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Aug 25 / Kimberly

IFLA Releases Library Map of the World

In an effort to strengthen advocacy for libraries at the global, regional and national levels, IFLA officially launched the Library Map of the World project at IFLA’s WLIC 2017 in Wrocław. The purpose of the map is to provide basic information about the state of the libraries around the world.

IFLA Library Map of the World

A set of selected library metrics provide national level library data across all types of libraries in all regions of the world. Country-level metrics include:

  • number of libraries
  • libraries with Internet access
  • number of full-time staff
  • number of volunteers
  • number of registered users
  • number of in-person visits
  • number of physical loans
  • number of electronic loans

This is only the beginning of this very exciting project; announced at WLIC 2016 in Columbus, when data collection commenced, IFLA continues to seek feedback to put more countries on the map and to increase the data and evidence that will strengthen our combined advocacy efforts.

Dec 16 / Kimberly

Library and Archives Canada adopts The Ottawa Declaration

On December 5-6, 2016, Library and Archives Canada held the Summit on the Value of Libraries, Archives and Museums. At the conclusion of the summit, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Guy Berthiaume, formerly adopted The Ottawa Declaration:

Gathered in Ottawa for the Taking it to the Streets Summit, members of the library, archival and museum communities commit to find new ways of working together to increase the visibility and impact of memory institutions.

By adopting this Declaration, we commit to continually adapt and reinvent our institutions, and to promote the full value of libraries, archives and museums to Canadians.

Together, we will:

  • Increase collaboration between our institutions and our networks at the local and national levels to catalyze new partnerships that spark creativity and enhance engagement;
  • Develop innovative programs and services, and adopt technologies that empower us to engage our publics; and
  • Enrich and expand access to our collections to ensure that our institutions contribute significantly to the public good and sustainable development.


Sep 2 / Kimberly

Scholarly Article Explores Economic Value of Government Open Data

I don’t see many scholarly articles on this topic. Here’s one, though — ironically, an article on openness, which is not OA. For those of you with access, or who don’t mind paying the access fee, here’s the abstract:

Business models for open data have emerged in response to the economic opportunities presented by the increasing availability of open data. However, scholarly efforts providing elaborations, rigorous analysis and comparison of open data models are very limited. This could be partly attributed to the fact that most discussions on Open Data Business Models (ODBMs) are predominantly in the practice community. This shortcoming has resulted in a growing list of ODBMs which, on closer examination, are not clearly delineated and lack clear value orientation. This has made the understanding of value creation and exploitation mechanisms in existing open data businesses difficult and challenging to transfer. Following the Design Science Research (DSR) tradition, we developed a 6-Value (6-V) business model framework as a design artifact to facilitate the explication and detailed analysis of existing ODBMs in practice. Based on the results from the analysis, we identify business model patterns and emerging core value disciplines for open data businesses. Our results not only help streamline existing ODBMs and help in linking them to the overall business strategy, but could also guide governments in developing the required capabilities to support and sustain the business models.

Access the full article via Government Information Quarterly on Science Direct: