Into the New Decade: Key Internet Governance Trends for Libraries

The year 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web. Entering a new decade presents an opportunity to reflect on what major Internet Governance trends were relevant for libraries over the course of the last year, and how me might see these trends take shape in the coming […]

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Library Stat of the Week #1: The Internet Gender Gap Rose from 11% to 12% between 2015 and 2016

Libraries have a key mission to put people in touch with information. The internet is increasingly essential as a means of achieving this. Thanks to digital technologies, more information than ever is being created, while many materials which used to be available on paper are now online only. This makes […]

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Lessons from PISA for Libraries

While it is not without its critics, the PISA test remains a key reference point for education policy-makers around the world. By looking to test what fifteen year-olds can do in reading, maths and science around the world, it looks to provide a basis for thinking about what works in […]

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Launching IFLA’s Library Stat of the Week

Numbers give us a key means of understanding our world, and the trends and evolutions that are shaping it. They can help us make comparisons, identify successes, and make connections. They are also critical in making an effective case for providing support to libraries. IFLA as an organisation is working […]

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In the Public Interest? Promoting the Public Domain

1 January was Public Domain Day. Around the world, advocates for access to culture celebrated the possibility to share books and other materials more broadly, and to make creative new uses of them. Libraries were well represented. For our institutions, entry into the public domain means that there are new […]

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Key Anniversaries in 2020

Welcome to 2020! It’s a year of some significant anniversaries – for the world as a whole, and for the library field in particular. These are not just an opportunity to celebrate important moments and achievements of the past, but are often an occasion to think and plan ahead. Looking […]

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Human Development Report 2019: What Libraries Should Know

The 2019 Human Development Report focuses on inequalities in human capabilities – freedoms and abilities to choose “what to be and do”, from meeting basic needs in shelter and nutrition to accessing high-quality education. Libraries have an important role to play in aiding and accelerating development – particularly in supporting vulnerable and marginalised populations. That is why several messages and suggestions laid out in the 2019 report are relevant for the work libraries around the world are doing today.

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