Category: library service

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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Its all about teamwork

I am about to read an library article about compassion exhaustion and I know what its all about before I even start reading. Its Friday and by the end of the week, you get tired, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.  Having to put on a good face for the public is generally not …

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Quietly responding to social media

I have a vanity search that I check regularly, using NetVibes – searching on our 7 library branch names (and mobile) and our library service name and any common variants on them. We don’t get a lot of traffic, so I only check it once a week. Last week, I came across a tweet about …

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Making things easier for our users

In my current, short-term (sigh) role as Acting Information Services Librarian, I work closely with our Publicity Officer (our desks are adjacent in our own little corner at our library HQ). We were talking the other day and it was brought home to me how much work is done behind the scenes to make things …

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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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Access, schmaccess: libraries in the Age of Ubiquity

One of the big changes is not value being added by owning the server, its by the people adding content to the server. The Internet did not kill print, TV killed it ……. in 1940. The Internet will save us from television. More time is spent on the Internet now, than the total amount of …

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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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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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Big Ideas – Concurrent Session 6 – VALA 2012

Repositioning Brimbank Libraries for 21st century service deliver – Chris Kelly & Jarrod Coyles  Libraries are competing for the time of their local communities. They have to have a good knowledge of not only their current users, but also of whole community. Commenced a period of substantial change, which moved it from a collection service …

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Libraries & the Post-PC era – Jason Griffey – VALA 2012

Steve Jobs 2010 – analogy to cars – we have had PCs for 30 years, but now our needs are being fulfilled by other devices – pads and smart phones for example.  Once upon a time………… there was a princess, the princess loved books, but the princess also loved computers – enamoured with the digital, …

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