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Libraries Central to Global Efforts to Save Heritage from Destruction: IFLA Secretary General Speaks at Blue Shield General Assembly

The preservation of cultural heritage is a core public interest mission of libraries. Speaking at the General Assembly of the Blue Shield, Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary-General, underlined their contribution to saving the past for the sake of the future, and welcomed collaboration with governments and other cultural heritage actors in order to deliver this key objective.

21 September 2017 | PAC and Cultural Heritage

Stronger, More Stable, More Inclusive: Libraries Around the World Help Build Peaceful Societies

While libraries may have a reputation as a place to come for peace and quiet, they can also be drivers of peace in the wider communities they serve. Around the world, they provide a welcoming space where all members of the community can come together, and offer services that build more equal, more participatory, and so stronger and more peaceful societies. On World Peace Day 2017, IFLA looks to highlight examples of how libraries contribute.

21 September 2017 | Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda | Access to information, Development, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, Peace, UN 2030 Agenda, UN SDGs, UN SDG 16

The Need for Libraries has Never Been Greater: IFLA Speaks at Major Information Literacy Conference

At a time of concern about the future of the Internet, there has never been a greater need both for information literacy, and for librarians as information literacy specialists. Speaking at the European Conference on Information Literacy, IFLA underlined the importance of what libraries are doing, and the need to ensure key decision-makers understand this.

20 September 2017 | FAIFE and Information Society | Information Literacy, Information literacy, France, Media and Information Literacy (MIL)

Making Marrakesh Work: IFLA Addresses WIPO Seminar in Moscow

A growing network of countries have ratified the Marrakesh Treaty, giving ever wider access to information for people with print disabilities. IFLA was proud to participate in a workshop in Moscow which aimed to accelerate ratification by Russian-speaking countries.

20 September 2017 | CLM and Copyright Limitations and Exceptions | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Russian Federation, Marrakesh Treaty

Applications Open for World Book Capital 2020: IFLA Encourages Bids that Highlight Libraries

The World Book Capital initiative gives cities the opportunity both to celebrate local writing and culture, but also to promote reading and a love of books among residents and visitors. Bids are now open for 2020. IFLA welcomes candidates which recognise and promote the role of libraries in delivering more sustainable, literate and participatory societies.

19 September 2017 | Cultural Heritage and LAMMS | Literacy, Cultural heritage, UNESCO World Book Capital, UNESCO, LAMMS

First official opening by Glòria Pérez-Salmerón as IFLA President at the 33rd Austrian Library Conference

IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón gave her first official appearance at the 33rd Austrian Library Conference.

13 September 2017 | General IFLA news | Conferences, Austria, IFLA President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón

IFLA responds to the OECD open government consultation

Open Government includes practices that redraw the relationship between public officials and citizens so that both can benefit. IFLA, in its response to an OECD consultation, took the opportunity to reiterate the important role libraries play in the field. Libraries also have worked increasingly to create digital collections in order to maximize access, and make collections available to the public.

12 September 2017 | CLM and FAIFE | Access to information, Democracy, Government information, Information policy, Policy

Out Now: October 2017 issue of IFLA Journal

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12 September 2017 | General IFLA news

Keep Open Access Open: IFLA signs on to open letter

The transition towards Open Access is gaining momentum, and promises much greater access to research and ideas. However, it could be seriously damaged by short-sighted proposals in Europe which risk placing unbearable burdens on the repositories used by researchers and institutions to share their work.

11 September 2017 | CLM | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Europe, Open access