21 December, 2009

on a night like this

I wish Kathleen Noonan would write a book - her articles in The Courier Mail are so poetic.
Read her latest, then close your eyes and compose your own stories starting with her first line 'on a night like this'.
Then send them to me in the comments, 'cause you know I love to read.

always a surprise

was surprised on the weekend to read that Rod Stewart was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2001. he can still sing.
laughed ironically with this article though - fine needle aspiration is a 'virtually painless procedure'. dreaming.

17 December, 2009

happy christmas!

just wanted to share my secret santa story. it can be difficult to find a special gift for a colleague (or classmate if you're at school) for under $10. the person who got the gift i bought liked it (i was eavesdropping) *whew*. and then i received these little figurines - the largest is only about 5 centimetres high - wrapped in a beautiful little red recycled paper bag. i immediately set the little nativity scene up for others to enjoy. i think i know who gifted it, but i haven't been able to catch up with her yet to say thanks - but i could be wrong of course!

thank you secret santa!
it's very sweet.

and starting this saturday down at the strand, townsville has - an interactive nativity scene transporting you back to the day. i haven't seen it yet, but there was a similar production in maryborough - get in amongst it.

before our christmas morning tea and secret santa we had our last full staff meeting for the year. our ceo and director attended and listened to us all talk up our service. harps, i mentioned you in my spun conference report - with your library launching IM use. were your ears burning?

If I don't get this book for Christmas I'll be very surprised:

It's probably under the tree already. I'm a very bad gift buyer. I always get given much better gifts than i receive. i just don't shop. or i think - i'll come back later and get that. don't be like me!

Happy Christmas everyone, and if you're travelling - have a splash of fun for me!

spread the joy at christmas

15 December, 2009

wordbox4writers in MARC!

*smile* Hume Library in Victoria has wordbox linked in their Dynix catalogue, also visible in MARC. As a librarian that makes me smile.
They have the old url but I've alerted them to the new site just now.

So if wordbox was a book it would be hanging out at 808 at Hume. Interesting.

082: 14 $a 808 $b WOR $2 a14

082: 04 $a 808.02079 $b WOR $2 22

245: 00 $a Wordbox $h [website] : $b for young Australian writers and readers!

260: $a [Australia] : $b, $c [2006?]-

12 December, 2009

writing workshops, qwc & hbca

pleased to find i've managed to attend one creative workshop a year for the previous four -

  1. poetry workshop with Julie Beveridge from Queensland Writers Centre, townsville, november 2009
  2. short story and poetry workshops with Ross C. Clark, hervey bay, november 2008 (organised by lynn from hervey bay council of the arts)
  3. teaching writers to teach with Cynthia Rohner at Queensland Writers Centre, february 2007 (useful when planning my maryborough workshop)
  4. writing for children workshop with Jill Morris, hervey bay, april 2006 (again, hbca)

check out the 2010 workshops available from QWC.

julie made some great suggestions for my airport poem, so that's what i'm working on now. that and the review for cmis!

10 December, 2009

incite into townsville

my article published in InCite December 2009, page 34 - celebrating the people I've met along the way. Happy Christmas inspiring people - (pdf article).
I got the print copy in the mail today and found more townsville people had written for InCite also!

Mr Ron Store's article about our QPLA/PLA conference (that he organised so well) is on page 8 with the pretty origami twist fish we all folded (he's going to hate my favoured use of lowercase, but I'm an e.e. cummings fan, and he knows it :)

Bronia Renison from the Townsville Health Library writes with Margaret Larcombe about librarians working with nurses on a research project (page 17). I was at the hospital today and a doctor mentioned how good their library was.

article also from kellie ayre from tablelands - nearish to townsville - page 21.

and, not townsville, but someone I know from CSU and mentioned in my article - Sharon Uthmann, Shire Librarian at Bellingen Shire wrote 'going on a book hunt on the dorrigo plateau' with a colleague.

Jan Richards, ALIA president, made an interesting observation in this themed issue (rural and regional libraries): 'In small rural libraries you can work across a range of tasks and roles, and you have the authority to make decisions and try out new ideas at an early stage in your career'.* It's so true.

* Richards, J. 2009. Frontline. InCite. 30(12). p.4.

Another Townsville colleague, Keil Jones, had an article published in the October issue on Movember.

It all happens in Townsville.**

** although for me it began like this - I grew up in the little library on Toowoomba's Little Street where Robyn Sheahan was children's librarian, and where I read my way through an amazing collection of paper dreams

If you read my article, share in the blog comments your memories of the libraries/librarians in Toowoomba, Dalby, Fraser Coast or Townsville.

06 December, 2009

D*P*C awards night!

... and the staff Christmas party. Great night with friends and seafood. Found out another colleague who used to live in Tooowoomba. After the fun of the learning 2.0 program Warren and Susan presented prizes. I got a participant's prize of a pebble mp3!! and have spent awhile downloading music onto it. So far: Garbage - Absolute Garbage, Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth Summer 2003, So Fresh 2009, Bridezilla and Triple J's Hottest 100 of all time. Love my prize, love my workplace, and love spell with flickr.

01 December, 2009


Candy T O letter W n S
V I LLtypewriter key letter E

My birthplace! My family lived in Acheron Avenue. Kerry, my dear friend who I met as an 11 year old in Toowoomba, started out in Vincent. My aunt, Anne Rogers, worked in what is now the JCU library. I love The Strand, Harold's and Masala, the one-act play festival, the bikeways, Magnetic Island, Riverway, the people, the libraries, sunday markets...
I've lived in a few places around Queensland. Toowoomba was great (now, looking back..) but not the year it snowed.
Where do you come from, and what do you love about Townsville?

D*P*C #7 tagging

I couldn't find my D*P*C #7 anywhere!! so had to start over. I obviously hadn't tagged it very well if at all.
It's all about tagging.
What I like about LCSH 'tags' is that they are set in stone. For a previous course I had to construct a thesaurus and that was difficult but rewarding. Remembering which tags you used for something two months ago is hard. What if you feel differently about it now?

I like the use of the hashtag in twitter, especially to follow conferences or group things. Check #qpla09, and #infservice (what's happening on information service?). I've tried to use minimalist labels/tags on this site so things are easily found (like the tag D*P*C for this program).

This is the wordle I created using content from the D*P*C website, and this one is from a beautiful Robert Frost poem I discovered when I was impressionable and reading Susie Hinton's The Outsiders. After The Outsiders I then read Gone With the Wind. I still think of Rob Lowe as Sodapop from TO even though I've seen him most recently on Brothers and Sisters. Anyway, the poem is Nothing gold can stay, written in 1923. An earlier version did not include the Edenic reference. And the article in wikipedia includes a see also reference to The Outsiders. That Susie Hinton! She brought a whole new generation to American poetry and boy culture. And all at a very young age.

