Author Archive for library-policy

Library Stat of the Week #26: Countries with more public and community librarians tend to have higher levels of social cohesion

Eric Klinenberg’s book, Palaces for the People, has popularised the idea of libraries as key parts of the ‘social infrastructure’ of the communities they serve. This role matters, because social infrastructure supports the development of social capital – strong connections between people, often associated with trust – commonly seen as […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #7: Identify a challenge you have in common with another library

Running or working in a successful library can involve overcoming many different types of challenge. Resources – time, money, expertise – are always limited, and the demands libraries can face are not only high, but also change over time. As underlined in previous posts, it can be difficult to find […]

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Library Stat of the Week #25: At Similar Levels of GDP, Countries with More Academic Librarians See Higher Numbers of Publications

In the past two weeks, we have explored the figures that IFLA’s Library Map of the World offers us on the subject of academic libraries and library workers. We have looked at how many there are in different parts of the world, including relative to population, and last week, as […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #6: Celebrate an item in your collection

Libraries have a strong history of cooperation and partnerships. With no single institution able to acquire and preserve everything, we have worked together for centuries to preserve and share materials, for the benefit of users. Long before the internet, libraries were enabling information to flow around the world in support […]

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Library Stat of the Week #24: Where there are more academic librarians, there is more publishing and patenting

As highlighted in last week’s post, academic libraries are central to any country’s infrastructure for learning and innovation. Through giving learners and researchers access to existing knowledge, and support to make the most of it, they enable work to happen that leads to social and economic progress. Last week’s post […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #5: Think of a Potential Partner

Libraries should never need to be isolated or alone. Indeed, building partnerships, not just inside but also outside our field can be a great way of increasing impact while saving effort. While it can seem like an effort at first, just taking a little time to identify and build partnerships […]

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Library Stat of the Week #23: On average, there are 1.32 academic libraries, and 10.63 academic library workers per 100 000 people globally

After a few weeks of focusing on public and community libraries, it’s time to take a look, instead, at academic libraries. These are at the heart of the institutions they serve, as well as core parts of the infrastructure of any country for learning and research. While future posts will […]

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