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Myanmar law faculty staff training

EIFL-OA news and events - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 14:41

Ruth Bird, EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project Capacity Building Manager, will train law faculty staff at two universities in Yangon, Myanmar, on legal research and how to make the best use of the legal e-resources provided through the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project.

Myanmar law faculty staff training

eifl licensing news - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 14:41

Ruth Bird, EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project Capacity Building Manager, will train law faculty staff at two universities in Yangon, Myanmar, on legal research and how to make the best use of the legal e-resources provided through the EIFL eLibrary Myanmar project.

2018 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

IFLA - Tue, 02/10/2018 - 11:25

The 2018 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage will take place on October 27, and has the theme “Your Story is Moving”.


Here is what UNESCO says about the theme:

“This theme allows for plenty of scope for a wide variety of activities based on stories that are preserved in audiovisual archives -- people’s stories or narratives that enable heritage to be passed on to the next generation. At the same time, the theme also invokes the emotional connections and meanings people may derive from appreciating audiovisual heritage. It enlivens such heritage as a shared story binding people in a common humanity, moving them, so to speak, to higher levels of understanding of and respect for the other.”


Like last year Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) has made a dedicated page, http://www.ccaaa.org/WDAVH2018, for The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, were you can add and share your events.


So please join the celebration of #WDAVH2018

Appraising the WIPO Broadcast Treaty

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 01/10/2018 - 15:12

Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, will take part in a seminar on the proposed WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Broadcast Treaty.

Satellite meeting on “Inclusive Library Services for Children and Young Adults” in Singapore

IFLA - Mon, 01/10/2018 - 13:01

They held the meeting on August 23rd 2018, one day before the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) opened in Kuala Lumpur. There was a good variety of topics, ranging from establishing successful community partnerships, to capacity development, and designing inclusive spaces with accessible collections. These met the needs of the participants who were very interested in developing more wide-ranging services for the children and young adults with special needs. What especially appeared to strike a chord with the participants were the various ways organizations supported their staff in providing specialized services and programmes to children and young adults with disabilities through collaboration and training.

The 140 participants from 11 countries (including Egypt, Japan, Russia, Norway, Kenya and the United States) met at the National Library building in Singapore. Both the local and international participants gave very good feedback. They gained new knowledge from the speakers, were able to exchange innovative ideas, and discover good practices. The satellite meeting also provided them with an excellent opportunity to forge new connections and potential partnerships.

The satellite papers are now published in the IFLA Library http://library.ifla.org/view/conferences/2018/2018-08-23/877.html

The speakers' presentations for the satellite meeting are available on the website of the Section “Library Services to People with Special Needs” (LSN) https://www.ifla.org/node/71276

Call for Nominations for Section Standing Committees August 2019 – August 2023

IFLA - Mon, 01/10/2018 - 11:58

Nominations for candidates to serve on the Standing Committees for the period from August 2019 to August 2023

DEADLINE: 03 January 2019

See also:

How do I nominate?

Attached to the letter mailed out to IFLA Members you will find a Nomination form which bears the name of you or your organisation.

  1. Make copies of this form if you want to nominate candidates for the Standing Committees of more than one Section. DO NOT use a nomination form supplied by any other IFLA Member and do not make copies of your nomination form for use by other Members.
  2. Complete the nomination form. For Association, Institutional Members, Institutional and Association Affiliates: make sure that it is signed by the authorised signatory. One nominator is sufficient. It does not have to be seconded.
  3. Obtain the consent of your nominee and ask them to complete the Nominee Consent Form
  4. Send it to IFLA Headquarters by email, fax or post; only signed forms are valid. A confirmation of receipt will be sent only if requested.
  • Send each nomination in a SEPARATE email,
  • PDF attachments larger than 30MB will automatically bounce and won’t make it through the IFLA Headquarters email server,
  • IFLA will not make exceptions to the deadline.
What is the deadline?

Nomination forms must reach IFLA Headquarters 03 January 2019, no late nominations will be accepted. Nominations must be accompanied by or match the nominee consent form (which can be returned separately, but must also reach IFLA Headquarters on or before the deadline).

What makes an effective Standing Committee member?

IFLA’s Section Standing Committees drive forward and carry out IFLA’s professional activities.

Each individual member of a Standing Committees is expected to contribute time and energy towards achieving the goals set out in the Action Plan for that Section. They are expected to attend all meetings of the Standing Committee without cost to IFLA, and to contribute to the work and virtual communication of the Committee.

