Postcard: W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts

Today’s postcard comes to us from Jim Kelly, Humanities Research Services Librarian at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts. Thanks Jim! I’ve just finished a very enjoyable and highly informative semester paired with a librarian from South Africa. This is certainly a program worthy of its name and one which librarians at all stages of their […]

Reflection: A Year in review – Clare McKenzie

My ILN ‘year in review’ coincides nicely with the end of my first year working at the University of Wollongong Library. The beginning of December is my anniversary of coming here to work and it’s a good time to look back over 2016, both personally and professionally. Personally it’s been both rewarding and challenging. My […]

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 […]

Sustainability and libraries: the academic library perspective

In June 2016, the Academic Libraries 4 conference, held in Hong Kong, focussed on a theme of sustainability. The conference program held a wide range of presentations on the theme of sustainability, from green initiatives to web archiving, to how to ensure traditional reference and enquiry services can be scaleable and sustainable. While the conference […]

Changes in libraries: The NMC Horizon Report 2016: Part 2

Our last post looked at the trends and opportunities for higher education identified in the NMC Horizon Report for 2016. There are of course, just as many challenges as there are opportunities in higher education technology use. Some the report categorise as ‘solvable’, such as incorporating informal learning experiences into courses and assessments, and improving […]

Changes in Libraries: The NMC Horizon Report Higher Education Edition 2016: Part 1

The New Media Consortium (NMC) in the U.S. runs the Horizon Project, which analyses emerging technology uptake in education. It is “truly global in its scope and reach…[with] a readership in more than 160 countries and growing. To date, over 50 editions of the NMC Horizon Report have been published, along with 50 foreign language […]

What challenges does your library face? Professional advocacy and shrinking budgets

Today’s guest post on challenges in libraries comes from Cate Carlyle, the ILN Ambassador for Canada.   I manage the Curriculum Resource Centre (CRC) at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax Nova Scotia, a “university town” of 943,002 people (2015). The Mount is a medium sized institution and is one of 10 universities in the […]

Library surprises: 3D Printing Galore!

Academic libraries are offering amazing technology to students and faculty. At my new library we offer 8 different types of 3D printers for patrons to create unique objects (at the moment it is a lot of Pokemon creatures). Additionally, we have soldering equipment for those who wish to create circuit boards or use for other electronic projects. […]