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Movies, maps & memories

Brian Flaherty talks about image preservation
Associate university lecturer at Auckland university 

Websitemonitoring.com for stats on YouTube viewing

Should a library have a relationship with YouTube?
(what about e-cast?)
Haven’t really started to think digitally about video. 
How to preserve, catalogue, etc.

Christchurch tsunami? Anecdote
What if search brought up everything, not just what is in catalogue?
What is the library’s relationship with the local video content?
Just embed it?
Keep a copy of it?

What about blogs and audio too?

‘libraries don’t care about ephemeral’ maybe they should? Or is it for archivists?

What should libraries’ relationship be with New Zealand OnScreen?

Matapihi? What about this? Or maybe Te Puna?

BF recommends aggregating information about the items, sp that everyone can find the stuff.  Working together to create searchable records.

Looks at Uni-set which is e-cast for universities?

Auckland university is 

Digital asset management
Final cut server
EPG metadata
flash streaming server

Not ideal process, but enables them to embed into the catalogue, and into teaching reseources? Can be streamed from catalogue  

Developing video annotation tool. Both teachers and students can  use them.

Digital stuff is not included in collection management document.

Chapman Archive
Used to record TV and radio
Working on digitizing this collection

With Screenrights, you can capture TV and distribute it for educational purposes.

2. Maps
What’s the relationship of libraries with maps? 


What should libraries be doing with their maps.

What about GIS, layering aspect of digital maps?

What about mashups?

What about old maps?

Currently, maps are being digitised
University of Auckland are trying to find and digitize as many maps as possible
Also attempting to layer them, see below.
Have some maps that have have to do with 

GeoNetwork-open source software to layer maps together.  Geospatial story of the country. Other people in other places awe doing this, but not NZ.

Aiming for a national archive of historic and contemporary cartographic and geospatial materials.  Linking these maps with images too.

3 Memories?

Institutional memories
Capturing some things, but not delivering it well.

And how to catalogue? What file formats to use?

Able to use catalogue to search and locate all the different formats. 

Currently random silos, but there’s a need to combine it and deliver it better.

San Diego Technology Archive-have a look at this!

Why didn’t this guy have more time??

How to deliver this information to mobile devices?
What can be delivered to mobile devices and how?

Catalogue on mobile device
RSS feed on new books
library hours
GPS for branch location

BF thinks that the information should be sent directly to mobile devices, not just information about where to get the information?

Mobile app?
Mobile version of website?

Waikato has mobile web, using MIT framework.

What is your library’s strategy for mobile devices?

Could go app direction. Stanford University has apps for lots of educational elements

Re-think relationship with digital objects that libraries are not dealing with well.  


November 30, 2010 Posted by | archives, technology, video | Leave a comment

Working, not washing, green into your library’s mission

This is a talk by Louise Schaper, an American who is going talk about sustainability in libraries.

Some examples:
Geyser Bldg AKL
University of Waikato Student Centre
Möbius Marlborough
Appaloosa Branch Library, Scottsdale, AZ

Three problems
Global warming and climate change
Human condition=short-sightedness and aversion to change
Library budgets

Do libraries have a role in solving global warming?
Is going green mission drift? NO, mission strengthening.

Green is more than a good thing to do, it makes financial sense – Amory Lovins from the Rocky Mountain Institute

How to effect this:

Aim to make your organisation ‘deeply’ green. Not just superficially.

Examine contradictions between green building and non-green actions
Plastic bags
Contract cleaners
Junk food served at events
Staff driving to lunch
PCs and monitors on 24/7
Non-recyclable library cards
Bottled water, plastic cutlery and dishes

LEED has a framework for existing buildings and for new buildings and for processes

Maximize efficiencies
Save money
Be a leader

Take money saved from utilities and put back into conservation efforts

Nurture your champions
Unleash innovation
Educate and be a leader
Partner with others and do more than just your brief (make lis with community)

Plan – build in recycling bins into building
Put ‘green’ in the writing
Take measurements at the beginning and during
Metering changes behaviour

Transform cleaning!
Use appropriate products
Clean during daylight hours, or open hours

IT is a super-energy hog

Use cycles, so that the PCs go on and off automatically

Bike share programme
Preferred parking places
Alternative vehicles

Reduce printing

Throw away dishes and cups
Bottled water
Junk food

Adopt alternative energy sources

November 30, 2010 Posted by | learning spaces | Leave a comment

Leadership for transformational change

Leadership for transformational change
Luis Herrera SF Public Library

These are my notes from this talk.