Wordle: robert frost poem

And for more visual tagged wordart, revisit this site: The Visual Dictionary, and my 'cafe' and 'library' images that used to be outside the Uni cafe in Hervey Bay and Nerang Library respectively. Here's their mashup of the visual dictionary and twitter.

D*P*C # 6 & #16 mashups and finale

typewriter key letter W letter O R d19

Loved Caitlin's name in Spell with Flickr so much that I had to try too. That's so pretty.

A squared circle blue Cast Iron Capital Letter L (North Scituate, RI) letter I
letter Sletter oCity Carpet Letter N

That was so much fun! Thanks, Warren, Neal and everyone who set up the program.
I've learned a lot, and need to revisit many of the discoveries, like IM and I really should put more images into flickr. And refine my delicious account. But I'm just not that into Facebook.

I still like blogs as a 21C way to communicate industry information among colleagues, like Skerricks among TLs, and still my favourite information services librarian site: the swissarmy librarian. I want to investigate mashups with maps.

So, not the end - the beginning.

And here's a book I just found on the library returns shelf of interest -

The rough guide to blogging: navigate the blogosphere, by Jonathan Yang, published October 2006 (old, much?). 006.7 YANG at Flinders Street, or ISBN 978184353682X from your bookstore.

Am I done yet?

you will use IM you will use IM you will use IM

26 November, 2009

D*P*C #15 mobile phone information service

They say that young people don't email, don't twitter, don't blog, but they do IM and text. And for those of us who do twitter and blog we can text from our phones directly to our online sites. And with 22 million mobiles in Australia (*ABS) there is a huge potential audience for mobile phone information services (in some libraries, the service has been there for years).

Council's new TELL_TCC text service already includes the library - if people want to ask basic questions like 'when does Flinders library close?' or 'how many books can i borrow?'
More detailed texts requiring a response, like 'can you renew my books?' will be referred onto library staff to action. Text services are present in academic libraries around Australia, see
James Cook University (overdue & recall notices sent), and in Brisbane libraries (a huge service of 33 branches). you can text Brisbane Square and the Hub libraries. And QUT.

One I'd like to see? Embed IM on the library front page for information services. A timely article from Nina today is 'How-to: working with campus marketing classes to improve reference service visibility'. Duke and MacDonald** note in their paper that 'the marketing students strongly advocated starting an instant messaging (IM) reference service... ultimately chose Meebo because of its ability to work with Yahoo, Google Talk and MSN chat software. ... the Meebo widget could be embedded into library webpages.. high visibility...' This occurred at The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University, which then developed a stategy for promoting the IM service.
Of course, having the ability to access e-books, podcasts, etc will be amazing too.
As Bonnie said, Shan is already sending SMSs out to people who have booked in to events to confirm bookings.

* Australian Bureau of Statistics. Population Clock: (sourced via Warren at

** Duke, L.M. & MacDonald, J. B. (n.d.). How-to: Working with campus marketing classes to improve reference service visibility. Information Today Inc. Accessed online at

another image from oppersephone's fanpop gallery, just because.

Robert Pattinson

24 November, 2009

twiharder - audience par-tic-i-pation

Robert Pattinson
orppersephone's photo on fanpop

i came to the twilight series later than most after seeing long lists of people reserving each book from the libraries. usually i don't care for popular fiction, but sometimes i make exceptions, and sometimes i'm pleasantly surprised.
i loved the first book, and steph should have stopped just there - leaving readers wanting more, but she had to go on and the fourth had me laughing out loud. most especially when Bella has the baby and names her Renesmee Carlie after both their mothers and fathers - how soap opera is that?
You know the old soap trick where characters name their child after themselves or the grandparents so the audience can keep track of whose kid it is a year later when it's fifteen and creating havoc? like Brooke + Ridge = Bridget.
i'm not even going to get into the whole argument that's raging everywhere about what a waste Bella is as a female character. there have been stronger, that's for sure.

had a classic information service encounter a month ago - a middle-aged lady came in and plonked twilight down saying she wanted to return it and cancel her reservation for the rest because they were atrocious! she started reading parts aloud and expressed distaste at the whole vampire thing. usually when someone does that they expect the person they're talking to to agree with them, but i couldn't of course.

i laughed with her, and said that while i appreciate that they're not to everyone's taste, i enjoyed them. she saw the funny side. i hope i steered her towards books more to her liking.
okay, enough negative vibes.
i read all of them, and loved every part where edward was written in.
team edward declaration.

so i watched twilight on dvd and was disappointed when it finished. not because it was a great film - if i hadn't read the books i'm sure i wouldn't have followed some of the film. so of course when new moon came out i had to see it along with the rest of the female population of townsville/the world, and it is better than twilight.
it was so like going to a Rocky Horror Audience Participation screening! The funniest was at the last when edward says 'marry me bella' and the screen faded because that was THE END of the movie!! and the whole audience said 'ooooh', as in 'no! don't end now!'. classic.

if you liked the twilight series you may also enjoy other vampire fiction, or the more subtle literary age-old storylines suggested like romeo and juliet or any of its derivatives. send a list!
you could start with the smouldering Heathcliffe in Bronte's Wuthering Heights.
edward cullen, you're a champion of readers everywhere. god bless your soul :)


cmis focus on fiction

yesterday I received the fullsome Focus on Fiction journal by post from the awesome peeps at cmis because I've signed on as a reviewer. Good reading ahead. They have a LibraryThing page set up for reviewers to choose titles from. What about that for our top titles? Until we get LibraryThing on the LMS in an upgrade.

23 November, 2009

online databases = unsung resources D*P*C #14 & citations

This discovery has been up for six weeks and this is the first time I get to it? October/November have been full on.

I've used online databases extensively while researching for university assignments. For some I found information within, for others using the database was the assignment.
While working here I've had the wonderful opportunity to participate in and lead webinar training offered by the State Library of Queensland where we have explored NoveList, Library PressDisplay and Oxford Reference Online from the comfort of our own Learning Space with Smartboard.
Hooking into alerts from various databases is invaluable for professional development - select some from SLQ (or other state/national libraries), your local public library, and ALIA if you're a member.
I really like recommending database use to school students, and their parents, because it opens up a whole new world of information access. And some databases generate citations for each article, making a student's work easier.

I used the visual search feature on History Reference Centre and found this article in full text, with citation examples (this one APA style). Chosen because the MTQ is an amazing place for exploration, and they offer free entry to locals.

