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VIVO Updates for March 17, 2019 — Sprint! Presenting at the VIVO Conference, LYRASIS and Duraspace vote to merge, and more

DSpace news - Mon, 18/03/2019 - 01:46

Sprint! VIVO is holding its first sprint of 2019, and first since the architectural fly-in and the statement of direction.  The spring will focus on de-coupling activities aligned with item #2 on the statement of direction.  We hope you have been attending developer’s meetings (see below) and are prepared to participate in the sprint.  If not, no worries, there is a sprint organizing meeting Monday, March 18, at 11 AM US Eastern Daylight Savings Time (note that the US advances its clocks for daylight savings time a bit before the EU and other parts of the world.  Please check time zones for local time).

Presenting at the VIVO Conference Do you have work that would be interesting for other members of the VIVO community to hear about?  One means for sharing your work is a presentation at the VIVO conference.  Are you a first time presenter?  Presenting at the conference is possible for everyone.  The VIVO Conference welcomes first time presenters.  Please take a look at the call for proposals.  You will need to write a short description of the work you did and why it might be interesting for others.  Please consider presenting your work.  You can find the call for proposals here:  http://vivoconference.org/talk-proposals/  You will need to sign up for Open Review (it’s easy) and have the ORCiD identifiers for yourself and your co-authors, if any.  Don’t have an ORCiD?  It’s easy to get one.  Visit http://orcid.org Proposals are due April 14th.  We hope you plan to share your work via a presentation at the VIVO Conference.

LYRASIS and Duraspace boards vote to merge The LYRASIS and Duraspace boards have voted to merge their non-profit organizations.  You can find a press release here:  http://bit.ly/2F92eI1

I have served on the board of Duraspace since 2013 and participated in the recent intent to merge and the vote to merge.  As in any big change, there are always concerns and opportunities.  To vote yes to merge, there had to be evidence that the opportunities afforded by the merger were worth pursuing.  I have been asked to share my thoughts bout the merger and my vote.  Please see Why I Voted Yes.

Welcome a new VIVO site!  Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi in San Luis Potosi Mexico has a new VIVO site.   From Wikipedia:

The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (in SpanishUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, UASLP) is a public university in Mexico. It is the largest, oldest, and most comprehensive university in the state of San Luis Potosí, as well as one of the most important ones in Mexico. Among other historic milestones, in 1923, UASLP was the first university in Mexico to have autonomy constitutionally granted

You can see their VIVO here: http://orbis.uaslp.mx/vivo/ They have done a beautiful job representing nearly 7,000 faculty and staff.

Bienvenido Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi!

Books for VIVO One of the classics in the open source literature is The Cathedral and the Bazaar.  I recall how it changed my thinking about open source.  Highly recommended for all those involved with open source.  You can read more about the book and its influence here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cathedral_and_the_Bazaar  The author’s website is here:  http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/

Raymond, Eric S. (1999). The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary. O’Reilly Media. ISBN 1-56592-724-9.

Calls this week All times are US Eastern Daylight Savings Time.  Follow the meeting links for connection/call-in details.  All meetings use Zoom, a free download available here: http://zoom.us/download Meeting reminders and agendas are typically posted to VIVO Slack.  Join VIVO Slack here:  http://bit.ly/vivo-slack

The VIVO Google Calendar is available here: bit.ly/vivo-calendar  You can add it to your calendars so you are always up to date on upcoming meetings and events!



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Register for the 2019 IFLAPARL Pre-Conference in Athens

IFLA - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 21:53

To attend the pre-conference please complete the attached registration form:

Please return this form to Steve Wise (iflaparl.chair@gmail.com) no later than Friday, 31st May 2019. 

Further details of the pre-conference and programme are available on the Section's events page.

IFLA Collaborates with United Nations on the SDG Book Club

IFLA - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 16:04

IFLA is participating in the SDG Book Club, an initiative launched by the United Nations alongside organisations representing publishers, booksellers and books for youth. Through this, we hope to help more young people engage with the Global Goals, especially in libraries.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for organising action at the global level to improve people’s lives. Yet to be effective, it is important to bring global goals to the national and local level.

IFLA itself has worked intensively to do this within the library field. The International Advocacy Programme has engaged librarians in almost two thirds of countries around the world.

