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Promise, progress... and persistent problems: catching up on the situation for eLending in the United States

The past year has underlined how essential it is for libraries to be able to offer access to content digitally. With major expansion in demand from users, there have been both welcome moves from publishers to facilitate access, but also increasingly clear evidence of underlying challenges in the eBook market. We interviewed Sari Feldman and Alan Inouye, ALA, to get an update.

6 April 2021 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, eBooks, United States of America, elending, e-Lending

IFLA joins organisations globally in calling for COVID TRIPS waiver to facilitate research, education and cultural participation

IFLA has joined with partners in signing a call for World Trade Organisation Members to make it clear that where intellectual property rights make it more difficult to tackle COVID-19 and its consequences, governments should be able to take steps to enable use of protected works.

25 March 2021 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, World Trade Organization (WTO), TRIPS

Access not Administrative Burdens: IFLA signs letter on special trade provisions for least developed countries

IFLA has lent its support to efforts to ensure that least developed countries continue to enjoy greater flexibilities and lower administrative requirements in implementing trade deals. Retaining these possibilities will support investment, and more favourable laws, for education and research, and the libraries that support them.

9 March 2021 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright exceptions and limitations, trade deals, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Sustaining libraries in a digital world: Interview with Jennie Rose Halperin, Library Futures

Library Futures is a newly created organisation in the United States, focused on the questions facing libraries in the digital world, with a view both to supporting learning and capacity building on the ground, and advocating for policy change. We interviewed Jennie Rose Halperin, Executive Director of Library Futures, to find out more.

2 March 2021 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Digital resources, eLending

IFLA looking ahead on Copyright

2021 has begun and IFLA is already on the way to being a busy year. While all libraries are facing information access problems because of COVID-19, we are committed to continuing efforts to build better opportunities for users through improved legal frameworks for copyright. Find out what our plans and expectations are for 2021.

20 January 2021 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Cooperation, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Digital preservation, Freedom of information, International cooperation

Making the Decisions that Matter Better: IFLA Releases Statement on Open and Good Governance

IFLA has published a new statement on the role of library and information services in improving the way societies are governed, both through optimal decision-making within government, and effective scrutiny and engagement by parliaments and wider populations.

5 January 2021 | Access to information, Open government, Government libraries, Library and Research Services for Parliaments

An Electronic Content Crisis: Interview with the Library Association of Ireland

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance for libraries to be able to provide services to users through digital channels, and the serious challenges faced in doing so. We interviewed the Library Association of Ireland to find out more about the situation there, and what they are doing about it.

26 November 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Associations, Copyright, Digital resources, Ireland, COVID-19

IFLA continues raising awareness around library needs at WIPO

On 16-20 November 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization hosted the 40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). The objective of this meeting – the first in over a year – was to take stock of work so far, and explore steps forwards on the Committee’s agenda, including its work on exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives and museums.

23 November 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Cultural heritage, Development, Digital preservation, Education, WIPO; SCCR

IFLA Releases Checklist for Legal Deposit Laws

IFLA has released its checklist for legal deposit laws, aiming to help those analysing existing laws or planning new ones. It is intended to ensure that key issues or questions are not forgotten, but rather included in reflections on this key area of legislation for libraries and their users.

18 November 2020 | National Libraries, Access to knowledge, Preservation, legal deposit, web harvesting

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