It is useful if a Standing Committee member is also in a position to be both an ambassador for the IFLA Section in their own country and to represent the views and ideas of the country on the IFLA Standing Committee. This means being able to disseminate the Section's news, requests, calls, project information, etc. within their own country and to be a conduit for their country to bring to the Section’s Standing Committee suggestions, views, news, written reports, ideas for projects, translations, etc.

Skills and attributes

A nominee for a Standing Committee position should:

  • have expertise and interest in the field of the Section;
  • be able to communicate in the main language used by the Section’s Standing Committee in order to be able to contribute to work and discussions;
  • have a willingness and ability to devote time and energy to the role to perform their IFLA commitments – this is usually several hours per month;
  • have financial support and time allowance to attend physical meetings of the Standing Committee (see immediately below)
  • act with respect, trust, confidentiality and transparency within the Committee and recognise the need to protect personal and privileged information. When considering Committee matters, Standing Committee members must declare any conflicts of interest and abstain from discussions where they have a conflict or potential conflict of interest.
Roles and responsibilities

A nominee for a Standing Committee position should:

  • attend and participate in business meetings each year from the moment of their election up to and including the next four years, which means they should attend five World Library and Information Congresses in total.
  • contribute actively to projects, which might include planning events, revising guidelines or standards, preparing translations, assisting in the production of advocacy materials or other documents;
  • contribute ideas and leadership for the direction of the Section’s work;
  • be able to communicate on behalf of the Section, whether that is by contributing to, or managing, social media, mailing lists, web pages, etc;
  • participate in and respond to online communication of the Standing Committee during the year, for example, via email, conference calls, and document sharing and collaboration;
  • contribute to the planning and delivery of the Section’s participation in the annual World Library and Information Congress.

You may nominate yourself, a member of your staff, or a person in another organisation or another country who is known to have the required skills and interest in serving.

Those elected to a Standing Committee serve in a personal capacity. A candidate does not have to be a member of IFLA (or be employed by, or be affiliated with a Member of IFLA).

Nominating a candidate does not require you to take any responsibility for that candidate, whether elected or not. However, if you are the employer of that candidate you should discuss with the candidate how time and financial support (if any) will be provided to enable full participation in the Standing Committee.

You are invited to contact the current Chair of the Section if you would like to enquire about the appropriateness of a nominee for a position on the Standing Committee.

Participating in meetings of the Standing Committee

Standing Committee members must have a reasonable expectation of being able to attend meetings of the Standing Committee at no expense to IFLA.

Standing Committee members are expected to attend meetings each year from the moment of their election up to and including the next four years, which means they should attend five Congresses in total. Congresses take place in August each year in different locations around the world (Athens in 2019, Auckland in 2020 and future years still to be determined).

The business meetings are scheduled as part of the annual IFLA World Library and Information Congress programme. The business meetings for the Standing Committee members begin on Saturday before the official start of the Congress and usually go on until Thursday of the Congress week.

During the year, Standing Committee business is conducted by email and other virtual means and Standing Committee members should have time, either during their working time, or voluntarily during their own time, to contribute regularly to these discussions.

Some Standing Committees hold mid-year meetings by agreement of the Committee members. Standing Committee members must be able to arrange their own travel plans accordingly.

Because most Standing Committees conduct business meetings and online communication in English, a command of English is extremely helpful, but it is not an absolute requirement. The working languages of IFLA are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish.

What benefit is there for a nominee and their employer?

Serving on a Standing Committee provides opportunities for an individual’s professional development, networking with colleagues from many different countries, and helping to advance the profession in specific areas of practice.

Standing Committee members will often develop skills in:

  • strategy, planning and management
  • leadership
  • knowledge sharing
  • research skills
  • advocacy
  • communication
  • ethics, diplomacy and respect for cultural differences
  • networking and partnership development.

The individual will be able to bring ideas and examples of best practice in their field back to the workplace, and will develop a network of contacts for widening their horizon.

Through an employee’s participation in an IFLA Standing Committee, the employer can influence the direction of worldwide activity in that area of library and information work, contributing to the thoughts and ideas that will influence decision makers within and outside the profession.

Who can nominate a candidate?

IFLA’s professional programme consists mainly of Sections. Each Section’s activity is governed and carried out by an elected Standing Committee.

The following IFLA Members may nominate a candidate for election to the Standing Committee of each Section for which the Member is registered:

  • The authorised signatory (see NOTE below) of an Association or Institutional Member.
  • Institutional Affiliate,
  • Individual Affiliate,
  • Association Affiliate,
  • Honorary Fellows.

