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国际图联取消举办2020年世界图书馆和信息大会

Thu, 09/04/2020 - 11:32

国际图联管理委员会和爱尔兰国家委员会经过艰难的权衡,决定取消2020年世界图书馆和信息大会。由于原计划举办2022年大会的新西兰国际会议中心无法如期竣工,都柏林将接过这一届的主办权。

艰难但必要的决定

世界图书馆和信息大会(WLIC)是图书馆界规模最大的国际会议,为各馆提供了相互学习、拓展关系、增进友谊的重要契机,因此取消2020年大会是一个艰难的决定。我们知道,该大会为图书馆界带来了丰富的灵感和动力。这将是1946年以来第一次取消举办该大会。

然而,当前所有大型国际活动都面临着艰巨的挑战。国际图联坚信会员、志愿者、东道主、参展商、赞助商和员工的健康高于一切;此外,各国出行限制日益严格,新冠病毒在多个国家也存在不同程度的蔓延。

我们预计并期待最坏的情况将在今年8月之前结束,但仍然存在太多不确定性,因此我们无法保证能举办一场安全、开放和振奋人心的活动,尽管会议主办方——爱尔兰国家委员会完成了极为出色的工作。国际图联管理委员会和爱尔兰国家委员会一致同意,鉴于目前的形势,今年的大会无法如期举行。

虽有遗憾,但我们希望做出明确的决定,以使全球图书馆界作好下一步安排。世界各地的信息与情报工作者(其中很多人的工作和生活受到了极大的限制)仍需竭尽全力,为当地社群提供最好的服务。

我们承诺向参会者、赞助商和参展商退还收取的全部费用。

由于无法照常在大会期间举办会员全体会议(理事会会议),我们将另行安排时间和地点,最晚在2020年11月30号前举行。

未来的世界图书馆和信息大会

今年无法举办世界图书馆和信息大会,因此未来的大会对于持续推进国际图联和全球图书馆界转型的意义更加重大。

我们很高兴地宣布,荷兰鹿特丹正在顺利筹备2021年的大会。我们将与荷兰国家委员会定期沟通,尽力为各方提供一个学习、合作与探索荷兰图书馆界的良好机遇。

关于2022年的大会,我们很遗憾地接到通知,原计划承办会议的奥克兰会议中心建设再次延期。目前的疫情导致供应链中断,给施工造成了更大困难。因此,该场馆无法确保在大会前如期完工。新西兰没有其他类似可用场馆。

国际图联管理委员会与新西兰国家委员会协商决定中止奥克兰为2022年大会的筹备工作。我们对此深感遗憾,这对于全球图书馆和情报工作者以及新西兰国家委员会都是一个损失。新西兰在太平洋地区宣传国际图联做出了卓越的贡献,彰显了本国图书馆界的工作热情和专业能力。

鉴于此,国际图联决定在都柏林举办2022年世界图书馆和信息大会。我们对爱尔兰国家委员会目前完成的出色工作,及其对取消今年大会的配合深表感谢,期待未来在爱尔兰举办大会。另外,我们鼓励欧洲以外的国家和地区积极申办2023年大会。

国际图联主席克里斯汀·麦肯齐表示:

   

今年八月无法与各位同行见面,我深感遗憾,但这对于国际图联所有成员和你们所服务的社群来说都是最好的决定。与此同时,我们可以通过多种方式继续保持合作!期待能与各位保持联系,2021年我们在鹿特丹将竭力为大家呈现一场独特的盛会!

爱尔兰国家委员会表示:

   

我们无法欢迎全球图书馆界的各位同行来到爱尔兰参加2020年世界图书馆和信息大会,实属遗憾;但是考虑到目前的困难形势和不确定性,我们认为取消今年的大会是正确的决定。我们期待两年后向各位致以更加热烈的欢迎,并向新西兰国家委员会的同行和朋友们表示感谢。

新西兰国家委员会联合主席比尔·麦克努特和迪帕亚·帕林加泰表示:

   

新西兰国家委员会致力于推进国际图联、新西兰图书馆与情报协会和毛利图书馆和信息工作者协会(Te Rōpū Whakahau)之间的合作,并支持国际图联管理委员会的决策和指导。我们向爱尔兰国家委员会致以最诚挚的敬意——希望2022年的都柏林大会大放异彩!

