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#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

Library Planet: Sharing the Library Love

Libraries and information centres are rarely featured in traditional travel guides unless they are flagship or historical showpieces, like national libraries or famous university libraries. And yet, they are stunningly beautiful and inspiring places!

Topics: Guest Post Library spaces

Libraries at work: meeting, sharing, learning

This is the second in a series of blog posts which will come out of the recent BIALL conference in Birmingham. There were a couple of sessions which demonstrated that law firms and libraries are on the same page when it comes to working agile. But with a twist...

Topics: Event BIALL Agile working Library spaces

Librarians and the future of medicine

As we head to the next century, libraries have to think about the possibility of shared space. My previous post about libraries of the 22nd century discussed how space and cost will drive libraries to share facilities and resources. The possibilities are endless but one of the more intriguing options is the burgeoning field of telemedicine.

Topics: Guest Post Collaboration Medicine Medical Tech Telemedicine Library spaces Communications

7 times the library stole the show in Hollywood

It’s sadly all too rare these days for the library to feel like they’re centre stage. Even in the media, it can often feel like Hollywood films portray the very worst of library stereotypes. Female, a certain age, glasses, that same fashion sense… it’s bound to exacerbate the situation. Thankfully, there are some select movies that break the mould. From helping defeat vampires to wedding venues and Librarian superheroes, there’s something for every movie goer’s taste. Read on for 7 times the library stole the show Hollywood.

Topics: Humor Library spaces

6 examples of beautiful (and smart) library design

Library design is a very particular thing. It has to fit with the building in which it is contained, whilst also being adapted to the needs of both its users and those who work there. On top of the practicalities, it helps tremendously if the library is aesthetically appealing, making it more attractive to its potential patrons.

Topics: Library spaces

Libraries in the 22nd Century

Much of the reporting on the future of libraries discusses the rise of digital content, shrinking budgets, and the need for librarians to expand their roles, especially in the research process. Indeed, we have seen all of these scenarios unfolding for the past 20 years. Libraries developed makerspaces, embedded librarians, collaborative spaces, access to digital collections, but what’s coming for the library for the next century?

Topics: Guest Post Collaboration Business skills Library spaces Research

How to Winterproof your library

The last few weeks have seen a wave of inclement weather across the US and UK with many offices being forced to close. This brings about the question - what is your plan for winter-proofing your library?

Topics: Library spaces Business strategy

The changing library: from a physical space to a service

Recent years have seen a gradual metamorphosis of the traditional library space as print goes out of fashion, the digital age has made global teams a possibility, and changes in working methods take the Librarian into a new physical sphere. But, what does it really mean? And how is it impacting upon the typical library space we have grown to love? Can a library exist without books?

Topics: Change management Agile working Library spaces