Ten Guitars Or A Busted Ukelele?

Ten Guitars is a well-loved New Zealand (especially Māori) party song. I’ve used it here in an informal way to rate the success (or otherwise) of our Māori TED Talks project. In August last year, Tosca Waerea and I were on Twitter discussing why we loved TED Talks when we hit upon the idea of trying…

Wrestling With Resolutions

It’s about now (mid January) that you’re over the euphoria of setting a New Year resolution and you’re wrestling to keep it on track. According to the NZ Herald 55% of Kiwis make New Year resolutions but more than 33% do not keep them. This doesn’t come as a surprise to me and I’m sure…

Is It Worth While?

Tomorrow will be the 300th edition of The Daily News and so it seems like a good time to ask “Is it worth while?“. There are a many ways I could measure the success or otherwise of The Daily News – number of subscribers, number of visits, number of news items linked, most popular news…

Stressed By The Summer Reading Programme?

It’s that time again for public libraries. If you’re not full swing into organising your next Summer Reading Programme you soon will be. Although I haven’t had hands-on experience with a summer reading programme, I couldn’t help but notice a few things when I was working in a public library*: It’s not an enviable job….

What Does Success Look Like?

Last week I read a post by Australian Information Professional Alisa Howlett about how her definition of success has changed over time and sometimes the path is not as well defined as it used to be. Alisa’s post got me thinking about success in another way – from a project perspective. A successful project solves a problem…

Professional Registration: The Journey Begins…And Ends (For Now)

In a previous article, I evaluated the benefits of becoming professionally registered with LIANZA. Although the benefits weren’t overwhelming, I was curious to see what the registration process involved and whether I’d qualify. The application process consists of two parts: Completing a pre-registration form Supplying evidence of relevant tertiary qualifications 1. Completing a pre-registration form…

Professional Registration: Why?

I first became a LIANZA and Te Rōpū Whakahau member in the early 1990s to meet others in similar circumstances and as part of my ongoing career development. I was studying for my post-grad library qualification, was new to the profession, and I was working sole-charge at Awataha Marae library. It was significant for me…

21 Everyday Library Projects

In the last 5 months I’ve worked with over 120 library staff on using practical project management skills in their everyday work. What I’ve noticed is that some staff have initially struggled to find a connection between what they do, and projects. There is a perception that all projects are big, unwieldy, reluctant beasts that…

Site Difficulties

Hi, Today, I’ve run into some difficulties accessing my website. Yesterday I attempted to move it to a new web host, and it is proving unstable. Blog subscribers and twitter followers would have received two new posts today, only to find the content is unavailable. Even I am unable access these posts to reproduce them…

Workshop Designed Especially For Libraries

On Friday I spent the morning at Massey University Library in Palmerston North.  They had heard great things about the workshop I presented at  the LIANZA Ikaroa Weekend Hui late last year and wanted to learn more about The Cheat’s Guide to Project Management. 20 Massey University Library staff attended from Wellington, Palmerston North and…

Is Your List Of Library Projects Out Of Control?

It doesn’t matter how small your think your projects are, it is difficult to keep any project under control without some kind of framework or map. Perhaps your list of library projects include: write book reviews for the library’s website combine the reference and lending desks create a social media subject guide or improve the library’s orientation…

The Cheat’s Guide to Project Management: LIANZA Workshops

I will be facilitating a series of project management workshops for LIANZA, planned for March and April 2011. Workshop Details: Length: Half day workshop (four hours), 8.30am – 12.30pm or 1pm – 5pm Catering includes morning/afternoon tea. Cost: $161 (LIANZA member), $230 (Non-member) Maximum Number of Participants: 20 Breakeven Number of Participants: 15 BOK Area: 9 The workshops…