Discussion Topic: My Library Hero

We all have library heroes, every day librarians who have inspired us to be better at what we do. For our next discussion topic, we wanted to take some time to talk about  some of the amazing librarians around the world who have inspired us and share their wonderful achievements. Library Heroes come in many […]

What challenges does your library face? Professional advocacy and shrinking budgets

Today’s guest post on challenges in libraries comes from Cate Carlyle, the ILN Ambassador for Canada.   I manage the Curriculum Resource Centre (CRC) at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax Nova Scotia, a “university town” of 943,002 people (2015). The Mount is a medium sized institution and is one of 10 universities in the […]

Discussion topic: what challenges does your library face?

Welcome to the next discussion topic in our peer mentoring program. For this topic we’re going to look at the challenges faced in libraries. These may be individual challenges, or challenges faced by your organisation. One purpose of the ILN is to expand our participants’ perception of their profession across international borders. One way of […]

Library surprises: tattoos and bacon

To round off our look at library surprises, here’s a few more to check out (all puns intended!) Bacon in a book? What’s the most surprising thing you’ve had returned in a book or found in the return chute? Our clients are all different and we’ve all had surprising encounters with them. Have you ever had Patrons […]

Library surprises: When is a Surprise not a surprise?

In looking around for things to write about in this library surprises introduction topic, I found that there’s a city in Arizona, USA called Surprise, with the Surprise Regional Library one of the County public libraries. Digging a bit deeper, I found a group called the Friends of the Surprise Libraries who raise both awareness of and funds  for […]

Library surprises: flashmob with style

What do you do if you’re minding your own business in a busy reading room at your local library and people around you suddenly burst into song? Talk about taking you by surprise. Take 5 minutes to watch this video of a flashmob in a library in Valladolid, Spain, it will gladden your heart.

Library surprises: City of Ryde Libraries

Everyone who works in libraries understands the continual battle to demonstrate that libraries are about more than books and reading. During this year’s Library and Information Week (LIW), the City of Ryde, a public library network in suburban Sydney, made a point of posting about the 10 most surprising things that could be found in their […]