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Tell us how you missed us: How user testimonials are supporting library advocacy in Australia and Germany

The need to stop in-person services at many libraries has brought into stark relief how important a part of peoples lives they are, as well as highlighting the resourcefulness of libraries in finding new ways to offer services. Library associations in Australia and Germany are looking to ensure that these experiences are well documented to support future advocacy.

22 June 2020 | Advocacy, Australia, Germany, COVID-19

Update on IFLA's Work on Sustainable Development - June 2020

Despite the lock-down, IFLA has continued its work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This update provides an overview of activities and resources over the past months, especially around Voluntary National Reviews, High-Level Political Forum, Development Accelerators, UN75, Culture and the SDGs, Library Data, Homelessness, Access to Justice, Open Government and more!

16 June 2020 | Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals

Celebrating Africa Day 2020

IFLA is celebrating Africa Day 2020, highlighting the contribution that Africa's libraries make to the continent's development, as well as highlighting the ideas, resources and insights available on the IFLA website thanks to the work of our African members.

25 May 2020 | Africa, Access to information, Development, Africa, sustainable development goals, African Union 2063 Agenda, Library Map of the World

In Times of Trouble, Read! Eight Things to Do on World Book Day!

World Book Day 2020 would have been a special event anyway, marking 25 years since the first celebration in 1995. But this year’s celebration will be particularly special. We look both at how libraries help meet the goals of this year's celebration - combatting isolation and loneliness - and offer eight ways you can celebrate!

23 April 2020 | Literacy and Reading, Literacy, Reading, UNESCO

Place Culture at the Heart of the Response to COVID-19 argues new statement signed by IFLA

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined how much so many of us rely on culture for strength and comfort at difficult times. With the right support from government, it can not only contribute now, but also make for a stronger recovery for all, as argued in a new statement from the #Culture2030Goal campaign.

20 April 2020

Sanctuary and Support: IFLA Promotes Role of Libraries at UN Meeting on Homelessness

IFLA attended the 58th Session of the UN Commission on Social Development on 10-19 February 2020. With a specific focus for the first time on homelessness, it provided an opportunity to highlight the importance of access to libraries for people experiencing homelessness, and how libraries can help.

15 April 2020 | Library Services to People with Special Needs, Disadvantaged persons, Marginalised populations, Social inclusion, United States of America, Homelessness, Libraries and homelessness

Update on IFLA's Work on Sustainable Development - March 2020

IFLA is continuing in its work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This update, distributed to participants in IFLA's International Advocacy Programme, provides an overview of activities and resources in the past weeks.

27 March 2020 | Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals

A Clear Contribution: Libraries Engage at African SDG Forum

Libraries were well represented at the African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development on 24-27 February. Through formal sessions, intense advocacy and a successful side-event, library speakers underlined the message that libraries – and access to information – are essential for development.

6 March 2020 | Access to information, Africa, sustainable development goals, UN 2030 Agenda

Better Decisions from Town Halls to Households: IFLA Participates in UCLG Retreat

The importance of both information skills and cultural public spaces was clear at a recent meeting of local government leaders and thinkers. IFLA was there to underline how libraries can contribute.

4 March 2020 | Morocco, local government, sustainable development goals

Accelerating Development, Transforming Lives in Africa: IFLA Promotes Libraries at African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

Having access to information and the skills to use it can unlock development potential, and make the difference in achieving the SDGs. At the first of five regional fora on sustainable development, IFLA representatives, including former IFLA Governing Board Member Victoria Okojie, will be presenting about how libraries contribute to success.

25 February 2020 | Access to information, Africa, sustainable development goals

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