我们将继续提供服务

今年无法在现场与各位见面着实令人伤感,但对于“全球愿景”和去年发布的《国际图联战略报告》带来的发展势头,我们将坚定不移地继续推进。

我们坚信,《国际图联战略报告》中提出的使命——为全球图书馆界提供灵感、吸引各方参与、培养相关能力并建立相互联系——与以往任何时候一样重要。全球迫切需要图书馆提供信息、文化和服务来应对这场全球大流行病及其影响。随着全球从这场疫情中逐渐恢复,图书馆的作用将有增无减。我们只有团结起来,才能发挥最大的作用。

国际图联对所有的志愿者、合作伙伴、赞助商和参展商所做的一切表示感谢。国际图联管理委员会特别感谢新西兰国家委员会和爱尔兰国家委员会的积极贡献,以及对这些艰难决定的理解和全力支持

国际图联秘书长杰拉特·莱特纳表示:

   

虽然今年的大会无法举办,但我们为加强和团结全球图书馆界的努力仍在继续。我们尽力提供了必要的保障,确保志愿者和员工继续开展必要的工作。我们与相关团体和合作伙伴密切联系,阐明了当前形势和未来工作面临的选择。我们也期待推出令人振奋的新服务,带来令人振奋的新机遇,努力打造一个更强大的图书馆界,为建立信息互通的文明参与型社会提供动力。

祝各位平安渡过目前的艰难时期。

国际图联主席(2019-2021)
克里斯汀·麦肯齐

国际图联秘书长
杰拉德·莱特纳

 

2020年4月9日

Cancelación del Congreso Mundial de Bibliotecas e Información IFLA 2020

Thu, 09/04/2020 - 04:08

La Junta de Gobierno de IFLA y el Comité Nacional de Irlanda han tomado la difícil decisión de cancelar el Congreso Mundial de Bibliotecas e Información (WLIC) 2020. En su lugar, Dublín será anfitriona del WLIC 2022, a partir de la confirmación de que es muy probable que el Centro Internacional de Convenciones de Nueva Zelanda, ubicado en la ciudad de Auckland —la sede prevista inicialmente— no esté terminado a tiempo.

Una decisión difícil pero necesaria

Al tratarse del acontecimiento más internacional del calendario bibliotecario, que ofrece una gran oportunidad de aprender, trabajar en red y generar y fortalecer amistades, cancelar el WLIC 2020 no fue una decisión fácil. Sabemos que el Congreso aporta mucha inspiración y energía a todo nuestro sector. Será el primer año desde 1946 que no se realiza esta reunión.

Sin embargo, para eventos globales como el nuestro, los desafíos son especialmente complejos. Además de la necesidad fundamental de priorizar la salud de nuestros miembros, voluntarios, anfitriones, expositores, auspiciantes y personal, también nos enfrentamos a restricciones de viaje cambiantes y a la progresión variada de la pandemia de COVID-19 en distintas partes del mundo.

Si bien se espera que para agosto hayamos dejado atrás el peor momento, es demasiado incierto si podremos garantizar un evento que sea todo lo seguro, abierto e inspirador que deseamos, y que haga justicia al gran trabajo que ya han hecho nuestros anfitriones del Comité Nacional de Irlanda. En consecuencia, la Junta de Gobierno de IFLA y el Comité Nacional de Irlanda han acordado que no podemos avanzar según lo planeado en las circunstancias actuales. 

Aunque es frustrante, esperamos que ofrecer certidumbre en este momento ayude al sector en su planificación. Los trabajadores del sector bibliotecario y de la información de todo el mundo —muchos de los cuales están sujetos a fuertes restricciones en sus vidas y sus empleos— deben concentrarse en seguir brindando el mejor servicio posible a sus comunidades.

En consonancia con nuestro compromiso, ofreceremos reembolsos totales a quienes hayan pagado la inscripción al WLIC, así como a todos los auspiciantes y expositores.

Como no será posible celebrar la Asamblea General durante el Congreso, buscaremos una nueva fecha y ubicación para este evento, que tendrá lugar antes del 30 de noviembre de 2020.

Nuestros próximos Congresos

Ante la imposibilidad de llevar a cabo el WLIC este año, nuestros próximos Congresos serán oportunidades incluso más importantes para continuar la transformación de IFLA y el Sector Bibliotecario Global.

Nos complace anunciar que los preparativos para el Congreso de Róterdam 2021 están bien encaminados. Mantenemos una comunicación regular con el Comité Nacional de los Países Bajos, que está trabajando arduamente para garantizar que ese Congreso sea una gran oportunidad para aprender, trabajar en red y descubrir el sector bibliotecario neerlandés.

En relación con el Congreso de 2022, hemos recibido la triste noticia de que la sede de Auckland ha sufrido más demoras en su construcción. Las restricciones actuales a la circulación y la interrupción de las cadenas de abastecimiento crean todavía más desafíos. En consecuencia, no podemos garantizar que esta sede esté terminada a tiempo para nuestro Congreso. El país no cuenta con instalaciones similares alternativas.

Por ende, luego de consultar con el Comité Nacional de Nueva Zelanda, la Junta de Gobierno de IFLA ha decidido detener los preparativos para Auckland 2022. También somos conscientes de la frustración que esto genera, no solo para los trabajadores de bibliotecas y de la información de todo el mundo, sino especialmente para el Comité Nacional de Nueva Zelanda. Su esfuerzo para llevar IFLA al Pacífico ha sido magnífico y ha puesto de relieve la energía y el conocimiento del sector bibliotecario nacional.

En su lugar, el Congreso Mundial de Bibliotecas e Información 2022 se celebrará en Dublín. Agradecemos al Comité Nacional de Irlanda por su excelente trabajo y su buena predisposición para reprogramar el WLIC de este año, y anhelamos poder llevar el WLIC a Irlanda. Para el Congreso de 2023, abriremos una convocatoria para candidatos de todas las regiones del mundo con excepción de Europa.

