COVID has forced us to think again about service provision: can it offer longer term lessons for how we serve persons with disabilities?

Tomorrow, the 14th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities starts, in New York and online. It will have, as an overarching theme, ‘building back better: COVID-19 response and recovery; meeting the needs, realizing the rights, and addressing the socio-economic impacts […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #56: Think how you foster community

Meaningful access to information is not necessarily a solo activity. While the stereotype of libraries may be of users consulting collections on their own, it is clearer and clearer that the possibilities libraries offer for people to access information together represent a unique strength. Through opportunities for learning, creativity, exchange […]

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Cut, maintain or invest: three choices for library funders

While public libraries are often organised as a specific service within local or regional government, or at least linked to it, in reality they support delivery of priorities across the board. There are countless stories of library staff receiving questions related to other policy areas, such as health or access […]

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Mobilising the resources to sustain libraries: why the G7 tax agreement matters for our field

Last week, a big story in many media outlets was the agreement between finance ministers of G7 countries to act to counter tax avoidance by major multinational companies. When this issue comes to the G20 later this year, it will be a truly global concern. This blog looks a little […]

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The 10-Minute Digital Librarian #6: Check up on your own digital hygiene

Following a first set of ideas focusing on using digital tools to communicate your work, our next set looks more at keeping yourself – and your users – safe online. Already an issue before the pandemic, this is even more so now, with – at least for those with the […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #55: Think of a time you have innovated

Innovation is about finding new ways to use existing resources. It is vital for economies, allowing us to produce or do more, or better. It is essential for sustainability, helping us to be more efficient and effective in delivering progress without harming the earth. It is also key in libraries, […]

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25 Years of Cooperation for Cultural Property Protection

On 6 June 1994, the International Committee of the Blue Shield was established in a spirit of collaboration by the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Council of Museums and Sites (ICOMOS), and IFLA. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Blue Shield, we […]

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