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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.

VIVO Updates for March 10, 2019 — Make conference plans, FAIR Funders pilot, Membership Benefits

DSpace news - Mon, 11/03/2019 - 01:07

Make plans to attend the VIVO Conference  The 10th annual VIVO conference will be held outside the United States for the first time this year.  For some, this means getting special permissions, having a passport, and making additional budget commitments.  We understand that these things can take time.  So please start early.  If you are planning to attend, please have the necessary conversations as soon as you can.  A flight across the United States can cost more than $600, depending on time and distance.  A flight to the conference will cost considerably more.  Hotel and food prices in Montenegro are quite reasonable.  The total cost of your trip should be considered.

We also understand that some can not travel unless they have an accepted presentation.  The call for proposals is open.  Please submit your proposal at the conference web site http://vivoconference.org

We hope you are able to join us in Podgorica, Montenegro September 4-6, 2019!

FAIR funders pilot  At the Metadata for Machines workshop in Leiden last fall, the group discussed how we might have a pilot to demonstrate the value of FAIR metadata on the proposal funding process.  VIVO is involved, and a description of the pilot has been published as a pre-print at arxiv.org  See:

P. WittenburgH. Pergl SustkovaA. MontesantiS. M. BloemersS. H. de WaardM. A. MusenJ. B. GraybealK. M. HettneA. JacobsenR. PerglR. W. W. HooftC. StaigerC. W. G. van GelderS. L. KnijnenburgA.C. van ArkelB. MeermanM. D. WilkinsonS-A SansoneP. Rocca-SerraP. McQuiltonA. N. Gonzalez-BeltranG. J. C. AbenP. HenningS. AlencarC. RibeiroC. R. L. SilvaL. SayaoL. SalesV. VeigaJ. LimaS. DibP. XavierR. MurtinhoJ. TendelB. F. SchaapP. M. BrouwerA. K. GavaiY. BouzembrakH. J. P. MarvinA. MonsT. KuhnA. A. GambardellaR. de Miranda AzevedoV. MuhonenM. van der NaaldN. W. SmitM. J. BuysT. F. de BruinF. SchootsH. J. E. GoodsonH. S. RzepaK. G. JefferyH. P. ShanahanM. AxtonV. TkachenkoA. D. MayaN. K. MeyersM. ConlonL. L. HaakE. A. Schultes  The FAIR Funder pilot programme to make it easy for funders to require and for grantees to produce FAIR Data. Pre-print. March 6, 2019. https://arxiv.org/abs/1902.11162

Membership benefits

More than two dozen organizations support the VIVO Project financially through membership in Duraspace.  The 2019 Membership Task Force has produced a very nice summary of the benefits of membership (aside from insuring the future success of the project, of course).  Member benefits are described here: VIVO Membership Benefits

Becoming a member is an organizational commitment to support open scholarship, open source, and the VIVO Project.  We hope you will consider becoming a member.  You may wish to review those who are financially supporting the project here:  https://duraspace.org/vivo/community/members/  You may want to reach out to individuals at these institutions to discuss membership and how these institutions made the choice to support open scholarship.  All are welcome to membership in the project!



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Concept update School Library Manifesto

IFLA - Sun, 10/03/2019 - 02:26

The concept for the update of the 'School Library Manifesto' is ready for discussion now.

Mode (will tally how many people use the link to view the Doc) Mode 1  (for those who cannot use shortened link) For those that cannot access these, here is the download Please send your comments before 31st March to iflasl2019@gmail.com  

ECPRD Seminar Summer 2019

IFLA - Thu, 07/03/2019 - 17:43

The Spanish Senate will be hosting this summer’s ECPRD seminar from 6th to 8th June 2019 in Madrid, Spain.  The seminar will have the theme: “Challenges in a Digital Age: Preservation, Management and Promotion of the Parliament’s Documentary Output and Bibliographical Heritage”. 

Further information about the conference is available here.  Please note that the deadline for registration is 30 April 2019.

2019 extended edition of Gifts Guidelines now available!

IFLA - Wed, 06/03/2019 - 22:43

Gifts for the Collections: Guidelines for Libraries, 2019 extended edition is now available!

Please refer to Acquisition and Collection Development Publications for details.

Early Bird Discount Available for Fedora Camp Atlanta

DSpace news - Wed, 06/03/2019 - 20:19

Fedora Camp is coming to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia May 20 – 22, 2019!  Register by March 29, 2019 to receive an early bird discount.  Registration for DuraSpace Members and Service Providers is offered at a discounted rate.

