Maker Library Network

While attending the Craft Reveals conference, as part of the Chiang Mai Design Week 2016, one of the first sessions interested me with the mention of the Maker Library Network, a project of the British Council. Obviously I was intrigued by hearing the word Library. The Maker Library was first established as a way to…

Have you ever had an experience at a library change your life?

A friend recently sent me an article titled “How an Art Library Is Changing Lives in L.A.”. I loved the story told in it, how from the death of Dan McCleary’s mother spawned the beginning of a nonprofit art space that served the underprivileged youth in the neighbourhood. Instead of flowers, art books were requested…

Chiang Mai Design Week: Part 2

The Chiang Mai Design Week and conference has been one of the highlights of my time in Chiang Mai. I had no idea I would be attending this, but it has proven to be a really rewarding experience. One day I attended a full-day session called Urban Development towards UNESCO Creative City & Crafts and…

Chiang Mai Design Week: Part 1

You know that feeling you get when you happen upon something that is just seems meant to be? I’m experiencing that feeling this week. I’m in Chiang Mai at the moment (escaping the snow in Canada), and was out the other day when a brochure caught my eye. It was advertising Chiang Mai Design Week….

International Librarians Network

Over the past few years, I’ve participated several times in a great library peer mentoring program called the International Librarians Network (ILN). As someone who has always been interested in other countries and ways of doing things, this has been an exciting and illuminating opportunity to connect with fellow librarians around the world. “The International…

Libraries of the Future

About a month ago I participated in an online library conference, Libraries 2.016 “Libraries of the Future”. As I am working at home these days, I got to curl up with a mug of tea and listen to the webinars – a different pace compared to being at a conference in person. Because I’m not…

Oh, hey, I do that: skills that cross career boundries. Part One

Lately I’ve been thinking about how the library skills I’ve studied and put into practice over the years could be adapted to other career fields. I still occasionally have conversations with people who think that because I am a librarian, I only know books. I try to share that we do so much more than…

Design for social change

I recently was catching up on my reading with the Spring 2016 issue of How Design magazine (I was reading the print magazine. I love the texture of the pages, and this magazine has various types of textures on the pages. Seriously. Glossy, thick, raised parts to a page). This magazine is dedicated to exploring…

Magazine Review: Galleries West

An integral magazine to my job as an art librarian in Western Canada, is Galleries West. Why is it integral? Because it covers the arts in Western Canada, exposing me to new artists who work in this area of Canada. Books are reviewed, artists interviewed, and gallery exhibitions are listed. This Canadian magazine is published…

Magazine Review: Selvedge: the Fabric of Your Life

I remember when we first got Selvedge at the library. It looked a little different than the other magazines. A different shape, not the glossy pages that you typically think of with a magazine, but a rich texture. Felt more like a book than a magazine. Most people didn’t know what this magazine was, but…

April Fools from Library and Archives Canada

Yesterday was April Fools, and I think one of the best April Fools jokes I saw was from Library and Archives Canada. They posted on Facebook the following: News Release Library and Archives Canada’s major acquisition of the declassified journals and military records of Canadian supersoldier James “Logan” Howlett April 1, 2016 – Gatineau, Quebec…

On a journey with magazines

I find magazines are a wonderful way to spend some time relaxing and for seeking inspiration. Whether it is recipes I want to try out, interior design ideas, fashion, art news, or crafts, I can easily spend a lot of time flipping through and reading articles in magazines. Though often it is the pictures that…