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It seems Winter is well and truly upon us but we're not letting the chilly weather slow us down! It's been another busy month for the office as we prepared for and held the annual LIANZA Council strategic planning days. You can read all about the outcomes of the planning days below.

During a recent trip to Singapore I was lucky enough to be able to visit a few of their libraries, and I was blown away by the treasures I discovered. The first I was taken to was Bukit Panjang (the others will be the focus of future blog posts) - a public library sited in a shopping mall in the suburb of Bukit Panjang. On the day that I viewed the library it was not yet open to the public, having been closed for several months for renovations.

Technology. It’s super handy and it’s now so much easier to be entertained and informed than ever before. No running out in the winter weather to fetch the paper, everything I need is literally at my fingertips. It only takes a second for me to make sure I’m informed, know where I’m going or even make sure I stay dry getting to work. But for some, technology doesn’t make things easier, it makes things possible. Some of those ‘good old days’ solutions that we sometimes get nostalgic about, meant many people simply missed out.

I knew that whatever I would end up doing, it would be very different from what I had done before – an exciting prospect.

We've moved! As you read this, we will hopefully be settled into our new offices at Ground Floor, 79 Boulcott Street, Wellington. We're really excited about the new space-come and find us!

The ladies had told us of large murals painted on building walls in Napier central. So off Lis and I drive in the vague direction of Napier central. By luck (rather than map skills) we found the CBD…hmm murals are hard to locate. There she is- Pania of the Reef in glorious technicolour on the side of a multistory building.

Normally there is a rental fee, charged by the hour, to hire one of their function spaces but the manager said that libraries and librarians do so much for community, so they gave us a discount and let us use one of their spaces for free – it’s always lovely to hear from others how much they appreciate what we do.

We're nearly half way through the year-we can't believe how time is flying. We're keeping busy and here's a snapshot of what we're up to!

In July 2014 Lincoln University’s Library, Teaching and Learning (LTL) website launched our online chat service AskLive, allowing online users to enter into a live text chat with a member of LTL staff.

It seems Autumn is well and truly upon us but that doesn't mean we're slowing down any time soon! Here's just a few of the things we've been up to:

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