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Libraries Lead in the War on Information Poverty: IFLA Addresses UN Commission on Social Development

The sustainable development of our societies requires access to information for all, and libraries are essential to achieving this. Donna Scheeder (IFLA President, 2015-2017) underlined this point in her address to the UN Commission on Social Development on 30 January in New York.

31 January 2018 | Access to information, Development, United States, United Nations, Sustainable Development Agenda

Libraries Must Change their Mindset: IFLA President Interview with Livres Hebdo

IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón has placed realising the potential of libraries to empower their users in a digital society, and so achieve development goals, at the heart of her mandate. In an interview with French magazine Livres Hebdo, she sets out her vision and priorities.

29 January 2018 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, France

IFLA at the Internet Governance Forum 2017

IFLA participated in the 2017 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Geneva. The IGF is a global multi stakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. It is, in fact, a venue for exploring questions around the role of the Internet and our digital future in an inclusive and democratic manner. The theme of the 2017 edition was “Shape your Digital Future”.

16 January 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Internet access, Internet governance, Switzerland

Libraries Protect Women's Cultural Rights

Cultural rights have long been recognised as a pillar of human rights, and women's cultural rights are no exception. A new paper from IFLA brings together lessons from a satellite meeting at last year's WLIC to show how libraries are working to defend these.

2 January 2018 | Women, Information and Libraries, Peace, refugees, Women’s issues, women, cultural rights

Everyone Has a Right to Access to Information: IFLA Presents Research on Libraries' Actions for Accessibility at the UN

Providing access to information, and in particular libraries, is key to making for inclusive and sustainable development, IFLA therefore surveyed its members to establish whether libraries had policies – or programmes – in place. The results were presented in New York, at a meeting on 13-15 November by Nancy Bolt, a member of the Section on Library Services to People with Special Needs.

23 December 2017 | Library Services to People with Special Needs, Access to knowledge, accessibility, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, United States

Accessible, Open, Empowering, Lasting: IFLA Engages on Internet Governance

IFLA will be attending this year’s annual Internet Governance Forum – the 12th edition – in Geneva, Switzerland. This is an important opportunity both to make the case for an Internet that works for libraries, but also to show how libraries can build a better Internet.

17 December 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Digital preservation, Switzerland, Internet Governance Forum, Internet Shutdowns, digital literacy

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.

9 December 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Censorship, Turkey

The Last Mile: IFLA Launches Work to Help All Libraries Deliver on the Marrakesh Treaty

When they signed the Marrakesh Treaty in 2013, the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation committed to removing legal barriers to access to books for people with print disabilities. They opened the way to dealing with a key cause of the book famine – the fact that barely 7% of published books were available in suitable formats. IFLA is working on a guide to ensure that libraries can make full use of the potential that the Treaty offers.

3 December 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Marrakesh Treaty

International Advocacy Programme (IAP): 14 projects selected

In August 2017, IFLA launched a worldwide second call for proposals to request funding for the implementation of regional or national awareness-raising and capacity building activities for 2017-2018, as part of the International Advocacy Programme (IAP). IFLA is pleased to announce the 14 selected projects.

16 November 2017 | Access to information, Advocacy, Development, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda; IAP

International Advocacy Programme (IAP) Update – October 2017

The International Advocacy Programme (IAP) continues as a worldwide campaign to get libraries into National Development Plans! The IAP Update – October 2017 features awareness-raising and advocacy activities to promote the role of libraries in the UN 2030 Agenda, between May 2017 and the end of October 2017.

8 November 2017 | Access to information, Advocacy, Development, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, IAP, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda

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