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Showcase: The Anatomy of Libraries

My Mum lives in Gisborne. She doesn't use the library and won't write a letter to the editor about the library user-charges in Gisborne because she doesn't know what she'd say.

I asked Mum why she doesn't use the library: "I don't need to." I asked Mum what would encourage her to use the library: "If they had events or things that may interest me I might go." Now I know the library has lots of things that may interest Mum, but she doesn't. Or if she does, she's hasn't been persuaded to give it a try.

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.

Sean The Storyteller: Gazing into the silicon crystal ball

One of our most needed tasks in the library profession is an examination of the future. 

We commit ourselves to invest in terms of time and money to projects, and each time we do so we need to have an aware of both the immediate impact and future usefulness of that project.

As a storyteller I know ‘what might be’ is definitely an area for fruitful investigation, but it’s fraught with pitfalls – most notably the difference between ‘might’ and ‘will’.

Lo que sea será. (1)

Kim Salamonson - Ten things a library can do to boost their web presence without breaking the bank

Blog! The tools are free. Blog internally and externally. Promote your stuff to your users. Promote the library to the staff. Bring out your staff's hidden creativity. It's time well spent.

Use Facebook to reach the next generation of Library users as well as the wide age spread of users currently using it. Good way to engage and audience.

Send out your Web content via RSS. Not everyone may know what's up with RSS but they soon will. 

Kim Salamonson - Is Librarianship A Worthwhile And Valuable Profession?

Forget about that image of librarians as quiet little bookworms with Buns and glasses! More and more of today's librarians must be clever interrogators, helping the patron to reframe their question more usefully. Librarians then become high-tech information sleuths, helping patrons plumb the oceans of information available in books, digital records, and online databases.  And sometimes searching, starts with a clever Google search but frequently, goes well beyond.

Keynote Address 2014 - Thomas Frey

Thomas Frey is a futurist speaker and a highly-rated one if we trust Google’s recommendation. Luckily, we didn’t just trust Google. He has, in fact, spoken on the future of libraries on a number of occasions, just as he will at LIANZA 2014. Join us as Futurist Thomas Frey steps us into the future roles libraries will play as we enter a brave new era where hundreds and even thousands of new “things” enter our lives – From an Internet of Things to a Library of Things.

Joanne Dillon - From Levin to Silicon Valley

Joanne Dillon presents her paper to the 2014 LIANZA conference in Auckland on a technology programme for youth in Levin.

Paul Sutherland - Engaging staff with new stuff

Paul Sutherland conducts his presentation to the 2014 LIANZA conference in Aucland on the Askews eBook platform.

Claire Stent - Growing ideas

Claire Stent presents her paper to the 2014 LIANZA conference in Auckland on the basic ideas underlying innovation.

Angie List - The answers you need, as soon as you need them

Angie List conducts her presentation to the 2014 LIANZA conference on improving searchability of data for medical practictioners.


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