The 10-Minute International Librarian #53: Think of a successful shared action

Collaboration, arguably, comes naturally to the library field.

From in-person teamwork to provide services and events, to cross-border collaborations in order to provide access to knowledge, we achieve more by working together.

There is also, of course, ever greater emphasis on the value of working with partners outside of the field, combining the unique strengths of libraries with those of other organisations or individuals.

While it’s not always easy, collaboration can be fun, and is often a great way to innovate by crossing ideas, insights and experiences.

It is also at the heart of the IFLA Strategy , which is focused on looking for alignments and opportunities for cooperation.

So for our 53rd 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, think of a successful shared action.

Look at your own experience, and times where you have achieved things by working with others, in particular those outside of your immediate circle.

What made it work? What lessons did you learn? What can you bring to future collaborations?

Let us know about your examples in the comments box below!

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! Key Initiative 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.