Menghetti, D. (2002). Museum of Tropical Queensland. Australian Historical Studies, 33(119), 194. Retrieved from History Reference Center database.

If you're a school student you should check out Your Tutor, but through your public library site.

I've just logged in to ProQuest through SLQ using my e-services card and searched on 'townsville'. Quite a few articles came up, including these:

Ocean Research; Research on ocean research published by scientists at James Cook UniversityAnonymous. Ecology, Environment & Conservation. Atlanta: Nov 27, 2009. p. 198
Biodiversity; Scientists at James Cook University target biodiversityAnonymous. Ecology, Environment & Conservation Business. Atlanta: Nov 21, 2009. p. 392

I used the 'create a web page' feature and emailed the selections to myself and James (what will he be thinking tomorrow morning?) - Visit Townsville CityLibraries online databases page to find some information for your needs.

A secondary school loving databases:
and our favourite alma mater, CSU:
Join ALIA and receive access to the ProQuest journal package:

Don't let online databases hide - show them to your community!

Why all this gathering of information and correct citing? To learn from others, to form your own understanding, and to create new information and knowledge. And producing a perfect reference list will get you good marks in university (and should be highlighted through intensive information literacy education in schools) - today's Courier Mail had an article about plagiarism in Queensland universities (see citation below).
The article stated that 'plagiarism was rife and most cases were a result of students not understanding attribution and referencing conventions'. (Wenham, 2009, p.3).

Wenham, M. Cheats on the rise at our unis: checks detect 2000. The Courier Mail. 23 November, 2009. p. 3.

A classic post on a discussion list earlier in the year reported a conversation between a parent and a TL where a senior student had obviously used a large chunk of someone's else's work without attribution. I've seen it happen in school myself where the teacher merely googled the student's phrases and found the ripped articles right at the top of the results list. Anyway, the indignant parent said to the TL that (paraphrasing) 'everyone knows that you're allowed to plagiarise up to 25% at university'. ??
There are so many things wrong with that statement that it really is not so amusing. As the article reports, plagiarism cases can be dealt with by marking down, 'receiving a zero mark, being stripped of all credit, or being suspended' (Wenham, 2009, p.3). You only have to visit any university's website to see warnings about plagiarism, and visit the library websites to see helpful articles on how to write essays, critical reviews, etc and compile reference lists according to whichever style, and many will also allow access to EndNote or ProCite to make the student's job easier.

So gather information, process it, acknowledge sources, create your own understandings and get your information out there. And then find yourself out there on Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text..

Lee, Robin. "Why you need an MBA." inCite 28, no. 1/2 (January 2007): 14. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text, EBSCOhost (accessed November 23, 2009).

Uthmann, Sharon. "Libraries are for everyone." inCite 29, no. 11 (November 2008): 13. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text, EBSCOhost (accessed November 23, 2009).

Love writing

all the cool people are living up north

Glenys will be moving to Cairns!!

19 November, 2009

airport poetry

poem composed on the train yesterday, using visual stimuli (julie beveridge's suggestion), and then drafted and rewritten at the airport. at gate 46.

poem composed after attendance at a city workshop, not instead of networking you will note, comrade harps! :)

fabulous to catch up with corinne hills who i haven't seen since we shared a dorm at CSU res. school back in '03. she influenced my decision to move to townsville - something i wrote about for InCite. best wishes for your Masters, corinne!

met great librarians from ipswich (home of the infocoach), nerang (check background image on my twitter), gold coast, federal court, drug arm, etc.

17 November, 2009

julie beveridge rocks townsville!


my first full creative day in ages - saturday in townsville with julie beveridge for a poetry workshop - five star day.

julie is director of queensland poetry festival, marketing coordinator at queensland writers centre and author of Rock'n'Roll Tuxedo and Home is Where the Heartache is (two poetry chapbooks, the latter of haibun).

and 'specially nice to be with a group of other writers for the day too

and we did an open mic. which i've done before in the gallery at HB, but my first time here.

and then i got a long email from glenys who is writing a novel - fully into the creative phase of character and scene development - and who owes me some pages!

i have to update some details on wordbox on the weekend - check it out next week.

You will write a haiku by the end of the month

13 November, 2009

top writer blogs no. 122!

some days are diamond. the-storyspace is a runner up at no. 122 on Jonathan Crossfield's The Top 50 Australian Blogs for Writers.
Angela Mayer and Justine Larbalestier's blogs came out on top, but the-storyspace is in there amongst some amazing Australian writers: Kirsty Murray, Catherine Bateson and Julia Lawrinson. Our first blog award! *Just a bit excited here*

I will have to invest a little more time here at the-storyspace so it can rise in the ranks. More reviews, guest bloggers, etc. Reaching out to young readers and those who work with them.

Thanks Jonathan !

08 November, 2009

what does 'reading' really mean?

Interesting discussion over at OZ_TL regarding visual literacy, techno-literacy, reading books vs. reading text on screens.

to READ –verb (used with object)
to look at carefully so as to understand the meaning of (something written, printed, etc.): to read a book; to read music.
read. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved November 08, 2009, from website:

The discussion began with an observation that 'skills for reading from print (on paper) are different to those for reading from a screen and we need to teach both. Research is telling us that kids need really good traditional literacy skills before they can read well from a screen' (Barbara Combes, Edith Cowan University, Perth).
Then a young teacher from outside Australia responded with a bit of a dismissal that prompted many learned teachers to respond.

He suggested that his generation had no problems reading and interpreting text from a screen - he has several screens open on his desktop, and he constantly flicks between them. He said that he doesn't read everything on the page, but that's what his generation is about. I'd say already he has a problem understanding what the act of reading means. To read means to look at something printed, displayed, etc in our language system carefully so as to form an understanding of its meaning. If the writer didn't want the reader to read so much he or she would have uploaded less words. Each word counts towards the reader's comprehension of the writer's intent, or to the formation of the reader's own interpretation. If you view less than the whole you cannot gain full understanding.

Many teachers responded to his argument using sound pedagogical examples, including that TLs need to invest a lot of time into teaching techno-literacy because so many students believe everything they view online. That is, they view it and accept it instead of reading and applying judgement. If a website or other online medium has not been created according to W3C standards, then the viewer already has a barrier to comprehension if he or she is flicking between screens because they won't readily see the important information.

So I responded from a writer's viewpoint, and yes, a few teachers responded to my response with cheers. I like technology applications rather a lot, but I would never suggest that the container is more important than the content.

