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Getting ready for the 2020 International Women’s Day: an Advocacy Kit for Libraries

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 20:00

International Women’s Day is drawing near, and this year’s celebrations will hold special significance in light of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. For libraries, this is an opportunity to join in the global discussion, celebrate the achievements, reflect on lessons learned and chart future action towards gender equality.

25 years ago, the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing saw over 17000 participants – government representatives, activists and other stakeholders – work together to develop an ambitious roadmap towards women’s empowerment and gender equality – the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action. A 25 year review of its implementation in 2020 has launched a global discussion on how to make further progress and deliver on these objectives within the decade.

Libraries can make an important contribution to reaching these goals. Meaningful access to information lies at the heart of the library profession. A key mission of libraries is to meet people’s information needs and equip them with the skills and confidence to make use of this information to improve their livelihoods.

The Beijing Platform illustrates that access to information, knowledge and learning opportunities impact many dimensions of women’s empowerment: health and wellbeing, education, participation in political and economic life; and libraries can offer a barrier-free and inclusive way to provide such access.

Over the years, libraries have worked to help empower women and girls in other ways as well: helping women get online to reduce the existing digital divides, preserving and sharing their narratives, raising awareness and knowledge on issues crucial to women and girls’ wellbeing, and more.

In light of these experiences and expertise, library voices can be a valuable contribution to the discussions on future action towards gender equality on this International Women’s Day and throughout 2020!

To inspire library and information professionals to join the conversation, IFLA has prepared a 2020 Women’s Day Advocacy Kit for libraries. In this kit, you will find:

  • An introduction to 2020 International Women’s Day and why this year’s celebrations hold special significance
  • An outline of IFLA activities around International Women’s Day 2020
  • Key messages to share on this Women’s Day
  • More suggestions on how libraries can celebrate the Day and help champion gender equality every day.

You can visit the publication page to download the kit.

To find out more about Beijing+25, you can also read the IFLA briefing about the review process and the role of access to information in the Platform for Action.

Call for Papers - HBS and E4GDH Joint 2020 Satellite Meeting in Dublin

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 19:43

"Health literacy: libraries and communities working together for health & wellbeing"

The theme of our combined satellite meeting is health literacy. We are interested in submissions that explore the issues surrounding health literacy, including equity of access to good quality health information; access to health information in multi-languages; issues relating to deliberate or unintentional misinformation; solutions to prevent digital health inequalities; and how librarians contribute to increasing health information literacy.

Please visit the Call for Papers for more information, and submit your proposal by 16 March 2020.

Call for Papers - HBS and E4GDH Joint 2020 Satellite Meeting in Dublin

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 19:43

"Health literacy: libraries and communities working together for health & wellbeing"

The theme of our combined satellite meeting is health literacy. We are interested in submissions that explore the issues surrounding health literacy, including equity of access to good quality health information; access to health information in multi-languages; issues relating to deliberate or unintentional misinformation; solutions to prevent digital health inequalities; and how librarians contribute to increasing health information literacy.

Please visit the Call for Papers for more information, and submit your proposal by 16 March 2020.

IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto Toolkit now available in Russian

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 16:09

The IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto Toolkit was developed by IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section (MCULTP) for the purpose of giving practical approaches on how libraries can apply the concepts contained in the Manifesto.

Thanks to the efforts made by Section member Maria Neryueva and the IFLA Russian Language Centre located in the Russian State Library, Moscow, a Russian translation of the Toolkit is now available. 

Since the original English version was launched in 2012, the full Toolkit has been available from the Toolkit webpage in Chinese, Japanese, and now, Russian.

IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto Toolkit now available in Russian

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 16:09

The IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto Toolkit was developed by IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section (MCULTP) for the purpose of giving practical approaches on how libraries can apply the concepts contained in the Manifesto.

Thanks to the efforts made by Section member Maria Neryueva and the IFLA Russian Language Centre located in the Russian State Library, Moscow, a Russian translation of the Toolkit is now available. 

Since the original English version was launched in 2012, the full Toolkit has been available from the Toolkit webpage in Chinese, Japanese, and now, Russian.

