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 […]

Management and leadership: development opportunities

Opportunities for librarians to develop leadership and management skills are offered by multiple organizations and associations. Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of American Library Association, hosts a series of webinars, resources and publications. The Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at Harvard University offers intensive short duration programs such as Library leadership in […]

Advocacy and lobbying: getting started

It is not uncommon for our community to associate the library as a place where books are kept. How do we let our community know that a library is more than that? How do we make our community understand that we can make a difference? How does our community perceive the library?  It is important […]

Discussion topic: Serving diverse communities

Most libraries serve diverse communities of one form or another. To quote IFLA on this: As libraries serve diverse interests and communities, they function as learning, cultural, and information centres. In addressing cultural and linguistic diversity, library services are driven by their commitment to the principles of fundamental freedoms and equity of access to information and knowledge for all, in […]

LIS Education: What’s next?

Ensuring professional training is up to date and relevant is crucial for any profession and we’ve looked at a few aspects of this over the past 2 weeks. There have been lots of studies, trend reports and predictions about the future of LIS education and we’ve rounded up a few recent ones here: In 2013, […]

LIS Education: who decides on quality and standards?

How do you decide what’s a good LIS program? How do the many, many library schools out there ensure they are teaching the right things to their students? If you wanted to run your own library school program, where would you even start? There are IFLA guidelines for professional library programs that cover core elements, curriculum […]

Are you going to the IFLA WLIC in Cape Town?

Are you going to be attending the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa this August? Would you like to meet other members of the global International Librarians Network (ILN) community? We are seeking volunteers to organise a meet-up at the IFLA WLIC in August 2015. Sadly none of the ILN […]

Proving our worth: advocacy

Library advocacy is the ongoing process of actively influencing decisions made about our libraries. It’s not something you do once, in response to one issue – it’s something that we should always be doing to improve the way that our libraries are seen by those who make decisions about them. Library advocacy often takes the form […]