NOTE: the authorised signatory is the individual who is listed in IFLA’s records as the organisation’s highest official and whose name appears on the attached nomination form. Please contact us if this is incorrect so we can re-issue the form.

The nominating Member must have paid all membership fees in full for 2018 and not be in arrears, with the exception of Honorary Fellows.

How many candidates may I nominate and for which Standing Committees?

You may nominate ONE candidate for the Standing Committee of EACH Section for which you are registered. IFLA Sections for which you are registered are listed on the attached nomination form.

I have been approached to ask if I will nominate someone

Nominating someone implies no commitment to support that candidate in any way and you do not have to know the candidate personally. You will need to communicate with the candidate in order to complete the nomination forms but your relationship with them can end there.

We suggest you first investigate whether the candidate would be a good nominee (see above) before agreeing to nominate them.

From time to time, the Chair of a Section may become aware of a good, potential candidate who does not have a nominator and may ask if you are willing to nominate them. Doing so will help support the current Chair in building a strong Standing Committee.

Nominating a candidate does not require you to take any responsibility for that candidate, whether elected or not.

Who may not be nominated

The following persons may NOT be nominated for the period 2019-2023:

  • persons who are currently serving on a Standing Committee for the period 2017-2021
  • persons who are currently serving their second consecutive (and final) Term on a Standing Committee for the period 2015-2019.

No one may be a member of more than one Standing Committee at the same time except a member of the Standing Committee of a regional section (Africa, Asia and Oceania, and Latin America & the Caribbean) who may be a member of one other Standing Committee.

To see those currently serving on the Standing Committees of the various Sections, please look at the Activities and Groups webpage.

Individuals completing their second term on a committee who are interested in serving a term on a different Standing Committee should make their desire known to a member eligible to make a nomination or the Standing Committee Chair.

What happens after the nominations have been received?

Each Section may have up to 20 persons serving on its Standing Committee. If the number of candidates for any Section exceeds the number of vacancies, a postal ballot will be held after the close of nominations. The postal ballot will be sent out in February 2019. If the number of candidates does not exceed the number of vacancies, then there will not be an election and eligible nominees are automatically appointed to the Section Standing Committee. These nominees will receive a letter confirming their appointment and election.

How do I nominate a candidate for a Section of which I’m not a member?

You may have a colleague in your organisation or know a colleague who could make a great contribution to a Section, but you or your organisation is not a member of that Section. There are two possible solutions:

  1. Register yourself or your organisation for the Section.
    You may choose to replace one of your current section registrations, or you may add the section to your existing total. For registration in an additional section, there is a charge of EUR 60 for each extra section. This amount must be paid before the nomination deadline in order for the nomination to be valid.
  2. Identify another Member who is registered for the Section.You can contact the Chair or Secretary of the Section concerned and suggest that they look for a Member to nominate the person you have in mind. Sections, particularly smaller ones, are often anxious to identify potential candidates and will be grateful for your suggestions.

Please be aware that IFLA, according to the European Union General Data Protection Regulation, is not allowed to publish or provide member contact details without the prior consent of the member concerned.

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General

EIFL endorses global treaty on education

EIFL-OA news and events - Fri, 28/09/2018 - 11:26

At the Fifth Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest, EIFL endorsed the need for a global treaty in support of the right to education.

Federated Identity Management for Libraries: Why and How

LIBER news - Fri, 28/09/2018 - 10:35

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) will build a trusted environment for open cross-disciplinary research in Europe. Millions of researchers, science and technology professionals will be able to use the EOSC, and they will be supported by libraries in their natural roles as champions of Open Science infrastructures and tools, promotors of best practices and…

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Announcing the First Country-Specific Webinar Series: Brazil

DSpace news - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 18:41

DuraSpace is pleased to announce the first Country-specific Webinar Series. Thanks to the support of Neki IT, a Brazilian Certified DSpace Contributor, we are collaborating on the organization of three webinars this fall where three different Brazilian institutions will present their experiences with DSpace. As a Country-specific series, the webinars will be offered in the Portuguese language.

This new initiative supported by DuraSpace in collaboration with community members is intended to support the Brazilian community in sharing know-how, best practices and use cases on how to implement DSpace to provide open access to many valuable cultural and scientific resources.

To better support communications within the Brazilian DSpace community, there is now an official and dedicated Slack channel under the broader DSpace channel (more information here).