Fedora Camp offers everyone a chance to dive in and learn all about Fedora. Training will begin with the basics and build toward more advanced concepts–no prior Fedora experience is required. Participants can expect to come away with a deep dive Fedora learning experience coupled with multiple opportunities for applying hands-on techniques working with experienced trainers and Fedora gurus. The curriculum will be delivered by a knowledgeable team of instructors from the Fedora community including, David Wilcox, Fedora Product Manager and Andrew Woods, Fedora Technical Lead, Danny Bernstein, DuraSpace Technical Lead and Developer and Jared Whiklo, Web Developer from the University of Manitoba.

Previous Fedora Camps include the inaugural camp held at Duke University, the West Coast camp at CalTech, NYC camp at Columbia U, Texas camp at UT Austin, and NASA Camp at Goddard Space Flight Center.  The camp curriculum will provide a comprehensive overview of Fedora by exploring such topics as:

  • Core & Integrated features
  • Data modeling and linked data
  • Samvera and Islandora
  • Migrating to Fedora
  • Deploying Fedora in production
  • Preservation Services

View a sample agenda.

Register today and join us in Atlanta!

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Recording Available: “DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop” webinar

DSpace news - Wed, 06/03/2019 - 18:38

On March 5, 2019 Terry Brady, Georgetown University Library and Pascal Becker, The Library Code, presented, “DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop.

In 2018, the DSpace development team packaged DSpace to be run with Docker. This made it possible to start any version of DSpace from your desktop with a simple command line call.  The use of Docker has created a more flexible development environment for DSpace contributors. Docker also offers great potential for repository managers which was the focus of this webinar.

The webinar recording and presentation slides are now available at https://duraspace.org/webinar/. Additional DSpace Docker Resources are available at https://dspace-labs.github.io/DSpace-Docker-Images/. A special thank you to Pascal Becker, The Library Code and Terry Brady, Georgetown University Library for sharing this webinar with the DSpace community!

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UN report: 10th anniversary of the mandate in cultural rights

IFLA - Wed, 06/03/2019 - 18:38

To mark the 10th anniversary of the mandate on cultural rights and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights has written a report to give an overview of the work of her mandate including suggestions for strategies for advancing cultural rights during the next decade.

Libraries worldwide have an essential role in protecting and promoting human rights in their communities. They do this through resisting censorship and discrimination, providing access to information, and supporting the rights of immigrants, minorities, people with disabilities, women, children, adolescents and others.


Libraries are also the primary institutions in any society for safeguarding documentary cultural heritage, as well as ensuring that everyone has the possibility to benefit from it. They are increasingly aware of their role in encouraging creativity, in addition to supporting access to culture, and in promoting understanding and tolerance.

In November 2018 IFLA submitted its response to the consultation of the Special Rapporteur on cultural rights, highlighting how libraries are adding to the mandate’s work, as well as the challenges that they face.

Special Rapporteur recognises the importance of libraries

The Special Rapporteur stresses that all citizens should be guaranteed cultural rights, including, the right to freely take part in cultural life, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. This is particularly important in times of crisis, when some, mistakenly, may see cultural rights as being less important.


In her report, she states that cultural rights will only be realised if new ways are found to stand up for them and new allies mobilised in support. She particularly recognises the role of libraries in this, drawing on IFLA contributions, for example with marginalised groups such as indigenous groups. Furthermore, she highlights the work IFLA has done in establishing and distributing guidelines on relevant cultural rights for librarians and highlights how libraries are contributing to giving access to culture.

She notes in particular IFLA’s regular use of the work of the mandate and how artistic freedom and copyright issues has been integrated as vital complements to freedom of access to information.

We are happy to see libraries being recognised in this context, but it should not end there. Much more still needs to be done!

Looking forward to the next 10 years

The Rapporteur makes a set of recommendations to make culture fully accessible to all. To realise this vision, cultural rights must not only be mainstreamed, but cooperation between the mandate of the Rapporteur and other relevant mechanisms must be established.

To ensure this Governments must improve the opportunities for all to take part actively in cultural life by dedicating more support to public cultural events, as well as supporting independent civil society and the voluntary sector, and thereby promoting a plurality of voices in the public space.

