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…

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…

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…

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…

How Active Are You On Twitter?

Regular readers would have noticed that each day I post a selection of the latest information about New Zealand libraries from many library tweeting heroes. So I thought it might also be useful to find out how many readers of this blog are also active on Twitter, and provide my thoughts on how I use…

Do Something

This post was inspired by the heroic rescue efforts in Christchurch and the new book, Poke the Box, by Seth Godin. Everyone has a bit of a hero within them. We each inherently want to succeed and be valued. To be admired for our courage or achievements. And I’m addicted to finding the heroes within…

Torn (Book Review)

Title: Torn Author: Chris Jordan Verdict: Fast-paced action. A perfect travelling companion to help pass the time. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Similar to, but not as good as: Harlan Coben novels. See which libraries in New Zealand have Torn and Harlan Coben novels. A school held hostage. A young boy missing. A journey into a sinister cult….

Room (Book Review)

Title: Room Author: Emma Donoghue Verdict: Vivid descriptions. Heart-wrenching. I haven’t read anything like it. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ If you like vivid descriptions try: the classic The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel. See which libraries in New Zealand have Room and The Clan of the Cave Bear. “Today I’m five. I was four last…

The Art of Non-Conformity (Book Review)

Title: The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want… Author: Chris Guillebeau Verdict: Inspirational lessons for life. Buy it. Dare to do different. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ See which libraries in New Zealand have The Art of Non-Conformity. The Art of Non-Conformity is a journey of adventure, memorable moments and serendipity. But first and…

What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

You know how sometimes when you read an article, blog post or a book it causes all kinds of ideas to bubble up and you wish you could talk to the author more about their experiences. Or maybe you’ve noticed a great window display that just draws you into the store…and want to learn more about making a…