Hidden In Plain Sight

As part of the work the Emerging Leaders Working Group is undertaking I’m interviewing people who stand out as some of New Zealand’s emerging leaders, or who have an interesting perspective on leadership. If there is someone who inspires you, someone you see as one of our profession’s emerging leaders, drop me a line with their contact…

Test Your Assumptions

Library projects often focus a lot on risks as this is often what stakeholders are most concerned about. But it is also good to test assumptions. How do risks differ from assumptions? Risks are the likelihood that something will or will not happen. They are measured by their probability (what is the likelihood that this…

Live-Tweets Of The LIANZA Waikato/BOP Weekend School 25-27 May 2012

The LIANZA Waikato/BOP Weekend School celebrated it’s 10th anniversary this year in Whakatane. Below is a brief summary of selected presentations and how they were represented on Twitter at the time (live-tweets). LIANZA update Jane Hill, LIANZA President Jane outlined where LIANZA is going in 2012 and beyond; and asked the audience to discuss future…

At Tweet Level: How To Instantly Engage Your Market

“It’s a real-time world now, and if you’re not engaged, then  you’re on your way to marketplace irrelevance.” Real-Time Marketing & PR. The above quote may sound a bit extreme, especially for libraries, but being first in the conversation (offline or online) is very important. Witness this article about librarians being silenced at the CLA…

Zombie Librarianship: 7 Dead Ideas That Still Walk Among Us*

“Ideas are long-lived. They often outlive their originators, and, even when they have proved themselves wrong and dangerous, they are very hard to kill.” Zombie Economics 7 dead ideas that still walk among us Social media is not worth worrying about. Librarians know what is best for their customers. Committees and working parties can create…

Provide And Pray

Earlier this year I listened to a podcast from The Engaging Brand about a new book called “The Social Organisation:  How to Use Social Media to Tap the Collective Genius of Your Customers and Employees“. One memorable aspect of this podcast was the reference to a practice that the authors referred to as “provide and pray”….

20 Everyday Ways To Escape The Library Echo Chamber

Libraries and information professionals are stuck in a bit of an echo chamber. We spend way too much time talking to one another, and not nearly enough time talking to the potential users. Potential users who have no idea really what a (future ready) library does, but who would probably come and visit if they…

Do You Have The Guts To Say ‘Yes’?

The talkfest is over. It’s time for action. The Ideas Factory workshop generated 141 challenges which have been available for discussion and voting for nearly three months. Two areas that generated significant discussion were staff development and relationship building. In particular: Staff development – preparing for the future Staff development – professional recognition in the…

New Ways of Talking: Māori and Technology

Next year, Te Rōpū Whakahau will be celebrating their 20th anniversary at their  hui-ā-tau (annual conference) in January at Waipapa Marae. Tosca Waerea and I will be facilitating an afternoon session with three absolutely outstanding speakers. Here are the details: New ways of talking: Māori and Technology Mike McRoberts of TV3, Chris Cormack of Catalyst IT…

The Talkfest Is Over: 3 Things You Can Do Right Now

Give 32 librarians 30 minutes to discuss the challenges they will face in the next year and what happens? The room ignites and 141 challenges are identified without much thought at all. Ask them to spend the next 30 minutes discussing ideas to overcome just 5 of these challenges and what happens? The room erupts and 165…

10 Reasons To Go To #LIANZA11 (In 140 Characters Or Less)

Last week I attended the Queensland Public Libraries Association Conference and tweeted live updates for the first time (all tweets from the QPLA Conference have been captured here). I was quite nervous about this as I wasn’t sure if I could: Offer any real value within 140 characters Keep my tweets up-to-date with the speed…

3 Things Your Kindle Can’t Do….But Other Ereaders Can

Once again New Zealand libraries are fighting to remain relevant, this time in the provision of ebooks. We’ve just celebrated the launch of two major ebook lending initiatives and now this has been overshadowed by the sale of Kindle ereaders in New Zealand stores. Paul Sutherland from Christchurch City Libraries provided a  succinct overview of the…