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ISSUE 148, 14 JUL 2020
Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem unveil Oslo's "huge but intimate" central library

Tom Ravenscroft/ Dezeen

A shiny new library for Oslo. The Deichman Bjørvika central library is a huge contemporary building that houses 450,000 books but aims to still feel intimate. The images of the building at night, next to the opera house, are particularly striking. 

Beyond the Horizon streaming - Marie Østergård talks to Stuart Hamilton

Evolve / Libraries Unlimited

We've been enjoying this series of conversations with international trailblazers from the library world. This latest addition features Marie Østergård (Library Director of Aarhus Public Libraries) talking to Stuart Hamilton (LGMA, Ireland) but the whole series is worth catching up on. 

Design Practice

DX Lab - State Library of NSW

Paula Bray, who heads up the State Library of NSW's experimental innovation lab, provided a design brief to design students at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). They responding with some inspiring prototypes for redesigning the online catalogue and providing new online collection experiences.

International Innovators

American Libraries Magazine

An overview of the recipients of the ALA's Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects, including a project in Croatia where high school students help seniors to use their smartphones and a reading festival in Taiwan. 

Coronavirus: How libraries provided a lifeline in lockdown

BBC News

A report on some of the fantastic work done by Suffolk Libraries during lockdown, including 7,200 calls made to vulnerable customers.

Culture by Prescription: A Danish Project

Jan Holmquist/ Information Today

A Danish project to prescribe culture to stressed, anxious and depressed people has a 97% satisfaction rate with eight out of ten participants reporting that they have better well-being. Skilled staff and facilitators are essential for the success of the project.

Mover and Shaker Revoked

Librarian by Day

What makes a good library? This article critiques the Library Journal's awards system and includes links to some great safe library policies. 

Helping to Normalize Wearing Masks with Tweens and Teens During a Global Pandemic, with fun programming ideas!

Karen Jensen/ SLJ Teen Librarian Toolbox

Science has shown that wearing a mask in public helps to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Karen Jensen suggests some ways that we can help normailize masks and correct some of the misinformation about face coverings. Includes mask-making tutorial videos. This advice is aimed at those with a tween and teen audience, however is useful for everyone.

Four Important Project Management Lessons You’ll Need to Survive the Next Year of Library Work

Angela Hursh/ Super Library Marketing

Opening libraries after the lockdown is just the first stage in a very long process. From her experience of running a campaign, Angela Hursh shares some useful pointers for coping with the months ahead.

3 useful Google related tricks - linking to specific segments, copy from paper to text and search with Google lens

Musings about librarianship

Aaron Tay shares some helpful tips for getting the most out of Google Lens, Google's AI-powered image-recognition technology. 

Covid-19 Safer Spaces

Covid-19 Safer Spaces project / IF_DO 

A new design guide just released was developed by architects in partnership with Libraries Connected and CILIP to help libraries to reopen safely. The guide includes lots of useful information and illustrations to help create safe public spaces for both staff and users.  

COVID-19 and the Global Library Field


A list of key resources from the IFLA on libraries responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, including resources about the disease, information about handling materials, and a list of library closures, plus lots more.

Oregon City Public Library: The Disability Community in the Library

S Bryce Kozla/ Jennifer Giovanetti

Jennifer Giovanetti documents Oregan City Library's work to provide equitable and inclusive access to all patrons and to better serve the needs of people with disabilities. 

Digital inequalities 3.0: Emergent inequalities in the information age

First Monday, Volume 25, Number 7 - 6 July 2020

An article looking at how the dominance of big tech and powerful technology creators is leading to critical, but often unseen, inequalities in access to the digital stack. 

“Without That Detail, I’m Not Coming”: The Perspectives of Students with Disabilities on Accessibility Information Provided on Academic Library Websites | Brunskill | College & Research Libraries

College & Research Libraries, [S.l.], v. 81, n. 5

Research by Amelia Brunskill on the accessibility and inclusivity of the academic library websites, drawing on interviews with 12 university students with disabilities.

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