Wash & Learn

Pop-up libraries, in centers where the community comes together, is a growing trend among librarians and other organizations to help bring in learning centers while doing daily chores. It a very exciting initiative, started by Libraries Without Borders and has been tested in two cities in the United States: Detroit, Michigan and the Bronx, in […]

Working Behind Bars – The Prison Library

When I think of career options in libraries, three main areas usually come to mind – public libraries, academic libraries (tertiary/secondary/primary) and special libraries. However, this view of the library profession doesn’t really do justice to the wide variety of library roles out there. One such role is that of the Prison Librarian. I recently […]

Floating Libraries (and Bookshops)

Recently I came across an amazing article about floating libraries and bookshops around the world. I had written a piece for the ILN previously about Traveling Libraries, but this type caught me by surprise. A delightful surprise at that! Using boats as a means of transportation of material to patrons who have limited access to […]

FAIR: Cooking for Copyright Reform

Copyright law varies from country to country but one oddity of Australian copyright law is that although copyright for published works expires 70 years after the creator’s death, for unpublished works copyright lasts forever. This oddity means that letters, diaries and even family recipes end up being trapped in limbo. FAIR (Freedom of Access to […]

A bit of history: 1940s Library Careers

We recently stumbled on this blast from the past on You Tube and wanted to share it with you. It made us think about how many things have changed about the profession in the last 75 years,  but those things that haven’t changed much either. Do you have what it takes to be a 1940s […]

NYPL on Instagram

If you haven’t discovered it yet, you must check out the New York Public Library on Instagram. They are curating an awesome feed full of gorgeous pictures related to the library. They have a great series about all the things you can do at the library and a fun project to ‘recover’ the classics. A great series […]

Unusual Questions at the Desk

We’ve featured a few sites before that talk about the many strange questions we get asked in libraries. So this recent post from Sue Green on the National Library of Australia blog caught our eye. Sue shared the top 5 most unusual questions she had been asked on the foyer information desk at the National […]

Have you been following #blogjune?

Many of us have had the experience of starting a blog, full of ideas to write about – only to find our time and energy dry up. To counteract this feeling, a few years ago, a handful of librarians in Australia decided to get together and start a daily blogging challenge for the month of […]