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Great Momentum for Latin America & the Caribbean // Gran impulso para Latinoamerica y el Caribe

This post is in English and in Spanish.

Este post esta en Ingles y en Espanol.

IMG_6792I am so happy I shared quality time with my Latino brothers and sisters this past week in Panama. We gathered in Panama for a great week with IFLA Latin America & Caribbean Section (IFLA LAC), IFLA Management of Library Associations Section (IFLA MLAS) and Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) programme. IFLA President-Elect, Gloria Perez-Salmeron, and IFLA’s Secretary General Designate, Geral Leitner brought with them good IFLA energy.

Personally, it was an honor to share news about IFLA’s advocacy efforts and how libraries can become part of their country’s national development plans during my talk about “Libraries, Advocacy and the 2030 Agenda” as Chair of IFLA Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP). It was fantastic to present this two-part session to strengthen our LAC region with Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager Development Programmes. I was very proud to present in my mother-tonge, Spanish. My presentation is available in English and Spanish on Slideshare.IMG_6697

Growing up as a Caribbean woman in Puerto Rico, I learned to love the Caribbean, my region. Caribbean countries share some fantastic music, food, unique friendly people and amazing weather. I was ecstatic to converse, exchange library news and collaborate side by side with my Latinoamericanos. I’ve been working with the LAC region for a long time and it was great to meet with colleagues and friends, and to meet newer and very active library leaders.

IMG_6793A Scientific Seminar entitled “Transforming the LAC region through libraries” including the following topics opened this special week: libraries as cultural centers, international advocacy with regional and national implementation, advocacy and the 2030 Agenda, coppyright reform, Marrakesh Treaty, library associations in Latin America and the Caribbean, mapping of public libraries, IFLA IAP, and the IFLA Trend Report. This week was all about connecting, unity, working together, and building common strategies!

The week included a Building Strong Library Associations (BSLA) Workshop where the attendees signed the powerful Panama Intention Letter IFLA LAC to work for the benefit of the LAC members  and society in general! There is strength in numbers! IFLA LAC and IFLA MLAS held their midterm meetings during the week as well.

It was a joyous occasion to meet with 76 participants from 30 library associations.

I would like to personally recognize and give huge thanks to the team that masterfully organized the event:

IFLA Committee

  • Sueli Mara S. P. Ferreira, IFLA LAC Chair
  • Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager Development Programmes
  • Barbara Schleihagen, IFLA MLAS Chair
  • Alicia Ocaso, ABU, IFLA LAC
  • Ana Maria Talavera, CBP, IFLA LAC

PANAMA Committee

  • Micdonia Quirós, ABP President
  • Octavio Castillo, Universidad de Panama
  • Guadalupe G. de Rivera, Biblioteca Nacional de Panama

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IMG_6792Estoy muy contenta de haber compartido tiempo de calidad con mis hermanos y hermanas latin@s esta pasada semana en Panamá. Nos reunimos en Panamá para una gran semana con el Comité Permanente de la Sección de América Latina y el Caribe (IFLA LAC), el Comité Permanente de la Sección de Gestión de Asociaciones de Bibliotecas (IFLA MLAS) y el Programa Construyendo Asociaciones de Bibliotecas Fuertes (IFLA BSLA). La Presidenta Electa de la IFLA, Gloria Pérez-Salmerón y el Secretario General Designado, Gerald Leitner brindaron con ellos mucha buena energía de la IFLA.

Personalmente, fue un honor el compartir noticias acerca de los esfuerzos de advocacy, denfensoría y promoción de la IFLA y cómo las bibliotecas pueden formar parte del plan nacional de desarrollo de sus paises, durante mi ponencia acerca de “Bibliotecas, Denfensoría, Promoción y la Agenda 2030.” La cual presenté como el Chair del Programa Acción para el Desarrollo por medio de las Bibliotecas (ALP) del cual BSLA es un componente. Fue fantástico el presentar esta sección en dos partes para fortalecer nuestra region de LAC con Fiona Bradley, Gerente para Programas de Desarrollo de la IFLA. Estoy muy orgullosa de haber presentado en mi lengua maternal, el español. Mi presentación está disponible en inglés y español en Slideshare.

Al crecer como una mujer caribeña en Puerto Rico, aprendí a amar el Caribe y a Latinoamérica. Particularmente en mi caso, los paises caribeños comparten una música y comida fantástica, gente muy amigable y un clima espectacular. Estuve super emocionada de conversar, intercambiar noticias bibliotecarias y colaborar lado a lado con mis Latinoamericanos. He estado trabajando con la region de LAC por largo tiempo y fué grandioso el reunirme con amigos y colegas, y el conocer líderes muy activos.

