Establishing a library: guest post from Carol Mwaura

Carol is the ILN Country Ambassador for Kenya and has recently had the very challenging experience of establishing a university library from scratch. Carol has shared her story with us here: Second job interview and finally I got the job!!! Its moving jobs, I am excited but wait, its setting up a University Library, I […]

Library Lost & Found: Lessons from my Yoga Teacher

Library Lost & Found is a US-based blog for library leaders. They feature a range of interesting pieces exploring libraries and leadership from a range of perspectives. They regularly share interesting ‘serious’ pieces such as their career advancement interviews – interviewing librarians about their career paths but they also share some fun creative pieces – looking […]

Stories from the stacks: Poetry in the Stacks

    Today’s submission comes to us from Erin Lorandos. Erin runs a website that shares a different kind of storytelling: poetry, specifically poetry that is all about libraries. Erin shared with us the story behind her website, Poetry in the Stacks:   I actually am very interested in the interactions between patrons and staff, […]

Stories from the Stacks: A 10am Closure?

Today’s post comes from one of our community members Adetoun Oyelude in Nigeria. Thank you for sharing Adetoun: Last year, I lived in a location very far away from work and therefore needed to get up very early in the day, leave home at 6 am to be able to get to work by 8am. […]

Stories from the stacks: a fly-in, fly-out meeting

Today’s post comes to us from ILN Program Coordinator Kate Byrne:  Some years ago now, I was a fairly new librarian who had been assigned to outreach to the engineering faculty at my university. My mission was to attempt to build new relationships between the library and the research community by meeting within individual researchers […]

Stories from the stacks: Screwy Decimal

Screwy Decimal is a blog from New York blogger Rita Meade. Rita shares many funny stories of the happenings in her public library. Earlier this year she shared the story of a very unexpected event – a library haunting!   It all started with a tweet: But the story didn’t stop there – these were […]

Stories from the stacks: Swiss Army Librarian

The Swiss Army Librarian is Brian Herzog, a reference librarian from a public library in the United States. On his blog, he shares stories from his reference desk encounters as well as other library related posts.  As anyone who has spent time on a reference desk is aware – librarians get asked all kinds of […]

Stories from the stacks: A snake in the library

Today’s post comes to us from Jo Beazley a Librarian in Library and Cultural Services at Oakey Library: Oakey library, part of Toowoomba Regional Council, is located approximately 30 kilometres west of Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. It serves a population of approximately 5000, and is one of 12 libraries across the council region. As part of capital works, the […]

Discussion Topic: Stories from the Stacks

  We have titled our next discussion topic ‘Stories from the stacks’. Here at the ILN we know that libraries are places filled with unexpected surprises,. We also know that librarians are an adaptable bunch who can handle almost any situation that arises, that librarians see all  and that our community are the keepers of many stories. […]