Mindfulness and Librarianship

Libraries are quiet places. Mostly. You might wonder how a person working in such an environment, surrounded by recreational and other information can be stressed. Information overload, user demands and shrinking resources have made the day to day lives of many information professionals similar to walking a tightrope. Mindfulness as defined by Merriam Webster is, […]

The Lang Library: A priceless treasure

The Lang Library, is one of the oldest public libraries in western India. It was established in the year 1856 in Rajkot, a city in the present-day state of Gujarat. The library has undergone many changes in its nomenclature, and is currently called as Arvindbhai Maniyar Library. It was set up in the memory of […]

Disruptive Technologies: Digital collections and the library space

As we move towards digital content, the traditional design of the physical library space needs rethinking. The 2005 Council on Library and Information Resources  report on ‘Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space’  concludes that, “while the information critical to scholarship and the public good is becoming more accessible than ever in the twenty-first century, […]

Disruptive technologies: Mobile library apps

Mobile computing and communication services are spreading rapidly. Statistics show that there are nearly 461 billion mobile users globally. Information and communication technologies play a key role in enabling citizens to participate in the life of their community to improve conditions for others, thereby shaping their community’s future (Cegarra-Navarro et al., 2014; Linders, 2012). Libraries […]

Changes in Libraries: Expanding access to information through OER

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) “Information for All Programme” (IFAP) describes Information literacy and lifelong learning as the beacons of the information society, illuminating the courses to development, prosperity and freedom. In the current digital environment information sharing has the power to bolster educational equality across the world. Open Educational Resources […]

LIS Blogs Part II

Image from https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanrolande/17331448452 Library professionals and academics have been blogging since more than a decade. In this second part of the two part series on LIS Blogosphere, I am presenting ten LIS blogs which have sustained themselves for over a decade. Some blogs are authored by individual bloggers, whereas there are others with collaborative contributors. […]

LIS Blogs Part I

A blog is in many ways a continuing conversation – Andrew Sullivan It has been a little over two decades since the first blog was created by Justin Hall in 1994. You can read a short history on blogging here.  The universe of blogs, bloggers and commenters contributing specifically to the Library & Information Science […]

Reflections with the International Librarians Network

  As a participant of two rounds (2105A and B) of the International Librarian Peer Mentoring program, I experienced the magic that this program had unleashed- the magic of connections. These connections  not only brought the world of Library and Information Science (LIS) Professionals closer for me, but connected the global LIS community in terms […]

Readers for Life: Multilingual Reading

  Reading content from around the world in different languages gives an exposure to diverse cultures. I believe it may be a small step towards global understanding. While we have Spanish, English, Portuguese and French in that order as  the predominantly spoken languages in the Americas and the Caribbean, in Europe  with more than 50 […]

Readers for Life: The South Asian Perspective

“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” -Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General   The UNESCO Institute of Statistics- UIS, 2015 report on ‘ADULT AND YOUTH LITERACY National, regional and global trends, 1985-2015’ show the literacy rates in […]