Pre-registration is required. Register here for the first webinar. Registration information for the second and third webinars will be available later.

About the Webinars (English)

October 17, 2018 – The National Library presentation (Brasiliana Fotografica)

The first webinar will present the repository of historical photographs called Brasiliana Fotografica, sustained by the National Library of Brazil. The National Library team will present the challenges and experiences they encountered in the creation and development of a photographic collection at a national level. To learn about Brasiliana Fotografica visit:

Pre-registration is required. Register here for the first webinar. Registration information for the second and third webinars will be available later.

November 14th – LUME Repository presentation

The second webinar will present LUME, the digital repository developed by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul that allows the access to digital collections of materials produced inside the University. The webinar will be presented the LUME team who are experienced DSpace users. They will discuss how they approached implementing repository functionalities, and difficulties in implementation. Access LUME here:

Pre-registration is required. Registration information for the second and third webinars will be available later.

December 12th – IBICT (Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência)

The third webinar will focus on the IBICT perspective in relation to DSpace and present the reasons why IBICT believes in DSpace as an important instrument to diffuse knowledge through digital repositories. In addition IBICT will demonstrate the importance of open source tools, which allow open access to information.The IBICT website: http://www.ibict.br/

Pre-registration is required. Registration information for the second and third webinars will be available later.

Sobre os webinars (Portuguese):

17/10: Apresentação da Brasiliana Fotográfica da Biblioteca Nacional

O primeiro webinar vai apresentar a Brasiliana Fotográfica, um dos repositórios da Biblioteca Nacional, demonstrando as experiências e os desafios para a construção e o desenvolvimento do acervo fotográfico desta instituição de nível nacional. Para acessar a Brasiliana Fotográfica e já ir conhecendo um pouco deste repositório, acesse: http://brasilianafotografica.bn.br/brasiliana/

Para melhor apoiar as comunicações dentro da comunidade brasileira do DSpace, existe agora um canal oficial e dedicado do Slack sob o canal mais amplo do DSpace (mais informações aqui).

Pré-inscrição é necessária. Registre-se aqui para o primeiro seminário on-line. As informações de registro do segundo e terceiro webinars estarão disponíveis posteriormente.

14/11: Apresentação do repositório LUME da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

O segundo webinar irá apresentar o LUME, repositório digital da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul que permite o acesso a coleções digitais de materiais produzidos no âmbito da Universidade. Durante o webinar, será apresentado a experiência que a equipe do LUME tem com o DSpace, sendo abordado as funcionalidades do repositório e as dificuldades na
implementação. Acesse o LUME em: https://www.lume.ufrgs.br/

Para melhor apoiar as comunicações dentro da comunidade brasileira do DSpace, existe agora um canal oficial e dedicado do Slack sob o canal mais amplo do DSpace (mais informações aqui).

Pré-inscrição é necessária. As informações de registro do segundo e terceiro webinars estarão disponíveis posteriormente.

12/12: Apresentação das atividades do IBICT

O terceiro webinar vai trazer a perspectiva do IBICT em relação ao DSpace, apresentado os motivos pelo qual o IBICT acredita no DSpace como um instrumento importante para a difusão de conhecimento a partir da construção de repositórios digitais. Além disso, o IBICT vai demonstrar a importância de ferramentas open source que possibilitam o acesso a informação. Acesse o site do IBICT: http://www.ibict.br/

Para melhor apoiar as comunicações dentro da comunidade brasileira do DSpace, existe agora um canal oficial e dedicado do Slack sob o canal mais amplo do DSpace (mais informações aqui).

Pré-inscrição é necessária. As informações de registro do segundo e terceiro webinars estarão disponíveis posteriormente.

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Recording Available: “Beyond North America: Widening Access and Participation”

DSpace news - Thu, 27/09/2018 - 18:03

The webinar recording and presentation slides from “Beyond North America: Widening Access and Participation” are now available.  This was the second of four webinars presented in the DuraSpace Hot Topic Series, “The Future Will be Open?” curated by David Lewis, Indiana University Purdue University Indiana, Dean Emeritus of the University Library and Michael Roy, Middlebury College, Dean of the Library.

The first webinar, “The 2.5% Commitment: Investing in Open” was presented on May 17th and focused on David Lewis’ proposal for a 2.5% investment in open infrastructure and how it aims to make visible the investments academic libraries make in open infrastructure and content.

The second webinar, “Beyond North America: Widening Access and Participation” was presented by Colleen Campbell who leads outreach for the Open Access 2020 initiative and  Dra. Arianna Becerril García, the Technology and Innovation Director of REDALYC.  Their presentation highlighted what progress is being made in the drive make scholarly content open, discoverable, and accessible through initiatives originating outside the US and each shared their experiences on the global open access movement bringing insights from where they sit in Europe and South America.

The recordings and presentation slides of both webinars are available at https://duraspace.org/webinar/.

This Hot Topics series is available live to DuraSpace Members.

Members of DuraSpace are among leaders of institutions from all over the world who share a belief that our digital scientific and cultural heritage should be preserved and made accessible for future generations. Members of DuraSpace have been invited to become part of a conversation that aims to begin an investigation into what it will take to sustain the emerging set of open technologies that underpin the open scholarly ecosystem we all depend on.

Our members are actively engaged in determining how to move forward towards a more open scholarly ecosystem. Attending Hot Topics webinars is one benefit that we offer our members to aid in collaborative consideration of common issues and potential solutions as an exclusive benefit of being a DuraSpace member.


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IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award 2018: See you next year!

IFLA - Wed, 26/09/2018 - 19:02

During the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, on 27 August, the selection of videos for the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award 2018 were projected at the Expo Pavilion / Tech Lab, in front of about 40 people.

On the same day, the winner was announced:

Books in the Cloud

produced by Beit Ariela "Shaar Zion" Library (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Due to visa issues, the librarians which produced the winning video were not able to attend, but they will use the prize money - offered by the Free Library of Philadelphia and Pikes Peak Library District - to travel to the next World Library and Information Congress in Athens.

15 videos from 10 countries

All the concurring videos are available for movie nights in your library. The total length is about 70 minutes. You can watch them at the YouTube channel A Corto di Libri:

  1. Urban Art - Rome
  2. What do users say about library services for people experiencing homelessness? / Sto kazu korisnici knjižničnih usluga za osobe s iskustvom života u Beskućništvu? – Zagreb
  3. Books are my weapon – New York City
  4. The place of the stories / Il posto delle storie – Rome
  5. Rome City Libraries living culture / Biblioteche di Roma cultura viva – Rome
  6. Little moments big impact - Brisbane
  7. Bucsity - Milan
  8. Moment with a book - Prague
  9. Wanderlust - Milan
  10. Sing a song for public libraries / Halk Kütüphanem İçin Söyle – Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Eskişehir, Hatay, Istanbul, Konya, Şahinbey
  11. Project Library Planet / киноальманах планета библиотек - Oslo
  12. Libraries make Guangzhou a nicer place / 图书馆使广州在更好的地方 – Guangzhou
  13. Buccinasco Public Library / Biblioteca di Buccinasco - Milan
  14. Martin Luther King, the broken dream? / Martin Luther King, le rêve brisé? - Lyon
  15. Books in the cloud – Tel Aviv
From Turkey to Kuala Lumpur

One of the participating video has a special story to tell.

The project Sing a folk song for Public Libraries was launched and completed in 2017 with the goal of raising awareness about public libraries in Turkish society, using the power of YouTube and video.

Inspired from the popular project Play for nature, the board members of the Public Libraries Platform and Erol Yılmaz, professor of librarianship with a passion for Turkish folk music, decided to gather and train a number of librarians to sing a Turkish folk song. They all entered the recording studio in the same day and the result is a fantastic video:


which was watched by over 11.600 people.

After participating to "A Corto di Libri" and being selected for the IFLA Metropolitan Libraries Short Film Award 2018, Erol Yılmaz (in the photo to the above) brought the project to the IFLA Congress in Kuala Lumpur as a poster.

დამოუკიდებლობის 100 წლისთავისადმი მიძღვნილი სიმპოზიუმი

დამოუკიდებლობის 100 წლისთავისადმი მიძღვნილი სიმპოზიუმი

26 სექტემბერს ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკაში ლიტერატურის ინსტიტუტის მიერ ორგანიზებული მე-12 საერთაშორისო სიმპოზიუმის „სახელმწიფოებრივი სუვერენობის იდეა და მე-20 საუკუნის ქართული მწერლობა (ეძღვნება საქართველოს დამოუკიდებლობის გამოცხადებიდან 100 წლისთავს)“ საზეიმო გახსნა გაიმართა.

