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Lessons learned for library advocacy from the 2008 crisis: Interview with Glòria Pérez-Salmerón

While difficult financial times almost certainly lie ahead for many countries, it is not inevitable that libraries must suffer. We talked to Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, IFLA President 2017-2019, in order to learn lessons from the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath that can help us be effective library advocates today.

16 February 2021 | Advocacy, COVID-19, library advocacy

Lessons learned for library advocacy from the 2008 crisis: Interview with Claudia Lux, IFLA President 2007-2009

IFLA is launching a series of interviews looking to learn the lessons from the financial crisis of 2008, and its aftermath, for library advocacy today. In this post, we talk to former IFLA President Claudia Lux about her experiences and ideas, preceded by an introduction to the series by IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner.

9 February 2021 | Advocacy, COVID-19

As UN Commission on Social Development focuses on digital inclusion, role of libraries highlighted

The United Nations has underlined the role of libraries in extending connectivity and building skills, ahead of discussions about how digital technologies can advance social development.

8 February 2021 | Access to information, Digital inclusion, Social inclusion, sustainable development goals

Access to information at the heart of the right to development

IFLA has responded to a consultation by the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development, highlighting the value of a focus on access to information as a driver of success in the Sustainable Development Goals.

2 February 2021 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Development, Right to Development, sustainable development goals

Engaging with Politicians in Library Advocacy - Why and How

For many libraries, the world of politics can seem a long way away. However, if our institutions and profession are to get the support - both legal and financial - that we need, engaging with politicians is vital. We interviewed Steen Bording Andersen, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Danish Library Association and himself a politican, to find out more about how to do this?

28 January 2021 | Advocacy, Denmark, library advocacy

Information Sustainability: Interview with Genilson Geraldo, Brazil

Throughout its advocacy around the Sustainable Development Goals, IFLA underlines the importance of information - and libraries as the institutions that provide meaningful access to it - in driving progress. We interviewed Genilson Geraldo, Federal University of Santa Catarina, to find out about work in Brazil to build understanding of the interaction between information and development.

20 January 2021 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, Development, SDGs, sustainable development goals

From Global Goals to Local Practice: Interview with Evi Tramantza, OCLC Global Council Program Committee

In a survey out now, OCLC is exploring how libraries are working with the SDGs. IFLA interviewed Evi Tramantza, Chair of the OCLC Global Council Program Committee, to find out more.

5 January 2021 | Development, sustainable development goals, UN 2030 Agenda

Making the Decisions that Matter Better: IFLA Releases Statement on Open and Good Governance

IFLA has published a new statement on the role of library and information services in improving the way societies are governed, both through optimal decision-making within government, and effective scrutiny and engagement by parliaments and wider populations.

5 January 2021 | Access to information, Open government, Government libraries, Library and Research Services for Parliaments

Active Inclusion: the Experiences of ALA"s Serving Refugees, Immigrants, and Displaced Persons Sub-Committee

Libraries have traditionally seen themselves as places open to all members of the community, creating opportunities for everyone. However, being welcoming is as much a question of what you do proactively. We interviewed the Sub-Committee on Serving Refugees, Immigrants, and Displaced Persons of the ALA, to find out about their work.

15 December 2020 | Library Services to People with Special Needs, Immigrants, Refugees, inclusion, Asylum Seekers

IFLA SDGs Update: December 2020

The latest update on activities related to the Sustainable Development Goals from IFLA includes information on the following: IFLA SDG Update (Dec 2020): Update on 2021 VNRs, Africa Youth SDG Forum, UN Meetings in 2021, Reviewing 5 years of VNRs, Digital Inclusion, Library Map of the World, Library Stat of the Week, Delivering on the SDGs during COVID, and a list of recent blogs.

3 December 2020 | Access to information, Development, SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda

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