Key leadership questions
Framework for leadership development

Why is leadership Important?
Giving direction
Inspiration and motivation
Vision, having a long term view

Leadership is a personal and evolving process.
It can be LEARNED
Leadership is ‘making things happen’

Librarianship is all about leadership.

Management is different from leadership, but not mutually exclusive.
Management creates order and stability.
Controlling, systems, problem-solving
Leadership establishes direction, creates a vision, big picture, aligns people, sets goals
Leadership is also situational.

Why leadership?
Leadership speaks to the future, BIG change, seismic shift, ‘accelerating acceleration
Changing to networked, collaboration
Generational shift in work ethics

Leadership reaffirms our purpose
Connects with vision and values

Leadership invests in people

Leadership at all levels of the organization to
Develop next gen of leaders
Invest in relevant and thriving libraries
Lead community engagement
Build human and community capital

Public Library Association – Framework for Leadership, for change agents
Focus on change agents
Confront issues facing public libraries
Build skills to respond to issues
Foster and develop community leaders

What are the challenges being faced?
Relevance, massive change, etc
What skills will we need to help cope with these?
Work well with others, foster and build more relationship, more personal awareness, service commitment, how to be bigger risk takers?

Navigating 21st Century Libraries (in these areas)
The environmental scan
Key forces
Issues and influences
The library’s role


Cross cutting skills

How can we lead in challenging times?
What difference will it make?
How do we lead at the edge

5 driving forces
1 the nature and pace of change
2 the evolving role of the public library (insert ‘teacher’ or ‘school’)
3 building community (economic development, revitalization of community)
4 asset driven impact (measure impact of services offer, does reading level improve because of summer reading programme, WGC library needs to do this!) 
5 challenge of leadership (how to develop the skills in our staff to react to change, to accept evolution, that our staff is about leadership)

Creating your vision

What kind of library are you heing to create?
Who are your customers?
What services are you providing?
What is your market niche?

Navigating self
Emotional intelligence
Self awareness-understanding your emotions, self-assessment, self-confidence
Self. Mgt-control, trust, adaptability, achievement, initiative
Social awareness-empathy, organisational dynamics, service
Social skills-vision, influence, coaching, catalyst, cooperation

What is your enneagram type?
Strategist/visionary, person who remembers the bigicture
Manager, taking care of organization, breaks done tasks
Champion for the customer
Enforcer, makes people stop talking and get on with it.

Resonant leadership
1 mindfulness – awareness of what’s going on around you
2 hope- accompanies clear thoughts about what the future is going to be 
3 compassion – empathy and caring in action

Know thyself and Others
Understand leadership styles
– Myers-Briggs
– Riso-Hudson Enneagram type indicator
– DISC (dominance, influence, steadiness, conscientiousness)

Navigating the organisation
Influence change
View world from customer perspective
Innovation and opportunity

The dimensions of leadership
Designers, facilitators, futurists
Leadership competencies
Managing change
Learning organisations
Moral and ethical framework
Setting direction, visionary, influential

GenPL, the next generation of public library leaders

Develop best practices in leadership
Expand your skills portfolio 

November 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Libraries and imagination

This presentation is entitled ‘Your Library: where real and imaginary worlds can be found’ Presented by Dunedin Public Libraries. about marketing the library

Paul Hainton – social media for libraries
Liz – marketing in arts & educational sectors

Used centenary to highlight the library. Realized they were a 24/7 business.

Look was disparate, typefaces, font, names were different everywhere.
Solution was ‘get a logo, but actually bigger than that.

