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Feb 14

VALA 2016 – Day Three – Nancy Proctor, Karen Lauritson and so much more

On Day Three I both chaired a session and presented in another, so there are less notes, but I hope you still find them helpful/useful.   The museum as startup – Nancy Proctor (Baltimore Museum of Art) Startup – human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty – …

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Feb 09

VALA 2016 – Day One – R. David Lankes, Lee Rainie and so much more

Always take away great thoughts and ideas from VALA – here’s what I got from Day 1.   Librarianship: saving the world one community at a time – Dr R David Lankes Technology advances have made the world a smaller place. Expectmorelibrary.com. Not all is well in the world and librarians have a part to …

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Jun 18

Leadership Learning Forum – State Library of Victoria – Marianne Broadbent

I was fortunate enough to attend the most recent of these annual events, with guest speaker Marianne Broadbent.  She was a very thought provoking speaker. Hope you get as much out of my notes as I did from attending the session. Marianne Broadbent – Implementing 21st Leadership at Multiple Levels Good skills to have are …

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Jun 11

Digital Literacy Seminar – Public Libraries Victoria Network (PLVN)

Here are my notes from the PLVN ICT Special Interest Group Digital Literacy Seminar, held in Melbourne on 3rd June 2015. Hugh Rundle – MC Victorian Public Libraries: Our Future, Our Skills Research Report 2014 – http://www.plvn.net.au/sites/default/files/Skills%20Audit%20Report%20FINAL.pdf. 98% of libraries completed survey, 79% of managers. Good basis for skills audit. Public Libraries 2030 came out …

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Sep 19

ALIA Biennial Conference Day 1

I was fortunate enough to attend and present at the first day of the ALIA Biennial Conference 2014 in Melbourne. Here are my notes from the sessions I attended (all good stuff).  I will get my presentation up here soon as well. British Library in a globalised world – Roly Keating: Chief Execuitve of British …

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Jun 28

Blog every day of June – Teamwork – Sat 28 June

I worked at our biggest branch today. It was quite busy already, but made busier and more of a challenge by a couple of unexpected situations. First, we had to send one of our team members to another library, that had two staff call in sick.  Second, our phones were playing up (just had a …

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Jun 08

Blog every day of June – Delicacy of online communications – Sun 8 June

We have an online form for people to contact us and people use it for a lot of things – asking questions about collections, querying their membership, info about events and so much more. The query comes through to us as an email and we usually respond to the user with an email (if they …

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Jun 06

Blog every day of June – Best thing about working in libraries – Fri 6 June

There are many wonderful things about working in libraries: the great jobs we have to do the wonderful people we do those jobs for – our library users the toys we get to play with the people we met the great titles we come across to read, listen to, watch etc. and so much more …

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Feb 09

VALA2014 – Concurrent Session 14 – Skilling time

I need more hands on training – reflections on creating self-directed learning by Con and Michael Wiebrands at Curtin University. They have been running training programs for staff for years. They are self learner sand have been frustrated by those who don’t self direct their own learning. Key concepts: open to learn, initiative when offered, …

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Aug 12

Sometimes it takes a different perspective……

I work with our website and our catalogue and other online resources on a daily basis. It know them pretty much backwards and inside out – know where to find things, know what I can change and what I can’t and why.  I am all over it.  Which means that sometimes I am way too …

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