Archive for the ‘IFLA’ Category

ST 16/12: IFLA Dialogue

August 28, 2012

Opening statement from the IFLADIAL Working Group

On Saturday, August 11, at the very start of the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2012 in Helsinki, all Section officers – including Special Interest Groups’ Convenors – were invited to the Leadership Brief arranged by the Professional Committee (PC). There was great interest in this meeting – the room was full at 8AM.

The formal agenda had four information items; the final point was devoted to “questions and discussion”. Many of the participants clearly wanted a more participatory meeting, and said so during the debate.
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ST 15/12: Bibliotecas publicas en Chile

August 26, 2012

Las estadísticas sobre las bibliotecas de Chile se estan desarrollando año por año.

RED DE BIBLIOTECAS PÚBLICAS, NÚMERO DE BIBLIOTECAS DEPENDIENTES O EN CONVENIOS CON LA DIBAM, POR REGIÓN. 2010

  • Total Bibliotecas Públicas*: 458
  • Bibliotecas Centrales: 424
  • Bibliotecas Filiales: 34

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ST 11/12: IFLA papers in statistics and evaluation

August 21, 2012

The following papers about library statistics were presented in Helsinki:

Session 76 — Crisis? What crisis? The use of statistics and data for libraries at a turning point — Statistics and Evaluation

  • 2nd. National Census of Dominican Libraries: vital statistics at a turning point [2do. Censo Nacional de Bibliotecas Dominicanas: estadísticas vitales en un momento decisivo] YUMARYS ALT. POLANCO-ALMONTE and CÉLIDA ÁLVAREZ-ARMENTEROS (Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (BNPHU), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
  • Supporting strategic change through statistics of virtual library usage. SEBASTIAN MUNDT (Stuttgart Media University, Stuttgart, Germany). Picture, left
  • Measuring the public library’s societal value: a methodological research program. FRANK HUYSMANS (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands) and MARJOLEIN OOMES (Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries, The Hague, Netherlands). Picture, right

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ST 10/12: A model analysis of the library sector

August 20, 2012

I am impressed by South Africa’s Library and Information Services (LIS)  Transformation Charter (July 2009, 6th Draft).

The document, which is available on the web, gives a clear, detailed, forceful and realistic analysis of the country’s  library sector. It also includes useful statistical data.

The report shows that libraries must be understood in their local context and as part of broad social processes:

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