WLIC joint Satellite with Reference & Information Services Section 12-13 August in Galway, Ireland

Tue, 11/02/2020 - 23:43
There is increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in many aspects of library operations in particular public and reference services. Some vendors are also adding elements of AI in library products including discovery and research platforms. The role and impact of AI present both opportunities and challenges. This satellite will explore Open Search, discovery, user interface design and user experience and the role and impact of AI technologies in these areas.   We invite your proposals and to join us to share and explore the connections between reference and information services and IT through AI. IT plays a significant role in the development and use of AI technologies but its uses can have considerable impact and possible unintended consequences on library operations and services.  We are keen to see proposals that explore the important connections between the AI technologies and the operations and/or service side of all types of Libraries.   The IT and Preservation and Reference & Information Services Sections are sponsoring a joint Satellite in WLIC 2020 in Galway, Ireland on the topic of "Artificial Intelligence in Discovery and User Experience"   We welcome you to submit proposals and to join us in Galway   Call for papers and satellite complete description: https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/info-tech-with-reference-info-services/

WLIC joint session with Preservation and Conservation Section

Tue, 11/02/2020 - 23:35
The development of the digital marketplace for information products (e.g. e-books, e-zines, etc.) has boosted the production of new services and products as a response to ever-increasing user expectations. This includes a number of innovations particularly in the production of multimedia objects that enrich our cultural heritage. For example, e-books have simulated printed books, mostly in a linear way of presenting content. These are, however, being replaced by complex formats and structures, also called branch narrative or ambient literature.  It is born-digital with complex non-standard and networked formats in different media types, and at high risk of obsolescence due to rapid evolution of the digital marketplace. Such literature is device dependent, and often requires proprietary technology, including hardware and software, and platforms to enable the access. Since these new e-books cannot be compared with the existing digital collections in cultural heritage organizations, organizations often lack the necessary capability and infrastructure to manage them. Complex digital objects are an important part of cultural heritage, and whose preservation represents a significant challenge to depository institutions.   The IT and Preservation and Conservation Sections are sponsoring a joint session in WLIC 2020 on the topic of "Preserving complex digital objects in libraries".   We welcome you to submit proposals and to join us in Dublin.   Call for papers and session complete description: https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/preservation-conservation-joint-with-it/

WLIC joint session with Health and Biosciences Libraries Section

Tue, 11/02/2020 - 23:28

Library and information technology professionals play critical roles in the open science and open access movements and facilitate artificial intelligence technologies in systems of discovery. They support the lifecycle for research data by providing services for storage, discovery, and access; develop data catalogues or repositories to further reproducibility; and negotiate for and curate open access information. We want to hear from librarians and information technologists in libraries who have clearly defined roles in furthering open access to information and data, have developed a plan or project in which they play a vital role in education and/or the application of artificial intelligence or other technology around open information, and ways in which they get data, build on it, or share it.

The IT and Health and Biosciences Libraries Sections are sponsoring a joint session in WLIC 2020 on the topic of "Enabling open science, open access, and artificial intelligence to advance and support healthcare practice and scientific discovery"   We welcome you to submit proposals and to join us in Dublin.   Call for papers and session complete description: https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/health-and-biosciences-with-information-technology/?cn-reloaded=1  

WLIC 2020 joint session together with Health and Biosciences Section

Tue, 11/02/2020 - 23:14

Library and information technology professionals play critical roles in the open science and open access movements and facilitate artificial intelligence technologies in systems of discovery. They support the lifecycle for research data by providing services for storage, discovery, and access; develop data catalogues or repositories to further reproducibility; and negotiate for and curate open access information. We want to hear from librarians and information technologists in libraries who have clearly defined roles in furthering open access to information and data, have developed a plan or project in which they play a vital role in education and/or the application of artificial intelligence or other technology around open information, and ways in which they get data, build on it, or share it.

The IT and Health and Bioscences Libraries Sections are sponsoring av joint session in WLIC 2020 on the topic of Enabling open science, open access, and artificial intelligence to advance and support healthcare practice and scientific discovery.

We wlcome you to submit proposals and to join us in Dublin.

Callf or papers and session complete descriptions:

https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/health-and-biosciences-with-information-technology/?cn-reloaded=1

 

 

Call for papers: Cataloguing Section open session at IFLA WLIC 2020

Tue, 11/02/2020 - 14:06

IFLA Cataloguing Section invites you to submit a proposal for the CATS open session at the 86th IFLA General Conference and Assembly to be held in Dublin, Ireland, 15-21 August 2020.