El Seminario Científico “Transformando la región de LAC a traves de las bibliotecas” abrió la semana de trabajos e incluyó los siguientes tópicos: bibliotecas como centros culturales, defensoria y promoción internacional con implementación regional y nacional, defensoria y promoción y la Agenda 2030, la reforma de derecho de autor, el Tratado Marrakesh, asociaciones de bibliotecas en América Latina y el Caribe, mapeo de bibliotecas públicas, IFLA Advocacy Internacional (IAP), y el Reporte de Tendencias de la IFLA. Esta semana fue toda acerca de conectarse, unidad, trabajar juntos y construir estrategias comunes.

La semana incluyó un Taller de Fortalecimiento de las Asociaciones Bibliotecarias (BSLA) y como resultado los participantes firmaron una poderosa Carta de Intención de Panama IFLA LAC, para trabajar en beneficio de los miembros de la region y la sociedad en general! En la union está la fuerza! IFLA LAC y IFLA MLAS tuvieron su reunion de mitad de término durante esta semana igualmente.

El encuentro de 76 participantes provenientes de 30 asociaciones de bibliotecas fue una ocasion de gran regocijo.

Me gustaría personalmente reconocer y darle muchas gracias al equipo de trabajo que magistralmente organizó el evento:

Comité de la IFLA

  • Sueli Mara S. P. Ferreira, IFLA LAC Chair
  • Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager Development Programmes
  • Barbara Schleihagen, IFLA MLAS Chair
  • Alicia Ocaso, ABU, IFLA LAC
  • Ana María Talavera, CBP, IFLA LAC

Comité de PANAMA

  • Micdonia Quirós, ABP Presidente
  • Octavio Castillo, Universidad de Panamá
  • Guadalupe G. de Rivera, Biblioteca Nacional de Panamá
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Saving Lives: library services to diverse populations, immigrants & refugees- presentation

I would like to thank the German Library Association for the opportunity to speak about library services to immigrants and refugees at the 6th Library Congresss Leipzig 2016 in March. My presentation is available on Slideshare. Here’s an excerpt of the presentation:

GermanLib2016_screenshotLibraries are vital centers for diverse populations including immigrants, refugees and multi-lingual people. There are 232 million of migrants worldwide with USA and Germany in the top countries receiving migrants. As per the UnitedNations, in 2014 there were 59.5 million people forcibly displaced with 19.5 million of those being refugees which might have doubled in 2015.

My presentation covered topics such as core principals and guidelines to serve these populations as recently published on IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto and Accompanying Toolkit, and best practices and models from academic, public, school libraries meeting the needs of immigrants, migrants, refugees and multi-lingual people in communities in the U.S. and in other regions of the globe. These libraries partnered with government, public and private agencies to develop collections, programs and services to meet needs related to education, digital innovation, health, housing, jobs, literacy and women empowerment among others.

I also shared early findings and initial recommendations based on early research results of my study about public libraries serving immigrants and refugees in the USA. The presentation sought to engage librarians and decision makers by starting a conversation about the what, why, when and how of building a library that welcomes and serves diverse populations and in the process saves lives.

Libraries, Advocacy and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

I would like to share news from a recent online event I coordinated about Libraries, Advocacy and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The following is a piece published on the website of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.  It is available in Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish. Direct link to website.

 

We are pleased to share a link to the archive and an excerpt of the online event “Libraries, Advocacy and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda” which supports the new IFLA Toolkit, “Libraries and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda.” IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the New Professionals SIG with the Management of Library Associations Section partnered with the American Library Association to present the one-hour webinar.

Libraries are extremely important for sustainable development, therefore it was of vital importance to present an online event featuring best practices and models to advocate for access to information.  Additionally, we would like to emphasize the continuing professional development element included in staying up-to-date with these matters relevant to place libraries in the national development agendas. Continuing development is key to develop skills for increased advocacy and visibility in the local community so that libraries can succeed in implementing the need of access of information and develop towards the future.

