All Bets Are Off

2 July 2012 marked the 500th edition of The Daily News. Much has changed since the first edition on 21 January 2011 and this is the second in a series of brief posts to mark the occasion. The first post is here. The last 18 months was not just a period of significant change where mobile devices, apps,…

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…

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…

Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd (Book Review)

Title: Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd Author: Youngme Moon Verdict: Prefer the video trailer to the book Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Similiar in style to: Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell See which libraries in New Zealand have Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd and Outliers: The Story of Success “When we spend too much time comparing our own brand performance…

Homai te pakipaki

“Homai te pakipaki” literally translates from Maori as “give the clap”. It is a phrase frequently used by the host to encourage the audience to show their appreciation for a guest speaker by giving them a round of applause. I stumbled upon three recent blog posts that in my opinion deserve a round of applause. They each provide an insight into how treating…

Lessons From Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is one of my heroes. I grew up in Einstein Street and the streets in our neighbourhood were all named after scientists – Marie Curie Place, Huxley Road, Pickering Street… so from an early age I’ve always been fascinated by the lives and accomplishments of such people. The list below resonated with me,…