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The 10-Minute International Librarian #14: Find a good source of library news

Libraries are all about ensuring that the communities they serve are well informed.

We know how important this information is for allowing people to take decisions and enjoy their rights.

But it is not only library users, but also library and information workers themselves who can benefit from being well informed!

In order to understand changes in the world around us, it is important to know what is going on.

With this knowledge, a key condition is in place for seizing opportunities and planning responses. It enables libraries to be proactive in finding the best way to support their communities.

But how to do this?

So for our 14th 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, find a good source of library news.

In many countries, library associations play this role, through newsletters, e-mails or social media.

In some places, there are also individuals who gather and share stories in order to help others keep up to date.

Of course, IFLA also works to share news about the field through its social media feeds also.

You can share your recommendations for great sources of library news in the comments below!

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! 2.2 Deliver high quality campaigns, information and other communications products on a regular basis to engage and energise libraries.

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.

The 10-Minute Library Advocate #14: Find a Journalist Who Can Write about Libraries

The 10-Minute Library Advocate Number 14: Find a Journalist  Who Can Write about Libraries

When you’re advocating, you don’t need to do it alone.

Sometimes, it’s even more powerful when you have someone else speaking for you.

And there are few more powerful voices than those in the media.

When a journalist speaks about libraries – and the great work they are doing – they can reach thousands, even millions of people.

So for our fourteenth 10-Minute Library Advocate exercise, find a journalist who can write about libraries.

They can work for a local newspaper or news-site, in print, on radio or on TV – whatever is most appropriate in your area or country!

You could do a search using a news aggregator like GoogleNews or similar to find out who may already be writing about libraries. They’ll often be keen to receive more good ideas for stories!

Let us know about your successes!

Good luck!


See the introduction and previous posts in our 10-Minute Library Advocate series and join the discussion in social media using the #EveryLibrarianAnAdvocate hashtag!