Turning a new page

So I’ve just been selected as the new editor of e-Library Life, a fortnightly newsletter to LIANZA members, starting with my first issue due on Monday the 15th of November (was 1st, but I have two assignments due quite soon!!). Let me tell you now, I’m quite stoked 🙂

Who says you can’t do anything without a degree?!?!?

I’m so stoked, and huge props and thanks must go to Mike and Alli and the LIANZA council for selecting me.  For all I know, my application was the only one, but still, I’m stoked 🙂  Stoked that I stay true to myself and keep putting my hand up, and this time it feels like I’ve been professionally accepted 🙂 YAY

Ok enough with the dang smiley faces man!

I’d just like to let you know that life (to use a nerdy book analogy) is all about reading, and page turning, and book switching.  There’s a good quote somewhere that,

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– St. Augustine

I like that.  I feel like I’m starting a new book right now, or just browsing at the title page, still really looking at that and the tp. verso heh and looking at all the publication data.  ahhh I’m such a geek.

Anyhooo, I’m going to be calling on all my networks in my role as editor of a fortnightly e-mail/e-newsletter.  I’m excited, and I hope you are too.

Expect to hear from me soooooon!  Yes, I’m totally going to be sniffing you out, like an alpacca…

Alpaca face

Journal Submission : Part Three : Small task on Professional Skills

Do you (or the department in which you work) have a close working relationship with the IT staff in your organisation?

My Answer:  I personally don’t, but I imagine that the libraries digital services manager and coordinator do.  I’d like to think they do.

Would you agree that collaboration between IT staff and information management professionals is important? Explain your answer

My Answer: Yes.  I agree because we need to know the direction each other is heading in, and whether we have similar ideas or if we’re completely on different pages as to each others needs and resources.  You can never go wrong with a good working relationship in any environment.

How can this be achieved?

My Answer: by being introduced to each other at a staff induction and being open to communication between each other as individuals, and then building a working relationship from that.  If you are not the delegated communicator with IT staff of the larger organisation on behalf of the library, then you need to channel your thoughts to that person.

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.