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Libraries for Human Rights: insights from Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Library Association and IFLA have prepared a joint submission for the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review of the country. Drawing on the experiences of the library field, the submission flags important trends and ways in which libraries work to support the fundamental rights to education, work, and access to science in Zimbabwe, and sets out recommendations on how more could be done.

20 July 2021 | FAIFE | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Disadvantaged persons, Human rights, Open access, Social inclusion, Universal Periodic Review

Now available: IFLA Journal Editorial Committee's "How to get published in scholarly journals" webinar series

The IFLA Journal editorial committee and editor are pleased to announce the availability of its summer webinar series on how to publish in academic journals. Conducted in a series of four events focused on various world time zones, these webinars aimed to provide LIS scholars and practitioners with an insider view of the journal editing process with perspectives from the editor, reviewers, and authors.

16 July 2021 | General IFLA news | IFLA Journal

Libraries for Human Rights: good practices and key trends in Uganda

A joint submission by IFLA and the Uganda Library and Information Association to the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review outlines key developments and ways that libraries work to support the fundamental rights to education, health, and work in Uganda, and how more could be done.

16 July 2021 | FAIFE | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Digital inclusion, Education, Human rights, Marginalised populations, Universal Periodic Review

Recognising Libraries as SDG Implementation Partners in 2021, Part 1: A Record Year for Voluntary National Reviews

The processes created for monitoring and supporting the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals offer important opportunities for libraries to engage with decision-makers, gain recognition, and shape priorities. In the first of three pieces, we look at Voluntary National Reviews, with almost 44% of reports published referring to libraries – a new record.

13 July 2021 | Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda | Access to information, Development, SDGs

IFLA Division IV – Support of the Profession and SET held the third webinar in the “Webinar Series for Library and Information Science Students”

June’s theme was “LIS Degree Requirement: Internships, Practicums, or Field Experiences”.

13 July 2021 | SET

IFLA submits comments on South Africa Copyright Amendment Bill

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.

13 July 2021 | CLM and Copyright Limitations and Exceptions | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Development, South Africa

Partnerships to realise the potential of culture for SDG success: HLPF Side-Event Report

Culture, art and heritage play a vital part in the lives of individuals and societies, contributing not just to key policy objectives such as wellbeing and employment, but to the whole range of development goals. An IFLA co-organised side-event at the 2021 United Nations High-Level Political Forum saw speakers explore how to maximise this contribution through partnerships.

11 July 2021 | Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda | Access to information, Development, SDGs

European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) 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.

9 July 2021 | FAIFE and Information Society | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Digital divide, Digital inclusion, Information society, Internet access, Internet governance, EuroDig