Monthly Archive for September, 2020

Not a Gift, Not a Privilege, but a Right: Access to Information

The COVID-19 Pandemic has both underlined the importance of access to information, and how far we are from achieving this for all. From the need for rapid access to research to inform policy making, to the development of media and information literacy skills amongst individuals in the face of misinformation, […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #19: Map Your Library Ecosystem

No library is an island. It has almost always been the case that libraries rely on others for budgets, in turn providing a key service to their communities. Increasingly, libraries can be seen as partners and platforms. By combining their strengths with others, they can be better able to respond […]

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Access to Information through Libraries: A Public Good

The International Day for the Universal Access to Information is a great opportunity to celebrate and underline values which are at the heart of the work of libraries throughout the year. As an enabler of better decision-making, the seizing of opportunities, and the transparency of government, this access is a […]

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Library Stat of the Week #37: The connection between having access to a library and enjoyment of reading is strongest among children in Austria, France and Montenegro

Last week’s Library Stat of the Week looked at the connection between numbers of school libraries and levels of enjoyment of reading, combining data from IFLA’s Library Map of the World and the OECD’s PISA study. As highlighted, simply counting the number of students per school library has limits as […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #18: Think of a Powerful Advocacy Tool

Advocacy is a global priority for libraries, and will only become more important with hard financial times likely ahead. When trying to change people’s minds, it can be powerful to go in with some sort of tool or support, that you can prepare beforehand. This can help start conversations, or […]

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Building Your Evidence Base Across the SDGs

Today marks the beginning of SDG Action Week, a celebration of the work currently taking place to deliver on the Global Goals, and an opportunity to reflect on what more needs to be done. Clearly, with the consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic, reaching the Sustainable Development Goals seems as challenging […]

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Library Stat of the Week #36: Where there are more school libraries, children enjoy reading more

The Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers 2020 report, published earlier this week, highlights the risk that literacy could suffer as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It presents different projections, suggesting that the share of children finishing primary school with the ability to read and understand a basic text could fall back […]

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