Shorts: Librarians

Here’s one series of videos I shot (somewhat experimentally, as I am not a “video” person!) while visiting Australia earlier this month. These short videos each tell the stories of the fabulous librarians I met along my trip, all doing incredible work in Australia. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and I thank you for your time.

(And to those of you who hijacked my camera for secret ‘thank you’ messages, you’re sweet, but don’t think you’re off the hook! I’ll get your spots the next time around.)

Power of Place (Tamworth)

Though it’s a little late in posting (finally starting to catch up from being away – whew!), here’s a link to my country public libraries conference presentation in Tamworth, NSW. The conference theme was “power of place” and I talked through some of my research and discoveries around the libraries build communities project in the context of space and place as it pertains to libraries.

I am so thankful to everyone for the great feedback I’ve received thus far. From inspirations to start new library blogs all the way to re-engaging with local councils to get or retain access to the participatory web, I think it was a great match, and great timing, for me to share some of this work. As for my end of the learning, I am so grateful to have met so many committed and insightful library professionals and supporters, and to have learned about the unique challenges and opportunities (not to mention successes!) already underway in New South Wales.

Have I already thanked the State Library? Yes I think so, but I’ll keep on about it for awhile I’m sure…

State Library of New South Wales

Heart-felt thanks to Leanne Perry and all the staff at the State Library of New South Wales for a fabulous visit to their library, for arranging the library tour and a visit to the center house library in Sydney, and finally for bringing me out to Australia for the public county library conference in Tamworth in the first place!

It was such an inspiration to visit this library. The staff there is incredibly resourceful and very interested in supporting all their public libraries across the state. I was very impressed with the leadership in the library, beginning with the State Librarian Regina Sutton, and all the way through to every staff member that I met while I was there. The organization has recently completed a new strategic plan, updating vision, mission, and goals, as well as reorganizing to support the new organization. (Sounds familiar – we are going through a similar transition at WebJunction.) It’s a great time to be a librarian in New South Wales!

I’m currently putting together my “video diary” of the libraries and librarians I visited with while in Australia – if you want a sneak preview visit me on youtube (I’ll be posting more later when I have a more complete set).

Again, heart-felt thanks to Leanne and everyone at the State Library. It was an absolute pleasure meeting and visiting with you all.

more later…

…but for now I’d like to extend my warmest thanks to the state library of new south wales, the staff at tamworth city library, and the public library association of nsw – country, for inviting me to your wonderful conference. thank you also for the lovely time i had visiting with all of the conference participants from both councils and libraries around new south wales.

thank you especially to pam langridge for finding me in the first place, and for her and cathy johnston’s many layers of assistance over the course of the week.

i am pleased to be back in sydney tonight, readying myself for the state library visit on monday, but also delighted with a number of new friends i’ve made this week. thank you for your warmth and generosity, all.

Australia. Seriously.

I am very, very excited to have been invited to keynote the Country Public Libraries Association of New South WalesAnnual Conference the last week of July and then address the State Library of New South Wales the first week of August.

The conference theme is “The Power of Place” and I’ll be speaking about community building and libraries, and the connections between all our community building efforts, whether they are “inside, outside, or online” (as they say). Enormous thanks to Pam and Deanne for inviting me, and for working with me thus far on settling all the related details. I am very honored to visit Australia, to learn more about libraries there, and to share what I’ve been learning about community building and libraries in my work on the topic thus far.

Oooo. I just can’t wait! Thank you!