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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

Recognising and Promoting Indigenous Languages in New Brunswick, Canada

Our latest profile of a library offering dedicated services around indigenous languages and the communities that speak them comes from Patricia Knockwood, Indigenous Services Librarian at New Brunswick Public Library Service, Canada.

1 October 2019 | Cultural Heritage | Indigenous Matters, Canada, IYIL 2019, International Year of Indigenous Languages, Indigenous Matters

Libraries Act for the SDGs

​The Global Week of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comes to an end today. Libraries have been active in marking the week, as well as in the work they are doing from day to day work to deliver on the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

30 September 2019 | Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda, sustainable development goals

IFLA Strategy 2019-2024 now available in seven languages

Engagement by the global library field has been key to the development of the IFLA Strategy 2019-2024. Continued and expanded contributions from the global library field will be key to its success

30 September 2019 | General IFLA news | IFLA Strategy

Culture Essential for SDG Success: IFLA Contributes to New Report

In the negotiations that led to the agreement of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015, a group of global organisations including IFLA drove the #culture2015goal campaign. A new report looks at the progress on incorporating culture into the SDGs since then, and relaunches the campaign as #culture2030goal.

24 September 2019 | Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda and Cultural Heritage | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Advocacy, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, Sustainable development, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda, #Culture2030Goal

UN Climate Summit: the Heritage Dimension

IFLA attended the session at the United Nations Climate Summit focused on heritage issues. With a strong focus both on the risks that climate heritage poses to all types of culture, but also the contribution that heritage can, in turn, make to our response, it was an opportunity to highlight the difference that libraries can make.

22 September 2019 | Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda and Cultural Heritage | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, United States, Climate change, Cultural heritage

Making a Reality of Access to Legal Research to Deliver the SDGs: Interview with Latia Ward

Limited access to research not only prevents people in many countries from contributing to the latest thinking and innovations, but also means that they cannot apply this knowledge in their own societies. We interviewed Latia Ward, from Cornell University, to find out about GOALI - an initiative aimed at providing a solution.

19 September 2019 | Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Law Libraries