Author Archive for library-policy

Banned Books Week: Amnesty International calls attention to the plight of people who are persecuted because of what they write or publish – in print and online

This guest blog comes from Ed McKennon, Library Faculty, Glendale Community College, as well as the Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) Working Group for Banned Books. Read more about work between AIUSA and the American Library Association at bottom. Each year in late summer I take time to review the cases […]

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EuroDIG 2021: Takeaway messages for libraries

The 2021 edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance offers an opportunity to take stock of recent developments in the policies and practices within the digital ecosystem which can be of interest and impact libraries in Europe – and around the world. 1)    Moving ahead to champion Open […]

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International Archives Day: together for transparency, accountability and access to information

9 June marks International Archives Day – falling in the middle of a week dedicated to celebrating and highlighting the work of the archive and record management sectors. We warmly congratulate our colleagues across many types of institutions – from national to community archives, and of course libraries carrying out […]

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GDPR, three years on: five lessons on data privacy and libraries

When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in 2018, it ushered in major changes in the policy dialogue and practice around data privacy – both inside the EU and globally. Three years on, libraries continue to work to uphold their ethical commitments to privacy in the evolving policy landscape.

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World Information Society Day 2021: Adaptation, Innovation and Transformation

17 May marked the annual World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. This year’s theme, “Accelerating digital transformation in challenging times”, encourages libraries to reflect on their own digital journeys over the past year, and on the next steps in reaching global connectivity goals and ambitions.

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Digital Day 2021 – Towards a More Green, Creative and Diverse Digital Future

19 March marks the European Digital Day, dedicated to discussing the challenges of navigating the digital transformation, and commitments to act towards a greener, more robust, fair and sustainable digital future. This gives libraries – not just within the EU, but around the world – an opportunity to reflect on their own roles in this transformation.

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Five Ways That Libraries Offer Meaningful Connectivity

Libraries have helped people stay connected through the Covid-19 pandemic. Beyond just access, libraries can help offer meaningful connectivity – where internet access can advance personal, professional, or educational development.
A guest blog by Teddy Woodhouse, research manager at the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), discusses the ways libraries help offer access that drives development, and how to magnify their impact.

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Data Privacy Day 2021: Standing by Key Library Values in Challenging Times

28 January marks the annual Data Privacy Day, dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating this crucial right in communities across the globe. The past year saw important shifts and developments in discourses around privacy – and now is a good time for libraries to reflect and consider next steps.

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COVID-19, libraries and human rights: Notes from Italy

Througout the pandemic, libraries in Italy have been working to contunie supporting their communities’ rights to information, education, and leasure.

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Banned Books Week: Amnesty International Guest Blog

Banned Books Week Image by Camden Forgia

Banned Books Week: Amnesty International calls attention to the plight of people who are persecuted because of what they write or publish.     It’s September, which means that Banned Books Week is almost here!  For libraries across the United States – and increasingly around the world – the last […]

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