The new toolkit launched by IFLA which will help you to advocate to your national and regional policy makers to make sure that libraries and access to information are included as part of national and regional development plans that will contribute to meeting the global 2030 Agenda.  As these plans are developed, the library community in each country will have a clear opportunity to communicate to their government leaders how libraries serve as cost-effective partners for advancing their development priorities. Advocacy is essential now to secure recognition for the role of libraries as engines of local development, and to ensure that libraries receive the resources needed to continue this work. The process will be different in each country, and many have already decided how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be implemented nationally.  In order to help advocates, librarians and library associations show that they can drive progress across the entire 2030 Agenda, IFLA is encouraging all library advocates to take action now.

We invite our colleagues to listen to the recording of the webinar and see the presentation slides.

During the online event, Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager of Development Programmes, discussed the new IFLA Toolkit. Although the process will be different in each country, the Toolkit will help those involved in national advocacy to:

Understand the UN 2030 Agenda process, and IFLA’s advocacy

Understand how the UN 2030 Agenda will be implemented at the national level

Organise meetings with policymakers to demonstrate the contribution libraries and access to information make to national development, and across the SDGs

Monitor the UN 2030 Agenda and implementation of the SDGs

Tell library users about the SDGs

Niclas Lindberg, Secretary General of the Swedish Library Association and member of the Management of Library Associations Section, provided information about how their library association strategized positioning libraries on the agenda of decision makers in their country. Their model included advocacy to support access to information on the SDGs, communication and meetings with members of the government and elected officials, and ongoing engagement with officers coordinating the national development agenda advocacy.

Loida Garcia-Febo, IFLA Governing Board Member, coordinated the online event and shared a first-hand account of advocacy at the United Nations during the Working Open Group meetings and Intergovernmental Negotiations which were the participatory mechanisms followed by the United Nations to produce the final document with the SDGs. She emphasized the powerful role played by IFLA members and advocates worldwide collaborating as a global team united by a common goal.

Don’t miss an opportunity to apply or submit a nomination for international awards & travel grants.

Dear colleagues: I am sharing a note sent by our ALA International Relations Office.

Don’t miss an opportunity to apply or submit a nomination for these awards and travel grants!

 

 

  • Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund– ALA is accepting applications for the 2016 Bogle Pratt International Library Travel Fund sponsored by the Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA personal member to attend their first international conference. DEADLINE: January 1

 

  • Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship– The award consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate. All nominations should include, as appropriate, personal history or curriculum vitae, with emphasis on achievements related to international librarianship; bibliography, critical reviews, articles, etc.; and letters seconding the nomination or other letters of commendation or appreciation. DEADLINE: January 1

 

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 Garcia-Febo elected to a 2nd term on the IFLA Governing Board

Dear colleagues,

I am deeply honored and truly humbled to have been elected by IFLA members to serve on the IFLA Governing Board for a second term. I look forward to continue working with IFLA Members, Partners and Staff to develop strong libraries for equal and innovative societies worldwide. I thank you for your confidence Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North, Central and South America!

Complete announcement, here http://www.ifla.org/node/9590

Results of election of Governing Board 2015-2017

I am pleased to announce that following the recent Governing Board elections the 2015-2017 Governing Board to be led by President Donna Scheeder will comprise:

President-Elect:

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón (Spain)

Elected Members:

Name Number of votes
1.   Glòria Pérez-Salmerón (Spain) 1164 (withdrawn)
2.   Loida Garcia-Febo (United States) 2nd term 1133
3.   Ngian Lek Choh (Singapore) 2nd term 1043
4.   Victoria Owen (Canada) 1039
5.   Kirsten Boelt (Denmark) 1037
6.   Maria-Carme Torras i Calvo(Norway) 1026 (withdrawn)
7.   Andrew McDonald (United Kingdom) 1004
8.   Ellen Ndeshi Namhila (Namibia) 2nd term 980
9.   Christine Wellems (Germany) 889
10. Christine Mackenzie (Australia) 717
11. Ágnes Hajdu Barát (Hungary) 664
12. Margaret Allen (Australia) 635

New roles of librarians in the 21st Century

Here is the link to the recording of IFLA’s webinar in Spanish “Nuevos roles de los bibliotecarios en el Siglo 21” (New roles of librarians in the 21st Century).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdIXZ8oyMKE&feature=youtu.be

Full description of the webinar as announced:

Join our conversation in Spanish about the new roles of librarians. This webinar is especially designed to motivate everyone to think about the new jobs available for librarians. The latest technological advances and the rapid information flow are providing new avenues for librarians to go beyond traditional roles. Through these roles librarians are increasingly contributing to the areas of research, science, health, government, ecology, museums, archives, information centers, corporations and many more areas of our daily lives. Currently, we have librarians directing news departments for television channels, government departments, information centers in mining companies, sport centers, and ecological and political departments dedicated to development. This is a wonderful time for our profession. Through our new roles we are benefiting our world.

