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…

50 Shades Of Blue

The School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) has recently published the latest issue (pdf) of Collected magazine. This issue is devoted to Blue Sky Thinking: If the sky was the limit, what would you hope for? so “prepare to be challenged, have your paradigm shifted or even have your current thinking validated as you read the stellar…

Live-Tweets Of The LIANZA Waikato/BOP Weekend School 25-27 May 2012

The LIANZA Waikato/BOP Weekend School celebrated it’s 10th anniversary this year in Whakatane. Below is a brief summary of selected presentations and how they were represented on Twitter at the time (live-tweets). LIANZA update Jane Hill, LIANZA President Jane outlined where LIANZA is going in 2012 and beyond; and asked the audience to discuss future…

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…

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…

10 Reasons To Go To #LIANZA11 (In 140 Characters Or Less)

Last week I attended the Queensland Public Libraries Association Conference and tweeted live updates for the first time (all tweets from the QPLA Conference have been captured here). I was quite nervous about this as I wasn’t sure if I could: Offer any real value within 140 characters Keep my tweets up-to-date with the speed…

Social Media Influence Of Public Libraries

The previous article in this series looked at the number of Facebook and Twitter followers of New Zealand public libraries. The number of followers or likes provides a simple measure of a library’s social media success. But it doesn’t tell you how effectively you are engaging with them. There are several tools that can help…

Social Media Supporters Of Individual Public Libraries

This is the second of three articles on social media supporters of New Zealand public libraries that will be published over the coming weeks. Last week I provided a crude count of social media supporters split between the North and South Island. This week, I list the number of supporters by individual public libraries. <click on…

New Zealand Public Libraries: Social Media Supporters

This is the first of three posts on social media supporters of New Zealand public libraries that will be published over the coming three weeks. According to Neilsen’s 2010 Social Media Report, 1.8 million New Zealanders are interacting via social media sites. 79% list Facebook as their main social networking platform up from just 19% in…

How Active Are You On Twitter?

Regular readers would have noticed that each day I post a selection of the latest information about New Zealand libraries from many library tweeting heroes. So I thought it might also be useful to find out how many readers of this blog are also active on Twitter, and provide my thoughts on how I use…