Category: library users

Quirky things our borrowers do

I worked today, a Saturday. All I can say is people are amazing. But they just seem to amaze me more on the weekend shifts than they do during the week. Here’s just a few examples from today. I came out of our staff area, to find a grandmother, sitting on a trestle table and …

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User expectations

I am pleased to say that at our library, we most often discover to our delight, that we have exceeded our users expectations. We have more, offer more, help more etc, than they expect – give good quality content and good customer service. But I also have to admit, that we also get people who …

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Community ownership

This morning I got a call from my mum, saying she had seen on the news that there had been a fire at my kids’ school. A bit of quick research on my part and we discovered that overnight, a fire had severely damaged the new gym. The gym has taken 18 months to build, …

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Connections

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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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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Cross Library Catalogue Collaboration

We had a great time in Papua New Guinea and its something that we saw there that gave inspiration to this post. We visited the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) mission base in Ukarumpa in the PNG Highlands. It is the largest mission base in the world and supports the translation and literacy work in …

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Serendipitous discoveries

Its Day 29 of 30 blog posts in 30 days challenge and after something that happened today, I was wondering about serendipitous discoveries that have been made in libraries. We went to Mt Baw Baw in the Victorian Alps, taking the kids for their first visit to the snow. Left early, made sure we had …

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Something to offend everyone

Its Day 28 of 30 blog posts in 30 days challenge and I’m inspired today by another quote. I have just started a Quote of the Week in our staffroom at work – picking up on the groundbreaking Word of the Week started by my predecessor.  I was inspired by a quote forwarded to me …

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Counting the uncountable

Its Day 27 of 30 blog posts in 30 days challenge and today’s post is inspired by a TED talk by Chip Conley – Measuring what makes life worthwhile (which is worthwhile checking out) and in particular the following quote he used in his talk: “Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything …

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Things we could do if we weren’t concerned with privacy

Its Day 9 of the 30 blog posts in 30 days challenge and a comment from Penny on my last blog post got me thinking. Unfortunately its only a quick ponder, but  I would appreciate hearing your ideas. So what’s the question? If we weren’t such sticklers for privacy in our libraries, what could we …

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