Speakers: Yamira Santiago  y  Santiago Villegas

Yamira Santiago:

Computer Science Researcher. Aviation Safety Program, Nasa Langley Research Center atthe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Hampton, Virginia, USA.

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/snapshot_ysantiago.html

 Santiago Villegas:

Digital strategist for Knowledge Management: Using Social Media, Digital Marketing, Web 3.0 (Semantic) and ICT to promote innovation and development of organizations, companies and cities. Colombia.

http://www.reddebibliotecas.org.co/Noticias2012/Paginas/SantiagoVillegasBibliotecologo.aspx

The webinar was part of two new webinar series in Portuguese in Spanish for Latin America and the Caribbean presented by IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group in partnership with IFLA Latin America and the Caribbean Section and the School of Information, Documentation and Library Sciences of the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Literature of the University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto Campus (USP) in Brazil.

Making the Leap to Library Leadership – Free IFLA/ALA webinar

Join us on April 15 at 2:00 p.m. CDT:

Making the Leap to Library Leadership – Free IFLA/ALA webinar.

From the NPSIG website:

New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations
Title: Making the Leap to Library Leadership

April 16, 2015
2:00 p.m. CDT
3:00 p.m. EDT
9:00 p.m. CET
World Clock http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Link to access the virtual meeting room – http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r6ljsyd50e1/

Speakers:

  • Eva Dahlbäck; Acting Head of Customer Service, University of Stockholm
  • Kimberly Sweetman, Library Consultant (Based in Amsterdam)

Description:

This webinar is designed both for people who have been called upon to serve a leadership role and those who wish to take on more leadership responsibility.  The session will outline essential skills for twenty-first century library leaders and help participants to gain a deeper understanding of their own role, as well as that of their department and library, within the larger picture of their umbrella organization. Topics such as emotional intelligence, professional comportment, understanding organizational culture, change management and intellectual agility will be covered in a practical, non-theoretical way.  This webinar is designed to be a small taste of what is offered at such institutes so that participants can begin to chart a course for personal leadership development.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will develop an understanding of essential skills for library leaders.
  • Participants will become familiar with the tools for understanding the larger picture of higher education administration.
  • Participants will learn how to better know their organization to be a more successful leader.

Access to information & the Post2015 development agenda

scheeder-garcia-febo-un-feb-2015This week I am at the United Nations in New York advocating for access to information at the #post2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations. Here I am sharing an article posted by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) about our advocacy efforts this past February. Excerpt from the intervention by IFLA President-Elect, Donna Scheeder:

I wanted to remind delegates that in moving forward we must pay attention to a different kind of poverty that has not been mentioned much here – information poverty.

Information and knowledge really are the foundation for making progress towards sustainable development. Without access to information, people will lack the means to take the crucial decisions needed to improve their lives.

Increased access to information is a cross-cutting issue that will contribute to the achievement of all goals – whether in health, education, transparency and accountability: all goals will benefit from people being able to know more about how to achieve them.

And we – libraries – can help you get there. There are over 320,000 public libraries worldwide, and hundreds of thousands of school and research libraries – in all of your countries. Librarians are skilled information professionals who can be strong partners in increasing access to information. And we can help people gain the information literacy skills needed to improve their lives.

So when considering how we do this, let’s make sure we use the institutions who can help open up the datasets, knowledge resources and provide access to the ICTs people need to achieve sustainable development.

We look forward to being partners in the data revolution and helping us get to 2030 in great shape.”

Successful new professional development series for Latin America and the Caribbean

I am pleased to share an article I published on the website of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) with Sueli Mara Ferreira, a colleague from the University of Brazil and IFLA LAC, about our teamwork to present a free professional development online series for Latin America and the Caribbean in Portuguese and Spanish. Below, I have included an excerpt. Read the entire article here.

More than 1,700 librarians and information professionals participated of anew series of free webinars presented in November 2014, in Portuguese and Spanish for Latin America and the Caribbean by IFLA’s Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) and the New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) in partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Section (LAC) and the School of Information, Documentation and Library Sciences of the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Literature of the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Campus (USP) in Brazil.

The webinars represent an expansion of the successful series “New Professionals Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations” held since 2012 in English by CPDWL and NPSIG in partnership with the American Library Association.