Put together aims for re-branding.
1. Consitency
Current & contemporary
Reinforce ONE network with many libraries
Flexible(brand needed to be able to be used in various places, think about where you’ll be using it)
Value – wanted to reuse where possible and give value for money

Road map:
Outside places
Online spaces

Colour system, limited pallette, typeface
Consulted with staff, also to get them on board

Put together eventsprogeamme- used blue for adults & gold for kids
Launched new library card, in colours (blue and gold) for adults and kids.
Put together info pamphlet for new members. Small booklet, all one place, not bunches of pieces of paper. (perhaps this could be done at WGC for new students and for houses?)

Restyled coupons and reading log, colour coded.
Used little tabs at bottom to show the range of services that were all them.

In booklets, gave coupons in them and book log.

Also tell them info on the back, place to write their user number so they can easily log on to network.

New parents given a pack for newborns. With a book. Free. But also linked to community, coupons, freebies, etc.

Coupons: vouchers to be sold, business card sized. Good for gifts.

Bookbag, but got new logo, etc. Image on website too, to promote bags.

Pamphlets to advertise what’s going on at the library. Events other than reading books. Made a template, so then everyone had to use same thing.

If you have posters, also have a set look to it.

NB was new branding of magazine for the library. Trying to get younger (20-40) readers to also read it, so made a look that appealed to both. Also did one for kids too, similar size and format to other one.

Advertising images were outrageous and tried to get viewers to laugh, and to see

Lots of clean space in stationery and same logo and look used in business cards

Wayfind, shelving, displays

Signage was chaotic and inconsistent.
Decluttering was very important.
Also used colour to unite space.

Community notices
Give them a space and give a space for library stuff. Revamped way finding sign. And on back, station for ALL marketing material. Clips on and off, so they can be rearranged.

Signage was printed off on paper and stuck up with tape or velcro dots.
Every time new shelving is purchased, dark grey was chosen. Could be used in any area, any branch, etc. Makes books pop out.
Lettering was magnetic, so can be reused or moved around
In the children’s section, used old CD covers. FREE.

Display stand also given dark grey paint.

Wayfinding signs used to be heavy and difficult to move. Replaced by paper printouts, in Perspex envelopes. Flexible, easily changed

City ground floor
Teen space

City library ground floor
Coloured carpet shapes
Wanted a space that you could make into a public space for events. Cubes under bench and as games (nougats and crosses)

Changed a standard bit of shelving. Mural, computers, signs.
Noisier. So much take up that some teens can’t get in!
Did lots of research with teen librarian and youth of Dunedin.

Used trademe, upshots, etc. Local artist donated a piece of art

Outside places
Took library put into city and trying to tell people that they’re the ‘living room of the city’
Brought books and furniture, wallpaper, etc

Poster to advertise the

Online spaces
The old and the new
Some tools and tips

Used to be Limited to white space change
Redesigned with new logo etc.
Same design and layout used for ad boxes and print advertising

Decluttering is good
Be consistent

Budget for change?
Have marketing team, usual members- events, graphic designer, etc.
Cost effectiveness for printing. Better to use printer or photocopier?
Price out difference between one colour, two colour, full colour

Attaching signage, use removable strips?

Run campaign alongside Dunedin City Council marketing, so work closely with them.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Maori in libraries

Chris Szekely speaks about Maori in libraries, based on his important research Te Ara Tika, about the Maori perception of libraries.

Chris Szekely
Te Ara ?
Nothing has changed, but everything is different

Are the issues the same? Yes
Has anything changed? Yes


Observations of recent years (20)
Use of Maori subject heading
Youth and reading
Maori staff members
Maori libraries
Libraries in community
Intellectual property rights

Most issues still there, however progress has been made

Maori staff- still not enough
More Maori staff working in libs? Probably not.
About the same numbers as people have moved along.
And, those who are there now have a better, stronger understanding of their Maori culture.
What kind of library positions are they in? Still mostly junior positions.
Overall, healthy rejuvenation, with some improvement.

Maori youth and need to read
Still an important issue.
Young Maori are using libraries in greater numbers, especially due to presence of ICT. (Manakau)
Also, present a safe place for youths.
Increasing use of Maori texts.
Maori memberships are decreasing, but frequency of visits have stayed the same.
Also have widened needs to all stuff, not just Maori materials,and to ICT.

