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Culturally Safe Libraries: A collaborative step towards cultural change

In late 2017, National and State Libraries Australasia’s (NSLA)nine Australian members – the heads of our state, territory and national libraries – confirmed Indigenous cultural competency as a collaborative priority. The commitment acknowledged that the information within our institutions is a powerful resource for Australian First Nations peoples, and that […]

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Would you rather use LOCKSS, CLOCKSS or Portico? Three approaches to long-term preservation of scholarship

By Katharina Markus Long-term access to scientific publications as a challenge Scientific knowledge and published results are the backbone of new research. But on the Internet digital information is dynamic and short-lived. In terms of science, this may mean a relevant paper is not available anymore and its links produce […]

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Special interest group keeps New Zealand librarians in touch

  By Marisa King In these uncertain times, maintaining our professional networks is more important than ever. Having regular opportunities to connect to share ideas, challenges and even just have a laugh pays dividends for our ongoing professional development and more fundamentally, our personal wellbeing and resilience. For academic and […]

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BnF DataLab: a brand new digital humanities service to the research community

An evolving context As more and more data and digital collections are available in libraries, the expected role of such libraries in the digital humanities field is becoming a key issue. “Providing access to collections for a wide audience” (as defined by the French law for Bibliothèque nationale de France, […]

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ARL Highlights and Themes, 2015-2021: looking back and forward

The Academic and Research Libraries (ARL) section of IFLA brings together librarians from around the globe and together we “monitor current and emerging issues and their relevance to academic and research libraries … and …. disseminate information and recommendations, including results of relevant research and experiences of practitioners.” (IFLA, Academic […]

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GO JOIN! Citizen Science and the role libraries

”If libraries can loan out books – why not a citizen science project?” Dr. Josep Perelló, Open Systems, Barcelona. A perspective from Denmark and beyond, by Kent Skov Andreasen, Bertil Dorch and Thomas Kaarsted     Drawing: Fritz Ahlefeldt Citizen Science – the participation of citizens as contributors and co-creators […]

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The Art of Virtual Conference Attendance: WLIC 2021

Last August, I attended my first-ever IFLA WLIC virtual professional conference. As one of the speakers in the session “Why authentic relationships matter with indigenous communities”, I was giddy at the prospect of attending the conference and interacting with fellow speakers, especially under the Indigenous librarianship section. Even though I’m […]

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