Tag Archive for 'Development'

Fostering creation of Open Educational Resources

From 1 to 5 March 2021, libraries take part in Open Education Week alongside educational stakeholders. In November 2019, UNESCO adopted a recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER). This recommendation, a result of a consensus among 193 Member States, recognises the importance of supporting the development, sharing and use of […]

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European Commission releases key proposals: Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

On the 15th of December 2020, the European Commission launched its long-awaited reform on the regulation of major online platforms, the Digital Services Act (DSA). This comes alongside a proposal named the Digital Markets Act (DMA) which aims to address concerns about competition (or a lack thereof) in the technology […]

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Libraries: Culture, Connection and Transition

When cities leverage their heritage for development, there is the possibility of gaining their investment back in social and economic dividends. Investing in cultural heritage can make a location more attractive for tourism, new residential growth and business investment – changing the landscape of a community and the way people […]

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Human Development Report 2019: What Libraries Should Know

The 2019 Human Development Report focuses on inequalities in human capabilities – freedoms and abilities to choose “what to be and do”, from meeting basic needs in shelter and nutrition to accessing high-quality education. Libraries have an important role to play in aiding and accelerating development – particularly in supporting vulnerable and marginalised populations. That is why several messages and suggestions laid out in the 2019 report are relevant for the work libraries around the world are doing today.

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Choosing to Celebrate Rather than Tolerate

As 16 November is the International Day for Tolerance, we pose a simple question: What, exactly, is tolerance? Is it a passive acceptance for the practices of other cultures, or rather, can it be an active celebration? Perhaps everyone can choose for his or herself. Let’s choose then to celebrate […]

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A Foundation for Change: Celebrating World Development Information Day

World Development Information Day may not be the best-known date on the international calendar. First celebrated in 1972, it was the result of a UN General Assembly Resolution which recognised the importance of information, both in raising awareness of development challenges, and in providing the tools to respond to them. […]

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What Makes Libraries Unique in Achieving… SDG 8

Sustainable Development Goal 8 is the second of the SDGs to be explored this year. It focuses on promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Through their work to provide access to information in communities, including to some of their most […]

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