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 […]

The adult colouring craze

  Over the past year or so there’s been a new fun craze sweeping through schools, corporations, book stores and libraries – the adult colouring book! Taking a quick peek at Amazon’s bestselling books, you can see the list littered with different adult colouring books, even a Harry Potter themed one. Spreading from France to […]

“Traversing the Globe through Illuminated Manuscripts”

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has opened a significant exhibit of illuminated manuscripts, on display from January 26 – June 26, 2016. Typically when I think of illuminated manuscripts, I imagine medieval monks working by candlelight in remote monasteries in Europe, creating beautiful works of art and literature. However, the Getty exhibition offers more: […]