La Presidenta de IFLA, Christine Mackenzie, expresó:

   

Es una gran desilusión no poder reunirnos con ustedes en agosto, pero es la mejor decisión para nuestros miembros y sus comunidades. Sin embargo, ¡podemos seguir trabajando juntos de tantas maneras! Espero estar en contacto con muchos de ustedes y hacer que el Congreso de Róterdam de 2021 sea muy especial.

El Comité Nacional de Irlanda manifestó:

   

Si bien lamentamos no poder recibir a la comunidad bibliotecaria global en Irlanda en 2020, coincidimos Es una gran desilusión no poder reunirnos con ustedes en agosto, pero es la mejor decisión para nuestros miembros y sus comunidades. Sin embargo, ¡podemos seguir trabajando juntos de tantas maneras! Espero estar en contacto con muchos de ustedes y hacer que el Congreso de Róterdam de 2021 sea muy especial.en que cancelar el WLIC de este año es la decisión correcta debido a las dificultades y la incertidumbre que todos enfrentamos. Esperamos ofrecer a todos una bienvenida aún más cálida y entusiasta —‘Céad Míle Fáilte’— dentro de dos años y agradecemos especialmente a nuestros colegas y amigos del Comité Nacional de Nueva Zelanda.

Bill Macnaught y Te Paea Paringatai, copresidentes del Comité Nacional de Nueva Zelanda, manifestaron:

   

El Comité Nacional de Nueva Zelanda celebra las conexiones establecidas entre IFLA, LIANZA  (Asociación de Bibliotecas de Nueva Zelanda)  y Te Rōpū Whakahau (Asociación Maorí de Bibliotecas y Trabajadores de la Información de Nueva Zelanda) durante los últimos años de colaboración, y apoya la decisión y el liderazgo de la Junta de Gobierno. Enviamos nuestros mejores deseos al Comité Nacional de Irlanda: el año 2022 será el momento de brillar de Dublín.

Seguimos prestando servicios

Por supuesto, es triste no poder encontrarnos personalmente en agosto. No obstante, estamos decididos a mantener el impulso creado por el proceso de la Visión Global y la presentación de nuestra Estrategia el año pasado.

Creemos firmemente que la misión establecida en esta Estrategia  –inspirar, hacer partícipe, habilitar y conectar al sector bibliotecario global– es más pertinente que nunca. Existe una necesidad imperiosa de acceso a la información, la cultura y los servicios que las bibliotecas ofrecen para hacer frente a la pandemia global y a sus consecuencias. La necesidad de contar con bibliotecas no será menor a medida que el mundo se recupere. Juntos podremos lograrlo.

IFLA desea agradecer a todos los voluntarios, socios, auspiciantes y expositores por toda su colaboración. La Junta de Gobierno de IFLA agradece especialmente a los Comités Nacionales de Nueva Zelanda e Irlanda por su trabajo, y por comprender y apoyar estas decisiones difíciles.

El Secretario General de IFLA, Gerald Leitner, manifestó:

   

Aunque no podamos celebrar el Congreso este año, seguiremos esforzándonos para fortalecer y unir aún más al sector bibliotecario global. En este sentido, hemos trabajado arduamente para garantizar que nuestros voluntarios y nuestro personal puedan seguir desarrollando sus labores fundamentales. Estamos contactando a los grupos y socios pertinentes para explicarles la situación y las futuras opciones de trabajo. También esperamos anunciar nuevos y atractivos servicios y oportunidades para promover un sector bibliotecario más sólido que impulse sociedades alfabetizadas, informadas y participativas en el futuro.

Les deseamos lo mejor en estos tiempos difíciles.

Christine Mackenzie
Presidenta de IFLA 2019-2021

Gerald Leitner
Secretario General de IFLA

 

9 de abril de 2020

Video editing tools for librarians

Wed, 08/04/2020 - 16:41

Mirjana Nešić has made a video, "Video editing tools for librarians"

The goal is to learn about video editing tools that can improve librarian services, find ideas on how to use video materials and get some practical tips on recording.

You find the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZv4iKbLopI

In the description you will find links to the tools and sites mentioned in the video.

UNESCO Calls for Continued Support for Preservation and Access to Documentary Heritage in Response to COVID-19

Mon, 06/04/2020 - 13:34

UNESCO’s statement, Turning the threat of COVID-19 into an opportunity for greater support to documentary heritage, co-signed by IFLA, stresses the importance of continued support for preservation and access to documentary heritage.

IFLA joined the International Council of Museums (ICOM), International Council on Archives (ICA), The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) in supporting this statement from UNESCO and the Memory of the World programme.

IFLA is proud to join these partner organisations in stressing the shared educational, social, scientific and artistic values of documentary heritage. The statement goes on to give concrete examples of the role of documentary heritage in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in preparing society for similar situations in the future.

