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…

Showcase: The Anatomy Of Libraries

My Mum lives in Gisborne. She doesn’t use the library and won’t write a letter to the editor about the library user-charges in Gisborne because she doesn’t know what she’d say. I asked Mum why she doesn’t use the library: “I don’t need to.” I asked Mum what would encourage her to use the library: “If…

4. Become a BoK Star

In a previous post I listed 24 library leadership qualities that will inspire me to be a loyal follower. 4.  I will follow someone who helps me overcome obstacles. LIANZA’s professional registration scheme provides (amongst other things) a framework for employers to coach and develop their library and information professional staff. Many New Zealand librarians who are professionally registered…

Māori World View: An Introduction

If I was introducing myself to a predominantly Māori audience, it would be customary for each person to say a mihimihi or introduction; to state their credentials if you like from a genealogical perspective. Telling others who your ancestors are and where you call home are powerful indicators of your place in the world. It…