Monthly Archives: September 2015

IFLA – BibLibre International Marketing Award 2016


Our friends in  IFLA’s Section on Management and Marketing in collaboration with BibLibre, Paris, France, has the pleasure to announce the IFLA – BibLibre International Marketing Library Award for 2016.

The IFLA – BibLibre International Marketing Award honours organizations that have implemented creative, results-oriented marketing projects or campaigns. Up to 10 finalists will be chosen to recognize them for their outstanding achievements and three winners will be selected.

The first and the second winner will receive airfare, lodging and registration for the World Library and Information Congress: 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, USA 13 – 19 August 2016. Cash awards of €2000, €1000 and €500 respectively, which must be used to further their marketing efforts, will also be awarded to the first, second and third-place winners.

The finalists and winners will be announced in March 2016. The winners will be announced officially during the IFLA WLIC Awards Ceremony in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Satellite Presentations now Available

The team that made it possible.

The team that made it possible.

How quickly does time go? It’s only just over a month since the wonderful IFLA Public Libraries satellite in Cape Town hosted by our friends and colleagues from the City of Cape Town Library Service and the Western Cape Provincial Library Service.

It was a truly inspirational 2 days – thought provoking presentations; workshops where everyone participated; generosity of spirit in the sharing of ideas; networking, networking, networking; and some vibrant libraries to visit. I know that everyone who was there benefited greatly from the experience.

For those of you who weren’t able to join us we’ve now made  most of the presentations available  on the Satellite website. The formal papers will also be available on IFLA Library in due course.

Thank you again to everyone who made this event possible. If you can add a satellite experience to your next IFLA Congress do so. It’s worth the effort.

Libraries Transform


The American Library Association has announced details of its new public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform, will launch in Washington, D.C. and in communities and libraries around the country on 29 October 2015.

The purpose of the new campaign is to increase public awareness of the ways that libraries of all types transform people’s lives and communities; shift perception of the library from “obsolete” or “nice to have” to essential; and energize library professionals and external advocates to influence local, state and national decision-makers and increase support for libraries of all types.

Wherever you are in the world be sure to visit this site and explore the resources.

Libraries at the Crossroads – New Research Released

A new survey from Pew Research Centre highlights the issues currently facing American public libraries and provides food for thought for public libraries globally.

The report show that while citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether or not this is a trend.

Many Americans say they want public libraries to:
◾support local education;
◾serve special constituents such as veterans, active-duty military personnel and immigrants;
◾help local businesses, job seekers and those upgrading their work skills;
◾embrace new technologies such as 3-D printers and provide services to help patrons learn about high-tech gadgetry.

Additionally, two-thirds of Americans (65%) ages 16 and older say that closing their local public library would have a major impact on their community. Low-income Americans, Hispanics and African Americans are more likely than others to say that a library closing would impact their lives and communities.

Worth a read!