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Posted: July 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: learning, librarian, meme | Tags: , | No Comments »


Where I belong in a library

Posted: June 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: blogging, librarian, libraries, meme, self-reflection | Tags: , | No Comments »

As I was wondering what to write about today for #blogjune, I happened on this meme via Con, via Catherine.

Enter the You As The Dewey Decimal System generator! My deets produced this:

David Green’s Dewey Decimal Section: 218 Humankind

David Green = 4129478554 = 412+947+855+4 = 2218

200 Religion

The Bible and other religious texts, books about the general philosophy and theory of religion.

What it says about you:
You don’t mind thinking about the unknown or other very big ideas. You will never feel like your work is finished. The 200-series is dominated by Christian topics, so you may feel like you’re constantly surrounded by Christians.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at

All I entered was name, birth date & fave number between 1-3 (optional). I had 3 results to choose from (2 with identical wording) & I could choose the colour. So yeah, I don’t think it’s an exact science 😉

The Results

“Humankind;” that’s nice, I like that.
Yes, I do enjoy “thinking about the unknown or other very big ideas”.
Oh? “(I) will never feel like (my) work is finished?” Really?! Oh. NO!
I haven’t ever felt like I’m surrounded by Christians. Except for in church.
Like in any group of people, so long as they’re cool thinkers, this would never be a problem for me. Despite what the generator is implying.

What’s your Dewey number?

Performing Thriller For ALL Council Staff!

Posted: June 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: librarian, performance, video | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

True story. The 3min version, thankfully. Watch the 1st 3mins of the video & try to imagine 9 library staff performing…

Yup! Performing in front of all council staff, from the GM down, at our Rewards & Recognition Awards Night. This. Friday! (gulp)
Now, I better rehearse, and if you’re the praying type, please do 😉

Fistpump baby hearts #blogjune

Posted: June 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: learning, librarian, libraries, marketing | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I hadn’t played with a meme generator before now. I used but there’s heaps to choose from. It was fun, easy and I’ve already made one to get news to my teens at work!

How do you use meme generators? What’s your fave meme?

Show Me the Awesome Manga + Anime Group!

Posted: May 31st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: librarian, libraries, professional development, reflective practice, self-promotion | Tags: , , , , | 8 Comments »
Artwork by John LeMasney,

Artwork by John LeMasney,

I’m excited that this post is a part of Kelly, Sophie & Liz‘s excellent project Show Me the Awesome: 30 days of self-promotion. Dedicating 30 days to spreading the good word on how library people are doing awesome things, you can read many inspiring posts by searching twitter, Tumblr and blogs for #30awesome. Check out Kelly and Sophie‘s intro posts for more info.

When I landed my job as Children’s and Youth Librarian, part of my brief was to place a particular emphasis on engaging teens. Historically our library service hadn’t kicked too many goals in this area, but we’re not alone in that. It’s not always the case, but teens can be a tough demographic to get into libraries and using library services. However, I’m stoked to report I have finally had a break-through! Introducing…

My libraries’ Manga + Anime Group, or MAG as we affectionately call it, is a common interest group for 12-17 year olds.  It’s free to ‘join’ the group; you don’t have to be a library member, and you come whenever you can. The group is for young people who are into manga, anime, and comics. I admit it’s not an original concept, but starting MAG in our library was my brainchild and I am proud of the idea. We meet fortnightly at our central branch for 1.5 hours, but people often stay an extra half hour til the library closes (yeah!). At MAG, teens:

  • hang out
  • draw (and, oh. Whoa. They can draw!)
  • read
  • watch anime
  • make craft
  • listen to their music (apparently mine is “weird”)
  • chat
  • play and make stuff with apps
  • check out Facebook, deviantART, and Tumblr,
  • and a couple play Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.

It is group-driven and firmly motivated by my “give the people what they want; it’s their library” philosophy. Every week I tell the group “this is your group, so you call the shots, we can do whatever you want (chuckle, snicker), within reason”. So when they asked for a Tea Party, we had one. They all bought some food – some even baked – and I provided fancy teas, tablecloths, brownies and flowers. Occasionally we have special events as requested by the group. For National Youth Week we screened anime and ate pizza. When they asked to hangout more online, I made a MAG Facebook page; a couple of keen teens are page admins like me, but I also moderate. We also created a teen-powered MAG Tumblr. The group have log-in details and some submit drafts which I moderate and publish. One group member kindly tweaked the Tumblr code and another is working on custom banners for Facebook and Tumblr. I love that they feel/know these online spaces are theirs, just like they ‘own’ the library during MAG. Did I mention these guys often come to MAG in partial cosplay and Lolita?! Awesome.

Each meeting I pin up large sheets of paper with questions and topics to plan events as a group, encourage idea sharing and to pick their brains. Questions have included: More people would come to this library if… And, How can we awesome-ize our MAG Facebook page? Last week a group member penned the question: If you could be best friends with a manga/anime character, who would it be? I also lay out a large table with pencils, markers, paper, card, origami stuff, discarded manga to cut, collage or take home. There’s also books about how-to-draw manga and comics, and post-its for ideas. The guys commandeer a stereo and make use of the PCs I reserve for them. I feel I should mention, there is no budget for MAG. When I want something (like tea bags, popcorn or origami paper) I clear it with my supervisor and we get it from the whole library promotion budget.

