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2018 EIFL Annual Report

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 02/05/2019 - 16:02

We are pleased to announce the publication of our 2018 Annual Report, celebrating achievements of our programmes and projects during the year.

Thank-you to everyone who worked with us in 2018.

READ NOW

Read the online version of the Annual Report here.

Download the low resolution PDF version of the Annual Report here.

2018 EIFL Annual Report

EIFL - FOSS news - Thu, 02/05/2019 - 16:02

We are pleased to announce the publication of our 2018 Annual Report, celebrating achievements of our programmes and projects during the year.

Thank-you to everyone who worked with us in 2018.

READ NOW

Read the online version of the Annual Report here.

Download the low resolution PDF version of the Annual Report here.

2018 EIFL Annual Report

EIFL news and events - Thu, 02/05/2019 - 16:02

We are pleased to announce the publication of our 2018 Annual Report, celebrating achievements of our programmes and projects during the year.

Thank-you to everyone who worked with us in 2018.

READ NOW

Read the online version of the Annual Report here.

Download the low resolution PDF version of the Annual Report here.

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

IFLA - Thu, 02/05/2019 - 15:03

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For full details, visit the updated DA2I website

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

IFLA - Thu, 02/05/2019 - 13:24

Dear colleagues,

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

Interested applicants are welcome to submit:

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you in Prague.

IFLA DDRS Standing Committee

SOURCE: 16th IFLA ILDS Conference

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

IFLA - Thu, 02/05/2019 - 10:10

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

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

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

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

Looking forward to welcoming you all to Athens!

Call for Applications: IFLA Journal Editor

IFLA - Thu, 02/05/2019 - 04:00

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

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

The Editor will:

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

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

Selection criteria

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

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

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

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

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

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

IFLA - Wed, 01/05/2019 - 20:58

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

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

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

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

A New Perspective

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

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

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

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

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

The International Dimension

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webinar: Enhancing your strengths through coaching

IFLA - Tue, 30/04/2019 - 23:18

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

Moderator:
Ewa Stenberg, Sweden

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

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

Link to the webinar: tbc

You can find information about other IFLA webinars here.

IFLA ARL Webinar 2 – Introduction to Open Access

IFLA - Tue, 30/04/2019 - 04:18

Title:  Introduction to Open Access

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

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

Register in advance for this meeting

 

Abstract:

Introduction to Open Access

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

Presenter Bio:

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

 

On the chat: Dr. Ursula Arning

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

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

Please register for the webinar here.

Series organiser: Dr Reggie Raju 

Chair of ARL: Ms Mimi Calter 

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

VIVO Updates for April 28 — Conference deadline May 1, OPERA workshop, VIVO Scholar, Calls this week

DSpace news - Mon, 29/04/2019 - 01:12

Conference call for proposals deadline extended to May 1  The 10th annual VIVO Conference will be held in Podgorica, Montenegro, September 4-6, 2019.  This is our first conference in Europe!  The conference will be a great opportunity to meet colleagues in the VIVO community, discuss development, ontology, implementation and other work.  The conference is interested in all work related to the representation, presentation and reuse of data regarding scholarship.  Workshop proposals, posters, presentation, panels and other formats are all welcome.  Please submit your proposal.  See the Call for Proposals.

Open Research Analytics (OPERA) The Danish Electronic Research Library hosted a workshop March 28, on open research analytics.  This continuing effort to develop open research analytics based on open sources and open representation as with VIVO data.  So many VIVO people and presentations!  Work on network analysis and presentation, research impact, metrics, open science support and much more.  See https://deffopera.dk/workshop-march-28-2019/

VIVO Scholar Task Force  The VIVO Scholar Task Force, a new VIVO project effort being led by Duke University has a goal of creating a new, optional, performant, internationalized, accessible, read-only interface for VIVO sites running VIVO 1.10 and above.  The task force addresses goal 1 in the Product Direction for 2019.  See VIVO Scholar Task Force

Calls this week  Here’s the calls for this week.  All are welcome.  All calls use Zoom video conferencing.  All have agendas in the wiki and have news in the wiki following the meeting.  All times are US eastern.  See Meeting Times Around the World for local timers.  We hope you can join a meeting that interests you!  Newcomers are always welcome.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Libraries and Cultural Diversity: Preserving Heritage, Promoting Dialogue

IFLA - Sat, 27/04/2019 - 17:03

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IFLA - Sat, 27/04/2019 - 14:46

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

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

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

The Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar

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

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

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

What are our objectives?

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

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

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

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

Mandalay 'Effective Training' workshop

eifl licensing news - Fri, 26/04/2019 - 12:27

EIFL e-Library Myanmar project partner universities - University of Yangon, Universities' Central Library, Yangon University of Economics,  East Yangon and West Yangon universities, Dagon University, Sittwe University and Mawlamyine University - are to attend a three-day workshop on ‘Effective Training’.

Each university will be represented by librarians who train faculty and students to navigate through licensed e-resources and manage references for research publications.

Yangon 'Effective Training' workshop

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 26/04/2019 - 12:27

EIFL e-Library Myanmar project partner universities - University of Yangon, Universities' Central Library, Yangon University of Economics,  East Yangon and West Yangon universities, Dagon University, Sittwe University and Mawlamyine University - are to attend a three-day workshop on ‘Effective Training’.

Each university will be represented by librarians who train faculty and students to navigate through licensed e-resources and manage references for research publications.

Yangon 'Effective Training' workshop

EIFL - FOSS news - Fri, 26/04/2019 - 12:27

EIFL e-Library Myanmar project partner universities - University of Yangon, Universities' Central Library, Yangon University of Economics,  East Yangon and West Yangon universities, Dagon University, Sittwe University and Mawlamyine University - are to attend a three-day workshop on ‘Effective Training’.

Each university will be represented by librarians who train faculty and students to navigate through licensed e-resources and manage references for research publications.

Yangon 'Effective Training' workshop

EIFL news and events - Fri, 26/04/2019 - 12:27

EIFL e-Library Myanmar project partner universities - University of Yangon, Universities' Central Library, Yangon University of Economics,  East Yangon and West Yangon universities, Dagon University, Sittwe University and Mawlamyine University - are to attend a three-day workshop on ‘Effective Training’.

Each university will be represented by librarians who train faculty and students to navigate through licensed e-resources and manage references for research publications.

WIPO Regional Seminar in Africa

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 26/04/2019 - 12:06

A delegation from EIFL will participate in the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Regional Seminar for the African region on libraries, archives, museums, and educational and research institutions.

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