One of Irish public libraries’ most valuable assets is their location – they are invariably to be found in the physical centre of their communities. In any town or village, the Irish public library is always on, or very close to, the main street, easily accessible to its community. Many, like the ILAC Centre in […]
Visiting libraries in other countries, we’re very struck by the way some of them use their floors for information. From simple guidance (keep left on the stairs), livening up a floor, using posters, a fun touch indicating where the detective novels are, including an electronic game for children or reinforcing the guidance on shelves as […]
The stereotype librarian spends her time saying “sssh” and pinning up signs which read ‘silence’ all over her (naturally!) library. The reality is of course, more complex – libraries certainly need quiet areas, but they also require space for more noisy activities and readers – book clubs, group-work, readings, lectures and film-showing or music recitals. One of […]
We were delighted to be asked to speak at the Government Libraries Section of the Library Association of Ireland A.G.M. on Social Media for Government Agencies last week. It gave us a chance to look at some other government libraries and agencies and the way that they are using social media. We were particularly impressed […]
Citing sources Over the last while an increasing number of resources provide a means of converting citations into specific citation styles (e.g. Harvard, Turabian, APA &c.). Citation styles are becoming more standard, and each publisher and discipline has its own preferred or even mandatory method for citing sources. Apart from classic subscription databases, we first […]
We bought a Sony ebook reader just over 2 years ago and it has proved a great success. Amongst the very good things about this reader are its compact size (it fits easily in almost any handbag), long battery life (up to a month of general use, but obviously less when on holiday), the simplicity […]
A new report on social media marketing trends makes for interesting reading for libraries. http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/SocialMediaMarketingIndustryReport2014.pdf The most important tools for marketers were Facebook and Linkedin – and one third of marketers spent 5 hours a week on social media marketing and the longer they have been using social marketing, the more time they spend […]
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