An alliance for libraries, books and reading in Latin America and the Caribbean: memorandum of understanding signed with CERLALC25 May 2022
On the occasion of the mid-term meeting of IFLA’s Regional Division Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, a memorandum of understanding was signed between IFLA and CERLALC, the Centre for the Promotion of Books and Reading in Latin America and the Caribbean. This provides a framework for deeper cooperation between our organisation, in support of shared goals.
The Library Theory and Research Section will participate in an open and free webinar on May 27, 17:00 - 18:30 CEST led by the IFLA Division C under the theme: “IFLA opportunities for LIS students – engagement in the profession”.
The COVID-19 pandemic underlined the importance of timely and comprehensive health information, but also the difficulties faced by many in accessing it. Action is needed to ensure that everyone benefits from the infrastructure needed to achieve this. This goal lies at the heart of the Cochrane Call to Action on supporting evidence responses to global health emergencies.
Check out the new graphic "short version" of the Guidelines for Library Services to Children aged 0-18.
On 20-22 May 1947, IFLA’s first council meeting following the end of the Second World War was held in Oslo, Norway. It was here that IFLA signed an agreement to cooperate with the newly formed United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
We are seeking co-opted members from under-represented regions including Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. In addition, we have a casual vacancy and are seeking a new member from anywhere in the world to fill that spot.
The IFLA Academic & Research Libraries Section is delighted to share the news that our grant assessment team led by Astrid Verheusen have decided to offer the WLIC Congress attendance grant generously sponsored by Sage and Ex Libris to attend WLIC Congress in Dublin in July to the following three successful applicants from three different regions.
IFLA was proud to attend WIPO SCCR/42, May 9 – 13, an eventful week that saw discussions of the impact of COVID-19 on libraries and a commitment to further study cross-border challenges and develop toolkits on copyright limitations and exceptions before SCCR/43 in 2023.
Stockholm+50 is a key international environmental meeting coming up on 2-3 June with the theme: “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”.
The European Cultural Foundation has just launched an open call for the Europe Challenge 2022, after finishing the pilot edition with a small group of libraries, who went through a year-long programme and helped to co-design the scheme, along with the partners Demsoc, Public Libraries 2030 and OBA (Amsterdam Public libraries). We interviewed the Europe Challenge team, Nicola Mullenger and Olga Alexeeva. If you're interested to know more about how you can join and be part of a Europe-wide citizen-led change, working with your communities, read on: Deadline to apply 27 May 2022.
WLIC ACD Open Programme: Integrating Open Access Content into the Collection: Challenges and Opportunities13 May 2022
The IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development (ACD) Section invites colleagues to attend an hour-long open session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC), Dublin, Ireland.
Please mark your calendar for the IFLA Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) Programme at IFLA WLIC 2022.
IFLA Information Technology Section + IFLA Strategy: cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, future?11 May 2022
With an eye to disseminating information technology programmes and initiatives in a useful and practical way, IFLA’s Information Technology Section is actively engaging with relevant topics to support the sharing of best practices across IFLA’s membership and the global library field. These initiatives are closely aligned to the IFLA Key Initiative 2.3 “Develop standards, guidelines, and other materials that foster best professional practice”.
As we increasingly move to a more open access research environment, there are considerations to tackle as we share research instrumentation, data, and published output. Join us as we consider these issues with librarians who have already been involved in adapting practices to a new open access environment.
Innovation in library digital inclusion initiatives: insights from the 2022 World Summit on the Information Society Forum10 May 2022
On 28 April, IFLA led a virtual session at the 2022 WSIS Forum, exploring innovative approaches to shared and public access for digital inclusion. Drawing on the experiences of public and community libraries, the workshop highlighted good practices and ways to maximise the impacts and reach of these services.