The 10-Minute International Librarian #57: Celebrate a failure

It’s great when things work out.

But that’s not always the case – inevitably, some of the things we try will fail.

Yet this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

When things don’t work, we have an opportunity to reflect on why this is the case – what could the causes be? Can we do anything about it? What could be done better next time?

Indeed, there can be more to learn from failures than from successes.

So for our 57th 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, celebrate a failure.

Take it as an opportunity to think about your own practices and the circumstances, and how these could have influenced thing.

Even if there is an element of unluckiness, could you mitigate the risk in future?

And be ready to share your lessons with others, including through the comments box below!

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! Key Initiative 3.4: Provide targeted learning and professional development.

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.