Category: library service

Blog June 2013 – Day 4 – Making dreams a reality

Its grand to have a dream, a vision for your library. I love having big visions for my library and I can quite happily dream away and imagine how its going to look. Then we have to make it happen……. It’s not easy making it happen, there are so many things to consider. Finances Equipment …

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Blog June 2013 – Day 3 – How soft is a soft launch?

We had our soft launch of e-books today. Which by the end of the day, didn’t feel that soft. We have had soft launches before – our new discovery layer, where we changed the link to our catalogue and made a website announcement, but that’s it.  No big fuss, just quiet and calm. Same with …

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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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Victorian Public Libraries Survey 2012

For many years, our public library service has been part of a consortia that conducts an annual survey. We have been participating for many years, but this year the number of library services more than doubled, so the data we received, both for our library service as well as for all those involved, is even …

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Hybrid reference endangered

Hybrid reference was what we had in terms of a reference collection when new databases and other online resources started coming in and replacing traditional reference books.  At that stage it was hybrid, because there was still much that was better and more easily satisfied with a reference book, rather than an online resource. That …

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What is information and is it what we still do in public libraries?

I keep hearing and reading about how libraries are all about information. I’ve been hearing and reading that for years. I work in a public library and although information is still what we do as librarians, our reference questions have greatly reduced and information sources are not the highest lending parts of our collections. Most …

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Emerging Technology Forum – Geelong 2012

I was happy to again be attending the ETF, which is a collaborative training event organised by Deakin University, Geelong Regional Libraries and Gordon TAFE. With a new format and new location and with a theme of “Using technology well”, it was an amazingly insightful day. Here’s my amazingly detailed notes from the day – …

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Interesting questions we get

Librarians are trained to answer questions. We are taught the reference interview process so that we can discover what the asker is really seeking, as often what they initially ask for is either too general, or not really what they are wanting at all. But some questions are just too general or maybe too tentative …

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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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Objective and subjective

Was reading a newspaper article about how some pharmacists are refusing to dispense the pill, because it goes against their personal beliefs.  An interesting dilemma. Although our similar dilemma is not  life threatening, librarians have to deal with this every day.  We lend out titles that go against our beliefs, we give access to information …

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