Archive for the 'General' Category

9 June – International Archives Day

Today archives are being celebrated around the globe. With many libraries hosting archives, and carrying out archival activities, this is an opportunity to recognise the importance of archivists, in whatever type of institution they work. IFLA therefore congratulates not only all the great national archives, but also all the local […]

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7th Session of the General Assembly of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

On 4 June 2018, IFLA attended the opening sessions of the General Assembly to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the UNESCO HQ in Paris, France along with decision makers, NGOs and other stakeholders from the cultural heritage field. When explaining IFLA’s work on cultural […]

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Sharing is Saving: Libraries Mark World Environment Day

We cannot take a healthy environment for granted. Perhaps the single greatest determinant of the future of humanity is our ability to preserve the world around us. Given that we share this environment, it makes sense to share the effort to find a solution. For libraries, are already used to […]

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eBooks vs Physical Books: the Importance of Choice

eBooks are often portrayed as being in conflict with physical books – the modern versus the traditional, function versus experience, and (more or less openly) Amazon versus bookstores and established publishers.   Sales figures are regularly analysed for the relative trends. Partisans of physical books cite numbers from the big […]

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5 ways to celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity

21 May is the World Day for Cultural Diversity established by the UN in 2002. The day promotes cultural diversity and dialogues among nations, people and cultures. In 2015 IFLA, in partnership with UNESCO, published The Multicultural Library – a gateway to a cultural diverse society in dialogue. Libraries serve […]

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Commonalities and Convergence: Celebrating the International Day of Museums

‘Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples’.   In its description of the core value of museums for International Museums Day, the International Council on Museums (ICOM) makes it easy to draw parallels with the work […]

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Keeping the Information Society Social

17 May is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, marking the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. Communications have clearly changed a lot since then, and in doing so have changed economics and societies.   As in any situation of rapid and radical change, […]

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