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Get Into Blue Shield Guide

The Blue Shield aims to be the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It takes a cross-sectoral approach to its work, including libraries, museums, monuments and sites, and archives. It works for the protection of the world’s cultural heritage by coordinating preparations to meet and respond to emergency situations as well as providing post-crisis support.

18 July 2018 | Cultural heritage, Blue Shield, Disaster risk reduction

Libraries overcome barriers to access to culture

In the light of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Parliament has passed a resolution on analysis on access to culture in the European Union. This briefing offers a number of key quotes and arguments from which libraries and library associations can use in their advocacy around the importance of libraries in overcoming barriers to access to culture.

10 July 2018 | Advocacy, Cultural heritage, Advocacy, Cultural heritage, European Parliament, culture, access

Cultural Heritage in Europe: linking past and future

Half way through the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) IFLA attended the high-level conference on Europe’s shared history and values. The conference took place at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on 26 June 2018.

28 June 2018 | Cultural heritage, Advocacy, European Parliament, European Year of Cultural Heritage

Syrian experts attend workshop at the PAC Regional Centre for Asia

The PAC Regional Centre for Asia at the National Diet Library (NDL) of Japan is one of the sixteen IFLA PAC Centres that are spread all over the globe. The PAC Centres have a wide range of expertise concerning preservation and conservation as well as safeguarding cultural heritage. The PAC Regional Centre for Asia is specialised in paper conservation and digitization, it was this expertise that was shared with experts from Syria.

20 June 2018 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Preservation, Japan

IFLA Welcomes Steps Toward Better Rules for Cultural Heritage Imports into the European Union

New draft European Union legislation looks to make it more difficult to import stolen or looted cultural goods. IFLA has welcomed these steps, and proposed amendments which will ensure that the new rules work as well for documentary heritage as for other types of heritage.

23 April 2018 | Preservation and Conservation, Cultural heritage, Europe, Heritage, trafficking

IFLA Congratulates New Senior Staff at UNESCO

As the leading UN institution working on education, science and culture, UNESCO is a key partner for libraries. IFLA already engages with the institution across a wide variety of issues, from cultural heritage at risk to Internet universality. The announcement of four new senior appointments in key sectors – in education, culture and communications and information, as well as a new Deputy Director-General – is therefore a useful opportunity to reaffirm these relationships.

12 April 2018 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Education, Information literacy, Preservation, UNESCO

Two Past IFLA Presidents Participate in the 7th International Summit of the Book

The book retains its status as a symbol of the possibility to preserve and share knowledge, the foundation of our evolution and development. Libraries continue to focus on collecting and giving access to books, alongside other resources now, and have a key function in preserving historic texts for the future. This was the message at the 7th International Summit of the Book, held in Baku, Azerbaijan 18-19 March 2018, which two past IFLA Presidents helped open.

11 April 2018 | Asia and Oceania, Information literacy, Literacy, Preservation, Azerbaijan

Disaster Risk Response – A brief on Libraries and the Sendai Framework

Libraries safeguard cultural heritage, and through access to information support the development and wellbeing of their communities, including in times of disaster. IFLA has put together a brief on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and what it means for libraries around the world.

7 March 2018

Restitution of Cultural Heritage – IFLA Calls on Europe to Act to Support Library Efforts

IFLA has provided comments to the European Parliament on a planned report on the restitution of cultural heritage looted or stolen in disasters or wars. It underlines the need to ensure support for efforts to understand better how rare books and documents circulate, and to identify them so that they can be returned.

22 February 2018 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Cultural heritage, Disaster management, Europe, restitution of cultural heritage

PERSIST Guidelines for digital heritage available in six languages

The UNESCO PERSIST Project launched Guidelines for the selection of digital heritage for long-term preservation in 2016. We are glad to announce that a Spanish translation is now available, bringing the total number of languages available to six.

21 February 2018

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