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How to Transform a Summer Reading Program into a Summer Learning Program with STEM

An ALA webinar on Thursday 12 February 2015 at 8.30am (NZ Time)

Elizabeth McChesney shares how she and her staff at the Chicago Public Library completely transformed their summer reading program by building a dynamic summer learning program that goes beyond reading and incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and STEAM (STEM plus the Arts).

After participating in this event, you will:

Maker-centered Learning in the Library

An Infopeople online course, beginning  31 March – 27 April 2015

Are you interested in expanding the definition of literacy in your library programs and services to include the multiple literacies embodied by the maker movement? Would you like to learn more about maker-centered learning in libraries? Making doesn't need to happen in a makerspace – all libraries can be makerspaces whether they can provide a dedicated space or not.

This course will arm you with the tools necessary to:

Teen Services Fundamentals

An Infopeople online course, beginning  10 February – 9 March 2015

Does your work in the library include service to teens? Do you want to increase your confidence and competence in providing fundamental teen services?

Librarian and author Sarah Flowers will share resources, experiences, and ideas for working with this energetic and enthusiastic age group (commonly defined as ages 12 to 18). As a result of the course, you'll be able to:

5 Minutes On personal resilience through the change process

Change is now ubiquitous in the library sector – technology, legislation, society structure, customer demographics, company demands are all changing at a pace that mean change has become a constant. 

However, that doesn’t make it any easier to manage or navigate. 

So how do you manage change well?

Sponsored by Nielsen Book Services

Lifelong learning role at the super city

First published in ACE Aotearoa Adult and Community Education Summer Newsletter 2011

Auckland City Council has appointed a Lifelong Learning Advisor.

Daena Walker took up the position in September this year. It is a new role and involves working with the 54 libraries which now fall within Auckland City.

The position holds exciting partnership possibilities for Auckland’s ACE providers - and even greater possibilities for learners as they benefit from a more joined up system, fewer gaps and more supported learning pathways.

A riddle from across the ditch

What does 2 squared have to do with Valentine’s Day next year?

The answer lies at

February the 14th 2012 marks the public launch of the National Year of Reading, and reading (and libraries) will be at the forefront of the nation’s collective mindset for the duration of the year - and hopefully beyond.

4 Incorrect assumptions about working in Children's and Teenager's Services

Like many people, I fell into librarianship.  Well, I mean, what do you do with a degree in sociology?  The National Library wanted trainees with a degree, and there weren’t many other jobs going.  After a year on a cadetship I went to Victoria to do the post-graduate Diploma of Librarianship (as it was at the time).  It was then that I decided I would work as a Children’s and Teenagers’ Librarian in a public library, and that’s pretty much what I’ve done for the last 20 years.

Want to think creatively? Start small with visual note taking

As a librarian, I can be a bit obsessed with words. I hear about visual thinking as a way of releasing creativity but I get hung up by my total lack of artistic ability. However, visual thinking is not about creating a masterpiece. It is about thinking about things in a different way.

5 easy things you can do to improve your CaTS area

After 20 years of being a Children’s and Teens librarian I need a new challenge.  I cautiously emailed Hana Whaanga, editor of Library Life, asking if she wanted the occasional piece on Children’s and Teens Library services (CaTS).  She replied “YES!”  (apparently she loves ‘unsolicited articles).  I asked whether she wanted practical or theoretical, and she replied that practical articles are popular.

So here’s something really practical…  

5 Not-too-dear, and not-too-staff-intensive things you can do in your CaTS area

Georgi de Stigter - Modern Learning Environments and libraries – What is this term “Future Focus” and how on earth does it apply to creating a library?

Georgi de Stigter presents a paper to the LIANZA 2014 conference in Auckland on a project for redesigning a library to cater to modern students. The world and its education systems are changing at an astronomic rate. The knowledge age that we are in, views fluid, flexible and dynamic self-created knowledge as the key to future success. For most of modernity libraries have been a beacon for self-directed learning and knowledge creation.


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