Read the full statement here: Turning the threat of COVID-19 into an opportunity for greater support to documentary heritage

This document is part of the Resources for Documentary Heritage Professionals page recently launched by UNESCO. This is a comprehensive collection of resources and responses to COVID-19, both from UNESCO and other memory institutions.

Featured here is a statement from IFLA's Secretary General Gerald Leitner on Libraries in Action at the time of COVID-19.

We thank our partners at UNESCO and all other organisations working to promote the value of memory institutions to society, especially in these challenging times.

IFLA continues to address the changes and challenges brought about by COVID-19 across all areas of our work. For updates, please see the COVID-19 and the Global Library Field Resource Page.  

IFLA Leads Open Letter on Intellectual Property and COVID-19

Fri, 03/04/2020 - 16:39

Faced with the urgent need to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic and its consequences, it is vital to ensure that intellectual property laws and practices do not become a blockage. IFLA, working with its partners, has led in drafting an open letter to the Director General of WIPO to underline this point and call for action. UPDATE - over 312 organisations and individuals have now signed. 

Copyright and intellectual property laws – and the practices they support – have a defining influence on the work of libraries at any time.

For many years, IFLA and its partners have been active in calling for reforms which bring relevant rules up to date with a global, digitised world.

The need for such laws, enabling both analogue and digital uses of works – for example eLending alongside traditional lending, or remote access to academic books, alongside on-site possibilities – has been made clearer than ever with the crisis.

Forced to close their doors to the public, libraries need to be able to provide access in support of research, education and access to culture at distance. Without this possibility, not only is it more difficult to counter the spread of COVID-19, but there is more widespread disruption which will leave scars long into the future.  

However, intellectual property laws and practices do not necessary allow this. While there have been many positive initiatives from publishers – often in response to calls from libraries – these do not cover all needs or situations.  

As a result, IFLA has worked with partners to prepare an open letter to Dr Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), calling on the Organization to show leadership. Over 312 organisations and individuals, as of 5 April 2020, have already signed. 

It stresses the need for Member States to use existing flexibilities to facilitate public interest uses of works, for rightholders to give the necessary permissions for use, and for steps to be taken to support the development and delivery of treatments.  

In line with the goals of the wider United Nations system to accelerate the fight against the pandemic and its consequences – as well as the broader Sustainable Development Goals – we hope that WIPO will be able to play its part.

You can access the letter as a pdf. The letter is still open for sign-on for interested organisations and individuals through this form.

Mid Year Meeting

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:55

The Mid Year Meeting in Rome, Italy was cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Instead, a Zoom meeting was held. Here are some of the participants.

The Evolving Concept of School Library and Its Profession

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 17:36

The conference The Evolving Concept of School Library and Its Profession to be held in Rome, Italy was replaced by a virtual one due the Corona crisis. The Meeting was initially intended to be on April 2, 2020: See here

Now available: Community Networks – A Briefing for Libraries

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 12:23

Ensuring equitable access to information and knowledge lies at the heart of the library mission. As part of this goal, many libraries offer public internet access and workstations. And yet, there are still areas where many people do not have an opportunity to get online. Community networks - local community-led initiatives to build and maintain a telecommunications infrastructure – are emerging as an alternative model to help connect the unconnected. How do such Community Network projects relate to libraries’ mission, what can libraries do to support these initiatives?

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a rapid shift to online education and work. However, this simply isn’t a possibility for everyone, highlighting just how large of an impact the continuing digital divide has.

Many libraries have, of course, long worked to support digital inclusion by offering public internet access. As quarantines or lockdowns can impact libraries’ ability to offer such services (or make them temporarily impossible), we could use this time to explore other ways that libraries can support digital inclusion in a world post-COVID.

In recent years, more and more people have taken up Community Network initiatives to help bridge the digital divide. These are local community-led projects to build and jointly operate a digital communications infrastructure – often in areas where commercial networks are not available. These networks are built on the principle of open commons: the users of the network govern and manage it cooperatively, contributing their time and resources.

What does this mean for libraries? Supporting Community Network projects can be a fundamentally new way for libraries to help their communities get online. In the digital age, this aligns closely with libraries’ mission to help ensure equitable access to information and knowledge.

A new briefing prepared by IFLA explains this in more detail:

  • What are Community Networks?
  • Why are Community Networks important for libraries?
  • How can libraries help and support community network projects?
  • How have libraries helped community network projects in different parts of the world?
  • What are the different ways a library can get involved?

[Visit the publication page to download the briefing]

Deadline Extended to 8 April 2020: WLIC 2020 Committee on Standards Call for Papers

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 09:54

The deadline of the Committee on Standards call for papers for our open session at this year's IFLA WLIC 2020 has been extended to 8 April 2020. 

Please see the IFLA WLIC 2020 website for complete details on the call.

IFLAPARL 36th Satellite Conference Cancelled

Wed, 01/04/2020 - 21:07

Dear Colleagues,

 

It is with great regret that I must tell you that, by agreement between the IFLAPARL Standing Committee and the Houses of Oireachtas Service, the IFLAPARL 2020 Conference has been cancelled.

