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…

Workshop Designed Especially For Libraries

On Friday I spent the morning at Massey University Library in Palmerston North.  They had heard great things about the workshop I presented at  the LIANZA Ikaroa Weekend Hui late last year and wanted to learn more about The Cheat’s Guide to Project Management. 20 Massey University Library staff attended from Wellington, Palmerston North and…

Is Your List Of Library Projects Out Of Control?

It doesn’t matter how small your think your projects are, it is difficult to keep any project under control without some kind of framework or map. Perhaps your list of library projects include: write book reviews for the library’s website combine the reference and lending desks create a social media subject guide or improve the library’s orientation…