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აგვისტოს ომის სახელობის კედელი ეროვნულ ბიბლიოთეკაში

11 აგვისტოს საქართველოს პარლამენტის ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის მეექვსე კორპუსში (ს. ცინცაძის 63) აგვისტოს ომისადმი მიძღვნილი მემორიალური კედელი გაიხსნა.

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Your ideas matter! Contribute to the Ideas Store before 31 October

IFLA - Wed, 26/09/2018 - 10:00

IFLA is building a new and forward-looking strategy from the bottom up, one that will shape its key actions.  By contributing to the Ideas Store, you have the opportunity to help define the future direction of IFLA. As library and information professionals, it’s therefore your strategy. And, crucially, it depends on your participation.

Be a part of our future

We need your ideas to turn the Global Vision’s ten opportunities into reality. This is your chance to contribute to the collective vision for the library field of the future.

Everyone is welcome to contribute ideas that will help define the strategy: individual librarians, associations, institutions, library supporters, and others. Our platform is translated into, and accepts submissions in all seven IFLA languages. Wherever you are, we want to hear your voice!

IFLA is building a new strategy from the bottom up, but we’re just at the beginning. For the realisation of all the great opportunities which the Global Vision Report identifies, we need your ideas for actions. We need all of you.
Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General

Next Steps

All submitted ideas will be collected and thoroughly analysed by a team of experts.  During the first week of December, the IFLA Governing Board will then take your ideas to help inform the IFLA Strategy and Actions for 2019-2024.

After completing these steps, we will then make the ideas available on the Ideas Store website—creating a storehouse of inspirational ideas available to all librarians around the world. In January 2019, new working groups will be established to further develop our strategy, including through our professional units.                  

All ideas are welcome. We’ve heard from many of you and in order to give you more time to mobilise your communities and share your ideas for actions, we have extended the deadline. But hurry!  You have until 31 October 2018 to take part in the largest global discussion the library field has ever seen, and help us build a strategy that works for you. Any ideas submitted after this date will still help colleagues around the world, but will be too late to feed into this round of strategic planning!

So, you have an idea for IFLA’s Global Vision Ideas Store? Let’s hear from you! Visit ideas.ifla.org and submit yours now!

Sign up! Volunteer to tag for OA Tracking Project

EIFL-OA news and events - Tue, 25/09/2018 - 18:10

The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP), a collaborative, crowdsourced project which captures and shares information about open access (OA), is calling for volunteer taggers to help tag OA information from across the world.

OA is a widening and fast-moving field, and the OATP is the most comprehensive global source of information, news, discussion and opinion about OA. The OATP organizes information by tag or subtopic for easy searching and sharing, preserves it in a database and shares it through feeds and real-time alerts.

Working Together for Legislative Change: IFLA Engages at Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

IFLA - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 20:12

Copyright, together with other intellectual property rights, seeks to promote creativity and innovation by giving the creator or rightsholder a monopoly of rights, or exclusive rights over the work.

Whereas a certain degree of protection might be needed, excessive protection has counterproductive consequences. Instead of fostering creativity, it risks stopping it. More protection is likely to mean less access and re-use by the end-user, and therefore less benefit by society.

The 5th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (American University, Washington D.C., September 27-29) will bring together many stakeholders interested in the intersection between these two matters.

Libraries, who have a mission to provide democratic and equitable access to information, are strong defenders of such balance. 

In order to underline the role that libraries play in shaping fair copyright laws worldwide, IFLA will lead a workshop entitled “Out of the Stacks: A World Tour of Library, Archive and Museum Copyright Reform”.

A panel composed of Teresa Hackett (EIFL), Evelin Heidel (Creative Commons), Mariana Valente (InternetLab), Jean Dryden (ICA) and Paul Keller (Kennisland/Communia) will give an update on current copyright reforms relevant to libraries, archives and museums, from different regional and national perspectives. Because cooperation and coordination are key in to push for the right copyright reforms, the workshop will encourage sharing of information and reflection on joint action around advocacy for better copyright for our institutions.

If you are at the Global Congress, join the discussion on Thursday 27 September, 1pm – 1:50 pm (room AUWCL YT15), or tweet about #Copyright4Libraries.

Announcing the next DSpace 7 (Virtual) Development Sprint, Oct 1-12, Sign up to Learn More and Contribute to DSpace 7!

DSpace news - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 19:28

From Tim Donohue, Technical Lead for DSpace and DSpaceDirect

The third DSpace 7 (Virtual) Development Sprint will take place from October 1-12, 2018.

