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From usage to impact: showing how public libraries make a difference - interview with Christian Lauersen, Roskilde Public Library

A recent report from Denmark has shone a new light on the different ways in which public libraries make a difference to people's lives, and how we can measure this. We interviewed Christian Lauersen, Director, Roskilde Public Library, to find out more.

2 June 2021 | Impact, Denmark, Public Libraries, evaluation

Timely, sustainable, and more necessary than ever: Webinar on libraries, open access and infodemics

The pandemic has underlined the importance of access to information for all, but at the same time, the risks of misinformation. Libraries have a huge potential to contribute, as highlighted in a webinar organised by participants in the IFLA-Goethe Institut Emerging International Voices Programme.

31 May 2021 | Access to information, Information literacy, Open access, COVID-19

Teaching Advocacy: an Interview with Raphaelle Bats

Strengthening the global voice of libraries by making every librarian an advocate is a key part of IFLA's Strategy. But how can we teach advocacy? We interviewed Raphaelle Bats, France, to find out about her experiences.

27 May 2021 | Advocacy, Communications, France, library advocacy

No Culture No Future | #Culture2030goal Campaign launches its strategy document

If you believe that there is no future without culture and that the cultural ecosystems should be integrated in both short-term recovery and long-term development strategies, support the #Culture2030goal campaign.

21 May 2021 | Cultural heritage, Development, Culture2030Goal, SDGs

Realising the Potential of Open for Equitable, Resilient Recovery

At a side-event to the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forum 2021, held on 5 May, speakers shared their insights on where work is needed to ensure that openness acts as a driver of sustainable development.

11 May 2021 | Access to information, Development, SDGs

Reviews of Local SDG Implementation Demonstrate Stronger Recognition of Libraries’ Role

A new IFLA report highlights greater understanding of the contribution of libraries to delivering the UN 2030 Agenda among local governments, in a wider range of areas, than in national reviews of SDG implementation.

3 May 2021 | Access to information, Development, SDGs

Raising SDG Awareness... through Competitions! An Interview with Dr Yakov L Shrayberg, Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology

Libraries can have an important role in building understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We interviewed Dr Yakov L Shrayberg, President of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, to find out about their International SDGs Calendar contest and how to get involved.

30 March 2021 | Access to information, Advocacy, Development, Russian Federation, SDGs

City Leaders’ Call for Green, Just and Local Recovery Offers Opportunities for Libraries

With a unique understanding of how our institutions support positive progress, the local government leaders meeting as part of the Urban 20 initiative are well placed to highlight how libraries, and culture more broadly, contribute to sustainable development.

26 March 2021 | Cultural heritage, Italy, urban development, Sustainable development, SDGs, U20

An Indispensable Player in Policy Success: Library Contributions Featured at Side Event at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

A side-event at the Asia-Pacific region’s forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided an opportunity to underline the importance of access to information everywhere, and the potential of libraries to support effective policy delivery.

24 March 2021 | Asia and Oceania, Access to information, Asia and Oceania, SDGs

Neither Simple Nor Easy, but Ever More Essential: Information Access Discussed at European SDG Forum Side-Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the importance of information in so many aspects of our lives. However, responding to growing demands is not necessarily simply. At a panel bringing together UN officials and library representatives, participants made recommendations for how to draw on information to support effective responses to, and strong recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.

16 March 2021 | Access to information, Development, Europe, SDGs

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