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Training disaster averted!

We were fortunate to get a $43,000 grant from the TSB Community Trust towards eight 3D printers and the accompanying bits ‘n bobs. Each branch will have one, even the smallest which is only part time, because all our residents … Continue reading

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Providing training opportunities

I’ve got about 30 staff, including casuals, so providing external professional development opportunities for everyone isn’t an option. Mind you, I have a reasonably generous training budget, and manage to send quite a few staff away each year. We’re also … Continue reading

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#shareGoodstuff

As I started writing, the horrors occurring in the USA were very much on my mind. Then I deleted it and started over. I’ve realised I need more time to process what I’m seeing and hearing before I can say … Continue reading

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And back again

I haven’t blogged since June – dreadful. I spent August preparing, then had surgery at the beginning of September. I’ve been quite sick ever since, but am feeling better now and want 2017 to be a blogging year. Writing helps … Continue reading

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When communication fails

I got involved in a coversation today around lack of communication. I’m not going to bother going into great detail, and some of you will know what sparked this, but I do want to say a couple of things. Talk to … Continue reading

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Making time to be organised

It’s easy to run from task to task, barely stopping to think, or to put stuff away, before tackling the next pile of whatever. It can be a vicious cycle that leads to rushed decisions, poorly worded emails and distracting piles of paperwork … Continue reading

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People are awesome

Last night I blogged about my ongoing thinking around how we care for people. It sparked some wonderful online conversations. Kim Tairi, @kimtairi, mentioned that they have parent rooms – how cool is that?  Jo Barnes, @librarygirljo, mentioned some research she’d done and said … Continue reading

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At the heart of it all

I was talking to an architect the other day who said “if we build libraries with society’s most vulnerable in mind, they will be awesome for all our users“. (paraphrased due to my poor memory) My reaction? Yes! Is there a … Continue reading

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Thinking about spine labels

I’ve been thinking about spine labels (I have such an interesting life…) – why do we have them, how did we choose the format we use, who are they for? Last week we closed our 7 libraries for half a day … Continue reading

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Tangentially connected

Sometimes my leisure reading takes me down a rabbit hole and I become interested (read – oddly obsessed) with a topic. I’ve just finished Bones of the lost by Kathy Reichs. In it, her forensic anthropology works brings her into … Continue reading

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