Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Vatican Library digitization project

Iohannes Chrysostomus, s., patriarca di Costantinopoli, 347-407

Iohannes Chrysostomus, s., patriarca di Costantinopoli, 347-407. 29 ottobre 1470

The Vatican Apostolic Library holds over 80,000 objects (manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and incunabula). They are in a process of digitising their collection, having made available 500 manuscripts and 600 incunabula so far through their website.

Through crowdfunding they’re seeking donations of €5 to save a single page in a manuscript, while donations of at least €1,000 will see the backer included on the official supporters list.

The digitization project will made available 3,000 manuscripts by 2018.



IFLA General Conference and Assembly 2015

81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly will take place next 15-21 August 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. They’ve already opened the Call for Posters.

You can check all the details and complete the application form through this link

Gamification and Libraries

An article form Carli Spina (Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian,  Harvard Law School Library) at the AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Spectrum explains what is gamification and how to apply game dynamics to library services.

You can access to the full pdf through this link

CILIP Blogger Challenge

CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) has launched a competition open to everybody (no need to be CILIP member or even to live in the UK) who has any professional relation with libraries (library staff, information science students, researchers, etc.). They have proposed a series of topics about which you’ll have to write a text and send it before 27 November.

 Find all the information in this page

Awareness in public libraries: 2 examples from the UK

The promotion of the social value of public libraries is vital for their survival as core institutions in our communities. Awareness must be targeted to users (and potential users) but also to decision makers.

Awareness campaigns not always come from libraries, sometimes they are independent institutions working with volunteers and organized nationwide: 

Since 1984, The Library Campaign has been working for the improvement of public libraries services in the UK. Amongst other things, they “send evidence to government consultations on behalf of library users” and “regularly issue press releases and comments to the national and specialist media”.

In their web page you’ll find a wide range of resources for supporting libraries, the newsletters they publish quarterly (and send to their members), the texts they send to the media, open letters, etc.

Another initiative in the UK is Voices for the Library, which “aims to provide the facts about the public library service in the UK, the role of professional librarians and provide a space for library users to share their stories about the difference public libraries have made to their lives”.

They have designed different campaigns like What can you do? (to get involved in saving libraries) or 10 things you need to know about library closures/campaigns.