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Information Access: the Internet and AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be about to usher in a golden age of access to knowledge. The power of AI to treat text, audio and images as data and to find patterns in them promises new types of deeper search. Services like recommendation, personalisation of information and translation are improving to make it easier for all to access knowledge. Generative AI’s ability to summarise and synthesise is evolving to make it easier to use and create information. Read more about how the AI SIG supports learning around information access and AI. Read More

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  • 23 April 2024

Is your city a future World Book Capital?

UNESCO has opened the call for candidates to be World Book Capital City from 23 April 2026. IFLA warmly encourages libraries to engage with city authorities to explore submitting bids that celebrate and strengthen the contribution of books and reading to urban development. Read More

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  • 22 April 2024

Now available: IFLA ARL Newsletter issue #10

Headlines for this issue include the registration link to IFLA Division D Mid-Term meeting in Istanbul, Turkey for this June; updates on the next (and this time, virtual) always awaited yearly IFLA ARL Hot Topics session – and much more! Read More

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  • 22 April 2024

The Internet library publishing wants

The internet is fundamental to library publishing facilitating the publication, dissemination, discoverability and preservation of scholarly works globally through open access publishing platforms and institutional repositories, and serves as a catalyst for community building and professional networking within the Library Publishing Community, exemplified by initiatives like the Global Library Publishing Map produced by the IFLA SIG. The internet we want will further empower library publishers to expand their reach, enhance discoverability, uphold the values of global knowledge dissemination, and will build on universal access initiatives. Read More

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  • 22 April 2024

The stuff the Internet is made from: conceptual models  

How can information on the internet be categorized, related and interpreted? We’ve all had experiences searching and getting results that are not what we were thinking, such as searching for feline jaguars and getting motor vehicles or a sports team. If only we could get across what kind of thing we’re looking for, this noise could be reduced.  Read more about how the IFLA LRM (Library Reference Model) and the jointly-developed LRMoo (Library Reference Model Object Identifier) make for successful searching. Read More

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  • 22 April 2024

Message from the IFLA President, 19 April 2024

I’m happy to be writing to you, just a day after the IFLA Governing Board’s first in-person meeting of the year has come to an end! It was great to see colleagues together in The Hague for a really positive and productive meeting – the three days flew by, but I believe that we are making excellent progress against the commitments set out in August of last year. Read More

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  • 22 April 2024