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Building Back Better for Libraries in Africa: An Interview

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only highlighted old and created new challenges for the library field, but also opens an opportunity for change, if we can seize it. We interviewed Damilare Oyedele of Library Aid Africa to find out about his organisation's work to understand the situation and design a way forwards.

1 December 2020 | Advocacy, Digital inclusion, Africa

Libraries Engaged in Advocacy for Access to Health in Chile

An important part of the right to health is the right to health information and knowledge. COVID-19 has only underlined this connection. We interviewed María Angélica Fuentes Martínez and Mónica Núñez of the Association of Chilean Librarians to find out more about their involvement in a project to strengthen advocacy around this.

24 November 2020 | Access to information, Chile, COVID-19, health

Securing SDG Success in Africa through Youth

IFLA was present at the 3rd African Youth SDGs Summit in Accra, Ghana, on 4-5 November. IFLA’s representative, Damilare Oyedele, shared the below report.

19 November 2020 | Access to information, Development, Africa, SDGs, sustainable development goals

Guadalajara named as World Book Capital 2022

The title of UNESCO World Book Capital 2022 will fall to Guadalajara, Mexico. From 23 April 2022, the city will host a year-long programme of events celebrating books, reading and libraries.

5 November 2020 | Literacy, Reading, Social inclusion, Mexico, UNESCO World Book Capital

Powering Literacy for All: IFLA Engages at Global Alliance for Literacy Annual Meeting

As a new associate member of the Global Alliance for Literacy, IFLA spoke at the alliance’s annual meeting, held on 28-29 October. IFLA’s intervention underlined the importance of ensuring that libraries are integrated into literacy strategy planning and delivery.

30 October 2020 | Literacy and Reading, Literacy, Reading

Digital Technologies and Social Development: We Need Meaningful Inclusion Efforts

IFLA has submitted a statement ahead of the 59th meeting of the United Nations Commission on Social Development, focus on the role of digital technologies. The statement underlines the need to give everyone the connection, collections and confidence to use the internet effectively.

27 October 2020 | Access to information, Digital inclusion, social development, SDGs

IFLA SDGs Update: October 2020

The latest update on activities related to the Sustainable Development Goals from IFLA includes information on the following: Voluntary National Reviews 2021, our Data for Advocacy webinar, the Library Pledge for Digital Inclusion, an update on the Library Map of the World, our latest Library Stat of the Week posts, the Gates Foundation's Goalkeepers report, IFLA's Get Into Guides, and a list of relevant recent blogs.

24 October 2020 | Access to information, Development, SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda

IFLA signs joint statement with IATUL on Publisher Pricing

IFLA, alongside the International Association of University Libraries, has signed onto the below statement, calling for publishers to recognise pressures on library funding, and reduce prices in 2021, in order to avoid a significant drop in the information available to students and researchers.

23 October 2020 | Academic and Research Libraries, Access to knowledge, pricing, COVID-19

Libraries on the World Stage: An Interview with the Winners of the WSIS Prize

Libraries were among the winners of this year's World Summit on the Information Society Prizes, celebrating projects which show how digital technologies can contribute to development. We interviewed Heba Ismail, Director of the winning INELI-MENA programme, to find out more.

25 September 2020 | Digital libraries, E-learning, Capacity building

Five ways to show how libraries support the SDGs

A week today, SDG Action Week begins with an ‘SDG Moment’ at the United Nations General Assembly. Leaders of countries around the world will underline their commitment to delivery and set out their plans. But libraries are already acting. In this article, we we set out five ways in which you can ensure this is recognised.

11 September 2020 | Access to information, Advocacy, Development, SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda, sustainable development goals

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