We visited a mobile library, and I borrowed one of my favourite books: When the wind blows by Raymond Briggs. (read this, and watch the Brit tv series Threads – the two perfect artefacts of 80s nuclear fear)
We met Bowie and Jobriath and Ann Magnuson.
Your collection is a springboard to creativity.
We designed a new exciting event and programming for our libraries.
We sung Oma rapeti.
And we met librarians from Australia and New Zealand doing awesome stuff. Lesley Ahwang Acres, Field Officer with Indigenous Library Services at the State Library of Queensland (here she is at her session).
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.
Because really who wants to tackle some heavy reading or weighty issues first up in 2016?
I was fortunate enough to attend Shout! Karanga Rā, the annual LIANZA conference in Wellington in November. Unlike the physical exhaustion I experienced in completing the my first half marathon in Queenstown that same month, post-conference it was my brain that was overwhelmed after four days of ideas, conversations, laughter, themes and information.
Speakers from New Zealand and around the world inspired, challenged and made us laugh. In the interests of keeping things light to kick off the year, here are some memorable quotes and comments that captured my attention:
“The library listens, interprets and makes awesome things happen” + The public library should be fun!” – the effervescent Justin Hoenke Director of Benson Memorial Library in Pennsylvania.
“Australia is full of bogans” – Ghil’ad Zuckermann, chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide, currently working on the revival of the Barngarla Aboriginal language. Fascinating style of delivery for his keynote opening with a Hebrew song sung to the tune of Pokarekare Ana and great application of the ‘Driver Reviver’ message to saving languages.
“Everyone f**king hates councils, but everyone loves libraries” – Nigel Latta wondering why his council doesn’t promote their libraries as their awesome service to improve credibility with their ratepayers + “work life balance is bollocks” + “practice a growth mindset” – changing your worldview from fixed to one open to change.
We corralled a small group of likely candidates in order to make the project manageable. This initial team of pickers had a workshop to figure out how it might work. The name “Staff Pickles” is courtesy of Malcolm.
Simone made some fab graphics that have a Christchurchy flavour. If you are a fan of local street art, you’ll recognise some of the backgrounds.
Each Staff Pickles page introduces the person and their reading interests, and includes:
The page includes a Readers Advisory form so customers can contact the Pickles for advice or ideas.
Pickles in action
We will be making and sharing booklists, writing book reviews, offering reading tips, looking at hot stuff coming up.
On Friday 19 June, a bunch of GLAM sector types gathered at the Undercroft at the University of Canterbury for the local area NDF barcamp. It’s a chance to discuss a variety of issues and topics related to digital stuff. Joanna Szczepanski from the Canterbury Museum wrangled us for the day.