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The hiatus is over! October 7, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — librarypaula @ 2:23 am

ULearn 2015 is rocking Auckland this week.  Close to 2,000 educators from across Aotearoa and beyond have taken over SkyCity, Crown Plaza, street corners, cafes, bars, restaurants ….

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Don’t try for coffee at any of the local caffeine spots if we’re on a break … you’ll either drown in the frenzied eduspeak or die from the wait!

Follow the fantastic tweets #ULearn15 to feel like you’re in the room.

Big shout out to Nathaniel Louwrens @nlouwrens & Alex de Long @araiporo22  for their inspiring Professional Blogging for Beginners workshop, which has woken my blog up from a rather long sleep ….

Watch this space for more, soon!

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Amazing free PD happening NOW! October 5, 2012

Filed under: Collaboration,PLN,School Libraries,Social Media,thinking — librarypaula @ 12:17 am

A very quick post that will be followed up in the near future…
Library 2.012 is a 3 day worldwide library conference happening NOW, for the next 7 hours.
I’ve been in “rooms” with Joyce Valenza, The Daring Librarian and many other library superheroes!
I had to force myself to disconnect at 1am this morning, it’s just one amazing session after another!
Can’t recommend it highly enough.
Right, back to the session on Educamps 🙂

 

Being bold September 17, 2012

Filed under: LIANZA,School Libraries,thinking — librarypaula @ 10:18 pm
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This year’s LIANZA conference is less that a week away from kicking off.
Palmerston North is conference HQ and the theme is Ipukarea – Sustain, Celebrate and Transform. The lineup of speakers that appeal to those of us working in the education sector is the best I’ve seen for years.
My must see people include DK – from Core Education, Meridith Farkas – author of “Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication and Community Online” and Karen Schneider – University Librarian at Holy Names University in Oakland, California and author of the blog The Free Range Librarian.
Karen’s most recent post; Hatchett job, and other pre-Lianza musings really spoke to me, and I found myself reading slower, re-reading and really reflecting on her well chosen words.She prefaced her blog post with the theme Be Bold, which sits very well with me this term. I even took some quotes!
“I remember being told, ages ago, that 85% of information transfer among scientists is informal, and I’d be willing to agree that applied to library leadership, as well. Many a library leader germinated leadership skills, ideas, and powerful connections within the world of professional organizations. Look at the truly significant thought leaders, and most cut their teeth through organizational participation.” is one that really spoke to me.
I’m hoping to make an opportunity to chat with Karen at conference as Aoraki LIANZA have co-sponsored her.I’ll get to be part of her introduction or facilitate the panel of questions after her presentation.
Very exciting stuff!
And, throughout the conference I intend make the most of the potential information transfer that the networking and presentations offer.
It’s been a three years since I last went to a LIANZA conference. I’m incredibly grateful to Aoraki LIANZA for the financial support they’ve given me to attend conference, thank you team 🙂

 

Friday fun…. Web Side Story! September 7, 2012

Filed under: Humour,Social Media — librarypaula @ 12:51 am


It made me cringe, it made me laugh …

It IS Friday afternoon!
(thanks Merle from Epsoms Girls Grammar)

 

Helipcopter Librarians. August 30, 2012

Filed under: School Libraries — librarypaula @ 10:47 pm
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This article has prompted some fairly intense comments and feedback.
While I think the idea of having students text in the middle of the night for research help, is completely ridiculous, and I will NEVER wear a pirate costume, there were parts of this article that spoke to me.
Some teenagers do feel naturally comfortable in a library setting and make full use of the all the resources, staff included.
Others though, are more tentative- they may not have an established reading or library culture in their home lives, so embedding libraries into their lives is not something they’ve seen role modelled.
And, we probably all know of a scarey librarian or two throughout our teen years that could have put us off libraries for good, I certainly do!
I think there is a place for a mild to moderate dose of Helicopter Librarian-ing, in the lives of some of our students “This is a holistic approach to a human interaction based on individuality and genuine compassion”

I’d take a leaf out of Celia Lashie’s book: He’ll be OK, and say that at some stage “we (librarians) have to get off the bridge”, and let them walk on their own.
As long as they (the students) know we’re there for them- to refer back to and ask for supprt, I think we can say we’ve done a good job.

Thinking about the costume idea again , I did read that Batgirl was a Librarian!

 

Picking the right tool for keeping current in a digital world.

If you can, find the time to look over this fantastic offering from our Teacher Librarian neighbours across in Australia.
It’s a treasure trove of links and inspiration.
Well done OZTLNet 🙂
Following them on Twitter is an option too – @OZTLNet and also on FaceBook as a page not a group – Australian Teacher Librarian Network.
Judy O’Connell’s description of a page is very clear “The great thing about our Facebook Page is that once you ‘like’ it, you don’t have to worry about it anymore – just see the feed in your own ‘news feed’ and reply or like right there on your computer or your iphone. Being open, but not a group, you don’t have to be a “friend”.”
I’m dipping my toe tentatively into the world of professional use of Facebook and opened librarypaula last week.
It’s my attempt to continually feed my school community and other followers information snippets, websites, apps, books tips and tricks that I think will help them with their current school work and at the same time increase awareness of how the school library and ALL libraries and librarians are indispensable!
Stepping down from my soap box now ….

 

eFellowship review from the 2012 Famous Five. August 29, 2012

Filed under: Collaboration,eLearning,thinking — librarypaula @ 1:16 am
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I must admit to opening the eFellows 2012 Review like I watch gruesome horror movies; eyes half closed and hands over face!
There’s something incredibly uncomfortable about watching and hearing oneself online.
Anyway, ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ as this was part of the deal of being an eFellow!

Last Friday the 2012 eFellows were interviewed about our year; one piece of advice for future eFellows, and a best takeaway for us personally.
The clip attached was the well edited version of what we said.
DK and Emma, you’re magicans 🙂

 

 
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