Category: library staff

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

If you want to see a true representation of humanity, spend some time at your local public library and you’ll get to see them all. Just a sample of the sorts of people we have come across recently: The Good – people who find keys, phones, cash etc in or around the library and hand …

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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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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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Added value

We went to Healesville Sanctuary today, which is the Australian animals specialty zoo in Victoria, set in a beautiful bushland park about an hour or so north east of Melbourne. I love Australian animals and knew what to expect as I have been there several times before, but it was the added value that made …

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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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What to do when you have too much to do

As with all libraries, our services are fluid.  So are the demands that our users place on us. We aren’t getting as many questions as we used to, but the ones we do get are more difficult. We still lend books, but our DVDs fly out the door. We have RFID and with that, about …

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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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Public Libraries Victoria Network – ICT Unconference March 2012

On Thursday 22nd March, I was convener of the Public Libraries Victoria Network, ICT Special Interest Group Unconference in Melbourne. Forty-seven enthusiastic library staff attended, from a wide range of public libraries from across Victoria. After a quick introduction and some guidelines, people put down their topics of interest on presentation paper. Astoundingly, after a …

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You know you are a 21st century public librarian…..

Picking up from a wonderful post of the same title from the Blue Skunk Blog (http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2012/1/13/you-know-you-are-a-21st-century-librarian-when.html) and adjusting for working in public libraries.  Enjoy! You know you are a 21st century public librarian when: you get excited about getting a real life reference question you lend more DVDs than books you hand out more keys …

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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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