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.


BlogJune. Day 8 0f 19.

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Visit Your Library – Reduce your tsundoku…

Best word ever  –  love, love, love this. I will be dropping this into sentences at work whenever I can.

Tsundoku, Tsundoku, Tsundoku, Tsundoku, Tsundoku

And the infographic is pretty cool too.

The original infographic is here


BlogJune. Day 7 of 19

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Flexible spaces.

In Victoria, Minneapolis the new library has taken inspiration from farmhouses and the Apple Genius bar.

I know someone who would totally embrace the latter!

Whereas I lurv the idea of the long tables that can be used in a variety of ways…



BlogJune. Day 6 of 18

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Resisting technological change.

We’ve all had bad experiences of tech downgrades upgrades.

We all know someone for whom learning new tech is like having a tooth pulled without anaesthetic.

Hopefully we also all know that people react to change differently and learn differently. My preferred learning style is probably different to yours. One style doesn’t fit all when it comes to adapting and learning new technologies.


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