Since conception seven months ago, the numbers have grown from ten, to twelve, and now a constant sixteen.  I’m super stoked with those numbers. Almost everyone is a library member and a few have joined the library since attending MAG. Three young people even travel from the neighbouring LGA i.e. a different library service. And the loans! Most of them borrow heaps of manga, anime and some comics, and some also borrow youth fiction. Compared with the same period last year, since MAG has begun, graphic novel loans at our central branch are up 28%. Also, by observation only (because we haven’t yet catalogued titles to differentiate them from other DVD/Blu-ray loans), I know our anime loans are way up too. It’s not all about the numbers – not ever – but I need to justify my programs, budgets, and my time. These figures definitely help.

It’s hard to get teens into my library, but once a fortnight they own it. They fill it with creativity, laughter and K-Pop. (That’s Korean Pop; don’t worry I had to look it up it too.) I’m proud of my little group and what we’ve achieved. So when you say “Show Me the Awesome!” I’ll show you MAG.

ANZ 23 Mobile Things

Posted: May 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: anz23mthings, learning, librarian, professional development, twitter | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

I have jumped into a great professional development course called ANZ 23 Mobile Things. It’s for people in Australia and New Zealand doing Jan, Mylee & Kathryn‘s ultra cool 23 Mobile Things course. We’re going to learn all that is vital to know about how mobile devices can awesome-ise library people, library programs and spaces. The major reason I signed up for the course is because about 2 weeks ago I was ‘given’ an iPad for work. My daughter has one which I have barely used, and I have always wanted to start. This course seemed like the perfect starting point! The other reasons I have signed up are: group-learning is awesome, the price is right (FREE!), and professional development is very important to me.

In the past I started CPD23 but never finished. Twice! I’m ok with that; self-paced learning is about dipping in and dipping out. I played with a few of the things, but never got into a pattern. I absolutely learnt stuff and still follow hashtags and people from the course. Perhaps the biggest thing I did learn was, I did not set aside enough time to play and learn. Of course I hope to remedy this, and will do this by allotting work-time to complete the course. I can always go back and finish CPD23, and the other cool thing is, ANZ 23 Mobile Things is different because it is about using mobile devices.


Thing 1 was all about Twitter – excellent! I totally love twitter. In 2011 I declared Twitter & RSS to be the best things on the Internet. I still think this is true. Here’s what I tweeted last week: “Top reasons I <3 @twitter: real-time searching, quick advice, virtually attend events, link sharing, short, sharp convos, stay up-2-date, democratising the web (can ask any1 anything), it’s a community!”. Currently I use the official twitter app on my Galaxy (android) phone and on my iPad. My desktop preference is the old Tweetdeck. I also sometimes use Hootsuite on my desktop at work. If you can recommend a great mobile app, please leave me a comment :)
Heaps of the learning for the course will take place on twitter; so get amongst it. Search for and tweet using the hashtag #anz23mthings. To get news from the source follow @anz23mthings. Oh and make sure you grab the RSS feeds from the course site.

I’m very excited to be actively learning, sharing and playing again.
I’m certain the course will remind me how the words learning, sharing and playing are wonderful tautologies!

It feels great to support local projects!

Posted: January 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: art, film, librarian | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

I’m stoked that I & everyone else got behind this excellent, important film made by local young people. If I didn’t make the cutting room floor, you may just see me in it as the local librarian 😉
Have you seen this video about the successful pozible campaign?

To learn more:

So what’s a great local project in your community I should know about? :)


Day in the Life of a Children’s and Youth Librarian

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: librarian, project | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Library Day in the Life is an excellent sharing project conceived by Bobbi Newman who writes the info-and-fun-filled Librarian by day blog. Designed to share what a ‘typical’ day is like for a library worker/student/educator/etc., people everywhere chronicle their day via twitter, blogs, Flickr, YouTube, etc. and share it with other library folk. Perhaps more importantly, it is also hoped that non-library folk experience Library Day in the Life (LDITL). People share and follow various Days in the Life by searching for #libday8 on twitter, blogs, Google+, and so on. Library folk get to read, see and watch what others do – it’s a great opportunity to try on a different Librarian’s hat and/or cardigan for a day. If posts/tweets/photos/videos of our Library Day in the Life are seen by those who dwell outside Libraryland, perhaps we can enlighten interested others as to what we do all day. It may well lead to stellar ideas from others about any aspect of our work days: ideas about tech, management, promotions, task prioritising, and so on. Sharing our days may result in collaborations, myth-busting, who knows?! The process also helps the individual reflect on how effectively they use their time at work, and at home. Library Day in the Life forces participants to analyse our prioritisation of workloads: we see what tasks demand the most of us, and what are neglected. This is the 8th round – hence #libday8 – of this very valuable and fun exercise.

I have a new desk!