The session theme is “Metadata quality issues and policies” and will focus on benefits and challenges resulting from the integration of library metadata with datasets and services produced by other communities, either belonging to heritage institutions or to other players, such as publishing industry, scholars, general public or others.  Some possible subthemes could be:

  • metadata quality strategies and policies – guidelines, best practice examples, etc.
  • standards and methods for metadata quality assessment; their integration into library policies and workflows
  • benefits and issues arising from the integration of metadata from various sources (cultural heritage domain, other domains, crowdsourcing etc.) – theoretical approaches, project reports, use cases etc.
  • data provenance and sourcing

For full details on the session and how to make a submission, go to https://2020.ifla.org/cfp-calls/cataloguing/  

Deadline for submitting your abstract 1 March 2020.

[Now Open!] IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Conference 2020 (MetLib 2020): Registration and Call for Papers

Mon, 10/02/2020 - 19:59

The venue for this year's MetLib Conference 2020 will be held in the much-anticipated, revamped, monumental De Bibliotheek Neude in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Spanning a week of exciting and enriching activities (24 - 29 May 2020), the chosen theme seeks to spark insightful discussions and conversations for important issues faced by libraries, as we attempt to find a meaningful and relevant place in a world undergoing rapid transformation in various sectors.

These are the two types of registration packages available:

  1. Full
    - Admission to ALL Conference Sessions
    - Welcome Reception
    - Coffee and Tea breaks
    - Lunches
    - Visit to the Miffy Museum
    - Excursion to the neighbourhood library in Leidsche Rijn
    - Guided tour of the Haarzuilens Castle
    - Conference Dinner
    [Fees: Early Bird registration (before 1 March 2020): €350; (after 1 March 2020): €400]
     
  2. Partner Program
    - Welcome Reception
    - Visit to the Miffy Museum
    - Excursion to the neighbourhood library in Leidsche Rijn
    - Guided tour of the Haarzuilens castle
    - Conference Dinner
    [Fees: Early Bird registration (before 1 March 2020): €250; (after 1 March 2020): €300]
     

Feeling excited?
Visit the official MetLib 2020 website for more details

Libraries for a Better Internet: Safer Internet Day 2020

Mon, 10/02/2020 - 18:46

Libraries work to protect the online safety and wellbeing of their patrons and communities by promoting digital literacy and offering inclusive ICT skills training and assistance. On Safer Internet Day 2020, libraries in many countries are joining the campaign to raise awareness and help children and young people develop the skills for safe and responsible Internet use.

Libraries and SID throughout the years

Every year at the beginning of February, many countries celebrate and organise activities dedicated to Safer Internet Day. This is an international event dedicated to raising awareness and equipping children and young people with the skills for safe and responsible participation in the digital environment.

The Safer Internet Day initiative was first launched by the European Union Safe Boarders project in 2004; and has since grown to a large-scale campaign that many countries around the world - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – participate in.

Libraries have a large stake in promoting safe internet use: as they support digital literacy and help patrons and community members who are less confident with their internet use skills, teaching the basics of safe online conduct is an central part of these efforts. That’s why more and more libraries every year take part in Safer Internet Day: by organising their own activities, working together with different stakeholders and raising awareness.

A public report on the 2019 SID activities, for example, shows how different libraries engaged with the campaign last year. In Finland, local libraries celebrated the Finnish Media Literacy Week – a series of campaigns organised in conjunction with SID. In Poland, Germany and Latvia many libraries had organised activities and events dedicated to Safer Internet Day itself.

In Lithuania, 610 libraries in urban and rural areas organized educational activities for people of different ages – from children to youngsters to adults. The Martynas Mažvydas National Library also organised an online test on internet safety in various schools, with a safer internet badge awarded to those who passed it.

2018 and 2017 also saw a variety of library activities dedicated to SID – you can explore dedicated news pages to find out more about libraries’ involvement throughout the years. Building on these past engagements, there is every reason to once again expect active and engaged library participation in 2020!

SID 2020: continuing the library tradition

The theme of SID 2020, “together for a better internet”, emphasizes the importance of everyone coming together to build a better and safer internet. Libraries around the world are getting ready to participate!

In the UK, many libraries have registered as 2020 SID supporters; with many planned activities –promotional events in Barnsley Libraries, displays at FIFE college libraries, information sessions at Gateshead Central Library, and more.

Hertfordshire Libraries, for examples, are planning to join in with informative displays and various events – online safety chat drop-ins, talks about cryptocurrency, “Tips for your Tablet”, “Creator Space” events and other activities. Later in the week, Welwyn Garden City Library are also planning drop-in events - a trail of questions in the children’s library, an opportunity to try out stop motion videos, robot buggies, and more.

