FanFiction

Have you ever heard of FanFiction? Turns it it’s a pretty popular pastime. An essay by Rhodes (2017) provides us with a simple definition: “contemporary FanFiction is the act of creating stories using the settings, plot elements, subtexts, and characters of a previously established fictional universe—from television, video games, movies, musicals, books, comics, or other […]

Wash & Learn

Pop-up libraries, in centers where the community comes together, is a growing trend among librarians and other organizations to help bring in learning centers while doing daily chores. It a very exciting initiative, started by Libraries Without Borders and has been tested in two cities in the United States: Detroit, Michigan and the Bronx, in […]

Working Behind Bars – The Prison Library

When I think of career options in libraries, three main areas usually come to mind – public libraries, academic libraries (tertiary/secondary/primary) and special libraries. However, this view of the library profession doesn’t really do justice to the wide variety of library roles out there. One such role is that of the Prison Librarian. I recently […]

Reading Ambassador Dogs in Libraries

Today’s post comes to us from beloved author of over 200 books, including the classic children’s book, “There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake“, Ms. Hazel Edwards OAM. She gives us insight into a wonderful program from Melbourne’s Yarra Plenty library, which was the brainchild of librarian Marlies Irvine-Tammes. We love what they are doing! In […]

Banning ‘dangerous’ books?

With Banned Books Week occurring Sept 24-30, it got me thinking about how we’ve dealt with particular books in my workplaces. When I worked in high school libraries we were faced with a perplexing dilemma – what do we do with books when the authors suddenly become criminals or are found to be immoral people? […]

Reflections from the ILN 2016 with Molly Brown

The International Librarians Network has been an amazing experience for me. Not only do I have the opportunity to interact with many incredible people from around the world, but being a part of this organization has continued to fuel my passion for librarianship, both at home and abroad. I have learned so much, not only […]

Reflections with Phil Segall

2016 has been a year of firsts for me: I changed jobs and have enjoyed my first year working at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). This has been my first experience of commuting into London on a daily basis – a transition which has been something of a shock to the system, I have […]

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 […]