The 10 Minute Library Advocate: Find and Use Hashtags and Handles on Social Media

Advocacy is about getting attention. You can produce great ideas, messages and materials, but how to ensure that you are heard? Especially on social media many accounts get few followers. Even popular ones don’t always reach the people that matter. It is possible to target what you’re doing on social […]

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Access as the Goal: Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day

For all the focus in much of IFLA’s work on the importance of agreeing and implementing the Marrakesh Treaty, we should not forget the end goal of this effort – ensuring the accessibility of books, websites, and other materials for people with disabilities. This is the goal set out by […]

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The 10 Minute Library Advocate #17: Find and Remember a Great Library Quote

When you advocate, it’s important to choose your words. Finding a great way of expressing the importance of libraries can make the difference when you’re trying to convince someone. But it’s not always easy to find these – not all of us are poets! You don’t always have to choose […]

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Fail! How Copyright Risks Creating Market Failures, and How Exceptions Can Correct Them

At the end of a recent WIPO meeting, a suggestion was made that the Marrakesh Treaty – which removes the need to seek permission in order to make or share accessible format copies of books – was a response to a market failure. Market failures happen when the impacts of […]

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Development Accelerators: How Libraries and Access to Information Unblock Development

The objectives set out by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda are as ambitious as they are necessary in order to ensure the sustainability of our economies and societies. A clear implication is that business as usual is not a possibility. Instead, there need to be both new resources and new […]

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Preserving and Promoting the Igbo Language in Libraries

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. IFLA has been celebrating and promoting the year, sharing stories of libraries from all over the world, which are contributing to the safeguarding and promotion of indigenous languages and cultures. We have been in Canada, where libraries are collecting and preserving historical […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #16: Choose an SDG, and Think How Your Library Helps Achieve It

Advocacy can require you to adapt quickly. If you want the person you’re talking with to agree with you and support libraries, you need to respond to their priorities. You need arguments that speak to them, and show how libraries help achieve things they care about. But people care about […]

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