Guest post: Mobility for young Swiss librarians in European libraries and archives

Today’s guest post comes from Britta Biederman, Head Librarian at the Institute of Sociology Library, University of Zurich. Britta is the manager of a program that sends students from vocational library training programs to libraries and archives around Europe for internships. Britta met with ILN Director Alyson Dalby in Copenhagen in 2016 to talk about […]

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 […]

Why I Became a Librarian

Two words: my mom. Growing up in various small towns in upstate New York, my mother worked in numerous libraries – sometimes to bring in added income to our family of seven (8 or 9, if you count our various furry family members throughout the years), and sometimes just as a volunteer to help keep […]

We want you! To write for the ILN

The International Librarians Network loves to feature blog posts that showcase the wonderful and varied world of the ILN community. We welcome contributions of short articles to be published on our blog. We accept two types of articles: Send us a postcard We want to know more about you and your libraries and workplaces. So we […]

The Lang Library: A priceless treasure

The Lang Library, is one of the oldest public libraries in western India. It was established in the year 1856 in Rajkot, a city in the present-day state of Gujarat. The library has undergone many changes in its nomenclature, and is currently called as Arvindbhai Maniyar Library. It was set up in the memory of […]

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 […]

Discussion topic: disruptive technology in libraries

“’Disruptive technology’ is often defined as a technology that changes the way things are done, or the existing business model, or customer expectations” (Alyson Dalby). Through the last few decades we have witnessed this phenomena occurring at a rapid pace in our libraries. The introduction to computers was once seen as disruptive, but now we […]

The Pavement Bookworm

Philani Dladla’s story is a beautiful homage to the power of books and reading. The young South African first began his love affair with books and reading when he was 12-years old and given The Last White Parliament by Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, by his mother’s employer. Although his ability to read English was almost […]