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 […]

Reflections with the International Librarians Network

Last year, by happenstance, I discovered the International Librarians Network, and was fortunate to be a participant in their Spring 2015 Peer Mentoring Program. I found this to be an amazing experience. This past February, I had the honor of being accepted as a Content Officer for the program and have been writing blog posts […]

Readers for Life: Traveling Libraries

Not all of us have the pleasure or ability to visit a local library. In many parts of the world, people depend on libraries coming to them. There are some amazingly creative mobile libraries that make the joy of reading available to people, whether in big cities or rural areas. What is truly remarkable about […]

Readers for Life: Prison Libraries

In March of 2015, the Washington D.C. Public Library in the USA opened its first Prison Library Program to introduce inmates to books and library programming available to them while they are incarcerated, as well as after their release. In its first year alone, 1,100 inmates checked out 4,600 books. The project’s inception began three […]

Management and leadership: professional leadership

Even if you are not a manager or in a management position within your library, there are numerous ways in which you can still be a professional leader. For an individual, becoming involved in leadership activities with library organizations allows you to connect with others in our profession; it opens the door for amazing opportunities; […]