The 10-Minute International Librarian #44: Make time to talk

A lot of learning happens through reading or listening into events, podcasts or webinars, especially during the pandemic.

With lower tolerance for long sessions on videoconferencing platforms, it can be more difficult to find opportunities simply to talk freely about areas of interest and challenge.

Of course, this is one of the great things about opportunities to meet in person.

These can be chances to make unexpected discoveries, follow ideas, and come to unexpected conclusions. They can also be so valuable for wellbeing!

It’s therefore all the more important to keep opportunities for conversation, even now.

So for our 44th 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, make time to talk.

Think of a colleague – at your institution, in your country, or internationally – with whom you can share ideas and experiences, and who may be able to offer you ideas or help you develop your own thinking.

Make sure you set aside enough time for a fuller chat – this will likely take more than 10 minutes! – and think about whether you want to turn off other devices, to avoid distraction.

What was the last really helpful conversation you had that helped you in your work? Share it in the comments below.

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! 3.2: Support virtual networking and connections.

As we publish more ideas, you will be able to view these using the #10MinuteInternationalLibrarian tag on this blog, and of course on IFLA’s Ideas Store! Do also share your ideas in the comments box below.

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