June 18, 2018

This Library World: Inspired by Greater Global Perspective | Editorial

The global network of libraries can be difficult to imagine or describe, but now, thanks to a massive project undertaken by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), it is coming into better focus than ever before.

Marrakesh Treaty Bill Introduced

On March 15 the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) was introduced in Congress, moving the United States closer to implementing the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. The treaty was adopted in 2013 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)—the United Nations international copyright arm—at an international diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, and has since been ratified by 36 countries.

IFLA LGBTQ Group Protests Kuala Lumpur Conference Location

As IFLA prepares for its 84th annual World Library and Information Congress, the chosen location—Kuala Lumpur—is sending up red flags because of Malaysia’s track record on civil rights. Since the conference location was announced at the closing session of the 2016 WLIC, IFLA’s LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) Users Special Interest Group (SIG), as well as the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), have written open letters to IFLA administration stating their concerns.

“Acting for Humanity”: Libraries Worldwide Respond to UN Sustainable Development Goals | ALA Annual 2017

The majority of the offerings at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago focused on libraries and library-related content based in the United States and Canada. A notable exception was the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Chair’s Program, “Acting for Humanity: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Libraries,” which took a look at how libraries both domestic and abroad are working to address the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the United Nations (UN) Development Programme.

Carol Diedrichs and Patrick Losinski on IFLA in Columbus

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) annual convening is by nature a globe-trotting affair. In the past several years it has been held in Cape Town, South Africa; Lyons, France; Helsinki, Finland; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. This year the IFLA World Library and Information Congress will return to the United States for the first time since 2001, taking place August 13–19 in Columbus, OH. LJ caught up with Patrick Losinski, Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO, and Carol Diedrichs, dean emeritus of Ohio State University Libraries, to talk about best aspects of holding a global event locally.

Global by Nature: Reflecting on the collective work ahead | Editorial

This summer, Columbus, OH, will be the center of the library world when the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) brings its annual World Library and Information Congress there, August 13–19. For many U.S. librarians, this meeting, which last came to the States in 2001, provides rare access to the global sharing active members of IFLA experience each year. If you haven’t yet considered attending, do so soon, as it promises to be a robust conclave of some 4,000 librarians from all over the world. Witnessing the global nature of this work, and sharing with colleagues from some 120 countries, should be inspiring and will, hopefully, spark many significant and lasting connections.

An American Librarian Visits IFLA | Backtalk

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) this year was held in friendly, design-minded Helsinki Finland on August 11-17. The stellar conference brought together library professionals from all over the world with a diversity of interests but also, as the conference theme— “Libraries Now! Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering”—suggests, […]

Library Advocate Opposes ACTA Before European Parliament

Stuart Hamilton, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)’s Director of Policy & Advocacy raised concerns about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at a stakeholder hearing in the European Parliament on April 11. Libraries are concerned that the non-transparent ACTA negotiations pose a threat to the balance of copyright, Hamilton said, and the […]