Professional Development: What are information professionals?

For the next two weeks, the ILN blog is being taken over by the QUT Information Studies Group to explore professional development:  The information profession is the modern librarianship, however, with a more critical role in today’s information society. The information profession follows the same mission as librarianship: helping people connect with information they need. […]

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: 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: Multilingual Reading

  Reading content from around the world in different languages gives an exposure to diverse cultures. I believe it may be a small step towards global understanding. While we have Spanish, English, Portuguese and French in that order as  the predominantly spoken languages in the Americas and the Caribbean, in Europe  with more than 50 […]

Readers for Life: Books and Bribery by Jackie French

Today’s post is guest post from Jackie French  Jackie was the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014/15 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.  She is also an historian, ecologist, dyslexic, and a passionate worker for literacy, the right of all children to be able to read, and the power of books.  Jackie is a passionate […]

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 […]