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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

Recognising Libraries as Partners for Development – A Review of Five Years of Voluntary National Reviews

Over the last five years, 168 different countries have presented Voluntary National Reviews on their work to deliver the SDGs. The latest IFLA analysis highlights the example they offer of recognising libraries as partners for development.

2 December 2020 | Access to information, Development, SDGs, VNRs, Voluntary National Reviews

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

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