The one which mentions our Greek collection

Leave a comment

So MPOW has a greek language collection. It is not very big yet it has a loyal readership and pretty good turnover stats.

Fiction is the most popular collection followed closely by the magazines and DVDs. Junior fiction is also popular with Geronimo Stilton & Tintin racking up respectable loans also.

This article from Greek newspaper Neos Kosmos talks mainly about the Greek collection @ Coburg Library yet also mentions Greek collections at other public libraries throughout Melbourne. Hopefully local Greek speaking residents who don’t know about us will come visit us, see our collection and join the library.


A very good idea.

Leave a comment

I so want to do this! (from the Libraries Taskforce blog)

Beware it is a long post 🙂

Coding with Over 60s

Digital icon[Editor’s note: this post was written by Rachel Benn, communities librarian working in Leeds libraries.]

In November 2017, Leeds Library and Information Service trialled a series of Hour of Code workshops with Over 60s in partnership with South Leeds Live at Home.

The main objective of the sessions was to use digital technology to promote the health benefits that mind-stimulating activities have on older people. Our coding activities for children and families are extremely successful, and we thought similar activities would be popular with this new audience.

When we approached the groups of Over 60s, the first question we were asked was: Why would Over 60s want to learn how to code? The groups were adamant they were not looking for a career break into software developing any time soon! To answer the question, we talked about the benefits of coding rather than the activity itself.


Convincing staff to learn a new thing

Leave a comment

Convincing Staff to Learn a New Thing

Yup, gotta agree. Otherwise there will always be someone who won’t try to learn.

I have a dream

Leave a comment

and it goes something like this.

I would love to develop (for library staff  at MPOW) a structured technology competencies course that would be relevant for all staff.

Some levels/modules would be mandatory for all staff. Some modules would be mandatory, depending on role, or optional for everyone else.

I’ve started mapping it out on wordpress.

Areas to be  contemplated include:

  • Library Management System
  • Basic troubleshooting
  • intro. to digital resources
  • downloading ebook & eaudio (overdrive & borrowbox)
  • printing, scanning, photocopying

Obviously existing procedures cover a lot of the training requirements but the training would be like a living, breathing set of FAQs.

The article below  (from libgig)  looks at emerging technologies in 2017.

How many are you comfortable with?

Technologies librarians need to know

Current and emerging library technology trends in 2017


Takin it to the streets

Leave a comment

Takin’ it to the streets.

I’ve blogged before about taking the library to where the people are – ‘ask a librarian’ at coffee shops etc, but I like this idea of taking our technology out and about.

Learn how to download ebooks at Glenferrie or Ashburton train stations.

And let’s face it I still want a library tram and this would be an excellent outreach idea for said library tram.

Or if no tram then maybe at the neighbourhood houses?

BlogJune. Day 15 of 21.

Leave a comment

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.

Leave a comment

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?


Older Entries