Little Gems

I’ve spent the last week reviewing the findings of community survey I undertook for a cultural facility in NSW. We had an excellent response and people gave us detailed, well thought out answers which included suggestions, niggles and compliments. Something we can work with. When we know our service well we can often predict theContinue reading “Little Gems”

PLOTY

Entries for PLOTY, or to give it its full name the 2022 IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year Awards are now open. Applications close on 29 April. Established in 2014 these Awards were developed to celebrate libraries which have been built in new or re-purposed buildings in the preceding 12 months. For the 2022 AwardContinue reading “PLOTY”

Library Lovers Day – the accidental campaign …

Today is Library Lovers Day here in Australia, a time to reflect on the myriad of ways that libraries contribute to our lives and to say out loud how much we love them. Library Lovers Day (or LLD) holds a special place in my heart as it was something that I helped develop with aContinue reading “Library Lovers Day – the accidental campaign …”

Remembrances of NSW Library Conferences past

My NSW public library conference was in May 1994 in Deniliquin and I had not long been appointed to the position of Manager Central West Libraries. The minute I arrived I knew I had found my ‘tribe’ and 27 years later I still feel the same. Of course in 1994 the conference I was attendingContinue reading “Remembrances of NSW Library Conferences past”

Global Goals Week

Global Goals Week ( 17-26 September) is a time for us all to come together to mobilise communities, demand urgency, and supercharge solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whether it be digitally or physically. Our shared future and the achievement of the Global Goals will be determined by us working together, locally, nationallyContinue reading “Global Goals Week”

Stories That Matter

Yesterday we encouraged everyone to take some time out of their day to mark the Australian Reading Hour – it doesn’t matter if your ‘hour’ is in the morning, afternoon or evening and really ‘hour’ is only a concept, make it longer or shorter it’s about making the time to turn off the world andContinue reading “Stories That Matter”

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!”