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The Final Report: Running an online, international peer-mentoring program

Over four years, the International Librarians Network (ILN) provided free online peer-mentoring to over 5,500 participants from 130 countries. Participants used the program to explore the international world of librarianship, building global networks and sharing knowledge with colleagues around the world. In March 2017, the Directors of the ILN announced that they were discontinuing the […]

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 […]

Floating Libraries (and Bookshops)

Recently I came across an amazing article about floating libraries and bookshops around the world. I had written a piece for the ILN previously about Traveling Libraries, but this type caught me by surprise. A delightful surprise at that! Using boats as a means of transportation of material to patrons who have limited access to […]

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