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…