Postcard: USIU-A Library, Nairobi, Kenya

Today’s post comes from Moses Munyao, from Nairobi. Thanks Moses! LIBRARY SPACE: MORE THAN JUST BOOK SHELVES To many people, mentioning the word library brings about a picture of old, rugged buildings that “store” books. The 21st century libraries are therefore striving to avert this notion by creating an environment that attracts and captivates the […]

Discussion topic: Ch-Ch-Ch Changes (in libraries)

The title of this discussion topic comes unashamedly from Molly Brown’s piece on changes in library spaces published during our 2016A round (and quite possibly already has you singing along to David Bowie). Change is an ever present constant in libraries and it is part of nearly every discussion we have, from making deselection decisions […]

My Library Hero: Margarida Pino

Today’s post comes to us from Sandra Moura Dias, the ILN’s Ambassador to Portugal:  I first met Margarida about 12 years ago. At the time I was a young student at Library and Information Science graduation course in the University of Lisbon. At first, she looked like a very demanding and scary teacher… library science […]

Free webinar: Utilizing Partnerships to Expand PD Opportunities Worldwide

We’d like to invite our community to an upcoming free webinar, organised jointly by the IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL), supported by the American Library Association. The webinar topic is “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide”, something that the ILN is of […]

My Library Hero: Teachers of Library and Information science

Today’s post came to us from one of our community members, Sana Hamid Ali, Asst.Librarian at the Aligarh Institute Of Technology, Karachi, Pakistan:  I chose Library and information science subject in my intermediate I  decided to get higher education in this subject so I did BLIS and MLIS in library and information science in 2008. Behind this there is […]

My Library Hero: Sandra Singh

Today’s post comes to us from Cate Carlyle, the ILN’s Ambassador to Canada: I have never met my library hero. My library hero can be found on the opposite side of the country and is responsible for the third largest public library system in Canada, Vancouver Public Library (VPL). I have followed Sandra Singh’s career, […]

Banned books week and intellectual freedom

Generally speaking, libraries and librarians are for intellectual freedom and access to information, and against censorship. Over the years we’ve touched on censorship a number of times here on the ILN blog, but it’s Banned Books Week in the USA at the moment so it’s timely to raise it again. Statements on intellectual freedom are […]

My Library Hero: Vicki McDonald

Today’s post was sent to us by an anonymous member of the ILN community:  Vicki McDonald is a visionary. This is most obvious in the libraries which she has brought to life. In her former position as Associate Director at QUT Library she executed the redesign of Kelvin Grove Library, creating a colourful space that […]

My Library Hero: Dr. Dilara Begum

Today’s post comes to us from Shaharima Parvin, the ILN’s Ambassador to Bangladesh:   Ten years ago, I heard her name, her working capabilities as well as her personality from one of my teachers. Since then, I have been trying to follow her activities, suggestions and many more. Now, she is my manager. I am talking about […]

My Library Hero: John Murrell

Today’s post comes to us from Jenny Mustey, the ILN’s Ambassador to Australia:  We recently lost a library hero, one of the good guys.  The hero title is fitting for John Murrell (although he would definitely have not accepted this notion) as he was greatly admired, he held numerous fine qualities and was so brave […]