 

The IFLAPARL 2020 conference was due to run 12-14 August 2020 in Dublin, Ireland. It would have been the 36th Library and Research Services for Parliaments IFLA Pre-Conference.

 

The main IFLA WLIC conference, including the IFLAPARL session within it, remains on.  

 

The COVID-19 pandemic requires great efforts now and in the coming months from all our services, and the Houses of the Oireachtas Service must be allowed to focus on that. This consideration applies also to speakers and to conference delegates. Further, there are many uncertainties regarding travel to Ireland and the feasibility of running such an event in Ireland in August.  We know that round the world there are prohibitions on making travel arrangements and colleagues have understandable concerns regarding both health and travel in August.

 

We do not believe that the many challenges and uncertainties will clear in sufficient time for this event to be viable, considering the logistics, content and level of attendance.

 

The Standing Committee will look in due course at options to run some kind of virtual conference in the last quarter of the year. As Chair, I will urge IFLA to postpone the Dublin main conference to 2021, saving some of the work done by the Irish organising committee, with the event in Rotterdam deferred to 2022, and that in New Zealand to 2023. We cannot guarantee that the IFLAPARL conference planned for 2020 can be offered in 2021 but it might at least be a possibility. Deferment would acknowledge the efforts made to date by our Irish colleagues from all Sections, as well as the National Committee.

 

I wish to thank the Houses of the Oireachtas Service for their cooperation to date – which was splendid – and I wish them all the very best in dealing with this crisis situation.

 

I thank all of you, and in particular those who made proposals to speak, for your interest and investment in IFLAPARL 2020 up to this point. I would ask for your understanding in regard to this very difficult decision.

 

Yours faithfully,

Iain Watt

Chair of IFLAPARL

Hard Choices: Libraries Face Major Challenges in Meeting Reader eLending Demand

Wed, 01/04/2020 - 15:53

New research from Australia has explored how the way eBooks are offered to libraries affect their decisions over what to offer borrowers.

Led by Associate Professor Rebecca Giblin of the University of Melbourne law school as part of the international eLending Project (elendingproject.org), this builds on previous work that has underlined the restrictions, inconsistencies and lack of adaptation to demand that characterises the library eBook market, both in Australia and worldwide.

The new research is based on a survey of libraries across Australia. The researchers sought to understand how publisher licensing practices were impacting library decisions about which ebooks to add to their collections, as well as the trade-offs they were making in balancing scarce resources with their communities’ diverse needs.

It finds that the prices and licence terms set by publishers are having real impacts on the books that get added to public library collections – and thus the authors who get read and paid for library uses. 

 

A Flawed Market

Previous work from the library eLending project have identified a series of challenges associated with the library eLending market on the side of suppliers. Not all ebooks are made available for lending (although availability is better in some countries than others). Different publishers take different approaches. Increasingly, they are adopting ‘metered’ (only a certain number of loans are possible) or ‘exploding’ licences (which see the library lose access to a book after a set time, regardless of how many times it has been borrowed. The eLending Project’s previous work had also shown that the licence type and price charged do not necessarily reflect likely demand, with older books just as likely to be made available at high prices and on exploding licenses as the newest ones. But what does this mean for libraries?

 

As the new research shows, it is not the conditions offered by publishers and platforms, but rather patron demand that is the main driver of decision-making. In order to meet that demand, libraries are signing up for multiple platforms (with multiple platform fees), and buying access to individual books on less-than-favourable terms.  Libraries reported that they often felt they had no choice but to agree to unreasonable prices or restrictions for in-demand books. As one put it, ‘Remaining relevant means that we are a slave to demand driven purchasing. (Don’t tell the publisher.)' But that then means they have less resources to fulfil their other missions, including collection development and supporting local and emerging writers.

In this, they are not helped necessarily by the lack of information received from platforms, which tend to be readier to share numbers on waiting lists rather than on use, potentially in order to encourage more sales. This makes it difficult for libraries even to calculate costs per loan, and many libraries reported not having the skills or resources to do so.

 

A Way Forwards?

Some of the potential improvements to the situation already appeared in the previous work, notably greater consistency in offer from one platform to the next, and an approach to licensing and pricing that reflects likely demand for books.

The new research identified further suggestions, including most importantly, the need for libraries to have a choice between licensing models, including pay-per-loan.

This would help libraries to promote more local content, in particular from new and emerging authors, and so both ensure deeper and more balanced collections and continue libraries’ role as a supporter of literary diversity.

It could also make it easier for libraries to serve minority groups by buying books that may be of less interest to the rest of the population. This would help realise the potential of eBooks as a means of giving access to a much wider range of content that better meets the needs of all readers.

There are many powerful lessons to be taken from this work, many of which may be familiar to libraries in other countries.

Despite increasing spending – indeed, library eLending is one of the rare growth areas in the wider eBook market – libraries and their users are not necessarily seeing the benefits, and indeed are struggling to fulfil traditional missions to offer wide, deep collections that respond to the needs of all members of the community while helping new writers find an audience.

This research underlines, again, the need for serious reflection on the way the library eLending market operates, in the interests of authors and readers like. 

You can download the full research report as a pdf.

Now Available: IFLA Asia and Oceania Regional Quarterly News - January 2020 Issue

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 13:43

Dear friends,

We present to you the January 2020 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

Call for nominations open-2020 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education

Mon, 30/03/2020 - 23:01

UNESCO has recently announced a call for nominations for the 2020 Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. This is an opportunity to mark the contributions of various organizations, institutions, or individuals to the education of women and girls. Libraries of course often work to offer various learning opportunities, and library projects that focus on women and girls’ education and learning could be eligible for a nomination!

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS?

According to the announcement, a project needs to meet the following criteria to be eligible:

“The Project:

  • has a clear focus on advancing girls’ and women’s education, and  the  promotion  of  gender equality in and through education, and contributes to one or more of the five priority areas of the Prize:

1.Participation: Supporting  girls  to  transition  from  primary  education  to  lower-secondary education and to complete full basic education

2.Literacy: Supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills

3.Environment: Supporting the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning  environment

4.Teachers: Engaging  teachers  to  be  change  agents  with  gender-responsive  teaching attitudes and practices

5.Skills: Supporting girls and women to acquire knowledge/skills for life and work

  • has already been running for at least two years; and
  • shows evidence that it may be replicable, scalable and/or provide significant learning potential for initiatives in other contexts”

Furthermore, it is good if a project is able to show qualitatively or quantitatively measurable impacts - a change in attitudes, beliefs or practices; girls’ participation in education or their learning outcomes, or removing existing barriers to education – as well as innovation and sustainability. You can find out more about the nomination here: https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/gwe_prize_explanatory_note.pdf#page=2

The deadline for nominations is 26 May 2020 (midnight, Paris time)

New SET Bulletin Jan. 2020

Sat, 28/03/2020 - 20:29

Check out the all new SET Bullentin from January 2020 for complete coverage of the SET meetings, programs and activities at IFLA August 2019 in Athens as well as the satellite meetings.  

Update on IFLA's Work on Sustainable Development - March 2020

Fri, 27/03/2020 - 18:44

IFLA is continuing in its work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), both in direct engagement at the global and regional levels, and in supporting members at the national levels.

The below update, distributed to participants in IFLA's International Advocacy Programme, provides an overview of activities and resources in the past weeks.

 

1. Voluntary National Reviews

The fifty countries doing Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) this year should already be well advanced in their work, in particular consultations with stakeholders – including libraries! We have shared the latest instalment of our guide on how to engage in VNRs with libraries in countries which are doing them – this time focused on engaging with decision-makers – and hope that the guide will also be useful for everyone else in due course!

 

2. Regional Forums on Sustainable Development

We had a successful African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Victoria Falls Town, Zimbabwe, at the end of February, with a library delegation of six in total. In particular, IFLA hosted a side event focused on the role of access to information and the skills to use it, as a transformative driver of development. Library representatives did a great job both of raising awareness of how libraries can contribute to SDG success, and building new contacts among UN and national government officials. You can find out more in our news story.

Among the other regional forums, the spread of COVID-19 has meant that the events in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Arab-Speaking countries and Latin America and the Caribbean have been unfortunately been cancelled or scaled down. However, with successful bids for side-events in both Europe and Arab-Speaking countries this year, we are confident that next year we’ll be able to run a full programme.

 

3. High-Level Political Forum

Plans are advancing for the 2020 High Level Political Forum (HLPF), the 5th since the SDGs came into force, and the official ‘kick-off’ of the decade of action. Unlike previous editions, this is not focusing on any specific SDGs, but rather on the Goals as a whole, and the ‘accelerated actions and transformative pathways’ that could help deliver on them. The concept note explains more, describing in particular the six cross-cutting themes (tackling poverty, ensuring food security, protecting the planet, ensuring access to energy, sharing economic benefits, and bolstering local action), as how Voluntary National Reviews and data will be dealt with. We will continue to reflect on how best to use HLPF to get the message about libraries across, and have already submitted inputs for the NGO Major Group position paper.

 

4. UN75

The United Nations is continuing in its planning for its 75th birthday, and a major political declaration on the changes that need to be made to the multilateral system to help it deal better with the challenges the world faces. With key meetings planned (online or in person) in April, now is a great time to make your contributions to the global conversation! We have previously shared our guide: Get into UN75, and encourage you to take part and organise events – including online! – to gather views locally. You can also fill in the survey directly, and read more news on the UN’s dedicated website.

 

5. How Libraries are Engaging in National Efforts to Deliver Gender Equality (Beijing+25)

Another major anniversary this year is that of the 1995 Beijing Conference on gender equality, with the Commission on the Status of Women taking place this week in New York (although in a smaller format than planned). In addition to our Background Brief and Advocacy Kit, we now have a new report which looks at the references to libraries in the reports submitted by national governments on their own efforts to deliver on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This aims to provide you with examples that you can draw on in your own advocacy for libraries to be included in efforts to promote equality.

