Sustainability and libraries: green libraries

As awareness of environmental sustainability continues to grow, many libraries take the opportunity of a new building or substantial renovations to improve their green footprint. There are green library awards: IFLA’s Environmental Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group has a green library award that libraries can nominate for. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) won an […]

Sustainability and libraries: the academic library perspective

In June 2016, the Academic Libraries 4 conference, held in Hong Kong, focussed on a theme of sustainability. The conference program held a wide range of presentations on the theme of sustainability, from green initiatives to web archiving, to how to ensure traditional reference and enquiry services can be scaleable and sustainable. While the conference […]

Discussion topic: Sustainability and libraries

For me, the word sustainable immediately conjurs up images of recycled shopping bags, permaculture gardens, solar hot water and public transport. However there are also business definitions of sustainability, relating to the longevity or robustness of a process or product and countless more examples of the use of the word sustainable that you will be able […]

Libraries as Place: Is LIS education and research ignoring the idea of library as place?

Our next discussion topic is guest hosted by the Queensland University of Technology Information Studies Group with the team exploring the the topic of libraries as place.  Today’s post comes from Dr Kate Davis: I read an interesting article recently that I wanted to share. The article Falling short of their profession’s needs looks at […]

Libraries as Place: Library: Physical or virtual?

Our next discussion topic is guest hosted by the Queensland University of Technology Information Studies Group with the team exploring the the topic of libraries as place.  Today’s post comes from Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi:  Library is a place, a place for people meeting information they require. And we, as librarians, run this place. But […]

Libraries as Place: Shhh….it’s the Library!

Our next discussion topic is guest hosted by the Queensland University of Technology Information Studies Group with the team exploring the the topic of libraries as place.  Today’s post comes from Kathleen Smeaton:  We’ve all seen the stereotypical librarian picture, you know the one, hair in a bun, glasses, cardigan, fingers to the lips saying […]

Libraries as Place: The challenge of being a ‘place’

Today’s post is part of our series on Libraries as Place, guest hosted by the Queensland University of Technology Information Studies Group. This post, The Challenge of being a ‘place’ was written by Dr Andrew Demasson: When talking about the library as ‘place’ most conversations will revolve around the type of place the library is. Is […]

Postcard: the new library at Rockdale, Australia

Today’s post comes to us from Paula Pfoeffer. I am the Coordinator Library Services here at the newly formed Bayside Council and am lucky enough to work in the brand new Rockdale Library. We opened to much fanfare on July 30 this year with other 3,000 people coming through our doors on our first day. […]

Changes in libraries: The NMC Horizon Report 2016: Part 2

Our last post looked at the trends and opportunities for higher education identified in the NMC Horizon Report for 2016. There are of course, just as many challenges as there are opportunities in higher education technology use. Some the report categorise as ‘solvable’, such as incorporating informal learning experiences into courses and assessments, and improving […]