Through hundreds of events, training sessions and meetings, IFLA has raised awareness of the SDGs, and the importance of information in achieving them.

The SDG Book Club offers a further means of achieving this goal.  It is the result of cooperation between United Nations, IFLA, and the International Publishers Association, the International Board on Books for Youth, the European and International Booksellers’ Federation and the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair.

IFLA Secretary-General Gerald Leitner said: Achieving the Global Goals will need action from everyone. The SDG Book Club offers a great way to introduce today’s young people to the key issues of our time, to mobilise them, and to and prepare them to be the doers and leaders of tomorrow. I am proud that libraries are helping give access to this key information, and to inspire new generations.

By defining a selection of books for young people in all official United Nations languages, it will provide a way for tomorrow’s decision-makers to engage with the issues the SDGs raise.

Crucially, the selection is not an exhaustive list, but only a starting point. The goal is to encourage discussion about the SDGs in libraries and other settings around the world. We look forward to launching the first selection next month.

You can find out more on the SDG Book Club website, and read the press release.

Congratulations to EIFL Innovation Award winners

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 14:40

We are delighted to name the winners of the 12th EIFL Public Library Innovation Award, for Public library services improving people’s lives.

Congratulations to –

IFLA Section - Library Building and Equipment holds successful mid-year in Brisbane Australia

IFLA - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 14:39

Our Section recently held a hugely successful mid-year meeting in Brisbane, Australia.  In addition to our regular business meetings, the section also visited a number of fantastic libraries including the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Brisbane City Libraries, QUT, Griffith University and the Gold Coast Libraries. Our mid-year concluded with our participation in the exciting ALIA 2019 Library Design Awards conference.  The conference included a panel discussion invovling our standing committee members and an individual paper by Section Secretary Traci Lesneski,  For full details of the awards and the winners see here.  Special thanks to our Section Committee member Janine Schmidt and to  Vicki McDonald, CEO and State Librarian SLQ and IFLA Governing Board member.

The evolving concept of ‘library’ and its impact on library design exciting joint satellite conference Rome 21 - 22 Aug. 2019

IFLA - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 14:22

Our next event is an exciting joint satellite conference in Rome preceding WLIC 2019 in Athens. Join us and our IFLA partner sections to explore the evolving concept of ‘library’ and its impact on library design! To learn more about this inspiring event see here. We look forward to seeing you in Rome en route to Athens!

Save the date for the next free NPSIG/CPDWL webinar!

IFLA - Fri, 15/03/2019 - 05:52

Join Ulrike Lang and Hella Klauser from Germany, Dee Winn and Cate Carlyle from Canada and Flippie van der Walt from South Africa in this free online webinar about the benefits of international exchange programmes. It is all happening on Tuesday,  9 April 2019, so please check the CPDWL webpage for details of the time in your region. If you can't make it, a recording will be available too.

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ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკას ინდონეზიის დელეგაცია ესტუმრა

14 მარტს ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკას ინდონეზიის რესპუბლიკის სახალხო საკონსულტაციო ასამბლეის (პარლამენტის ზედა პალატა) თავმჯდომარის მოადგილე, ჰიდეიათ ნურ ვაჰიდი ესტუმრა დელეგაციასთან ერთად.

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12 მარტს ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკას ისრაელის ქნესეთის გენერალური დირექტორი ალბერტ სახაროვიჩი ესტუმრა. სტუმარს ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის გენერალურმა დირექტორმა გიორგი კეკელიძემ უმასპინძლა.

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Laos copyright law: EIFL review, recommendations

EIFL-OA news and events - Thu, 14/03/2019 - 12:17

Libraries rely on copyright exceptions and limitations to allow everyday uses of copyright-protected materials, for example, to provide a researcher with a copy of a journal article, to make an accessible format copy for a blind student, or to make a preservation copy.

For this reason, many copyright laws include specific exceptions for libraries to enable such activities. In cases where the law does not provide a specific provision, libraries have to turn to other provisions, such as exceptions for quotation and teaching (if present), to see if they fit library activities.

