New Opportunities: Libraries and the United Nations in 2019

As those who were able to attend the relevant sessions at the World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur heard, 2019 will be a big year at the United Nations for libraries. There will be a focus on Sustainable Development Goals that are particularly relevant for our institutions, and […]

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Introducing… the 10-Minute Library Advocate

Libraries do not exist in a vacuum – they are there to serve. Through providing access to knowledge, as well as an open, welcoming public space, they help others help themselves. But they are also dependent on external support. This isn’t just about the politicians, officials or senior management who […]

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Living in Interesting Times – Three Key Debates in Information Politics

Information has long been political – who has it, who should have it, and how can it be used to shape decision-making. However, it is only relatively recently that this has been recognised. On the philosophical side of things, much comes from the work of thinkers such as Michel Foucault, […]

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Fear, Friction and the Fastest Moving Treaty – Copyright for Libraries in 2018

At the beginning of the year, we posted about copyright for libraries in 2018, looking into ongoing and upcoming copyright reforms in order to prepare our 2018 advocacy efforts. There were areas of promise, with helpful draft legislation on the table in countries such as South Africa or Japan. But […]

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Sustainability of Libraries : the Myanmar Experience

We are happy to present a guest blog by Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung, Executive Director, of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation (MBAPF):   It’s easier to get on show business, the hard part is to stay there. Nobody stays famous forever. — Chris Rock   We are seeing so many people […]

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Libraries: Unleashing the Transformative Power of Culture and Creativity for Local Development

IFLA attended the first ever OECD conference examining the links between culture and local growth. The conference took place in Venice, an ideal venue to discuss the importance of culture and cultural heritage, and the newly launched OECD Guide: Culture and Local Development: Maximising the Impact. Culture is currently on […]

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Making Progress: Welcome Vote in South African Parliament on Copyright for Libraries

After years of discussion, the South African copyright amendment Bill was adopted by the South African National Assembly on 5 November. The process is not completely over, as the Bill will now be sent to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence, which is likely to happen early 2019. As […]

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