Monthly Archives: August 2013

Libraries, e-Lending and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content

This new FAIFE Spotlight  Libraries, e-Lending and the Future of Public Access to Digital Content , is a thinkpiece which pushs on the reflection of freedom of access to information in the digital age. In its comment, members of the  FAIFE committee highlight and discuss the ethical issues of the report and outline the role of libraries and the values they should stand for in today’s information society.


The Travelling Librarian

Kirsten McCormick

Kirsten McCormick


Meet Kirsten McCormick this year’s recipient of the Travelling Librarian Award. The Award is offered by the English-Speaking Union (ESU) and The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and builds the relationship between library and information professionals in the United Kingdom and their counterparts in the United States and across the Commonwealth. The recipient completes a 2-3 week study tour to examine a subject of professional interest, in order to share learning and good practice with colleagues at home and abroad. For the first time in its history, in 2013 the annual award is open to applications from UK librarians to visit any country in the Commonwealth. Continue reading

Norwegian Tales in Outback Australia

Ruth Ornholt, Head of Hordaland County Library in Bergen Norway, travelled to Wagga Wagga in country Australia last weekend to speak at the Australasian Mobile Library  Conference. A former member of the Public Library Standing Committee Ruth wowed the audience with tales of her library ‘boat’. It goes to show how ‘mobile’ libraries come in all shapes and sizes!