#EmergingInternationalVoices is now up!

The 19 #EmergingInternationalVoices

I have been sharing all over social media about this so you've probably heard of it from me. Last September 23, the website for Emerging International Voices was launched along with the articles of 19 young participants all over the globe. This is a joint project of IFLA and Goethe Institut. 

Visit the website, get to know the participants, and sign up for upcoming webinars:

IFLA or the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is the leading international body representing the interests of people who rely on libraries and information professionals. The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. They promote the study of the German language abroad and encourage international cultural exchange.

The articles are written by young librarians and library advocates about the state of digital libraries in their countries. Due to the pandemic, libraries and librarians have to think of creative and innovative ways to adapt and still serve their users even with the new challenges.

After reading the articles of the other participants, I realized that most of us especially libraries in developing countries are facing similar problems and challenges. I really admire the projects and efforts of these young librarians in their countries. 

The articles show an interesting cross-section of the situations libraries all over the world face. There are also good examples of new digital library services. 

I like the idea behind the project. I think this is one effective way to promote the profession and show the 'new generation' of librarians. I hope there is something similar for local young librarians.

We had our first online meeting via Zoom last October 2. I also hope to connect and learn from the other participants.

Free webinars for the public on Digital Libraries

This October 8 (Thursday) will be the first of three planned webinars on digital libraries. The theme is "Digital(ised) Libraries: Why? What? How?"

About: The first session will focus on what we mean when we talk about digital libraries. We want participants to be able to explore the different ways in which digital tools can enhance existing library services, as well as making it possible to offer new ones. The focus will be put on the process of creating digital libraries: how can we make sure that we create platforms that suit the users’ needs? 

📆  When: October 8, 2020 (Thursday)
⏰  Time: 7-8 PM Philippine Time or 1-2 PM CEST
✍️  Register: via Zoom

Speakers: Partha Pratim Das (National Digital Library of India) and Katie Moffat (The Audience Agency)

To register and know more about the next webinars on October 15 and 22, please visit the website.

About the Project

"They are young, they are bold and they are connected – and they are the future of our libraries. 19 emerging international voices discuss the role of digital libraries – and digital technologies in libraries – in their countries. Join the discussion and participate in a series of online seminars with the best experts in the field.

The three online seminars will take place on the 8th, 15th, and 22nd October 2020 at 1PM - 2 PM CEST and will be open to the public. The seminars will be followed by a 45-minute masterclass with the speakers during which the participants of the Emerging International Voices Programme will have a chance to discuss the subject further. The outcomes of the project will be published on a platform as well as the IFLA website in the form of statements and articles by the participants as well as a collection of best practice examples of libraries worldwide engaging with their communities digitally.

This is a joint project of the Goethe-Institut and IFLA. Its long-term purpose is to establish an international network of young individuals engaged in library advocacy in their countries. The participants had been chosen by the local Goethe-Institutes in an open call process."

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