IFLA Presidential Newsletter Exerpts

The latest IFLA Presidential Newsletter is now available. Here are some excerpts from it about recent IFLA meetings:

IFLA Presidential Meeting:  “Libraries driving access to knowledge: Action for Europe”

“The conference programme, with an excellent range of speakers and with interesting and topical panel discussions, provided a great platform for the promotion and discussion of three strategic topics: Access to Information as a Human Right; Copyright and Libraries; and Open Access and the Changing Role of Libraries. During the meeting two key IFLA documents were launched: the IFLA Statement on Open Access; and a Draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives. Presentations from the meeting are available online.”

Open Access, Treaty and Copyright

“Participants addressed how open access could be included in national and regional research and educational policies. Lars Bjornshauge, from the IFLA Presidential Working Group on Open Access, introduced the IFLA Statement on Open Access which was disseminated at the meeting.”

African Library Summit

“From 11-13 May the African Library Summit 2011 took place in South Africa. This event was organised by UNISA, the University of South Africa Library in close cooperation with IFLA and focused on the Future of African Librarianship. Establishing partnerships, enhancing collaboration between libraries and the development of a strong LIS sector in Africa are important issues to take up coming out of the Summit.”

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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