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Research Data Management training for PhDs

EIFL-OA news and events - Wed, 27/03/2019 - 13:37

Gwen Franck, EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator, and Helene Brinken of Georg-August University of Göttingen (UGOE) will train PhD students at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in research data management and data management planning.

The training is part of a broader KTU programme to encourage open science practices by early career researchers. 

 

 

IFLA President’s Meeting 2019: Website Now Live!

IFLA - Wed, 27/03/2019 - 08:00

IFLA’s President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, will host her second President’s Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 23 May 2019. Find out more on the dedicated website.

Take advantage of early bird registration rate until 30 April 2019.

Motors of Change: Libraries and Sustainable Development
 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not just a major responsibility for governments, but are also a real opportunity for libraries.

They provide a framework for making development happen, with access to information at their core. As such, they offer libraries a key tool for thinking about library services, and the language to explain this to politicians.

Under the theme Motors of Change: Libraries and Sustainable Development, the 2019 IFLA President’s Meeting will be an opportunity to reflect on the connections between the work of libraries and development.

It will also discuss how our institutions can receive recognition and support as key partners for governments in achieving the SDGs, in Latin America and the Caribbean and across the world.

We are very grateful to the Library of the National Congress of Argentina for their support in organising this event. We could also not have done this without the support of Secretary of Culture of Argentina, the Mariano Moreno National Library and the Buenos Aires City Government.

For full details, visit the President’s Meeting website.

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
IFLA President 2017-2019

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

Reunión de la Presidenta de la IFLA 2019: ¡El sitio web ya está disponible!

IFLA - Wed, 27/03/2019 - 08:00

La Presidenta de la IFLA, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, celebrará su segunda reunión presidencial en Buenos Aires, Argentina, el 23 de mayo de 2019. Obtenga más información en el sitio web del evento.

Aproveche la tarifa de inscripción anticipada hasta el 30 de abril de 2019.

Motores de Cambio: Bibliotecas y Desarrollo Sostenible
 

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) de las Naciones Unidas no son solo una gran responsabilidad de los gobiernos, sino que también son una verdadera oportunidad para las bibliotecas.

Los ODS proporcionan un marco para el desarrollo, con el acceso a la información en el centro. Como tales, ofrecen a las bibliotecas una herramienta clave para pensar sobre los servicios bibliotecarios y el lenguaje para explicar esto a los hacedores de políticas.

Bajo el lema Motores de Cambio: Bibliotecas y Desarrollo Sostenible, la Reunión del Presidenta de la IFLA 2019 será una oportunidad para reflexionar sobre las conexiones entre el trabajo de las bibliotecas y el desarrollo.

También analizará cómo nuestras instituciones pueden recibir reconocimiento y apoyo como socios clave para que los gobiernos logren alcanzar los ODS, en América Latina y el Caribe, y en todo el mundo.

Estamos muy agradecidos a la Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación Argentina por su apoyo en la organización de este evento. Tampoco podríamos llevarlo a cabo sin el apoyo de la Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación, la Biblioteca Nacional Mariano Moreno y el Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Para más detalles, visite el sitio web de la Reunión de la Presidenta.

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
Presidenta de la IFLA 2017-2019

Gerald Leitner
Secretario General de la IFLA

EU Copyright Directive Adopted: The Fight for Libraries and Freedom of Speech Passes to the National Level

IFLA - Wed, 27/03/2019 - 02:11

Today, the Plenary of the European Parliament adopted the Copyright Directive by a significantly reduced margin compared to previous votes. It will now be for libraries at the national level to make the most of new possibilities, while continuing the fight for freedom of expression.

The digital age has brought a rapid evolution in the way libraries can support their users.

IFLA has argued, around the world, for copyright laws that reflect these changes, both in recognising new uses, and in ensuring that library activities cannot be prevented by contract terms or digital locks.

While the draft Directive on copyright delivers on many of these priorities, it comes with a number of dangerous and poorly considered measures which pose a threat to freedom of expression, in Europe and globally.

There is comfort to be taken both from the much smaller majority in favour of the Directive this time (74, compared to 212). A previous motion in favour of taking separate votes on the most contentious articles was defeated by just 5 votes, and would have been successful but for mistakes by MEPs.

