work on copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries. Listen again to our webinar recorded in advance of the Singapore workshop. See our infographic about copyright laws in the Asia-Pacific region produced for the workshop.

    Webinar: Enhancing your strengths through coaching

    Tue, 30/04/2019 - 23:18

    In this webinar, the role of coaching will be explored in order to highlight its value for developing library and information professionals for the future.

    Ewa Stenberg, Sweden

    Catharina Isberg, Sweden
    Barbara Wennheden, Sweden
    Bergita Shannon, Australia

    05:00 PT / 07:00 CT (Chicago) / 08:00 EDT (New York) / 14:00 CET (Amsterdam) / 15:00 EET (Helsinki) / 22:00 AEST (Brisbane)

    Link to the webinar: tbc

    You can find information about other IFLA webinars here.

    IFLA ARL Webinar 2 – Introduction to Open Access

    Tue, 30/04/2019 - 04:18

    Title:  Introduction to Open Access

    Presenter:  Dr. Jasmin Schmitz, Open Access Advisory Services, ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences

    Date & Time: May 14, 2019 11:00 AM Rome

    Register in advance for this meeting



    Introduction to Open Access

    This introductory webinar will deal with the very basics of open access publishing. After providing a definition, the differences between the golden and green route of open access will be explained. The advantages and opportunities of open access along with basic aspects such as publication fees (and how to finance them) and licenses are addressed as well.

    Presenter Bio:

    Jasmin Schmitz received a PhD in information science. She worked as a freelance trainer for a commercial provider for scientific information and as scientific project coordinator in the field of bibliometrics. At ZB MED she is responsible for the Open Access Advisory Services.


    On the chat: Dr. Ursula Arning

    Ursula Arning is head of PUBLISSO – Open Access – Digital Preservation – Research Data from ZB MED and Member of the ARL.

    This webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation openly.

    Please register for the webinar here.

    Series organiser: Dr Reggie Raju 

    Chair of ARL: Ms Mimi Calter 

    This session is the second in a series of presentations on topics relevant to Academic & Research Libraries.  Look out for our next session in July.

    Libraries and Cultural Diversity: Preserving Heritage, Promoting Dialogue

    Sat, 27/04/2019 - 17:03

    IFLA has submitted comments to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights on the subject of cultural diversity and human rights. With a responsibility to preserve the heritage of all of our communities, to facilitate access to information, and as defenders of free speech, libraries have much to contribute.

    Under international law, everyone has a right both to free expression, and to engaging in the cultural life of their community. Nonetheless, there remain threats to cultural diversity.

    Politically motivated intolerance of cultural differences, a lack of opportunity for people from minority groups to speak out, and the collections practices of the past that saw some groups’ heritage as being more important than that of others’: all risk limiting cultural diversity.

    In a Resolution at the United Nations General Assembly in 2017, Member States agreed on the importance of supporting cultural diversity, calling on governments and civil society alike to act. It also asked the High Commissioner for Human Rights to deliver a report on progress.

    As part of a consultation designed to shape this report, IFLA has submitted comments. These highlight the work of IFLA’s Preservation and Conservation Centres and Sections (notably the Libraries Serving Multicultural Populations Section and the Religion: Libraries and Dialogue Special Interest Group), as well as broader efforts to promote free speech and enable all members of society to fulfil their potential.

    You can read IFLA’s submission on our publications page.

    Copyright in the Asia-Pacific Region: the Right Rules for Libraries?

    Sat, 27/04/2019 - 14:46

    The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is organising three regional seminars to understand how far copyright rules meet the needs of libraries around the world. The first one starts on Monday in Singapore, looking at the Asia-Pacific. IFLA will be there.

    Copyright is crucial to the work of libraries, as it shapes the way information can be accessed and used. To ensure that it does not stand in the way of our public interest mission, exceptions and limitations are a fundamental part of copyright systems.

