Members!

I am currently engaged with colleagues from public libraries across New South Wales in talking about members, how we engage with and retain them, and how we expand our membership base. It’s a timely discussion as, in many communities, use ( and membership) has been significantly affected by COVID. This is an initiative of theContinue reading “Members!”

What’s on your bedside table?

I had a phone call late last week from an ABC journalist I knew from my Orange days. She was looking for someone to speak on ‘the books on my bedside table’ for drive time radio. She too has left town and so wasn’t aware that I was no longer a Mainlander (to use theContinue reading “What’s on your bedside table?”

Reflecting on COVID

I’ve been checking and re-checking my diary as I head into this week which features the International Federation of Library and Information Association’s (IFLA) Literacy and Reading/Public Libraries Mid-Term Seminar. While my first IFLA Congress was in 2009 when I was ALIA President (‘Milan darling’- I know but someone had to go!) it wasn’t untilContinue reading “Reflecting on COVID”

Chatterbox!

Remember making these when you were a kid? I do – and also the angst about what ‘clever’ actions to write inside! This is a Chatterbox created by our Australian Children’s Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky and her fabulous team. It’s available on the resources section of the Laureate website. https://www.childrenslaureate.org.au/laureate-resources. and sends clear messages about reading.Continue reading “Chatterbox!”

Capturing ideas

If you search for images of focus groups chances are you’ll end up with a squillion and one featuring post-it notes. They are without doubt part of the consultants’ tool kit as witnessed by this photo of my desk after a recent trip to Central West New South Wales to work with the communities ofContinue reading “Capturing ideas”

All dressed up and somewhere to go!

I’m sure if I Googled it there would be some helpful guidelines on how to dress for success on a Zoom event. Must admit today I just followed my usual ‘I’m giving a presentation routine’. Call me shallow but the idea of only being glamorous only from the waist up and it being accidentally revealedContinue reading “All dressed up and somewhere to go!”

ALIATas on track for an exciting 2021

It was exciting to meet up with Tasmanian colleagues yesterday afternoon to discuss plans for ALIATas Group for next year, and into the future. Representatives from a number of sectors and locations came together around the table and on screen to put forward suggestions for developing an exciting and inclusive program. Great to see newContinue reading “ALIATas on track for an exciting 2021”

Time for a change

During the years in which I have been involved in libraries (which are many!) things have changed significantly: the services they deliver; the physical buildings; the people who work in them and the rich and diverse skills and experiences that these people bring. A comment I have often heard voiced by employers is that professionalContinue reading “Time for a change”