With final agreement of the Directive now likely, the focus will pass to national governments. They will have to take crucial decisions about how to implement the new rules. Libraries will need to make themselves heard in order to maximise the good, and fight the bad.

Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General said:

Today’s vote in the European Parliament is disappointing, but we will not be giving up on freedom of speech. I look forward to working with our members to ensure that libraries across Europe benefit fully from the positives in the Directive, and to limiting the harm caused by Article 13. 

Putting Fear before Free Speech

The most high profile parts of the Directive aimed to deal with the perceived dominance of major internet platforms.

Article 11 (15 after renumbering) underlines that copyright can exist even in short ‘snippets’ of text from newspapers or other news sources. This affects, in particular, those used on news aggregators to offer readers enough information to know whether to click down or not.

While scientific journals are fortunately excluded from this provision, the article threatens many of the sites with which libraries work, and which help in promoting media literacy.

Article 13 (17 after renumbering) forces all by the youngest platforms to implement proactive filtering of content uploaded by users in order to prevent infringing material from appearing online.

While proclaiming to protect freedom of speech, the well-documented flaws of automatic filters inevitably means that legitimate free expression is at risk. While scientific and educational repositories are excluded, the same does not go for other platforms used by libraries.

IFLA, alongside a broad coalition of NGOs and academics, had called for its deletion.

Both articles, in fact, will likely benefit the major platforms, who are the only ones in a position to comply with the new rules. As such, they may even make competition issues worse.

Useful Steps for Libraries

Fortunately, libraries will see gains from other parts of the Directive.

A new exception will allow libraries, alongside research and other cultural heritage institutions to carry out text and data mining on works to which they have access. Others with legal access will be allowed to do the same, unless the rightholder has explicitly opted out.

Another new exception will clarify that libraries can preserve works in any format, offering welcome certainty for digitisation projects, including those involving cross-border collaboration.

An innovative measure ensures that where there are no collective management organisations in a given country and sector, libraries can use an exception to digitise and make available out-of-commerce works.

There is also new support for educational activities in libraries run under the authority of an educational institution, with the use of digital tools also allowed under an exception where adequate licences do not exist.

Finally, and in an important precedent, the above exceptions are, for the most part, protected from being blocked by contract terms or technological protection measures.

We will follow up with a more detailed analysis of the provisions and the changes they bring to cultural heritage institutions.

What Next?

The Directive needs to be implemented into national law within two years. This means that each Member State will need to open up a legislative process to make the necessary changes to their national law.

This will be importance, given the lack of detail in the Directive, and the need to take crucial decisions about how things will apply in reality.

Advocacy efforts to ensure the best results possible will be key at the national level. IFLA will engage with its members to assist and ensure this is the case.

LIBER Cautiously Welcomes Copyright Improvements for Libraries

LIBER news - Tue, 26/03/2019 - 16:10

LIBER cautiously welcomes today’s European Parliament vote in favour of new copyright legislation because of the meaningful improvements this brings for education and research. The victory is, however, bittersweet as we remain concerned about the impact of certain aspects of the legislation on information sharing and knowledge creation. The final vote was 348 in favour…

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LIBER Cautiously Welcomes Copyright Improvements for Libraries

LIBER news - Tue, 26/03/2019 - 16:10

LIBER cautiously welcomes today’s European Parliament vote in favour of new copyright legislation because of the meaningful improvements this brings for education and research. The victory is, however, bittersweet as we remain concerned about the impact of certain aspects of the legislation on information sharing and knowledge creation. The final vote was 348 in favour…

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ლაიბციგის ციხის ქართველ პატიმრებს „ეკვილიბრიუმმა“ წიგნები გაუგზავნა

ლაიბციგის ციხის ქართველ პატიმრებს „ეკვილიბრიუმმა“ წიგნები გაუგზავნა

საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის მოძრაობა „ეკვილიბრიუმმა“ გერმანიის ქალაქ ლაიბციგის ციხის საავადმყოფოს ბიბლიოთეკას ქართული წიგნები (უახლესი ლიტერატურა) გაუგზავნა. წიგნები უკვე ადგილზეა.

