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Could libraries outlast the Internet? Jul 14, 2015

Libraries have a great future, according to the head of the UK’s national institution – arguably brighter than more recent inventions like the Internet.

Start planning for #NLD16 with our new event guide May 1, 2015

The next National Libraries Day may be months away, but it’s never too early to be thinking about the events you might organise for it – and we’ve published a new resource to help you do it – an ideas guide to give you a head start on your planning.

More than 700 events make #NLD15 a great success May 1, 2015

NLD15 carried on the tradition of previous years with events the length and breadth of the UK – with more than 700 entries on our Google Map of events it was clear that, wherever you were in the country, there was something going on near you.

Social Justice: Information Literacy Training at UCL’s Institute of Education Feb 17, 2015

originally published by on 16th February 2015 on Newsam News, the Newsam Library & Archives blog. Founded in 1902 as a teacher training college in London, today’s UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-class research and teaching institute whose mission is rooted in commitment to social justice. As the world’s premier school of education, with academics and alumni  … Read more

Sharing memories: reminiscence sessions in dementia-friendly libraries Feb 13, 2015

Libraries contribute enormously to our wellbeing, and libraries in Hindley and Leigh are playing a vital role in Wigan Council’s aims to make Wigan a dementia friendly community. With funding obtained from the council’s Dementia Friendly Communities Project, the libraries run ‘Contented Dementia Sessions’ for local people living with dementia and their carers to enjoy  … Read more

Murals for the school library at Taylor High Feb 13, 2015

Pupils and staff at Taylor High School, New Stevenston have been busy getting ready for National Libraries Day 2015 over the last couple of weeks.  Our fabulous Art department and some of our S1/S2 pupils were asked to create and design murals for the library. The idea originally came from one of the Scottish Book  … Read more

Feminism and libraries: Knowledge is our superpower Feb 10, 2015

The Feminist Library held its first salon of 2015 on Saturday 31st January. This year our salons are celebrating the library’s 40th anniversary with each monthly salon themed around a different section of our unique cataloguing system to highlight our collection. My so-called secret identity Will Brooker spoke about the original cool librarian – Batgirl!   … Read more