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Placing Information at the Heart of Good Governance: Government Libraries Conference

On 5-6 December 2019, the IFLA Government Libraries Section organised a conference on 'Informed Parliaments, Engaged Citizens, Effective Governments'. Participants from around the world explored the changing roles of information and decision-makers, and how libraries could help.

6 Dezember 2019 | Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda | Government Libraries, Access to information, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, SDG16, Good Governance

3 reasons why libraries should care about the EU-Digital Single Market Directive

This Saturday, 7 December 2019, IFLA wishes to highlight an important date for European libraries: we are only 18 months from the final date of the implementation of the new European Copyright Directive in Europe, the Digital Single Market Directive. 7 June 2021 will be the deadline for Member States to complete the implementation procedure.

6 Dezember 2019 | CLM | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright

IFLA President Underlines Role of Libraries in Successful Local Development

For many libraries, good relationships with local town halls and councils are essential. But as IFLA President Christine Mackenzie set out in interventions at the World Congress of Local and Regional Leaders, libraries can also be key partners for success.

5 Dezember 2019 | Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda | Access to information, South Africa, local government, right to the city, local development

One Librarian, one reference #1Lib1Ref 2020

In 2020, the Wikimedia Foundation is launching the fifth edition of One Librarian One Reference (#1Lib1Ref) which will be held from 15th of January to the 5th of February 2020!

4 Dezember 2019 | Information Society | Access to information, Access to knowledge, IFLA and the information society

Supporting Documentary Heritage Preservation in the Arab Region

Group photo of all delegates in the Qatar National Library UNESCO, in partnership with the Qatar National Library (QNL), host of one of IFLA's PAC Centres, organised a regional conference on “Supporting documentary heritage preservation in the Arab region” in Doha, Qatar on 1-2 December.

4 Dezember 2019 | PAC | Preservation and Conservation, Advocacy, Capacity building, Conferences, Conservation, Cultural heritage, Digital preservation, Policy, Preservation, Qatar

Towards the Decade of Delivery: Focus of 2020 High Level Political Forum Announced

The United Nations has agreed on the theme for the 2020 High Level Political Forum, focusing on accelerating actions to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals with only ten years to go until they should be achieved. IFLA and libraries are ready to engage.

4 Dezember 2019 | LDP and Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals, SDGs, HLPF

How Academic Libraries Enhance the UN Sustainable Development Goals through Research Support

Presenters: Ellen R. Tise, Senior Director of Library and Information Services, Stellenbosch University, and Haseeb Irfanullah, Independent Consultant and Visiting Research Fellow, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh Date and Time: Date & Time: December 5, 2019, 9:00 AM EDT (NY) US time REGISTER NOW

4 Dezember 2019 | Academic and Research Libraries

IFLA Secretary General Urges Africa’s Governments to Engage Libraries in Development Efforts

At the Third Roundtable Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Libraries in Africa, IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner underlined the scope for libraries to deliver on the goals set out in the Africa 2063 and UN 2030 Agendas, and called on governments to seize the opportunity.

3 Dezember 2019 | Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Development, Africa, African Union, SDGs, sustainable development goals

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.

2 Dezember 2019 | FAIFE and Information Society | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Germany, Internet governance, IGF, Public Access, Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries

Tbilisi to be World Book Capital 2021

UNESCO has announced that Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, will be World Book Capital 2021. IFLA is looking forward to working with the authorities and libraries there to show the power of our institutions in promoting books and reading.

29 November 2019 | Cultural Heritage | Literacy and Reading, Georgia, UNESCO World Book Capital, World Book Capital, World Book Capital City