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The 10-Minute International Librarian #40: understand your users’ expectations

Librarianship is all about providing service. Our institutions are there to help people find the information they need to make decisions, and to take part in economic, social, cultural and civic life. As a result, we have a strong focus on working to identify and respond to user needs, both […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #39: Seek diverse viewpoints

IFLA works to build a strong and united global library field. But this doesn’t mean that it should be uniform. We benefit hugely from our diversity, and all the different experiences and perspectives this brings. It allows us not only to find new solutions to existing problems, but also to […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #38: Define an achievable short-term goal

Previously in our 10-Minute International Librarian series, we have focused on long-term visions (exercise 27) and values (exercise 34). These are important if we are to maintain focus, and help us take strategic decisions. Yet these can often seem far off, and may not be particularly useful in making choices […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #37: Think of a learning resource you can create

We all have knowledge and experience that we can share, just as we all have things to learn from others. If you completed our 31st 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, you will already have thought about what it is that you can offer. Of course, effective sharing of knowledge can be […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #36: Think of a new communications tool you can use!

The pandemic has forced so many of us to think differently about communications. Traditional means of getting messages across – notice-boards or in-person conferences – have become less effective during lockdowns. Meanwhile digital tools have become ever more dominant, although with the volume of information available, it has arguably become […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #35: Check out the IFLA ideas store

The New Year is traditionally a time for trying new things, or taking an imaginative approach to things you have always done in a certain way. But with the continued lockdown in many countries, it’s not always easy to come up with novel ideas. Many of us are simply trying […]

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10-Minute International Librarian #34: Reaffirm your library values

Having a longer term strategy can be a great way of keeping yourself focused in busy times. It can act as a reference point, and help you choose priorities. But in times of uncertainty, long-term planning can seem ambitious. Even setting goals for the following week can be tough when […]

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