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The 10-Minute International Librarian #48: Think of a trend that will shape the field

Libraries are closely tied to the communities they serve. Changes in the way people live, earn, socialise and behave will often have an impact on what they need from libraries, and how they use them. In the meanwhile technological shifts can affect how libraries, in turn respond. In this way […]

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Libraries for Climate Empowerment: inspiring action through education, training, and public awareness

Libraries are enablers and drivers of sustainable development. They are essential contributors to an informed, participatory society, and vectors of positive change within their communities. This is important for climate action, as the relevant international legal frameworks emphasise education, training, awareness, and public participation.  This is climate empowerment, and we […]

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April Fool’s! Five things which aren’t true, but should they be?

In many parts of the world, 1 April is a day for playing pranks on others – April Fool’s Day. In some countries, there’s a tradition even of newspapers or other media publishing hoax stories as jokes – to take two examples from the BBC, the story of the spaghetti […]

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Libraries at the Heart of Educational, Social, Cultural, Innovation and Democratic Infrastructure

When we talk about infrastructure, it’s easiest to think of things like roads, railways, bridges. Things that connect us together, allowing economies and societies to work. Things that serve many people, and many purposes, providing a basic service that you may take for granted when you have, but that you […]

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Alice Kibombo, wikimedian in residence at the African Library & Information Associations and Institutions

In 2020, AfLIA welcomed Alice Kibombo of the Wikimedia Community User Group – Uganda as a Wikimedian in residence. IFLA is delighted to see this initiative coming to life and therefore invited Ms Kibombo to share project’ insights with the international library community. Could you tell us about your background […]

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How HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) supports Libraries in pandemic times

By Sara R. Benson, Copyright Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Check out Sara’s podcast titled Copyright Chat at https://go.illinois.edu/copyrightchat It’s Fair Use/Fair Dealing week and that means it is once again time to let folks know about exciting developments with the HathiTrust Digital Library. Last year on Fair […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #40: understand your users’ expectations

Librarianship is all about providing service. Our institutions are there to help people find the information they need to make decisions, and to take part in economic, social, cultural and civic life. As a result, we have a strong focus on working to identify and respond to user needs, both […]

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