My response: The thing is, if 'your' generation is about not reading everything on the page, you are going to miss out on some incredibly creative use of language - which is the difference between stories/poetry and a business report. If you skim you may get the gist of a story, but not its nuances and subtle pleasures. And if you are a teacher and endeavouring to teach children how to write creatively - there's a problem. Similarly, by skimming readers may miss important textual clues which would aid comprehension and support their development of further knowledge (as in the fake websites examples). Certainly students need to be educated to be capable of one day understanding business reports, as important decisions are made on the strength of them. You can use all the tools to create a digital story, present it with visuals, use stop animation, tell all your mates about it on Facebook or twitter, but the actual story should have substance. I don't believe all stories/poems have to be in book form. The story matters to me - whether that's projected on the side of a building, written in chalk on the footpath or downloaded on a kindle. The technology needs to be used effectively to support the content. I wouldn't say 'I'm going to write a story for a mobile phone screen'. I'd think about the story I wanted to write, then consider the best medium for presentation. And as the technology container affects how/where the content is communicated, then TLs are well placed to educate students in understanding this.

01 November, 2009

pendragon shoes

these shoes absolutely surpass any other shoe i have ever seen - wearable wordart. delightful!

Cello and Ancient Mariner with their ancient script detail, and Pendragon Shoes' workshop is in Maroochydore! Want.

coffee dominion beats us to it

page 36 townsville bulletin, saturday october 31, 2009

'baristas on call as text service grinds down coffee wait time' by Ryan Matheson.

Manager Jia Brooks said that 'we're always looking to find a better way to deliver our customers coffee on time'.

Over at the library, we're always looking for better ways to deliver information and resources to our customers on time - I'm going to bring this up at our customer services meeting tomorrow morning.

31 October, 2009

balconies lit & redbacks escape - emma's haiga

A beautiful poetry site discovered tonight : Australian Haiku by Emma Dalloway via the equally fascinating seasoncreep.

And to bookmark other notable poets - Kilmeny Niland's haiga and janice m. bostok.

18 October, 2009

summer reading club 2009/2010

NEWS! The Summer Reading Club 2009/2010 website will be live by the end of October - and activities will be all over public libraries in Queensland (but others also?).
I'm excited because this is the first year I've submitted activities for the booklets, and they're available now for librarians to print. My activities are available in levels 2 (Book Quest, p5), Know the Novel Quests and Adventures Level 3 (p4 & Wordsearch, p2), and Level 4 (Know the novel travelling tales, p4 & Wordsearch p8). Thank you to the marvellous Denise O'Connor and Sarah Keating for SRC, and thank you to my team of activity testers :)
Go, read!

Information from SLQ:
Children will be taken on a world-wide adventure through a range of exciting and interactive creative writing and arts activities and online games which encourage the love of books and reading as well as literacy and computer skills.

Participants can chat online to children’s authors Tristan Bancks and Christine Harris, write their own wacky fairy tales like Martin Chatterton, read Shaun Tan’s virtual book, follow Jonathan Powell’s comic blog, and write their own ending to a story started by James Roy.


The activities in each level are aimed at, but not restricted to, the following ages:

• Level 1 – targeted at birth - 4 years of age
• Level 2 – targeted at 5 -7 years of age
• Level 3 – targeted at 8 -11 years of age
• Level 4 – targeted at 12 -16 years of age

Dates of program
The Summer Reading Club is designed to run during the Queensland school holidays:
Saturday 12 December 2009 to Saturday 23 January 2010. These dates, like the rest of
the program, are completely flexible and can be adapted to suit your library.

in melbourne for the SPUN conference

SPUN conference photos taken at CQ Melbourne on Queen Street by Caroline Ramsden (caro6302) :

These State Library of Victoria images taken from cnr Swanston Street and LaTrobe, and inside the Dome.

I've fallen in love with Melbourne.
I started the week with an enjoyable day at our own QPLA/PLA conference (check out #qpla09 on twitter) in Townsville, then while everyone else was listening to Noel Pearson, Helen Hooper, Susan Coker, etc, and showing guests around our libraries, I flew to Melbourne for the SPUN conference where I was fortunate to meet dozens of librarians who work with Spydus every day.

My days were full with the conference, but in late afternoons and on Saturday I took the opportunity to explore the city. Next time I'll stay longer and explore St Kilda, Luna Park, etc. So I found the City Library in Flinders Lane, a vibrant packed-full-of-people library in a very busy precinct. They have the Living Library concept, and loads more - just go there! I participated in the iMap project of course, 'cause I love public art projects.

I was told there was a subscription library in Collins Street, so, not ever having visited one - I had to of course. Melbourne's Athenaeum, very nearly 170 years old and still attracting subscribers/readers. I loved the theatrical atmosphere and the gentlemanly leather armchairs. I was told they may still had a card catalogue, but I saw computers in operation, and current fiction titles.

And I visited the State Library of Victoria - very impressive architecture, especially the LaTrobe Dome Reading Room (based on the British Museum Reading Room I'd suppose?). I got to see a few exhibitions: The Independent Type: Books and Writing in Victoria (including the laptop on which Peter Carey wrote The True History of the Kelly Gang) and Ned Kelly's armour in The Changing Face of Victoria. His death mask was also on display so I didn't need to pay for a tour at Old Melbourne Gaol 'cause it was all at the library (and I hate old jail tours - have visited both Fremantle and Port Arthur). RMIT students were playing soccer in the grounds bordered by the old gaol - I just find the atmosphere melancholic. I've visited most of the state libraries now except Darwin and Adelaide and STILL love Brisbane's SLQ the most. The vibrancy, the 21st century atmosphere... but hey, SLV was packed. Being Saturday I missed meeting Mike or Lilli at the Centre for Youth Literature. My bad.

Also checked out FedSquare - a most happening place! Flinders Street Station - 100 years old and the busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere, Aki Sushi, laneways just bursting with life, and I went on a tram for the first time ever!! Counterclockwise from LaTrobe Street, past DFO (no time), Parliament House and then SLV.

Conference news - much Spydus work, meeting lots of fascinating librarians especially all Queenslanders from Atherton to Lockyer Valley and Civica staff who have previously just been voices on the phone (although I met Nikki in TSV), postive information on RDA - goodbye AACRII (don't like some terms like 'expression of the work', but overall - positive), Talking Tech - an amazing green solution, LibraryThing for Libraries from Thorpe-Bowker, service pods in UK libraries, and more.

Should have taken my laptop to the conference to tweet (and catch up on work emails) 'cause the hotel internet connection was not so hot, but I kinda enjoyed the downtime. I tweeted from Brisbane airport on return journey just 'cause why not? but I didn't have much time between flights.

And on return, a note from BFF Kerry who will be moving to Melbourne in January! So I will return. Beautiful city. Note for next time - buy a black coat.