 

6. New Library Map of the World Resources and Library Stat of the Week

IFLA’s Library Map of the World is growing! Many of you will have seen the February update, but there are new country profiles for Armenia and Greece, and new SDG Stories focusing on how libraries are contributing to climate action from Croatia and Ukraine. We are also producing a weekly series – Library Stat of the Week – which looks to show what we can now do with Library Map of the World and Development and Access to Information Report data in order to understand the library field better – take a look!

 

7. Draft SDG Advocacy Capacities Matrix

Drawing on all the experience we have – together – of advocating for libraries using the SDGs, we’re keen to think further about how we can help our members get involved and increase their effectiveness. As a basis for this, we have been thinking about a capacities matrix – a way of helping associations and other groups of libraries assess where they are now on SDG Advocacy, and think about what they can do to become more involved. The idea is based on skills matrices used in the education sector. This is very much a first draft, and so we would very much welcome your views on how useful it could be, and what changes you would make.

 

8. Other News

We have been active in other areas too of course! Following up on our engagement at the World Urban forum in February, we have continued to engage with local government organisations in order to build awareness of libraries’ contributions to sustainable development among mayors. In particular, we took part in the United Cities and Local Governments Retreat and Campus in Tanger, Morocco (see our news story), have produced an analysis of the opportunities that the new European Green Deal and Digital Agenda – both closely linked to the SDGs – could present for libraries, and have blogged about how we can better engage decision-makers in order to make them understand about the importance of information for policy success. Finally, you can also take a look at our ‘Advoc8’ a monthly series of eight key advocacy messages based on global priorities and recent reports and standards produced by IFLA.

IFLA LAC Satellite Meeting is cancelled

Tue, 24/03/2020 - 18:16

We greatly appreciate the support offered by the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, as well as to those authors professionals who submitted abstracts.

See more information at: https://2020.ifla.org/conference-programme/satellite-meetings/  (No. 14)

 

COVID-19 - Translated language resources available for libraries to communicate with communities

Tue, 24/03/2020 - 13:29

The IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section is working with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to create translated signage and text for libraries to communicate with their communities about library closures and changes to programs.

Freely downloadable in 30 languages (and counting), you are welcome to share, edit and adapt this content to your own library's needs.

Multilingual communication resources

These materials would not have been possible without the generous and quick response of the Section members, as well as members of the IFLA New Professionals SIG, and other networks in the international library community - in particular, members of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL).

We are still seeking assistance to continue to translate this content into other languages - particularly Indian Punjabi or Karen. If you can help with either of these languages, or any others that we have not translated yet, then please contact ALIA directly at advocacy@alia.org.au.

Le COVID-19 et les bibliothèques dans le monde : Déclaration de la Présidente et du Secrétaire général de l’IFLA

Mon, 23/03/2020 - 18:45

Les bibliothèques du monde entier sont affectées par l’émergence et la propagation de la maladie à coronavirus (COVID-19).

Nombre d’entre elles ont été obligées de fermer temporairement ou de réduire leurs services au minimum pour contribuer aux efforts visant à limiter la propagation de la maladie. Des décisions difficiles sont prises sur la meilleure façon de fournir l'accès à l'information sans compromettre la sécurité des utilisateurs et du personnel de la bibliothèque.

Dans un nombre croissant de pays, les personnels des bibliothèques doivent déjà s'adapter aux principales restrictions à leurs déplacements et à leurs autres activités, tout comme les citoyens qu'ils desservent. Au nom de l'IFLA, nous adressons nos meilleurs vœux à ceux qui font face à des dérangements et des difficultés dans leur vie.

Face à cette situation, les bibliothèques du monde entier se sont mobilisées. Elles fournissent de précieuses collections d'informations fiables sur le coronavirus afin de fournir aux gens une source de confiance. Elles renforcent la capacité de leurs bibliothèques numériques et élargissent les possibilités de prêt électronique et d'accès aux ressources en ligne.

Les bibliothèques spécialisées, en particulier celles qui travaillent avec les agences de santé publique et les centres de recherche et dans le secteur de la santé en général, sont très actives, aidant à gérer les informations et à soutenir les efforts visant à renforcer la compréhension des événements.

Les associations de bibliothécaires ont également intensifié leur action, fournissant des ressources à leurs membres pour s’organiser et répondre aux attentes, offrant des formations en ligne et rassemblant les dernières informations afin de contribuer à la prise de décision par leurs membres.

L'IFLA elle-même est active. Outre notre page Web FAQ sur notre propre action, nous répondons régulièrement aux questions des membres. À partir d'aujourd'hui, nous partageons également une page - régulièrement mise à jour - avec des informations que nous recevons sur les fermetures de bibliothèques dans chaque pays, ainsi qu'un éventail d'idées tirées de l'expérience des bibliothèques dans différents contextes. Nous encourageons de nouvelles contributions.

VOIR: Le COVID-19 et les bibliothèques dans le monde

Nous sommes convaincus que nos partenaires industriels - éditeurs, vendeurs, fournisseurs - travailleront avec nous pour offrir les garanties nécessaires permettant aux bibliothèques de continuer à fournir un accès à l'information et à la culture, tout en reconnaissant qu'ils sont eux aussi soumis aux pressions et aux contraintes liées à la situation à laquelle nous sommes tous confrontés.

