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…