Category: library buildings

Mar 22

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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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 04

Blog every day of June – Evolving spaces: Makerspaces

Today I attended this great seminar at the State Library of Victoria.  Here are my notes. Jo Watson – State Library of Victoria Spoke on her recent study tour. Makerspaces are about sharing materials, learning new skills, community partnerships and more. Libraries have been involved in creative purposes for a long time, the difference is …

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Jun 09

Blog June 2013 – Day 9 – Exploration and discovery

I went to the market the other day with the family and as we had a bit of time to spare before our next appointment, hubby suggested we do some ‘spelunking around the market’. This involved wandering around stalls and shop and looking for and at things we would not normally buy. We ended up …

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Jan 16

3D Printers – technolust, lifelong learning, community?

I normally don’t weigh in with a blog post when there is a heavy topic in library blogging, but am going to on this one because of my own particular interest and experience of late. If you haven’t already caught the discussion on libraries, their mission and 3D printers, I recommend you do so first. …

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Jun 10

Building the right atmosphere

I took my daughter for her first facial this morning as a treat and whilst we were waiting, noted the atmosphere they set. The lighting was soft, the music was soothing, there was the smell of relaxing scented oils in the air and even the picture on the wall exuded peace. Perfect atmosphere for a …

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Feb 08

New Directions – Concurrent Session 8 – VALA 2012

What is the catalogue – Helen Livingston – University of South Australia Catalogue is a register of all items found in the library. (showed Wikipedia definition – long). Told us Charles Cutter”s definition – incorporates what there is and where can I find it. Who is the catalogue for? Our users, but not sure if …

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Jun 02


Hi, Day 2, hope you have survived Day 1 of Blog Every Day of June. If you’re interested, you’ll be able to check out a daily summary of what’s been talked about on various participants blogs at Libraries Interact. I was inspired for this post by a video compiled by Kathryn Greenhill of Librarians Matter. …

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Dec 04

A library flood – one week on

As promised, here is the update.  Its quick.  Check out the previous blog post for the details of what happened, and for Monique (Branch Managers) update in the comments. The cleaners did a great job and the carpet was dry and library staff were able to put all the shelving back to its normal places …

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Nov 27

A library flooding experience

It could have been a lot worse, but with so many people expressing their empathy, I thought I would take the time to blog the story of my library being flooded.  I will blog later about the implications further down the track. Yesterday in Melbourne (Thursday 26th November), a severe thunderstorm came through, causing widespread …

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