    At the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), United Nations member states have been exploring this question. To go further into details, WIPO has organised three regional seminars: in the Asia-Pacific region, in the African region, and in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. The first one, for the Asia-Pacific region, takes place in Singapore next week.

    The Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar

    This two-day seminar (29-30 April) will analyse the situation of libraries, archives and museums as well as educational and research institutions in the region and will explore areas for action at the political level.

    Countries from the Asia-Pacific region will be represented by their copyright office (or government office in charge of copyright). Libraries, archives and museums, as well as other non-governmental organisations, will also be there.

    There will mostly be workshop discussions, where member states, observers and WIPO officials will exchange their views and experience on existing copyright laws and whether they are suitable to the mission of our institutions.

    What are our objectives?

    At WIPO, IFLA works to underline the need to deliver progress at the international level on the topic of exceptions and limitations. It is the best way to ensure that these provisions apply across-borders (and so enable libraries globally to cooperate), and to encourage change in countries where reform to copyright laws is overdue.

    At the Asia-Pacific regional seminar, we will call for this, underlining how in many countries in the region, copyright laws do not respond to the public interest mission of libraries, archives and museums.

    Stay tuned for the outcomes of the meeting on IFLA’s webpage and social media, under the hashtag #Copyright4Libraries.

    For more information, you can watch our webinar on the matter, recorded and made available on our website. See our infographic on exceptions and limitations in the region. We will be live-tweeting the event.

    A Library Manifesto for Europe

    Thu, 25/04/2019 - 23:26

    ​The decisions taken in Brussels and Strasbourg have a significant impact on libraries. To prepare for the coming mandate of the European Parliament, IFLA and partners have developed a Library Manifesto for Europe.

    Policies at the European level can have a major effect on libraries. From the laws around copyright or the importation of cultural goods to funding programmes and even research, successful advocacy in Brussels and Strasbourg can offer real help to libraries across the region.

    The European Parliament elections, due to take place on 23-26 May, stand to change the face of the Parliament itself. The people elected will, for the next five years, be key interlocutors for libraries. The results will also shape the leadership of the European Commission and Presidency of the European Council.

    It is therefore an important moment to set out the priorities for libraries and their users, and seek guarantees of support.  

    IFLA, working with partners in LIBER, EBLIDA, SPARC Europe and Public Libraries 2030, has therefore developed a Library Manifesto for Europe, setting out six key requests. 

    These cover the work of libraries in supporting education and skills, research and innovation, and culture and heritage. They also include the need for Europe to play an active role in supporting libraries worldwide, both through its development programmes and the positions on issues such as copyright.

    Drawing on the Manifesto, IFLA is also working directly at the European level, as well as through its members at the national level to seek commitments from parties and candidates about how they will support libraries if they are successful.  

    IFLA will be publishing the responses received on a dedicated website, as a resource to help any voter who cares about libraries understand what their decision at the end of May could mean.

    We encourage anyone in the European Union and beyond with an interest in supporting libraries and their missions to read the manifesto and use it in your own advocacy work.

    Visit the europe4libraries2019.eu website to download translations of the report and relevant materials.

    Spain’s Recent Copyright Reform: an Interview with the Chair of the Library Association’s Copyright Group

    Thu, 25/04/2019 - 12:13

    The Spanish government recently implemented two European directives: the Marrakesh Directive, and the Collective Management Directive. The bill that transposed these two pieces of legislation came with unexpected proposals on the topic of public lending rights.

    This case provides a good example of why keeping an eye on every legislative step is necessary, and of why the upcoming transposition of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market might open up new opportunities.

    Ciro Llueca, director of the Library and Learning Resources at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and Chair of the Copyright group at the Spanish Library Association (FESABID) tells us about the recent changes:

    Could you tell us about the changes that have been made to transpose the Marrakesh Directive?

