In my first year out of university, I worked in high school libraries. And for the last two years, I’ve been working in an academic library. For those who are just starting their career journey, and are interested in this type of library work, I thought I would write about what its like working in each of these environments.
Exciting times – the State Library of Victoria’s ‘Vision 2020’ project will see a huge refurbishment and the creation of new spaces, with a 40% increase in public space!
To fund the library upgrade the State Government has pledged $60.4 million, contributing $2 for every $1 raised through philanthropy.
Donations to date have reached $21.8 million, with large contributions from Maria and Allan Myers, the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation and the Ian Potter Foundation.
The remaining $5.9million will be sought through a public fund raising campaign.
I can’t wait to see the final result!! 🙂
I have seen so many different types of libraries, lending out so many weird and wonderful things, that I have decided to collate some of them in a post here 🙂
Need another blog to follow? Of course you do – you can never have enough to read!
Check out ‘Hack Library School’ :
a collaborative project begun in the Fall of 2010. It quickly grew from a Google Doc to a wiki to the rotating group of contributors that it is today. HLS was founded on the principle of students taking the future of librarianship into their own hands….Hack Library School is an invitation to participate in the redefinitions of library school using the web as a collaborative space outside of any specific university or organization….What will the information professions be next year if we define it for ourselves today? If we had a voice in the development of curriculum, what would that degree entail? This is our challenge to you; participate or come up with a better idea. How would you hack library school?
With a range of contributors and huge breadth of topics (from the informative and innovative to some quite funny posts) it’s definitely worth a look.
I was going to suggest a few ‘most interesting’ parts of the blog, but every time I clicked on another topic it was super interesting! I wish I had more time to read everything (but with new posts every day or two I don’t think I’ll ever manage to catch up with them haha).
Kudos to the creators and contributors.
Happy New Year!!!
Why not start off 2016 by watching this wonderful short film entitled ‘The Library’ directed by Jason LaMotte:
The story told in The Library initially came from wanting to explore the relationship between memory and place. I have strong recollections of my neighbourhood library in Houston, Texas in the US. I can recall the layout, where certain sections of books were, the smells, and the sounds.And it still carries a magical feeling for me, this special kind of sanctuary full of knowledge, full of stories, all covered in a sense of quiet respect and revery.
(From The Guardian, read more from the director in their article)
I won’t spoil it by telling you anything about the plot 🙂
The RIPS Law Librarian Blog posted about the ‘Issue’s surrounding eBook collections in law libraries‘ in September 2015.
With the rise of all-digital ‘bookless’ libraries and constant revelations about eBooks, it’s a topic of interest to me, especially as their post referred specifically to the law library context (in which I am currently employed).
At first it seemed everyone was saying the eBook would mean the death of the printed book, and eventually become the primary mode for reading. (See news articles from 2010 – ‘The future of books is a real page-turner‘ and 2013 – ‘Popularity of ebooks spells the demise of printed versions‘). There was almost a mass hysteria predicting these doomsday scenarios for the poor printed book.
But now however, everyone’s changed their tune. Read More »
At the university I have been working at, I was able to attend an inspiring peer learning seminar.
It’s focus was on embedding information research skills within courses and was presented by Dr Karey Harrison. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to think about how we can encourage students to develop their research skills, especially since I was recently a student doing this myself!
Infographics are a really eye-catching and simple way to present your library data and information visually. Maybe you have run a student survey or perhaps you’re making an annual report for your superiors. Whatever the data, you can make it interesting, and quickly viewable, (and show off your IT skills!) by creating an Infographic.
At one of my school library positions, I was solely responsible for designing, creating and maintaining a new library webpage using LibGuides.
This system is used by many school and university libraries for an array of purposes. LibGuides can be used within a university’s website to create individual subject guides. For example, the Law Library at a university may link to individual LibGuides for Criminal Law, Tax Law, Writing a Research Project, Finding Case Law etc while still sitting within the larger institution’s website (run by another vendor). I have helped with some guides like this while working at a university library, as well as other e-learning systems such as Moodle (creating quizzes for students and online tutorials etc).
However at the school library, the LibGuide constituted the entire library website, linked over from the school’s webpage. Here I will briefly discuss the functionalities of such as system and my experiences in using it to create a website from the ground up.
A few months back, I attended a full day workshop through the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV). It was called ‘Cultural Weeding’ and was run by Kevin Hennah, who also authored the book ‘Rethink’.
Kevin is a consultant, originally from the retail field, who works with libraries to rethink and upgrade their layout and culture for the 21st Century. His workshop “showcases forward thinking and innovative initiatives. A collection of ideas that…need to be embraced or at least considered in order to keep libraries relevant for many years to come.” While I focus mainly on the school library, these ideas are also easily applicable to public and other libraries.