The Year in Open Access (sort of a long read)


“As the Spanish poet Antonio Machado once wrote: ‘Caminante no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar’ (Traveller, there is no path. The path is made by walking).”

 Glòria Pérez-SalmerónAcceptance Speech, 24 August 2017; International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) President 2017-2019


Most summaries of open access focus on analysis of the present obstacles in the way of greater openness, the details of the day-to-day toil of wresting scholarship (which is often accomplished for the sake of the public good) from behind the paywalls of plutocrats— or what Ms. Pérez-Salmerón references in her acceptance speech as “information for all.” This work has brought us a long way fast and if you read to the end, after we examine the major dramas, there will be highlights of the year’s most encouraging victories. Nevertheless, events of the last year suggest that the open access movement faces complex problems that pertain not to the practical issues of openness, but the technical infrastructure of access. These are problems we will also overcome, but doing so will mean attention and advocacy within spheres that we may have neglected or left for others. So, I begin with an alert: fellow travelers, we will all need good walking shoes. Continue reading


Investigación Digital: ¿Qué, Por qué y Cómo?

digital_mediaNota: Por efectos de facilidad, en esta nota utilizaré los términos “Investigación Digital” para referirme a “Digital Scholarship”

Hola a todos, es un gran honor contribuir a esta nueva discusión del Grupo de Interés de Nuevos Profesionales de la IFLA.  Hoy, me gustaría responder a tres preguntas sobre (digital scholarship) o investigación digital: ¿Qué es?, ¿Por qué es importante? y ¿Cómo pueden/podemos ayudar?

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Nuevos Profesionales Presidentes de Asociaciones de Bibliotecas: Noticias de América Latina y el Caribe

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Por Loida Garcia-Febo, Miembro de la Junta de Gobierno de la IFLA, Chair del Action for Development through Libraries Programme (ALP), Co-Fundadora del Grupo de Interés Nuevos Profesionales de la IFLA.

Los nuevos bibliotecarios están haciendo grandes cosas alrededor del mundo. Recientemente, conocí dos muy activos Presidentes de asociaciones bibliotecarias quienes también son nuevos bibliotecarios. Estuve muy contenta de conocer a Luc Steve Honore, Presidente y Miembro Fundador de la Association des Bibliothécaires Documentalistes et Archivistes d’Haiti (ABDAH), y a Jonathan Pleitez, Presidente de la Asociación de Bibliotecarios de El Salvador (ABES). Ellos son el futuro y también el presente de nuestra asociación.

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When a door closes, a window opens

Courtney YoungInterview with Courtney Young, American Library Association Immediate Past President, the youngest President the ALA had in the last 80+ years.

Courtney Young graduated with MS in Library Science from Simmons College in August 1997 and began first librarian position in September 1, 1997. After being a librarian for 16 years, Courtney was inaugurated as ALA President in 2014. She was and still is the youngest librarian to be elected as ALA President, proving that newer librarians can have the skills, leadership and capabilities of leading a large library association such as the ALA which has more than 55,000 members in the USA and internationally.

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Come together! Or what is an IFLA Special Interest Group about

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has a vast structure and working procedures. It may be difficult, especially for newcomers, students, new graduates, or those who come to the profession from different fields, to get involved.
One of the purposes of IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group is to help with involvement and to assist with the first steps of professional participation, in IFLA, or the wider library and information science field.

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