Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Top 20 things librarians in public libraries wish patrons knew or did (part 1 of 4)

Hats off again to the Annoyed Librarian for alerting me to a series of articles about the Top 20 things librarians in public libraries wish patrons knew or did.

Again the comments at the end of AL's post on this topic are well worth reading.

Personally, on first blush I have two comments (a) I find the list patronising -it's only in light of AL's comments that I post the list at all and (b) why is #1 Use us! last?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Librarianship - the best career?

Here the Annoyed Librarian (well worth adding to your RSS feeds) gives her/his response to a recent U.S. News and World Report article. There is a link to the original article within AL's post.

P.S. Make sure you read the comments after the Annoyed Librarian's article - some of them are hilarious. I'm wiping the tears from my eyes as I type.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

999 book Challenge

Book challenge for 2009
My colleague Scarlett and I have decided to take the 999 challenge as seen on Library Thing.We have to read 9 books of your choice in 9 different categories of your choice in 2009.That is a total of 81 books for the year, it certainly will be a challenge.
My categories are: Books Made Into Movies, Short Listed and Man-Booker Prize Winners, Word of Mouth, Chic Lit, Classic Reading, Australian Authors, Biographies, 1001 Must Reads and Crime Fiction.
I have picked my lists for books made into movies,booker prize winners, australian authors and 1001 must reads. I am still to complete the other 5 lists.
Scarlett's lists comprise of Embarassing gaps in my reading, Stagnant bookself books, Orange prize winners, Man-Booker prize winners, Books made into movies, 1001 must reads,Australian authors, Recommended reads and Crime.
There is only one rule and that is you can only have 6 cross over books in your 9 catagories.
Stayed tuned to see how it all pans out.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Library Innovations Seminar

Last Friday Debbie and I attended a Library Innovations seminar at the State Library of NSW. This is where we saw the Shanachie Tour by the boys from the Delft Public Library. The rest of the day was devoted to hearing about innovations from NSW public libraries.

You may like to take a look at the Powerpoint presentations from the pecha kucha sessions. They have been loaded on Slideshare at:

Library Innovations Powerpoint presentations available here

To learn about how a pecha kucha session works go to:

Definition of pecha kucha


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I tested Heidi's Website recommendation

Vicki's Dewey Decimal Section:

312 [Unassigned]

Vicki = 29319 = 293+19 = 312

300 Social Sciences

Books on politics, economics, education and the law.

What it says about you:
You are good at understanding people and finding the systems that work for them. You like having established reasoning behind your decisions. You consider it very important for your friends to always have your back.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

More from Helene Blowers, Library 2.0 guru

More fun from Helene. Try this little quiz and have your name converted to a class listed in the Dewey Decimal System. Here's me:

Heidi's Dewey Decimal Section:

908 Kinds of persons treatment

Heidi = 85949 = 859+49 = 908

900 History & Geography

Travel, biographies, ancient history, and histories of continents.

What it says about you:
You're connected to your past and value the things that have happened to you. You've had some conflicted times in your life, but they've brought you to where you are today and you don't ignore it.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

Monday, December 1, 2008


I attended Library Innovations on Friday at SLNSW and had the chance to hear about 10innovations from libraries around NSW and to meet Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer from DOK, Delft Public Library. They were amazing, full of energy and enjoying the public libraries around Australia. Check them out:

The SLNSW has tagged links to the Shanachie Tour photos, blog etc. at

http://delicious.com/tags/PublicLibrary Services Shanachie Tour [look for the tag shanachietour]

And here are some of their videos:

Link to videos here