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Now available: Community Networks – A Briefing for Libraries

Ensuring equitable access to information and knowledge lies at the heart of the library mission. As part of this goal, many libraries offer public internet access and workstations. And yet, there are still areas where many people do not have an opportunity to get online. Community networks - local community-led initiatives to build and maintain a telecommunications infrastructure – are emerging as an alternative model to help connect the unconnected. How do such Community Network projects relate to libraries’ mission, what can libraries do to support these initiatives?

2 April 2020 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Internet access

A Question of Judgement: New IFLA-ICA Statement on Archiving and Privacy

Recent privacy laws have reinforced the idea of a right to delete personal data held by others. This is broadly welcome but should not lead to situations where libraries and archives are obliged to destroy works in their collections. The new IFLA-ICA statement sets out principles and alternatives.

4 March 2020 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Privacy in libraries, data protection, right to be forgotten

Libraries for a Better Internet: Safer Internet Day 2020

Libraries work to protect the online safety and wellbeing of their patrons and communities by promoting digital literacy and offering inclusive ICT skills training and assistance. On Safer Internet Day 2020, libraries in many countries are joining the campaign to raise awareness and help children and young people develop the skills for safe and responsible Internet use.

10 February 2020 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Children, Digital inclusion, Internet access, Young adults

#1Lib1Ref 2020 starts today!

Today is the start of the biannual 1Lib1Ref event! From 15th January to 5th February 2020, librarians around the world will contribute to the 5th campaign taking place on Wikipedia. The objectives of this effort are to improve the quality and reliability of articles on the website with librarians and by inviting the public to contribute to Wikipedia by exploiting the sources available in libraries.

15 January 2020 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, Wikipedia

A Unique Potential, A Real Responsibility: Libraries Mark Human Rights Day 2019

Today is Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. To help libraries and others reflect on the state of fundamental rights where they are, IFLA has released its Intellectual Freedom Checklist.

10 December 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Human rights, Intellectual freedom

One Librarian, one reference #1Lib1Ref 2020

In 2020, the Wikimedia Foundation is launching the fifth edition of One Librarian One Reference (#1Lib1Ref) which will be held from 15th of January to the 5th of February 2020!

4 December 2019 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, IFLA and the information society

IFLA at IGF 2019

Between 25 and 29 November 2019, IFLA participated in the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin. The key messages IFLA emphasised were the importance of policy support for public access in libraries, the role of libraries in enabling meaningful connectivity, and in generating meaningful internet content through digitisation efforts.

2 December 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Germany, Internet governance, IGF, Public Access, Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries

Palaces for the People: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Public Library Manifesto

Today we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the current edition of the Public Library Manifesto. This document, agreed by IFLA and the Member States of UNESCO, places public libraries at the heart of efforts to promote education, democracy and participation in culture.

29 November 2019 | Access to information, Public Libraries, public library manifesto

A Look Ahead to the 2019 Annual Internet Governance Forum Meeting

Between 25 and 29 November, 2019, IFLA will be taking part in the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin. IFLA has participated in IGF events since 2008; and we continue our involvement in policy discussions relevant for the library field: public internet access facilities, digital and information literacy, intellectual freedom in the digital sphere, and many others.

21 November 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital divide, Digital inclusion

UN Report on Public Spaces and Human Rights Highlights Place of Libraries

As public spaces, open to all members of the community, libraries enable people to exercise and enjoy their human rights. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights highlights this role, and the conditions for it to be realised. It provides a useful advocacy tool for libraries.

13 November 2019 | Public Libraries, Library as place, Minority groups, Public Libraries, public library manifesto

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