Category Archive: knowledge sharing

Mar 22

Renew, rethink, revitalize – a mini conference at the State Library of Victoria

I was one of the 270 public library staff who attended this great event, created and hosted by the State Library of Victoria.  Besides the three keynotes, the rest of the presentations were by library staff doing interesting things in their libraries.  They were all awesome. Here are my notes: Renew, rethink and revitalise mini …

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Feb 04

VALA 2014 – Plenary 1 – Christine Borgman – University of California

Christine Borgman (UCLA) – Big data, little data, no data: scholarship in the networked world Information has moved a long way, from oral communication,  cumulatively to virtual. We use them concurrently and in different ways. Need to think about how we work with traditional materials and ‘data’. We need to think of new types of …

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Jun 28

Blog June 2013 – Day 28 – The perils of basic assistance

With the recent addition of e-books to our library offerings, we have created some simplified instructions on how to download an e-book.  We have created similar such sheets many times before, to help our library users to help themselves with various library services. The instructions are quick and easy, but don’t take into account any …

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Jun 26

Blog June 2013 – Day 26 – Lifelong Learning with each other

Tonight I gave a one hour seminar at one of our libraries – an introduction to an online service, which I have been using for years. The aim of the seminar was to give people some tips and tricks to help them to get the best use of the service. I have run other seminars …

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Jun 21

Blog June 2013 – Day 21 – Your reach

Besides this blog, I have been a presenter and have some other author credits to my name, as well as organising professional development events. I have had people tell me over the years, that through these things I have impacted on their professional lives, helped them learn new things and new perspectives and more. But …

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Jun 17

Blog June 2013 – Day 17 – Patience – a vital library skill

I’m not a patient person generally. I want things done and I want it done now.  But I have learned the value in patience in life in general and in the library as well. Much as I want all the new things, changes, adaptations, removals etc to happen at the time that they are all …

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Apr 22

Connecting the dots: people, libraries and technology

The State Library of Victoria hosted this event, in conjunction with Public Libraries Network Victoria last Friday.  There was good representation from libraries across the state and I am happy to say they weren’t all tech people. Anyway, here are my notes from the day.   NBN and libraries of the 21st century – Mary …

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Jan 16

3D Printers – technolust, lifelong learning, community?

I normally don’t weigh in with a blog post when there is a heavy topic in library blogging, but am going to on this one because of my own particular interest and experience of late. If you haven’t already caught the discussion on libraries, their mission and 3D printers, I recommend you do so first. …

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Jun 24

Seeing is believing

At a staff meeting yesterday, I asked staff for feedback on our training blog. The overwhelming response was that actually using the database and seeing what it can do (achieved through an introduction and series of questions that utilise its different features), made staff more aware of the resource in their daily work, more likely …

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Jun 18

My relief librarian experience thus far

Most of my full-time job at present has me working as relief librarian, which means I work at whichever library I am assigned, to cover a staff member absent due to training, meetings, leave etc.  I know what shifts I will be doing and where the week before, but that doesn’t stop them from changing …

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