Monthly Archive for February, 2018

Mining Menace: Could New EU Rules Put Data in Danger?

A year ago, the focus of Endangered Data Week was concern around the deletion of environmental data by the then-new US administration. This year, it’s not only politics but also copyright that poses a threat.   The worry comes from Europe this time, where debates are ongoing about a copyright […]

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Social Justice: a Core Library Mission

On the World Day of Social Justice, it is a good moment to celebrate libraries as social justice institutions. Places where the power that information and knowledge can bring is available for all.   The core functions of libraries are already reflected in the right of access to information, and […]

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Copyright for Libraries in 2018 – Part 1

Copyright laws around the world are constantly changing in an attempt to adapt – or react – to the digital world. These changes can have a major impact on how libraries function and on the public service they provide. While some reforms offer new possibilities and legal certainty, others look backwards and seek to use the law to restrict the ability of libraries to guarantee meaningful information access to their users.

IFLA therefore follows the evolution of copyright reforms around the world, as well as bilateral and multilateral trade agreements that impact copyright regimes.

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SDG 11: An Introduction for Libraries

  Effective libraries stand at the heart of their communities. They are centres for learning and empowerment, places for meeting and building networks, and drivers of innovation and creativity.   This is what makes Sustainable Development Goal 11, which focuses on what is needed to ensure everyone can take place […]

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Libraries and the UN in 2018

2017 was a big year for libraries and the UN. On the ground, librarians from 75 countries committed to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, and get involved in national plans to deliver them. At the international level, IFLA launched the first Development and Access to Information report, a […]

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