Category: conference

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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More from Shanachietour and NLS4

Today was the first day of NLS4, which I have blogged about already, but only the last afternoon session and plenary. I missed a lot because I ended up spending most of the day with other public librarians and Erik and Jaap the Shanachietour guys. I began the day at the State Library of Victoria …

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Mark Pesce – University of Sydney – the Alexandrine Dilemma

Part 1 – Crash through or crash 1999 – Britannica went online, all 30+ volumes. The servers, network connections and all crashed because of the amount of traffic hitting it at once – 50 million people. Britannica had tapped into the need for high quality information. It didnt need to advertise to bring traffic to …

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A Flying Start at UWA Library – breaking internal barriers – Matt Stephenson

Began with the UWA Library strategy 2005-2007, In 2007, they started the Flying Start program for new librarians at UWA. It is a 12 month program that sees new librarians work ½ their time in reader services, the other half in information services, to give them the bigger picture of UWA libraries. Core competencies have …

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Why bother – the joys of professional development and how to get active

Alyson Dalby – I have missed most of the day so far at NLS4 as I have spent most of the time with the Shanachie boys at the State Library of Victoria. More on that later. For now, here I am live blogging for the rest of today and for all of tomorrow (at least …

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Wow, all the things that have been happening…..

Its been a while between blog posts and although I’m still frantically busy, I thought it time to share some of the highlights of my last few weeks in the library world. The reason I have been frantically busy is that our biggest library, Narre Warren has been closed this last week for recarpeting and …

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ALIA Dreaming 08 – the social side

Not only have the conference presentations been good, as will the papers Im sure, but I have to post about the social side as well. The networking opportunties have been great. It started on Tuesday night with a welcome reception and the opening of the trade exhibit. Drinks and horses doovers met everyone who had …

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ALIA Dreaming 08 – Fri PM Plenary – Loriene Roy

ALA and the intersection of indigenous library services and values – Dr Loriene Roy – University of Texas As ALA president, you get money for assigned tasks, an assistant etc ($250,000) and then $100,000 for programs. Routine duties include communications ie. presidential message quarterly reports and much more such as greetings, blogs, messages, cards/greetings. It …

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ALIA Dreaming 08 – ALS Breakfast – Thu – Margie Seale

I was fortunate enough to be invited by Patricia Genat to attend the ALS Breakfast during the ALIA Dreaming 08 conference. Over a lovely pancake breakfast we had a casual conversation with Margie Seale from Random House on publishing trends and the scene in the Australian industry. Margie began by saying that she was impressed …

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ALIA Dreaming 08 – AM Concurrent Session – Space

Changing library types – the journey from joint use to public library – Kimberley Hargrave In SA, community libraries were established in the 70s and 80s. Of the 142 public libraries in SA, just over 1/3 are joint use. There is an agreement in place outlining the responsibilities, funding etc. The Two Wells library operated …

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