Guest Blog: 5 Top Tips for Running a Code Club

This is actually a post currently running on the official Code Club blog, so is only a "half" guest blog - but it's written by the Code Club leader at my library, who worked alongside me to set up and run the first coding group in our service: Five Top Tips for Running Your Code …

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Guest Blog: Engaging Young Adults with Public Libraries Through Book Clubs

Guest blog by The Library Droog, a Library Assistant and student, working towards her MA in Information & Library Studies. This article originally featured in Issue 17 of Access, the journal of CILIP's Public & Mobile Libraries Group. How can you engage teens with libraries through running a successful book club? In 2015, my colleague …

The New York Public Library: 52,000 Books in Two Minutes

I only discovered this videohttps://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/books/video/2016/oct/27/books-reshelved-new-york-public-library-timelapse-video"> recently, even though it's back from 2016 when the New York Library reopened it's main reading room after restoration. A simply stunning piece of time-lapse photography!   https://embed.theguardian.com/embed/video/books/video/2016/oct/27/books-reshelved-new-york-public-library-timelapse-video I was lucky enough to visit New York and the library in January, and I went on a fascinating tour of the building …

Guest Blog: What’s Your Story? Smart Campaign Planning for Public Libraries

Guest blog by Tom Antony Davies, a professional campaigns manager offering insight into marketing and communications for libraries. How can smart campaign planning help public libraries get their groove back? James Daunt recently spoke about the continuing closure of public libraries: "Libraries matter enormously. We need to focus on keeping them open. It’s about the …

We Will Not Be Silent: Libraries & International Women’s Day

I find it very interesting that lots of people are still unaware of International Women's Day; for many libraries in particular, it passes by without notice, despite how many of us working in the sector are women. Many organisations are seen every year, emailing their wider staff-bases and suggesting that everyone wear purple to mark …

If librarians are like French teachers, then vive la révolution…

You may have heard of the recent Twitter storm when journalist and former Conservative aide, Andre Walker stated: "nobody goes to libraries anymore". I caught sight of it myself when it first happened a few weeks back, along with a follow-up tweet (that so far nobody seems to be quite so outraged about except me?) …