The IFLA Professional Council is calling for five members at large to join the IFLA Journal Editorial Committee for a term of four years (renewable once) from 2023-2027.
I wish to advise that IFLA has reached a settlement agreement with Gerald Leitner to dissolve his employment contract. This was based on the recommendation of IFLA's lawyers and in the best interests of IFLA.
IFLA Launches Commemorative Statement at Global Symposium Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme31 October 2022
The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme is celebrating its 30th anniversary from 27 October – 5 November with the theme, Enlisting documentary heritage to promote inclusive, just and peaceful societies.
The IFLA Governing Board met on Thursday 20 October 2022 by teleconference and discussed a wide range of issues.
For Development Information Day 2022, IFLA has released a statement on evidence for sustainable development, underlining the need for governments to engage libraries in their efforts to ensure that their decision-making is based on knowledge.
The IFLA Bibliography Section's National Bibliographic Register profiles have recently been updated.
The ISBD Review Group is seeking candidates to join its revision works aiming at aligning the ISBD to the IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM).
Urban October – celebrated throughout the month by UN HABITAT – is an opportunity to highlight contributions, and so urban development is also the theme of this newsletter. In addition to more about libraries and sustainable urban development – including from the Library Map of the World – read on too for more about how libraries are contributing to two other international days marked in October – Evidence Based Healthcare Day, and World Statistics Day.
World Statistics Day is celebrated around the globe on 20 October quinquennially, first celebrated in 2010. The theme of the third World Statistics Day was “Connecting the world with data we can trust”, reflecting the importance of trust, authoritative data, innovation and public good in national statistical systems. The celebration of World Statistics Day is a global collaborative endeavour, organised under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission. See what Patrick Cher, Convenor of IFLA’s Big Data Special Interest Group has to say about why Big Data matters to libraries.
The IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section asked an Assessment Librarian to provide their thoughts on five questions regarding statistics and assessment in libraries today, and what may be the future of data gathering.
IFLA Units+Strategy: Evidence for Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group - Leading as a Valued Partner20 October 2022
Sponsored by the IFLA Health and Biosciences Section, the IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH) Special Interest Group works to promote and strengthen the roles that librarians play in times of disaster and in response to global health challenges. In the spirit of partnership, this month IFLA features the IFLA Health and Biosciences (HBS) Section and their partner the IFLA Evidence for Global Disaster and Health (E4GDH) Special Interest Group in the Units + Strategy recognition series, for their collaborative efforts not only with each other, but with several external medical and health-related information organisations. Read about what they’ve been doing and what they’ve got planned for 2022-2023.
IFLA Units+Strategy: Health and Biosciences Section Engages and Energises the Healthcare Library Sector20 October 2022
In the spirit of partnership, this month IFLA features the IFLA Health and Biosciences (HBS) Section and their partner the IFLA Evidence for Global Disaster and Health (E4GDH) Special Interest Group in the Units + Strategy recognition series, for their collaborative efforts not only with each other, but with several external medical and health-related information organisations. Read about what they’ve been doing and what they’ve got planned for 2022-2023.
Today, 20 October 2022 is World Evidence-based Healthcare Day (EBHC). Occurring during Health Literacy Month, EBHC is an opportunity to highlight the ways that evidence-based health literacy can support global healthcare efforts. Check out the IFLA Health and Bioscience (HBS) Section and Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH) Special Interest Group Ambassador vlogs:
The video recording and slides for the IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section lightning talks presented at the Hot Topics Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2022 in Dublin, Ireland are now available.
IFLA IL & SL Sections Joint Webinar on Information Literacy in School Librarians' Education and in their Instructional Work17 October 2022
The webinar is organized by the joint team of two IFLA Sections – Information Literacy (IL) and School Libraries (SL) – and is delivered online within the programs of celebrations and initiatives for the Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2022, promoted by UNESCO, and the International School Library Month 2022, promoted by the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL).
If you missed IFLA’s Asia and Oceania & Middle East and North Africa webinars in September, you can now watch them again, and learn all about their open sessions at IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Dublin.
Successful 3rd meeting of the Network of Parliamentary Libraries for Latin America and the Caribbean13 October 2022
The Third Meeting of the Network of Parliamentary Libraries for Latin America and the Caribbean was held at the Congress of the Argentine Nation on September 19-21, 2022. Authorities of libraries and information agencies of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and Uruguay shared experiences and proposals on different activities. The legislatures of the Argentine provinces were also part of the event.
The September 2022 edition of the IFLA Asia and Oceania Regional Newsletter includes editorials from the Chair of the Asia-Oceania Regional Division Committee, the Manager of the Regional Office for Asia and Oceania, and news both from IFLA and the region and beyond. This covers work in Malaysia, Maldives, Indonesia, Tonga, New Zealand, and China.
Strengthening reading cities globally: IFLA participates in UNESCO World Book Capital Network meeting13 October 2022
IFLA attended a meeting of the UNESCO World Book Capital Network in Wroclaw, Poland, on 22-23 September, bringing the perspective of the global library field as the participating cities formally signed the Network charter, and made plans for future actions.
As part of a global group of organisations committed to promoting access to knowledge at the World Intellectual Property Organization and beyond, IFLA encourages the library field to engage with a new website which shares key resources and data for advocacy and awareness-raising.