Turkey

Innovating and enterprising for libraries in development initiatives: interview with Merve Yavuzdemir

At the heart of the work of IFLA and the library field as a whole around the SDGs is the fact that libraries are partners for development, across the policy agenda. As a result, it makes sense that libraries should also be involved in wider initiatives that look to deliver on development goals, at the national and international levels. We interviewed Merve Yavuzdemir from Turkey, who is running library projects with the United Nations Development Programme, to find out more, and to underline the possibilities for libraries everywhere to be proactive in taking a place at the table!

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  • 01 June 2022

Integrating libraries and culture into sustainable development planning: IFLA SG speaks at 4th Culture Summit

Around the world, there are already very positive examples of local and regional governments integrating libraries and culture into their wider development policies. To spread this good practice, we need both to build awareness, and shape global frameworks. 

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  • 27 September 2021

Emptying Libraries Weakens Democracy – IFLA Statement on the Destruction of Library Books in Turkey

IFLA is deeply concerned by the announcement of the destruction of 140 000 books held by public-controlled libraries in Turkey. As established in IFLA’s Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom, decisions on the selection and availability of library materials and services should be governed by professional considerations and not by political, moral and religious views. Such broad and indiscriminate withdrawals of books from libraries risks challenging the principle that the right of freedom of access to information should be guaranteed in all but the most extreme circumstances.

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  • 09 December 2017
  • By: anonymous