Libraries and Librarians

Last week David Lankes hosted a webinar for New Zealand librarians who had registered for The Atlas of New Librarianship discussion groups. David’s presentation contained so many gems that it’s going to take me a long while to unpack, polish and share them with others. But I am working on it; and here is the…

Part 2: Three LIANZA Projects

Yesterday I published part one of an interview with LIANZA President Elect Laurinda Thomas about the Strengthening the Profession projects that LIANZA has recently announced. In part one Laurinda answers some general questions about the projects – deliverables, terms of reference, selection criteria, time commitments, and skills of working party members and the role of Council…

Part 1: Strengthening The Profession

The impetus for a programme of work around ‘Strengthening the Profession’ came from a strategy paper to market the profession presented to Council in 2009. During 2011, Council ran a workshop at the Conference to help scope the work needed, and a subsequent survey of our membership to determine priorities. As a result, Council is…

Test Your Assumptions

Library projects often focus a lot on risks as this is often what stakeholders are most concerned about. But it is also good to test assumptions. How do risks differ from assumptions? Risks are the likelihood that something will or will not happen. They are measured by their probability (what is the likelihood that this…

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…

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 Zealanders Love Public Libraries

I created this video in honour of the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup and the launch of the LIANZA advocacy tools portal. [Added 6:20pm 27 Oct 2011: Statistics from LIANZA. Images: Microsoft PowerPoint clipart. Music: composed & performed by Peter John Ross, courtesy of Sonnyboo.com (CC-BY).] It was initially inspired by this video from Ireland.

Stressed By The Summer Reading Programme?

It’s that time again for public libraries. If you’re not full swing into organising your next Summer Reading Programme you soon will be. Although I haven’t had hands-on experience with a summer reading programme, I couldn’t help but notice a few things when I was working in a public library*: It’s not an enviable job….

Ebook Providers in New Zealand: OverDrive and Wheelers

This article began life as a story about Tauranga City Libraries soon-to-be launched ebook service and upon doing some background research I realised that there was a larger story to tell. Hopefully you will find it as fascinating as I have. With ebook sales surging and library ebook lending becoming increasingly competitive around the globe,…

21 Everyday Library Projects

In the last 5 months I’ve worked with over 120 library staff on using practical project management skills in their everyday work. What I’ve noticed is that some staff have initially struggled to find a connection between what they do, and projects. There is a perception that all projects are big, unwieldy, reluctant beasts that…

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…