Category Archive: professional development

Feb 09

eCapabilities – Concurrent Session 13 – VALA 2012

Online learning: eMpowering eFutures through developing staff capability at Monash University Libraries – Lisa Smith and Steven Yates Monash University Libraries has 6 libraries in Australia and 2 overseas, with 260+ FTE staff, including casuals. They work in partnerships with faculties and other areas of the university. They offer increasingly interactive and engaging resources, services, …

Continue reading »

Jun 30

Finishing off

Today is the last day of Blog Every Day of  June, so I thought it appropriate to talk about when a project should finish in a library. The quick answer is never. Let me clarify. Any new service, equipment, initiative, procedure etc being started in a library has an implementation program. The implementation part has …

Continue reading »

Jun 21

Lifelong learning

I’m well and truly in middle age now, so am watching the older generation to see how to age gracefully. Unfortunately, all too often I see older people for whom everything is too much to learn. They can’t learn how to use things because they are ‘too complicated’ and sometimes that is the case, but …

Continue reading »

Jun 18

Saying no away from work

I’ve learned the whole hard, long lesson of saying no at work. At realising that I am not superhuman and that some timelines can’t be met if its me doing that particular job. It doesn’t happen much anymore, because I have become quite good at guestimating how long a job will take and how it …

Continue reading »

Jun 17

Twitter: the nth wave

I joined Twitter quite a few years ago and over time my use of it has developed, until we now have a settled relationship, where I use it almost exclusively as a professional development and support tool. Which means I look to other librarians for interesting information, new ideas and to support and find support …

Continue reading »

Jun 12

Strengths and weaknesses

As your children grow, you stop and consider their futures quite often. You look at what they are good at and try to imagine how that can translate into a career.  You talk to them about their interests and the sorts of things they might be interested in doing for a job. Then you do …

Continue reading »

Jun 04

Postponing the dream

I turned 46 years old last week.  No big deal in most ways. I got over most of the stuff about being in my mid 40s the previous year, when on surveys and questionnaires I suddenly went from the 40-44 box to the 45-49 box. (had a good day though, thanks everyone for the Twitter …

Continue reading »

Jan 03

Year of unexpected PD

2010 was an interesting, challenging, awesome and also a frustrating year for me in terms of PD – professional development. It was taken up almost entirely by taking on the Acting Branch Manager (ABM) role at our largest library. The plans for doing so went into place in April for a start in August, but …

Continue reading »

Apr 20

A professional detour?

I have been a librarian for 24 years and have had quite a few roles in that time, all in public libraries.  I started as  a Readers Advisor, then went on to Branch Manager in a new library, Acting Deputy Branch Manager in a large public library, back to my Branch Library, Acting Branch Manager …

Continue reading »

Mar 24

Ada Lovelace Day 2010 – Kathryn Greenhill

March 24th means its Ada Lovelace Day and I am taking the opportunity to blog about a woman in technology in libraries that I have great admiration for. Before I do, if you want to read more about Ada Lovelace Day, check out the website and all the other great entries that will appear there, …

Continue reading »

Older posts «

» Newer posts