Wash & Learn

Pop-up libraries, in centers where the community comes together, is a growing trend among librarians and other organizations to help bring in learning centers while doing daily chores. It a very exciting initiative, started by Libraries Without Borders and has been tested in two cities in the United States: Detroit, Michigan and the Bronx, in […]

Working Behind Bars – The Prison Library

When I think of career options in libraries, three main areas usually come to mind – public libraries, academic libraries (tertiary/secondary/primary) and special libraries. However, this view of the library profession doesn’t really do justice to the wide variety of library roles out there. One such role is that of the Prison Librarian. I recently […]

Reading Ambassador Dogs in Libraries

Today’s post comes to us from beloved author of over 200 books, including the classic children’s book, “There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake“, Ms. Hazel Edwards OAM. She gives us insight into a wonderful program from Melbourne’s Yarra Plenty library, which was the brainchild of librarian Marlies Irvine-Tammes. We love what they are doing! In […]

Floating Libraries (and Bookshops)

Recently I came across an amazing article about floating libraries and bookshops around the world. I had written a piece for the ILN previously about Traveling Libraries, but this type caught me by surprise. A delightful surprise at that! Using boats as a means of transportation of material to patrons who have limited access to […]

Asia’s first short story dispenser arrives at Hong Kong Baptist University Library!

Today’s post comes to us from Maggie Wong and Chris Chan, librarians at the Hong Kong Baptist University Library. It’s an exciting read about an innovative product they have introduced their patrons to and is quite interesting. We hope you enjoy! This past August, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Library launched Asia’s first story dispenser. […]

Poetry Month and QR Codes – Do they have anything in common?

Today’s post comes to us from Anita Vandenberghe, Information Specialist at the Goodfellow Centre at Saint Kentigern College, in Auckland, New Zealand. We love her initiative and use of technology to bring poetry to her students for National Poetry month!  Poetry is not something most of our students are passionate about, especially not if they have to read […]

Professional Development in many Ways

Today’s postcard comes to us from Leon Djogbenou, a librarian working for the Library of French Institute in Cotonou, Benin (West Africa). We hope you will enjoy his journey to expand his professional development activities! As librarian from a French speaking country, not having a good command of English language has been for me, for quite a long […]

Postcard: Use Your Wall Space

Today’s postcard comes to us from Leni Matthews, a User Experience Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas, USA, who uses info walls to help visualize projects and expand thinking. We love this idea (and her thoughts of using the ceiling as well). You have probably seen pictures like these thousands of […]

Flybraries

  What is a Flybrary, you ask? EasyJet, a British-based airline, recently introduced the idea of “Flying Libraries” this past summer, as a way to encourage young passengers to read while on-board. The launch followed a survey of 2,000 parents who felt their children read less than they did when they were. It is an […]

Go for Hope International- Volunteering Abroad

Today’s post comes to us from Cate Carlyle, the Curriculum Resource Centre Coordinator, from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We applaud her adventures and sharing this wonderful piece with us of her experience volunteering abroad. Go for Hope International is a nonprofit organization supporting the development of children’s libraries in Nicaragua. […]