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.

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!