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…