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Brief from the Sustainable Development Summit within the United Nations General Assembly

IMG_4232 (1)During these past weeks I’ve been advocating about libraries and access to information, along with colleagues from IFLA, at events related to the Sustainable Development Summit which took place as part of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). I was able to have meaningful conversations with UN Member States, representatives from NGOs, civil society, private corporations and public agencies. All the Summit events including opening, statements from countries and adoption of the SDGs should be available on the UN Web TV.

I was fortunate to have been approved by the U.N. to attend the Sunday morning Summit plenary at the UNGA Hall where Presidents and Prime Ministers gave statements supporting the SDGs goals and targets and shared what their countries are doing to establish and implement the SDGs. A number of them included remarks about Goal 16. The President from Bosnia and Herzegovina mentioned that the world in 2030 should be a place where we respect human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction of any kind. The President of Bulgaria emphasized that Bulgaria will make every effort to foster peaceful and inclusive societies according to the rule of law. The Prime Minister of Italy said that his country is basing its national development plans on the five Ps and also peace keeping; they support Goal 16 just, peaceful and inclusive societies. The Prime Minister of Belgium expressed that freedom of expression, civil society and rule of law are very important to his country. Peace and security as well. He also said, “access to information for sustainable development should be encouraged,” which is a very positive statement for libraries and librarians because we provide access to millions around the globe.

On Tuesday, September 29, IFLA along with IREX and NYPL hosted Connecting the Next 4 Billion a successful reception to discuss why inclusive access to information and technology is imperative to meet the new development agenda, and how community spaces like libraries are already implementing this vision. I was happy to hear about how much attendees liked the event and the speakers. As a Governing Board Member of IFLA, it was fantastic to greet and engage in encouraging talks with attendees along with IFLA President Donna Scheeder, and IFLA Deputy Secretary General, Stuart Hamilton.

FullSizeRender (1)Although I’ve been advocating at the U.N. since January 2014 and my colleagues, our amazing global team and I are ecstatic that Target 16.10  of the SDGs reflects our advocacy efforts, I believe our work is only starting. We, the global library community, must continue working together to position libraries within the national development plans of each country. Together we can make it happen!

16.10 Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements


Loida’s 2014 – Recap

cropped-photo-23-e1421096391570.jpgNew year, new adventures. As I start 2015, I am reflecting on the the fantastic opportunities 2014 brought with it. As a Consultant, Speaker, and President of INW, I was very happy to keynote/coordinate events originated in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and USA. All in all, I partnered with organizations in 10 countries in four continents, and many states within the USA. It was a great year and I collaborated with amazing partners!

Other highlights included the following: I started the year, attending the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia in January. The ALA has more than 55,000 member and I am proud to be a member of its governing body, the ALA Council.

From January to August, I was honored to advocate for access to information while representing the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) as a speaker at various U.N. events, and at the United Nations Open Working Group (OWG) meetings related to the Post-2015 development goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be established in January 2016. You can read news from the events, meetings, OWG’s final outcome document, and the Synthesis Report from the U.N. Secretary General, here.

In June, I attended the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas where I spoke at the Asian Pacific American Librarians Associations/ President’s Program entitled, Immigration Reform, Asian Americans and Librarianship. I was also happy to Chair the Committee coordinating ALA’s International Reception and the ALA President’s Citation for Innovative International Library Projects. In June also, I spoke about privacy and data protection at an online event hosted by the IFLA Regional Office for Latin America & Caribbean.

In July, I was featured by the German Library Association as an International Library Leader on their BIX Magazine which is on its 15th edition and it is published once per year. I am still very humbled, honored and happy by this recognition.

In August, I spoke at various programs within the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France. These included a talk about information trends, another about advocacy and developing initiatives for strong library communities, and another entitled “MOOCs as access to information in developing countries: new ways to utilize ICTs to help meet challenges in the education sector.” As a member of the Governing Board of IFLA, it is great to attend these events and discuss strategies and progress made to provide access to information to everyone.  From September to December, I was fortunate to visit interesting countries to speak about advocacy, libraries, access to information, development, technology and other topics while keynoting in-person events such as the Evento GID in Colombia, and the Annual Conference of the Society of Librarians of Puerto Rico. It was great to keynote online events like Aprender3c based in Argentina. I closed the year attending the Winter meeting of the Governing Board (GB) of IFLA in The Hague in December. I attended both Spring and Winter meetings of the IFLA GB in 2014.

During this year, and as Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee of the REFORMA National Conference V, I’ve been encouraging donations to this enriching conference. Please, visit the website to donate. I also support the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Leroy C.Merritt Humanitarian Fund.

2014 was a good year. Sincere thanks to friends, colleagues and partners that made it possible. Here’s to 2015!

Acceso a la Información y Desarrollo: la importancia de la Declaración de Lyon

-Solely en Español

Gracias a los colegas de Infotecarios por publicar el siguiente articulo titulado Acceso a la Información y Desarrollo: la importancia de la Declaración de Lyon.

Parte de mi articulo en Infotecarios:

Les invito a trabajar fuertemente todos juntos para asegurarnos de que el acceso a la información permanezca en los informes y documentos de la ONU. Les motivo a que nos ayuden en esta labor firmando y promoviendo la Declaración de Lyon, y luego con las herramientas que IFLA desarrollará proximamente.  Trabajando unidos, podemos! Visite el siguiente enlace para firmar la Declaración de Lyon.

Enlace completo del articulo: http://www.infotecarios.com/acceso-la-informacion-y-desarrollo-la-importancia-de-la-declaracion-de-lyon/

Es un honor el collaborar en este esfuerzo para promover acceso a la information como parte central de la agenda de desarrollo para despues del 2015 (post-2015) en los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.



Libraries, Access to Information & the Post-2015 Development Framework

During this year, as a member of IFLA‘s Governing Board, I am collaborating with the IFLA team to advocate for access to information during the meetings of the U.N. Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have been successful in strategizing and partnering with civil society groups to ensure that access to information stayed on the final outcome document to be used for a new post2015 development framework.

Read more about IFLA’s activities here, and on the following posts:

UN Open Working Group’s Final Report Recognizes Access to Information 

IFLA Continues to Engage at the UN Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals

Twelfth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

10th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Tackles ‘Peaceful, No-violente Societies, Rule of Law’





Access to information and the power to transform communities – Spanish version

-This post comes in English and Spanish-

I thought of letting my Spanish-speaking friends know about this November 24. The Benjamin Franklin Library at the US Embassy in Mexico is presenting a webinar in Spanish about Access to information & the power to transform communities by Loida Garcia-Febo. It is based on my experience presenting international workshops about access to information on the Internet and health (as a member of IFLA/FAIFE). I will share basics strategies used to train librarians. I will also touch upon how we can help our communities with projects and possible partnerships.

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Pense en dejarles saber a mis amigos de habla Hispana acerca del 24 de noviembre cuando la Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Mexico presenta un webinar en espanol titulado Libre acceso a la informacion: el poder para transformar comunidades por Loida Garcia-Febo. Esta basado en mi experiencia presentando talleres internacionales acerca del acceso a la informacion en el Internet e informacion de salud (como miembro del comite IFLA/ FAIFE). Compartire estrategias basicas para entrenar bibliotecarios. Tambien incluire una seccion acerca de como podemos ayudar a nuestras comunidades con proyectos y posibles asociaciones para desarrollar iniciativas de impacto.

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