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IFLA WLIC 2021 – get your e-Library ticket now!

This year’s World Library and Information Congress (WLIC), the annual big-tent event put on by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), was delivered virtually over a three-day period. In pre-pandemic times, WLICs take place over a six- or seven-day period, with hundreds of standing committee meetings, paper sessions, governance meetings, poster and vendor exhibitions and cultural events taking place. This years virtual alternative strove to bring together some of the magic of being together in-person, whilst also delivering new kinds of content and sessions, and also across multiple time-zones to a global audience. One of the major benefits of...



With the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights’ (SCCR) thirty-fourth session at World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) approaching, we would be very grateful if we could draw on the Rare Books and Special Collections Section’s experience in order to strengthen our arguments. We need, as ever, to maintain the pressure for an international instrument which will not only keep up the pressure for copyright reform nationally, but will also allow libraries to operate internationally. The more we can present national delegates with evidence from their own countries, the more likely we are to convince them.  IFLA’s work at WIPO...


RBSC seeking members for Standing Committee

The Rare Books and Special Collections Section invites you to serve on our standing committee! We are especially looking for members from Central and South America, Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa, to complement our existing membership. IFLA has expectations of all standing committee members, who serve up to two four-year terms. In particular you are expected to make the effort to attend Standing Committee meetings, which take place at Congresses; the Section also has virtual or real mid-term meetings, and otherwise contribute to the work of the section, primarily conducted by email between congresses. Standing Committee members are elected in...


Helping the profession to define new standards for preservation

In August 2016, IFLA launched the survey on standards, guidelines, and best practises for the preservation and conservation of library materials. Why are we doing this? In the IFLA Strategic Plan, it states that IFLA will help with developing standards for the collection and preservation of content in its diverse forms.  In order to start this task, we have created a survey which will give us an overview of what standards, guidelines, and best practises are currently used by the profession when it comes to preservation and conservation or any materials held in libraries. The aim of the survey is...


Report from the IFLA Sri Lanka PAC Centre – Testing Aqua Fumigator (Cyphenothrin 72%) against insect pests of library books in Sri Lanka

The IFLA PAC Center of Sri Lanka conducted recent research on pest control. The members of the advisory committee of Sri Lanka IFLA PAC Center provided their support and expert assistance in this study. Cyphenothrin 72%- Aqua Fumigator is a well known commercial product which has been used in Sri Lanka to control library pests since the 1990s. The product was not imported during the last few years due to delay of local chemical registration processes to reimport. An experiment was designed to measure the effectiveness of fumigation to advise the librarians in the country. The fumigations were carried out...


Report from the IFLA Asia PAC Centre – Conservation activities using washi

This is the first of an ongoing series of reports from the IFLA Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centres regarding their activities and future work in their regions.  The National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) was designated the IFLA/PAC Regional Centre for Asia (PAC Asia) in 1989. PAC Asia was established in order to enhance awareness throughout Asia of the importance of preservation and conservation activities by distributing information, organizing training programs, and conducting other forms of research. Given that Asia is a vast area with a great variety of languages, cultures, and climates, PAC Asia’s task is no simple one, but...


Conference round-up: “A common international standard for rare materials? Why? And how?” (22 February 2016, Lisbon)

On the 22nd of February 2016, the IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section delivered a one-day conference, hosted by the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, on the topic of changing trends in international descriptive standards for rare materials. The conference, entitled “A common international standard for rare materials? Why? And how?” provided a platform for 10 presentations from speakers from institutions from the United States, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden, and was attended by over 70 delegates from 14 different countries. A full programme of this conference can be found in a previous post on this blog, and...


Registration OPEN: “A common international standard for rare materials cataloguing? Why? And how?”

“A common international standard for rare materials cataloguing? Why? And how?” 22nd February 2016, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (Lisbon), 10am-6pm Registration is now open for this one-day conference being held at the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (Lisbon) on the 22February 2016, sponsored by the IFLA Rare Books & Special Collections Section and the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. This conference will aim to bring the discussion of changing trends and standards for the description of early printed books and special collections in all formats, for instance archives, audio-visual and born-digital material, to an international stage. In an age when catalogues and...

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