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 […]

Libraries and 2030 Agenda: key partners for development

Today’s post comes to us from Sandra Dias, one of our dedicated volunteers: Portugal First National Meeting of Public Libraries for 2030 Agenda The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda defines as a commitment for sustainable development 17 new universal goals that can be deployed in concrete projects to be developed by libraries. The International Federation of […]

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 […]

High tech to retro cool

At what seems like opposite ends of the technology scale, this week I read about a tablet that’s been designed specifically for library lending, that will hopefully end some of the difficulties libraries face lending out tablets that are set up to work best with a single user. The tablets come pre-loaded with content and personal information […]

FAIR: Cooking for Copyright Reform

Copyright law varies from country to country but one oddity of Australian copyright law is that although copyright for published works expires 70 years after the creator’s death, for unpublished works copyright lasts forever. This oddity means that letters, diaries and even family recipes end up being trapped in limbo. FAIR (Freedom of Access to […]

Postcard from San Francisco: #alaac15

The American Library Association’s Annual Conference has just started. Or at least, I think it has. There are so many preconferences that it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that the ‘real’ even starts – but the city is crawling with librarians, the exhibitions are open and I have a glass of wine in my […]

Have you been following #blogjune?

Many of us have had the experience of starting a blog, full of ideas to write about – only to find our time and energy dry up. To counteract this feeling, a few years ago, a handful of librarians in Australia decided to get together and start a daily blogging challenge for the month of […]

Thank you to all the ILN volunteers!

This week in Australia is National Volunteers Week. While the ILN is a truly international program, we felt that this was a great excuse to highlight and celebrate the many volunteers who help make the ILN program and community come to life. The ILN is run entirely by volunteers, most of whom do their ILN work […]