And thanks Townsville CC and my managers for sending me. I know some librarians aren't allowed conferences interstate or at all, so yet another big tick for TCC. I have so much Spydus work to go on with on my return.

You will be inundated with Spydus requests on your return, and you will welcome them.

12 October, 2009


QPLA/PLA conference began today in Townsville. Great organisation, inspirational speakers, and great to catch up with special people, especially Jo Parker from Fraser Coast. Michael Stephens is very personable. In his keynote address though, he had a photo of a cool ref desk which is walkaround, standup etc. Ours at Thuringowa is totally better though - standup, walkaround, less imposing, customer sits/stands right next to you and shares your screen. Having the extra screen at our other branches is cool, but those desks are not so - too solid and a barrier. But Thuringowa - that's the place to be for up close and personal reference work (information service, ask me service, genius bar work, etc, whatever you call it that sounds more now than reference desk).
I caught Paul Hagon's session on reusing library data and Heather Gordon's on facing some uncomfortable truths.
I met Nikki from Civica and Frances from Tablelands, who I only 'met' last week on the videolinq at BRITAFE Pimlico.
Excellent to hear all the news from Fraser Coast from Jo Parker. They have RFID...
Caught up with Rosslyn Coussins from Toowoomba (award winning librarian previously in NT). Miss those people.
Enjoy your next few days at #qpla09 peeps. It's running well.

26 September, 2009

promote promote promote

!! This is what I was thinking about back in May/June - Promoting the library on big screens at the airport, and the Swiss Army Librarian has seen it done in America! In Hervey Bay's airport I saw a big screen promoting a local iconic activity (MELSA's trains in the park), but nothing in Townsville's airport. Also I have seen a big screen in Stocklands - great advertising space for the library. And static poster space on some bus stops. Places where people congregate in the community. I like marketing, it ties in so nicely with our focus on the customer.
Thanks Brian! And congratulations to the Las Vegas County Library and Airport.

D*P*C 13 Social networking

I joined the Library 2.0 ning this year, but have not yet gone to Facebook. Technology overload. That you can use video and other apps on Facebook, nings, etc, is useful as a community resource. In the past week I've seen three references to Facebook in the local newspaper. People have died and the paper reports that readers can leave messages on their Facebook sites. Virtual mourning? I explored Facebook v Myspace earlier here: some professional library usage.

Here's the Library 2.0 badge - go there. Actually, if someone can tell me how to make a badge I'd be happy. One for the new wordbox.

Visit Library 2.0

21 September, 2009

D*P*C 12 Web video

I would like to embed a Cure clip, Close to Me or Love Cats 'cause I was given Triple J's Hottest 100 of all time today, but a) that would breach copyright, and b) the videos have embedding disabled. So watch them yourselves and share the joy: Close to Me / Love Cats.
There is, however a range of library related tubes, some serious even. I posted about USQ's digital open day a while back. And I'm sure we can make some here, on our children's programs, about information services, about our author visits, etc. But I found this fun one, which would be great on the library's big screen:

And yes, they're simple to embed in a blog. Copy the code kindly provided on the youtube site, then paste it on your blog after clicking the 'edit html' code. If you were to embed in the sidebar you just have to go to layout, page elements, add a gadget, add html/java script and paste. You'd probably have to edit the width too: width="425" height="344".

Here's one I like: public art in an Arizona library:

I like that you can share the clip on twitter, facebook etc, viewers can comment and post clip responses which turns it all into a discussion. Viewers can rate it, link to it, embed it in their own blog, thereby sharing the love. Our library site definitely needs more interactivity, currency and visuals. Love the tube.
And since you mentioned 70s shows I was thinking of Welcome Back Kotter, but I found something funny - a parody of Kotter called Welcome Back Potter.

Okay, what do we need to make our own clips?

14 September, 2009

D*P*C roll call

For our Learning 2.0 program:
#1 blogs a # 2 twitter a#3 web 2.0 & library 2.0 a#4 rss a#5 flickr a
#6 mashups r
#7 tagging a#8 keeping track a#9 communicating online a#10 online collaboration - wikis a#11 online docs and more!
Up to date again! Now, can someone grant me a parallel universe so I can get some of these applications into my work process?!
Hey everyone, there are prizes, focus groups with Dr Stephens, the #qpla09 tag at the conference, innovative colleagues... and so many more applications to discover, explore and connect with. Thanks Warren, and Neal, and other learning 2.0 adopters. I must talk with Keil about mashups.

update 26 September: #12 web video a #13 social networking a

D*P*C #11 online docs and more

Brilliant! Google Docs is what I need! or Zoho - so far I've only gone into GD. I am forever saving a half-done roster at work and emailing it to my home account so I can finish it there, or vice-versa. Now I can just save it to Google Docs. Less messing about!
There's no drama at work because we're all on a network so I can still access work documents as I work between branches, except for when I may have IT dramas.
I've saved an old doc as pdf - but I can't see where to follow this instruction:
Just click the Share drop-down menu on the top right and choose Publish as webpage. Then, click Publish now. Help!!
It's my submission to SRC last year that didn't get used afterall. When I do eventually provide access; if you're going to try the quiz, ignore the top section blatantly labelled 'answers'!

D*P*C #9 communicating online

SMS, IM and webinars...
I'll have to sign up for IM at work sometime - if enough people were on it may be a way of catching up in real time instead of playing telephone tag or email e-voidance.
SMS though - saves students big phone bills (and they're texting anyway) if library has an SMS information service where they can enquire about opening hours, extending their overdues, etc. I've seen it in use at QUT - very professional service.
Webinars - I recently participated in my first webinar (online tutorial) through SLQ's OPAL, and tomorrow will set up participants for another - on NoveList. We can participate by typing in the text box, or by using a microphone to speak. With Warren's instructions I taught myself how to use the smartboard, so will be able to enable audio for the training room, so participants shouldn't need headsets (fingers crossed).
An hour session is enough as a tutorial. The trainer presents information and allows participants to ask questions. Everything was clearly understandable.
It is beneficial afterwards to have a staff discussion period, and a suggestion for staff to on-train others.
I will gather participants' comments for the next FOCUS issue (our new information services bulletin).
I like that smartboard/whiteboard with add-ons... All the cool classrooms have them now. I'm so far behind!

