Michelle McLean

Part-time librarian, full-time wife and mother, who loves working in a public library and playing with virtual services and new technologies.

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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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End of an era – print reference

I have had responsibility for our library’s print reference collection. on and off since 1996. When I first took on this role in 1996, our largest branch – which was both the local and regional reference collection, had 85 shelves of reference books. I’m talking full shelves, 2 metre high shelving and taking up a …

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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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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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Blog every day of June – Managing challenges – Mon 23 June

Wow, its the last day and I can’t believe I blogged every day of it.  It’s a challenge that I took and I fulfilled – yay to me! That and the many things that are going on, both at work and personally, got me thinking about challenges, which I admit I have more than a …

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Blog every day of June – What new technologies should we know about? – Sun 29 June

Been thinking about what the future holds in terms of technology, which is difficult at the best of times, because new tech is always coming out and you never know what is really going to impact in significant way. For example, we have all seen how much smart phones and tablets have changed the way …

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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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Blog every day of June – Website redesign can be good because….. – Fri 27 June

We are in the early stages of producing our new website. Many of you would know how long and complicated such a process can be, but it has to be done. To improve usability, to give the site a fresh look and to enhance our online services. But some other benefits can come out of …

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Blog every day of June – Paperless office?? – Thu 26 June

We all heard the stories.  Computers were going to eliminate the need for paper and we would all experience the tidiness, efficiency and eco-friendly environment of the paperless office. This was emphasised for me again today at my office.  I work in our regional headquarters and this was the paper that I utilised today: printed …

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Blog every day of June – From whence we came – tech version – Wed 25 June

One of our managers is retiring.  We have worked together in the same library for decades and as both our roles have had a technology focus, we have seen a wide range of changes in that time. As she has been cleaning out her files and organising things for the new manager, she has discovered …

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