Every February, Safer Internet Day brings together diverse stakeholders to empower young internet users, raise awareness and support skills-building to ensure their safety online. This is a unique opportunity to highlight and build on the crucial work libraries are doing to support digital literacy, safety and wellbeing of children and youth online.
The December 2021 issue contains 13 articles from across the domains of library and information science. Ranging from the impacts of neoliberal policies on public libraries to the development of future-ready schools libraries through design thinking, each article provides an important perspectives on historical and contemporary trends that impact libraries, librarians, and their publics.
The MetLib conference is an annual gathering of members of IFLA’s Standing Committee on Metropolitan Libraries. MetLib 2021 was hosted by the Regina Public Library in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada from 25 to 26 May 2021.
The United Nations 2030 Agenda is not just a document for governments, rather it sets out responsibilities for everyone, including libraries! However, it is not always easy to make the connection between high-level policy documents and day-to-day library operations. We interviewed Natalice Cardoso, to find out about her work in engaging libraries in questions around the Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals
The Pandemic has clearly focused minds on health, and how essential it is that we do not take it for granted. The right to health – and with it, the right to health information – have rapidly moved up the political agenda. Find out about the plans of our Health and Biosciences Section (HBS) and Evidence for Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group (E4GDH), and in particular about the 2022 International Congress of Medical Librarianship.
In the early months of 2020, WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus underlined that in addition to fighting a pandemic, the world also needed to reckon with an 'infodemic'. As argued by the speakers at the WLIC 2021 session on Access to health information as a human right: A global call to action and practical steps, there is an urgent need for action to ensure that every person should have access to reliable health information and should be protected from misinformation.
Welcome to the first IFLA Newsletter of 2022! I wanted therefore to start by wishing you all a very happy, healthy New Year. Health is of course something we should value highly, especially now. We continue to live with the consequences of a very real health crisis – the COVID-19 pandemic – leaving a trail of suffering, disruption and uncertainty. This edition of our newsletter therefore focuses, in particular, on how IFLA and libraries are working to support health and wellbeing for all.
IFLA's new Statement on Open Library Data calls on governments to ensure, either directly or through supporting others, the collection and open publication of data about libraries and their use.
The Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Section (ENSULIB) Standing Committee members have worked together for five months since it’s official inauguration in August 2021, and a lot has been done.
Generously sponsored by De Gruyter Publishing, the IFLA Green Library Award is given to libraries and projects that best communicate their commitment to environmental sustainability.
As the global voice of libraries, IFLA strives to bring a library perspective to discussions and processes relating to international cultural policy. 2022 presents important opportunities to bring library voices to the table and highlight libraries as stakeholders in the culture sector.
IFLA is happy to share the 2021 Update of its Trend Report, based on the ideas submitted by emerging library leaders ahead of our World Library and Information Congress. We invite you to look through, and think how these trends will interact and impact upon our institutions, our profession and our communities.
IFLA’s Regional Division Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean has been active in supporting the Ecuadorian librarians’ association in fighting back against a proposal to close down library degree programmes in the country.
At the Heart of Local Development: Culture2030Goal Report on the Place of Culture in Voluntary Local Reviews4 January 2022
A new Culture2030Goal Campaign report explores how effectively local and regional governments are placing culture at the heart - and even the start - of their efforts to deliver on the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.
A new briefing provides insights on a key UN document on sustainability which provides a potential framework for securing greater recognition and new partnerships for libraries and library and information professionals.