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 […]

Poetry Month and QR Codes – Do they have anything in common?

Today’s post comes to us from Anita Vandenberghe, Information Specialist at the Goodfellow Centre at Saint Kentigern College, in Auckland, New Zealand. We love her initiative and use of technology to bring poetry to her students for National Poetry month!  Poetry is not something most of our students are passionate about, especially not if they have to read […]

Libraries and the Repair Movement

The ILN has recently discussed technological obsolescence and how this ties in with digital preservation. Another vein of this discussion is that of planned obsolescence. Planned obsolescence is where companies build-in a limited lifespan for their products. There is an excellent documentary on this topic called ‘The Light-bulb Conspiracy‘. While this documentary looks at many […]

Flybraries

  What is a Flybrary, you ask? EasyJet, a British-based airline, recently introduced the idea of “Flying Libraries” this past summer, as a way to encourage young passengers to read while on-board. The launch followed a survey of 2,000 parents who felt their children read less than they did when they were. It is an […]

The NLS8 Experience

Over the weekend of June 23-25 I was lucky enough to be able to attend the ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium 8 in Canberra. It was not only a great opportunity to attend workshops and sessions to build my knowledge on all things library related, but also to network and build connections with other new and […]

Go for Hope International- Volunteering Abroad

Today’s post comes to us from Cate Carlyle, the Curriculum Resource Centre Coordinator, from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We applaud her adventures and sharing this wonderful piece with us of her experience volunteering abroad. Go for Hope International is a nonprofit organization supporting the development of children’s libraries in Nicaragua. […]

Libraries as Safe Havens

In the months since the November 2016 elections in the United States, many of us have felt an uneasiness in this country unlike any I can recall. I have witnessed the stress and anxiety the future holds for so many of our students on campus – many of whom come from other countries. This was […]

Words Empower – Libraries as Avenues for Students to Publish

Today’s article comes to us from Rene deBerardinis, Director of Libraries at the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Thank you Rene, for sharing with us the exciting work your library and students are doing! Words empower. Authentic audiences engage. Publishing student work – to authentic audiences – can be motivational and aspirational for many […]

Mindfulness and Librarianship

Libraries are quiet places. Mostly. You might wonder how a person working in such an environment, surrounded by recreational and other information can be stressed. Information overload, user demands and shrinking resources have made the day to day lives of many information professionals similar to walking a tightrope. Mindfulness as defined by Merriam Webster is, […]