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„ეკვილიბრიუმი“ სვანეთს ესტუმრა

საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის მოძრაობა „ეკვილიბრიუმმა“ ზემო სვანეთის სოფლების ბიბლიოთეკებს წიგნები ჩაუტანა. ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის დირექტორმა გიორგი კეკელიძემ მოსწავლეებთან შეხვედრები გამართა.

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Open science bootcamp in Lithuania

EIFL - FOSS news - Mon, 25/03/2019 - 12:22

On behalf of the FOSTER project,  EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator Gwen Franck will lead an open science train-the-trainer bootcamp for librarians from Lithuania who are providing open science training at their institutions. The bootcamp takes place at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU). 

Open science bootcamp in Lithuania

EIFL news and events - Mon, 25/03/2019 - 12:22

On behalf of the FOSTER project,  EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator Gwen Franck will lead an open science train-the-trainer bootcamp for librarians from Lithuania who are providing open science training at their institutions. The bootcamp takes place at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU). 

Open science bootcamp in Lithuania

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 25/03/2019 - 12:22

On behalf of the FOSTER project,  EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator Gwen Franck will lead an open science train-the-trainer bootcamp for librarians from Lithuania who are providing open science training at their institutions. The bootcamp takes place at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU). 

Open science bootcamp in Lithuania

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 25/03/2019 - 12:22

On behalf of the FOSTER project,  EIFL Open Access Programme Coordinator Gwen Franck will lead an open science train-the-trainer bootcamp for librarians from Lithuania who are providing open science training at their institutions. The bootcamp takes place at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU). 

VIVO Updates for March 24, 2019 – Proposals for the VIVO Conference, Calls the for week, an ontology of card sleights, US Semantic Technologies Symposium, Welcome UQAM, upcoming travel

DSpace news - Mon, 25/03/2019 - 01:32

Proposals for the VIVO Conference  A reminder that the VIVO Conference is looking for workshop proposals, poster proposals, proposals for presentations and panels, you know, the same kinds of proposals we have had in the past.  The conference is in Montenegro, but it will be a VIVO Conference.  The conference organizers want to hear from you.  If you have taken a look at the call for proposals (http://vivoconference.org/talk-proposals/) and Open Review, it looks a bit formal, and word “paper” is used.  The conference is not looking for papers – of course, if you’ve written one, we’d love to have you submit it to the conference.  The conference is looking for your presentation, panel, poster, or workshop proposal.  In your abstract, please indicate what format you would prefer.  And if you’d like to suggest a new format for your proposal, that’s great!  We are always open to trying new things.  We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Calls for the week  The VIVO Calendar is available here:  http://bit.ly/vivo-calendar

Ontology of Card Sleights  Seriously?  Yes.  Using the Basic Formal Ontology, and the Information Artifacts Ontology, both ontologies used by the VIVO ontology, a computer scientist has created an ontology for representing all published card tricks.  The paper gives a great overview of ontological thinking and purpose, as well as the benefits of ontological representation. Article is here:  https://arxiv.org/abs/1903.08523  Ontology is here:  http://purl.org/net/ontologyofcardsleights

Semantics  Juan Sequeda writes a great trip report.  His report on the recent US Semantic Technologies Symposium recounts efforts to define “knowledge graph”.  VIVO creates a semantic knowledge graph of the work of the institution.  See http://www.juansequeda.com/blog/2019/03/22/2nd-u-s-semantic-technologies-symposium-2019-trip-report/

Welcome UQAM Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) has been a strong supporter of the VIVO project as a member of Duraspace, and participating in development through the developers group, particularly in the area of internationalization. Their VIVO site is now in available publicly and registered in the VIVO Site Registry.  See  https://expertises.uqam.ca/

Duraspace Summit, RDA, CNI, NIH  I’ve got some travel coming up, and hope to see many of you at one or more of these destinations:

