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 […]

Disruptive technology: Gamification

The ILN has looked at games in libraries in a previous discussion topic in 2015. More specifically though, gamification, “the use of game mechanics and experience design to digitally engage and motivate people to achieve their goals” (Burke, 2014), is being used in libraries to disrupt the customary orientation programs, and the usual methods of teaching […]

Changes in Libraries: The NMC Horizon Report Higher Education Edition 2016: Part 1

The New Media Consortium (NMC) in the U.S. runs the Horizon Project, which analyses emerging technology uptake in education. It is “truly global in its scope and reach…[with] a readership in more than 160 countries and growing. To date, over 50 editions of the NMC Horizon Report have been published, along with 50 foreign language […]