The 10-Minute International Librarian #55: Think of a time you have innovated

Innovation is about finding new ways to use existing resources.

It is vital for economies, allowing us to produce or do more, or better.

It is essential for sustainability, helping us to be more efficient and effective in delivering progress without harming the earth.

It is also key in libraries, if we are to increase our impact and contribution to wider development goals.

Innovations are not just physical inventions of course – it is also about services, processes and organisation. We can innovate in the way we deliver support, communicate about what we do, or even organise ourselves internally.

So for our 55th 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, think of a time you have innovated.

What did you do in particular? What challenge did your innovation help to resolve, or what goal did it help to achieve?

Did you gain inspiration from others to do it, and have you shared it at all?

Share your ideas in the comments box below!

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! Key Initiative 2.3: Develop standards, guidelines, and other materials that foster best
professional practice.

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.