Immersion schools have resulted in a core group of te reo users.

Still a big need for materials in te reo for young children.

Big push for digitization of materials.
Next week, new structure for Turnbull Library being announced next week. Three positions for researching, recording and preserving Maori materials.

Maori libraries –

Maori subject headings-
Because the words being used by Maori were not resulting in successful searching.
How well is this helping? We don’t know.
A library is one of the most authoritative lists of iwi.

Google has changed the way people search. Now anyone can do it, so having ICT in library means better access.
Important, especially for Maori & Pacific MALES.

Treaty claims are being settled.

Intellectual property
ICT and libraries enables iwi to create own resources about land, culture and items of importance.

He spoke at length about the way Ngati Puroe and Te Papa, National Library etc are creating a relationship around the care for taonga. Had a concern about who would be accessing this information, but libraries were concerned for privacy.

How can libraries best serve the needs of Maori?
Now, stronger voices and iwi are starting to tell libraries how they can serve Maori and help preserve mataonga(?) Maori.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leading from the edge of the world

Janet Copsey, Allison Dobbie, John Redmayne, Moira Fraser

Janet Copsey is the library manager at the University of Auckland
Allison Dobbie – Auckland Libraries
John Redmayne – University Librarian at Massey University
Moira Fraser –Parliamentary librarian

JC talks about NZ involvement in OCLC

Allison Dobbie talks about her involvement with the Bertelsmann and Gates Foundations.

John Redmayne talks about the collaboration with Australians (gasp), eg. CAUL or CEIRC

Moira Fraser talks about her work at the Parliamentary Librarian. She advocates the establishment of a network, and asks about the value of having this sort of network, especially one which is international. She works with IFLA.

Use of Knowledge Cafe
-small group discussions
-solving problems collaboratively

-Sharing knowledge
-Facilitating discussion
-Designing programmes

The libraries have similarities in activities, give assistance to each other, advocating to groups of Speakers, parliamentarians, Clerks. Focus on transparency of government functioning.

Parliamentary Libraries are often the precursors to National Libraries, Archives, etc. Keystone for democracy.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Stephen Abram

Stephen Abrams talking about the tipping point for libraries (and, by extension, schools). His blog can be found here.

This keynote is titled ‘At the edge: the library tipping point’

‘We only have so many chances to do amazing things.’
‘What would you do if you knew you would not fail?’

He is very anti-Google, BECAUSE it uses SEO to give results that benefit advertisers and monetizes search.

How do we build a pedagogy that encompasses other learning styles? And what do libraries have to do with this?

Too many librarians are protecting the BOOK, rather than READING. (Re: e-books)

Why should someone who owns a patent on a device dictate what we read? Think? Discuss?

Librarians need to focus on what the library users need, rather than their reading habits. Focusing on their learning.

It’s not about books, it’s about reading.

Think harder about book components!

Google Editions

Over the next 3-5 years, when parts of books and articles are hyperlinked, the non-fiction texts will be very very different.

Whose needs are met by library management systems? Not the users!

Need LOCAL reviews and recommendations. Opinions of end users matter!

What’s really happening in libraries?

What exactly is changing?
Shift is from economic based to information based. Economic and intellectual trade.

Library positioning!

Change is happening very fast, has been slow change, it will get faster. Change is going to happen anyway.

Need to overcome:
-Fear of leadership
-Anti partner and anti collaboration ethic
-Distrust of ‘size’ and distrust of ‘for profit’
-The culture of victimization
-Unsophisticated communication

Create the future we need and take collective responsibility for conversation and development

Find reasons, not excuses

What are your top reference questions?

What are the questions you get and what do you have to support them?

Need to change the way librarians deal with research? Is this what he said? People who are NOT text based.

Viewing people as their reading behaviours, not as their learning styles.

Twitter & FB are dominated by the middle aged, reframe as social reading
Gaming- mothers in30s
Social networks are fastest growing populations are seniors & will be more international & less urban and English
Ebooks usage is currently largely middle aged
mobile data usage is growing beyond youth very quickly, workplace use is huge.

