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The 10-Minute International Librarian #61: Think of the last time you attracted a non-user

 As part of libraries’ mission to serve every member of their communities, a key question is how to bring in new users. Among those who do not currently regularly visit library buildings or websites, there may be some – or many even – who are missing out on opportunities that […]

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Essential yet unequal: lessons for libraries from the OECD Skills Outlook 2021

Providing meaningful access to information is not just about creating the physical possibility to get hold of information, but also about delivering the skills necessary to use it. With growing recognition of the importance of competencies in order to allow people to make the most of an information-rich – or […]

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The 10-Minute Digital Librarian #8: Check your cybersecurity

The pandemic has led both to growing reliance on the internet and other digital tools to go about our lives, but also growing awareness of the risks that come with them. Cybersecurity is all about keeping information and services safe from unauthorised access and use. It helps ensure not only […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #60: think about how you enable users

Too often, different degrees of access to information or skills can create economic, social, and democratic divides. The lucky are enabled, ready to exploit the possibilities open to them, while others are left behind, unaware or unable to do so. They are left without the capabilities necessary for development. Tackling […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #59: Think how you can amplify your voice

If decision-makers are to make choices that favour libraries, it’s important that they know about you. It is a cliché, but often it will be those who shout the loudest who gain the most attention! Of course, you need to be smart about your work to advocate for libraries. You […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #58: Define Scenarios

We often tend to think of the future in terms of individual developments, for example in technology, environment, or social issues. The rise of AI, climate change, or inequality of course all do have an important impact on libraries, shaping the tools we use, the physical environment we inhabit, and […]

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The 10-Minute Digital Librarian #7: Help users protect themselves online

This is the second post in a sub-series of our 10-Minute Digital Librarian series focusing on online safety. With the first looking at how to protect yourself, today’s challenge is to think about how you can help users protect themselves. Arguably, the ability to manage risks when using the internet […]

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