Library Staff Professional Development Needs A Makeover #nicat13

Yesterday I presented at the 2013 North Island Children’s and Teens’ Librarians’ Conference: Manaakitanga: Empowering Our Youth in Rotorua, New Zealand, 1-2 August 2013. You can read my presentation below or download it. Summary This presentation explores the role of Twitter as a professional development tool in overcoming the challenges presented by the traditional model of library staff professional…

At Tweet Level: How To Instantly Engage Your Market

“It’s a real-time world now, and if you’re not engaged, then  you’re on your way to marketplace irrelevance.” Real-Time Marketing & PR. The above quote may sound a bit extreme, especially for libraries, but being first in the conversation (offline or online) is very important. Witness this article about librarians being silenced at the CLA…

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”….

BoK Makeover

Last night I was putting the final touches to today’s Daily News when I realised that LIANZA had given the Bodies of Knowledge (BoKs) a makeover. This came as a surprise as there was no announcement that this had been completed. In March 2011 LIANZA indicated that a review of the Bodies of Knowledge (pdf) would occur…

It Is Personal

Revalidating your professional registration with LIANZA is not just a process. It is personal. Despite LIANZA providing a truckload of tips for librarians due to renew their professional registration, it can still seem just a wee bit too confusing and seriously stressful. Where do I start? What do I have to do? How many BoKs do I…