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Why Public Access Matters

​Libraries were early adopters of the internet, seeing its potential to connect people to ever more information.  While numbers of people with home connections has increased, the value and importance of the possibility to connect in or via a library has remained. For… Read More

  • Publications
  • 11 November 2020

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

IFLA Input to 2019 WSIS Review

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process is a UN-based initiative to bridge the digital divide, foster an inclusive information society and promote the use of ICT for development. Libraries have an important role to play in achieving these goals, and IFLA has been actively involved with the WSIS process since its first phase in Geneva in 2003. This includes contributing to annual reports to take stock of the progress made towards the WSIS Action Lines and Targets – and the 2019 IFLA submission is now available! Read More

  • News
  • 01 November 2019
  • By: anonymous

Advocating for Public Access

The internet has created unprecedented new opportunities to find, use and share information. Libraries around the world have been quick to offer access to it as a key part of their service to users. Read More

  • News
  • 28 August 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

Don’t Stop Half Way: IFLA Submits Input to 2018 Review of WSIS Progress

IFLA has answered the UN’s call for contributions on progress towards WSIS Action Lines and Targets. This process makes connecting all libraries to the internet a key priority. IFLA’s response highlights welcome recognition of the potential of libraries, but also worrying legal trends. Read More

  • News
  • 19 December 2018
  • By: anonymous

IFLA Input to 2018 WSIS Review

​At meetings of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005 and 2015, governments around the world agreed on the importance of connecting libraries as a means of helping everyone to benefit from the internet. Since these meetings, the… Read More

  • Publications
  • 19 December 2018