Top of the Web – July 2020

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Project: Migration – Claire Brocklehurst, Library, Ara Institute of Canterbury

“On February 15, 2018, Ara Institute of Canterbury Library went live with a new Library management system: Alma from Ex Libris …”


On February 15, 2018, Ara Institute of Canterbury Library went live with a new Library management system: Alma from Ex Libris.

Alma Cake The Alma Cake

This was the culmination of a project that was simultaneously too long and far too short! We had been looking at replacing our old system, Voyager, for many years, but the timing had never been right. Suddenly, in the middle of 2017, the stars aligned, and it was all go.

This was a huge undertaking for our small team: only about 10 FTE staff, with limited technical expertise. We had about six months for the whole project, with the go-live date being set for the first week of the academic year (we are still not sure who made that decision: they were not popular).

Alma had the advantage for us that it brought a number of other systems under one umbrella. It includes usage statistics for…

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Aoraki LIANZA Talks and Technology + AGM

Worth checking out!


Aoraki LIANZA invites all our members & those interested in LIANZA to an evening of Talks and Technology followed by AGM

Tuesday 11th September 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sydenham Room, South Library, 66 Colombo Street

5.30 – 6:15 pm: Tech Taster – play with new technology before the meeting starts
5.30 – 6:15 pm: Finger food available
6:15 pm: Welcome
6:20 pm: Paula Eskett – LIANZA President
6:40 pm: Rob Cruickshank (Programme Specialist at Christchurch City Libraries) – Technology in the Library
7:00 pm: Chris Hay – Manager Tūranga Central Library (Christchurch City Libraries)       
7:30- 8:00 pm: 
Annual General Meeting (Agenda, previous minutes, Chair and Regional Reps reports will be emailed before the meeting)

RSVP for catering and AGM apologies by Friday 31 August.

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Variety in Vancouver

Surrey City Library

Iconic building and external design features with wow- linking Civic buildings and Library. Emphasis on people places, digital literacy, settlement services,outreach and programming.

North Vancouver Public Library

Poopulation 55,000- membership 45,000. Living room of the community. Connecting with you, the community and through technology. 1400 walk in and 1000 digital library usage per day. Opened 2008 and responding to customer feedback re services and space. Digitization room heavily booked.

Vancouver Public

The library resources are visible on street walks – authors and books profiled on street lamps, how cool is that!  Hold this thought: great idea to re-engage our community with Central City Library and have fun. Make it interactive with elements similar to latest Pokemon Go. Amazing aboriginal Storyteller in residence.

Accessible services for all: print/perceptual disabilities access to over 200,000 items in accessible formats

This library is about to embark on a makeover to increase floor area children’s, innovation lab, specialist heritage collections. These rennovation will also increase flexibility of floors 7 and 8.

Some light library inspo to start the New Year…

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.

“The World Wide Web is the reading room of the 21st century” – Bill MacNaught, National Librarian.

“The library is the Agora of the community” + “libraries need to be more like Bowie” – Kim Tairi, University Librarian, Swinburne University.

Kim Tairi keynote
Kim Tairi keynote. LIANZA Conference. Wednesday 11 November 2015. Flickr LIANZA-2015-IMG_0853

“Do what people need but market what they want” – Ned Potter from the University of York and his Library Marketing Manifesto.

Ned Potter
Ned Potter. LIANZA Conference. Tuesday 10 November 2015. Flickr LIANZA-2015-IMG_0702