Category Archive: learning

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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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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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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Jun 02

Libraries and Information Science Stack Exchange.

After a long wait and a lot of work behind the scenes, Libraries and Information Science Stack Exchange is now out, in beta. (   What is Stack Exchange? To quote the source – “Stack Exchange is a fast-growing network of 84 question and answer sites on diverse topics from software programming to cooking to …

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Dec 03

QR Codes – a trial or a trial?

I had a play with QR Codes a while ago, but only recently has my library undertaken a  trial in using them. Its informal, there has been no big song and dance about it, but if nothing else comes about as a result of this experiment, we have at least raised awareness about them. Its …

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May 09

I am a librarian

With Library Week next week and a few other things happening, I have been thinking about my profession, what led me to come to this place and how what I do fits with who I am. I am a librarian.  I recommend you check out Librarian Idol’s recent post The Great I AM….. Andrew manages …

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Sep 02

ALIA Dreaming 08 PM Plenary – Anita Heiss

Indigenous Literacy – a national crisis – Anita Heiss -UQ and Flinders Gap beween indigenous literacy and non-indigenous. By the age of 15, 1/3 of indigenous students dont have the skills to manage in the adult world. In remote areas, these figures are even higher. Indigenous students have much higher adsence rates, lower numeracy skills …

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Jul 27

A blogging year in review

Its my 3rd blogaversary and I’ve been trying to think about what to post about to celebrate and decided its a good time to review the past 12 months of professional activity.  So here’s what I consider are my major achievements professionally, both inside and outside of work.  This is more for me I guess, …

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