En particulier, nous nous félicitons des dispositions spéciales qui permettent d’organiser des heures du conte virtuelles, d’offrir un accès libre aux articles liés au COVID-19 et de faciliter l'accès à distance aux publications et articles universitaires pour contribuer à ce que l'apprentissage et la recherche se poursuivent, même lorsque les bibliothèques universitaires sont obligées de fermer. Nous encourageons les partenaires des bibliothèques à généraliser ces mesures. Dans les circonstances actuelles, il est essentiel que nous nous unissions tous pour permettre à la lecture, à l'apprentissage et à la recherche de se poursuivre et pour assurer que nous pouvons minimiser les effets à long terme de l'épidémie sur nos cultures, nos sociétés et nos économies.

Face à un avenir incertain, nous sommes très fiers de la façon dont le monde des bibliothèques réagit et savons que nous avons la résilience, la créativité et le sens du service pour continuer à agir du mieux possible pour les communautés qui comptent sur nous en ces temps difficiles.

Votre association ou votre bibliothèque nationale dispose-t-elle d'une ressource clé qui pourrait être utile à d'autres, ou d'autres informations pertinentes ? Nous vous prions de bien vouloir contacter updates@ifla.org

Bien cordialement,

Christine Mackenzie
Présidente de l’IFLA 2019-2021

Gerald Leitner
Secrétaire général de l’IFLA

 

23 Mars 2020

Share Your Thoughts and Ideas on the IFLA/UNESCO/ Public Library Manifesto

Mon, 23/03/2020 - 12:00

The IFLA/ UNESCO Public Library Manifesto has been an important achievement since it was first ratified in 1994.

The Manifesto proclaims UNESCO's belief in the public library as a living force for education, culture and information, and as an essential agent for the fostering of peace and spiritual welfare through the minds of men and women. It identifies the public library as being central to freedom and equity of access to knowledge and information for all people.

Over the coming months, the IFLA Public Libraries Section will review the Manifesto, to identify areas that can be updated to ensure the document reflects the missions of public libraries today. 

But we can't do it without you! 

Take the Public Library Manifesto Survey

This survey invites you to share your views about its relevance and impact, and suggest what changes you think may be necessary. 

Check the top right of your screen for your choice of 14 languages. 

Available for Download 

Can't access the link? Download the survey here and return it to: claire.mcguire@ifla.org to make sure your voice is heard. 

Deadline: 31 May 2020

Read more about the 25th Anniversary of the Public Library Manifesto here

 

COVID-19 and the Global Library Field: Statement by the IFLA President and Secretary General

Mon, 23/03/2020 - 11:00

Libraries around the world are being affected by the emergence and spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Many have been obliged to close temporarily or reduce services to a minimum to contribute to efforts to limit the spread of the disease. Hard decisions are being made about how best to provide access to information without compromising the safety of library users and staff.

In a growing number of countries, library workers are already having to adapt to major restrictions on their movement and other activities, along with the citizens they serve. On behalf of IFLA, we wish all the best to those coping with disruption and difficulty in their lives.

Faced with this situation, libraries around the world have mobilised. They are providing valuable collections of reliable information on coronavirus in order to give people a source they can trust. They are strengthening the capacity of digital libraries and extending opportunities for eLending and  accessing online resources.

Special libraries, in particular those working with public health agencies and research centres, and in the broader health sector, are  very active, helping to manage information and support efforts to strengthen understanding of developments. 

Library associations too have stepped up, providing resources for their members to plan and respond, providing online training and collating the latest information in order to support decision making by their members.

IFLA itself is active. In addition to our FAQs webpage about our own response, we are regularly answering questions from members. From today we are also sharing a page – regularly updated – with information we have about nationwide library closures, as well as a range of ideas drawn from experience of libraries in different settings. We encourage further contributions.

SEE: COVID-19 and the Global Library Field

We are confident that our industry partners– publishers, vendors, suppliers – will work with us to provide the necessary assurances to allow libraries to continue to provide access to information and culture, while recognising that they are also coping with pressures and stresses linked to the situation we are all facing.

In particular we welcome special arrangements that enable virtual storytimes to take place, provide open access to articles related to COVID-19, and facilitate remote access to academic publications and articles to help learning and research continue even as university libraries are forced to close. We encourage library partners to generalise these measures. In the current circumstances it is vital that we all come together to allow reading, learning and research to continue, and to ensure that we can minimise the long-term effects of the outbreak on our cultures, societies and economies. 

Faced with an uncertain future, we are very proud of the way the library field is responding and know that we have the resilience, creativity and sense of service to continue to do the best possible for the communities that rely on us in these difficult times.

Does your association or national library have a key resource that could be helpful for others, or other relevant information? Please contact updates@ifla.org

Kind regards,

Christine Mackenzie
IFLA President 2019-2021

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

 

23 March 2020