The following statement was issued by Secretary General Gerald Leitner, on behalf of IFLA on 25 August 2021.
A new IFLA survey gathers insights on the state of libraries in the digital ecosystem in 2021.
The 2021 European Dialogue on Internet Governance took place last week, bringing together stakeholders to discuss, collaborate and facilitate good practices around the policies and processes which shape the digital ecosystem today. IFLA summarises some key messages and takeaway lessons for libraries worldwide.
Empowering research by connecting libraries and facilitating access to knowledge: the international HERMES project responds with research, training, and brand new software.
The pandemic has underlined the importance of access to information for all, but at the same time, the risks of misinformation. Libraries have a huge potential to contribute, as highlighted in a webinar organised by participants in the IFLA-Goethe Institut Emerging International Voices Programme.
From targeted digital skills coaching to providing an adapted and welcoming space for all - an IFLA-led workshop at the WSIS Forum 2021 examined good practices and key issues in leveraging public access to connect the more vulnerable or underserved user groups.
A new IFLA briefing offers an overview of the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, and highlights areas where its targets and goals overlap with the work of the library field, creating scope for engagement, collaboration and advocacy for libraries.
Public access in libraries can be a powerful tool to bring more people online - particularly as the world is working to meet global connectivity goals and ambitions in the next few years. But how to realise its potential? You can join the discussion and help shape the agenda of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries for 2021!
As Safer Internet month draws to a close, libraries around the world scale up, maintain and continue to explore new ways to champion digital literacy, online safety and wellbeing in their communities. In a new interview, Pam Ryan discusses the experiences of Toronto Public Library.
Every February, libraries around the world support and take part in the Safer Internet Day campaign - to raise awareness and organise learning opportunities to help young people navigate the internet safely and confidently. Jolita Steponaitienė, the President of Lithuanian Librarian‘s Association, offers a look at how libraries in Lithuania continue to champion Safer Interent Day initiatives in 2021.
Following reports of internet shutdowns and other restrictions on access to information in Myanmar, IFLA's President and Secretary General have issued the below statement.
Every February, many countries celebrate and organise events dedicated to Safer Internet Day. Promoting digital literacy - including the fundamentals of online safety and privacy - has long been an important part of many libraries’ offer. So how can libraries support the Safer Internet Day campaign – and why should they take part? To offer a look from Latvia – a country where libraries have been championing Safer Internet Days for many years – Inga Niedra from the Latvian Culture Information Systems Centre shared some insights.
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.
Libraries are well-positioned to deliver equitable media and information literacy learning opportunities for their communities. As part of a project curated by Tactical Tech and implemented jointly with IFLA and Save the Children Italia, three libraries in Lithuania hosted pop-up media literacy interventions – and now share their experiences.
A commitment to promoting access to information is a unifying factor across the global library field. In a changing information space, we interviewed Jonathan Hernández-Pérez to find out more about the concept of infodiversity and how it can help understand trends and developments.
IFLA has published a new statement on the role of library and information services in improving the way societies are governed, both through optimal decision-making within government, and effective scrutiny and engagement by parliaments and wider populations.
To mark Human Rights Day 2020, IFLA has opened a survey seeking views on intellectual freedom developments in recent years, their impact on libraries, and potential revisions to IFLA’s Statement on the subject.
IFLA's new research into digital skills strategies highlights examples of where governments have recognised the role of libraries in helping people become more competent, confident internet users. It provides examples to use in advocacy for library inclusion in such policy documents.
As part of a joint project within the EU 'Preparatory Action on Media Literacy for All', several libraires around Europe are offering unique Media Literacy learning opportunities for their communities.