Author Archives: halfpintofwisdom

Learning. It’s become a habit – and I’m grateful

You know I’m no longer standing beside you in the profession, right? But what I find, constantly, and sometimes annoyingly, is that librarianship never leaves you. You can try to leave it, only to find that it’s become irrevocably embedded. … Continue reading

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Taking the library to our users on Towel Day

Libraries are working really hard to reinvent themselves, expanding their vision of what they are and what they do. Part of this is a need to change the community perception of libraries.  At my library, we have been working hard … Continue reading

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Presenters and speakers-in-public – this share is for you!

Presentation Design Techniques from the Masters by @slidecomet from Slide Comet Full credit to the guys @slidecomet for their excellent compilation. Minimalistic, elegant and to the point. There’s nothing quite like learning from the masters! For me, the biggest challenge … Continue reading

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Using plain language to communicate with customers

Today I’m on the hunt for tips and tools to support us as we begin to refine some of our online documentation to better meet the needs of our customers.  Terms and conditions of membership spring to mind – hard … Continue reading

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Science or art? The recombinant DNA of cross-functional teams

If you have previously stopped by you will know that I’m a fairly recent recruit to a public library management team, and you will also know that I’m an avid fan of collaboration in any context.  The two have recently … Continue reading

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Getting kids to read: advice from Judy Blume, and a confession from me

I am, I confess, a con artist. I raised two boys.  Let’s call number one Action Man.  He never sat still so reading to him was purely a pain down under.  Number two was the Collector, and still is judging … Continue reading

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Collected magazine: NZ school librarians talk evidence based practice

The latest issue of SLANZA’s flagship publication here in New Zealand has hit the eSphere – Collected #7 focuses on evidence based practice.  Having been involved once again in editing this edition, I can tell you that blood, sweat, and … Continue reading

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