Category Archive: librarians

Jun 15

Handling criticism at work

To be clear, I am talking about when your work or an area of your responsibility is criticised. I take great pride in my work and I work hard, which makes it all the more difficult when that work is criticised. My initial response is always defensive, accompanied by the desire to vent, curl up …

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Jun 03

What do librarians do better?

I had a conversation with a friend this morning about Canasta – the card game. We had recently had a lovely evening catching up with her and her husband, whilst playing Canasta. Subsequently, she had searched for and found her own Canasta desk at home. She said that although she found the cards, there were …

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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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Feb 13

Library Camp Australia – Melbourne 2012

After a week chock full of wonderful conference joy at VALA, it was a further joy and a bit of a relief to be able to attend Library Camp Australia 2012, at the Unversity of Melbourne on February 12th. Here are my assorted notes from the course of the day.  1st session – Jason Griffey …

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Feb 07

Empowering e-Science, eMpowering libraries – Xiaolin Zhang – VALA 2012

Xiaolin Zhan is the head of the National Science Library of Chinese Academy of Sciences Lots of information challenges to e-science: eScience is built on a lot of data – it is smart data, not just because you can play with it using computers, but because of forthcoming technologies like semantic publishing, and computable. It …

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Sep 24

VALA Presents David Lee King

Was very happy to be able Friday 23rd September’s seminar in Melbourne with David Lee King from Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, fresh from his appearance at NLS #5 in Perth and Hamish Curry from the State Library of Victoria – presented by VALA: Libraries, Technology & the Future Inc. (thanks guys for organising …

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Jul 27

Discovery Layers: potential and pitfalls

The Public Libraries Victoria Network ICT Special Interest Group, of which I am convener, ran a one-day seminar last week on discovery layers and public libraries. We invited four Victorian public library speakers to talk about their experiences, new as they are to discovery layers and then speakers from the State Library of Victoria and …

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Jul 26

Library Day in the Life – Round 7 – 25th July 2011

Library Day in the Life  happens twice a year and I think I’ve participated in most. It is intended to showcase what librarians do, but I think its also becoming a history of the same thing. (Reminds me, I’ll have to go back and have a look at what I was doing on a Monday …

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Mar 02

International Hug a Librarian Day

Yesterday, Tuesday 1st March 2011, was International Hug a Librarian Day. It was well spread across the Internet, with many a mention on Twitter, many blog posts and even a Facebook event. Responses to the whole concept of International Hug a Librarian Day ranged from “don’t touch me” to full on embracing (lol) of the …

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Jan 25

Library Day in the Life – Round 6

Monday 24th January, 2011 was Round 6 in the Library Day in the Life,  a snapshot of the daily work of librarians around the world. I’ve been participating in it since Round 3 in July 2009 and it has been interesting to go back and see what I was doing, in the day to day, …

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