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Show your work – finding & creating inspiration in the library sector

We love seeing case studies, posts and articles from libraries and library staff celebrating their wins, whether big and small. But we also learn a lot from libraries sharing their experiences when things don’t necessarily go to plan. And we’ve learnt from publishing more than 230 issues of our library newsletter that library professionals also […]

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Unicorns, tech & lightning talks: The first Library Make or Break event

We held our inaugural Library Make or Break event on the 13th September at CILIP Scotland HQ in Glasgow.  We envisaged this event to give library professionals an opportunity to engage with new technologies and share updates on their own projects and innovations (both big and small). And after a long hiatus from hosting in-person […]

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In celebration of small & thoughtful innovation

In this second of our series of ‘celebration’ posts, we want to talk about innovation in libraries. But not that kind of press-release causing disruption that hogs all the attention. We are interested in innovation in a small but impactful sense.  This is particularly pertinent when services are already under huge pressure and innovation can […]

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Celebrating weird, fun & useful Twitter bots for GLAM

With free access to Twitter’s application programming interface (API), developers and other creative gallery, library, archive and museum (GLAM) folks have been using the twitter platform to increase accessibility to digitised cultural heritage collections in some weird and wonderful ways.  But it’s been tricky to keep track of all the policy changes at Twitter of […]

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It’s ok to fail. Creating playful learning spaces in libraries

In our hectic world of endless to-do lists, it can feel as if everything needs to be done now, ticked off, and completed. There’s often little space for experimentation and practice, no time to dwell or mess around discovering how things work by getting them wrong and trying again.  Failure is scary. It can feel […]

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How (and why) we build Chatbots – GLAMbot series #2

A brief introduction to chatbots In the previous blog post in this series, we talked about creating social media-based culturebots. There’s also lots and lots of use cases for chatbots – a more conversational approach to connecting with your users. Just a quick refresher, when we talk about bots, we mean automated processes or tasks […]

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Building and running the #ILI2018 Treasure Hunt

What’s this about a treasure hunt? Last week, we ran an experimental interactive treasure hunt as part of the 20th Internet Librarians International conference in London. We also gave a talk about Conversations in the library, using technology to create new ways to communicate and collaborate with users, which you can read here. The treasure […]

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Reimagining library spaces – a workshop on creating engaging community spaces

As part of HotHouse programme, we recently ran a collaborative workshop at Deptford Library on reimagining library spaces using digital technologies. The aim of the workshop was to introduce different technologies and demonstrate how they can help provide new ways for people and communities to engage with libraries and other community spaces creatively.   Participants […]

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