Libraries around the globe are already providing a welcoming public space that fosters freedom of expression, freedom of association and access to heritage resources. IFLA therefore welcomes the recommendations made by the Rapporteur. We are looking forward to working further with the Rapporteur to ensure that the recommendations will be upheld.

Find the 10th anniversary report by the Special Rapporteur here, and read the IFLA contribution to the mandate on cultural rights here.

Heather Greer Klein is the DSpace Product Manager

DSpace news - Wed, 06/03/2019 - 17:45

DuraSpace is pleased to announce that Heather Greer Klein has taken on temporary, part-time responsibilities as the DSpace 7 Product Manager. In this role, Heather will work closely with the DSpace Technical Lead, DSpace Governance, and DSpace 7 working groups to manage the Preview and Beta releases of DSpace 7.

Ms. Greer Klein will also continue as the Services Coordinator on the DuraSpace hosted services team, the role she has held since 2016. Heather manages DuraSpace hosted services (DuraCloud,DSpaceDirect, ArchivesDirect) including customer service, product pricing, new account set up, onboarding, and training.

Heather came to DuraSpace with six years of experience as the Member Services Coordinator at NC LIVE, a consortium of North Carolina institutions providing digital content and services to support 200 member libraries and their communities. In that role she developed community and project management skills by working closely with member libraries and other stakeholders to develop a responsive and innovative member services program.

DuraSpace extends a warm welcome to Heather in her new role as the DSpace Product Manager.


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E4GDH webinar: Librarian First Responders

IFLA - Wed, 06/03/2019 - 16:28

During times of crisis, how can public libraries aid in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery?

In our next E4GDH webinar (Thursday 14th March, 11.30 am – 12.30 am ET), Feili Tu-Keefner will be discussing her research into the role public librarians have played in times of crisis, and sharing lessons learnt. 

Please see our Events page for more information, including the webinar time where you are and how to register.

Government Libraries Call for Papers for WLIC 2019

IFLA - Wed, 06/03/2019 - 15:38

The Government Libraries Section, with the Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section, invite proposals for presentations at their session at WLIC 2019 to share experience in Government/Parliamentary libraries helping to provide information and evidence to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The theme of the joint session is "Libraries: dialogue for change - From gatekeeping to advocacy".

The closing date for submissions is 15 March 2019.

Further details can be found on the WLIC website.  

Out Now: March 2019 issue of IFLA Journal

IFLA - Tue, 05/03/2019 - 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.

Volume 45, No.1 (March 2019)

Special Issue on Libraries in Times of Crisis

Guest Editors: Steven Witt and Kerry Smith


Libraries in times of crisis 3
Steve Witt and Kerry Smith


Libraries and their role in transitional justice in the Philippines 5
Iyra S. Buenrostro and Johann Frederick A. Cabbab

African oral tradition, cultural retentions and the transmission of knowledge in the West Indies 16
Cherry-Ann Smart

The American Library Association and the post-World War II rebuilding of Eastern European libraries  26
Marek Sroka

A public library cannot live on books alone: A lesson from history 34
Claudia Șerbănuță

Croatian public libraries in time of crisis 48
Dijana Sabolović-Krajina

Abstracts 57


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. IFLA Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

To submit an article please visit IFLA Journal on the SAGE platform.

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IFLA Brief on Open Educational Resources

IFLA - Mon, 04/03/2019 - 20:13

​To celebrate Open Education Week 2019, IFLA releases a brief on open educational resources (OER). It underlines the role that librarians can play in creating, curating and ensuring access to these materials, and key issues surrounding OER.

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials made available for free, and with no or only limited restrictions, to support access to knowledge. Their value has been recognised by many institutions, including international organisations such as UNESCO and the OECD.

To raise awareness of their potential, and showcase the broader impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide, the Open Education Consortium founded Open Education Week in 2013. 

Libraries as Supporters of OER

Librarians have and continue to play a key role in supporting OER, by encouraging their creation and use, ensuring their availability, accessibility and visibility, curating materials and ensuring their quality, providing copyright advice and building digital skills among users.

IFLA has already actively support efforts towards making more materials openly accessible through its 2011 open access statement and wishes to underline the benefits that OER bring to that same goal.

The brief celebrates the commitment of the library sector to making OER a reality and encourages continued engagement by providing background information. It shares the definition of OER, its advantages and challenges to it, as well as international, regional and national policies that are defining and guiding them. 

Access the Open Educational Resources and Libraries Brief.

