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At the Crossroads: What is the Future of Librarianship?

In the age of the Internet and e-Books, what is the future of libraries and the role of librarians? This is a question that has been asked over and over again. In everyday life, library professionals, paraprofessionals, and aspiring students are plagued by the–somewhat naive–statement “well, with technology, libraries won’t be necessary in the future,”… Read the full article…


ISIS Destroys Iraqi Cultural Heritage; Librarians Work to Save It

“Obliterate”… …from the Latin oblitteratus, meaning “to cause to be forgotten.” In the modern sense, to obliterate means to “remove all traces of memory from the earth, to destroy utterly.” (Dictionary.com) A powerful message about the potential for Iraqi culture’s obliteration greets users who try to enter the Baghdad Museum International’s webpage (the full site can be… Read the full article…


Hoopla: Netflix for libraries?

“More iTunes-y than Netflix or Spotify, Hoopla is a cloud-based digital media platform that enables users to instantly borrow entertainment and educational material off the website or through the Hoopla app on a tablet or smartphone” (Enis). As far as librarians go, I’m pretty tech-savvy. Even then, I admit, I’m not that tech-savy. So it… Read the full article…



Virtual Conferences: Free Professional Development

Conferences have always been a source for professional development and networking with other professionals in the field. For the busy professional or student, national conferences can be expensive as well as difficult to take time off for or get to, depending on where you live. That is one of the benefits of attending a virtual… Read the full article…


Libraries Without Borders: Hope in a Box

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of a three part series on Libraries Without Borders.  Instead of trying to explain the impact of the Ideas Box, a project created by Libraries Without Borders, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and Philippe Starck, I thought the video put out by a community who received the Idea… Read the full article…




Technology and Culture: Social Librarians

As an online MLIS student, I tend to be online and searching about library topics quite a bit. This week, I came across an infographic designed by Library Connect (@library_connect ) and Joe Murphy (@libraryfuture) called, “I am a {Social} Librarian.” This infographic struck a chord with me for several reasons. The first is that it… Read the full article…


Technology and Culture: littleBits and Libraries

Welcome to the first of hopefully many Technology & Culture posts, a new regular feature on Information Space! This July, I had the opportunity and privilege to interact with some of the other MLIS students who are completing their Master’s degrees online. All of us came from different regional areas, library types, and walks of… Read the full article…