Category Archives: IFLA

Big bunch of items from various sources

Most of these are articles, but this one is a presentation.

A Very Embedded Librarian: Using Captive Audiences (and a Bus) to Build Collaborative Relationships” by Alexander J. Carroll

The first step to creating collaboration opportunities is building relationships with faculty. For science librarians at major research universities, this poses a significant challenge as research faculty often work at research sites far from campus. This talk will highlight the experiences of a science librarian who, along with several other new faculty hires, embarked on a statewide bus tour of a number of university affiliated research sites. The talk will demonstrate how taking advantage of captive audience opportunities can give a librarian access to faculty who otherwise might never open their doors to collaboration.

Collaboration Success in the Dataverse Libraries as Digital Humanities Research Partners” by Sue Owen, Deb Verhoeven, Anne Horn, and Sabina Robertson

At Deakin, the Humanities Networked Infrastructure project (HuNI), has paved new ground for facilitating the effective use and re-use of humanities research data. HuNI is one of the first large-scale eResearch infrastructure projects for the humanities in Australia and the first national, cross-disciplinary Virtual Laboratory (VL) worldwide.

And, here are some IFLA papers.

Reparation through reading: a collaborative approach to adult and family literacy in Western Australian prisons” by Jane Jones.

An estimated 70% of adult prisoners in Western Australia have literacy issues to some extent. Poor literacy is generational – parents with low literacy skills struggle to support their children in attaining the experiences they need to develop good reading habits and school readiness skills. Therefore supporting the literacy needs of prisoners gives them a better chance of finding a job or continuing their education on release and can contribute to breaking the cycle of generational illiteracy.

Literacies for academic and professional purposes: Two collaboration projects with the University Library” by Ika Jorum, Maria Eklund Heinonen

Academic literacies among high school students and university students have been a highly discussed topic for several years in Sweden as well as other countries. Results of PISA show that high school students’ reading skills deteriorate and university teachers have given alarming reports on students’ decreasing abilities on the critical assessment of sources and academic writing.

Collaboration for school library legislation and school library development in Sweden” by Maud Hell

The importance of school libraries in Sweden has varied. For a long time, they were mentioned in the Library Act, but they were not mandatory. Over the last decade, important stakeholders collaborated in the effort to change the legislation. In 2011, the Swedish Education Act made access to school libraries mandatory for all types of schools. Advocacy engagement led to this change in legislation. Advocacy is still needed, for defining development and refining the legislation.

Rethinking library resource sharing: new models for collaboration

Access the white paper for the presentation “Rethinking library resource sharing: new models for collaboration” from the IFLA World Library and Information Congress held in August 2013.

This presentation provides an overview of how resource sharing services are evolving to meet changing user needs for digital and global information. It also reviews some of the tools and standards that resource sharing practitioners are using to improve services, and highlights some of the emerging library partnerships/collaborations that are reshaping the boundaries of library and information resource sharing.

Papers at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Singapore

There are many relevant papers that will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress, August 17-23, 2013 in Singapore.

By John Stephen Agbenyo and Aaron Kuwornu:

Collaborative Innovations-Making Libraries More Relevant in Society

There are more than 230,000 public and community libraries in developing and transitioning countries. With the advent of technology, many libraries appear to have become irrelevant and are gradually losing their position and role. Further, with heightened focus on Millennium Development Goals as the 2015 deadline becomes imminent, libraries need to position themselves to play a role in meeting these goals. The contribution of public libraries to the development of countries is under-valued and un-tapped. This assertion is noted in a communiqué released at the African Public Libraries Summit in Johannesburg in September 2012 that challenged African Libraries to: 1. Be essential hubs for development, and be catalysts for community development with potential to transform people’s livelihoods; 2. Develop partnerships with other development workers to ensure that they remain relevant to the needs of the communities; The presentation provides an analysis of a partnership between Northern Regional Library in Ghana and Savana Signatures, a Northern Ghana based NGO. The presentation will show how this partnership has contributed to the Library, which is now seen as a major stakeholder in developmental discourse and practice. Analysis focuses on two activities resulting from the partnership: (1) On the Last Thursday of every month, Savana Signatures partners the Library to organise the Northern ICT4D Forum. This open event is hosted by the library and brings together development experts and members of the general public to discuss the role of ICT in community development. (2) The Technology for Maternal Health Project . Launched in 2012, the Project sends SMS messages with health information to the mobile phones of pregnant women. For both projects, the partners have put in place rigorous monitoring and evaluation processes. The paper is based on results of these processes.

By Madeleine Lefebvre:

The Library, the City, and Infinite Possibilities: Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre Project

Ryerson is a dynamic university in the heart of Toronto, the largest and most diverse city in Canada. In the last decade the university has undergone rapid expansion from a 9000 student polytechnic to a comprehensive university of almost 30,000 students, offering programs at all levels. The three goals of the University’s 2008 Master Plan are: urban intensification; people first (pedestrianization of the urban environment); and a commitment to design excellence. At the Master Plan announcement Sheldon Levy, Ryerson President, said “With energetic partnerships and great ideas, our aim is to move Ryerson and Toronto forward together”. Numerous inventive partnerships have been formed since then. The first new building since the Master Plan was the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), which houses a large image bank of twentieth century photo-journalism from the Black Star Agency. Next, The Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) rose from Maple Leaf Gardens, an iconic 1930s building famous for ice hockey, Elvis, and the Beatles. In partnership with a national grocery chain the MAC houses new student athletic facilities, an ice arena, and a huge supermarket. Third is the Student Learning Centre (SLC), to be built on Yonge Street, the major spine of Toronto. The current Library is a 1970s brutalist book warehouse. This building is completely inadequate in size, functionality and ambience for our users. The new SLC, designed by Snøhetta (Oslo) and Zeidler (Toronto) satisfies the three tenets of the Master plan. It will provide a window and gateway to Ryerson. The transparent building will focus on student learning support, individual study and collaborative space. There will be no bookstacks. The two library buildings will be organically connected. Retail stores will occupy the street face at ground level and below, to revitalize the street. Completion is planned for 2015. This paper describes the philosophy, the landscape, the planning, the design, the collaborations, and the challenges of this exciting project.

By Sam Boss, Fang Jiazhong & Zhang Jiangshun:

The Intersection of Design and Culture: The New Guangzhou Library and Its Relationship to the City

A new facility for the Guangzhou Library was recently completed, and it is currently among the largest in China. It is situated on Flower City Square in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang New City, which is home to the city’s most modern cultural institutions. It was designed by an international team from Japan and China. The design is based on the Chinese character “之”, and its exterior walls are inspired by a collection of books, an idea the designers call “美丽书籍”, or “Beautiful Books.” The facility is a cultural landmark and represents a new direction in architecture and design for Chinese libraries. The paper explores the facility’s relationship with the square and the surrounding institutions, the Guangzhou Opera House, the Guangdong Museum, and the Second Children’s Palace. Additionally, the paper examines both the exterior and interior designs of the facility to show how it not only represents a break from traditional library design in China, but also the ways in which design and planning have created a library that captures the spirit of the city and is prepared to engage with and meet the various needs of its users.

And, there are probably some others.

Australian State Library commits Wikipedia with GLAM residency

“Wikipedia is set to experience a dramatic increase in Australian content with the State Library of NSW becoming the first Australian cultural institution to engage a GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Wikipedian-in-residence.”

Open collaboration–open society

This article is from the IFLA Journal (subscription required to read the full text.) The Finnish Library System: Open Collaboration for an Open Society, by Kimmo Tuominen, Jyväskylä University Library and Jarmo Saarti, University of Eastern Finland Library.

Abstract – The article presents a short history of Finnish libraries and librarianship. The written culture in Finland started in the 15th century AD. The Reformation meant the eventual outbreak of the Finnish culture, both from the point of view of the religious and academic cultures. The Academy of Turku was established in 1640. The public library network started to evolve from the 17th century onward. From the beginning of the independence, i.e. 1917, libraries have played an important part in the development of an open and democratic society. At present there are public libraries in all the municipalities as defined by the Public Library Act, in addition to the Finnish higher education and special libraries that constitute a modern library network open to all citizens that utilizes modern library technologies.