I’m starting with when I rise to indicate when I start learning, sharing & ‘living’ in Libraryland i.e. when I start reading twitter, RSS feeds, blogging, etc. I’ve not included after work because I didn’t really visit Libraryland as I didn’t bring any work home or go online, or read any work related stuff. I did mention I have a new baby, right?!

6.00am Awake, get up.

6.05-6.30 Nurse #GeeBee (who?), make coffee, open twitter, and google docs for recording #libday8 notes.

6.30 Trawl twitter, watch new Hunger Games trailer then tweet it to personal and work accounts.

6.40 Keep drafting another blog post.

6.45 Meander around net reading music stuff…. drink coffee, and goo-and-gaa at sleeping baby!

7.05 Remember cool idea for tumblr post, find YouTube clip and queue post.

7.10 Trawl tumblr feeds; so much eyecandy and earcandy!

7.20 More blog post draft, twitter links, coffee drinking, #GeeBee soothing/cuddling/stoking-out-on.

7.40 Save draft, wake most excellent wife J., then shave, shower, get ready for work.

8.20 Somehow pries myself away from #GeeBee and drive to work. Take work ideas and tasks notes on post-it as I drive – safely!

8.55 Arrive work. Only 5min early; this year I am aiming to (mostly) only work rostered hours to keep a better work/life balance.

9.00 Switch on pc, check for any urgent email, fill in calender, check diary, eat nuts – NTS make breakfast!

9.05 Allocate new items. Trying to do this as soon as they come in, to give people current items asap. Sounds fair, right?!

9.15 Create draft version of annual events calender for manager to take to managers’ meeting.

9.50 Morning tea, info share featuring cake – clichés are true :)

10.00 Library open (til 8pm)

10.05 Email supervisor two questions to ponder. This year I am trying not to ask too many questions in person – i.e. less interruptions. Hmmmm, see how I go!

10.10 Continue events document.

10.45 Allocate more new items. Help customer with photocopier.

11.00 Read about proposed staffing restructure.

11.10 – 11.35 Discuss library newsletter, dubious image searches!, future event planning with my supervisor.

11.45 Meet local community group who use library in rain. This is occasional; I would like to offer our space to more groups, because it is not our space, it is theirs. Oh and surely community driven space is the future of librarianship, if not the present.

11.50 Print promos/posters/flyers for 2012 programs.

12.15pm Tidy up task list, flagged items in Outlook (MPOW email client). Help customer find Captain Underpants book.

12.30 Lunch in lunchroom with colleagues.

1.00 Email local primary school about library lesson attendance in 2012.

1.20 Fill in paper diary. Still using this, but for how long?

1.28 Had a great idea (an aha moment!) for project with local primary school – must flesh this out, and follow through…

1.30 Prepare for serials (magazines) meeting.

2.00 Serials meeting.

3.25 Cup of tea (at desk) while checking emails. Help customer find books similar to the ever-popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books; we have Big Nate books. (Do you know any other read-alikes?)

3.30 Event planning document discussion with supervisor.

4.30 More emails, tidy desk, make list for Monday.

4.40 Learn I need to come in for early shift on Monday for non-fiction and adult fiction selection – good practice.

5.10 Leave. (Only 10mins late, an improvement on average finishing times of last year.)

So that’s my day, thanks for reading! (You can my previous LDITL posts here and here.)

Please leave a link to your LDITL in the comments. Or even a link to or paragraph about your NON-Library Day in the Life. Sharing is caring!

H-E-L-P T-W-I-L!

Posted: January 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: learning, librarian | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Given I blog about libraries and learning, I must praise and thank This Week in Libraries, and especially now. This Week in Libraries (TWIL) is a vital professional development resource for library workers who want to learn, engage and get excited about our profession (i.e. everyone). TWIL brings educative and inspiring conversations with passionate presenters and guest professionals to our screens, whenever we choose to watch, for free! Innovation is always on the menu; served with passion, pride and collaboration. As Jan Holmquist rightly declares, TWIL is “our favourite library TV show”. And TWIL needs our help.

To keep the show going in 2012, a thankful crew are crowd-funding via the Help This Week in Libraries Tumblr. There is a Help TWIL Facebook page that you should like, and follow the love on twitter by searching for #helptwil.

I donated to say a huge Thank You and to help keep this oh-so-valuable resource on the air. You should too!

NEWSFLASH! Blogging drought breaks!

Posted: November 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: blogging, librarian | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Well Dear Reader, I have finally blogged! I could list reasons/guesses why I have taken such a long break, but I may never finish that list, and therefore never post. Ever again!

MCCALL MAGAZINE COVER, GIRL IN RAIN by Nickolas Muray from George Eastman House on Flickr.

Jessica Olin from the ever-helpful & oh-so-interesting Letters to a Young Librarian asked me to contribute a post. I was stoked :)

Letters to a Young Librarian is a blog – an advice forum of sorts – where practising librarians share advice to new and other not-so-new library folk. If you don’t read this blog, you should. I decided to write about perfectionism, procrastination and asking for help. I’d be super-pleased if you would check out my post: Be Courageous; Ask for Help.

Oh and feel free to leave a comment there, or here.

Thanks for reading!