BOOK: This Is What A Librarian Looks Like

By | 2017-09-26T17:19:56+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: Library Truths, Trends|

Huffington Post by Claire Fallon Books & Culture Writer:

“In Kyle Cassidy’s new book This Is What a Librarian Looks Like, the photographer reveals portraits of hundreds of librarians, sharing both their sunny faces and their thoughts on the value of libraries. The result: a colorful tapestry of men and women of all ages, races and ethnicity, some dressed conservatively and some with tattoos and brightly dyed hair, but all bursting with smiles and enthusiasm for their life missions.”





Library Toolkit: Lessons Learned on Social Exclusion

By | 2017-09-25T00:29:56+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: Philosophy/Principles|

Community-Led Libraries Toolkit

The Community-Led Libraries Toolkit shares the experiences and lessons learned about social exclusion and public libraries by the Working Together Project.

What is Social Exclusion?

“Social exclusion takes many forms. It can be direct or indirect, and can embrace both groups and individuals. Exclusion also has a geographical dimension embracing rural, urban and suburban areas alike.

In talking about social exclusion we are focusing on the needs of groups and individuals…who do not have access to services and facilities, or to society’s decision making and power structures.”

— John Pateman
Social Exclusion to Community Cohesion
Library and Information Update, March 2006

The project was made possible with funding from the Human Resources and Social Development Canada.



REPORT: The Impact of Libraries as Creative Spaces [Australia]

By | 2017-09-24T21:36:57+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Reports/Plans, Trends|

Creativity in libraries can involve building connections with community, within the community and across different levels of government. This criterion considers how creative practices associated with libraries might support community development.
› Community ownership, strength and identity – Developing a sense of belonging, connection and involvement with community, social cohesion and collective ownership.
› Cultural diversity and inclusiveness – Facilitating active inclusion for all groups of the community.
› Social capital – Maximising value of who people know, and what can be achieved through these networks (ie when people are more inclined to do things for each other).
› Social interaction and socialising – Providing a place to meet with people (both known and unknown) and an alternative place to hang out and simply ‘be’ – somewhere that is not home, work or school – but another place.
› Localised service provision – Meeting specific needs of local community.
› Cooperation, coordination, collaboration, sharing and reciprocity – Working together and interacting, sharing resources, knowledge and time.
› Trust (in community) – Improving the individual’s trust of community.
› Self-organisation – Supporting an activity, group or event that requires minimal or no library staff input.
› Resilience – Developing the ability to cope and regenerate after a setback or change.

IFLA: Library Trend Report, 2016

By | 2017-09-23T17:38:05+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Reports/Plans, Statistics, Trends|

The IFLA Trend Report identifies five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping our future information ecosystem:

  • TREND 1 New Technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information.
  • TREND 2 Online Education will democratise and disrupt global learning.
  • TREND 3 The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined..
  • TREND 4 Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups.
  • TREND 5 The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies.

    The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

    Founded in 1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland at an international conference, we celebrate our 90th birthday in 2017. We now have more than 1,400 Members in over 140 countries around the world. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for our headquarters.


IFLA: Library Map of the World

By | 2017-09-23T14:27:43+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Statistics, Trends|

IFLA Library Map of the World is a representative source of basic library statistics and a robust tool providing country-level data and a worldwide comparison of different library performance metrics by region.

Libraries are leading promoters and providers of free access to all types of information to all citizens. To show the potential of the global library field, the Library Map of the World features all types of libraries, including national, academic, public, community, school, and special libraries. The initial set of performance metrics include number of libraries, number of libraries providing internet access, number of staff and volunteers, number of registered users and visitors, and number of loans.

Selected library performance metrics provide national level library data across all types of libraries in all regions of the world. Adjust map view settings to search by country and explore worldwide totals.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

7 Trend Categories: Center for the Future of Libraries

By | 2017-09-23T14:29:47+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Trends|

The Center for the Future of Libraries works to identify trends relevant to libraries and librarianship, helping librarians understand how trends are developing and why they matter:  Each trend is updated as new reports and articles are made available. New trends are added as they are developed.

Trends are organized into seven categories – Society, Technology, Education, the Environment, Politics (and Government), Economics, and Demographics (STEEPED).

FILM: EX LIBRIS – New York Public Library

By | 2017-09-23T17:50:40+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Philosophy/Principles|


Excerpt from the New York Times review…

“Mr. Wiseman never states outright what the library’s mission is; he doesn’t have to. It’s as clear as the recitations from the Declaration of Independence in one scene and in a passionate discussion of a racist textbook’s misrepresentation of the American slave trade in another. It is a soaring, Utopian mission in a documentary that builds with intellectual force and deep emotion as it shows, again and again, citizens — interested, questioning, seeking — joining together to listen to one another and to learn from one another. In “Ex Libris,” democracy is alive and in the hands of a forceful advocate and brilliant filmmaker, which helps make this one of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman’s extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling.”


Key Reports