Call for Papers: 2019 IFLA WLIC Open Session by News Media Section joint with Digital Humanities – Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group

IFLA - Wed, 13/03/2019 - 23:37

Call for Papers – Open Sessions


News Media Section joint with Digital Humanities – Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group


Theme: Success Stories and Challenges: News Media Re-used in Research and by the General Public




The News Media Section is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Athens, Greece, from August 24-30, 2019. This open program is co-sponsored by the IFLA’s Digital Humanities – Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group.


Libraries and cultural heritage institutions have led initiatives to preserve news media in its various forms. The large-scale digitization of newspapers and other news content has opened up possibilities for digital scholarship and other re-uses of news. How are scholars and the general public using digitized news content in new ways? What are the successes and challenges of digital news archives for the digital humanities and beyond?


Possible topics may include:

  • The re-use of digitized newspapers and other news content in research and digital humanities projects.
  • Case studies that explore the successes and challenges of using digitized news content
  • Digitized newspapers in research and education 
  • Users of news media: digital humanities scholars, genealogists, researchers, etc. 
  • Themed or special digital exhibits that incorporate and reimagine digitized news content (e.g., WWI portal of the European Digital Library Europeana)


Submission Guidelines

Proposal abstracts must be submitted by 29 March 2019, must be in English, and should clearly include:


  • Title of proposed paper
  • Abstract of proposed paper (no more than 500 words)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s) and position(s) and/or title(s)
  • Employer(s) / affiliated institution(s) of presenter(s)
  • Contact information including email address(es) and telephone number(s)
  • Short biographical statement(s) of presenter(s)


Abstracts must be submitted as an MS Word attachment to all members of the Conference Planning Committee:



Selected presenters will be notified by 15 April 2019.


Accepted papers

  • Complete accepted papers should be 3000-6000 words in length, be an original submission not published elsewhere, be written and English, and must use the template that will be available with IFLA’s 2019 Guidelines for Paper Authors and Presenters.
  • Complete accepted papers must be submitted as MS Word attachments to the committee members listed above, along with accompanying presentation slides, by 1 June 2019.
  • All papers presented at the WLIC 2019 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
  • Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.
  • Approximately 15-20 minutes will be allotted for a summary presentation of the paper. It is strongly recommended that the presentation is supported by a visual element such as PowerPoint, Prezi, or other presentation software.


Important dates

29 March 2019         Proposal abstracts due

15 April 2019           Acceptance notices sent to authors

7 June 2019             Completed papers and presentations submitted

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Athens. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

The Programme Committee regrets that it has no funding to assist prospective authors, and the submission of an abstract must be on the understanding that the costs of attending the conference including registration, travel, accommodation, and other expenses, are the responsibility of the presenters of the accepted papers, or their institutions. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors of accepted papers.

LYRASIS and DuraSpace Announce Merger: Expanding the Capacity of the Global Scholarly and Scientific Research Ecosystem

DSpace news - Wed, 13/03/2019 - 16:38

Atlanta, GA – March 13, 2019 – LYRASIS and DuraSpace are pleased to announce that by July 1, 2019, they will officially merge to create one dynamic organization empowered to help drive scalable change, new technologies and vital services.

This merger will create a new model for collaboration, innovation and development in the landscape of academic, research, and public libraries, galleries, archives, and museums. The merged organization will leverage its expertise, reach, and capacity to create and build new programs, services and technologies that enable durable, persistent access to data and services. The LYRASIS and DuraSpace communities will continue to benefit from the existing programs and services that they receive from each organization.

The newly merged organization will be an on-ramp to a worldwide collaborative community of more than 4,000 institutions and nine open source, community-supported technology programs across six continents. In addition, it will build capacity in the scholarly ecosystem through open technologies, services, funding opportunities, expertise, training, and support.

Both organizations bring world class experts and a common vision for the future of knowledge as it is used across their overlapping memberships. They share a common drive to provide end-to-end solutions that reflect the governance, fair pricing, technical road map, and community expectations of their memberships.

Erin Tripp, DuraSpace’s Executive Director explains, “We found that our two organizations were working more and more toward similar goals such as stewarding community-supported and open source initiatives in the scholarly ecosystem. We each observed a growing need for innovation, research and development, and thought leadership. I feel strongly that by working together, we can have a greater impact on our communities.”

Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS, says of the merger, “Over the past three years we have tested and launched a thought leadership and program development initiative that combines collective risk mitigation and community engagement with milestone-based funding. The rapid adoption of this by 10% of our membership has confirmed to us that this technology platform and service focus is more critical now than ever before. Leveraging DuraSpace’s global institution base with our strategic end-to-end solution focus will be a substantial win for our members.”

LYRASIS and DuraSpace have traditionally delivered high-quality content and cultural heritage solutions to their diverse memberships and will continue to do so. All services, programs, purchases and subscriptions through LYRASIS and DuraSpace will continue without interruption. No action needs to be taken at this time by any members to ensure continuity of service.

This merger strengthens each organization’s core competencies and offers new opportunities for expansion. LYRASIS will be the public name of the merged organization and led by Robert Miller. Within LYRASIS, a newly-created DuraSpace Community Supported Programs division led by Erin Tripp will be the future home of all existing DuraSpace Open Source Software projects and all LYRASIS community supported programs including ArchivesSpace and CollectionSpace, as well as DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO.


LYRASIS, a not-for-profit membership organization of more than 1000 libraries, museums, and archives supports enduring access to our shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services, digital solutions and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities worldwide.

About DuraSpace 

DuraSpace is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2009 providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. We collaborate with academic, scientific, cultural, technology, and research communities by supporting projects and advancing services to help ensure that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage.

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Elections IFLA Sections’ Standing Committees 2019-2023

IFLA - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:46

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the IFLA Regional Office for Asia and Oceania.

IFLA has announced that a postal ballot is being held for the following IFLA Standing Committee 2019 – 2023 elections where the number of nominees exceeded the number of vacancies. See details in table below.  IFLA has despatched the ballot forms to all Members registered for the Sections.

Section No.

Section Name


National Libraries


Academic and Research Libraries


Public Libraries


Libraries for Children and Young Adults




Document Delivery and Resource Sharing


Rare books and Manuscripts


Preservation and Conservation


Information Technology


Education and Training


Library Theory and Research


Asia and Oceania


Latin America and the Caribbean


Subject Analysis and Access


Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities


Library Services to Multicultural Populations


Management of Library Associations

Only those Members and Affiliates who have paid their 2018 membership fees in full and who are not in arrears are eligible to vote in these elections. The original ballot paper must be used. It must be signed by the authorised representative of the Member. See also: https://www.ifla.org/node/91904

Please visit the elections announcement webpage for information of the candidates’ profiles.

Completed ballot papers should be sent by email or FAX or post to reach IFLA Headquarters on or before the deadline of 29 March 2019.




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Thank you.      

Best regards,

Janice Ow 
for Manager, IFLA Regional Office for Asia and Oceania

Notice of IFLA WLIC 2019 General Assembly and Call for Agenda Items

IFLA - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 04:00

IFLA is pleased to announce that the 2019 General Assembly will be held during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2019, 85th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre in Athens, Greece.

The General Assembly is the annual general meeting of IFLA Members. At this meeting, the President, Treasurer, and Secretary General will report on IFLA's annual activities and strategic directions. The General Assembly is the highest governance level of the Federation and its key function is to determine the purposes and values of the Federation as a whole. 

IFLA Members may propose items to be added in the Agenda (See IFLA Statutes, Art. 9.5*). Proposals may be sent by email ifla@ifla.org or FAX +31 70 3834827 by 28 May 2019.

The draft Agenda for the General Assembly can be found below. The Convening Notice for the Assembly will be sent to Members in June 2019.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 16.15–18.00
  1. Opening by the President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
  2. Appointment of Tellers
  3. Establishment of a Quorum
  4. Adoption of the Agenda
  5. Minutes of the previous meeting, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 and 29 August 2018
  6. In memoriam of those members who have died during the past year
  7. Presentation of the Report of the President
  8. Presentation of IFLA’s Annual Report by the Secretary General
  9. Presentation of the Annual Accounts by the Treasurer
  10. Formal announcement of the Results of the Postal Ballot for the Election of President-elect and for places on the Governing Board by the Secretary General
  11. Motions and Resolutions
    11.1 Motion to approve the holding of the next General Assembly in August 2020
    (Art 8.2 of the Statutes refers)
    11.2 Motion to approve Membership fees 2019-2021
  12. Motion to adjourn and reconvene at 16.15 on Thursday, 29 August 2019
Thursday, 29 August 2019, 16.15–17.30
  1. Closing Session
  • Address by the President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón
  • Presentation of Awards
  • Thanks to the outgoing Governing Board
  • Introduction of the new Governing Board
  • Announcement of WLIC 2021 location
  • Vote of thanks WLIC 2019
  • Invitation to WLIC 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Address by incoming President Christine Mackenzie
  • Close of the Assembly 

