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…

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…