Banning ‘dangerous’ books?

With Banned Books Week occurring Sept 24-30, it got me thinking about how we’ve dealt with particular books in my workplaces. When I worked in high school libraries we were faced with a perplexing dilemma – what do we do with books when the authors suddenly become criminals or are found to be immoral people? […]

Libraries and the Repair Movement

The ILN has recently discussed technological obsolescence and how this ties in with digital preservation. Another vein of this discussion is that of planned obsolescence. Planned obsolescence is where companies build-in a limited lifespan for their products. There is an excellent documentary on this topic called ‘The Light-bulb Conspiracy‘. While this documentary looks at many […]

The NLS8 Experience

Over the weekend of June 23-25 I was lucky enough to be able to attend the ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium 8 in Canberra. It was not only a great opportunity to attend workshops and sessions to build my knowledge on all things library related, but also to network and build connections with other new and […]

Braille and Libraries

I can only imagine how difficult it would be in this digital age for people with vision impairments, and how they would be at a huge risk of getting ‘left behind’. I recently read an article by CNet on an ‘Instant Braille translator [that] can fit in your hand‘. This little invention is pretty amazing: […]

How to say ‘no’

If you’re like me, you want to say ‘yes’ to everything. You may crave new opportunities to learn and grow your career, or you may be a bit cautious of saying ‘no’ in case it reflects badly on you and you’re never offered the opportunity again. However, you can’t always say ‘yes’. Taking on too […]

Presenting at your first conference

This year, I fulfilled one of my professional development goals – to present at my first conference. In fact, I presented three different things at the conference! A poster, a workshop and a last minute short talk to cover someone who had to cancel. From this experience, I wanted to share some advice for new […]

Specialised vs Generalised

What is better – specialisation or general skills? As a new librarian,this is a question I have recently been asking myself. The benefits of specialisation, say as a law librarian or children’s librarian, are quite clear. You can become an expert in that field. You can build on your knowledge over many years, becoming very […]

Multilingualism and Literature

Recently, I read the article ‘Lost in Translation: On fostering a conversation between languages’ by Kylie Maslen. Being from Australia, a monolingual and quite isolated country, it covered a topic I had never really been faced with – the decision on whether to write, publish or speak in a particular language. Reading this article, I […]