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,…

Live-Tweets Of The LIANZA Waikato/BOP Weekend School 25-27 May 2012

The LIANZA Waikato/BOP Weekend School celebrated it’s 10th anniversary this year in Whakatane. Below is a brief summary of selected presentations and how they were represented on Twitter at the time (live-tweets). LIANZA update Jane Hill, LIANZA President Jane outlined where LIANZA is going in 2012 and beyond; and asked the audience to discuss future…

At Tweet Level: How To Instantly Engage Your Market

“It’s a real-time world now, and if you’re not engaged, then  you’re on your way to marketplace irrelevance.” Real-Time Marketing & PR. The above quote may sound a bit extreme, especially for libraries, but being first in the conversation (offline or online) is very important. Witness this article about librarians being silenced at the CLA…

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…

Provide And Pray

Earlier this year I listened to a podcast from The Engaging Brand about a new book called “The Social Organisation:  How to Use Social Media to Tap the Collective Genius of Your Customers and Employees“. One memorable aspect of this podcast was the reference to a practice that the authors referred to as “provide and pray”….

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…

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…

New Ways of Talking: Māori and Technology

Next year, Te Rōpū Whakahau will be celebrating their 20th anniversary at their  hui-ā-tau (annual conference) in January at Waipapa Marae. Tosca Waerea and I will be facilitating an afternoon session with three absolutely outstanding speakers. Here are the details: New ways of talking: Māori and Technology Mike McRoberts of TV3, Chris Cormack of Catalyst IT…

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…

The Talkfest Is Over: 3 Things You Can Do Right Now

Give 32 librarians 30 minutes to discuss the challenges they will face in the next year and what happens? The room ignites and 141 challenges are identified without much thought at all. Ask them to spend the next 30 minutes discussing ideas to overcome just 5 of these challenges and what happens? The room erupts and 165…

The Ideas Factory: My LIANZA Conference Workshop

At the end of October I’m off to the 2011 LIANZA Conference in Wellington. I will be facilitating a workshop on Tuesday afternoon (1 November, 1:30pm). Here’s an overview of my workshop: For some, attending conferences can be highly motivating and inspirational because you’re exposed to new ways of doing things and a myriad of…

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…