Diverse communities: Fiona Blackburn on cultural competence and how it can help librarians

Today’s post comes from Fiona Blackburn, a member of our ILN community.  Fiona works at the ACT Heritage Library but at the time of writing was the Senior Collections Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra, the Australian capital. The simplest description of cultural competence I have found […]

Guest Post: Lora Worden on attending library (and other) conferences

Today’s guest post comes from Lora Worden from Portland, Oregon in the USA:  There are countless reasons to attend library conferences: invaluable networking opportunities, gathering new program ideas, meeting the authors we love, enhancing our collections, and scoring swag. Attending conferences as a student can be especially beneficial, providing an exciting introduction to the field. […]

Postcard: Khazar University Library Information Centre, Azerbaijan

Today’s postcard comes to us from Gulshan Mehdiyeva the Head of the Library Information Center at Khazar University in Azerbaijan: Khazar University holds the largest library collection among private universities and the largest collection in the English language in Azerbaijan. Khazar University Library Information Center (LIC) collects printed and electronic materials in Azerbaijani, English, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Persian, […]

LIS Education: Michelle De Aizpurua

Today’s post comes from a member of our ILN community, Michelle De Aizpurua, who has recently graduated with her LIS qualification from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.   After finishing my law degree and realising I didn’t want to practice, I was lucky enough to discover the library world. I completed a post-graduate diploma in […]

Games and libraries: Campaspe Regional Libraries

Today’s post comes from our Australian Country Ambassador, Jenny Mustey. Campaspe Regional Library is in northern Victoria and serves a regional population of over 35,000 spread across more than 4,500 square kilometres. Just recently I attended a conference and many of the sessions that were enthusiastically presented were about games and gaming and their place in […]