Several Australian libraries have also announced activities dedicated to SID, like the “Savvy Seniors” IT workshop led by cybersecurity experts at the Albany Public Library or a cyber-skills workshops in City of Perth and City of Vincent libraries; showing that libraries from far beyond Europe can champion internet safety on this day!

Libraries in Germany are also joining, with various events planned for both children and adults. The Markt Stockstadt, Lübeck and Flendsburg City libraries, for example, plan to host events for parents and carers, offering help and advice on how to keep their children safe online.

Meanwhile, Stadtbibliothek Ludwigsburg has planned an educational event for children, teaching them the basics of Internet use and safe online behavior, with a personal ‘Internet Driver’s License” awarded to those who have passed the quiz game at the end! More events planned by libraries and other participants are registered on an interactive map on the website of the German Kliksafe project.

In Latvia, dozens of libraries are taking part and hosting events dedicated to SID – with discussions, lectures, quizzes and games aimed at kids of different ages and tackling many different topics: passwords, sharing personal information, copyright, misinformation online, and more.

Between February 10th and 15th, many libraries in Lithuania will be hosting activities for the Safer Internet Week – interactive and educational activities, workshops, digital literacy trainings and more. Librarians and young library visitors are also invited to send in submissions for a photo contest “I know how to be safe online”.

A number of libraries also plan to host screenings of “The Cleaners”, a 2018 documentary about human moderators responsible for taking down illegal or undesirable content from popular online platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Getting involved with Safer Internet Day

These are just a few examples of how libraries continue to engage with SID. We wish the best of luck to all libraries planning to host dedicated events, and invite all participating libraries to share their experiences with SID 2020!

The different ways you might have contributed to the goals of SID include:

  • Getting in touch and working with the Safer Internet Centre in your country! In Europe, a network of Centres is responsible for organizing SID activities, as well as awareness and educational campaigns and related work throughout the year. In countries outside Europe, different organisations or committees may be fulfilling this role – the official campaign website offers a list of key organisers in each participating country.
    Depending on capacity, there are many ways to engage with the Centers and committees – from registering your events with their official listings, to hosting events organized by the Centres, or even becoming a  stakeholder to have a say in how the SID campaign is organised in your country!
  • Making use of the available educational materials, resources and action packs– to organise  your own events and engage with others on social media.
  • Keeping track of the Better Internet For Kids website to stay informed about the most current issues concerning the safety and wellbeing of children and young adults online.
  • Cooperating with others: aside from the Safer Internet Centres, there are many other institutions and organisations you can work together with! From schools in your area to visiting cybersecurity experts, there are many possible partners that can help maximise your impact.
  • Working to protect the safety of your patrons online throughout the year! For libraries, this is part of their daily work - and sharing your knowledge and experiences can help other libraries do the same.

 

We wish you a successful Safer Internet Day, and we would be glad to hear about your experiences with SID 2020 – get in touch to share your story!

Finding the evidence: Coronavirus

Mon, 10/02/2020 - 14:06

Public Health England’s Knowledge and Library Services Team has collated this page of resources to help those working on the current coronavirus outbreak embed evidence-informed decision-making in their daily practice.

The page signposts to a range of open access resources that have been promoted by different groups including National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center, Erasmus MC, Cambridge University, Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Evidence Aid, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

There is some information about resources in languages other than English.

Finding the evidence: Coronavirus

Mon, 10/02/2020 - 14:06

Public Health England’s Knowledge and Library Services Team has collated this page of resources to help those working on the current coronavirus outbreak embed evidence-informed decision-making in their daily practice.

The page signposts to a range of open access resources that have been promoted by different groups including National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center, Erasmus MC, Cambridge University, Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Evidence Aid, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

There is some information about resources in languages other than English.

IFLA WLIC 2020: our ‘increasing access to multi-language evidence’ lightning talk session.

Mon, 10/02/2020 - 13:44

Theme: "Engage, enable and connect in global and disaster health: increasing access to multi-language evidence".

According to the WHO, most of the world’s population has little or no access to relevant and high-quality resources to inform their health and well-being because it is in English.

This session will explore ways in which librarians can help tackle this issue, working with partners to improve the ways that research, policies and guidelines, and public information resources are produced, disseminated and used.

