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. […]

Libraries as Safe Havens

In the months since the November 2016 elections in the United States, many of us have felt an uneasiness in this country unlike any I can recall. I have witnessed the stress and anxiety the future holds for so many of our students on campus – many of whom come from other countries. This was […]

Words Empower – Libraries as Avenues for Students to Publish

Today’s article comes to us from Rene deBerardinis, Director of Libraries at the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Thank you Rene, for sharing with us the exciting work your library and students are doing! Words empower. Authentic audiences engage. Publishing student work – to authentic audiences – can be motivational and aspirational for many […]

Postcard from Shanghai

Today’s postcard comes to us from Elenor Chen, Teacher Librarian from the YK Pao Primary Library in Shanghai who shares the amazing work she and the other librarians there are doing for the children of their community. It is very exciting and we hope you enjoy! Greetings from YK Pao Primary Library in Shanghai! We are […]

Postcard from Kazakhstan

Today’s postcard comes to us from Carlene Groen – Subject Librarian for School of Science and Technology at the Nazabayev University Library in Astana, Kazakhstan, and discusses what librarians do during the summer months when students are away from campus. Thank you, Carlene. We like to hear about projects librarians have in store for the summer months and how we […]

Why I Became a Librarian

Two words: my mom. Growing up in various small towns in upstate New York, my mother worked in numerous libraries – sometimes to bring in added income to our family of seven (8 or 9, if you count our various furry family members throughout the years), and sometimes just as a volunteer to help keep […]

Disruptive technology: A good thing for our libraries?

As Michelle Kraft (otherwise known as the Krafty Librarian) states in her blog post on Emerging Technologies & Evolving Library, “technology is disruptive. That doesn’t mean it is bad or good, it just changes everything we do. It could change things for the good or the bad”. As librarians, we are faced, on a daily […]

Discussion topic: disruptive technology in libraries

“’Disruptive technology’ is often defined as a technology that changes the way things are done, or the existing business model, or customer expectations” (Alyson Dalby). Through the last few decades we have witnessed this phenomena occurring at a rapid pace in our libraries. The introduction to computers was once seen as disruptive, but now we […]

The Pavement Bookworm

Philani Dladla’s story is a beautiful homage to the power of books and reading. The young South African first began his love affair with books and reading when he was 12-years old and given The Last White Parliament by Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, by his mother’s employer. Although his ability to read English was almost […]