Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

By Andrés Reinoso, in collaboration withNancy Monzón for the English translation. Andrés and Nancy are both NPSIG volunteers.

[Spanish version]

In our professional experience, we continuously deal with situations which are hard to be solved.  Many times we feel overwhelmed with drawbacks, unable to react. To try and fail can be part of a natural process of learning but, is this the way we take it?

With the Theme “Failing successfully in a librarian’s career: is a setback an opportunity to grow, or just an unwelcome incident on the road to success?” we are preparing ourselves for the next NPSIG open session to be held in the context of the next IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio (USA) (17.08.2016, 11:45 – 13:45, C213-215).

Everyday experiences, science, arts, sports and human relationships are fertile soil to learn from defeats. We considered interesting to share with you some videos that present different ways to approach the topic proposed here.

In preparation to the presentations to be held in August 17th, we invite you to visit our playlist “Failing successfully”  from NPSIG YouTube official channel, where you will find animations, TED talks, music, insights from science or from simple human experiences:

Finally, we’d like to share with you the famous quote from Samuel Beckett’s “Worstward Ho”:

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”



Andrés Reinoso is an Associate Librarian graduated from the Instituto de Formación Superior Técnica nº 13. He works at the Bialet Massé Library within the Argentine Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. He is part of the Publications team at the Asociación Civil de Bibliotecarios Jurídicos and co-editor of the magazine “Actualidad y cooperación en las Bibliotecas Jurídicas“.



NancyMonzonNancy Monzón is Community manager and Member of the Board of Directors 2016 of the Asociación Civil de Bibliotecarios Jurídicos (ACBJ).

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