Monthly Archive: December 2008

Dec 30

A yearly review – back over 2008 and forward to 2009

I have been doing reviews for everything ranging from our library’s main blog to our family Christmas letter which went out with the cards, but realised I haven’t done one for Connecting Librarian.  So here’s my year in review as a librarian and a preview of what is already planned to occur in the New …

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Dec 06

Bring out your dead: the role of book in post Web 2.0 world – Sherman Young – Macquarie University

Author of the book – The book is dead: long live the book. History of the world in 3.5 slides. In the beginning was the book and it was good. It was the basis for the modern world. Then came the falll (this is the half slide). The conflict came in the form of electronic …

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Dec 06

Shanachietour Down Under – Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer – DOK

Showed their US tour video, introducing everyone to the concept of the Shanachie tour. Jaap then started filming Erik talking, whilst also showing it live on the big screen. Deer caught in the headlights is what comes to mind when looking at the big screen. Erik spoke about the need for librarians in the Netherlands, …

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Dec 06

Butting heads or buildingminds: new librarians, experienced librarians and the challenges of new technologies – Bruce Klopsteins – NLA

The challenge of social and market norms in the workplace: book – predictably irrational. How are we dealing with change? Getting ahead, riding the curve or trailing behind it? Change is creating competing and conflicting needs. Which should we value: the craft, the experience or code, future potential and flexibility. We need both. In organisations, …

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Dec 06

Perspectives on the State Library Graduate Program – a great start for a new librarian, a new beginning for an ageing library – Steve McQuade and Gemma Lyon – SLWA

Started with Sesame Street video on library and Cookie Monster. In the video, Cookie Monster represented the current young generation, he knows what he wants and he wants it now, regardless of the paradigm of the existing library. Hence Cookie Monsters needs go unfulfilled. Library services are being increasingly shaped by a new generation of …

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Dec 06

Beyond the holy grail: why academic librarianship is more than just reference – Rebecca Parker – Swinburne UT

Tendency to focus on the largest, most visible users group – being the students. However they also serve the academics and corporate arms of the uni. Their multiple users groups mean they also have multiple support roles including teaching, learning and research. The strategic goals need to align with those of their uni and at …

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Dec 06

Getting from A to B: development framework for developing librarians – Vanessa Warren – University of Tasmania

Vanessa is a liason librarian at the Launceston campus and works in collection development, research support, teaching and learning, reference services and strategic planning and an awful lot of improvisation. In a reorganisation in 2007, all liason librarians were reclassified to take account of skills and levels of expertise, which could in turn prevent new …

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Dec 06

Books? What books? Sally Kurdna – Fairfax Media

Fairfax Media has no physical space. The library is embedded into various areas in the company, and has been since 2006. Fairfax Media provides research to all areas of the company, with the exception of the Age, which has its own research library. Librarians have desks in amongst the departments and the collection dispersed to …

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Dec 06

NLS4 Debate – Should Librarians trained pre-Google be made to qualify again?

Moderated by Craig Anderson. Positive: Julie Rae – would love to say that they dont need to requalify, but experience shows that they are not keeping up-to-date. Need to be more competitive, need to be recognised as industry leaders and cant do this unless we are keeping current. We need to better understand our communities, …

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Dec 06

7 Things I learned on my travels – Elaina Norlin

Major lessons learned about her career: you never know where your career will take you… but always think big. The first thing she noticed (someone yelled out that librarians drink a lot): the stereotype that people applied to her and commented automatically. They included: you must luv to read, you seem pretty smart and I …

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