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IFLA at the International Conference on Exceptions and Limitations at WIPO

This Friday 18th October, the International Conference on Exceptions and Limitations at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) begins. It will be an opportunity to deliver on the mandate given by Member States "to consider the opportunities and challenges provided by various international solutions including soft law, contractual/licensing and normative approaches, as appropriate". IFLA will be there, encouraging stakeholders to deliver a concrete action plan that improves the situation for libraries.

17 October 2019 | CLM | Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, International cooperation

Former IFLA Secretary General Peter Lor shares insights from his new book

Lor’s book provides the first comprehensive and systematic overview of international and comparative librarianship.

17 October 2019 | General IFLA news | Education, Education for librarianship , Library and Information Science, Comparative Librarianship

E-Lending, Embargoes and Equitable Access: Interview with Sari Feldman

The rules around library eLending are on the agenda again in the United States, following the decision by one publisher to impose limits on libraries' ability to give access to new books. We interviewed Sari Feldman, past President of the American Library Association and currently a Senior Policy Fellow focusing on eBooks, about the situation.

16 October 2019 | CLM and eLending | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, eLending, eLending for Libraries, United States

Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019, Worldwide, 24-31 October

Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week, commemorated annually, is a major occasion for stakeholders to review and celebrate the progress achieved towards “MIL for All”. UNESCO and GAPMIL are calling partners all over the world to promote Global MIL Week. Together with its Feature Events (International MIL and Intercultural Dialogue Conference and Youth Agenda Forum), Global MIL Week calls for local events around the world to promote MIL connections across disciplines and professions.

14 October 2019 | Information Literacy

An Alternative Route: Cooperation Leads to Better Conditions for Australian Libraries

A lot of advocacy work focuses on trying to change laws in order to improve the situation for libraries. However, there can be alterantives to legal reform as a recent example from Australia shows. IFLA interviewed Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association to find out more.

14 October 2019 | CLM and Copyright Limitations and Exceptions | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Australia, Literacy and reading, publishers, storytimes

Libraries Defending and Delivering on Fundamental Rights in Croatia and the United States

IFLA has worked with FAIFE committee members from Croatia and the United States to prepare submissions for the Universal Periodic Reviews organised by the UN Human Rights Council.

8 October 2019 | FAIFE | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Human rights

Promoting Access to Knowledge and Information: WIPO Members Affirm Role in Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals

From 30 September to 9 October 2019, the General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization took place in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO is the United Nations agency responsible for copyright, as well as other intellectual property issues.

7 October 2019 | CLM | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Switzerland, WIPO GA, WIPO, Marrakesh Treaty

Now available: papers and presentations from WLIC 2019 satellite meeting

Both the papers and presentation slides from the WLIC2019 satellite meeting are now available from the satellite meeting webpage.

7 October 2019 | Big Data

And the Winner is Oodi!

Oodi Helsinki Central Library was named as the 2019 IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year during a ceremony at the WLIC in Athens. The Award was presented by IFLA President, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Systematic’s Martin Bröchner-Mortensen.

4 October 2019 | Public Libraries | Public Libraries, Awards