Monthly Archive for April, 2020

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Advoc8: Now and Next Part 2 – What Might a Library Advocacy Agenda for the Post-Pandemic World Look Like?

In our first ‘Now and Next’ blog, we explored a number of potential trends that are likely to shape the library field as it – and the communities it serves – emerge from the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as in the first blog, it is clear that […]

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Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: Gathering best practices of professionals

IFLA welcomes Laurie Bridges (Oregon State University), Raymond Pun (Alder Graduate School of Education) and Roberto Arteaga (Pacific Lutheran University), three library professionals to talk about their book project to link Wikipedia and academic libraries.   Could you please introduce yourself? My name is Laurie Bridges (she/her/hers), I am an […]

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How can the library community serve people in institutions, such as prisons and homes for the elderly, in times of Covid-19?

We are grateful to Lisa Krolak, Chair of the IFLA Working Group on Prison Libraries, and member of the Standing Committee of the Section on Library Services to People with Special Needs for this blog. You can also see our interview with Lisa about her publication: Books Beyond Bars. Libraries […]

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Shared Stories: How documentary heritage enriches monuments and sites

The International Council on Museums and Sites (ICOMOS) has named the theme of this year’s International Day for Monuments and Sites as: Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility. Shared heritage brings to mind the many stories that make up a place – the different memories, perspectives, and experiences that are […]

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Library Stat of the Week #14: Four out of five loans at the median national library are in electronic format

In the last two library stats of the week, we have looked at the relationship between digital and physical loans from public and academic libraries. Based on countries for which data is available, it is clear that there is a big difference in use of eBooks and other electronic formats. […]

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Home is Where the Start is: Libraries open the door to Lifelong Learning during COVID-19

What do people lose when they have to stay at home? Social connections, leisure activities? A sense of accomplishment, purpose, mental well-being? Livelihoods, jobs, the security of a regular income? Losing any combination of these things is deeply personal experience, varying from individual to individual, but also reflect a larger […]

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Library Stat of the Week #13: Globally, 94.6% of documents borrowed from academic libraries are digital

In last week’s Library Stat of the Week, we looked at eLending in public and community libraries, both in terms of loans per user, and the relationship with physical lending. This underlined that while eLending continued to represent only a relatively small share of total lending – arguably due in […]

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