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 […]

Free webinar: Utilizing Partnerships to Expand PD Opportunities Worldwide

We’d like to invite our community to an upcoming free webinar, organised jointly by the IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL), supported by the American Library Association. The webinar topic is “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide”, something that the ILN is of […]

Banned books week and intellectual freedom

Generally speaking, libraries and librarians are for intellectual freedom and access to information, and against censorship. Over the years we’ve touched on censorship a number of times here on the ILN blog, but it’s Banned Books Week in the USA at the moment so it’s timely to raise it again. Statements on intellectual freedom are […]

LIS Blogs Part II

Image from https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanrolande/17331448452 Library professionals and academics have been blogging since more than a decade. In this second part of the two part series on LIS Blogosphere, I am presenting ten LIS blogs which have sustained themselves for over a decade. Some blogs are authored by individual bloggers, whereas there are others with collaborative contributors. […]

LIS Blogs Part I

A blog is in many ways a continuing conversation – Andrew Sullivan It has been a little over two decades since the first blog was created by Justin Hall in 1994. You can read a short history on blogging here.  The universe of blogs, bloggers and commenters contributing specifically to the Library & Information Science […]

Little Free Libraries

Today’s post comes to us from Cate Carlyle, our Ambassador to Canada:  I am a librarian. I spend my days organizing, purchasing, cataloguing, labeling, circulating, assessing, reviewing, suggesting, shipping and repairing books. I cannot go to sleep without a book and cannot remember a day that did not involve reading or creative writing. So it […]

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 […]

Tell us about your Library Hero!

We all have library heroes, every day librarians who have inspired us to be better at what we do. We want to showcase some of the amazing librarians around the world and share their wonderful achievements.  So we are asking you to tell us about your library hero! To take part, please send us a […]

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 […]