Guest Post: Library as a Tree of Life to Academic Libraries

    Information scientists believe that library literature and documents have the power to transform lives and that quality of information will always matter than quantity. Libraries gather the ideas and knowledge of great thinkers and scholars. Therefore I base on the above statement to boldly proclaim that in modern world “a Library is a tree of life”. […]

Guest post: Reaching out with a ‘Holiday Reading Bag!’

Today’s post comes to us from Anita Vandenberghe an Information Specialist at the Goodfellow Centre – Idea Central at Saint Kentigern College. Anita has shared with us a great promotional activity they ran at her library. Thanks Anita! Our College has over 300 staff members and it is not always easy to get them to our Library. Most staff […]

Advocacy and Lobbying: working in Kosovo

              In January of 2007, I had the opportunity, through a grant from the United States government, to travel with a group of librarians from the U.S. to Pristina, Kosovo to assist in the establishment of the University Library. This was during the time when Kosovo was still not […]

Advocacy and lobbying: demonstrating value

Last year we ran a discussion topic on proving our worth as libraries (and librarians) that covered the range of possible options from traditional statistics such as gate counts to developing an elevator pitch to tell your library’s story in just a few minutes. During March, I was fortunate to attend a Values and Impact forum for academic […]

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: Advocacy and lobbying

Libraries, like many other cultural institutions often find it difficult to ‘prove our worth’ in a traditional economic sense and we invariably find ourselves falling back on anecdotal evidence and strong narrative to tell the story of our value to our communities. Advocating for our libraries has become an essential skill across all library sectors and […]

Discussion topic: Libraries and social media

Social media can be considered as part of just about every other discussion topic we have ever had here at the ILN. For example, we’ve talked here about censorship. Consider the way social media has allowed us to see and hear stories we might otherwise have not been able to, if we were relying on traditional […]

Library Advocacy & Lobbying: Libraries as advocates (International)

You may have noticed libraries as advocates in the news this May through this story: More than 90 library, archive and research institutions from countries across the European Union and internationally, representing over 650,000 information professionals, have joined together in a letter asking the European Union to engage constructively in text-based discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on […]