BlogJune. Day 15 of 21.

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Library as location. BYOD.

My main library (currently being renovated) is next to a McDonalds – we have had problems with mcflurries and icecreams being used to in the library (a keyboard after an icecream swilling youngster has been using it – ewwww!)

Our temporary location is fairly removed from such sticky delights but the last Saturday I worked  a family set themselves up in one of the study areas and had pizza delivered.

We have no rules about eating and drinking (or not eating and drinking) in the library – most users are careful about eating and drinking in the library –  but the smell of freshly baked pizza is difficult to work with.

Our main problem in the temporary location (for people who bring their own device) is the lack of powerpoints. We have set out powerboards but a library repurposed temporarily from a basketball court and a gymnasium,  does not have enough powerpoints at  floor level. Still we manage and out patrons by and large appreciate the effort. Even when we ask them not to run power cords across walkways.


BlogJune. Day 14 of 21.

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Service Design.

The ‘reference interview’, beloved of library courses everywhere, has changed a lot over the years.

Interactions between staff and public are changing (self issue machines mean that most borrowers come in, choose their items, borrow their items and leave – all without engaging with library staff.

I have noticed this a lot lately -MPoW is currently in a temporary location and the set up is such that the adult collections are in a separate room from the staffed areas. So unless someone wants help (and approaches a staff member) they can achieve a lot without having to see, or talk to, a staff member.

Obviously there are some members of the public I don’t want to interact with 🙂 but how do we know we are meeting the needs of our borrowers if we don’t see them or talk to them?


BlogJune. Day 13 of 21

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Fail = First Attempt In Learning.

If there is one thing I excel at it is not getting jobs that I want at MPoW!  In my more pessimistic  & downright cynical moments I wonder if I am applying for other jobs within the organisation to give TPTB some practice at (creative) thinking – weird and wonderful reasons to reject me.

And there have been some doozies.

“Why on earth would you think you would get the job over the person who has been acting in it for the last few months?” Then a bit later when I had been acting in the job… “Just because you’ve been acting in the job doesn’t give you an advantage over the other applicants”

Or “you are over qualified for this position” then 2 years later – same job –  “we had a lot of applicants who are better qualified than you”.

So basically there is often no rhyme or reason (or logic) to management decisions when it comes to your career path. Accept the rejection; eat lots of chocolate; drink lots of pepsi; take part in nanowrimo and get your revenge on paper but most of all




BlogJune. Day 12 of 20

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This is a very interesting newsletter. A curation of Public Library topics from around the world.

My favourite item in this newsletter is this one.

Welcome to the BLC – An amazing place packed full of diversity in the heart of Barking. Learn to code, bring your child to nursery & even book yourself in for a relaxing massage.

– and yes the Barking Learning Centre has a sauna and spa.


BlogJune. Day 11 of 20

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Library Design. Sydney. Green Square.

Because MPoW is currently being renovated I am obsessed really interested in library designs and what other libraries do and don’t do when they renovate.

A couple of months ago when I was in Sydney for Info Online I stopped off at Green Square to have a look at the construction.

It didn’t look a lot like it is going to look but I can’t wait to see it when it is finished.

the new library and plaza will be a public space with a soul.

Whilst I am not 100% sure about the baby grand piano, the idea of the plaza and library – taking the library outside so to speak –  is one that interests me and I will be back visiting in mid 2018 to see the finished product.


BlogJune. Day 10 of 20

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Ottawa Declaration.

So Canada has seen a rise in numbers of people visiting their ‘memory institutions’.

This quote from the British library “The more screen-based our lives, it seems, the greater the perceived value of real human encounters and physical artefacts: activity in each realm feeds interest in the other.” certainly rings true with me.

The term ‘memory institutions’ for the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, & Museums (GLAM) sector is a sound one and I was particularly interested in the Ottawa Delaration and what it could mean for Australian libraries (such as MPoW) moving forward.


BlogJune. Day 9 of 19

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Library cards as collectibles.

Years ago at a VALA (i think) conference one of the keynote speakers talked about his son (the, about 10 years old) was collecting library cards from all round the world.

If libraries let you choose your card design I might be tempted to start collecting them too.


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