May 29, 2020

As well as resources produced directly by NAG, there are lots of useful articles, videos and presentations already hosted online.  Here’s a round up of some suggestions!


Public Libraries News
Ian Anstice’s Public Libraries News has become the authoritative source for both UK (broken down by authority) and for global headlines and trends in the sector.  You can subscribe for regular news updates to your inbox and the website offers a whole range of data and links.  You can hear Ian talk about how PLN came into existence here.

Stock/Acquisitions Focused:

Stock Management – A Complete Beginners Guide
This primarily focuses on physically arranging the stock within the library but also comments on weeding and signage/notices.

Other specialist areas:

Local Studies

Creating Local Linkages is a free online course for library staff to develop skills in research and digital local history. It has been designed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Originally run as a credit-bearing course, it is now available for free, self-taught learning.  Although it has an American focus, it would be suitable for library, archive and museum staff in Britain. It would particularly suit members of staff new to digital history or public history projects.

New Professionals:

New Library Professionals Network
NLPN defines themselves as “primarily concerned with all things library for new professionals”.  They are based in the North of England but welcome blog contributions from around the country.

Library and Information Sector New Professionals Network
“LISNPN is a network for everyone, regardless of affiliation, qualifications, experience or employment. We welcome all to engage with the network. Our definitions of “new” and “professional” have always been pretty flexible, but the overall aim is for the site to be useful for those who feel new or aspiring within the library and information sector.”

Organisations/Professional Bodies:

CILIP is the UK’s library and information association. “We work to improve services, develop our members’ expertise and champion the sector”.

Libraries Connected
Libraries Connected is a membership organisation, made up of every library service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They were formerly known as Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and are now a registered charity, partly funded by Arts Council England as the Sector Support Organisation for libraries.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

SLA Europe
SLA Europe is one of the regional chapters of the international Special Libraries Association.  They are a “network of information professionals and organisations, representing all sectors and areas of the profession, across Europe to share and benefit from each others’ knowledge, thoughts, and experience.”