  • Research Data Alliance (RDA), April 2-4, Philadelphia, PA.  RDA is a big meeting, held every six months, to advance the practices of representing and sharing research data.  As one might imagine, the FAIR data principles are all the rage, and much is being done to improve research processes with the respect to production and sharing of data.  Persistent identifiers, data foundation terminology, legal issues in sharing, and many other topics for discussion.  The fall meeting will be held in Helsinki, Finland.
  • NIH Metabolomics Consortium Investigator Meeting, April 5-6, San Diego, California.  As some may know, I have returned to the faculty of the University of Florida on a part-time appointment (20% effort) to serve as co-principal investigator for the Metabolomics Consortium Coordinating Center (M3C).  M3C coordinates the efforts of 13 other awardees working in compound identification and the development of software for metabolomics work.  So I remain very connected to the world of research.
  • Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), April 8-9, St. Louis, Missouri.  CNI is a great meeting – great people, interesting topics, simple format of project updates, invited keynotes.  CNI meets in the spring and the fall.  The fall meeting is in Washington DC each year.  At the meeting in April, Julia Trimmer of Duke University and David Carlson of Texas A&M University will present a project update on VIVO.
  • Duraspace Summit, April 10, St. Louis, Missouri.  The Summit is a one-day meeting for Duraspace members.  Presentations and meetings relate to the role of Duraspace in the scholarly ecosystem, and the relationship of Duraspace and the projects it supports, such as VIVO.  This year, this is likely to be discussion of the coming merger of Duraspace and LYRASIS and the impact on the projects of Duraspace as a division of LYRASIS.  I hope to see you there.  If you are not a member, it’s easy to become one.  See http://bit.ly/duraspace-join Unsure what you get as a member?  Member benefits are here:  VIVO Membership Benefits

Please be patient with responses during this travel period April 1 to April 11.  Thanks!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

 

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IFLA ARL Webinar - The Future is a Moving Goal Post: Change Management in Academic Libraries

IFLA - Sun, 24/03/2019 - 04:54

IFLA ARL Webinar Series

This session is the first in a series of presentations on topics relevant to Academic & Research Libraries. 

Title:  The Future is a Moving Goal Post: Change Management in Academic Libraries
Presenter:     Gulcin Cribb, University Librarian, Singapore Management University
Date & Time:    Apr 12, 2019 4:00 PM Singapore
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/554121093

Abstract:

Future is a moving goal post: academic libraries and change

Libraries and librarians have been going through major changes in recent times. Advocacy, marketing, promotion, communication, outreach, engagement, innovation, creation and demonstration of value for the stakeholders have never been more critical and urgent.

What are the reasons and drivers for change? How do libraries approach, plan, implement, and evaluate change and align themselves to their parent institutions? What types of communication with stakeholders (both external and internal) do we plan and use regarding change? What kind of leadership is needed for ‘change’ initiatives? How do we make sure that our talent pool possesses the skills, competencies and the culture to take ownership of these initiatives and implement the changes in a sustainable way? How do we inspire engagement, nurture thought leadership and advocacy, so that continuous change is owned and embedded, alongside agility and relevance to the current priorities of our parent institutions?

The presentation will address the above by focusing on what value the Library adds to its parent institution’s strategic vision using Singapore Management University as a case study. Areas of focus will be on learning spaces, the continuum of physical and virtual services/experiences, change management, communication strategies, staff development and strategic alliances.

Presenter Bio:

Gulcin Cribb is the University Librarian at Singapore Management University and has held that position since 2012. Prior to that, she was the Founding Director of Libraries at Ozyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2008 to 2011. Her previous roles include Director of Information Services (responsible for both Library and IT) at Bond University (2001-2008), and Executive Manager of Physical Sciences & Engineering Library (1996-2001) and Manager of Library Multimedia Services (1986-1996) at the University of Queensland in Australia

Gulcin’s roles has extensive experience in the areas of research support, publishing, digitisation, technology management, strategic management, innovation, learning spaces, information literacy, library-faculty-industry partnerships, marketing and virtual libraries. Gulcin has been involved in a number of ‘change management’ and space renovation initiatives in libraries in Australia, Turkey and Singapore.

Gulcin was previously a member of the IFLA Standing Committee for Academic and Research Libraries. She was listed in ‘Who’s Who of Australian Women - Leadership and Beyond, 2007 -2017.