ADVOCATES social media optimization type things like having images on web page, have FB, have Twitter. Etc, how to get libraries out there. LOOK this guy up for INFO 580

NEXT GEN differences
Increase in IQ 15-20 points
Brain & developmental changes
Eye movement changes
Massive behavioral changes
Major decline in crime rates 65%

What changes with ubiquitous access?

Younger people are DIRECT.

Discovery and change

Research has changed
Cross disciplinary

Organization for human brain mapping
Eye movement

Think about change in music and film distribution and liken it to books.

Kindle singles
Article level publishing, threatened by open access
Free broadband to everyone in country

Do you want to be a grocery store? A menu? Chef and recipe? Or the meal?

Focus on what will make you great in the future.

Nothing wrong with a little propaganda.

Guy Kawasaki you have to sit by a river for a very long time before a roast duck will fly into your mouth.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Moodle 2.0

The Moodle Man (Julien Ridden) can be found on Twitter, Slideshare, and his own blog.  You can also email him at julien@moodle.com.au.

His first session was about the new changes in Moodle 2.0.  Apparently 80% of Moodle is changing! (Moodle = modular object oriented dynamic learning environment)

“Moodle is not a repository; it is a learning environment.” But that is where people generally start.

Moodle comes from a PhD thesis by Martin Dougiamas.

Moodle is based on SCORM (way of packaging learning content – shareable content object reference model). 

Moodle 2.0 works with box, Alfresco, YouTube, Google Docs, flickr, Picasa, mahara, and a load of other external repositories.  Through a single click, students and teachers can access, share, save work that they want to keep.

Structured, scaffolded learning can be supported in Moodle 2.0.  Conditional activities can now be set because Moodle 2.0 has learned what ‘complete’ is, and that definition can be set by the teachers.

This means that teachers can create ‘branched activities’.  ie: if the student completes a quiz and gets above 90%, then additional activities come up and then the next activity. Or if the student fails the quiz, then additional, appropriate activities come up and then they can re-take the quiz, etc, etc.

Moodle 2.0 has better usability. Things like being able to ‘freeze’ panes in the Gradebook, so that the names stay the same, but the grades scroll across.

Portfolios, progress tracking, blog 2.0, better navigation and other exciting things are also included in the new version. The MyPage for teachers will tell you what assignments need to be marked instead of having to go into the ‘folder’.  The Profile has much more information, but also has a ‘my private files’ section.  Each student can put stuff in there, up to a quota, and it can be viewed wherever they can access the internet.  Stuff from there can be submitted for an assignment.

An important note: you CANNOT cut and paste from Word into Moodle 1.9.  It makes older browsers crash because the code is terrible. Another reason that Moodle 2.0 is better.

In Moodle 1.9, you would have to upload every image. Now you can upload from anywhere you have saved them – flickr, Google docs, etc, depending on what the network manager has allowed. If you’ve uploaded it once, you can upload it again. Librarians can create repositories that departments can share.

Special note for Mathematics teachers – you can now include equations in your Moodle pages.  There is an equation editor.  This also interacts with DragMaths and other equation editors so you can upload files that you have created in other programmes.

The page description, which is a required element, can now be turned on so that it displays.

The boxes which you create (pages, forums, assignments, glossaries, etc) modify themselves depending on what type of box it is.

The completion aspect enables you to create Individual Learning Pathways. Exciting!

November 21, 2010 Posted by | Moodle | Leave a comment

An interesting link – teachers and technology

Stuart Henderson found this link to teachers in the States talking about the way technology has changed their teaching.

How about you? How has technology changed your teaching? Post your comments below!

November 21, 2010 Posted by | pedagogy, technology | 1 Comment

Shortcuts for Gmail

Paul Holmes asked me about the way Gmail functions and the possibility of flicking straight to the next message, rather than having to go back to the Inbox.  I didn’t have a good answer for him, but he persisted and found these shortcuts. Nice one!

Do you have a great tip for using Gmail or Google Docs in a more efficient way?  Post it in the Comments!

November 16, 2010 Posted by | Gmail | , | Leave a comment