Happy Hour

In New Zealand, professional development training opportunities suitable for library staff at all levels are few and far between. There are annual sector conferences, weekend schools and the occasional one-off workshop. All are face-to-face. Online training is available through ALA webinars and the like, but they generally don’t require much more than you listening to someone…

An Exciting Opportunity!

Ten months ago, I pitched an idea to develop a series of self-paced online courses for New Zealand library staff. The idea was based on the results of the 2012 LIANZA Career Survey that indicated: There were not enough continuing education opportunities available. There was a strong preference (64.02%) for continuing professional development to be undertaken during work time rather than…

MOOC-ing About

By Morag Gray, presented at LIANZA Otago-Southland Weekend School, 15-17 November 2013. Professional Development While there are many opportunities for professional development provided by LIANZA, Invercargill (where I live) and Southland District (where I work) are a long way from anywhere much.  The closest courses offered are usually in Dunedin, which is a 2 and…

Heroes Mingle achieves the impossible

In librarianship, professional learning used to be dominated by national or regional conferences where only those of a certain tier in the librarianship hierarchy would be privileged enough to attend. And whatever happened at conference stayed at conference. As a result the hundreds of librarians left behind, were left behind. That world still exists but…

Join us

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…