D*P*C #10 wikis

I was reminded of the deadline approaching for our D*P*C program, because Dr Michael Stephens is coming for the QPLA/PLA conference in October and he will be working with focus groups on our Learning 2.0 program - and I haven't quite finished! However, I discovered that I have covered wikis in an earlier blog entry.
I've used a wiki since then for a work project - I invited colleagues to join the space as writers so they could submit information and links on information service. So far my writers are readers and I've moved on to other projects, but it's still alive, waiting for me to keep it alive. It would work better if it had a more structured content layout, but that's all part of web 2.0 - learn and grow.
I have seen some useful wikis, and I hope to contribute more.
So I've added a lot of content to our wiki - check.
In schools a wiki could be used as a subject information portal - students could contribute information they've found on Egyptian history, etc.
In a public library - a readers' advisory portal. A central space for reviews, suggestions, links, etc.
Some teachers may ban wikipedia as an information source, but what they really mean is that they don't want it used in a citation because the authority can't be checked. I support using wikipedia as an information springboard - launch from there to more authoritive sources once you've got a few more keywords and leads.
When people acknowledge 2.0 tools as a vital part of today's work fabric, they will devote more time to their utilisation. They're not just add-ons!
I still advocate Wikipedia is a good place to start for *some* information searches (see earlier post re film actors), but I did baulk when I saw a quote in our staff magazine attributed to 'wikipedia'. Someone needs a little citation education.
For a short list of library-related wikis, see OPAL's course notes online.
I like Princeton PL's BookLovers wiki as it is a specified-time project which should ensure people's active participation.

13 September, 2009

wordbox4writers - new in spring 2009

Due to constraints soon to be imposed on Bravenet websites, I am rebuilding wordbox over on wordpress - the new site, a work in progress, is at wordbox4writers.
Please bookmark it, tell teachers, librarians, children, authors,
competition organisers, etc.
More news to come

12 September, 2009

Arrr! talk like a pirate on the good ship LIBRARY

Arrr! There's fun t' be had in t' libraries this week! Grab yer parrot, yer eye patch and yer peg leg, and head to t' libraries to talk like an old sea dog and sing sea shanties! Yohoho

Tuesday 15th September 10am - Flinders Street
Wednesday 16th September 10am - Thuringowa Central
Friday 18th September 10am Aitkenvale

Check out t' site fer posters an' buttons: ITLAPD

Plenty of pirate books in CityLibraries - dive in!
A day in the life of a Pirate / Emma Helbrough
Captain Abdul's pirate school / Colin McNaughton.
Blackbeard, the pirate king : several yarns detailing the legends, myths, and real-life adventures of history's most notorious seaman / told in verse by J. Patrick Lewis.

Be there or walk t' plank!

Have I mentioned how much cool it is to work in a public library service?? Much?

03 September, 2009

libraries are about people

With a nod to the Swiss Army Librarian and his reference question of the week, I'll post about mine.
At one of our library branches a woman enquired if I could assist her to find some information from a newspaper about her father. A tragic event had occurred and I had the feeling that having an article to read would provide the lady with some concrete facts and perhaps some closure. The lady knew the town in which the event occurred, so I looked up Newsbank to get an idea of newspaper names (although I know Newsbank only goes back to 1998).
I contacted the newspaper, asking if they kept microform back a few decades (not supposing that they would) and if their paper was of the same name back in the early 80s. So I would know which newspaper to search in. They emailed back quite promptly with the answer that I had already begun a line of enquiry on - the public library.
I called, asking to speak to the information services librarian or interlibrary loans librarian, but the place was too small to have such staff. The staff member who spoke with me though, was quite happy to help. I explained the request, for a newspaper article from a particular time period (a few days date range) with the lady's father's name. The library staffer told me they held bound copies of the newspaper, checked she had that date, found the article, and said she'd send it right away.
I logged the request through our ILL officer, and the article came in the post today. It was a difficult article to read, knowing what it may mean to the lady requesting it. I wouldn't have felt good about just sending it in the post, or leaving at the desk for her to collect. This was definitely a people issue. She wanted to collect it.
That was hard for both of us, I think, but it certainly felt that I had done something meaningful in my working day. Libraries are about people, and that is a timely message for me to take to our working group next week.

25 August, 2009

little black books big launch

BIG day in Townsville Monday - Jeanie Adams from Black Ink Press (also author of Pigs and Honey, Going for Oysters) is launching 12 little black books - the work of young Indigenous writers and illustrators from Heatley, Aurukun and Garbutt. Congratulations to all involved!

Titles and creators to check out:
The Day My Yumby Went Missing / Graeme Owens
Fishing Time in the Banana Boat / Jesse Mooney
When I Was In the Bush... / Shannon Summers Phillips
Two in a Boat (Boatang mo'pull) / Steve Yunkaporta
Spearing Crabs / Brent Wolmby
Catching Fish (Minh Nga'an Wichan) / Venita Korkaktain
Disaster Camping / Monty Pompey
Watch Out For Cars / Bruce Nelson
My Fishing Adventure / David Inkerman
Trip to Cairns / Erica Kerr
Smashing Aunty Kathy's Car / Rehannon Pompey
My Holiday at Balgal Beach / Tasha Nelson

wordbox is SCISsed!

librarians get excited about some crazy things. I just discovered that wordbox was reviewed on Curriculum Corp and has a SCIS number!! No: 1383316!
Check it. Thanks Nigel Paull, Teacher librarian at South Grafton Primary School, for spreading the word.

23 August, 2009

eve pownall book of the year

In all the excitement of the Children's Book Week awards, make sure to borrow or buy the books shortlisted for the Eve Pownall book of the year - information books are amazing too!
The awarded books: Alive in the Death Zone / Lincoln Hall (winner)
The Word Spy / Ursula Dubosarsky, Tohby Riddle (honour book)
Simpson and his Donkey / Mark Greenwood, Frané Lessac (honour book).
Enjoy your discovery!

20 August, 2009

peace cranes

So it's been a busy year with moving home and all, but at least I made it to the theatre before December. The place where I used to live had a fabulous theatre but I saw better plays at the Z-Pac amateur theatre in Hervey Bay. I did see Max Gillies in something at The Brolga some years ago, but apart from that it was all Wickety Wak comebacks and acts. Of course Glenys invited me to a Shakespearean ballet in June but I couldn't go because I was flying up here.

The Civic is smaller than the Brolga but there are some amazing productions coming - Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and Thursday's Child. We have both books at CityLibraries, and Pam was generous enough to show me how to make peace cranes. If Nicole and Pam got together we would have 1000 in no time...

There are so many shows on that I have missed some - sad to miss the Grimstones last week at Riverway - Nic saw this puppetry performance in Brisbane and loved it. And I have yet to discover all the theatres here. And DanceNorth. This place is full on.

14 August, 2009

Nette Hilton loves wordbox!

