The Talkfest Is Over: 3 Things You Can Do Right Now

Give 32 librarians 30 minutes to discuss the challenges they will face in the next year and what happens? The room ignites and 141 challenges are identified without much thought at all. Ask them to spend the next 30 minutes discussing ideas to overcome just 5 of these challenges and what happens? The room erupts and 165…

The Ideas Factory: My LIANZA Conference Workshop

At the end of October I’m off to the 2011 LIANZA Conference in Wellington. I will be facilitating a workshop on Tuesday afternoon (1 November, 1:30pm). Here’s an overview of my workshop: For some, attending conferences can be highly motivating and inspirational because you’re exposed to new ways of doing things and a myriad of…

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…

Disruption Is In The Air

Libraries and librarians spend a lot of time tweaking the status quo, when what we need is a complete disruption to remain relevant. We discuss the value of tagging in cataloguing, ebooks in reader’s advisory, federated searching in reference – trying to fit new tools and techniques into our current practices, or tweaking the status…

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…

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…

New Zealand Libraries In 2025

What will New Zealand Libraries look like in 2025? Will you still be working in libraries? How will your role change? I’ve recently started a group called New Zealand Libraries in 2025 on Linkedin to provide a forum for discussing questions such as these, and sharing ideas about New Zealand Libraries of the future. To…

Real-Time Marketing & PR (Book Review)

Title: Real-Time Marketing & PR: How to Instantly Engage Your Market… Author: David Meerman Scott Verdict: A must-read for any library. Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ If you like this try: Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable by Seth Godin. See which libraries in New Zealand have Real-Time Marketing & PR (may not be available) and Purple Cow. I…