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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #28: Celebrate an International Day

Advocacy about showing your relevance. In a number of previous editions, we’ve talked about how do identify relevant subjects, and how to react to them. But sometimes you don’t need to search. The United Nations and its agencies have identified a number of key days where there is a focus […]

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Information for Youth: Celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2019

It is a cliché to say that children are the future. However, what is certain is that the experiences of young people today will stay with them for years. The skills they learn, and how they apply them, have the potential to shape the rest of their careers and personal […]

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The ‘First International Librarian’[1]: Mary Florence Wilson

This blog is the result of a street name. Not an official one, but rather an alternative, proposed for the Route Ferney in Geneva, as part of 100elles, an effort to raise awareness – and recognition – of the contribution of women through history. The alternative name given in this […]

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Development Accelerators: How Libraries and Access to Information Unblock Development

The objectives set out by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda are as ambitious as they are necessary in order to ensure the sustainability of our economies and societies. A clear implication is that business as usual is not a possibility. Instead, there need to be both new resources and new […]

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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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From the Earliest Age: Libraries and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Services to children already represent an important part of the work of libraries. Through spaces that provide comfort and security, services that develop literacy and a love of reading, and collections that open minds and horizons, they are key reference points in the lives of many children. But, arguably, they […]

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World Habitat Day 2018

Urbanisation – the growing share of the world’s population living in cities – is a major feature of the world today. From 55% today, over two thirds of all people are expected to live in major built-up areas by 2050. Yet urbanisation brings its challenges. Congestion, waste management, broken and […]

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