 

This session is the first in a series of presentations on topics relevant to Academic & Research Libraries.  Look out for our next session in late April, when Ursula Arning will present an Introduction to Open Access.

Access under Threat: IFLA Underlines the Risks Posed by Article 13

IFLA - Sun, 24/03/2019 - 03:17

Next week’s vote on the European Union’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is an opportunity to advance the situation of libraries. But unless an Article which would effectively force the filtering of speech on the internet is removed, it could also do a lot of harm.

A decisive vote on the European Union’s new copyright Directive is due next week, after years of intense discussion.

The Directive includes valuable progress on key dossiers for libraries, making it easier to carry out text and data mining, preserve documents, and give access to works which are not available on the market.

Much of this is down to the work of IFLA and its partners, who have engaged with Member States, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and others to show the need for change.

Yet the Directive contains other measures which risk undermining fundamental freedoms online.

With internet platforms a key means of sharing ideas and creativity, it is important to take a proportionate approach to regulation of content.

Steps taken must not lead to the blocking of free speech, as would be inevitable under the current of Article 13 (renumbered to 17 in the voting document), a point already underlined by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression.

Organisations such as national Wikipedias and other platforms without the resources of the biggest market players (Google, Facebook etc) have underlined their concerns by replacing their sites with warnings of the impact of this provision.

A Directive without Article 13 would be the best way of protecting fundamental freedoms, while supporting libraries in their mission to drive education, preservation and innovation.

IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner said:

If we don’t protect freedom of expression today, the libraries of tomorrow will not be able to fulfil their missions. To protect freedom of access to information, now and into the future, MEPs should pass the Copyright Directive without Article 13.

It is vital for Europe to get this right. The decisions made by MEPs net week will not only have a direct impact on what libraries and their users can do inside Europe, but also set an example for legislation elsewhere in the world.

Read more about IFLA’s work on the copyright reform. You can also read our most recent blog about the weakness of the arguments for Article 13.

Open Science and Research Data Management Train-the-Trainer Bootcamp

EIFL - FOSS news - Fri, 22/03/2019 - 19:06

Are you an open science and research data management (RDM) trainer who wants to expand and improve your training skills?

Join this full-day train-the-trainer bootcamp organized by the FOSTER project, CESSDA (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives), ELIXIR (an international governmental organization that brings together life science resources from across Europe) and DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services). The bootcamp will take place from 9:00 to 17:00 at DANS.

Open Science and Research Data Management Train-the-Trainer Bootcamp

EIFL news and events - Fri, 22/03/2019 - 19:06

Are you an open science and research data management (RDM) trainer who wants to expand and improve your training skills?

Join this full-day train-the-trainer bootcamp organized by the FOSTER project, CESSDA (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives), ELIXIR (an international governmental organization that brings together life science resources from across Europe) and DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services). The bootcamp will take place from 9:00 to 17:00 at DANS.

Open Science and Research Data Management Train-the-Trainer Bootcamp

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 22/03/2019 - 19:06

Are you an open science and research data management (RDM) trainer who wants to expand and improve your training skills?

Join this full-day train-the-trainer bootcamp organized by the FOSTER project, CESSDA (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives), ELIXIR (an international governmental organization that brings together life science resources from across Europe) and DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services). The bootcamp will take place from 9:00 to 17:00 at DANS.

Open Science and Research Data Management Train-the-Trainer Bootcamp

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 22/03/2019 - 19:06

Are you an open science and research data management (RDM) trainer who wants to expand and improve your training skills?

Join this full-day train-the-trainer bootcamp organized by the FOSTER project, CESSDA (Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives), ELIXIR (an international governmental organization that brings together life science resources from across Europe) and DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services). The bootcamp will take place from 9:00 to 17:00 at DANS.

LIBER’s Voting Recommendations on the Digital Single Market Directive

LIBER news - Fri, 22/03/2019 - 17:48

Years of work to reform European copyright legislation will come to a head next Tuesday, when the European Parliament in Strasbourg votes on the Digital Single Market Directive. The proposed Directive, which has been nearly three years in the making, contains many positive developments for Europe’s library, education and research community. However we remain concerned…

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