We are in search of developers interested in joining us for a two week sprint (you need not be available for the entire two weeks). Sprint participants will help us make enhancements / squash bugs in the DSpace 7 codebase. Tasks will be available for both the DSpace 7 UI (using Angular.io) and REST API (using Java / Spring technologies), and will be listed on the Sprint #3 planning page in the coming weeks.

No experience with DSpace 7 codebase is necessary (though experience with prior DSpace releases is recommended). Sprint Coaches will be on hand to help provide ongoing support. However, as no official training/workshops will be held during the sprint, participants will be expected to be proactive in learning new concepts via the provided learning resources (including past workshop/training materials). Don’t worry though, we fully expect participants to have questions and need ongoing support, which is where the Sprint Coaches come in.

Whether you have contributed to DSpace in the past or not, this is great opportunity to learn more about the DSpace 7 Angular UI and/or new REST API. If you’ve never participated in the open source development process, this is a great way to “get your feet wet”, and submit your very first Pull Request (PR) to DSpace!

Signups are open immediately on the below wiki page. Feel free to pass this along to colleagues!

If you or your team have questions, feel free to get in touch, either via email <tdonohue@duraspace.org> or Slack <https://dspace-org.slack.com>.

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Reintroducing the DuraSpace Registry

DSpace news - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 18:22

The DuraSpace Registry is a community-driven database that identifies which institutions and organizations around the world use DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO. The Registry, which answers the question, “Who’s Using”, has been significantly upgraded: https://duraspace.org/registry/ The new Registry includes a map view of installations and is viewable by project.

DuraSpace is in the ongoing process of ensuring that the data in the Registry is current. In 2018 there are more than 2,900 installations registered worldwide. We need your help in order to update this valuable tool as we learn more about who is using our open source software, how they are using it, and how their use case may be similar to yours. Our aim is to make this information widely available to our worldwide community.

The information available in the registry is limited to what has been provided by an institution/organization either by registering or through the OpenDOAR listing. In order to maximize the usefulness of the registry it is important for our users to register their instance to ensure that their information is up-to-date.

Please take a moment to see if your organization’s repository or VIVO installation is listed in the registry. If not, let us know that you are using DSpace, Fedora or VIVO by sharing information about the software you’re using through the registry. If you find your information is outdated, please use this form: https://duraspace.org/registry/register-your-site/ to tell us what’s new, or contact Kristi Searle to update your information.

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Public library training in the news in Namibia

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 14:08

Article title: Public libraries target 100% access to ICT by 2022

Publication/media outlet: New Era (Namibia)

Date published: 24 September 2018

EIFL project/programme: EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme

Language of article: English

Qatar National Library and UNESCO support Arab Documentary Heritage Preservation

IFLA - Mon, 24/09/2018 - 11:49
Qatar National Library (QNL) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have signed an agreement to implement a joint project entitled ‘Supporting Documentary Heritage Libraries in the Arab Region’.

The agreement will strengthen the role of QNL and UNESCO in preserving the rich cultural heritage present in libraries across the Arab region, which is of critical importance worldwide. The project aims to protect the Arab region’s history, identity, and knowledge through the preservation of documentary heritage, which currently runs the risk of being lost due to neglect, natural decay, outdated technology, inadequate housing, or deliberate destruction.

Taking place over an 18-month period, the extensive project will ensure that the documentary heritage of all countries in the Arab region is mapped, and that specific areas which require capacity-building and additional support are identified. An important outcome will be the provision of capacity-building training sessions and workshops for documentary heritage preservation practitioners based in countries in crisis, providing guidance on the preventive conservation of documentary heritage in emergency situations.

The project will also strengthen the existing cooperation between QNL and UNESCO, and build on both organizations’ achievements in preserving and promoting documentary heritage in the Arab region.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Stuart Hamilton, Deputy Executive Director for International Relations and Communications, QNL, said:

“Archival and library materials are of vital importance to a nation’s legacy. We are proud to be working with UNESCO to support heritage libraries in the Arab region, and to raise awareness of their significance.”

Anna Paolini, UNESCO Representative in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen, and Director of the UNESCO Doha Office, added:

“The Middle East is home to extraordinary cultural heritage. The manuscripts, books, maps, videos and archives of the region are a contribution to the history of humanity, and it is therefore essential to protect and promote them to foster a dialogue between cultures; and that’s what we hope to achieve through this project. With the support of Qatar National Library, we aim to gain a good understanding of the challenges and needs of heritage institutions in the region in order to better assist them in conserving and bringing to light the region’s most valuable documents.” 

