The 10-Minute Library Advocate #10: Take a Great Photo of Your Library at Work

Pictures are powerful. They can both illustrate and support text, but also help make things real. This certainly goes for libraries. They can show activity, a pleasant space, great resources, and help people you’re talking with imagine themselves there. They are an important tool for advocacy, even more so with […]

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Bad Maths in the European Copyright Reform, or How 9A Doesn’t Fit into 13

While IFLA has focused most of its efforts throughout the European copyright reform process on those provisions that are most relevant to libraries, it is clear that for many, Article 13 is where it’s at. This makes sense. Article 13 is a big deal, threatening to overturn one of the […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #9: Learn a Great Library Story

Our latest 10 Minute Library Advocate idea comes thanks to Sue McKerragher of the Australian Library and Information Association. Thank you Sue! Statistics are powerful, but so too are stories. This is because the people you are trying to influence do not always think in the same way. Some are […]

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What has the Web Ever Done for Us? Five Reasons for Libraries to Celebrate the 30th Birthday of the World Wide Web

Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the World Wide Web. As opposed to the internet – physical networks of computers stretching to around half of the world’s population, the web is an ‘information space’ – a collection of documents and resources linked together by hyperlinks. It is what means that, […]

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Libraries around the world completely dedicated to women!

Access to information and culture is crucial to all human beings, especially often-marginalised groups such as women and girls. Libraries around the globe empower women, bridge the education gap and improve women’s health, welfare and position in society. 8 March is International Women’s Day – a celebration of womanhood but […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #8: Think of a Partner You Can Work With

No library is an island! Your library is an important part of the community you serve. And within that community there should be other people or groups who understand what you do and support you. This is the case, whether you’re in a public or community library serving a local […]

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Canadian Flu? The Doctor will See You Now

Debates around fair use and fair dealing are often fierce. For some, they mark a step away from old certainties and bring new and unwanted risks. For others, they are a means of reducing the rigidity of strict, code-based legal systems that risk harming libraries’ ability to serve their users. […]

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