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IFLA Newsletter, December 2021: Editorial

2 December 2021

    At the heart of IFLA’s values is the idea that everyone should enjoy freedom of access to information, and so to high quality library and information services. Yet upholding rights is not always easy or simple. This month's IFLA newsletter highlights different angles of our work in this area. Happy reading!

    Libraries for Human Rights: an Interview with Ellen Tise, Chair, IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression

    1 December 2021

      With the December edition of IFLA's newsletter focusing on rights, this month's interview brings together IFLA Secretary General with Ellen Tise, IFLA President 2009-2011, and currently chair of IFLA's Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression. He asked her about her perspective on how libraries fit in with wider work on human rights. 

      Getting Ready for Human Rights Day 2021

      29 November 2021

        10 December 2021 will mark international Human Rights Day – the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. This year’s theme has a strong focus on equality in advancing human rights, a topic closely aligned with libraries’ own mission to build opportunities for all.

        Exploratory meeting : formation of an IFLA Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence

        24 November 2021

          Artificial intelligence applications are increasingly a part of the library space: in chatbots, embedded in library systems, used for automated indexing and classification, and integral to robots.  The IT Section in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is sponsoring the formation of a Special Interest Group in AI (AI SIG).

          Public Libraries: Responding in Times of Crisis

          23 November 2021

            Earlier this month more than 100 delegates joined Dr Sadie-Jane Nunis (Singapore Institute of Management), Vickery Bowles (Toronto Public Library) and Prof R. David Lankes (University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information) for a webinar facilitated by Erik Boekesteijn (National Library of the Netherlands)