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IFLA launches toolkit to support library institutions and associations to advocate for access to information in the UN post-2015 development agenda

“As the United Nations reflects on the future of global development and the post-2015 agenda, access to information must be recognised as critical to supporting governments to achieve development goals, and enabling citizens to make informed decisions to improve their own lives. IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, believes that libraries help guarantee that access.” IFLA has launched a toolkit to support library institutions and associations and other civil society organisations to advocate for this position. The toolkit provides background on the issues and practical advice on how to set up meetings with government representatives. Template letters, talking points and examples of how libraries help meet development goals are included. The toolkit is available for download from the IFLA Libraries and Development website (via IFLA )

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Libraries and Archives write letter to the European Union

“European Libraries, Archives and Research Institutions need balanced copyright laws More than 60 library, archive and research institutions from countries across the European Union and internationally, representing over 650,000 information professionals, have joined together in a letter asking the EU to engage constructively in text-based discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives.” (via IFLA)

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Texas’ appeal averts $6.5 million cut in federal library funding

“The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has won an appeal of a September decision by the Institute of Museum and Library Services that would have cut over $6.5 million in federal funds used to support statewide library services. “This is very good news for us and Texas,” said Mark Smith, director of the library and archive commission which provides support for 560 libraries statewide. The IMLS had threatened to reduce the federal funds after the Texas Legislature slashed the 2012-2013 budget for the library and archives commission by 64 percent.” (via Star Telegram)

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Survey report on the benefits of attending IFLA conferences is published

“In early 2013, the Library and Research Services for Parliaments Section received funds for a project to evaluate the benefits of attending IFLA conferences.  Moira Fraser Consulting won the bid to perform the work, and conducted a survey of Section members in July 2013. Sixty-five members from 44 countries responded to the survey.” (via IFLA)

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IFLA publishes Statement on Libraries and Text and Data Mining

“IFLA is pleased to announce the publication of a Statement on Libraries and Text and Data Mining. The IFLA Governing Board approved the statement on 4 December 2013. There are vast amounts of information and data being generated every day through government, academic, economic and social activities. Text and data mining has emerged as a significant tool to assist individuals and institutions identify patterns, trends and anomalies in data, and to develop new efficiencies and forms of knowledge.” (via IFLA)

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UNESCO encourages Member States to implement IFLA policies on Information Literacy and Print Disabled People

“The IFLA Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Recommendations and the Libraries Serving People with Print Disabilities (LPD) Manifesto were passed at the 37th UNESCO General Conference held in Paris (5-20 November 2013). Member States will now be asked to endorse both pieces on a national level. Member states are encouraged to apply the policies set out in the Recommendations and the Manifesto to their community to further their citizens’ access to information.” (via IFLA)

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Introducing the IFLA Library – the new repository for managing IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress content | IFLA

“IFLA President Ingrid Parent today launched the IFLA Library, a repository for IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) papers and, in future, other IFLA publications: “This improved accessibility to IFLA’s publishing, through the IFLA Library, will bring real benefits to participants at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, to IFLA members, and to library and information professionals worldwide. I congratulate all those who worked hard to implement this project and I look forward to the further enhancements to come over the next year.” (via IFLA)

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IFLA Welcomes WIPO Treaty for Blind and Print Disabled People

“Following two weeks of negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco, Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) formally adopted a ‘Treaty to Improve Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled’ on Thursday June 27th 2013. The treaty will be open to signature by WIPO Member States on Friday the 28th.” (via IFLA)

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Organisations representing library associations, library consortia, and professional librarians in over 150 countries urge WIPO Member States to agree an effective treaty for print disabled people

“After many years of negotiations a WIPO Diplomatic Conference to conclude a treaty to facilitate access to published works by visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities is taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco from the 17th to the 28th of June 2013. IFLA has been closely involved in the process and strongly supports an effective treaty that will increase access to information for visually impaired people. IFLA and the world’s leading library organisations have published a joint statement stressing the importance of a treaty in order for libraries to fulfill their role in facilitating access to works for visually impaired persons and persons with print disabilities.” (via IFLA)

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Now available: 2011 IFLA Annual Report

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