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On Saturday 19 October at 7pm NZT, we’re taking Heroes Mingle to the world – Heroes Mingle goes global! Megan and I will be the only NZ librarians presenting at Library 2.0: the future of libraries in the digital age – our session focuses on our philosophy, the technological tools we’ve used and the lessons we’ve learned by taking control of…

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…

Was=Me. Is=We.

Yesterday marked the 500th edition of The Daily News. Much has changed since the first edition on 21 January 2011 and this is the first in a series of posts to mark the occasion. Was=Me. The age of ‘me’ was a time when organisations were in control. A time when libraries broadcast information about their collections…

Buzzing #3

By Sean Murgatroyd. The project team asked me if I’d like to do the write-up the weekend before the third Reality Librarianship talk featuring Paul Hayton. I had to laugh as I had every expectation that I’d hear very little of Paul and Megan’s discussion. Above are the information sources I needed to track on…

Buzzing #2

By Megan Ingle. Last Thursday (June 7th), Sally Pewhairangi, Sean Murgatroyd and I held our second Reality Librarianship event. Librarians from all over New Zealand took time out to join us online for half an hour to hear Senga White share her experiences of “embedded literacy” at James Hargest College in Invercargill. Questions came in…

Buzzing

Last Thursday Megan Ingle, Sean Murgatroyd and I held our first Reality Librarianship event. When Megan and I started developing these ideas in the beginning of March 2012 (just three months ago) we wanted: to offer professional development opportunities for library staff based on discussions rather than presentations. learning to occur through participation and conversations;…

Opportunities As Seeds

My name is Tosca Waerea and, currently, I work for Auckland Libraries in their digital services team.  Specifically, I’m involved with our social media streams.  Prior to the 2010 local government amalgamation I worked for Manukau Libraries firstly as a general library assistant, then as a library assistant for Maori services and, lastly, as digital…

Provide And Pray

Earlier this year I listened to a podcast from The Engaging Brand about a new book called “The Social Organisation:  How to Use Social Media to Tap the Collective Genius of Your Customers and Employees“. One memorable aspect of this podcast was the reference to a practice that the authors referred to as “provide and pray”….

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…