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Disruptive technology: A look at virtual reality

Will virtual reality technology change the world? Maybe, according to this Time article from 2015. A lot of VR technology has been focused on the games sector, but there are lots of applications for libraries and other community organisations according to one article on Public Libraries Online: Many patrons already check out books virtually and don’t […]

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 […]

Sustainability and libraries: little free libraries

Earlier this year we featured a post from our Canadian Country Ambassador, Cate Carlyle on the little free library she has established at the front of her house. Little free libraries meet lots of community needs, many of which Cate highlighted in her post. However, I was delighted to find whole Pinterest boards devoted to […]

Postcard: Brazilian Federal Senate Library

Today’s postcard comes to us from one of our community members Edilenice Passos. Thank you for sharing this lovely library:  The Virtual Network of Libraries  – RVBI, coordinated by the Brazilian Federal Senate Library, comprises twelve libraries of the federal public administration and of the Federal District government, of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Branches, with their […]

Sustainability and libraries: staff matters

We’ve looked at the themes of ‘proving our worth’ and the future of libraries and librarian education in the past, but it’s worth revisiting here in the context of sustainability of our libraries, services and staff. In a paper from the IFLA conference in 2011, Peter Genovese and Patricia Albanese from Global Library Consulting in the […]

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