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,…