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Evolutions in public access – zero draft of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries report

As part of our engagement at the UN Internet Governance Forum, we are happy to release a zero draft of the report of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries' report for 2023. 20 years on from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Plan of Action, which highlighted the role of public access at the global level, it looks at how this has evolved over time.  Read More

  • News
  • 11 October 2023

Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries: Annual report and a look ahead to 2022

Addressing persistent digital divides remains a key priority in internet governance policy dialogues and initiatives. Libraries bring valuable solutions, practices and lessons learned to this discussion – and the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries (DC-PAL) continues to facilitate this learning and exchange within the Internet Governance Forum platforms. Read More

  • News
  • 16 February 2022

Internet Governance in 2021: takeaways and insights for libraries

The 2021 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place in the week of 6 December. As always, this annual event offered libraries an opportunity to take part, listen in and contribute to crucial discussions shaping today’s digital environment. IFLA at the 2021 IGF As a member of the Dynamic Coalition on… Read More

  • News
  • 15 December 2021

Building a strong library voice in Internet Governance: interview with Bibliosuisse

From digital inclusion to media literacy, libraries have long worked to help build a more equitable digital ecosystem that everyone could access and benefit from. Libraries’ expertise can offer valuable insights to today’s internet governance and policy discussions – and more and more informational professionals are joining these dialogues and platforms. Read More

  • News
  • 14 September 2021

IFLA at IGF 2019

Between 25 and 29 November 2019, IFLA participated in the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin. The key messages IFLA emphasised were the importance of policy support for public access in libraries, the role of libraries in enabling meaningful connectivity, and in generating meaningful internet content through digitisation efforts. Read More

  • News
  • 02 December 2019
  • By: anonymous

Get Connected: Public Access Policy Toolkit

Connecting libraries offers a great way of bringing more people online, and providing a space where they can develop the skills and confidence necessary to get the most out of the Internet. The new Public Access Policy Toolkit looks at the different policy areas where libraries may need to advocate to make this happen. Read More

  • News
  • 11 April 2019
  • By: anonymous

Get Connected: Public Access Policy Toolkit

The Public Access Policy Toolkit looks at the different policy areas where libraries may need to advocate to ensure that all our institutions can provide internet access to their users. With much progress still needed to ensure that all libraries are connected to the internet, IFLA has… Read More

  • Publications
  • 11 April 2019

A Unique Role: Libraries’ Contribution to Internet Connectivity

With half the world's population still offline, the need for meaningful solutions to ensure that everyone has the possibility to connect is as high as ever. While traditional commercial provision will have a role, alternatives must also be mobilised, not least libraries. This was the message of an event co-organised by IFLA in the margins of the Internet Governance Forum in Paris on 13 November. Read More

  • News
  • 14 November 2018
  • By: anonymous