A selector’s view of the LIANZA Conference

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:

  • Customer experience
  • eBook usage and licensing agreements
  • Being open to indigenous knowledge.
Kim Tairi keynote
Kim Tairi keynote. LIANZA Conference 2015. Flickr LIANZA-2015-IMG_0843

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.
  • Follow the #open17 hashtag on Twitter for conference-related tweets.

Cornelia Oehler
Selection & Access Librarian

NDF 2013 – keynote talks now on YouTube

The four keynote papers from last year’s National Digital forum can now be found on YouTube. They are:

All are well worth a look and last around 50 minutes.

Christchurch City Libraries at LIANZA 2013 Part 2

Here is the conference presentation from Sally Thompson:

Foyers, facades and fenestrations: new library spaces in Europe and Scandinavia

As well as the conference paper there is a power point which has  lots of interesting photographs.

The paper is the culmination of  facts and inspiration gathered on a five week adventure funded in part through the LIANZA Edith Jessie Carnell Travelling Scholarship. Sally visited over 20 new Central and large community libraries in England, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The presentation also contains key themes and feedback from the NEXT Library 2013 conference in Aarhus Denmark as they relate to future libraries.

We are awesome, passionate superhero librarians

“We are awesome, passionate superhero librarians”…the opening address at LIANZA2012 was from Meredith Farkas who is the Head of Instructional Services at Portland State University.

I’m pretty sure she’s right about that. The notion of recreating the library experience – to capture the public into continuing to use, or start using library content and facilities is an ongoing mission (should you choose to accept it). As Meredith suggests ‘retooling’ our libraries on a reduced budget – it’s not easy.

But once these ideas are implemented how do we sustain and keep the momentum? Innovations to enhancing the library experience are so new and exciting and well intended to begin with but enthusiasm wears. Then we are in danger of our great ideas waning as life takes over.

Meredith encouraged us to question everything – what we do and how we do it – does it actually work to achieving our shared team goals. Transforming the overall library experience we need to be looking outward, developing external partnerships, be encouraged to take risks, communicate about any changes often. Above all, anchor those changes by removing barriers and having the necessary resource to sustain.

What ideas might you have that you can sell to your team leader and team in your library?

See a slide show of Meredith’s speech or watch a video of her presentation at conference.

And now for something completely different

As an interlude to the LIANZA Conference speaker blogs I thought I would tell you a little about our 50s movie night.

So, last Monday evening we were invited to attend  cocktails and nibbles followed by a surprise classic film showing. The venue was the beautiful 1930s built  Regent On Broadway which for us Christchurch attendees made us think of buildings lost in our own fair city.

After an hour or so we were ushered into the theatre with popcorn in hand. I chose the cinnamon and sugar flavour over the Moroccan chicken – I just wasn’t game enough, no pun intended.

The cocktails should have been a giveaway, aptly named Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, who indeed were the stars of this 1950s romantic comedy called Desk Set. And yes, you guessed it – the setting was a reference library.

Many a titter was to be heard from 150+ audience as this farcical romance unfolded. Desk Set should come with a warning as there was much bottom slapping of work colleagues and drunken debauchery at the Christmas Party. Imagine consuming, at last count, 6 bottles of bubbles and still answering phone reference enquiries. Enquiries such as ‘What are the names of Santa’s reindeer?’ Spencer Tracy, whose part was not as a reference librarian, answered such a call and recites the seven dwarves with Rudolph and Blitzen added at the end for good measure.

Needless to say boy asks girl for her hand in marriage after what only seems like a few days since they first met. The new ‘brain’ (computer) which has been installed to help with the reference enquiries was finally excepted as part of this hard working team (shopping and long lunch breaks the norm).

Anybody else seen this flick?