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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

WSIS Presentations Available

WSIS Session

Copies of presentations delivered at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2011, which was recently held in Geneva are now available.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

WSIS Forum, May 19, in Geneva: Remote Access Available

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is holding its 2011 Forum in Geneva, Switzerland on May 16-20.  Part of the meeting will be an Interactive Facilitation Meeting on Open Access.  A new IFLA Statement on Open Access will also be introduced at the meeting.

Remote participation via a webcast will also be provided; check the WSIS website for further information when it becomes available.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

Emerald Insight Publishes Articles from IFLA Conferences

Through a special partnership with IFLA, Emerald Insight has begun publishing papers that were presented at IFLA conferences.  The first group of 14 articles has been published in 4 Emerald journals.  Nine months after publication, the articles become open access and freely available.  You can read all the details here.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor