Wednesday, May 30, 2012

IFLA Principles on Library Activities in Armed Conflict & Crisis

I haven't yet had a chance to review them closely, but the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has issued "IFLA Principles of Engagement in library-related activities of disaster risk reduction and in times of conflict, crisis or natural disaster" available here (thanks to Chuck Jones on IraqCrisisList).  The IFLA notes:
The recent turmoil in Syria and Mali, the earthquake in Haiti or the earthquake followed by a tsunami in Japan, IFLA is deeply concerned by the great loss of cultural heritage in recent years due to armed conflicts, crises and natural disasters. The principles aim to encourage safeguarding and respect for cultural property especially by raising awareness and promoting disaster risk management and to strengthen cooperation and participation in cultural heritage activities through UNESCO, the libraries, archives, museums, heritage buildings and sites group and the International Committee of the Blue Shield initiatives and activities.