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Save the Date!

⭐️ Event: Research and Effective Practices Seminar
⭐️ Theme: Libraries Beside You All the Way: Sustainable Reading at Every Age and Stage: A collaboration between the following International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Sections: Children & Young Adults, Environment, Sustainability and Libraries, Literacy & Reading, and School Libraries
⭐️ Dates: September 27th, 28th, and 29th
⭐️ Location: Brisbane, Australia
Join us in this vibrant river city to explore research and effective practices in sustaining readers across the lifespan. There will be a special focus on Sustainable Development Goals.
Call for proposals and details to come!

Register for IFLA Midterm Meeting in Rome!

Join the IFLA Sections Library Theory and Research (LTR); Preservation and Conservation (PRESCONS); School Libraries (SCHOOL) with ENSULIB; and SIGs Library History (LH) and Religions: Libraries and Dialogue (Relindial) in collaboration with the Vatican Library, the Lasallian Library, and the Accademia Vivarium Novum to attend the 3-day (+1) IFLA Midterm Meeting in Rome.

The Midterm meeting will be held in Vatican City (Vatican Library) on Friday, March 22; in Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and its Lasallian Libraries, Museum and Archives on Saturday, March 23, and in Frascati, Rome (Accademia Vivarium Novum at Villa Falconieri) on Sunday, March 24.

The 3-day (+1) Midterm Meeting Programme aims at providing its participants with a qualified professional development opportunity and library professional visits and networking.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

The 61st edition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF#2024) will be held at Bologna Fair from 8 to 11 April 2024. This international industry leading event has been gathering a global audience of children’s books experts, publishers, writers, illustrators,  and librarians, school teachers, educators and cultural practitioners, for over 60 years experience.
The BCBF offers a variety of interesting PD and cultural opportunities (meetings, workshops, exhibitions etc.) both in the fair and in town.
Slovenia will be the Guest of Honour Country 2024.
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Educating Young Readers and Citizens of Tomorrow Through Postcards: Paola Lombroso Carrara’s Reading Education Project

The article on “Paola Carrara Lombroso and picture postcards as educational products: a way to educate young readers and citizens of tomorrow”, written by Sabrina Fava, was published in «Historia y Memoria de la Educación», 19 (2024): 355-375,  the academic journal of the “Sociedad Española de Historia de la Educación” (i.e., Spanish Society of History of Education – SEDHE).

Sabrina Fava is Full Professor of History of Pedagogy and History of Children’s Literature at the Dipartimento di Pedagogia, Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione, Università  Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy. As an expert of the outstanding contribution provided by Paola Lombroso Carrara  (1871-1954) to reading, literacy and children’s literature edcuation and promotion in rural schools at the beginning of the XX century, Sabrina Fava presents the project of postcards that were coloured and sold by pupils to raise money to fund small libraries, and analyses the features and characters of those postcards (that are available at the School and Children’s Book Museum – MusLI in Turin).

The author reflects on the role of postcards as powerful media, able to reach a wider audience both in terms of visual education and as swift communicative tool. In Italy, 1909, in  the magazine for children «Corriere  dei  Piccoli»  (1908-1995), Paola Carrara Lombroso launched the project “Bibliotechine per le scuole rurali” (Libraries for rural schools), inviting its young readers to play an active role by colouring and selling  postcards created by Italian artists, and then raising money to buy and donate books to rural schools. The article analyses a sample of postcards illustrated by well-known artists such as Mussino, Golia, Altara, Bologna and Gugù in order to shed light on the way childhood was represented. Toys, books, expressions and clothes are visual evidence of the multiple perspectives.

Full text:

(Postcard courtesy of MusLI)

Luisa Marquardt, 

Join us! November 15!


We are looking forward to hosting this joint webinar with the IFLA Information Literacy Section for Unesco Global Media and Information Literacy Week. It will focus on “Teaching and Learning with AI in the School Library”, and explores the school librarians’ instructional role as MIL experts and educators as it relates to the benefits and challenges of incorporating Artificial Intelligence into practice in the school library.

Nov. 15, 2023 – 07:00 am- 08:30 AM EST USA – @IFLA Zoom
(01:00 pm- 02:30 PM CET PARIS, ROME / 08:00 pm – 10:30 PM MYT Kuala Lumpur)

Register here


Replacing librarians with students in UK

In the UK, there was some talk of replacing librarians with students (!) so Scotland has launched a national strategy for school libraries.

I thought this document would be of interest to many of us.

Vibrant Libraries, Thriving Schools: A National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland 2018-2023:

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New translations of the Guidelines

Recently 3 more translations of the Guidelines have become available:
Bahasa Melayu (Malay)
Deutsch (German)
తెలుగు (Telugu)
That makes that the Guidelines are now available in 12 languages:

  • English
  • Deutsch (German)
  • Français (French)
  • 中文 (Chinese)
  • Bahasa Melayu (Malay)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Română (Romania)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)

If you are interested in joining a team or to start a translation in your language, please contact Albert K. Boekhorst.

The IASL / IFLA Joint Committee has also developed a set of workshop materials based on the Guidelines. The workshop materials consist of an Introduction and six Modules. The material can be used freely and adapted to meet local needs.