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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.

Cycling for Libraries

Today I am sharing a brief overview of what is probably the world’s longest library unconference, Cycling for Libraries. Two weeks, four countries, 80 participants and much energy! Created by Jukka Pennanen and Mace Ojala from Finland, this is so far one of the most creative and effective ways to advocate for libraries.

To top it all off, they lead a ‘library bike parade’ in Berlin to put libraries on the agenda of Berliners. IFLA Past President, Claudia Lux was one of the participants! They also presented at a session during the Conference, and spoke at a TWIL show

I will post edited videos and a more extended report later in July. In the picture above: Patrick Danowsky, Loida, Claudia Lux, Almuth Gastinger.

Jukka, Mace and their core working-group also coordinated seminars, library visits and answered questions from worldwide colleagues, literally on the-go. They also hosted a one-day conference in Berlin on June 6,  just before the 100 German Library Association Conference.  I was just glad to lead a discussion session about the Social Role of Libraries during this conference. 

In the picture to the left, Loida with Jukka Pennanen trying to decide where to place the flags to welcome librarians after the library bike parade.

Cycling for Libraries website: http://www.cyclingforlibraries.org/

Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=cyc4lib

My final thought: Would love to see Cycling the States for Libraries!

Using Social Media to Make the Case for Supporting Library Services

REFORMA/Webjunction first-ever webinar: Using Social Media to Make the Case for Supporting Library Services

View the archived webinar, audio, slides, chat, related links and discussion at http://www.webjunction.org/community-relations/articles/content/86131538.

Speakers: Meredith Farkas, Head of Instructional Initiatives at Norwich University; Fiona Bradley, IFLA Programme Coordinator ALP; Marci Merola, Director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy; Max Macias, Serials Technician at Portland Community College; and Loida Garcia-Febo, Assistant Coordinator New Americans Program and Special Services at Queens Library.



Advocacy: Keeping Libraries Open

Here are two videos with strategies for effective advocacy.  Part I features Elgin Community College Library (Illinois) and their strategies to win a referendum to build a new library. Part II features Queens Library (New York) and their efforts to keep libraries open including a rally at NYC City Hall.  They are available at Loida Time!

2009 Library Week

libraries_save_lives_hat-p148543183408581652tdto_210As a librarian, I celebrate library week every week.

 

This year we are celebrating libraries with massive advocacy events to call attention to the importance of programs and services provided to all in the community.

 

Libraries all over the United States have hosted rallies. The media has been wonderful providing TV coverage and developing news stories about the critical role of libraries in the community. Politicians are trying to figure things out. Last week, the President of the American Library Association sent a letter to President Obama.

 

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Library staff and volunteers are working very hard to save libraries, and are actively encouraging customers to sign petitions to keep libraries open. Here, Shanachie Jaap van de Geer signs a petition @ Queens Library.