20 Everyday Ways To Escape The Library Echo Chamber

Libraries and information professionals are stuck in a bit of an echo chamber. We spend way too much time talking to one another, and not nearly enough time talking to the potential users. Potential users who have no idea really what a (future ready) library does, but who would probably come and visit if they…

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…

TEDTalks: Reviews In 10 Words or less

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Education, and Design. Today it brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TEDTalks shares…

From Patron-Focussed Libraries To Patron-Driven Libraries

At the beginning of May I presented a session on New Zealand Libraries in 2025 at the LIANZA Waikato/BOP Weekend School where I shared some ideas about how libraries can get to 2025, whatever it may look like. One suggestion was the need to move from patron-focussed libraries to patron-driven libraries. (If the terminology seems unfamiliar, you…

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…

Flip: How To Turn Everything You Know On Its Head…(Book Review)

Title: Flip: How To Turn Everything You Know On Its Head And Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imaginings Author: Peter Sheahan Verdict: Nothing really new here, but it’s a good refresher. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ See which libraries in New Zealand have Flip. Another business book on how to distinguish yourself from the competition and thrive during tough…

Indian Takeaway: One Man’s Attempt To Cook His Way Home (Book Review)

Title: Indian Takeaway: One Man’s Attempt To Cook His Way Home Author: Hardeep Singh Kohli Verdict: Hilarious and superbly written. A must read. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Similar to: Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. See which libraries in New Zealand have Indian Takeaway and Julie and Julia. I’m a foodie with a fascination of Indian food,…

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…

New Zealand Libraries In 2025

What will New Zealand Libraries look like in 2025? Will you still be working in libraries? How will your role change? I’ve recently started a group called New Zealand Libraries in 2025 on Linkedin to provide a forum for discussing questions such as these, and sharing ideas about New Zealand Libraries of the future. To…

Real-Time Marketing & PR (Book Review)

Title: Real-Time Marketing & PR: How to Instantly Engage Your Market… Author: David Meerman Scott Verdict: A must-read for any library. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ If you like this try: Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable by Seth Godin. See which libraries in New Zealand have Real-Time Marketing & PR (may not be available) and Purple Cow. I…

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…

Where Good Ideas Come From

Steven Johnson has just released his book Where Good Ideas Come From and based on this intricate, yet short 4 minute video, I’ve just put an order in for it at Amazon.