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 […]

Bridging the Digital Divide

As people working in the information industry, the ‘digital divide’ is an important issue that many of you will be aware of. The concept refers to the gap between those with opportunities to access information and communications technologies (ICTs), such as the internet, and those without such access (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). While […]

Destruction and digital preservation

Throughout history, and in contemporary society, Libraries have always been depositories of society’s ideas. They are a beacon of democracy and social justice, providing equality for all people to access information. It is not surprising then, that many libraries have been deliberately destroyed as a form of ‘cultural cleansing’ – in an attempt by particular […]

Reflections on joining the ILN team

This year I graduated from being a participant in the ILN peer mentoring program, to working behind the scenes in helping the program to come together. Having been a part of the ILN since 2014, I was keen to give back to a program that I had so enjoyed being a part of. I have […]

Readers for Life: Alternative programs for people with dyslexia

Traditional reading programs are not always effective for young people struggling with dyslexia.The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the […]

Readers for life: Reading aloud to YA

Most people remember, quite fondly, being read to by their parents before bedtime. Many people have experienced story-time at their school or local library when they were a small child. I have very lovely memories of my mother taking me to my local library in pyjamas for story-time. These events are still popular in many […]