The Setup: what tools I use to get shit done. #A blogjune post


Inspired by reading some #blogjune literature earlier in the week, and snail’s encouragement to participate in this particular thread proposed by Paul Hagon.

What tools do you use to get your job done?

  1. Who are you, and what do you do?

2. What hardware do you use?

3. And what software?

4. What would be your dream setup?

Well, here goes.

Ko Hana Whaanga ahau. No Alicetown Playcentre whare tākaro ahau. Mess

  1. I am a stay-at-home Mum and have been for the past five years. I am a relationship manager; domestic engineer; project manager; micro-manager; problem-solver; counsellor; mediator; nurse; motivational speaker; leaning post; child development coach; teacher; connector; educator; librarian; chef. I do it all. Or at the very least, try.
  2. Definition of hardware from Merriam-Webster,

  major items of equipment or their components used for a particular purpose

LunchboxesThe kitchen – tap, sink, microwave, oven, running warm water, bibs, face cloths, plates, bowls, cups and utensils –> to feed and fuel the children

The laundry – washing machine, washing powder, soap, tap sink, nappy buckets, washing basket, laundry baskets –> to keep us in relatively presentable clothes.

The bathroom – wharepaku, tap, sink, Washing basket DIYface cloths, bath, face cloths –> to keep us clean and presentable to the outside world

Bedroom – bed (sheets, brolly sheets, pillow, blue cat, tigey, duvet etc) –> so we can rest and sleep comfortably between day shifts

Other miscelaneous hardware – heaters, to provide warmth. A few more I can’t think of right now.

The van –> for transportation of important beings from A to B and Buggy and scooterssometimes C and D. (and occasionally E, F, G, H, I and J, and K and once or twice a year, L)

Buggy and two scooters.

3. Definition of software from Merriam-Webster,

something used or associated with and usually contrasted with hardware

But you can’t use the antonym in the definition… gah.

Ok, I can’t keep up the sarcasm. Software you ask? What software do I use to do my job? My children. Can they be classed as software. They are a real contrast to the hardware. They are as malliable as they come. They are the most un-hardware (software??)-like creatures you can get. And when you list all the hardware required for the role (required is a strong word, lets just say, all this hardware makes this role easier in the western world). It just makes sense that the essential software addition in the equation is children. You make up a joke about what software I use.

4. And what would be my dream setup?

I am happy with my current setup thank you



Developing technologies and the iPad

Yo yo!

So it’s been a week or more since my last post – my apologies to all my dedicated readers. I know you’re out there – I do have stats 🙂

Anyway, just had a thought on the technologies that are out there and why some institutions may not yet or not ever implement them (though it really secretly is beyond me why more “developing technologies” haven’t been implemented thus far in some…). Libraries serve their communities. If your community isn’t using a technology, then your local library isn’t going to invest time and resources into incorporating it into their existing services.

But you can never have majority-rules communities can you? Minorities need to have their voice heard too. And maybe that’s where digital realms should come into play. Digital freaks in some cases (if they aren’t the majority) are the minority and as such, have just as much right to any other sector of the community to have their needs listened to and met.

Anyway, the iPad… it serves a new user, a new community, a community you may not know exists. Just to let you know, it does and they do exist. An increasingly digitally expectant user community, of which I am not a part of, nor do I serve I believe. It would be interesting to be serving that user community from the libraries perspective I believe. I don’t think many libraries in New Zealand have a user community where an iPad is going to be the norm. I just don’t see it.  Anyone else see it?

I can’t quite remember when I wrote this, but I believe it was on the 8th of April. Wonder what date this is going to show…

Jumping on the bandwagon

How do you successfully convey to people that when you propose that we engage with ‘this’ community using ‘this’ tool, that you’re not just jumping on the bandwagon of the latest whizzy technology?

I guess you may have to address:

  • sustainability
  • portability
  • perceived need and actual need

and some other things. That’s all I can think of right now though.

Other things I vow not to do (other than reiterate that I don’t jump on bandwagons):
find myself using ‘fad’ terms, such as “twopointopian”, “2.0”, “library2.0”.

I believe I understand how my colleagues feel when they hear that library2.0 word. But do they know any real definitions of it? I think I do and I’d like to hazard a guess and approach these people empathetically. The term 2.0 is just a number. For some it means doing something you do well already (service delivery), but adding another participatory angle to it.

We should break down the Institution that is The Library; break down it’s walls and allow people to come in and walk around. Browse even.

Sure I like policy and things need to be documented and thought out and suggestions taken and proposals offered. But from the ground up, people.