Internet governance covers a wide range of issues of significant library interest. We rely increasingly on the internet to achieve our mission of providing maximum meaningful access to information, while in turn being key players in ensuring that the internet itself is inclusive. We interviewed Nina Nakaora (Fiji), who participated in this year's Asia Pacific School of Internet Governance (APSIG), ahead of the Asia-Pacific regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF).
IFLA is proud to announce the open access publication of Navigating Copyright for Libraries - Purpose and Scope, edited by Jessica Coates, National Library Australia; Victoria Owen, University of Toronto, Canada; and Susan Reilly, Irish Research Electronic Library, Ireland.
IFLA is proud to share its 2022 statement on open access (OA), "10 years of the IFLA open access statement: a call to action". The statement affirms the value of open access and related initiatives, outlining IFLA's ongoing work in the area. It also offers a commitment to "lead by example, and complete the transition of IFLA’s publications to OA".
Ready to advocate for the right copyright for libraries in Europe? Find out more about Knowledge Rights 21 at WLIC26 July 2022
Attending the 87th World Library and Information Congress in Dublin? Take the opportunity to check in with the Knowledge Rights 21 team and find out more about how you can get involved and contribute to its goals, especially on Thursday 28 July, 13:15, in Liffey Hall 2.
The Knowledge 21 Programme, of which IFLA is a a partner organisation, has launched a call for bids for funding to carry out work to promote copyright reform in Europe. Deadline: 30 September.
The Knowledge Rights 21 Programme, of which IFLA is a partner, has launched a call for individuals or organisations who can support advocacy at the national level around copyright law and policy reform in Europe.
The Knowledge Rights 21 Programme (KR21), of which IFLA is a partner, has launched a call for proposals to undertake work on copyright and advocacy training.
In the week of World Intellectual Property Day 2022, IFLA has released the Executive Summary of its research report "How well did copyright laws serve libraries during COVID-19?".
Inclusive youth development requires fit-for-purpose intellectual property: open letter for World IP Day26 April 2022
IFLA has joined with organisations focused on defending rights of access to education and research in signing on to an open letter for World Intellectual Property (IP) Day.
Good news for those who have not had the chance to bid on our calls last time. Our RFP on contract override has been renewed! The deadline for submitting your proposal is 9 May, 2022.
We’re excited to announce calls for proposals for the Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) programme. These requests for proposals (RFPs) will result in building a knowledge base on several areas relevant to copyright legislation.
IFLA has responded to a call for comments on the South African Copyright Amendment Bill, highlighting the need to reject proposals that will have a chilling effect on the work of libraries, and deepen divisions in terms of access to education, knowledge and culture.
The latest update to IFLA's Marrakesh Monitoring Report sets out how countries around the world are protecting (or not) the rights of people with disabilities to access to information.
During its General Conference, held on 9-24 November, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) agreed a new Recommendation on Open Science. IFLA has welcomed this work, and encourages librarians, libraries and associations to draw on this in their own practice and advocacy.
IFLA has issued the below statement in support of its German members, who are currently engaged in discussions around reforms which would create a guarantee that libraries can acquire and lend eBooks on reasonable terms, in the face of opposition.
Promoting Inclusive Access – Celebrating the 100th Member of the ABC Books Service, and the International Excellence Award to NNELS, Canada21 October 2021
IFLA warmly welcomes the news that there are now 100 organisations and institutions engaged in the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), working together to ensure access to information for persons with print disabilities.
IFLA participated in the Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), held on 4-8 October 2021. With COVID rules preventing in-person attendance by non-governmental organisations, IFLA engaged remotely, alongside partners from across the culture, education and research sectors.
Stichting IFLA Foundation is delighted to receive a €3m Arcadia grant to launch the new Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) programme to promote access to knowledge for study, research and cultural life in Europe.
IFLA has submitted comments on the South Africa Copyright Amendment Bill. In these, we have highlighted the importance of a balanced copyright framework which includes flexibilities in regard to exceptions and limitations to copyright to allow libraries, archives, museums, education and research institutions to fulfil their missions in the digital age.
Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) has emerged in the last few years as a specific means of enabling libraries to fulfil their missions. It involves libraries lending digital copies of physical works in their collections, using technological safeguards to ensure that no more copies are loaned than the library itself owns. IFLA's statement underlines the potential of CDL, and what conditions could allow it to take place.