With the recent conclusion of the 88th IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC), I hope all of you are invigorated and brimming with insights and ideas shared by information professionals all over the world which you could bring back to adapt and implement for your communities.
Candidacies are welcomed for up to 2 positions as co-opted members of IFLA's new Europe Regional Division Committee. Deadline for self nominations: 31 Oct. 18.00 CEST.
Call for papers - Artificial Intelligence and Libraries: Transforming Information Access and Discovery20 October 2023
The IFLA Information Technology Section and IFLA Artificial Intelligence (AI) Special Interest Group in collaboration with the University of Chile and Library of the National Congress of Chile are pleased to announce the upcoming international symposium on AI and Libraries. The symposium is also held in conjunction with the 10th Congress of University and Specialized Libraries, the region’s leading library conference.
Higher-level reading is training for analytical and critical thinking. As a signatory to this manifesto, IFLA joins the call to acknowledge the permanent significance of higher-level reading in the digital era.
Representatives of four different UN agencies met with over fifty librarians from across Sub-Saharan Africa at our mini-conference on how libraries can contribute to delivering the goals of the United Nations, identifying a wealth of opportunities for engagement. This event was made possible thanks to a grant from Stichting IFLA Global Libraries.
A platform for finding solutions: IFLA workshop on strong and sustainable library fields in Sub-Saharan Africa20 October 2023
On 16-19 October, over 50 librarians from 32 Sub-Saharan African countries met in Nairobi, Kenya, to learn, share, and accelerate progress towards IFLA’s goal of strong and sustainable library fields at all levels. The meetings were made possible thanks to a grant from Stichting IFLA Global Libraries.
The latest edition of IFLA Journal is now available and features eight original research articles on topics such as artificial intelligence, bibliotherapy, censorship, and copyright literacy. Also included is a case study on library training in South Africa and a review of emergency remote support and crisis-driven innovations in libraries during pandemic conditions.
The proceedings of IFLA Academic and Research Libraries (ARL) Section's latest Webinar Series iteration (11 October 2023) titled Open science policies and best practices in academic and research libraries are now available.
Welcome to the October issue of the IFLA Newsletter!
Resource Sharing Collaborative and Voluntary Document (RSCVD) is a Community of volunteer libraries providing high-quality, open and collaborative resource-sharing service to help librarians to ensure universal and equitable access to information.
Resource Sharing Collaborative and Voluntary Document (RSCVD) started in 2020 as an initiative of the IFLA Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section. RSCVD now starts a new stage under the auspice of IFLA DDRS Committee.
Started in 2020 as Resource Sharing during COVID-19 and beyond (RSCVD), the initiative is now known as Resource Sharing Collaborative and Voluntary Document Delivery (RSCVD).
The Professional Council of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) invites expressions of interest from those seeking to serve as co-opted members on a Professional Unit Committee (Section or Special Interest Group) for the term 2023-2027.
What do the three have in common? At WLIC in Rotterdam, during an impromptu meeting facilitated by Braindate, a group of WLIC attendees came together to discuss their shared interest in accessibility metadata. Accessibility metadata is information recorded about the accessibility features and hazards that are important for users with disabilities or special needs. This metadata allows a user to know how accessible a resource is before they borrow, download, or buy a resource.
IFLA Journal and the IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue focusing on current trends in academic and research libraries. The issue will cover research trends ranging from scholarly communication initiatives to artificial intelligence to research impact and many others. Submission Deadline: 30 December 2023
The IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) Section proudly features a unique initiative by Dr. Ray Pun, recent CPDWL Standing Committee member and current supporter of CPDWL, that has been connecting with librarians globally since 2019 - the CPDWL Podcast series.
Libraries' Role in Advancing Digital Equity in Africa: Collaborative Efforts at ITU Regional Development Forum for Africa 202314 October 2023
IFLA was represented at the 2023 International Telecommunications Union Regional Development Forum for Africa, engaging with regulators, businesses, academics and civil society partners to make the case for libraries to be integrated into wider digital inclusion plans, and so realise their potential to become community innovation and co-creation hubs.
The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates in Dubai this December. During the conference, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet to discuss progress towards implementing the Convention and the Paris Agreement.
Call for newsletter articles – Highlights from WLIC 2023 and Multicultural Library Services worldwide11 October 2023
For our next newsletter, the IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section invites the library community to contribute articles within the scope of multicultural library services as well as highlights from participants’ experiences at WLIC 2023.
Evolutions in public access - zero draft of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries report11 October 2023
As part of our engagement at the UN Internet Governance Forum, we are happy to release a zero draft of the report of the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries' report for 2023. 20 years on from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Plan of Action, which highlighted the role of public access at the global level, it looks at how this has evolved over time.