    From many years, the Spanish association for blind people, the ONCE, has been playing an essential role to provide access to materials in accessible formats, thanks to the broad copyright exception that was already in place. The Marrakesh Treaty will now, in addition, permit cross-border exchange of copies under the exception, with no remuneration, between Spain, as an EU member, and third countries that are parties to the Treaty.

    What about the transposition of the Collective Management Directive?

    The provisions that implement this Directive mainly focus on ensuring more control over collective management organisations (CMOs).

    It is worth noting that the CMO lobby is very strong in Spain. Not only them, but also companies both from the publishing and audiovisual industries have a very strong influence on the Spanish Ministry of Culture, no matter what political party is ruling.

    While smaller CMOs such as CEDRO’s (the CMO for books, journals, etc.) will never reach the levels of scandal we have seen around the SGAE (the CMO for music, and the biggest one in Spain), many believe that they take an unfairly tough approach towards smaller institutions. It has reached an extent where even the patience of their best friend, the government, is coming to an end.

    The transposition of the Collective Management Directive includes a demand for clear and transparent information and audit, and a sanctions regime which imposes, for the most serious cases, disqualification as a CMO and fines of up to 800.000 €. We finally have legal provisions with a clear and fair message, but let’s see if there will be courage from government to enforce the provisions if needed.

    FESABID is satisfied with this transposition, because it seems to reflect our historical position: authors must be recognized and paid for their work, but with transparency, publicity and loyalty to the public interest from the side of CMOs.

    How does the current system of public lending rights work in Spain? Do you see any flaws?

    Generally speaking, it is not working well. Very few public administrations are implementing the public lending right scheme. We have an enormous problem around payment collection. Let’s be clear: in Spain, lots of people, including citizen and politicians, disagree with the principles of public lending rights. Sometimes the reason is related to the low budgets of public libraries. From my viewpoint, we should ensure that the failed implementation of cultural politics due to the underfunding of libraries does not end up harming another legitimate group of interest: the authors, especially local authors. 

    Certainly, scandals around CMOs don’t help to solve the current situation. But several regional governments, such as the ones from Catalonia, Madrid and now Castilla-La Mancha, have shown that reporting and counting issues can be solved when all sides are willing to negotiate. In neither of these cases there is damage to libraries’ budgets, since remuneration comes from the public administration. And as I said, CMOs must be transparent with financial delivery.

    How will the recent legislative change be helpful?

    The recent change placed the responsibility of managing the financial aspects of public lending rights in the hands of provinces, whereas this previously sat with the councils of towns with more than 5 000 people.

    This change can be helpful. First of all, to the local public administration: before the change, most councils were unable (or not interested) to do it. And secondly, for CMOs: in Spain, CEDRO had to ask 1 315 town councils to provide them with information on loans and then request the payments. It was a complete failure.

    Would FESABID have suggested another approach?

    The recent change is not perfect, but it is much better than before. FESABID proposed placing the responsibility at a higher administrative level, regional or national, as happens in other EU countries. 

    The risk with leaving responsibility to towns or provinces is that we end up with a scenario that older people may remember from the “Yes, Minister” British sitcom from 80s. We could have a “Yes, Minister” effect, where officials claim obedience but avoid doing what they are supposed to do – both by policy and ethics – to the detriment of our natural allies in reading policies: the authors.

    Do you have any information on how the government will implement this new scheme?

    It’s too early to know. In the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the current general director of Book and Reading, Ms. Olvido García-Valdés, was nominated a few months ago, and she is working hard: for first time in several years, she tried – but did not entirely succeed – to get all the local representatives of public libraries together with CMOs and FESABID to sit at the same table.

    Now national elections are around the corner. Depending on the results, Ms. García-Valdés will be confirmed or not in her position. Even with a committed team in the Ministry, a change in this political position could have serious implications.  

    To end with another audiovisual reference, think of “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell? Spain can repeat, one more time, its current drama and disagreements about public lending right. But now we have to be realistic about other priorities, namely transposing the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, and discussions around public lending rights might need to be put on hold.