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 […]

Library surprises: 3D Printing Galore!

Academic libraries are offering amazing technology to students and faculty. At my new library we offer 8 different types of 3D printers for patrons to create unique objects (at the moment it is a lot of Pokemon creatures). Additionally, we have soldering equipment for those who wish to create circuit boards or use for other electronic projects. […]

Artist’s Books: Opening a New World of Creativity

Artist’s Books are works of art that utilize the form of the book but transform it into something else. At times they are also called Altered Books, but in either event, what is produced is often an amazing visual re-imagining of the book (or books) themselves. They are mediums of artistic expression that use the […]