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Placing Libraries at the Heart of Connectivity Strategies

IFLA has submitted comments on two sets of plans to boost internet access in Africa, underlining the importance of including libraries. By doing this, governments not only support affordable internet access, but open up possibilities to develop digital skills and give people a safe place to get online.

4 Juni 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Internet access, Africa

Access to Information Online: Towards an Adequate Transposition of Art. 17 in Europe

The European Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was recently published in the official journal, marking its entry into force and the start of the implementation process. Civil society organizations defending freedom of expression and freedom of access to information online, among which IFLA, have come together to request an inclusive stakeholder dialogue throughout implementation.

27 Mai 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Advocacy, Copyright, Freedom of expression, Freedom of information, Internet governance, Europe

Call for nominations: Chair of IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) – term of office August 2019 – August 2021

IFLA has issued a call for nominations for the Chair of its Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression. Only National Library Associations who have paid their Membership dues for 2018 in full are eligible to nominate. Interested candidates should contact their associations.

17 April 2019 | Access to information, Freedom of expression, FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression)

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.

11 April 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Internet access, Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries, Public Access

Protecting Privacy in the Modern Academic Library: An Interview with Mimi Calter

A group of unviersity libraries in the United States have signed up to a new Statement on Patron Privacy and Database Access. IFLA has interviewed Mimi Calter, Deupty University Librarian at Stanford, and Chair of IFLA's Academic and Research Libraries Section, to find out more about the thinking behind the Statement, and what it says.

9 April 2019 | Access to information, Privacy in libraries

Libraries for Human Rights: IFLA Contributes to Italian UN Human Rights Review

IFLA, working with the Italian Library Association, has provided input to the Universal Periodic Review of Italy at the Human Rights Council. The submission highlights the importance of access to information and education, as well as the rights of children, people with disabilities, refugees and migrants.

5 April 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Italy, Human rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Libraries Help Local Government Deliver Rights and Development: IFLA Submission to Human Rights Council

​​Through providing access to information and skills in a welcoming environment, as well as working as a platform for partnerships, libraries can make a reality of human rights and sustainable development. IFLA has underlined what can be done in a submission to the Human Rights Council.

16 Februar 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.

19 Dezember 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital divide, Public Access, WSIS, World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

Partnerships in the Public Interest: IFLA Submits Initial Comments to UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

IFLA has prepared an initial response to the consultation launched by the United Nations High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. This highlights the importance of action for access to information, and the need to involve libraries in discussions about the future of the internet.

12 Dezember 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Internet governance, Digital divide

25th Anniversary Year of the IFLA-UNESCO Public Library Manifesto

The UNESCO-IFLA Public Library Manifesto was last updated and finalised on 29 November 1994. 29 November 2018 therefore marks the start of the Manifesto’s 25th year!

29 November 2018 | Public Libraries, Access to information, Public Libraries, UNESCO, public library manifesto

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