The joint project supports QNL’s ongoing role as the regional Preservation and Conservation Centre (PAC) for Arab countries and the Middle East. QNL was selected as the regional PAC in 2015 by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Read more about the IFLA Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation here.



عبر اتفاقية تستمر 18 شهراً وتحظى بأهمية عالمية كبرى
مكتبة قطر الوطنية تتعاون مع اليونسكو في حفظ التراث الوثائقي للعالم العربي

الدوحة، قطر،  17يوليو 2018 – وقعت مكتبة قطر الوطنية ومنظمة الأمم المتحدة للتربية والعلم والثقافة (اليونسكو) اتفاقية للتعاون المشترك في تنفيذ مشروع بعنوان "دعم مكتبات التراث الوثائقي في المنطقة العربية"، الذي يعزز دور كل من المكتبة واليونسكو في الحفاظ على التراث الثقافي الغني الموجود في المكتبات في شتى أنحاء المنطقة العربية ويحظى بأهمية كبرى على مستوى العالم.

ويهدف هذا المشروع إلى حماية تاريخ المنطقة العربية وهويتها وأنواع المعارف فيها من خلال حفظ تراثها الوثائقي المهدد حاليًا بخطر الاندثار والضياع نتيجةً للإهمال، أو التدهور الطبيعي، أو استخدام تقنيات غير حديثة في حفظ التراث الوثائقي، أو حفظه في أماكن غير مناسبة، أو بسبب الإتلاف والتدمير العمدي.

ويتضمن هذا المشروع المكثف، الذي يستمر 18 شهرًا، حصر التراث الوثائقي في كل الدول العربية، وتحديد المناطق التي تحتاج إلى الدعم أو بناء القدرات. ومن النتائج المهمة التي سيسفر عنها هذا المشروع، توفير الورش التدريبية حول كيفية حفظ التراث الوثائقي بهدف صقل مهارات المتخصصين والعاملين في هذا المجال في الدول المتضررة والارتقاء بكفاءتهم وقدراتهم.

وبقدر ما يعكس هذا المشروع المشترك إدراك كل من مكتبة قطر الوطنية ومنظمة اليونسكو للأهمية البالغة التي يحظى بها، فإنه أيضًا يعزز من أواصر التعاون القائمة بين المكتبة واليونسكو ويستكمل جهودهما في مجال صون التراث الوثائقي للعالم العربي والحفاظ عليه.

وبهذه المناسبة، علق الدكتور ستيوارت هاميلتون، نائب المدير التنفيذي لشؤون العلاقات الدولية والإتصال في مكتبة قطر الوطنية، بقوله: "تمثل المواد الأرشيفية والوثائقية الموجودة في المكتبات جزءًا بالغ الأهمية من تراث أي أمة وتاريخها. وإننا لنعتز بتعاوننا مع منظمة اليونسكو في دعم الحفاظ على المكتبات التراثية بالدول العربية وتعزيز الوعي بأهميتها الثقافية الرفيعة".

ومن جانبها علقت الدكتورة آنا باوليني، ممثل اليونسكو لدى الدول العربية في الخليج واليمن ومدير مكتب اليونسكو في الدوحة، على هذه الشراكة بقولها: "تضم منطقة الشرق الأوسط كنوزًا ثمينة من التراث الثقافي الزاخر بالمخطوطات والكتب والخرائط ومقاطع الفيديو والسجلات الأرشيفية التي تمثل إسهامًا رفيع المستوى في تاريخ البشرية، ومن ثم، فإن حماية هذا التراث والحفاظ عليه يُعدّ ركيزة أساسية لإثراء الحوار بين الثقافات، وهو ما نسعى إلى تحقيقه من خلال هذا المشروع."

وأضافت: "وبدعم من مكتبة قطر الوطنية، نهدف إلى أن نلم بالتحديات التي تواجه المؤسسات التراثية في المنطقة وإحتياجاتها حتى نستطيع أن نمد لها يد العون والمساعدة في الحفاظ على أهم الوثائق التاريخية في المنطقة وتسليط الضوء عليها".

ويعزز المشروع كذلك دور مكتبة قطر الوطنية بوصفها المركز الإقليمي لصيانة مواد المكتبات والمحافظة عليها في الدول العربية ومنطقة الشرق الأوسط، وهو الدور الذي تولته منذ عام 2015 بناءً على قرار من الاتحاد الدولي لجمعيات ومؤسسات المكتبات (الإفلا).

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