Nette Hilton loves the 'box! And we love Nette Hilton!
Nette has recently added wordbox to her recommended sites list on both her blog and website. And people are linking to the box from there!
Thanks Nette! Another Australian writer who believes in the creativity of young writers. Check out her site at and read her books. I love The smallest bilby and the midnight star!

06 August, 2009

information services time!

In honour of our information services review coming up on Friday... let's get out there and focus on customers, people!

05 August, 2009

wordle advanced

!!! How long has Wordle advanced been up and I didn't know?
Working on it. Snapshot of thoughts running through my head about the direction of information service (no longer reference desk duty, nor reference service).
Thanks to the guy at wordle:, you no longer have to type the word in 150 times (or copy and paste). You just write it: information service: 150 etc.Brilliant innovation.
Wordle: information service

D*P*C #8 Keeping track

I like Delicious and I'm trying to get it to work as an information service tool across our branches. I downloaded all the favourites from the IS pc at one branch, but have to go through it to edit out the not necessaries and outdateds. Then I'd like a delicious account for clients' access. What I'd actually like is a delicious account that lists all my 2.0 tools so I don't have to open up ten different apps just to get somewhere. I hate waiting!
I'll try Digg next ... reminds me of Bob the Builder's rap song.

Plus you can access your online bookmarks from any internet computer, anywhere. - That's the most important point for me. It drives me crazy to get to work in any other branch and I can't access my favourites. Delicious makes it all simpler.

13 July, 2009

Jo's animoto link

Note to self: check out animoto - Jo's using it in the library. We can too.

30 June, 2009

28 June, 2009


Thanks Mary. I've finished my L2TD program, part one, covering blog setup, online photosharing, wikis, social networking, RSS and folksonomies and tagging. I've explored blogger, flickr, technorati, librarything, rss, wetpaint, myspace, facebook, ning and delicious. My brain's exhausted, but I'm feeling positive about the many interactive client-friendly applications we can utilise in the public library service. Yaybles.

Next I'll be exploring animoto mashups with D*P*C, Townsville City Libraries Learning 2.0 program.

D*P*C #3 Library 2.0 - what it means to me

My review of Michael Casey and Laura Savastinuk's article, Library 2.0: Service for the next–generation library encompasses what library 2.0 meant to me last year. This year I am learning more, exploring more, so my idea of library 2.0 is still in development. It's not all about technology, but about engagement with clients, interaction, communication flows and providing a new service model.

Casey and Savastinuk’s article contains some key phrases that provide clear goals for Web 2.0 technology application in libraries. They present Library 2.0 as ‘service for the next-generation library’, ‘the new model for library service’ and as embracing ‘user-centred change’ (Casey and Savastinuk, 2006, p.1). The Library 2.0 model embraces users participating in and driving change. Web 2.0 developments have allowed the rapid creation and uptake of collaborative library services, including virtual reference (Ask-a-Librarian), versatile OPAC interfaces and bookclub blogs.

The authors are clearly well-versed in Web 2.0 technologies and Library 2.0 services, reporting their findings for the professional Library Journal audience, with many avenues for further investigation. Citations are used throughout the article to illustrate points made, while three key readings and seven blog links are supplied on the final page, along with fourteen links to Web 2.0 tools.

Of particular interest is the authors’ observation that libraries have generally focused their services on known clients because of the perception of library as physical space, as well as the constraints of funding and that physical space. Library 2.0 allows a widening of this focus to include virtual clients and not-yet clients. A combination of physical and virtual services will reach more people in the community, thus strengthening the client base and viability. Such services may include online request and home delivery of books, online database access (through State and public libraries) and library blogs. Libraries themselves rely on ‘high levels of user participation to expand the value of the product’ (Casey & Savastinuk, 2006, p.2). Libraries must then work with Web 2.0 tools to meet and extend client information needs, beginning with participation in a 23 Things program.

As clients (virtual and physical) assume a greater participatory role in library services, with Library 2.0 they are able to tailor services to best meet their needs. The authors note that to achieve this standard, librarians must routinely elicit client feedback, to ‘harness our customer’s knowledge to supplement and improve library services’ (Casey & Savastinuk, 2006, p.2). Spencer and Hughan (2008, p. 13) reinforce collaboration as they found 'the evidence base needs to be developed' because the development of podcasts in libraries appeared to have been 'based largely on assumptions', with little evidence gathered on users' evaluation of the service. Amery (2008) notes on forum, however, the changes made to Charles Sturt University libraries after consultation with clients through online surveys, including increasing hours for the 1800 help desk.

In a surprising twist for libraries struggling with limited budgets and IT staff, the delivery and utilisation of Web 2.0 technologies for the Library 2.0 model can be relatively inexpensive. Many libraries have embraced free sites like flickr, PBWiki and Google Maps on their websites to value add to their service. As more clients push the boundaries of the physical library, librarians must reconsider 'what works best in meeting new challenges in a changing... world' (Harris, 2006, p.53). Harris terms this the 'digitally reshifted ... library' (2006, p. 52).

This article successfully emphasises the key elements of a Library 2.0 model; a physical or virtual service ‘that successfully reaches users, is evaluated frequently, and makes use of customer input’. Client engagement with all aspects from feedback to data contribution (blog comments, catalogue reviews, flickr photographic images, database information, etc.) will confine the old image of library-as-physical-space to the archives and ensure the further growth of Library 2.0. Balling, Henrichsen and Skourig (2007, p. 63) suggest that the physical library desk 'has interfered with the dialogue'. They state (p. 62) that 'there is no desk on the web'.

As the authors conclude, ‘through collaboration with staff and users, (each library) will be able to develop a clear idea of how this model will work for (their) organisation’ (Casey & Savastinuk, 2006, p.5).

Amery, K. (2008, 26 August). Why should I bother with the library survey? Does anything change? Message posted to CSU General Forum, archived online.

Balling, G., Henrichsen, L.A. & Skourig, L. (2007). Digital reading groups. New Library World. 109(1/2), 56-64. Retrieved 20 August, 2008 from Emerald Xtra database.

Casey, Michael E. & Savastinuk, Laura C. (2006, September). Library 2.0: Service for the next–generation library. Library Journal. Retrieved 27 June, 2008 from Library Journal website:

Harris, C. (2006). School library 2.0: Say good-bye to your mother's school library. School Library Journal. 52(5), 50-54. Retrieved 20 August, 2008 from EbscoHost database.

