Hidden In Plain Sight

As part of the work the Emerging Leaders Working Group is undertaking I’m interviewing people who stand out as some of New Zealand’s emerging leaders, or who have an interesting perspective on leadership. If there is someone who inspires you, someone you see as one of our profession’s emerging leaders, drop me a line with their contact…

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…

What Business Are Libraries In?

If you had to describe what libraries do in 8 words or less (because this fits on a business card, is a nice sound bite, can be remembered and repeated, and can be used in advertising etc) what would you say? Why is this question so difficult to answer? Why are we not able to…

4. Become a BoK Star

In a previous post I listed 24 library leadership qualities that will inspire me to be a loyal follower. 4.  I will follow someone who helps me overcome obstacles. LIANZA’s professional registration scheme provides (amongst other things) a framework for employers to coach and develop their library and information professional staff. Many New Zealand librarians who are professionally registered…

3. Be The First Penguin

In a previous post I listed 24 library leadership qualities that will inspire me to be a loyal follower. 3.  I will follow someone who shows me the way (leads by example). Leading by example is difficult, because it’s personal. It takes courage to step outside your comfort zone. It is a calculated risk where the benefits…

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…

2. Aim For Excellence, Always

In a previous post I listed 24 library leadership qualities that will inspire me to be a loyal follower. 2.  I will follow someone who aims to be the best and attempts to make it happen. Good enough is never enough. There will always be room for improvement – new technology to exploit, processes to improve,…

Kotui: An Update From Sue Sutherland Regarding Koha

On 29 April 2011, the National Library of New Zealand announced: Vendors selected to develop Kōtui, a new national shared library system Three vendors have been selected to work with Kōtui to develop a shared library system operated by the National Library of New Zealand for subscribing public libraries. The vendors are SirsiDynix, EBSCO Publishing, and…

The Power Of Conversation To Motivate Action

Heather Lamond, incoming LIANZA President (Elect) recently asked what needs to change for members to consider standing for Council. And my excuse (oops, reason) was: In my opinion as a member, I see LIANZA as addressing the “big issues”, yet I struggle to address the “everyday” issues. Standing for Council is honourable, but not often…

1. Inspire Me With Your Vision For Libraries

In a previous post I listed 24 library leadership qualities that will inspire me to be a loyal follower. 1.  I will follow someone who has a vision of how libraries can take the world to a better place. A vision provides an inspirational statement that captures the essence of an ideal future. And for me,…

The Library Leadership Manifesto

When I attended Aurora in 2005 my manager expected me to be so changed by the experience that I would actively seek new adventures within two years. He was right. By February 2007 I had left libraries altogether. For library leaders to successfully provide guidance and direction, others must be inspired to follow. It takes…

Leadership: It Ain’t Bragging If You Can Do It

This post has been written by guest blogger Paul Brown. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man” (George Bernard Shaw). Participation at the 2003 Aurora summit first challenged then changed forever, how I would…