I am excited about going to the LIANZA conference on Tuesday. I will be focusing on three strands that are important to me as a selector for Christchurch City Libraries. Broadly speaking they are:
eBook usage and licensing agreements
Being open to indigenous knowledge.
The way we present the library content we select with great care is all important. I would like to explore new ideas of presentation and customer interaction at the conference.
I will be wearing my e-hat when going to the session on eBook usage and licensing agreements. Will this help me in the future to better explain to self-publishing authors why I can’t buy their eBook from them direct?
As the selector for New Zealand nonfiction I also make the decision which books will be shelved in our Ngā Pounamu collections. I hope to get a lot out of the paper that gives an overview of how other non-Māori librarians are making sense of Māori knowledge.
Visit the LIANZA Conference page for more information.
The Digital Library is a branch of our network, it’s open 24 hours and 7 days. You can visit it from a physical library, or from home, or anywhere you are. This Tiki Tour takes a trip around our online offerings.
Top navigation includes a search box, Hours and Location info, your login, and content sorted into About, Explore, eResources, What’s on and Learning.
Explore pages let you browse new stuff and relevant blog posts and info — see the popular Kids Explore menu for an example.
The main homepage is made up of content cards sorted into channels. These are moveable, so the homepage doesn’t always look the same. The library’s main event has the prime “hero” spot. There is a feed of the latest blog posts, and the events calendar.
Staff Pickles is a team of librarians that aim to bring you recommendations with flavour. The Pickles share booklists, book reviews, and blog posts – all about the books, movies, TV, and music they love, and you can ask them for reading recommendations.
Kia ora. The latest information on what webpages and blog posts were popular in February.
15 February was a busy day online as we shared information about the Port Hills Fire – 38,759 impressions on Twitter and 40 tweets.
Think about the library as a network hub, a place where the community hall is merged with the library, and social services are also activated there. So you have life-long learning, you can learn motor mechanics, flower arranging, yoga, you can get a book, you can get a class on languages, you can get government services. So it really becomes a hub, and it becomes one of the few places where you see multi generations of people, people of different languages and backgrounds, all coming under a service that is supplied in their community and neighbourhood.
And it helps with this idea that the library is more than just a container for books, which is really a post-war idea to do with educating and edifying communities, but the library has become in our communities a place where communities overlap and children and adults overlap, a place which can edify and continue life-long learning, which we know is now incredibly important. It’s no longer just getting your education till your eighteen or twenty and then that’s it. There’s so many technological changes, information is changing so much, that life-long learning is part of our way of life in big cities.
Check out Author talks on a subdivided city in an age of hyper-diversity.
Visited four amazing libraries yesterday -full on day, see second post for branch libraries. The Toronto Reference Library was reminiscent of our old Central Library with a 70s look but refreshed and inspiring. Lovely atrium creating the sense of where to next! Also glass lifts if you don’t wish to use the stairs. No escalator and while at the time this was seen as short sighted now it’s viewed as progressive.
Light, airy, and a wide variety of happenings for the customer in terms of specialist collections, programmimg and reference support. The learning centres are varied in purpose from computers in dedicated spaces, dedicated rooms for learning and a maker space staffed by Digital Design Technicians who deliver programmes, assist customers with 3D printer and design help, customers printing their own books – real cool along with audio and video production.
These DDT staff also support the branches with pop up mobile labs that are out on rotation with the DDT to facilitate drop ins, books ins, programmes and staff learning.
Collections – approximately a third on display, the rest elsewhere but can be accessed on request. Lots of compactums. Arthur Conan Doyle collection a highlight – dedicated themed space and a librarian with the true gift of storytelling. Anyone can pop in, relax and select from this wonderful collection. You can also loan musical instruments – well used and valued resource.
The Reference area is also a seller for weddings with the couple married at the top with guests seated below – nice little revenue earner.
Technology pervasive. Lost count of the screens and number of computers. Cool lighting as well.
Public Libraries Victoria Network: Great Library Tour 4 2016