*For details on the conduct of the General Assembly, please refer to the IFLA Statutes, Article 9 Convening of General Assemblies.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General
The Hague, Netherlands
12 March 2019

IFLAPARL Update - March 2019

IFLA - Mon, 11/03/2019 - 20:45

A reminder that we are currently inviting submissions for presentations at our Section's open session at the IFLA Congress (WLIC).  Please note that the deadline for submissions has been extended to 29th March 2019.  Further details can be found here.

IFLAPARL Annual Pre-conference 2019

The Sections' annual pre-coneference will be held at held at the Hellenic Parliament, Athens, Greece, on the 22nd - 23rd August 2019.  The theme this year will be "Parliamentary Libraries & Research Services: Supporting Dialogue for Change".  Further details can be found here.


Call for Papers Satellite Meeting to be held on 21-22 August 2019, at the University Library Svetozar Markovic, Belgrade, Serbia

IFLA - Mon, 11/03/2019 - 19:06
  1. "Local History and Genealogy in Multiethnic Societies, the impact of genetic mapping and digitized sources"

  2. "Libraries as Mediators, Producers and Partners in the development of community awareness and cultural understanding"

Call for Proposals and Papers

Today, libraries, archives, museums and documentation centres are moving from a reactive to a productive role. Though they continue to collect, preserve and support the use of historical documents and records, they also engage and participate in the production, publication and active dissemination of new resources based on their collections as the sites of knowledge retrieval. They have become centers of knowledge production, both in the material and the virtual world.

The growing use of low-cost genetic testing, combined with the massive scanning and digitization of genealogical records, allows ordinary families to study both their family trees and their ethnic background in great depth and detail. The results tend to show more variation (multiple ethnic backgrounds) than most people are currently aware of.

The first topic emphasizes the deep changes in our inputs and how new technologies allow us to collect, analyze and connect much more data much faster than before.

The second topic reflects a corresponding institutional change: we must take a more active, and a more collaborative role in bringing the new knowledge to our publics in local, national and world-wide communities.

Session welcomes papers that discuss:
  • Innovative use of historical and genealogical collections
  • Collaborative work with historical and genealogical societies
  • Local History, Local Community and use of social technologies, like crowdsourcing
  • Genetic genealogy and the promise of DNA
  • Responses to new demands from the well-informed users
  • Multi-ethnicity in local history and culture, avoiding more traditional nationalistic and regional perspectives
  • We encourage evidence based practice and invite presentations and analysis of projects which can be of practical value to others. 
  • Submissions in other formats than academic papers (such as reports, multimedia presentations and essays) are welcome.
Important dates

Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2019.
Notification of submitters 15 April 2019.
The full paper due on 15 June 2019

Translation of Guidelines in Hindi

IFLA - Mon, 11/03/2019 - 18:31

The 'Guidelines' are now also available in Hindi

SIG Library History session at IFLA 2017 Wroclaw: Libraries in Times of Crisis

IFLA - Mon, 11/03/2019 - 17:04

With many thanks to the Editor of the IFLA Journal Steve Witt (and former convenor of this SIG) the March 2019 IFLA Journal is a Special Issue on Libraries in Times of Crisis containing some of the papers presented at this session, as well as other contributions from abstract submitters. It is available at: http://www.ifla.org/node/92016. This topic at Wroclaw in 2017 was so interesting that it prompted me to seek a special issue of IFLA Journal on the topic.

Dr Kerry Smith, FALIA, AM

Convenor IFLA Library History SIG

Minutes of the WLIC 2018 meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

IFLA - Mon, 11/03/2019 - 07:28

The minutes of the Bibliography Section Standing Committee meetings in Kuala Lumpur held August 2018 are now available.

Call for papers

IFLA - Mon, 11/03/2019 - 02:07

A call for papers for the joint School Libraries Section with Statistics and Evaluation Section is to be found here.

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