Spencer, A. & Hughan, C. (2008). Podcasting: A fad with a future? Proceedings of the Beyond the Hype: Web 2.0 symposium, Australian Library and Information Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, 1-2 February, 2008. Retrieved 26 August, 2008, from Australian Library and Information Association website:

hypertext happiness

While blogs, wikis and websites, etc. are invaluable in Library 2.0 as platforms for information dissemination and virtual communication services, Web 2.0 tools can also be used for clients' entertainment purposes (and they learn as they play). Various story spaces exist online on which the user/client/reader/writer/teacher/student/librarian can either collaborate on the construction of a story or interact with the story by following hyperlinks. This is a sophisticated Web 2.0 version of the ever-popular Choose-Your-Own Adventure storybooks.

The reader can read online and/or create online. It's storywriting Web 2.0. As they work they will gain understanding and skills in the capabilities of information communication technologies (ICTs) and be able to apply this in their informational and communication work.
Even considering the basics: what is a hyperlink? what is an anchor? Use of the hypertext media will also give Librarian 1.0 an insight into how 21st century clients gather and process their information. Explore.

DotLit Hypermedia:

Wacky Web Tales on Education Place:

Read Write Think lesson plan:

Even Victoria Police want your hypertext choose-your-owns:

Joel and Cat set the story straight: - the website on which virtual readers were invited to contribute a few lines each in a shared story that mirrored the tandem story captured in the book written collaboratively between Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow (probably using some email communication). Entrants wrote online or sent SMS.
Penguin certainly reached out to their client base on their own turf.

i heart magnetic poetry

Link to these Magnetic Poetry sites to play, learn and create. These sites, with large data repositories, articulate into Pearce's definition (2006, p.1) of Web 2.0 sites as those 'that let people collaborate and share information in previously unavailable ways.' An array of applications are possible for the school classroom and library.

Previously you were restricted to your own fridge!

Magnetic Poetry Snaith Primary School Magnet Poems

Magnetic Poetry (and the real thing in physical form for your non-virtual fridge)

Magnetic Poetry from Poetry4kids

Eric Harshbarger's Magnetic Poetry on James Roy's site.

Magnetic Poetry Shop. (2008). Chipboard words and stickers. Retrieved 22 August, 2008 from Magnetic Poetry website:

Magnetic Poetry Shop. (2008). Kids Stuff. Retrieved 22 August, 2008 from Magnetic Poetry website:

Pearce, J. (2006). User collaboration in websites. National Library of Australia Staff Papers. Presented at Framing the Future, ARLIS/ANZ Conference, 21-23 September, 2006. Retrieved 22 August, 2008 from National Library of Australia website:

L2TD #6 folksonomies & tagging

First, revisiting LibraryThing; another similar tool is GoodReads. I like Noosa's frontpage - talk about face out shelving.
Within Spydus and Aurora LMS, library members can submit reviews online for the catalogue so that function within LT is not so necessary for me. The fact that they link it to the catalogue at Kingston, though, allows them to provide members with access to virtual lists of similar books, books by the same author, etc. I've added the widget (easy, peasy), but only with my current read of the moment. I might have a look at Shelfari and the others too.
Especially My favourites list is just way out of hand at my desk.

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Blowers, H. (2006, 3 September). #11: A thing about LibraryThing. Entry posted to PLCMC Learning 2.0 blog. Retrieved 26 August, 2008 from blog:

So, I'm in delicious and I found that a handful of others had already saved wordbox to their delicious favourites. Stunning. I've tried to add the network badge but am having trouble. Work on that. I'm librarianalison over there too.
I have a lot more favourites to add, but this is going to be extremely useful because of its portability.

Started exploring Technorati. Interesting. Searching on 'bookmobile' elicits some 203 random results, whereas an advanced search using 'libraries' as a search term narrowed results to 3 more relevant articles.

You will find ways to implement 2.0 technologies and applications into your library service.

25 June, 2009

L2TD#5 RSS feeds / D*P*C #4

I've added a feed from Read Alert (via SLV) to this blog (see way down). Just two entries at a time, no author required because they're mostly written by Mike Shuttleworth I believe.

I've subscribed to 11 feeds in Bloglines; those with an Arts focus, to our Learning 2.0 programs, colleagues' blogs and a whimsical inclusion (wish jar):
Articulate, Bloglines , CityLibrariesLearning - discover*play*connect, Word of the Day, Kaptain Keil - Ponderer Extraordinaire,
Leftwinglibrarian's Blog, OPAL Training, Quilterjo Learns New Things...,
Skerricks, Unshelved and Keri Smith's wish jar.

The value of having relevant news pushed to your desktop is immeasurable today when we are overloaded with information delivery from all corners. As a ref. librarian I would compile a list of relevant feeds to keep current professionally, and to add to my toolkit. For my account I extracted URLs from my random Favourites list, from the participants' list on these 2.0 programs, and from suggestions (ABC blogs > Articulate).

Suggestions for follows: OPAL training and Unshelved (useful and so true, in turn).

booktrailers 4 libraries

Thanks for the trigger, Judith. Book trailers on screens at public libraries for reader advisory service. Love the idea. Which publishers are making trailers?

23 June, 2009

D*P*C #6 mashups

This entry is going to take me a while. I've just revisited BigHugeLabs for their Warholizer (fond memories of seeing the Heinz cans in the Qld Art Gallery in the 80s). For other stunning sites, check BlockPosters, SaysIt and BeFunky.

21 June, 2009

L2TD #4 social networking

I use Twitter for its accessibility and usability to post a snapshop of my day in a short time frame, and its medium to promote our library service. I am developing my objectives in the use of social networking in the library service, but have found some positive examples of libraries using twitter to promote new books, to alert people to closures or program times, etc. Twitter's ability to gather an audience should be utilised to personalise the library's blog. Post positive messages and show your wares, and potential clients and industry members will come to understand your direction. It's a great medium to show what you value. Love visiting authors? Twitter about those who've been and who else you have programmed in. Specialise in rare medical texts? Twitter about special finds and applications. Refurbishing your school library with government money? Twitter about the effects and student benefits. And you can twitter from your phone - even more portability.

I've found bands do well on MySpace, check Bridezilla. And Operator Please, discovered via their MySpace weren't they? - are in both places. It's a place of promotion, so you'd have to utilise it in a library somehow. I've seen too many media articles recently using someone's Facebook site as a source of information, like their relationship status or whatever. Certain magazines could do a double spread derived from that status inf. But then, I've found a more sophisticated Facebook site: Deakin. I have a lot of exploring to do. And yes, I found here that Boroondarra and Deakin were two early adopters of Facebook.
Boomerang Books is on Facebook, with author William Kostakis as moderator.
Use FB to keep current on conference discussions: IFLA 2010.
I like Facebook over MySpace aesthetically. The page looks cleaner. Lots more exploration required to determine applicability and ability for outreach.