Strengthening OA repositories in Africa

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 04/03/2019 - 20:07

EIFL is co-organizing a workshop for librarians and regional and national Research and Education Network (REN) representatives that aims to develop a cohesive strategy for strengthening open access repositories in West and Central Africa.

This is the second workshop for Research and Education Network (REN) stakeholders in Africa. It builds on  a successful workshop for librarians and regional and national REN representatives from 17 African countries that took place in Zanzibar in November 2018.

LIBER Webinar: Open Science – Inspiring Cultural Change In Your Library

LIBER news - Mon, 04/03/2019 - 16:50

Embracing Open Science is critical if we are to make science more collaborative, reproducible, transparent and impactful. Open Science undoubtedly has the power to positively influence society, but its implementation is not yet universal. A revolution is required: one which opens up research processes and changes mindsets in favour of a world where policies, tools…

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Ghana open science training

EIFL-OA news and events - Mon, 04/03/2019 - 14:11

EIFL and our partner, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH), will co-host a train-the-trainer workshop on open access, open research data and open science for librarians from 11 CARLIGH member libraries.

The workshop participants are e-resources and institutional repository librarians. They will pass on knowledge and skills acquired during the workshop to researchers and PhD students at their institutions.

გელა ჩარკვიანი ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის საპატიო მკითხველი გახდა

გელა ჩარკვიანი ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის საპატიო მკითხველი გახდა

ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის დირექტორმა გიორგი კეკელიძემ გელა ჩარკვიანს, რომელსაც 80 წელი შეუსრულდა, ეროვნული ბიბლიოთეკის საპატიო მკითხველის ორდენი გადასცა.

სრული ტექსტი

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VIVO Updates for March 3, 2019 — VIVO Annual Report, Product Evolution update, CTSA Ontology workshop, National Forum on Expert Finder Systems, Calls This Week

DSpace news - Mon, 04/03/2019 - 02:51

VIVO Annual Report This year, for the first time, the VIVO Project has produced a professional annual report.  Thanks the community for a fabulous year.  And to Julia TrimmerVioleta Ilik, for putting it together, and toAnna Guillaumet and SIGMA for a beautiful graphic design.  The report is a two page PDF with covers that can be printed for distribution or emailed to those with an interest in VIVO.  You can find the report here:  bit.ly/vivo-annual-report-2018  Please share!

Update from Product Evolution. The Product Evolution Task Force has an update on its activities.  You can find the update here: Product Evolution Update March 1, 2019  The group meets each week.  See details below.

CTSA Ontology Workshop I had the great pleasure to attend the annual Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) ontology workshop.  Hosted by Dr. Bill Hogan of the University of Florida, featuring Dr. Barry Smith, University of Buffalo, creator of the Basic Formal Ontology, Dr. Chris Stoeckert of the University of Pennsylvania, Janna Hastings Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK, and many other prominent ontologists, the workshop offered an opportunity to share current work in the development of ontologies for precision medicine and other areas of interest.  The OBO Foundry is central to the work of these ontologists, providing a set of design principles and best development practices for ontology.  OBO is planning an “OBO Core” consisting of terms commonly used in OBO ontologies to avoid duplication and standardize representation. Notes and presentations from the workshop are available here:  http://ncorwiki.buffalo.edu/index.php/Ontology_for_Precision_Medicine:_From_Genomes_to_Public_Health#Organizers

National Forum on Expert Finder Systems  This past week, several VIVO community members attended the inaugural National Forum on Expert Finder Systems.  Keynotes by Robert McDonald of the University of Colorado, Boulder and Noshir Contractor of Northwestern University both referenced VIVO for its semantics, linked open data, and leadership in the field. Julia TrimmerAlex Viggiohannah sommersMike ConlonEric MeeksSimon Porter, and Ann Beynon all attended.  The conference was small (70 attendees), but included a broad range of those interested in systems such as VIVO, along with industry, commercial and government people using such systems to make connections between industry and academia.  The conferenced was organized by Florida ExpertNet.  Elsevier was a platinum sponsor.  Mike’s presentation is available here: http://bit.ly/2Ez1HPs

Calls this week Another busy week in VIVO Land.  All times are US Eastern.  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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Tanzania OA repository workshops

EIFL-OA news and events - Sat, 02/03/2019 - 19:50

Iryna Kuchma, EIFL Open Access Programme Manager, will speak at a workshop for repository administrators and managers from 15 Tanzanian universities that benefit from the Spider-funded project ‘OA policy development in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to make more digital content available’.

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