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19 Free Multimedia Tools to Inspire

Creating engaging and powerful images and videos can be a real challenge for library and information people. Effective marketing relies on us making a real impact on social media and other communication channels. Our sophisticated and visually attuned audience wants to be entertained, inspired, educated, and informed - in new and interesting ways.

As proof that even the most text based, traditional areas of information are being visually transformed, City Law School has recently launched an inspiring website called TL;DR which aims to be a showcase for legal learning and communications focusing on alternative visual ways.

Topics: Technology Social media Communications IFLA

#IFLA: From LIS Mentoring to LIS MOOCs

There has been plenty of Twitter discussion recently about mentoring in the library and information profession - especially amongst those working towards fellowship of CILIP. This is a challenging topic for library and information people working in the commercial sector because organisational structures vary wildly. This difference was apparent in the various sessions at the IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2019, and it was interesting to learn what approaches people were taking. 

I combine two lots of session notes in this post; (1) librarian mentoring and (2) the Italian experience with CPD and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These two are fundamentally linked because the development of people within - and those wanting to join - the profession is dependent on communication and shared learning experiences.

Topics: Event Organisational learning Training IFLA

#IFLA: Librarians as Knowledge Producers and Curators

Whenever a group of information professionals gather to share ideas, I generally experience a shower of thoughts and an immediate stimulation of “the little grey cells”. The IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2019 in Zagreb was no exception. With its international outlook and 160 attendees across different LIS disciplines, as I predicted in my conference preview, I learned something new in every session.

Although I will return to the sessions on (1) mentoring, (2) online CPD and (3) the importance of political advocacy, there was one presentation that really caught my imagination. Lotta Wogensen from Malmö University Library shared her team’s experience of creating a librarian-curated exhibition space.

Topics: Event Library spaces Training IFLA

IFLA Meeting:  Librarians as (pro)motors of change

We’ve recently enjoyed library and information conferences, such as CILIP, BIALL and AALL, and yet, there are more to come! Team Vable is looking forward to the London-based Internet Librarian and Legal Libraries conferences, as well as IFLA (International Federation of Library Association) in Zagreb on 20-21 August 2019. This last one is of interest to me not just because of its focus on continuous professional development (CPD), but its continental European aspect.

As a student of history, and regular visitor to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I am acutely aware of the region’s geopolitics. The unique cultural mix can be seen in the local architecture, the food, the languages - and the libraries. Having spent time in the national libraries of Bosnia, Croatia, and Slovenia, I’m aware that of their vital role within the historical, cultural, political and social identity of their countries.

Topics: Event Training IFLA