I will be posting during (and before) my trip as one way of sharing my learning with the library profession in New Zealand.
This post looks at Halmstad – Sweden. Besides enjoying the gorgeous location of this library I will be looking at, among other things, the entrance to the building. It is noticeable that “The entrance is designed to engender a feeling of dynamism, movement and activity”:
Currently we are working on the areas and locations of services and spaces for the new Central library and have similar thoughts about what should go on the ground floor. This building will be of particular interest to me and I have a great feeling of optimism about what I am going to see and learn.
At Cycling for libraries we assume each and every participant is an expert in their profession, and has something valuable to share, and also a lot of things to learn. We assume that we are all intelligent, and also physical, social, emotional and beautiful beings. A one-and-a-half week bicycle journey works as a framework for this. We design and build our unconference not to be hostile to life, but to be lifelike itself.
LIANZA 2011 conference kicked off for me with a very early arrival at the airport for the flight to Wellington (after a very late arrival the previous evening from Melbourne). Feeling a little weary the morning was spent checking into the hotel, hot chocolate with CCL colleagues and registration.
The afternoon was taken up with two overseas keynote speakers (Martin Molloy and Molly Raphael) dealing with the problems public libraries face in this the era of the credit crunch. Most of us have heard of the difficulties facing UK libraries in particular – 400 branch and mobile libraries have closed there. A very sobering statistic for our profession.
Exhibitors are in evidence everywhere and it is interesting to see what is new in the marketplace especially as most of them have the added incentive of chocolates, free bags and the opportunity to win an iPad 2!
Day two in Wellington has provided the opportunity to meet up with some fellow MIS students at the ‘Newcomers’ morning tea and listen to a very thought provoking speaker – Dr Aroha Mead speaking about WAI 262. She gave us the essence of this very lengthy 1000 page document in a concise and sometimes humorous presentation. A visit to the Te Papa library will be the highlight of my afternoon today. Days are full on and surprisingly exhausting with the sheer amount of information on offer and networking with colleagues from a diverse range of libraries.
Kia ora. LIANZA Conference is not just on the horizon, it’s galloping into view. Monday 12 October 2009 is the official powhiri and kick off for this annual event – and this year it’s our fair city of Christchurch that plays host(ess).
If you want to scout out what’s on you can also visit the Conference blog where there is a plethora of Conference related posts.
Keep an eye on this blog too, as colleagues will be giving you impressions of the sessions and keynote speakers.