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: […]

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

On April 12, 2016 the beloved children’s author and librarian, Beverly Cleary, will turn 100. She has been a passionate force in librarianship and children’s literature for as long as most of us can remember. How many of us grew up reading Henry Huggins or every Ramona book we could get our hands on? What makes Ms. Cleary […]

The Nomad Librarian

Early in my career, I took it upon myself to learn all I could about every aspect of a library – Circulation, Reference and Instruction, Cataloging, Special Collections and Administration. It was important to me, as an emerging librarian, to envision the library as an organic whole – not disparate departments within the same building. […]

QUTISG announces winners of the Health Librarianship Essentials Scholarship

You might recall that a few weeks ago, we called for applications from the ILN community for a scholarship to the QUT Information Studies Group’s upcoming Health Librarianship Essentials online course. We apologise it’s taken a little longer than planned, but the QUT team received a huge number of applications for the scholarship and have […]

That “A-ha” Moment

One of the things I love about being a librarian is working with students and sharing in their “a-ha” moments. Whether it is in an instruction session, during a research consultation or at the reference desk, I find it enthralling to witness the dawning of new insights. I grew up in libraries. My mother is […]

Emojis: annoying symbol or emerging language?

The emoticon or ‘emoji’ (meaning picture character in Japanese) has recently been elevated in status from mere entertaining image, to language. Sam Wallman has created an interesting webcomic for the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne Australia, discussing whether the emoji is a legitimate form of language. Whether you love them or hate them it seems the […]