Please visit the Call for Papers for more information, and submit your proposal by 16 March 2020.

 

IFLA WLIC 2020: our ‘increasing access to multi-language evidence’ lightning talk session.

Mon, 10/02/2020 - 13:44

Theme: "Engage, enable and connect in global and disaster health: increasing access to multi-language evidence".

According to the WHO, most of the world’s population has little or no access to relevant and high-quality resources to inform their health and well-being because it is in English.

This session will explore ways in which librarians can help tackle this issue, working with partners to improve the ways that research, policies and guidelines, and public information resources are produced, disseminated and used.

Please visit the Call for Papers for more information, and submit your proposal by 16 March 2020.

 

IFLA Engages at UN to Share Library Action on Homelessness

Mon, 10/02/2020 - 13:30

IFLA is attending the Commission on Social Development of the United Nations, highlighting how effective library services can make a difference in finding solutions to homelessness.

The 58th Meeting of the United Nations Commission on Social Development is taking place on 10-19 February in New York.

Bringing together government officials, experts and civil society representatives from around the world, it will take an overview of the UN’s wider work on social issues, and focus in particular on what can be done around the world to tackle homelessness.

As set out in the background documents for the meeting, homelessness is not merely a lack of physical housing, but is also a loss of family, community and a sense of belonging.

It is, too often, associated with a loss of other rights – to education, to health, to access to information and culture, each potentially deepening the problem, and representing an opportunity lost.

Libraries, alongside other public services, have a duty to do what they can to help. Indeed, as part of the social infrastructure of any community, and so can be key actors in efforts to tackle the causes – and the effects – of homelessness.

For many people experiencing homelessness, the opportunity to use a library means having a vital location to relax and take part in the cultural life of the community.

Libraries can also offer stigma-free venues for offering support and training that helps people get back on their feet. They can also be portals, and complements, to other actions to help people get into stable housing and work.

IFLA will be engaging in the meeting, celebrating library examples, and encouraging governments globally to look to libraries when trying to deliver on social policy goals.

Read IFLA's Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness. IFLA will be represented at the meeting by Genilson Geraldo.

IFLA Engages at UN to Share Library Action on Homelessness

Mon, 10/02/2020 - 13:30

IFLA is attending the Commission on Social Development of the United Nations, highlighting how effective library services can make a difference in finding solutions to homelessness.

The 58th Meeting of the United Nations Commission on Social Development is taking place on 10-19 February in New York.

Bringing together government officials, experts and civil society representatives from around the world, it will take an overview of the UN’s wider work on social issues, and focus in particular on what can be done around the world to tackle homelessness.

As set out in the background documents for the meeting, homelessness is not merely a lack of physical housing, but is also a loss of family, community and a sense of belonging.

It is, too often, associated with a loss of other rights – to education, to health, to access to information and culture, each potentially deepening the problem, and representing an opportunity lost.

Libraries, alongside other public services, have a duty to do what they can to help. Indeed, as part of the social infrastructure of any community, and so can be key actors in efforts to tackle the causes – and the effects – of homelessness.

For many people experiencing homelessness, the opportunity to use a library means having a vital location to relax and take part in the cultural life of the community.

Libraries can also offer stigma-free venues for offering support and training that helps people get back on their feet. They can also be portals, and complements, to other actions to help people get into stable housing and work.

IFLA will be engaging in the meeting, celebrating library examples, and encouraging governments globally to look to libraries when trying to deliver on social policy goals.

Read IFLA's Guidelines for Library Services to People Experiencing Homelessness. IFLA will be represented at the meeting by Genilson Geraldo.

"Health Literacy": call for papers for our joint 2020 Satellite Meeting in Dublin

Fri, 07/02/2020 - 15:54

Health literacy: libraries and communities working together for health & wellbeing

The theme of our combined satellite meeting is health literacy. We welcome submissions that explore the issues surrounding health literacy, including equity of access to good quality health information; access to health information in multi-languages; issues relating to deliberate or unintentional misinformation; solutions to prevent digital health inequalities; and how librarians contribute to increasing health information literacy.

Please visit the Call for Papers for more information, and submit your proposal by 16 March 2020.

2019-2020 Action Plan (Collection Assessment and Open Access Publishing) are now available!

Thu, 06/02/2020 - 02:40

Latest ACD Action Plans are now available!

You may find more information about the upcoming plans on two focus areas - Collection Assessment and Open Access Publishing.